Thursday, February 01, 2007

Nutrition in the news

Most tap water polluted by dirty municipal infrastructure...
NewsTarget) As the United States becomes a nation of 300 million, the country’s older cities face the reality of overpopulation, crumbling infrastructures, and the health concerns raised by both, especially those related to the availability of fresh water.

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For some, sudden death is the first indication of the presence of coronary heart disease and even when the existence of this disease is recognized, sudden death is not an uncommon event. Currently, prevention of sudden death focuses on three interventions: implantable defibrillators, automated external defibrillators placed in public places and the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. This study compares the defibrillator approach with an intervention aimed at increasing blood levels of these fatty acids. The justification in part was based on a meta-analysis that found that omega-3 fatty acids from fish and fish oil (EPA and DHA) reduced all-cause mortality and various outcomes from cardiovascular disease such as sudden death, death from cardiac disease, and nonfatal myocardial infarction (heart attack). The study found that raising omega-3 levels would have about 8 times the impact of distributing external defibrillators and twice the impact of implanting such devices. Furthermore, the authors point out that there would also be benefits from raising omega-3 levels in individuals who do not qualify for or had not been identified as candidates for implantable devices. This study, which was based on data from the literature, used omega-3 parameters taken from two studies, one of which found a 62% decrease in risk of cardiac arrest for healthy individuals taking omega-3 supplements, and one which found a 45% decrease in risk of cardiac arrest attributable to omega-3 supplements for patients with a prior heart attack. This latter study used 840 mg/day of easily absorbable EPA + DHA.
Kottke,T.E. et al. Preventing Sudden Death with n-3 (Omega-3) Fatty Acids and Defibrillators. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2006, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 316-23.

How to Mend A Broken Heart...
Dr Linus Pauling's Unified Theory of Cardiovascular Disease ...Over ten years ago, the two-time Nobel prize Laureate, Dr Linus Pauling and his associate Dr Matthias Rath, advocated and published a definitive thesis on the root cause, treatment, and actual cure for all forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including congestive heart failure, heart disease, and stroke. Today, cardiovascular related health problems together comprise fully one half of all causes of death in the US. Pauling and Rath's brilliant analysis of CVD is absolutely compelling and amply supported by numerous epidemiological and clinical studies. His unified theory of CVD constitutes one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern science, and yet has been almost completely ignored by the mainstream medical establishment, and received almost no press.

Christopher Wiechert, C.N.C.

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