Links to my article in Apple Newsstand and Google Play Store

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Fish and fatty acid consumption associated with lower risk of hearing loss in women

Hearing loss–yet another medical problem associated with your essential fat balance.


Public Release: 10-Sep-2014

Study provides insights to possibly prevent or delay acquired hearing loss

BOSTON, MA – Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that consumption of two or more servings of fish per week was associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women. Findings of the new study Fish and Fatty Acid Consumption and Hearing Loss study led by Sharon G. Curhan, MD, BWH Channing Division of Network Medicine, are published online on September 10 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).

“Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent and often disabling chronic health condition,” stated Curhan, corresponding author. “Although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of aging, the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss.”

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The amount of omega-3 (DHA) in a mother’s milk more important than money spent per pupil in predicting test performance

This may be why USA test scores are dropping in comparison to other countries. If you want your kids to do well in school, you have to give them a good balance of essential fats! My book will show you how.


Their findings show that the amount of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in a mother’s milk — fats found primarily in certain fish, nuts and seeds — is the strongest predictor of test performance. It outweighs national income and the number of dollars spent per pupil in schools.

“Breast milk in the USA is among the worst in terms of its fat balance”

Researchers at UCSB and the University of Pittsburgh use breast milk to show a correlation between dietary fats and academic success

By Andrea Estrada

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 22:45

Santa Barbara, CA

Hold the Mayo | The UCSB Current

Comparison of amounts of dietary DHA to academic performance

Comparison of amounts of dietary DHA to academic performance

This graph shows the relationship between breast milk fats and test performance. Countries in which diets contain less of the good (omega-3) fat and more bad (omega-6) fat are toward the left. Those with better test score are toward the…

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Video on balancing omega-6/3

Here is a link to a video by Dr Bill Lands on the benefits of balancing your omega-6/3 ratio.

My book teaches you how to reduce omega-6 and increase your omega-3 to achieve a balance. It has list of the amount of omega-6 and omega-3 in a wide variety of foods, recipes with the % omega-6 they will generate and a month of menus.

Available on Amazon for $2.99 (for a limited time)

Print version available at for $10.49

Omega-3, 6/3 Ratio and Pain

Below is part of a publication by Dr Gordon on the effect of omega-3 on pain and inflammation. One of the studies he points to found 59% of arthritic patients were able to discontinue use of NSAIDS and substitute Omega-3 supplements for control of their arthritic pain. I am certainly one that would be in the 59% group. The pain relief does not just apply to arthritic patients. The bottom line–if you have pain– follow The Oil-Change Diet.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Neuropathic Pain
Case studies demonstrate that oral intake of omega-3
polyunsaturated fatty acids from pharmaceutical-grade fish oil
supplements results in pain reduction and functional improvement
in patients with neuropathic pain.
By Gordon D. Ko, MD, CCFP(EM), FRCPC, PhD, Leigh Arseneau, BSc, ND, Nathaniel Nowacki, BA and Serge Mrkoboda, BSc

PUFAs and Eicosanoid Metabolism
The n-3 and n-6 fatty acids are chemically and metabolically distinct and have contrasting physiological functions12 (see Figure 4). The eicosanoid metabolic products synthesized from AA, namely prostaglandins (PGs), thromboxanes (TXs), leukotrienes (LTs), hydroxy fatty acids and lipoxins are formed in larger quantities than those formed from n-3 PUFAs—such as EPA—because of the increased amounts of n-6 PUFAs in the Western diet.1 Eicosanoids derived from AA are biologically active in small quantities and, if they are formed in inordinate amounts, they contribute to the formation of atheromas and thrombi.1 In addition, they lead to the development of allergic and inflammatory disorders and to cell proliferation.

