Death wishers eat unsaturated oils

The scientific evidence, honestly evaluated, does not support the medical claim that saturated fats cause artery-clogging heart disease. In fact all the research says the reverse, and we've always known it. An analysis of arterial plaque that was published in Lancet in the early '70's reveals it is comprised of up to 75% unsaturated oils, of which more than half is polyunsaturated and the rest monounsaturated oleic acid.

That is, oil you eat is clogging up your arteries, and the medical machine just wants to treat you without reminding you to eat properly. 

The medical machine knows that excess consumption of polyunsaturated oils has been shown to contribute to a large number of disease conditions besides cardiac, including increased cancer, immune system dysfunction, damage to the liver, reproductive organs and lungs, digestive disorders, depressed learning ability, sterility, impaired growth, and weight gain. And they'll treat all of it, without hesitation, but will hesitate on the health chat.

New evidence links free radicals to premature aging, autoimmune diseases such as arthritis. MS and Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, Alzheimer's and cataracts. But the medical machine says to eat unsaturated oils.

Rancid unsaturated oils are characterized by free radicals; that is, single atoms or clusters with an unpaired electron in an outer orbit. These compounds are extremely reactive chemically; they have been characterized as marauders in the body for they attack cell membranes and red blood cells and cause damage in DNA/RNA strands, thus triggering mutations in tissue, blood vessels and skin. Free radical damage to the skin causes wrinkles and premature aging; free radical damage to the tissues and organs sets the stage for tumors; free radical damage in the blood vessels initiates the buildup of plaque. Is it any wonder that tests and studies have repeatedly shown a high correlation between cancer and heart disease with the consumption of polyunsaturates?

Modern diets can contain as much as 30 per cent of calories as polyunsaturated oils, and research indicates that this amount is far too high. A number of researchers have argued that along with a surfeit of omega-6 fatty acids the American diet is deficient in the more unsaturated omega-3 linolenic acid. This fatty acid is necessary for cell oxidation, for metabolizing important sulphur-containing amino acids and for maintaining proper balance in prostaglandin production. Deficiencies have been associated with asthma, heart disease and learning deficiencies.

The best evidence indicates that our intake of polyunsaturates should not be much greater than 4 per cent of the caloric total, in approximate proportions of 1 1/2 per cent omega-3 linolenic acid and 2 1/2 per cent omega-6 linoleic acid. EFA consumption in this range is found in native populations in temperate and tropical regions whose intake of polyunsaturated oils comes from the small amounts found in legumes, grains, nuts, green vegetables, fish, olive oil and animal fats but not from commercial vegetable oils.

A study was done for example in 1970, the Ireland Brothers Heart Study, where one brother lived in Boston (USA) and the other in Ireland, a primarily dairy-farming nation. The Boston brothers lived on a diet similar to the Prudent Diet, that is low fat, and using margarine and polyunsaturated oils. Meanwhile their brothers back in Ireland were pigging it out on butter (a pound a week, approx. 500 mg), plenty of cheese and eggs etc. But when they added it all up, it was found that the butter-eating brothers in Ireland had fewer deaths from heart disease than their more cautious brothers in Boston. Dr. Andrew Weil is hip to this. In his column in the November 2001 issue of Prevention Magazine, he tells you the same thing - to avoid polyunsaturated oils. Increasingly the information's coming out, but we have a long way to go.