12-3-2003
Was Humanity's Rise to Preeminence Fueled By Fish Oils? - 4

Rifts Within the Lute
    In spite of the many insights that Dr. Sears' book provides, there are several rifts within the lute.
    Barry Sears, Ph. D., strongly advises that you buy his molecularly distilled, highly purified fish oil. Two-and-a-half grams of the omega-3 oils, which constitutes the maintenance dose of his fish oils, costs $1.67 a day, or $1.33 a day if you commit to automatic shipments of it every month. Dr. Sears explains that you can't easily get these benefits from salmon because the AA (Arachidonic Acid)-to-EPA (Ecosapentaenoic acid) ratio in salmon in 0.87, compared to a  0.05 AA/EPA ratio with fish oil (The Omega Rx Zone, pg. 67), which makes it difficult to reach a 1.5 ratio of AA-to-EPA in your blood stream considering all the other sources of arachidonic acid that assail you. Also, his fish oil is hundreds of times purer than typical health food grade fish oils.
    For those taking a major therapeutic dose of Dr. Sears' fish oils, the daily tab would be $13.33 a day. Of course, that wouldn't continue very long.
    Clearly, the money in this field is to be made by selling supplements that go on and on and on, rather than by selling books. Still, the books bring the customers in the door.
    Dr. Sears' book recommends two sources for these supplements, but only one... his own.... is really suitable. Likewise, he recommends one source for the AA/EPA blood test:  "Your Future Health". The current price for this service in the continental U. S. (other than California) is $245.00.
    I don't mean to complain too loudly about this situation. A maintenance dose of his highly purified fish oils isn't that exensive, and it's certainly worth every penny of it if it affords you relative freedom from degenerative diseases. Also, I'd rather see Dr. Sears and his associates make this money than see it flow into the pockets of speculative investors.
    But this raises a question: how can the Japanese have a the ideal AA/EPA ratio of 1.5? The Japanese eat quite a bit of polished rice, which has a high glycemic load. They certainly haven't been taking Dr. Sears' highly purified fish oils. They may eat quite a bit of fish, but how much fatty fish do they eat? What about contamination? And how about Eskimos? They haven't eaten molecularly distilled, highly purified fish oils.

    Nicholas Perricone, M. D. (who is selling cosmetics rather than fish oils) urges you to eat wild Alaskan red or pink salmon. This, he says, is very low in contaminants. He particularly recommends the red Alaskan sockeye salmon. (The Perricone Prescription, pgs. 59-60)  
    "They have a deep red flesh, and, of all wild salmon, have the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, and the biological antioxidant astaxanthin. Studies suggest that astaxanthin is ten times more effective as an antioxidant than other carotenoids, and one hundred times more powerful than vitamin E. This natural pigment, which gives sockeye its rich color, comes from their diet of marine algae, zooplankton, and krill. Because sockeye live only about four years and eat primarily a vegetarian diet, they are less prone to accumulate harmful contaminants than are other species. EPA studies have shown Alaskan sockeye are among the purest ever tested." 
    Red sockeye salmon is available at our local supermarkets. It costs about $5.00 a can. which make is more than three times as expensive as pink Alaskan wild salmon, and more expensive than Dr. Sears' fish oil capsules. Also, they contain only 763 mg. of omega-3 oils per two-ounce serving. That makes a 2.5-gram serving of EPA plus DHA cost about $3.00.. 
    A two-ounce serving of red Sockeye salmon (90 calories, 12 grams of protein) contains 0.763 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. The 6-ounce servings of salmon that Dr. Perricone suggests would give you 2.29 grams of omega-3 oils, and probably, a total of about 1.8  grams of EPA and DHA per six-ounce, 330-calorie serving. For his three-day Nutritional Face Lift, he recommends 8 to 18 ounces of salmon a day, giving you 3.05 to 6.86 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. On a sustaining basis, he recommends something like 3 to 4 grams of total omega-3 oils, or, perhaps, 2.5 to 3 grams of combined EPA and DHA. 
    It's worth noting that Dr. Perricone is quite familiar with Dr. Sears' work, and mention Dr. Sears in his books.

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