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Dr. Oz Tells the Omega-3 Story ... Very Well
01/27/2011 By Randy Hartnell and Craig Weatherby
In case you missed it, we wanted to let you know about the January 26 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
It's the best presentation of the omega-3 story we've ever seen in the mass media.

And it conveys information you're unlikely to hear from most doctors, who remain unaware of recent research documenting America's grave “omega imbalance” and its dire consequences.
In addition to clarifying the omega-3 picture, Dr. Oz and his guest Mark Hyman, MD, educated his 3 million viewers about the imbalance between omega-3 and omega-6 fats in most people's diets ... and the importance of getting your omega-3 and omega-6 levels tested.
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.
We've attended many international scientific conferences on omega fats over the past eight years, follow the research closely, and seek guidance from some of the world's leading experts in fatty acids and health.
So we're sure 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.
We 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.
More information about the Omega Imbalance
For an overview of this subject, see America's Sickening 'Omega Imbalance'”, Using Our Omega 3/6 Balance Scores”, and the Omega-3 / Omega-6 Balance section of our news archive.

The Omega-3 / Omega-6 Balance section of our archive includes our summary of leading fatty acids experts' response to the American Heart Association's woefully misguided position on this issue: “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.