Fish Oil & Prostate Cancer = Very Flawed Study

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Fish Oil & Prostate Cancer = Very Flawed Study

Postby Doc E » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:21 pm

Over the last three days or so, the news media has been "all over" this study which purports to show a big link between Fish Oil and Prostate Cancer.
Here's my take, followed by comments from others:It will take more research to find out for sure, but my take on this is that the Fish Oil used in this study WAS NOT protected from peroxidation (turning rancid inside the body).
Peroxidation causes the Fish Oil to become a huge dose of Free Radicals.
Fish Oil that is not protected from peroxidation causes as many problems as it prevents.
Simply by adding 100 iu of a natural Vit E per 600 mg to 1200 mg of fish oil will protect the fish oil from peroxidation.

From a post that I made nearly 3 years ago :
I'll try to make this somewhat understandable.
Fatty acids are made of a long chain of Carbon atoms and those Carbon atoms have other molecules hooked onto them.
Somewhere along that chain, a Carbon or two don't have enough other stuff attatched to them, so a Double Bond is formed. Where that double bond occurs is how a fatty acid is named. If the double bond occurs after the 3rd Carbon, it's an Omega-3 ---- if it's after the 6th Carbon it's an Omega-6 and so on.

So, an Omega-3 is like this : C-C-C=C-C-C-C-C-C-C-etc etc.

But that double bond still isn't "complete" and it's hungry for Oxygen......... So it grabs onto an Oxygen and the oil becomes peroxidized (rancid) right inside the body.
So, if you're taking Omega-3's (Fish Oil) and you are not taking Vit E with it, you are gaining lots of "good stuff" from the fish Oil, but you are also gaining lots of bad stuff (free radicals) from the peroxidized oil.

So, once again, you should be taking 100 iu Vit E for each 600 mg to 1200 mg of Fish Oil.
When you get Vit E, read the label and get one that says d-alpha and NOT dl-alpha.

The one we take (and give to our dogs) is the one that i sell on my website called "Complete Omega-3 Essentials". It's made by Nutri West Laboratories. It has Molecular Distilled fish Oil (free of all contaminants), 100 iu Vit E, 100 mg Flax Seed Oil, 100 mg Black Currant Seed Oil.

It comes in capsules or a liquid. People take the capsules and dogs take the liquid. Humans think the oil tastes terrible (very fishy), but dogs love the flavor -- and the liquid is much cheaper than the capsules. For an average sized retriever, it only takes 1/4 tsp per day, so 8 oz lasts a long time.

But some experts say more evidence is needed before men make drastic changes. ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser said that the original study from which this data was drawn was not specifically designed to look at the exact relationship between omega-3 fatty acid intake and prostate cancer, so men should think twice before discontinuing them entirely.

“This is not proof that omega 3′s cause prostate cancer,” he said.
Talk radio host Michael Savage thinks so. He believes that the study linking fish oil to prostate cancer is junk science, bogus, and fails to prove what it claims
After reading the study, Savage — who earned a PhD in nutritional ethnomedicine — claimed that the report was published by an organization that is in bed with the pharmaceutical industry (a.k.a. Big Pharma). He also declared that the media jumped on the results as part of its ongoing campaign to discredit and condemn vitamins and nutritional supplementation
Prostate cancer specialist Dr. Anthony V. D’Amico who explained that the scientific strength of the study was weak.
The doctor noted among other things that the study left out important risk factors for prostate cancer such as ethnicity, age, PSA level, and body mass index/obesity.
Dr. D’Amico also discussed that that the study didn’t distinguish between high and low quality fish oil supplements, how long they were taken (i.e., the duration of exposure to fish oil), and whether the patients in the study took fish oil supplements before or after they were diagnosed with prostate cancer. The doctor holds MD and PhD degrees. concluded the prostate cancer discussion by underscoring that supplement users should only take purified fish oil and to avoid junk products made by “shyster” vitamin companies.

Mike Adams, the self-named “health ranger,” similarly asserted on the Natural News website that the fish oil prostate cancer risk ia “just another case of pure fearmongering quackery by the anti-vitamin crowd” and that “All these people attacking vitamins are the very same people who are on the take from Big Pharma.” He also cautioned against using low-grade products instead of high-quality fish oil and even suggested the possibility that the fish oil capsules used in the study could have contained BPA “thereby slamming the prostate gland with a cancer-causing, tumor-growing hormone chemical that’s well known to cause cancer.”

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