In case you missed it, I wanted to let you know about the groundbreaking January 26 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
It’s the best presentation of the omega-3 story I've ever seen in the mass media… information you're unlikely to hear from most doctors, who are trained to treat disease, rather than prevent it.
And in addition to clarifying the omega-3 picture, Dr. Oz and his guest Mark Hyman, M.D., highlighted America’s grave “omega imbalance.”
Dr. Oz educated his 3 million viewers about the omega-3/6 imbalance in most people’s diets, and the importance of getting your blood tested for omega-3 levels.
You can view the four-part episode on his website. You’ll see the links to parts two, three, and four below the video for part one.
I’ve attended six scientific conferences on dietary fats over the past year, in five countries… and many more over the past eight years.
As a consequence, I’m convinced that the information Dr. Oz presented is credible, and could add quality and years to people’s lives while carving billions off our nation’s health care bill.
I hope you'll take time to view the Dr. Oz program and pass it along to as many others as possible.
Many thanks to Drs. Oz and Hyman!
The omega imbalance story, in short
Compared with how humans and their immediate ancestors ate for hundreds of thousands of years, most people today consume fewer omega-3s and far more omega-6 fats.
This means that modern diets conflict with the ancient human genome in a fundamental way, causing serious metabolic imbalances.
Judging by a large, fast-growing body of evidence, this unprecedented fat-imbalance fuels inflammation and promotes or exacerbates cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and auto-immune disorders.
(Omega-3s moderate inflammation, while excess intake of omega-6s promotes inflammation.)
But big food and agribusiness companies would rather you didn't know about research proving the unhealthy effects of the omega imbalance.
This is because most of their products abound in cheap, omega-6-rich corn, soy, cottonseed, sunflower, and safflower oils.
(Experts recommend using oils rich in monounsaturated fats instead of omega-6s… such as olive oil, macadamia nut oil, and special “hi-oleic” sunflower oil.)
Omega-6 fatty acids are essential to human health, but the grossly excessive amounts that typify the average American’s diet exert a generally pro-inflammatory influence in our bodies.
For an overview of this subject, see the Omega-3 / Omega-6 Balance section of our news archive.
And be sure to see our summary of a recent, highly persuasive scientific response to the American Heart Association’s position on America’s omega-imbalance: “Heart Group's Omega-6 Advice Takes a Huge Hit”.
Reducing omega-6s also reduces the amount of omega-3s needed to achieve optimum dietary balance.
For example, leading fatty acid researchers Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., and William Lands, Ph.D., demonstrated that, on average, people eating the “Standard American Diet” require more than 3600mg of omega-3s from fish (EPA + DHA) per day to achieve an optimum balance of omega-3s and omega-6s, but could reduce it to one-tenth of that amount (360 mg) simply by lowering their omega-6 intake.
For more on that landmark analysis, see “Report Finds Americans Need More Omega-3s ... and Far Fewer Omega-6 Fats.”