HEALTH PROBLEM CAUSES HEART ATTACKS, TYPE 2 DIABETES,
By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
Human beings are unable to manufacture critical essential fatty acids so these vital substances must be obtained from our diets. These essential fatty acids have profound favorable or unfavorable influences on the type of prostaglandins produced in the body. If we are eating the wrong foods we will experience more allergic diseases (asthma), increased vascular accidents (strokes, heart attacks), damaged immune systems permitting (cancer and auto-immune illnesses), and an increase in diseases marked by inflammatory reactions (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's Disease etc.).
New cells and repaired cells are surrounded by an important membrane which is largely constructed from essential fatty acids. When the essential fatty acids are lacking in the diet the body is forced to use the wrong fatty acids to build these membranes and Type 2 Diabetes appears in adults along with flawed development of the brain and retina in infants.
The Present Essential Fatty Acid Crisis
The seeds of plants contain oils that must have high energy nutrients to enable saplings to thrive. This means they need enough energy to sprout a whole plant including roots, stems, and leaves. The oils in seeds provide this vital energy for plant sprouting.
The human body cannot make vital omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acid Alpha Linolenic Acid (LNA) is found in flaxseed oil, perilla oil, avocados, walnuts and hemp. The Omega 3 fatty acid fish oils eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docasahexanoic acid (DHA) can be obtained from cold water fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, and sardines). Omega 6 fatty acid Linoleic Acid (LA) is found in safflower, sunflower, canola, soybean, corn, hemp, pumpkin , sesame seeds, nuts and oils.
The proper ratio between Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids should be about 4:1. Currently this ratio is heavily skewed toward omega 6 at 20:1 to 25:1. This harmful imbalance has been brought about by the massive use of synthetic vegetable oils in our foods. Unfortunately, all these oils are synthetic transfats, which makes them health risks. Omega 3 fatty acids are unsuitable for salad dressing as they quickly become rancid.
Our meat is from cattle grown on corn instead of grazing. Grazed animals have 5 times more omega 3 fatty acids in their meat than corn fed cattle. A second problem is that catfish, salmon, trout, and shrimp are being farmed. These fish eat omega 6 grains instead of minnows, drill, algae, and insects, which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. This results in seafood that has much less omega 3 than native seafood. Also these farmed fish are less hardy than native fish which means they require antibiotics for infections that are common in their tight quarters. Salmon must be colored to mask an unappealing grey color of the meat.
Mother's milk contains Omega 3 fatty acid in the form of Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The absence of DHA in commercial formula milk may be contributing to the rising incidence of attention deficit disorder ADD and hyperactivity (ADHD) seen in children as DHA is important in the proper maturation of brain tissue and the retina. Also nursing women in the
Consequences of our disturbed balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids include:
Omega 6 fatty acids promote inflammation and omega 3 fatty acids retard inflammation.
Food, airborne allergies, and asthma will increase.
Heart disease will increase.
Weakened immune systems will increase.
This problem can be corrected by ingestion of flax, perilla and fish oil and curtailing the excessive intake of dangerous transfats almost all of which are manufactured from the readily available Omega 6 essential fatty acid linoleic acid.
We need both omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids from the diet because the body is unable to manufacture these substances. When the health food conglomerates began to produce synthetic manufactured oils (polyunsaturated) these new oils were initially marketed to farmers as a valuable new health food for horses. The farmers quickly lost their enthusiasm for the new polyunsaturated fats when all their horses died of heart disease within 3 months. The decision was then made to market these new polyunsaturated fats to humans. Clever marketing, food shortages during World War I, lower prices and the loss of flax oil in 1950 when Archer Daniels Midland stopped production of this fine omega 3 food gradually led to acceptance of the these new synthetic oils that did not spoil and were "good for health".
These polyunsaturated oils are made from soybeans, corn, canola, sunflower and safflower oils. These constructed fats are not really food. They are dangerous chemical substances created in factories at high temperatures using chemicals like sodium hydroxide (Drano) and metal catalysts. They do not spoil and they have no nutritional value.
Butter is a natural food but margarine has largely supplanted butter because it is cheaper and is advertised as a "valuable health food". Margarine is created by hydrogenating the vegetable fatty acids with hydrogen at high temperatures resulting in a solid plastic sludge that is difficult for the body to process and eliminate creating massive amounts of undesirable free radicals. When you place margarine on a plate near insects they refuse to eat it.
