Pregnant women not getting enough omega-3, critical for infant development

This is what I believe is part of the dramatic rise in autism. Omega-3 is so critical to infant brain development and with the extremely high levels of omega-6 in most Americans, it would take even more omega-3 to support proper brain development. Learn how to avoid omega-6–read my book. Take omega-3 supplements.


APrON study suggests pregnant & lactating women not meeting recommended intake

Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)

Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) is a birth cohort involving over two thousand women and their infants from Calgary and Edmonton that was funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions and includes researchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. The main objective of APrON is to understand the relationship between maternal nutrient status during pregnancy and maternal mental health and child health and development. As part of the project, the APrON team studied the first 600 women in the cohort during and after their pregnancy to see whether they were consuming enough omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 3-LCPUFA) to meet current recommendations. The team has just published their results in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

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WSU researchers show how fatty acids can fight prostate cancer

This study shows how omega-3 suppresses the growth of prostate cancer cells. The study proves that the study that suggested higher rates of prostate cancer with higher intake of omega-3 was just a coincidence or statistical false positive. This study shows exactly how omega-3 blocks the growth of cancer cells.


Public Release: 18-Mar-2015

Mechanism points way to more effective drug treatment

Washington State University

SPOKANE, Wash.–Washington State University researchers have found a mechanism by which omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the growth and spread of prostate cancer cells. The findings, which are at odds with a 2013 study asserting that omega-3s increase the risk of prostate cancer, point the way to more effective anti-cancer drugs.

Scientists have long known that omega 3s reduce inflammation and have anti-diabetic effects, and some recently discovered how this happens.

“But we’re the first to show that they work this way in cancer,” said Kathryn Meier, a professor of pharmacy at WSU Spokane. “The attention has mostly been on inflammation and diabetes but there has always been an interest in cancer, and we were the first to show this mechanism in any cancer cell at all. And we’re using prostate cancer, which is the most controversial…

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Study shows that use of statins increases risk of developing diabetes by 46 percent

This is not exactly related to omega-6/3 ratio, but it goes with what I have been telling a lot of friends and family. High serum cholesterol if primarily due to overeating–especially in the form of carbs. When our cells have an excess of energy (glucose), one of the ways it can get rid of that excess energy is to make cholesterol. Statins block that pathway for getting rid of the excess energy, so our cells have to start blocking the uptake of glucose–we become insulin resistant or diabetic. Another article I read earlier pointed out that drug companies overstated the benefits of statins–the truth is statins only prevent 1 heart attack in 100–a 1% benefit that causes a 46% increase in diabetes! What a deal!


Public Release: 4-Mar-2015

Even after adjustment for confounding factors


New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that use of statins is associated with a 46% increase in the risk of developing diabetes, even after adjustment for confounding factors. The study is by Professor Markku Laakso, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland, and colleagues.

Previous studies have suggested an increased risk (of varying levels) of developing diabetes associated with statin use. However, these studies have had limitations: study populations have been selective especially in statin trials which have included participants at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, the risk of diabetes in clinical trials is likely to differ from that in the general population. Very often in previous studies the diagnosis of diabetes has been based on self-reported diabetes or fasting glucose measurement…

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Dairy and the Paleo Delusion

I have to say, I agree with most of what the paleo diet does. There are a few foods within the paleo diet that are high in omega-6, if you avoid them or at least keep them at a low level, I think it is a really healthy diet.

The Skeptical Cardiologist

The Paleo diet (primal/evolutionary) has become very popular in the last few years. Followers believe they are eating the way our stone age, or paleolithic, ancestors ate. Since our genes have not had time to evolve to match the drastic change in diet that occurred with the agricultural revolution, they argue, modern diets are making us sick and contributing to most of our chronic Western disease like atherosclerosis, diabetes and dementia.

True experts in evolutionary science have questioned most of the theoretical underpinnings of the Paleo movement. Marlene Zuk, an evolutionary biologist, has written an excellent critique in her recently published book “Paleofantasies: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet and How We Live.”

Dr. Zuk points out that there likely was no one single hunter-gatherer diet and that we have a very limited understanding of exactly what that diet consisted of. She also makes the point that this concept that…

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Omega-3 fatty acids appear to protect damaged heart after heart attack

Here is another study showing the benefits of Omega-3 after heart attacks. The study uses high levels of fish oil (4 g/day) in a random trial and found those taking Omega-3 were 39% less likely to show reduced heart function 6 months after the heart attack.

I do not think the high dose of Omega-3 would be necessary if the patients had reduced their intake of omega-6. It is the ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 that is the critical factor! When will cardiologist and doctors learn this and start following a patient’s Omega-6/3 ratio instead of cholesterol. The Omega-6/3 ratio is far more important than cholesterol in heart disease and is behind many more diseases as well. Learn how to reduce your Omega-6/3 ratio and improve your health with The Oil Change Diet.


Study suggests this therapy may provide added benefits to standard care

American College of Cardiology

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2015) — Taking omega-3 fatty acids appeared to lower inflammation and guard against further declines in heart function among recent heart attack survivors already receiving optimal standard care, according to results from a randomized, controlled trial to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego.

Patients in the study taking 4 grams of prescription-only omega-3 fatty acid capsules daily for six months after a heart attack were significantly more likely to show improvements in heart function compared to patients taking a placebo. Heart function was measured by an expansion of the left ventricular endsystolic volume index. Patients taking omega-3 fatty acids also had significantly less evidence of fibrosis — a thickening or scarring of the areas of the heart remote from the heart attack, which…

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Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D may control brain serotonin

Mechanisms behind omega-3’s influence on brain health and psychological disorders has been revealed. The mechanisms are also linked to vitamin D since it controls the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin. Omega-3s EPA and DHA increase the release and effectiveness of serotonin in the brain by controlling the receptors and membrane fluidity. Increased availability of serotonin in the brain can reduce autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia and influence mood and aggressive behavior.


Affecting behavior and psychiatric disorders


Oakland, CA (February 26, 2015) – Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been unclear. In a new paper published in FASEB Journal by Rhonda Patrick, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), serotonin is explained as the possible missing link tying together why vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids might ameliorate the symptoms associated with a broad array of brain disorders.

In a previous paper published last year, authors Patrick and Ames discussed the implications of their finding that vitamin D regulates the conversion of the essential amino acid tryptophan into serotonin, and how this may influence the development of autism, particularly in developing children with poor vitamin D status.

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