|The Omega-3 Miracle
by Dr Garry Gordon, DO, ND, DHom, MD
One of our advisors, Dr Garry
Gordon, has written the ultimate treatise on omega-3 essential fatty
acids. I’ve never before come across such a thorough yet readable tract on
Dr Gordon, like many progressive
physicians who see nutrition as the foundation of health and
wellness, states very clearly that much of our illness today has
come from our diets lacking the basic essentials.
Omega-3 EFAs (essential fatty
acids) were once part of everyone’s diets. The eggs we ate came
from healthy chickens and contained them; the grains we ate
contained them; the fish we eat still contain them (some fish, not
all); and many of the vegetables we ate contained them. Today, our
diets consist of processed foods. Because omega-3 EFAs are unstable,
their shelf life is short, and for a country more interested in
marketing than in health, they are very unprofitable.
Corn has become our oil of
choice, and sadly, during the fifties, as Dr Gordon points out, the
corn oil industry convinced the medical community that corn oils
were the best oils to put in our bodies.
As Dr Gordon adamantly states:
Corn is the most dangerous food on the market.
Many nutritionists agree with
In reading Dr Andrew Weil years
ago, I’d first learned of prostaglandins and prostaglandin
chemistry. I understood his basic concept and why we should toss out
all our corn oil and replace it with olive oil, but I never
understood his explanation of prostaglandin chemistry.
Dr Gordon makes up for that. You
will not be befuddled after reading this book. Gordon is a
delightful writer, his science is unobtrusive and simple without
being oversimplified. Sort of what we try to do here at this web
Dr Gordon points out that many
of our illnesses today (and that medical science is starting to
agree) come from inflammation (something I’ve been
researching for two years now and someday we’ll have a very thorough
article here on it). These diseases range from cancer, to heart
disease, to diabetes, to arthritis. Corn products stimulate the
inflammation response in our bodies.
The Omega-3 Miracle points out that there are good fats and
there are bad fats. He points out that omega-3s are not better than
omega-6s, but rather they must be balanced within our bodies. Both
fats are essential to good health, but having an overabundance of
omega-6s (which the Standard American Diet most certainly has)
stimulates the inflammation response.
And what book on essential fatty
acids would be complete without kicking the crud out of the worst
fats in the history of mankind, trans fats, or partially
I’ve often written on the
dangers of these oils. Type Two (non insulin dependent
diabetes) Diabetes can be traced to our abundant consumption of trans fats
in all their forms. Medicine likes to point out that the main cause
of Type Two Diabetes is white flour. However, take your average donut, and
you have white flour, sugar, and trans fats (from shortening).
This is a triple threat.
Dr Gordon points out, like I’ve
often pointed out, that our cell membranes consist of lipids.
Cholesterol, an “essential fatty acid,” is found in every cell
membrane in our bodies. (This is just one reason for our recent focus,
at this website, on
so-called bad cholesterol and how the marketing of cholesterol
drugs is the greatest fraud ever pulled off on our society.)
Dr Gordon also points out, in a
Rumsfeldesque manner, that our cell membranes consist of the fats we
eat, and not the fats we want to eat or should eat. We are what we
eat. And though I hate repeating myself (for the kazillionth time!)
if your fat intake consists of trans fats, then instead of cholesterol making
up your cell membranes, trans fats will take their place. Trans fats
are some tough little buggers. They have an almost indefinite shelf
life. Being tough, they don’t let nutrition into our cells or toxins
out as well as cholesterol does. In fact, insulin, being a very
large molecule, has an even tougher time getting past a cell
membrane constructed by trans fats, hence non insulin-dependent
Something we’ve not discussed
yet, but that Dr Gordon covers quite nicely, is that the membranes
in our cells (there are three) are also made up, or should
be made up, of omega-3 fatty acids. If they are missing from our
diets because we’ve been eating too many omega-6s and trans fats,
then our entire system is overfed, undernourished, and as toxic as a
Monsanto landfill. Cellular communications slow down, we become
acidic, hormones hardly can do their job, and inflammation runs
Is there any doubt that chronic
fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, and arthritis are diseases of the
fork? These are all what I like to call "first stage" diseases.
"Second stage" diseases that everyone with these illnesses will
eventually suffer (if they are lucky enough to live that long) are
the two main killers in America, cancer and heart disease.
Finally, and this is always fun,
I must tell you of a bit of synchronicity.
While reading Dr Gordon’s book
The Omega-3 Miracle I was also researching
probiotics. As you know, my favorite food product in this
universe is Omegasentials. The inventor, a genius by the name of
Stan Mann, is a vegan, meaning he eats nothing that comes from
animals. However, even as a vegan, Stan puts fish oils (another form
of omega-3s) into his Omegasentials because the fish oils contain
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eiocosapentaenoic acid), two very important fatty acids that our nervous systems
require. So, while reading both
The Omega-3 Miracle and studying probiotics, I came across
the same bit of information at almost the same exact time: If the
human body is in proper working order (meaning our digestive system
is up to par, our liver is healthy and gets the proper nutrients, and/or our digestive flora [probiotics] is/are in
balance), we can convert flax oil
into DHA and EPA.
This just jumped off the page at
me. Were we a healthy people, Stan would not have to put fish oils
into his ground flax product, Omegasentials. But, most of us are
not. Our diets are terrible; our digestive systems are terrible (the
largest over the counter medication purchased in this country is
My recommendation? Buy this
book! It contains a wealth of information. Then buy
Omegasentials. They are
essential to health and longevity (and don’t forget our
Omegasential Baking Contest).
And finally, get good
probiotics into your body. If you were to do all this starting
today, incorporate healthy oils into your body (coconut,
palm, and thirdly, olive (but
never heat it), in 90 days you’d see a whole new you.