Fish oil, some not-so-great news—

Finally, a chink in the armor

Of all of the thousands of offerings in the marketplace, there is literally only one animal-based food (or supplement) that gets a near unanimous endorsement from our mainstream medical community. And that would be fish, fish oil and other omega-3 supplements containing fish oil.

As you might expect, that carte blanche endorsement has resulted in a huge business for those products—about one billion dollars per year in just the USA. But finally, there was a hint of bad news this week from the mainstream media (4-11-12 New York Times, see link below). From the article:

People who put their faith in fish oil supplements may want to reconsider. A new analysis of the evidence casts doubt on the widely touted notion that the pills can prevent heart attacks in people at risk for cardiovascular disease.

After sifting through about one thousand studies, the authors found that, “that taking omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce the risk of further cardiovascular problems in patients who already had heart disease.”  

Looking for clarity over confusion? Read the works of Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. --- Bill Clinton did and it probably saved his life.

“Patients who already have heart disease” may very well include the vast majority of the adult population in the USA. Dr. Esselstyn now estimates that virtually everyone who has eaten the typical Western diet for 20 years—already has heart disease.

In other words, getting heart disease is not bad luck, it’s the natural result of eating the wrong food for twenty years or more. Like the American soldiers autopsied after the Korean war, 80% already have coronary artery disease—they just haven’t had their first heart attack yet.

Here’s the comment that I posted online beneath the Times article: 

“Finally, the media tells the public about some possible drawbacks from the ONLY positive aspect of animal-based foods—the omega-3s from fish and fish oil. But by not mentioning the REAL news, they just leave the poor reader even more confused than before.

Bill Clinton making a point about his "plant-based" diet to Wolf Blitzer on CNN. You can see this video on the Video tab of this website.

Real news? Just like so many articles from the “expert” media, there was not a single mention of the clinically proven method of reversing heart disease in over 95% of the cases. That method has absolutely nothing to do with fish, fish oil, or any other product that comes from an animal.

I’m talking about the simple, yet powerful, consumption of a whole foods, plant-based diet like the one being practiced by President Clinton. He was influenced to adopt that diet by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Dean Ornish.

Sadly, millions of lives could be saved if people were simply told the truth about the “miracle” of a whole foods, plant-based diet. And, by the way, there are plenty of plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids—without the host of negatives associated with eating animal products.” —posted by J. Morris Hicks of Stonington, CT.

New York Times article: Fish Oil Supplements for Heart Health?

Related earlier blogpost: Omega-3, sodium & potassium—Think ratios

In closing. Recently I blogged about Dick Cheney and his latest heart surgery—a transplant. Here’s that post along with one more of my 24 posts in the past year on this crucial subject—all part of an ongoing effort to provide clarity over confusion. If you haven’t seen the Sanjay Gupta special (below) you might want to take five minutes and watch the first video on that post.

Clinton or Cheney? Which heart treatment do you prefer?

“The Last Heart Attack” (Sanjay Gupta) on CNN (August 2011)

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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2 Responses to Fish oil, some not-so-great news—

  1. Leo S. says:

    We might also include ground flax seeds for a source of Omega-3 and other nutrients. We should also consider stopping the ingestion of foods that precipitate heart and/or vascular disease.

  2. Debbie says:

    Since fish get their Omega 3’s from eating algae, I get my Omega 3’s from a totally derived plant source, Algae. No fish in my Omega 3! I use Ovega 3.

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