During World War II when low supplies (
What Health Problems Do These Synthetic Transfats Create?
Lack of healthy omega 3 fatty acids in the diet produces:
1, Arteriosclerosis with heart attacks, strokes and gangrene. The current concept of arteriosclerosis (AS) believes that AS is an inflammatory illness. When the body receives a plastic like chemical substance three times daily instead of healthy fat these synthetic fats must be processed and eliminated. The metabolism of these abnormal synthetic transfats creates massive amounts of free radicals that are free to injure arteries producing arteriosclerotic plaques.
2, One of the key problems leading to Type 2 (insulin resistant) Diabetes is the lack of healthy omega 3 essential fatty acids in the diet. When these fatty acids are missing the body uses other substitute fats to repair injured cells and create the membranes for new cells. The resulting cell membranes do not function properly as they do not permit glucose to enter the cell where it can be correctly metabolized. This results in high blood sugars, high insulin levels, elevation of triglyceride fat in cells and blood along with obesity.
3, Diets high in artificial fats cause the immune system in the body to be unable to function normally. A state of immuno-suppression develops in which the body fails to kill malignant cells and the organisms causing infections.
In 1930 in the
Dr. Newsholme related that this immune suppressing character of the polyunsaturated fats should make them ideal to stop auto-immune illnesses and prevent rejection reactions in kidney transplant patients. Two young girls who had become invalids because of Guillan-Barre syndrome made prompt complete recoveries when they were given 30 cc. of "sunflower" oil daily. Immunosuppressive drugs had failed to help them (March 18, 1978 Lancet).
CIMETIDINE (TAGAMET) FOR CANCER OF LUNG , SKIN,
The first succesful use of cimetidine in treating cancer was at the the
Four patients with melanoma were treated with cimetidine in
Frequently colon cancer is found to be localized suggesting that surgery may be curative. The surgical procedure may cause a flood of microscopic cancer cells to be expressed into small blood and lymph channels for possible spread throughout the body. The stress of the surgical procedure itself has a profound negative effect on the immune system. For seven days following the operation there is a surge in suppressor T cells. These suppressor T cells tend to interfere with the body's need to localize and kill the extruded cancer cells. Cimetidine (Tagamet) has the ability to inhibit these suppressor T cells so that more of the embolized cancer cells get killed.
An Austrailian study gave cimetidine (Tagamet) after surgery to one half of a large group of patients having colon cancer surgery. The cimetidine was taken for only 7 days. At 3 years the survival in the patients getting cimetidine was 93 % compared to a 59 % survival in the group not getting Tagamet. This is an astonishing result.
A Japanese study at
In the Australian study there appeared to be enhanced entry of lymphocytes into the tumors in subjects getting cimetidine 63.5 % compared to only 24 % in the control subjects. Additionally, cimetidine inhibits histamine which has immunosuppressive properties that could enhance tumor growth. It would appear that beginning the Tagamet one week before the surgery at about 800 mg. daily and continuing this for one year could possibly permit even more patients to avoid the spread of colon cancer. We strongly advise anyone having colon cancer surgery to get started on Tagamet before the surgery and stay on this therapy for one year. It is tragic that there probably has not been a single colon cancer patient in the
In a study from a
Thirty one of 171 patients on the Prudent diet (high polyunsaturated fats) developed cancer while only 11 of the 178 eating a low polyunsaturated diet developed cancer.
This information presented strongly suggests that arteriosclerosis, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer all appear to be a direct result of eating the synthetic, will not spoil, nutritionally worthless, polyunsaturated transfats and processed foods filling the supermarkets. Read labels and quit buying these slow poisons at once. Eat only foods that spoil.
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2, The Lancet 1982 11, page 328
3, New England Journal Of Medicine 1983 vol 308 page 591-592
4, The Lancet
5, The Lancet
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Dr. James A. Howenstine is a board certified specialist in internal medicine who spent 34 years caring for office and hospital patients. After 4 years of personal study he became convinced that natural products are safer, more effective, and less expensive than pharmaceutical drugs. This research led to the publication of his book A Physicians Guide To Natural Health Products That Work. Information about these products and his book can be obtained from amazon.com and at www.naturalhealthteam.com and phone 1-800-416-2806 U.S. Dr. Howenstine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and by mail at Dr. James Howenstine, C/O Remarsa USA SB 37,