Monthly Archives: October 2009

Fish oil makes you happy: Psychological distress and omega-3 index

For another perspective on omega-3 blood levels, here’s an interesting study in northern Quebec Inuits. Traditionally, Inuits consumed large quantities of omega-3-rich seal, fish, caribou, and whale, even eating the fat. However, like the rest of the world, modern Inuits … Continue reading

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Hospitals are a hell of a place to get sick

I answered a page from a hospital nurse recently one evening while having dinner with the family. RN: “This is Lonnie. I’m a nurse at _____ Hospital. I’ve got one of your patients here, Mrs. Carole Simpson. She’s here for … Continue reading

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Does fish oil cause blood thinning?

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil have the capacity to “thin the blood.” In reality, omega-3s exert a mild platelet-blocking effect (platelet activation and “clumping” are part of clot formation), while also inhibiting arachidonic acid formation and thromboxane. But can … Continue reading

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Heart Scan Blog readers take impressive doses of omega-3s

Here are the results from the latest Heart Scan Blog poll: What is your dose of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA + DHA, from fish oil? (Add up the total content of EPA + DHA per capsules; multiply times number of … Continue reading

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How old are you?

George walks into my office. I ask him his age. “I’m 21 years old,” he declares. Yet I look at George. He’s got gray thinning hair, his posture is slumped forward rather than erect, the flesh on his upper arms … Continue reading

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No high blood pressure

Primitive cultures that were, until recently, unexposed to the modern world, reveal some important insights into blood pressure. The Yanomamo of South American, the Xingu Indians of Brazil, rural Kenyans, and the natives of Papua, New Guinea have average blood … Continue reading

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Name that food

What common food can: • Cause destructive intestinal damage that, if unrecognized, can lead to disability and death? • Increase blood sugar higher and faster than table sugar?• Trigger an autoimmune inflammatory condition in the thyroid (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)? • Create … Continue reading

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Heart Defects Simplified

For as long as I’ve known him, echocardiography technologist, Ken Heiden, has had a deep fascination with congenital heart disease. Ken has just written a wonderful book on congenital heart disease called Heart Defects Simplified. While this is a bit … Continue reading

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My experience with the omega-3 index

I just got back my own results from the Gene Smart laboratory reporting my omega-3 index and omega-6:omega-3 ratio. My results: Omega-3 index: 8.2% Omega-6:omega-3 index: 3.2 to 1 Not too bad, but not as good as I’d expected. Hmmm. … Continue reading

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The Omega-3 Index: The higher, the better?

So you take a few fish oil capsules every day and eat fish once or twice a week. What is the blood and tissue level of omega-3 fatty acids generated by your habits? A number of variables enter into the … Continue reading

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