The controversy of the white gold !

It’s creamy, white and taste soft, fat and a bit sweet. We call it the white gold due to it’s health benefits. The commercial name of the white gold is: MILK. But wait, stop and breathe once – is milk healthy ? Weight loss gurus around the world talks about milk as a source of overweight, we hear more and more reports on lactose intolerance or milk allergies – and since we were youngsters we’ve been told that milk is so easy to become bacteria bombs. So is milk healthy ?

The answer is that milk used to be healthy. If you look at the raw milk, I mean the milk that comes out of the cow, not the pasteurized or homogenized milk that is commercially available in supermarkets then what is it?

Milk is originally intended for the calves to feed on until they are able to eat chewable foods. As such milk contains a vast number of vitamins, minerals including Vitamin B, Carotenoids, calcium,phosphorous, magnesium, and iron as well as Vitamin K. The raw milk also contains digestive enzymes and immun supporting substances. It’s very nutritious and in theory it should be one of the healthiest products to drink.

So what’s all the fuzz about ? Drink more milk ?

NO ! The fuzz is not exaggerated in any way – Milk as it was is no more !

In the late 1800’s beginning of 1900’s we made an important change to dairy production, that would change the nature of milk forever. We moved the cows from the pastures to these indoor facilities where we just stuff more and more live stock next to each other with less and less outdoor time.

What happened was that simultaneously as we started to change cows from being outdoor animals to be indoor animals on very little space infections such as bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis started to appear. This was a real threat to food safety, and not knowing at the time that this is a natural process of putting large amounts of live stock on limited space authorities had to do something. So over a period of 1920 – 1950 all western countries began a process with milk that was invented by Luis Pasteur in 1862. What pasteurizing is, is to heat the food product ( in this case milk) to 75, 87 or 90 degrees celcius for either 15 or 5 seconds in order to reduce or completely eliminate bacteria in the product.

This appeared to be a good choice at the time. Because industrialization of the dairy industry had really made dairy products dangerous. But simultaneously food authorities ignored that the process dramatically changed the milk.

Vitamins can’t survive heating above 40 degrees celcius, so the first effect we end up with is a milk that is deprived of vitamins. The same thing goes for the digestive enzymes that makes it possible for us to actually digest and use the milk for nutrition. We are also aware that the proteins in milk do break their bonds during pasteurization and as such is impaired. The process also inactivates the antibodies IgG and IgM which is found in raw milk and otherwise would’ve strengthened our immune function. Above this pasteurization also disrupts the raw milks content and structure of probiotics and milk fat which both perform an important role in the immune function.

So what are we left with ? We are left with a substance that looks like milk, it does not taste like milk however and for a reason because it is not milk anymore – it’s an artificial disrupted drink which might or might not have been fortified with artificial nutrients that has no beneficial effects what so ever – and disrupted nutrients that promotes allergies and bad immune function. On top of this once we disrupt the natural milk fat we might see a changed absorption that promotes overweight.

From a personal perspective, my experience with raw milk is that I loose weight on it and gain weight on pasteurized milk so I have no doubt that is exactly what’s going on.

So back to the question – was it a good idea to introduce pasteurization to milk back in the early 1900’s ? Not a chance in hell ! What happened was that rather then solving the problem, by letting the cows back out on open pastures we just industrialized more and more, introduced antibiotics and various other medicines to keep the symptoms of bad living conditions for live stock at bay, and pasteurized the result of that industrialization and we ended up with a useless to lethal drink called industrialized milk.

It’s about time that we start looking back – and cures the root of our food problems not just the symptoms of our production methods and reintroduce raw milk as a worldwide standard.

for those of you who’d like more in-depth information on raw milk vs. industrial milk watch the video in this article where microbiologist Kate Greeneklee explains the difference between raw milk and industrial milk.

Treatment resistant epileptic children – Can they be helped ?

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that can be either idiopatic ( occur without a clearly identified cause) or can be a secondary effect of an injury to the brain. In epilepsy disturbed electrical signals cause seizures which depending on site and magnitude can be short or longer with loss of consciousness.

Epilepsy in children is usually much more complicated and has more consequences then adult epilepsy. Epileptic children has increased risk of developing anxiety and depression, social problems, learning problems and cognitive disturbance.

Up to 2% of children who gets epilepsy may develop periods of intractable epilepsy where they do not respond to medicine. The risks of treatment resistant epilepsy in children is severe and can lead to intellectual disability, psychiatric comorbidity, and sudden unexepected death.

