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Omega-3, a Prescription?

Column #170

On November 10, 2018 it was BREAKING NEWS. Headlines on NBC, NY Times, Washington Post, and on and on called it a miracle heart drug. Guess what, it’s purified fish oil (a highly concentrated form of Omega-3) in a prescription pill that costs “only” $278 a month per person. Does it work? Yes, it lowers heart attack risks by 25% and death by 20%. Wow, what a discovery!

Or is it a wow? Is it even a discovery? To answer that question I read the report. Then I dusted off additional research from over the years. Then I reviewed my own experiences. The following is my analysis of the “Breaking News.”

Meditation and Thanksgiving

Column #169

It’s said that meditation reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and pain while increasing internal peace, perception, self-concept, and well-being.

What does being thankful do? Michael E. McCullough, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Miami, compared “grateful people” to those who were less so. He concluded that being thankful has five advantages--both psychological and physiological. They are:

It’s Not Working

Column #168

When people realize that nutrition actually plays a role in their long-term health and wellness quite often that’s when they start making changes. Usually the changes are small ones they learned about from their friends, medical doctor, and the media. That means they start off with mostly myths, half truths, and rarely with what’s known in the scientific literature.

Almost always initial changes provide some positive results. That’s because when beginners start, they are in such malnourished states that any positive change, however slight, heads them in a better direction. Just eating a little less processed foods, a dab more vegetables, and switching from processed grains to whole grains can provide that improvement. But on the continuum representing the way food impacts health and disease, their initial changes only pull them a few notches away from disaster.

Live Holistic

Column #167

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 61 million Americans are grappling with a disability that impacts major life activities. Of course not all of these afflictions are food related. There are numerous causes, and I’ll review some. I’ll also point out situations that could have been avoided by having a holistic approach to life and discuss if it’s ever too late to establish preventative measures. But first: one in four Americans is disabled.

The "2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System" study focused on six disability types:
●    Mobility (serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs)
●    Cognition (serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions)
●    Independent living (difficulty doing errands alone)
●    Hearing (serious difficulty hearing)
●    Vision (serious difficulty seeing)
●    Self-care (difficulty dressing or bathing)

Politics Won’t Cure U.S.

Column #166

It’s election time again and in less than two weeks the political ads will stop running. Based on that alone we have a lot to be thankful for this coming Thanksgiving. Some peace maybe.

In the meantime Linda and I are studying our voting options which vary for everyone depending on which state they live in. But there is one universal option I want to address. It involves the preservation of our food supply. A year ago Amanda Radke wrote a column in Beef Magazine that touched on that issue and, undoubtedly, it will surface again.

Omega-3 Deficiencies & Mental Health

Column #165

If long-term mental health is a concern, you need to be familiar with Captain Joseph R Hibbeln, M.D., United States Public Health Service. He is a Clinical Investigator and the Acting Chief of the Lumbar Medial Branch Block/Special Needs Network at National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Dr. Hibbeln has been the principal investigator of numerous studies at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and was one of the first investigators to draw attention to the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids in psychiatric disorders. He’s also participated in many collaborative clinical trials of Omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention of suicide, postpartum depression, and violence.

His internationally respected studies show that high ratios of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) negatively impact brain function. His works are well-known by professionals in psychiatry and nutrition but unfortunately the general public, most healthcare professionals, and even many nutritionists have no idea he lives and breathes. So if you are not familiar with his work, I’ll paraphrase and quote some of his findings to provide some insight.

Mitochondria Made Easy

Column #164

One treads on shaky ground when trying to make the complex simple because simplification leaves out details. For that reason experts need to give those of us who attempt simplification a little latitude as we try to explain mitochondria to the general public.

Everyone with a keen interest in health has heard about the mitochondria. Yet most folks can’t explain what they are, where they’re located, their function, or how they impact health. So what are mitochondria?

A cell is the smallest structural and functional unit of an organism. Its four primary parts are: membrane, cytoplasm, organelle, and nucleus.

Just the Facts EBN EBM

Column #163

I’m a stickler for getting “evidence-based” information no matter the topic. It’s one reason why I provide reference material at the end of my columns. Unfortunately, reading in-depth scientific literature is not the most entertaining thing to do. That’s why in most cases, when it comes to nutrition, videos, media articles, and product brochures are usually very limited in scope, provide selective science, and are crafted to be engaging and emotionally stirring. As a result, most people rarely have in-depth knowledge which tends to make them react spontaneously to labels and supposed gurus without examination and, consequently, without understanding.

Grass-Fed vs Grain-Fed

Column #162

There are many more differences between grass-fed and grain-fed beef than just their balances of Omega-6 (n6) to Omega-3 (n3) essential fatty acids (EFAs). In 2010, Cynthia A. Daley and her team of researchers examined some of the differences in a review study based on 30 years of research. It’s titled: “A Review of Fatty Acid Profiles and Antioxidant Content in Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed Beef.”

The goals of the review were to investigate the nutrient claims for grass-fed beef and discuss the effects these specific nutrients have on human health.

A medley of quotes from their report tells the story.

Lab-Grown Meat

Column #161

The earth is home to over seven billion people. A good number of them, more than ever before, are thinking about building better mousetraps. Consequently you’ve got to figure some better ones will come along. As they do each advancement is called new technology and new industries are created. That’s why it’s so amazing what’s being done these days and more amazing about what’s coming.

Recently we’ve been hearing a lot about veggie burgers. But are they being shoved aside by lab-grown or cultured meat? The science for cultured meat is an outgrowth of biotechnology’s tissue engineering field. It does not involve genetic engineering. It’s simply adding a collagen matrix (taken from either living or deceased animals) to adult muscle stem cells from a live animal and bathing them in a culture media of primarily photosynthetic algae and cyanobacteria.

Now if you think that growing meat in a petri dish is pretty far fetched, think again. Even Tyson, the huge Arkansas-based meat company that processes chicken, beef, and pork, recently bought out two fledgling cultured meat companies. Not to be left behind, Cargill recently announced an investment in Memphis Meats which has the proven technology and potential to commercialize cultured meat protein.