Biochemist, Dr. Barry Sears (pictured here with his patient - and more below) has developed a lab test and intervention that can significantly help with weight loss. His work is endorsed by Harvard's Dean of Public Health, Dr. Walter Willett (MD, PHD) and Professor of Nutrition, from the University of Toronto, 80 year old, Dr. Bob Bruce MD, PhD (among others - see below). Dr. Sears and Dr. Bruce inspired Corinne Peachment to write the book "Feed Your Need," which is an EASY TO READ version of this approach.
The Mexican man, in photo, was over 1200 pounds when Dr. Sears began to help. He has now lost 508 pounds and is continuing to drop weight at a sensible pace. The test below measures inflammation, which is significantly reduced by using omega 3 oils and by controlling blood sugar levels. CC7 helps control blood sugar spikes and improves intestinal health. Both inflammation and blood sugar fluctuations are known to contribute to weight gain, hunger and immune suppression. Read the BBC report.
If you choose this approach, be sure the oil is FRESH (not rancid) and contains at least 800mg of EPA and 500mg of DHA per teaspoon (read the bottle label). Those are the active ingredients that decrease inflammation. You do NOT have to use fish oil. Omega 3's are also found in flaxseed oil and other oils. Remember too that simply adding a little olive oil, 3 times a day before meals will also decrease inflammation and help you to lose weight. Whatever you decide, refridgerate any oils while storing and keep within an additional dark container.
We're NOT saying that you must buy Dr. Sears product or any other specific type of oil, but quality matters. There are several good oils on the market. Choose a reputable company and read the label. Give yourself time to learn each of the essential steps.
There are several products on the market (or, for Sears "Zone" oil, Click Here.)
Remember that any good FAT (fish oil, olive oil, canola oil, almond butter, avocados etc) will send a chemical message to your brain that helps satiety. CC7 also increases the feeling that you've had enough to eat.
Use small amounts of good fats at each meal, and take CC7 before meals and snacks, so you'll be able to eat for pleasure, instead of ravenous hunger.
A tablespoon of whey protein powder, plus teaspoon of cinnamin (mixed with whatever you want) can also add to the appetite suppressing qualities of CC7.
It's best to forget about calories. Focus on how to feel satisfied ... so you have NO DESIRE to overeat.
For Sears food recipes (same as Feed Your Need):
And you may not want to know this, but the American Diabetes Association has just announced that "diet drinks contribute to obesity." HOW can this happen? Click here.
You can read the scientific details, below, or gain a "how to" understanding with the EASY to read book, Feed Your Need.
What does the AA/EPA serum ratio indicate?
This one test may be the most predictive blood test that you can ever take because of its' ability to determine your eicosanoid balance. The lower the AA/EPA ratio, the better the balance of "good" and "bad" eicosanoids in your body. Shown below is how this test relates to the development of chronic disease:
State of Wellness
Existing chronic disease
Headed for chronic disease
An AA/EPA ratio of 1.5 is considered to be ideal since this is the ratio found in the Japanese population who has the greatest longevity and the lowest incidence of cardiovascular disease. The average AA/EPA ratio for Americans is 11, and it is considerably higher for those with existing chronic disease.
How do you lower your AA/EPA serum ratio?
The fastest way to lower your AA/EPA ratio is to take more fish oil. If your AA/EPA is between 1.5 and 3 you are probably taking the correct amount of fish oil for your biochemistry. If the AA/EPA ratio is greater than 3, you might consider taking some additional pharmaceutical-grade fish oil to lower the ratio. Should your AA/EPA ratio be less than 1.5, then consider decreasing your intake of fish oil. In addition, the more you lower your insulin levels, the less fish oil you will need to bring the AA/EPA into the desired range.
Is the AA/EPA serum ratio a standard test?
No. It requires a very precise determination of the levels of AA and EPA levels in the plasma phospholipids of the blood. As a result, very few laboratories can do this type of testing with consistent reproducibility. The laboratory we use for this test is a university research-based laboratory that has decades of experience in fatty acid analysis.
Where Can I Get More Information?
If your physician is a medical professional licensed in your state, then ask him or her to set up an account with Nutrasource Diagnostic Inc. at 519-824-4120 x 58817.
If your physician is unwilling to do the AA/EPA, Silent Inflammation Profile, test then please contact Natures Pharmaceuticals at: 866-820-3168 or visit www.siptesting.com to arrange for the AA/EPA, Silent Inflammation Profile test to be done for you.
As stated, one of the best ways to decrease inflammation is by using Omega-3 fish oil supplements. Just make sure you're getting enough EPA and DHA (reasonable starting dose is 800mg of EPA and 500mg of DHA daily (read the label).
Further support for the Omega-3 premise
Neurosurgeons and psychiatrists, among others, recommend omega-3 supplements for optimal brain health (see below). Consider asking your doctor if this might be of help for you. If he or she agrees, be sure to find a QUALITY supplement. Most drug store capsules are of little or no benefit (check the labels and company reputation).
There are several hundred articles we could list regarding the benefits of omega-3 oils. Unfortunately, most people know little about this important supplement, and those that are aware may not be taking sufficient quantities of a refined product. Be sure it contains sufficient amounts of EPA and DHA.
