Wednesday, January 25, 2012


This post is not so much about the ills or benefits of fish oil as it is to demonstrate nothing is without an agenda.  Everything I read, I read with an eye towards the author's agenda.  This is important to the process of acquiring knowledge.  You cannot simply take as true anything you read.  Every author, including scientists, have agendas.

For your review:

Sept. 21. 2010

"Previous studies showed that a substance in fish oil, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), can provide some protection against precancerous colon polyps, according to a statement issued by the University of Leeds, which is coordinating the study."

Oct. 5, 2010

"EAST LANSING, Mich. — Fish oil - long encouraged by doctors as a supplement to support heart and joint health, among other benefits - induced severe colitis and colon cancer in mice in research led by Michigan State University and published this month in the journal Cancer Research."

Here is a balanced story on the issue dated Nov. 4, 2010

"It’s a mixed bag on cancer. A study of more than 35,000 postmenopausal women found that those who took fish oil seemed half as likely to develop breast cancer as those who didn’t. That work was in the July issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. [Theodore Brasky et al., "Specialty Supplements and Breast Cancer Risk in the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort"]

But a study in the October 15th issue of Cancer Research found that mice with inflamed bowels developed colitis and aggressive colon cancer when they were given high doses of fish oil. [Hillary Woodworth et al., "Dietary Fish Oil Alters T Lymphocyte Cell Populations and Exacerbates Disease in a Mouse Model of Inflammatory Colitis"]
So, fish oil might in fact have a healthful role in some circumstances. But you don’t want to swallow every fish story."

So, you are a patient with elevated triglycerides, what do you do?  Your doctor tells you fish oil is a miracle supplement, but you have a family history of colon cancer.
Whether it is a question of health or politics, only you can get to a semblance of the truth. 

If the American people are to save their nation they must begin to listen with and read with a critical mind.  Everyone has an agenda.

A simple example - jobs and politicians.

President Obama outlined very specific examples of how he would use the federal government to promote job growth.  It is for you to decide if his suggestions make sense.  When you listen to Romney or Gingrich their jobs program is always the same - less regulation, less taxes, and less government interference.  It is for you to decide which sounds most viable.  Personally, I do not trust a politician whose only theory to grow jobs is unsafe food and products, and oil spills.

If you look to any US Congressional race they all promise the same thing. Jobs, Education, and Veterans.  This means nothing to me.  If you look at the local candidates for Congress do any of them state specifics on how they  can promote jobs in this area?  Do any of them state specifics which demonstrate an understanding of job growth in this area?  One actually does and he has my vote. 

The issue here is, you the voter must get beyond "so and so says if he is elected my son will get a job."  Unless the candidate tells you exactly how he/she intends to grow jobs in the area, when they are only 1 of 435 votes in the House of Representatives, good luck cashing in on that promise.

Think - ask questions - demand answers - run from the candidate who makes blanket statements like they support jobs, education and veterans - really?  Is that because their opponent is against jobs, education and veterans?

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