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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Omega 3 Oils
Date: September 26, 2007 at 4:16 am PST

In Reply to: Omega 3 Oils posted by Paul K. on September 25, 2007 at 4:28 pm:

Without you being my patient and knowing much more about you and your health/medical/issues and lifestyle, I can't give you direct advice on a public message board.

However, In general, I do not recommend the use of fish oil or flax oil as part of the regular diet.

I know that fish oil is being recommended regularly as treatment for those with existing heart disease or at high risk for heart disease because of its EPA and DHA content, of which flax oil has none. The AHA even has such recommendations. High doses of fish oil are now available by Rx to help lower severely elevated Triglycerides. Sometimes, these may be necessary. Thats a medical decision.

In addition, it seems like both of these have become the "cure all" of the day and are also being recommended for many other uses, many of which, there is little evidence for.

Dr. Esselstyn's "no oil" is part of a whole lifestyle recommendation, which is very effective, that he studied on a small group for around 25 years and published a few studies on. You may want to consider getting the book and adopting his program.

If you were my patient, I would be more concerned with looking at your total diet and lifestyle and see where improvements can be made and what changes were needed instead of just trying to "treat" it with a pill.

A healthy unprocessed unrefined whole food plant based diet can provide enough Omega 3s if you make the right food choices. Leafy greens, if you consume enough, are a good source, as are walnuts, flax seeds.

At our center, we have published an enormous amount of research showing we can reverse all the markers of heart disease quickly and dramatically. In addition, we have shown many people are able to "bypass the bypass" and not undergo surgery when it was recommended if they adopt our program.

The Portfolio Diet Program (a less rigid but still vegetarian approach) has also lots of data and shown it can drop LDL ~30%. You can find out more if you search for it on google.

To me, that seems like the safe and sound approach.

If you want more personalized individual help, contact me at my website.

In Health
Jeff

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