Fish Oil

The Italian “Secret” To Heart Disease Recovery
By: Dr. Al Sears MD

If you’re a regular reader of Health Alerts, you’ve heard me talk a lot about fish oil. It’s one of the most effective ways of preventing a host of chronic diseases – especially heart disease.
But here in the US, the FDA protects big drug makers by making sure that heart attack victims don’t have access to the heart-healthy benefits of fish oil.

In today’s Health Alert, I’ll tell you why. I’ll also reveal some of fish oil’s many benefits – and why you should consider taking it.

Standard Practice in Italy – Unknown in the US

In Italy, doctors prescribe fish oil to every patient who survives a heart attack. It’s standard practice. They feel so strongly about it, most would consider it malpractice to omit fish oil from the diet of a recovering heart attack patient.

Yet here in the US, doctors don’t recommend the heart-healthy omega-3s found in fish oil. In fact, the FDA has not approved Omacor – the only prescription fish oil on the market – for use in heart patients. Of course, American cardiologists are only too happy to recommend drugs and other high-profit items – everything from statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) to implantable defibrillators.

Dr. Terry Jacobson – a preventive cardiologist at Emory University in Atlanta – had this to say: “Most cardiologists here are not giving omega-3s [to their patients] even though the data supports it – there’s a real disconnect… They have been very slow to incorporate the therapy.”

Clearly, the FDA is suppressing the use of fish oil to protect big pharma’s monopoly over the drug market. But that’s not surprising, considering that the yearly sale of statins alone exceeds $25 billion.

When pressed, the FDA questions the efficacy of fish oil. This, in spite of the volumes of clinical tests available showing the remarkable healing qualitiesof omega-3 fatty acids.

* The Evidence is Overwhelming… Fish Oil Protects You from Disease *
Don’t be discouraged by your government’s interest in big corporations. If you’re not currently taking fish oil, you should consider it. It does more than just prevent heart disease. It wipes out joint pain, eases depression and protects your eyes from blindness.

Scores of clinical reports back this up. Here are just a few…
• The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported a study that showed that fish oil lowers triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are fats in your blood linked to heart disease. The participants took a fish oil supplement or a placebo. Those taking the fish oil had a decrease in triglycerides which reduced their chance of heart disease by 25%. The subjects taking the placebo showed no significant reduction.
• Cod Liver Oil helps with depression too. In 1999, The Archives of General Psychiatry published an intriguing study, which proved a link. Depressed patients took a fish oil supplement or a placebo for 4 months. An overwhelming 64% of patients taking the fish oil reported a significant reduction in symptoms. (Fish oil works on depression by introducing omega-3s to brain cells. The higher the level of omega-3s, the easier it is for the chemical messenger serotonin to carry messages from one brain cell to another. This directly affects symptoms of depression.)
• Researchers from the National Eye Institute found that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supports the nerves in the retina. DHA is one of the primary ingredients in Cod liver oil. Over 4,500 people from the ages of 60-80 participated in the National Eye Institutes study. People who supplemented with Cod liver oil were 50% less likely to develop macular degeneration that those who didn’t.
Cod liver oil is simply the easiest, most reliable way to get the omega-3s you need every day. And it costs just pennies a day – literally! It’s available at your local nutrition store or on the Internet.

To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD

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