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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Tufts Researchers Find That Omega-3's Can Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

A comprehensive review of published clinical studies by research associates at Tufts-New England Medical Center has found that increased consumption of DHA and EPA (omega-3's), "reduces the rates of all-cause mortality, cardiac and sudden death, and possibly stroke."

...... Studies published in peer-reviewed journals have reported that patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and depression may be deficient in vital nutrients: omega-3, folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12. According to Dr. Barbara Levine of Weill Cornell Medical College, "Increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, has been clinically shown to reduce severity of these diseases, so that patients are often able to reduce or eliminate medications that have serious adverse reactions."

Many doctors are now using Animi-3, a prescription-only product with specially formulated and highly refined omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, B6, and B12.
Gary Moller comments:
This is an interesting report, not because it is telling us what we already know (Omega-3 oils reduce heart diease, stroke, depression etc, or that B vitamins are equally important for health); but that it shows the insidious process that is happening, driven by big business to "medicalise" and therefore capture and control natural nutritional substances by way of packaging them into prescription only medicines, like the Animi-3 pill.
This process of medicalisation of nutrition should be regarded with horror and revulsion by all. First of all, good nutrition does not come via a pill - it comes from the widespread availability of fresh and affordable foods and encouraging their consumption. Only then would one supplement. Supplementation is wise in instances where there are either deficiencies of a nutrient in food sources, or where there is an additional need of the person, such as during illness or heavy exercise, or chronic depletion.
What we do know about any substance that is dispensed by way of prescription, is the cost goes right through the roof; especially when we factor in the bureacracy hiding behind the scenes of the prescription industry and the compulsory 5 minute appointment with the Dr to get the pill (most likely it will be the synthetic version of the natural nutrient). Government subsidy or not we the public pay one way or another.
Its lunchtime now, so I will sign off now and go eat my $1.99 can of Omega-3 rich sardines, plus a few 15 cents NZ Kiwi Fruit.

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