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Three Devastating Problems Proving Fish Oil is the Wrong Choice, Part 4

Claim: Fish oil helps diabetics and helps prevent diabetes and its complications.

Truth: Resting blood sugars are consistently higher for fish oil users.8,9,10 Insulin amounts had to be consistently increased in diabetics who were using fish oil. Glucose tolerance decreased significantly, and the insulin response was significantly blunted (a bad outcome).

To be continued…

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Three Devastating Problems Proving Fish Oil is the Wrong Choice, Part 3

We will look at three of the most egregious claims by fish oil advocates. There are many more, but let’s focus on these three claims, and then the true data:

Claim:

Fish oil helps give you the long-chain fats in which you are deficient.

Truth:

EFA derivatives (like DHA/EPA) are normally made in extremely small percentages by a human being.1,2,3 Scientists at the USDA used very precise analysis to measure and discovered only 0.05% of ALA was converted to DHA and only 0.2% of ALA was converted to EPA. However, fish oil gives you 20x–500x the amounts of DHA/ EPA—its active components—that your body would naturally produce on its own.

These are supra-physiologic amounts and reason for great concern. Contrary to popular belief, highly accurate current analysis shows the average person (even babies) is able to convert ALA (parent omega-3) into EFA derivatives without problem.4,5,6,7

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To be continued…

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Three Devastating Problems Proving Fish Oil is the Wrong Choice, Part 2

This is written for that strong, hardcore scientist that lives among us—the person who is not swayed by hype or marketing. This is the person who asks the hard questions, and doesn’t stop digging and prodding until the truth is uncovered. This is the person who asks the simple question, “How could this work be based on the science that we already know?” Are you that rare person that wants the science, and nothing but the science? If so, please read on.

Fish oil manufacturers and their advocates have claimed many things that fish oil accomplishes when included in your daily regimen. Our purpose is not to address each claim made by fish oil advocates since that will be a never-ending exercise in futility. Each time one outlandish claim is exposed, another will appear in its place. Instead, the approach we will employ is to enumerate the obvious problems in fish oil consumption by humans based solely on the biochemistry and physiology of the human being. Have you ever wondered why a human would suffer from a fish oil deficiency?

To be continued…

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Three Devastating Problems Proving Fish Oil is the Wrong Choice, Part 1

Fish oil use has many advocates and a ridiculous number of studies that apparently support the use of fish oil prophylactically, as well as to treat a laundry list of ailments.

Are over 15,000 studies showing the miraculous benefits of fish oil enough? It doesn’t look like it since countless more fish oil studies are continuously being conducted. Do you get the impression they are “trying a little too hard”? The eminent physician/statistician John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, heading Stanford University’s Preventive Research Center, has voiced his concern on more than one occasion.

Simply put, high numbers of “studies” alone can never be substituted for the incontrovertible proof and consistency that is required and exists in the hard sciences. Science is not swayed by the latest fad or poorly conceived study. However, medical scientists are human, and as such suffer from normal human weaknesses. They want to find a solution to the myriad of medical problems facing all of us today, and for the most part, want to help those around them.

Unfortunately, in their zeal to advance science, they all too often inadvertently compromise the scientific standards that have stood for centuries.

Always remember to distinguish the often inflated, well-intentioned latest findings from the unwavering rock-solid science that is at the core of the uncompromising scientist.

To be continued…

Newsflash: More Fish Oil Fodder

“Contrary to popular belief, fish oil is scientifically proven only to cause pharmacological overdoses to blood plasma DHA/EPA levels. IF these overdoses were anything good, one would certainly see the supposed positive enhanced “brain effects” and positive cardiovascular/anti-cancer effects were quickly. This October 2010 Wall Street Journal article shows fish oil failure once again…..pregnant women should not consume fish oil unless they wish a caesarean section. Again, would a proper nutritional supplement be excellent for both mom-to-be and baby-to-be? Of course, it should. Fish oil is out once again…..”

1)  http://topics.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052702303550904575562053166893846.html 

 By SHIRLEY S. WANG

 Fish-oil supplements don’t appear to help pregnant women prevent post-partum depression or boost the baby’s brain development as previously believed, according to a large trial published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The 2,400-woman, randomized study complicates the advice for pregnant women. It adds to a body of mixed research on some potential benefits of the popular omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid. DHA, which can move from the mother to the baby during pregnancy, accumulates in the brain and is thought to be involved in helping brain cells communicate.

In general, for healthy women with normal pregnancies, “[DHA] supplementation will actually not give you a huge benefit in terms of neurodevelopmental outcomes and reducing depressive symptoms,” said Maria Makrides, an author on the study and deputy director of the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute in North Adelaide, Australia.

The results are “disappointing,” said Emily Oken, a professor of population medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, who wrote an editorial to accompany the paper but wasn’t involved in the study. But “it doesn’t mean we should give up on fish or fish oil during pregnancy,” she said.

Several previous studies have shown that eating fish during pregnancy helped in the baby’s brain development and in reducing the risk of post-partum depression. That research, however, typically didn’t involve randomized, controlled studies. Instead, women were asked whether or not they chose to eat fish during pregnancy.

It could be the case that eating fish is better than taking fish-oil supplements or that women who opt to eat fish are generally healthier and engage in other health-promoting behaviors, Dr. Oken said. The few trials conducted that separated participants, into a group taking fish-oil supplements and another that didn’t, weren’t well done, because the women often knew if they were getting the supplement, and in some cases there wasn’t a comparison group at all, she said.

The latest study does suggest that some subgroups of women might benefit from fish-oil supplements. For instance, those with a history of clinical depression—and thus are at higher risk of post-partum depression—who took 800 milligrams [bp NOTE: still a tremendous amount and results would show ….IF it worked, that is] of fish oil daily lowered their risk of getting depressed after the birth by about 4% compared with those who didn’t take fish oil.