When humans increase their consumption of EPA and DHA, from oily fish or from fish oil supplements (liquids or capsules), an increased proportion of these fatty acids are found in the cell membranes of inflammatory cells in particular.14 EPA and DHA incorporation into these membranes occurs in a dose-response fashion and is partly at the expense of AA.15 Hence, since there is less AA available for eicosanoid biosynthesis by the cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX) enzymes, fish oil supplementation of the diet results in a decreased production of the proinflammatory prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), thromboxane A2 (TXA2), TXB2, leukotriene B4 (LTB4), LTE4 and 5-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid, but not of prostacyclin I2 (PGI2).12,14

EPA can also act as a substrate for both COX and LOX enzymes and thereby compete with AA for prostaglandin and leukotriene synthesis.12 EPA gives rise to the 3-series PGs and TXs (such as TXA3, PGE3, PGI3) and to the 5-series LTs (LTB5, LTE5) and 5-hydroxyeicosapentaenoic acid.14 The eicosanoids formed from EPA are frequently less biologically potent than those formed from AA.15 For example, LTB5 is 10- to 100- fold less potent as a neutrophil chemotactic agent than LTB4 and PGE3 is a less potent inducer of COX-2 gene expression in fibroblasts than PGE2.15 Furthermore, TXA3 is a weaker platelet aggregator and vasoconstrictor than TXA2.12 Recent studies have shown that EPA and DHA also give rise to resolvins (from EPA and DHA) and docosanoids (from DHA) through pathways involving COX and LOX enzymes.16 In cell culture and animal-feeding studies, these novel mediators were demonstrated to be anti-inflammatory, inflammation resolving, and immu-nomodulatory.16

Some of the effects of n-3 PUFAs are elicited by eicosanoid-independent mechanisms. Studies have shown, for example, that the intake of dietary fish oil results in decreased leukocyte chemotaxis, decreased expression of adhesion molecules and decreased generation of reactive oxygen species.15 n-3 PUFAs have also been shown to inhibit the production of proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a), interleukin-1b (IL-1b), IL-6 and IL-8, in both cell culture studies and in human trials.14,15 Additionally, n-3 PUFAs might exert their effects on inflammatory gene expression through direct action on intracellular signaling pathways which lead to activation of one or more transcription factors such as nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kb).14

Figures 4. Pathways to inflammation: omega-6 is pro-inflammatory and omega-3 is anti-inflammatory.

n-3 PUFAs and Chronic Disease
The benefits of n-3 PUFA supplementation are well documented in the literature for the prevention and management of a wide variety of health conditions including inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Less is known, however, about the use and efficacy of these fatty acids in the treatment of other disorders such as fibromyalgia syndrome and neuropathic pain.

n-3 PUFAs and Inflammatory/ Autoimmune Diseases
A number of clinical trials have been conducted assessing the benefits of dietary supplementation with n-3 PUFAs in inflammatory and autoimmune disease in humans, including RA, Crohn’s diseases, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus erythematosus, MS, and migraine headaches.12

A recent meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was conducted by Goldberg et al. to assess the pain relieving effects of n-3 PUFAs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or joint pain secondary to inflammatory bowel disease and dysmenorrhea.17 Results from the analysis showed that supplementation with n-3 PUFAs for 3-4 months reduces patient-reported joint pain intensity, minutes of morning stiffness, number of painful and/or tender joints, and NSAID consumption.

Maroon et al. conducted a non-placebo controlled study to determine if patients could effectively substitute fish oil as an anti-inflammatory for NSAIDs.18 The study included 250 participants who had been seen by a neurosurgeon and were found to have chronic, nonsurgical, neck or back pain. After taking n-3 PUFAs for an average of 75 days, 59% discontinued their use of prescription NSAIDs and 60% stated that their overall pain was improved. Moreover, 88% stated they would continue to take the n-3 PUFAs. No significant adverse effects were reported. These results corroborate other controlled studies that compared ibuprofen and n-3 PUFAs demonstrating equivalent effects in reducing arthritic pain.18 Furthermore, such findings suggest that n-3 PUFAs may be a safe alternative to NSAIDs, particularly the COX-2 inhibitors which have been associated with extreme complications such as gastric ulcers, bleeding, blood pressure increase, myocardial infarction, and even death.19

Why doctors aren’t talking about omega-6.

