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The Omega-3 Effect: Book Review
9/27/2012
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“America’s pediatrician” – William Sears, M.D. – delivers a clear, fun primer on fish fats
By Craig Weatherby 
 
In The Omega-3 Effect, William Sears, M.D. – often called “America’s Pediatrician” – turns his attention to the vital role of omega-3s in human health.
 
We’ve read just about every book on the subject, and consider The Omega-3 Effect a uniquely clear, thorough – and entertaining – guide.
 
This very welcome, overdue book – co-authored by his some James Sears, M.D. – continues the Sears tradition of writing books that reach the most readers with the best science in the simplest way.
 
Clearly, Dr. Sears hewed to the twin KISMIF principles that helped make many of his books bestsellers: “Keep It Simple, Make It Fun”, and “Keep It Scientific, Make It Factual”.
 
Dr. Sears draws on his personal experience – including the colon cancer diagnosis that led him on a search for the perfect diet – and his enormous clinical experience with kids and parents.
 
But before writing the book, he consulted the top experts in omega-3 research, including:
  • Physician Jorn Dyerberg, M.D., who discovered the heart-health effects of omega-3s.
  • Biochemist William Lands, Ph.D., who ranks very high among the most respected and published omega-3 researchers in the world.
  • Psychiatrist Joe Hibbeln, M.D., from the National Institutes of Health, who led landmark studies of omega-3s’ effects on mental health and child development.
His discussions with these experts confirmed his clinical experience that, as he says, “omega-3s function as medicine for brains and bodies of all ages”.
 
Dr. Sears takes readers through each body system – including the brain, heart, joints, skin, and immune system – and demonstrates how omega-3s are essential to each.
 
The Omega-3 Effect also offers tips on what foods and supplements readers should incorporate into their diet, as well as several delicious recipes.
 
Dr. Sears offers a practical, science-based approach to living a more healthful life – with the aid of clarifying illustrations and clever cartoons.
 
We heartily recommend The Omega-3 Effect … it’s a great guide to using omega-3s to optimize health.
 
About Drs. William and James Sears
William Sears, M.D., is the father of eight children and the author of more than 30 books on child care.
 
He's practiced medicine for more than 40 years, and is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.
 
He received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto – the largest children’s hospital in the world, where he served as associate ward chief of the newborn nursery and associate professor of pediatrics.
 
Dr. Sears is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a fellow of the Royal College of Pediatricians (RCP). He's also a medical and parenting consultant for BabyTalk and Parenting magazines and the pediatrician on the website Parenting.com.
 
Dr. Sears's son and co-author James Sears, M.D., is a pediatrician and co-host of the popular TV show The Doctors.
 


Dr. Sears in Alaska with
Vital Choice founder Randy Hartnell, August 2009

Praise for The Omega-3 Effect
“Dr. William Sears has the unique gift of being both an excellent physician and a great communicator.
 
“In The Omega-3 Effect, he offers practical, easy-to-understand yet authoritative advice written with humor, intelligence, insight, and clarity.
 
“Dr. Sears is one of the few physicians who actually is well-versed in accurate nutrition information and always is a good resource for putting know-how into practice.”
 
– Elizabeth Somer, R.D., author of Eat Your Way to Sexy and Food & Mood
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