For that reason – finding alternatives to medication has been extremely important for those children, and new studies seam to bring hope that they can be helped.

In my last article I went through 3 stories of people who unexpectedly recovered comas that they were not supposed to recover from because they were given high doses of Omega 3 to repair their brain tissue, and more importantly the nerve paths that process the signals in the brain.

So could Omega 3 supplementation also help drug resistant epileptic children ?

The answer appears to be yes. Animal studies has indicated that long chain Omega 3 fatty acids (from fish) have anti convulsant activity. A randomised placebo controlled study in US adults, showed that 1 gram of Omega 3 daily over 10 weeks reduced seizure frequency by 34% in people who stayed on their anti epileptic medicine. Simultaneously an egyptian study has shown negative correlation between DHA levels in the blood and the duration and severity of seizures in egyptian children with treatment resistant epilepsy.

But then another study was conducted also in egypt which is probably the largest and most comprehensive study to date on treatment resistant epilepsy and Omega 3. The study was made by Reda and colleagues at Alexandria University.

The children were randomly assigned to two groups – a fish oil group given 3 ml. fish oil with 18% EPA and 12% DHA daily over 3 months.

The first month after starting the fish oil intake, a 50% reduction in the number of seizures was noted. 60% of the children experienced freedom from seizures after two months and 20 of 35 children in the fish oil group was seizure free after after 3 months. No change was noted in the control group.

The study brings significant hope that something as simple as a low dose of Omega 3 from fish oil can help these otherwise doomed children. What we see these days as we become wiser and wiser on neurological conditions is that fish oil might be the most overlooked treatment to neurological disorders.

Further Reading and source material

Fish Oil Intake and Seizure Control in Children with Medically Resistant Epilepsy

Polyunsaturated fatty acids in children with idiopathic intractable epilepsy: Serum levels and therapeutic response

Brain Trauma – When doctors give up, What then ?

Imagine this scenario – one of your loved ones is at the hospital and their doctor approaches you and says “I am sorry but he/she is not going to make it, there’s nothing we can do”.

Now let me direct your attention to two cases that was reported on CNN a few years ago.

Grant Virgin a 16 year old boy is send into coma after a hit and run accident. Doctors told his parents to let him go and die – because there’s nothing to be done.

Imagine a doctor who’s responsibility is to save lifes giving up on a 16 year old boy ! Life is not supposed to end at 16, and any doctor should be fighting for a 16 year old, like their own life depended on it ! But they just gave up and said “It’s over” !

Doctors might be right – from a medical standpoint there might not be anything that can be done – but here’s the deal – medicine is not about curing any disease, but about reducing symptoms. But wouldn’t you expect your doctor to look into other directions when he doesn’t know what to do ?

In Grant Virgin’s case his miracle was having parents who refused to let go of their 16 year old boy.

Inspired by an earlier case where a mining accident threw the only surviving worker into coma with severe brain damage, but made a complete recovery by treatment with a high dose fish oil, the Virgin’s started feeding Grant 20 gr. of fish oil daily.

This happened in spite of doctors advice. The doctors reasoned that Omega 3 in that dose increases bleeding, and even though Grant’s mother J.J. showed them that there’s no relevant research that documents risk of bleeding from Omega 3, they still said no.

The case being: There’s a previous case (actually two but we’ll come back to this later) that shows that Omega 3 can cure brain damage in coma patients, and also in theory there’s substantial reasoning to this because our brains are literally build from Omega 3 fatty acids – so it would make sense to think that Omega 3 fatty acids can also rebuild the damaged tissue. The case is also that doctors have said – let him die – and then they are concerned that he will die from bleeding ! Where is the reasoning ?

But to Grant’s luck his mother did continue with feeding him the high dosage fish oil which brought him to an almost full recovery.

The other story which was also reported on CNN is about Bobby Chassemi who ended up in deep coma after a car accident. Again his parents should be the ones to save him. they also learned about the mining accident, and contacted fish oil expert Michael Lewis who advised them to give Chassemi a high dose Omega 3 treatment – again after severe fight with his doctors.

Chassemi came out of his coma and can function today.

These stories underlines just how important it is to keep yourself prepared and educated when in contact with doctors. Their knowledge is mostly limited to synthetic chemicals and serving as salesmen to the pharmaceutical industry.

