Heart disease is still the number 1 killer in the US, and that is the number 1 reason to follow the Oil Change Diet. The following graph of heart death rates vs the % omega-6 in the tissue of people around the world that was published by Dr Bill Lands is the primary reason I started following this diet.
The key to understanding the significance of this graph is knowing that the remaining % in this graph is the omega-3. Together, these two fats make up 100% of the highly unsaturated fats in our cell membranes. They compete for position in our membranes, therefore when the omega-6 in our cell membrane is 80%, that means that the omega-3 in our cells is only 20%. When our cells need to make a hormone from these essential fats, it does not choose which one to use. It is simply a probability based chance of encounter that determines which one of these essential fats will be used to make the hormone. The result of that chance encounter does matter! When our cell uses an omega-6 to make a prostaglandin, thromboxane or leukotriene, the result will be inflammation, clotting or allergic reaction–all of these contribute to heart disease. However, when our cells use an, omega-3 to make these hormones, the result will be anti-inflammatory, clot busting or allergy blocking. In addition, a higher percentage of omega-3 in our nerve cells, helps to stabilize heart rhythm. Heart rhythm is an important factor in heart disease and heart death.
Understanding the function of these hormones and the processes that cause heart disease made it clear to me that omega-6 was increasing my risk of heart disease. I knew that I needed to increase my intake of omega-3 and reduce my intake of omega-6 to reduce my chances of heart disease. I was already taking prescription medications for blood pressure, heart rhythm and cholesterol and anti-inflammatory pills for my arthritis. Based on what I knew, I expected to see some reduction in blood pressure and arthritic pain by reducing inflammation as well as the reduced risk of heart disease, but I did not expect the results I got. I got way more benefits than I ever expected. To be off all medications in just 3 weeks and losing 15 pounds–that was beyond my wildest dreams!
The research that Dr Lands published was paid for by you and I as taxpayers and in my opinion, it was money well spent. I feel like he has added years to my life and I write this blog as a way to pay it forward. Thank You Dr Lands!