Here is a link to and article by Dr Bill Lands about why doctors are not really treating the cause of heart disease–omega-6:’s%20Papers/2003Review.pdf

Doctors are biased toward using expensive procedures to fix medical problems–that is where a lot of their money comes from. Doctors pay more attention to drug treatments than to dietary remedies. Even if they do pay attention to dietary studies, they want simple studies that compare one diet to another instead of complex biochemical studies that seek to understand the complex cause of diseases.

Insurance companies don’t care either, the higher the cost of medical treatments, the more they can justify higher rates. They get to keep 20% of the cost of their policy holder pay, so the more you pay the more they get to keep.

Only the people ultimately paying for medical cost–you and I–are really interested in reducing medical problems and their associated cost. The problem is that most people do not have the knowledge to understand the biochemical causes of disease. I have the ability to understand the biochemistry and the chemical terminology, but until I began to research the effects of lipids in my diet, I was unaware of the studies that make it clear to me that excess omega-6 is behind many of the medical problems that I was dealing with personally. In my book, I try to make it simple and easy for people that do not have the ability to understand chemistry and biochemistry and just show you what foods you need to avoid and the ones you need to increase in your diet. I also provide the chemistry and biochemistry, which for most people would probably be a good sleeping aid.

My recipes and menu will help you learn how to prepare truly healthy meals and my list of lipid content of various foods will help you select the kinds of foods that are lower in omega-6 and higher in omega-3.

Book Price Reduced

I have reduced the price of my ebook for a limited time to $2.99 on Amazon and Smashwords.

Here are the links to my ebook: Amazon:


The printed version is available on Lulu for $10.49, but will soon be going to 14.99 when it goes to retail outlets, Here is the link to Lulu:

Thanks to all those that have bought my book. I hope the diet helps you as much as it has helped me.

Depression and omega-6/3

I have reblogged several post regarding the benefits of omega-3 on depression. The death of Robin Williams has led me to revisit the topic. Our ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 can have significant effects in our brains. The level of omega-3 in our diet affects the serotonin receptors in the brain and that can have dramatic effects on depression. DHA, the 22 carbon omega-3 is critically important to brain development and health. The best source of DHA is from wild caught Salmon, but we can get lesser amounts from almost all fish and seafood. We cannot get DHA from plants, but we can make it in our bodies from EPA and ALA and we can get ALA from plant sources. The problem is that there are several factors that can limit the conversion of ALA to EPA and then DHA. High insulin levels from a carbohydrates in our diet can inhibit the conversion and in addition, the rate of conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA decreases as we age.

Omega-3 lipids also are important for the health of nerves and the proper functioning of receptors in the brain. There are several articles showing the benefits of omega-3 on Alzheimer’s and autism as well.

High levels of omega-6 are associated with depression and even suicide. The high level of omega-6 in diets and tissues of most people in the US is behind many of our problems including depression and suicide. Omega-6 and omega-3 are competitive. They compete for inclusion in our cell membranes where they are then turned into super hormones. It is difficult to get the ratio of omega-6/3 down to a healthy ratio of 1:1 with the processed foods that are available to us, especially fast foods and snacks.

If you want to find my past articles on brain health, click on “brain health” in the categories list. There is one post there that has a list of several studies related to depression and suicide.

Is Cholesterol the Cause of Heart Disease?

I don’t think so. It looks much more likely that omega-6 is causing heart disease by causing the inflammation and clotting that promotes the formation of plaque in the arteries. There are many studies showing the association between omega-3 and heart health, like this one:

Most of the articles that point out benefits of omega-3 do not tell you that you have to reduce the omega-6 in your body to raise the omega-3 substantially. When you look at the biochemistry of these lipids and how they are stored and converted to hormones in your cells it is easy to see why. My book shows you the biochemistry and the sources of omega-6 in various foods.

Our doctors should be monitoring the omega-6/3 ratio in our blood instead of the cholesterol–the omega-6/3 ratio in our blood has a 0.99 correlation to your risk of heart disease. Cholesterol is not that strongly correlated to heart disease–over 50% of people admitted to the hospital with heart attacks have normal cholesterol.