But, what we need to teach our doctors is that when you give your body the right tools, then it can heal itself.

In the video clips inside this article you can watch the CNN reports on both the Virgin and the Chassemi cases and a 30 minute interview with Grant Virgin’s mother J.J.

Why Your Omega 3 source might not work !

We know it, and there’s no reason to debate it – Omega 3 is good for you. Yet could it be that some sources of Omega 3 is better then others, and could it be that some supplement companies lie about the dosage of Omega 3 that you need to consume ?

I started asking these questions after noticing that most people who are using regular fish oil or plant based Omega 3 products was not in the right Omega 3 to 6 balance, when tested. What’s even more interesting is that switching from one product to another could actually remove their chronic pain, and other inflammatory markers, that was not removed on their previous product.

So could it be that Omega 3 is not just Omega 3 ? The answer is YES !

Lets start out with plant based Omega 3 vs. fish oil. The vegan community has over the years hyped flaxseed & chased as the ultimate source of Omega 3 that is going to save the oceans and make us healthy at the same time. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fatty acids we need in our bodies are EPA & DHA. Plantbased Omega 3 is in the form of alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA) which must first be converted to Stearidonic Acid and Eicosatetraenoic acid before it ends up in the form of EPA and DHA that we need. Studies have shown that women converts aprox. 5% and men far less.

That way having a primary Omega 3 source from plant based Omega 3 source is no way near sufficient in balancing your Omega 3/6 ratio, and as such plant based Omega 3 intake becomes highly inflammatory.

But even for those using a fishoil based Omega 3 product there’s problems – and most likely they are not doing you any good.

When I made the post that you can see on the right hand side of this article – I caused an uproar. People started commenting that it’s to much and I was overdosing.

this only proves the ignorance that surrounds the general public about how much Omega 3 we should take. If 2o ml. of Omega 3 would cause an overdose then we should be seeing inuits, who’s diet was mostly seafood, die like flies from an Omega 3 overdose. That was not what was found, the Inuits lived longer and had less lifestyle diseases as the western world.

First off – ditch the recommended daily dosage on 99,9% of fishoil products. 1-3 capsules per day won’t take you anywhere. It’s a sales trick made up by the supplement industry because they believe that the impact it makes on your wallet is more important to you then wheter it works. In other words, if you can be convinced that you do something good for your health without paying to much for it, they believe that it’s easier to sell the product.

The reason why we need to take fish oil in a g/kg body weight ratio is because the goal is to get rid of inflammation and restore the Omega 3 to Omega 6 balance as closely to 1:1 as we can. Hence you also need to take fish oil in a ratio equivalent to your Omega 6 intake. This goes hans in hand with a study published earlier this year that clearly concluded that trials on Omega 3 that is aiming at a biological effect should use a weight based dosage rather then an age based dosage.

So how much Omega 3 should you take ? In the book The Paleo Solution, Robb Wolf recommends 1 gram of EPA/DHA per 10 lbs. of body weight for sick, overweight and highly inflamed people. For lean, muscular athlets he recommends 0,25-0,5 gr. EPA/DHA per 10 lbs bodyweight.

That’s probably cutting it a bit high – but that again depends on the quality of your fish oil, and that’s where we go with our 3rd and last point of why your Omega 3 source might not work for you.

in a review study published in Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2015 Dr. Paul Clayton and Szabolcs Lady asked the question why some fish oils appear to work better then others in scientific studies.

The scientists points to the purification process as the culpit. They reference a study made by The University of tromsø that has shown that the purification process (which due to the build up of toxic waste in our oceans unfortunately has to be done) also removes trace ingredients in fish, such as algal-derived lipophilic polyphenols.

The argument is that for fish oil to continue to be effective we need to add those lipophilic polyphenols back into the oil.

The problem is – most fish oil supplements has been enhanced with vitamin E as an antioxidant to protect it from oxidation during the long process it takes for the body to accumulate the fatty acids. However vitamin E alone is not an effective antioxidant for protecting fish oil. The result of such products would therefore be that most of the Omega 3 is not accumulated and some of it would turn rancid through the process.

One way to add these lipophilic polyphenols is to add olive oil made from unripe olives, and thus bring fish oil back to the composition it has from nature’s hand.