However, the difference wasn’t statistically significant [bp NOTE: that is WRONG —  IF it really worked only a small number are needed!] because of the small number of women in the study who had been previously depressed, said Dr. Makrides, who is also a professor of human nutrition at the University of Adelaide.

Women in the fish-oil group had lower rates of pre-term births, particularly births earlier than 34 weeks of gestation. But, there was a trade-off: More women who took the supplement needed their labor to be induced or had caesarean sections because the babies stayed in the womb longer,[bp NOTE: an awful effect!]  said Dr. Makrides.

Additional research is needed to study the benefits of targeting DHA supplements to women with a history of depression or who previously had a premature baby, according to Dr. Makrides. However, all pregnant women should strive for balance [bp NOTE: weasel words] and eat a variety of foods, including fish, she said.

Omega-3 fatty acids are the fourth most common supplement after multivitamins, calcium and vitamin C, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, an industry trade group.

Other health benefits have been attributed to omega-3s. Research suggests they lower triglyceride fat levels [bp NOTE: irrelevant!] and are likely helpful [bp NOTE: great wording…. more weasel words] in preventing heart disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. There is some evidence [bp NOTE: i have some evidence that gravity pulls you UP….., too.]  omega-3s also may help decrease blood pressure, improve thinking in kids with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, help with weight loss and reduce the risk of endometrial cancer. Fish oil doesn’t seem to help lower blood sugar for diabetics, however, and there isn’t enough research to conclude effectiveness for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, irregular heart beat and cancer, according to the NIH. [bp NOTE: jesus….help all the poor misled people ……]

WARNING: Fish Oil Causes Brain Damage in Adults and Infants

April 28, 2010 2 comments

That’s right. Experiments performed between 1988 and 1992 conclusively showed abnormalities in brain tissue resulting from administration of fish oil. f anyone cared to look before issuing fish oil recommendations, here’s what the researchers reported in the article titled, “The Effects of Dietary n-3/n-6 Ratio on Brain Development in the Mouse: A Dose Response Study with Long-Chain n-3 Fatty Acids,” by P.E. Wainwright, et al., ‘Lipids’, Vol. 27, no 2 (19929, pages 98-103:

“Feeding of fish oil [omega-3 “derivatives”] to ADULT rats resulted in a rapid increase in levels of 22:5n-3 and 22:6n-3 as well as 20:5n-3 [omega 3 series] (which is usually present in brain tissue in only trace amounts) with corresponding decreases in 22:5n-6 as well as 20:4n-6 [omega 6 series], sugesting that THE BRAIN MAY BE VULNERABLE TO AN EXCESS OF long-chain n-3 PUFA [PolyUnsaturated Fatty Acids].”

“The developing brain, because of its affinity for long-chain n-3, MAY BE PARTICULARLY SUCCEPTIBLE to such effects.”

“There is particular concern that the decreases in 20:4n-6 [omega 6 series] MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH ADVERSE EFFECTS.”

“Nevertheless, the findings may be of relevance to QUESTION THE CONCERNS regarding the provision of long-chain n-3 FA [from fish oil] IN HUMAN INFANT FEEDING.”

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One must always exercise caution regarding animal studies’ application to humans. However, mice make good animal models in this respect since Lands et al. showed that EFA metabolism in rodents is similar to that in humans. (Lands WEM, Morris A, and Libelt B, “Quantitative effects of dietary polyunsaturated fats on the composition of fatty acids in rat tissues,” ‘Lipids’, Vol. 25, 1990, pages 505-51.)

Therefore overdosing on omega-3 can be hazardous to your brain and your health at any age.

Anyone could have found this information if they cared to look. I talk about all these technical terms in my book, “The Hidden Story of Cancer”, in much more detail so that you can easily understand in “real life terms” what all this scientific jargon really means to YOU.

More shocking information (and I go into detail about this in my book) is that …

Glycemic (blood sugar) control WORSENS during fish oil administration. (see my book for details).

You don’t want a substance to increase blood glucose or insulin levels, negatively impact natural tumor killers, or compromise your immune system.

If you pick up a copy of my book, you can discover why fish is not protective agains theart disease; it is excessive in the wrong type of omega-3 and ives you an overdose of it, too.

Fish oil does the OPPOSITE of what is desired in five areas: brain damage, decreasing natural tumor cell killing ability, increasing harmful infection from bacteria, failing to stop arterial inflammation, and raising havoc with your blood glucose system (insulin resistance).

With five strikes against it – the fish oil myth is out!

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WARNING: Fish Oil Increases Platelet Aggregation!

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

So many people are still confused by the belief that fish oil is good for you. It isn’t!

And just to remind you once again, I thought I would share with you this quote from researchers published in The New England Journal of Medicine (all the way back in 1986):

“…In patients with atherosclerosis, prostacyclin biosynthesis…fell [decreased] by a mean [average] of 42 percent during the fish-oil period.”

What does this mean in real-world English? Hang onto your hats, here comes a doozy…

Life-Systems Engineering Science analysis: For those of you who have read my books, you may recall prostacyclin (PGI2) is the body’s natural blood thinner and keeps platelets apart naturally. The last thing a heart disease patients needs or wants is a reduction in this critical substance. CVD (cardiovascular disease) patients require MORE, NOT less PGI2 as decrease will significantly increase their risk of heart attack.

You can learn more about this by picking up a copy of “The 24-Hour Diet” or “The Hidden Story of Cancer” at www.brianpeskin.com.

Reference: Knapp, H, et al., “In vivo indexes of platelet and vascular function during fish-oil administration in patients with atherosclerosis,” The New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 314, April 10, 1986, No. 15, pages 937-942.