It may take about 4-7 days to notice a difference. Here is one of the many interesting articles on this important topic:
Omega-3 Moves into Medical Mainstream
BY JAMIE TALAN
Newsday Staff Writer
April 11, 2006
In the days following the Jan. 2 Sago Mine explosion disaster, the only survivor, Randal McCloy Jr., was experiencing multiple organ failure and severe brain damage.
Dr. Julian Bailes, McCloy's neurosurgeon at the West Virginia University School of Medicine and head of the trauma center, was up to speed on the latest benefits of the "miracle molecule" omega-3 fatty acids when he phoned Barry Sears of Zone Diet fame to ask about a recommended dose for the very ill miner.
"I've read everything Sears has written," Bailes said. "And he convinced me that DHA could play a role in Mr. McCloy's recovery. He sent me his product, which was the main source in his [McCloy's] treatments."
Omega-3 is an essential amino acid that is in short supply in American diets, and its use has catapulted up the charts of popular nutrient supplements. And seemingly for good reason. It has so many jobs in the human body that cardiologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and now trauma surgeons are using these naturally safe amino acids to prevent and treat a wide variety of medical problems.
Sears, who has studied omega-3 fatty acids and now manufacturers his own pharmaceutical-grade product, suggested that Bailes administer a total of 18 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the two most important omega-3 fatty acids, via feeding tube. McCloy remained on the supplement via feeding tube until his return home March 30.
High dose for brain repair
This was an extraordinarily high dose, Sears explained, but staff monitored McCloy's blood levels to assure it remained within a certain therapeutic range. The EPA reduced the inflammation caused by the lack of oxygen within the brain, and the DHA was required to repair the damage, Sears said. "I certainly think it played a big role," in his recovery, Bailes said. "How can he rebuild his brain if he doesn't have the substrate to do it?"
After being in a coma for weeks and in rehab for months, the grateful miner is stiff and thin but walking on his own and exercising his weak right arm.
Besides helping heal the brain, omega-3, which is probably one of the most studied natural supplements, has passed muster in helping heal the heart, pancreas, immune system and joints. Potent anti-inflammatories, omega-3 fish oil supplements contain the same fatty acids - DHA and EPA - found in fish. Scientists say the American diet is so depleted of these fatty acids that supplements are not just useful, but necessary.
A recent analysis of several large studies published in the British Medical Journal said the amino acids didn't possess the benefits touted in the medical literature. But many experts say that analysis failed to cover the wide range of scientific findings. Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, said that one large British study with a "sub-optimal design wiped out the benefits from all the other studies." He said many studies have confirmed omega-3 supplements reduce the risk for sudden cardiac death and protect against cardiovascular diseases.
"This has more evidence-based science than any other supplement," said Dr. Steven Lamm, an internist at New York University School of Medicine. "It can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering triglycerides, and shift the balance between good and bad forms of cholesterol." Its powerful anti-inflammatory qualities also make it a natural for arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
"Here is one example where more is better," Lamm said.
But just how much? Dr. Joseph Hibbeln of the National Institutes of Health has studied the role of omega-3 fatty acids in depression and seen that 9 grams a day of omega-3 fatty acids are as potent as a prescription antidepressant for some patients. Others say the body needs a minimum of 4 grams a day.
The brain is 60 percent fat, and fatty acids are key to brain health. Hibbeln's work has linked diets rich in omega-3 fish oil to a lower incidence of depression and bipolar illness, and has led to tests of its effects as treatment for these conditions. The results are very impressive, experts say.
Help for bipolar patients:
Dr. Andrew Stoll of Harvard Medical School's psychiatry department gave 30 people with bipolar illness (manic-depression) 9.6 grams daily of omega-3 supplements or a placebo pill and followed them for several months. He found significant improvement in the groups taking omega-3. Scientists say that it works because the physical component of the brain's membrane system is made up of DHA.
Many other groups have found similar benefits.
Omega-3 supplements are also being used to prevent or treat heart disease, arthritis and other psychiatric illnesses, he said.
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in algae. Fish live on algae, which is how humans consume these key fatty acids.
The benefits on heart health led the American Heart Association to recommend a diet rich in fish oil. In a nurses study at Harvard Public School of Health, 84,688 women were followed from 1980 to 1994, and researchers documented the foods they ate, finding that women who ate fish once a week had a 34 percent lower incidence of death from heart disease and a 25 percent lower incidence of non-fatal heart attacks. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified the omega-3 fish oil as the reason.
Dr. David Perlmutter of Naples, Fla., an author of the "Better Brain Book," said that DHA enhances a brain-derived growth factor and could explain why expectant mothers who take omega-3 supplements have children who score higher on intelligence tests. He cited another study that found the amino acid supplementation reduced the risk of Alzheimer's disease. "We've got to build the brain out of the right stuff," he said.
There are several fish oil products on the market, just make sure you find a version with at least 800mg of EPA and 500mg of DHA per teaspoon. If you're serious about regaining your health, then consider investing in a quality product. It's far less costly than hospital care (in both money and human suffering). You do not have to use "Zone" fish oil, but we trust this brand of supplement.