If you do this then I would say you do not need as high as dosage as Robb Wolff describes – the fish oil that I shoed in my post is about 5 grams which is good for my body weight and with a quality polyphenol rich fish oil I would say that most people are good at around 2-5 grams of EPA and DHA.

To my knowledge though, there’s less then a handful of companies out there who actually do this to their fish oil. The product that I use and recommend Balance Oil does contain these polyphenol high olive oil and with this product the recommended dosage is 0,15 ml / kg body weight.

So if you are not sure if your fish oil is working for you then ask the following questions:

1). Is my Omega 3 source plant based ?

2). Is my dosage high enough ?

3). Does my Omega 3 source contain lipophilic polyphenols ?

If any of the answers is no, then you’re most likely not experiencing optimal benefits !

Further reading and sources:

α-Linolenic acid metabolism in adult humans: the effects of gender and age on conversion to longer-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids

Body weight affects ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) accumulation in youth following supplementation in post-hoc analyses of a randomized controlled trial.

From alga to omega; have we reached peak (fish) oil?

Rheumatoid Arthritis – when your body declare war on itself !

As opposed to Osteoarthritis which is caused by wearing and tearing down cartilage in joints through a lifetime of use, Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by an autoimmune response that causes the immune system to attack it’s own body.

There’s no cure and there’s no way of healing it since there’s no blood flow to the cartilage. if diagnosed early then Rheumatoid Arthritis can however be stoped or slowed down from progressing. However only 50% of treated patients will experience a reduction in disease activity. Since Rheumatoid Arthritis also carries and increased risk of cardio vascular diseases that number is way to low.

in the latest article I looked at Omega 3 as a natural way of reducing or even eliminate the pain from Arthritis – However a study published last year in JCI insight takes it a step further.

Because Omega 3 is a precursor to the prostaglandin ( a group of compounds with hormone like effect) group Specialized Proresolving Lipid Mediators (SPM) that decreases inflammation and inhibits the neutrophils that attacks the joints, these scientists decided to see if fish oil suppelements could raise SPM levels in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The trial did show an increase of the SPM Resolvin, along with significantly reduced joint inflammation to keep it short – the study more then implied that Rheumatoid Arthritis can be stoped by the use of a potent Omega 3 supplement.

Furthermore a study published in Annals of The Rheumatic Diseases on people who are genetically at risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis actually showed that fish oil plays a huge role in preventing rheumatoid Arthritis by regulating the number of antibodies that cause the disease.

These studies along with the knowledge we have on Omega 3 and pain relief makes it a must to be taking fishtail if you have Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Further Rading and source material:

Proresolving and cartilage-protective actions of resolvin D1 in inflammatory arthritis

Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with a lower prevalence of autoantibodies in shared epitope-positive subjects at risk for rheumatoid arthritis

Is there a natural way to relieve pain from Arthrtis ?

If suffering from Arthritis then you are probably also suffering from severe pain. Most likely your physician has also prescribed you an NSAID (Non Sterodial Anti Inflammatory Drug) such as Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Voltaren, or Celecoxib.

The problem with using these drugs are their severe side effects, such as ulcers, vomiting, nausea, asthma or allergic reactions, & elevated risk of heart attack and stroke.

As such not a type of drugs that you would love to take on a daily basis – and if you do then you are most definitely placing yourself at risk. The worst of it is that for most patients with arthritis they lower the pain, but they do not take it away. So the obvious question is – is it worth it ? and is there a natural way to relieve joint pain ?

The answer to the first question should be up to you – I am not the one with your pain and it has to be your choice if it’s worth it. The answer to the second question is YES Most definitely there is. You should not be forced to be stuck with crappy lethal NSAID drugs that do not work, because you DO have a CHOICE !

Osteoarthritis is caused by chronic inflammation in your joints. The inflammation in the joint is what triggers the pain nerve and causes the sensation of pain. Inflammation is actually a natural part of the body’s healing process, but the inflammation is not supposed to be chronic. However the anti-inflammatory chemicals that the body uses to turn the inflammation off, is constructed from the food we eat, and since most of us eat more pro-inflammatory food then anti-inflammatory foods we end up with a body that can’t turn off all the inflammatory fires inside us – and we say hello chronic pain !

One of those nutrients that the body uses to inhibit both pain and inflammation is Omega 3.

Most joint pains comes from osteoarthritis, which means that the cartilage in the joint is more or less broken down. This increases the friction in the joint which causes inflammation which in turn causes the pain. In Rheumatoid Arthritis however it’s an acute inflammation caused by the body immune system to attack the joints. As such Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease and again the key to getting rid of the pain is by reducing the inflammation.

