Friday, July 5, 2013

Omega 3’s—Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?

It seems in the past few years it is all the rage to load up on Omega 3’s, especially in the form of fish and krill oils.  I know I’ve done it. Our doctors recommend it; we read about it in health magazines and on the news.  Could we be misinformed?  Is it possible that finance is masquerading as science?  Professor Brian Peskin was guest on my radio show, Survive and Live Well.  He used that phase during the show, and I thought wow, he has a good point. I often wonder how many “miracle” solutions are based not on science, but yet are embraced by the community and before long, are accepted without question until well, someone comes along with the science to unveil the truth.  Well Peskin has done just that.

Conquering Cancer with Parent Essential Oils is an article I wrote after the show that sums up the discussion, but you can replay our conversation here as it wasn't possible to include the detail and passion.

"Fish oil (and krill oil) does not work in clinical practice (despite most everyone saying they do).  Sometimes, ingrained beliefs, even those without scientific foundation, are hard to change. As has occurred with many other nutritional supplements once in the limelight, there is little, if any, scientific validity to fish oil and krill oil’s miraculous claims. It is simply another case of “finance masquerading as science”— in this case, developing new markets for fish — and of medicine’s long history of mistakes and wrong recommendations. Making money is fine when you truly help people, but not when you harm them, even unknowingly. Results consisting of mere “associations,” and “studies“ conducted without valid experiments in which only one variable is changed at a time are meaningless. That’s why the recommendations from most “studies” are later reversed and withdrawn, which leaves the lay public confused." Professor Brian Peskin

That said, we all know that sometimes we don’t have the trials and science to prove that something is good for us.  Broccoli is a prime example and the list is exhaustive.  Until someone can profit off the sales, there is not money for research and trials.  Of course, even with foods such as broccoli, finance does jump in as we can now buy broccoli supplements.  And then of course, we often have Big Pharma wanting a piece of it and as they try to patent food or take over the supplement companies. Sometimes we have to use common sense; if something is good for you and could be anticancer and isn’t harmful in anyway, I say go for it.  But alas, I digress. 

Omegas are important--and no one is disputing that.  However, since the days of The Omega 3 Connection, a great book, we have known that while omegas are indeed important, we still need balance; balance is the key to life and longevity.

So eat your organic cheese, cream and eggs.  Enjoy some grass-fed meat.  Eat some healthy omega 3’s such as hemp seed.  Enjoy your walnuts and avocados.  Change your oil.  Remember to avoid margarine, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, processed and fried foods and again, the GMO oils—soy, canola and corn.  Rethink your use of fish oils.  But most of all, eat with enjoyment and eat what feels right to you.  There is nothing more detrimental to your health than being asked to do something that doesn’t feel right to you—nothing good can come of that. 
In this country it is illegal to cure cancer.  Doctors must follow the standard of care and hope to manage cancer as long as they can before the treatment kills the patient.  Sure, many people do survive their cancer, but many of those will suffer from the treatment.  We owe it to ourselves to be open-minded to therapies aimed at curing cancer—and we must use our instinct and our gut. Peskin's book, The Hidden Story of Cancer, amazed physicians worldwide when they implemented his protocol. 
Cancer is complex and is not just the result of just one error.  Do we need to “change the oil”?  Likely we do; but we also need to create an overall anti-cancer environment within and outside the body.  Everything we eat, drink, use and breathe contributes either to our wellness or sickness.  Remember too, that many protocols are restrictive and cannot be combined.  It is usually best to work with a doctor to be sure that the protocol you have chosen is right for you.  While information is the key to knowledge and making informed choices, sometimes it can be conflicting and put us in overload.  If you need help finding the best diet or treatment for you, a qualified cancer coach can provide information, options and guidance.

The information shared here is for educational purposes only and it is not intended to replace the physician–patient relationship. If you are sick, you are advised to consult your physician.

Have a healthy day!
~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~
Professor Brian Peskin, BSEE, MIT, is the world’s leading scientist specializing in physiologic parent EFAs— termed PEOs—and their direct relationship to the prevention and treatment of both cancer and cardiovascular disease.  Peskin’s discoveries, grounded strictly in state-of-the-art science—in particular, physiology— can be found in his seminal work The Hidden Story of Cancer, and soon to be released PEO Solution with Dr. Robert Rowen, MD, peer-reviewed and complementary/integrative medical journal articles, and his clinical (in vivo) oncology PEO pre-treatment experiment in mice. The seminal I.O.W.A. Study (Investing Oils With respect to Arterial health) conclusively showed PEOs are markedly superior to fish oil supplementation.

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, keynote speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She is also on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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