There is NO Study Showing Omega-3 Supplements Cause Prostate Cancer!
I will continue to take my two capsules of Omega-3s every day!
Just a quick blog while I prepare for my shows this weekend…
Any statement that a study just proved, or even implied, that Omega-3 Supplements cause Prostate Cancer is absolutely FALSE! Again to repeat, any news provider (TV, radio, newspaper, magazine and worst of all, Internet news source) that states that a recent publication (not a scientific study) states or implies that “Omega-3 supplements cause Prostate Cancer” is patently false. In making such alarmingly false, scaremongering statements, such providers are serving their own economic interests – not your health interests.
If you are not aware, on the internet, every time you click on a news story, the websites (i.e. Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.) all sell ads on their web pages, so they make money every time you click on a news story. It now makes sense why they have the most controversial, compelling and provocative headlines in order to make us all want to click on the news story, which directly makes them money. In other words, we now live in an age where news has ceased to be news, but has become a source of direct advertising dollars, which transforms how news is presented. This silly study was not even an Omega-3 study and it did not warrant a single news story, unless of course, its findings were twisted and misstated. As a result of these false headlines, tens of millions of people click on these articles generating enormous amounts of revenue. Of course, the researchers who published this study also have every interest in overstating and mischaracterizing their findings to get the most press possible. Thereafter, the media (TV, radio, newspapers and internet) participate, and cooperate, in this general deception of the public, because the more frightening headlines generate the most money.
This also does not even consider the fact that stories such as this, which undermine our faith in beneficial supplements, healthy dietary choices (fish) and our ability to care for ourselves, support the agenda of the medical-industrial complex (big pharma, etc.) and agribusiness. Sadly, these industries prefer to see us confused, depressed, ignorant and powerless, so that we have no choice but to remain the victims of the industrial foods and myriad drugs they sell. I do not want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but one would have to be naïve to ignore the enormous economic interests that these groups possess and which dictate what we hear, what we see, what we eat and what we do during the entirety of our lives. Their unparalleled economic power determines who we are and what we do in so many pervasive and pernicious ways. Sorry for digressing. I normally do not sound so anti-agribusiness and anti-big pharma, but when incidents like this continue to happen, one can reach such a conclusion.
But back to the news story at hand. If such a silly conclusion was the case, then why is the country, with by far the lowest risk of Prostate Cancer, also the country with the highest consumption of Omega-3s in the world? Japan. A Japanese man’s blood levels of Omega-3s are more than double that of an American male, yet Japanese men have the lowest risk of Prostate Cancer in the world. Literally hundreds of studies have discussed or shown a reduction in Prostate Cancer risk with increased Omega-3 intake. The controversial “study” at hand did not even use original data, but instead used data from an older study which was not even specifically designed to look at Omega-3s, and this was never mentioned in the articles I have read about it. Plus, the conclusions were derived from only a single blood test on Omega-3s and there was no dietary information to show the source of any of the Omega-3s in that single blood test. It could have been a single tuna sandwich, or piece of salmon, before the single test. There are also a multitude of other technical issues with this study, but the study could never be used to stand for the proposition that Omega-3 Supplements cause Prostate Cancer. If that foolish conclusion was even possible, then the more proper conclusion would be that fish consumption causes Prostate Cancer, which is of course contrary to decades of science. Obviously, Omega-3 Supplements were an easier target than the fish in our diet and fits with the agenda of all those who benefit from such a false and provocative statement.
Specifically, the data for which these “scientists” used to derive their silly conclusion was obtained from a study looking at Selenium and Vitamin E – not Omega-3s! Any data regarding Omega-3s was not adequately controlled, marginally well understood, or even explained, to give rise to any conclusions whatsoever. A single blood test is ludicrous and the differences in levels were small at best. Plus, it says nothing about supplements while foolishly leading to a conclusion that the essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids (the fats we must have) cause cancer. I have gone over just a few of the reasons above, but there are actually countless factors that make this study absolutely irrelevant toward any conclusion regarding Omega-3 Supplements and Prostate Cancer. Ultimately and most importantly, I will continue taking my Omega-3 Supplements everyday just as I have for the last 30+ years.
Just as an aside, studies like this always remind me of one example of how foolish they are. Imagine there is a meteorologist (weather scientist) researching weather in New York. He is flying over the city every day taking photos and atmospheric samples to try and better predict when it will rain. One day he notices that every time it rains, people are carrying umbrellas. His brilliant discovery – Umbrellas cause rain!
In closing, Omega-3 Supplements do not cause Prostate Cancer and the only conclusion that deca
des of abundant scientific research support is quite the contrary:
That a rich intake of Omega-3s is associated with a reduced risk of Prostate Cancer.
I hope that answered some of the questions…
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