Osteoarthritis can’t be cured since there’s no blood flow to the cartilage, so the cartilage can’t be rebuild. The same goes for Rheumatoid Arthritis if the attacks has caused the cartilage to be broken down.

So what could you do ? Well let’s start with the pain.

When someone has chronic joint pain then the first thing that I suggest is that they test their Omega 3/6 balance. A significant imbalance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 could be why chronic pain continues.

Omega 6 delivers the raw material for both the pain transmitting chemicals in our body as well as the pro-inflammatory chemicals. Omega 3 on the other hand deliver the raw material to the pain inhibiting chemicals as well as the anti-inflammatory chemicals the body need in order to turn inflammation off. The problem however is that 95% of the population has 12-25 times more Omega 6 then Omega 3.

Therefore, adding a high quality fish oil supplement can both remove inflammation and lower the pain.

What is arthritis – and what old school doctors are missing !

There’s actually more then 100 different types of Arthritis. We are not going through all of them today, but looking into the two most common types of Arthritis – Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Osteoarthritis: In this condition you wear and tear the cartilage in the joints down. The cartilage in the joints absorb the shock from movements, and in the most critical cases it ends up being bone against bone, which is severely painful.

In the past Osteoarthritis was classified as non inflammatory Arthritis. However modern research has proven that to be a false. Unfortunately a lot of old school doctors who do not keep up with evolution is still saying non inflammatory Arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is caused by chronic inflammation in the joints. Chronic inflammation occurs when the body is not fed with enough anti inflammatory compounds to turn the acute inflammation off. Due to the inflammation the cartilage wears down as we use our joints, until there’s nothing or very little left.

Common symptoms of Osteoarthritis can be: deep aching pain, trouble getting dressed or combing your hair, difficulty with gripping things, problems with climbing stairs, stiffness after resting or sleeping, pain during movement, warm or swollen joints and inability to move through a full range og motion.

arthritis, joint pain

Rheumatoid Arthritis: on the other hand has always been categorized as inflammatory arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s own immune system attacks the joints and cause inflammation.

There is however still confusion over why Rheumatoid Arthritis set off. There are those who believe that the immune system gets confused from an infection of virus or bacteria.

What we do know though is that the antibody Anti-Cyclic Citrulinated Peptide (anti-CCP) is present in most patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Along with a number of other blood tests and other diagnostic tools can anti-CCP be used to diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as estimate the severity of the disease.

Researchers has made the discovery that Rheumatoid patients who test positive for anti-CCP, have a common sequence of amino acids called the shared epitope, which is encoded into specific genetic markers – Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA). The HLA is producing proteins that control immune responses. One theory is that the shared epitope could be responsible for creating the anti-CCP antibodies by attaching to these proteins.

So scientists really doesn’t know yet what’s causing Rheumatoid Arthritis. We know that there’s a genetic pre disposition to Rheumatoid Arthritis through anti-CCP and Rheumatoid Factor (RF) but most people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis doesn’t have a family history.

However knowing that in both cases of Arthritis inflammation plays a significant triggering role, then we get back to what I’ve been saying for years – that lifestyle and nutritional choices is a much bigger factor in our health then genetics.

If you hold that thought then let’s take a look at who’s in the highest risk group of getting Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Women is more likely to get Rheumatoid Arthritis then men
  • Overweight people are more prone to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • If you smoke, you are more likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis and if you do, your symptoms are likely to be more severe
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis is more likely to appear at 40-60 years of age
  • If you are exposed to asbestos and Silica you are more likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis
    All risk factors with the exception of gender, and partly but not solely age, is risk factors that blow chronic inflammation off the charts. Fat cells produce vast numbers of inflammatory compounds like their life depended on it ( and in a way it does) so overweight people are by definition highly inflamed. Smoking elevates inflammation like no other thing you could ever be exposed to, and environmental toxins are also a source of inflammation.

    All in all, there’s a puzzle that forms a pretty clear picture – Chronic inflammation is the trigger to both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis – so making sure that your diet is anti inflammatory is not only the best way to prevent arthritis but also the best way to control it, if you already have it.

    Blood Pressure issues could be due to unbalanced diet !

