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Fish Oil Provides 24-Hour Control of Circulating Fat Levels PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Bruce Holub   
Thursday, 03 August 2006 00:00

The current healthcare system only monitors fasting triglyceride levels by blood sampling after an overnight fast despite clinical evidence that postprandial (after meal) surges in fat (triglyceride) levels markedly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease. The research study, reported on July 28th in Cairns, Australia by Professor Bruce Holub at the Congress for the International Society for the study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, evaluated the effect of supplementation with DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil on blood triglyceride levels throughout the 24-hour period. 

Male overweight subjects were supplemented daily with a placebo (controls) or with 3.6 grams of DHA/EPA (combined) for a 3-week duration in a cross-over controlled trial. After each 3-week supplementation period, the subjects were given meals with fixed nutritional compositions and sequential blood samplings were taken over a 24-hour period for measurements of triglyceride levels. A significant overall reduction in the circulating triglyceride levels by 29-34% during the 24-hour monitoring was found with DHA/EPA supplementation relative to controls.


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Mom’s who take omega-3 fatty acids have babies with better vision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Bruce Holub   
Monday, 31 July 2006 00:00

Professor Sheila Innis reported results from her clinical trial on Thursday July 27 at the Congress for the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) being held in Cairns Australia. In this double-blind randomized study, 100 pregnant women received a daily placebo (control) or 400 mg supplemental DHA Omega-3 fatty acid for 16 to 36 weeks of pregnancy. Blood measurements and subsequent breast milk levels of DHA were analyzed in conjunction with visual acuity assessments in their babies. 

The women receiving DHA supplementation showed much higher levels of measured DHA in their blood samples and in their breast milk fat at 30 days post-partum (0.33% of fat as compared to only 0.19% in controls). Visual acuity in infants as measured at 2 months of age was positively associated with maternal DHA status at 36 weeks of pregnancy. Further, the infants from mothers with lower intakes of DHA (approx. 80 mg or less per day) during pregnancy, common on usual westernized diets, exhibited a significantly greater risk of having a lesser visual acuity.


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Are Your Children Crazy? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jane M. Orient   
Thursday, 27 July 2006 00:00

Congress and President Bush apparently think that a lot of children have a "mental health" problem. Or that enough of them do to justify taking millions of dollars from taxpayers to fund a universal "mental health screening" for children, and eventually for everyone. 

Personally, I think - from the perspective of a person who never had any - that almost all children act crazy. Those who don't are, by definition, abnormal, because they don't act like the others. 

The main problem with about half of them is that they are boys. Such children are obviously made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails. On the farm there is a solution for that: a procedure for turning boy lambs into non-ram lambs. After a quick little operation, they act like peaceful little lambs instead of aggressive, disruptive rams. 

We don't do surgery like that on little boys, of course, but we do have our methods: such as behavioral therapy and chemicals. 

There are those who argue with some passion that society has to do something. Bad, disruptive, antisocial or depressed little kids make lots of trouble for parents and schoolteachers. Worse, they can grow up into dysfunctional, unhappy or troublemaking adults. That snotty little boy might become a dissenting nonconformist or even a rebellious man, who could throw a monkey wrench into our smoothly functioning society. We have to catch them early - for their own good.


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Reduction of Arrhythmias in Patients with Fish Oil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Bruce Holub   
Tuesday, 25 July 2006 00:00

On Monday, July 24, at a meeting of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (or ISSFAL) taking place in Cairns, Australia, Dr. R. Metcalf presented highly original findings on DHA/EPA Omega-3 fatty acids and cardiac arrhythmias from a recent pilot trial. 

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is any death from cardiac causes within one hour of the onset of symptoms. It is almost always due to arrhythmias known as ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF). 

According to the American Heart Association, “Ventricular fibrillation is very serious. Collapse and sudden cardiac death will follow in minutes unless medical help is provided immediately. If treated in time, VF and ventricular tachycardia (extremely rapid heartbeat) can be converted into normal rhythm. This requires shocking the heart with a device called a defibrillator.” 

In the presented trial, patients with heart disease either received a fish oil supplement providing 900 mg of omega-3 fatty acids (as DHA and EPA) each day for at least four weeks while other patients served as controls. All patients were subjected to arrhythmia testing by electrical impulses to induce sustained ventricular arrhythmias.