    Going back just a few years, blood pressure was the number one guideline to determine a patients health status in the medical field. That has changed, both because blood pressure is highly inaccurate – most people get anxious when they see the blood pressure measuring equipment and as such get further raised blood pressure values due to anxiety, but also because high blood pressure can be a chronic condition that is not linked to an immediate threat.

    However a chronic high (hypertension) or low (hypotension) blood pressure can be a marker for health related issues, and most of them are diet induced.

    But what is blood pressure ? Blood pressure consists of two readings – systolic value and diastolic value. When your heart beats, it contracts and push blood through your body – this creates pressure on your arteries and is the systolic blood pressure. A normal systolic blood pressure is 120 or below. Consistent readings of 140 or higher is considered hypertension.

    The Diastolic value indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rest between beats. A normal diastolic blood pressure is 80 or less, and a value of 90 or more, on consistent measurements is considered hypertension.

    Knowing that, why could my blood pressure go up or down ? In acute incidents of high or low blood pressure it could indicate a heart problem, heart attack, stroke, an infection, and anxiety attack or general ill-being. Pulse is also an important co factor here. But something as simple as lack of sleep can cause rapid hypertension.

    However in this article I want to move away from the acute cases ( which by the way should always be treated by a physician or qualified medical professional) and move over to the chronic cases.

    High blood pressure can be an indicator of heart disease or diabetes and should function as a clear sign of chronic inflammation, and these are the first things you should look for in cases of chronic high blood pressure. Most common to get chronic high blood pressure is: those older then 55, overweight, inactive, heavy alcohol drinkers, smokers and those who regularly use medications such as Ibuprofen and Asprin. Same goes for regular use of decongestants ( for nose clots) and illegal drugs such as cocaine.

    The medical profession states that in 95% of Essential Hypertension ( Chronic high blood pressure) the cause can not be determined.

    This is where all common sense stops as they say ” We don’t know why your blood pressure is high, but take this drug it will help you”.

    The reason why it is like that – and the US number more or less mirrors the rest of the world is that doctors don’t know anything about nutrition. There’s a point to why the education they take to become physicians is called medicine and not health. Because a physician is not supposed to know what to do to make you healthy, only which medicine to give you once it’s to late.

    One essential contributor to chronic hypertension is the imbalance between the two fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6. In Europe we consume on average 15 times as much Omega 6 as we do Omega 3. if you doubt me, just ask yourself how many fatty fish you ate the last week, and then start reading labels on your groceries – if you find words like soy, canola, rapeseed etc. then it’s Omega 6.

    The problem with hypertension and imbalance between these two essential fatty acids is that they both serve different roles in regulating blood pressure.

    Omega 6 is a precursor to a hormone like substance that promotes vasoconstriction, while Omega 3 is a precursor to a hormone like substance that promotes vasodilation. This means Omega 6 makes the arteries contract and Omega 3 makes them dilate or expand.

    This is one of several reasons why optimal balance between Omega 6 and 3 should be 1:1. Now imagine that you have two different armies of workers running around in your arteries. One of them contracting and the other dilating. What would happen if for each dilating worker you had 15 or more contracting workers? Exactly your arteries contract and your blood pressure goes up.

    But the Omega 6/3 balance is not the only factor when it comes to chronic high blood pressure. Vitamin D plays another essential role.

    What we know is that the further from the equator we live, the higher the average blood pressure. That tells us that sunlight, hence Vitamin D plays an essential role in regulating our blood pressure.

    We know that Vitamin D deficiency will increase parathyroid hormone, and high parathyroid hormone levels will raise blood pressure.

    If we look at research towards Vitamin D and blood pressure, then a randomized placebo controlled study published in the American Journal of Hypertension 2012 found that vitamin D3 supplementation significantly decreased blood pressure.

    Another study carried out by Center for Clinical & Transitional Science concluded that Vitamin D deficiency “serves as a trigger to contribute to the development of EH (Essential Hypertension) in vulnerable middle-aged people”.

    Low blood pressure on the other hand can be just as fatal as high blood pressure but the cause can be much more complicated to find.

    Low blood pressure (Hypotension) can be caused by long bedrest, pregnancy, decreased blood volume, medications, endocrine problems, septic shock (blood infection), allergic reactions, standing up in a prolonged period of time, dehydration and nutritional deficiencies.

    If you feel symptoms of low blood pressure, and you haven’t been in bed for a long time, been standing up for most part of the day, ain’t having an allergic reaction, you are not pregnant and you are not on medication for Parkinson, Depression, Erectile Dysfunction, and you don’t feel better after drinking a glass or two of water then I would seek medical advice immediately.

    However if after receiving medical care, and they’ve ruled out any acute problems, or haven’t found a cause, and the problem continues then you should start taking a Vitamin B12 and folic acid supplement as deficiency can lead to Anemia ( a decrease in red blood cells) and also supplement with Vitamin D to regulate your Thyroid. Both Thyroid conditions and Anemia can lead to low blood pressure.

    Further Reading:

    Effect of Cholecalciferol Supplementation During Winter Months in Patients With Hypertension: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial

    Vitamin D Deficiency and Essential Hypertension

    Prebiotics may reduce stress related insomnia !

    New research carried out by Monika Fleshner at University of California (Boulder) shows that probiotics might reduce stress related insomnia.

    Prebiotics are dietary fibers naturally found in Chicory, artichokes, raw garlic, leeks, cabbage and onions. They serve as the main food for the guts healthy bacterias the probiotics, and science suggests that adding prebiotics is much more efficient in restoring a healthy gut
    micro biome then adding the probiotics itself.

    Fleshner’s study was carried out on 3 week old male rats that was fed chow with or without probiotics.

    The study found that the rats fed a prebiotic diet spend more time in NREM sleep which is the restorative sleep cycle, compared to the rats on a non prebiotic diet. This pattern was also found after exposing the rats to stress.

    The study concludes that it’s still to early to say that probiotics should be a recommended supplement as a sleep aid and that we need to conduct more studies.

    From a personal point of view, I say that the findings are extremely interesting. We know already that stress distorts the gut micro biome, and as such it makes sense for stressed people to digest prebiotics. We also know that keeping a healthy micro biome in the gut helps to lower chronic inflammation, and that stress induces inflammation. So there’s a lot of the findings in this study that makes sense – and taking prebiotics together with saffron ( which we have covered in a number of articles on this blog) might actually be a really good choice to combat stress related insomnia.

    Is your fish oil toxic ?

    One of the biggest health challenges in todays modern society is maintaining optimal Omega 3 to Omega 6 balance. This is supported by science and is one of the most well documented health subjects of all times.

    In Europe we consume about 15 times as much pro inflammatory Omega 6 as anti inflammatory Omega 3 – leading to a number of diseases.

    There are many reasons why we don’t consume the amounts of fish any more as we used to. One of the reasons is most likely that we haven’t been growing up on fish, and if we haven’t been used to eating fish during childhood then it can take some getting used to. Another reason is that good quality non farmed fish is rather expensive in most parts of the western world, and then there’s the toxicity issue.

    Sadly our oceans have never been as polluted as they are today and a huge concern is heavy metals such as Mercury and Arsenic, Cadmium, and lead or Dioxin, PCB’s and Furans, that build up in the fish and transfers to us as we eat them.

    As a general guideline – the bigger the fish the higher the toxicity level. Big fish and fish who eat other fish are more likely to store toxins.

    In the case of Mercury, you can assume that you are eating high amounts of Mercury by eating Swordfish, Shark, Tilefish, or King Mackerel – but also Cod should be limited.

    But if we are to solve the current health crisis and get into balance then we need those Omega 3 fatty acids in our diet. this is where the fish oil supplement industry comes to our rescue. Luckily today most fish oil supplements go through a purification process, molecular distillation. Fortunately this process removes those or most of those toxic impurities.

    Some manufactures however confuse freshness with purity. They claim that the shorter the route from sea to product the purer product you get. This is absolutely not true.

    If you want a fish oil that is as pure as possible, guaranteed to be as free as possible from toxic waste – avoid fishoils made from Shark or Cod, and instead find an oil that is manufactured on small fish like anchovy or sardines. Not only are these small fish extremely high in Omega 3 but they also build up less toxins then their bigger counterparts, who add just a bit more toxins to their livers each time they eat another fish. This also means that the risk of toxic residues after the purification process has been done is much lower then if you buy i.e. a cod based fishoil. Another reason why anchovy and sardines are cleaner then their big brothers is that their lifespan is shorter which means that they don’t have the same time to build up toxins.

    The supplement industry can be a jungle, personally I strictly and only recommend Balance Oil , which is produced on small fish and has 200.000 consumer tests to prove that it works.