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Running on Fish Oil: Benefits of Omega-3 Supplementation and Exercise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Bruce Holub   
Tuesday, 25 July 2006 00:00

Allison Hill reported this morning, at the ISSFAL (International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids & Lipids) Congress in Cairns, Australia, new research findings on adjunct supplementation with fish oil in obese or overweight subjects (25 – 65 years old) assigned to a regular exercise regimen. At entry, the 75 men and women, who also had two cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol or triglyceride, participated in a double – blind trial of 12 weeks in duration. 

The participants were assigned to either daily supplementation with vegetable oil with or without an exercise regimen or daily fish oil supplementation (providing 2 grams of DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids) with or without exercise. The moderate exercise program as assigned to half the subjects consisted of three running sessions per week for 45 minutes each at 75% of their age-predicted maximum heart rate.


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Animated map shows the raging obesity epidemic in the United States PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 14 July 2006 00:00

On a recent trip to the beach I observed as a 3 year old, that could hardly walk, cross in front of me. He could hardly walk because he had layers and layers of fat on his body with most of the fat on his stomach. Another older boy was being teased and chased by someone who looked like his older brother. He had fat all over his body and after a short and tragic attempt at a run fell over while his brother mockingly laughed at him. 

Looking at the children at the beach an incredibly high number of them were overweight and many were obese. There were many kids with rolls and rolls of fat all over their bodies. Many of the adults were in even worse shape. Many were overweight, some were obese, and some were morbidly obese. Statistics show that 6 of 10 Americans are overweight or obese and over 15% of children are overweight or obese. 

American obesity – it’s the epidemic that is raging all over the country in plain sight. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in the United States, obesity has risen at an epidemic rate during the past 20 years. “In 1991, four states had obesity prevalence rates of 15–19 percent and no states had rates at or above 20 percent. In 2003, 15 states had obesity prevalence rates of 15–19 percent; 31 states had rates of 20–24 percent; and 4 states had rates more than 25 percent.”


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NSAIDs (Advil, Aleve, Vioxx…) increases risk of first heart attack PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Monday, 26 June 2006 00:00

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, are assumed to be well tolerated and are widely used as a therapy for common pain and conditions such as arthritis. These pharmaceuticals constitute one of the most widely used class of drugs, with more than 70 million prescriptions and more than 30 billion over-the-counter tablets sold annually in the United States alone. NSAIDs are called nonsteroidal because they are not steroids. Steroids affect inflammation by suppressing part of the immune system, which is the body’s natural healing response to trauma. Instead NSAIDs mainly inhibit the body's ability to synthesize prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are a family of hormone-like chemicals, some of which are made in response to cell injury. 

Unfortunately, prostaglandins are also involved in the healing mechanism of the digestive system and because NSAIDs affect prostaglandins they have the unwanted side effect of increasing the possibility of gastrointestinal bleeding. According to the American Journal of Medicine, “Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated.” These conservative figures are equivalent to 293 hospitalizations and 45 deaths each day from NSAID GI complications in U.S. arthritis patients alone. 

The New England Journal of Medicine also stated “If deaths from gastrointestinal toxic effects from NSAIDs were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States. Yet these toxic effects remain mainly a ‘silent epidemic,’ with many physicians and most patients unaware of the magnitude of the problem. Furthermore the mortality statistics do not include deaths ascribed to the use of over-the-counter NSAIDS.”


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More Inconvenient Truths PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Monday, 12 June 2006 00:00

As we go through our busy lives we are usually consumed with our daily activities and rarely give pause to recognize bigger issues. For those that are interested in bigger issues, most get their information from the television, radio, and other standard news sources. Rarely do we go outside of these sanctioned outlets of information. 

While there are many valuable pieces of information that we get from these standard sources, what we do get is filtered through a large number of biases. Biases based on corporate interests, politics, preconceptions, and other factors distort what we hear and what we hear about any particular topic. 

While a new medication, vaccine, or surgical treatment will almost always get a large amount of generally favorable press, a study that shows leafy green vegetables greatly decreases the risk of skin cancer, meat and dairy greatly increase the risk of cancer, or coffee increases spontaneous abortion hardly gets any mention. The first group has a large financial and well established belief bias, whereas the later group has either no positive monetary component or worse yet may challenge an existing profitable industry and may require disruption to established beliefs or lifestyles. These truths are inconvenient. 

However, despite the bias against the acknowledgement of certain issues some eventually come forward into the public consciousness. Former Vice President Al Gore has brought up such an issue in his new documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”. The documentary attempts to raise awareness of global warming and the possible dire consequences of public inaction.


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