Posted by bubblegumchewer on November 23, 2002, at 10:02:22
In reply to Re: In addition to fish oil... » Larry Hoover, posted by Pfinstegg on November 22, 2002, at 18:27:40
I haven't been around in a while but I've never been able to find anyone who know s**t about fish oil, EPA, etc. so I'm excited to see that there are some fish brains around here. Please help me with this. I'm not asking for medical advice; I'll take that up with my doctor and I'll be responsible for myself. But I have two concerns about the supplements I've been taking and they have to do with two areas: anticoagulation and immunosuppression.
First, I'm about to deliver my fourth baby in 7 weeks. I'd like to give my unborn baby and myself the benefits of the fish oil I've been taking (Nordic Naturals, 1000 mg. each capsule, 600 mg. omega-3 fatty acids, 450 mg. EPA, 100 mg. DHA, 4.5 I.U. mixed tocopherols)
I have never been clear about the anticoagulant properties so I've been taking only two capsules per week. I know, pretty puny. I am paranoid about risking a big hemorrhage at the time of delivery. Truthfully I don't even bother asking doctors if it's ok to take these things because they look at me as if they have no idea what I'm talking about. So I'm just wondering if you have opinion/knowledge about how much I have to worry about anticoagulation.
My other question is: Last winter before being pregnant at all I was taking two of these capsules a day plus my kids were taking omegabrite capsules, only one per day. We all suddenly came down with the WORST ear/sinus/throat infection in the history of my family. I mean that we are healthy and have only occasionally needed antibiotics but all THREE of my young sons were instantly put on antibiotics, plus me, mom who hardly gets seriously sick, needed antibiotics also, and I mean two rounds for each of us. It suddenly felt as if someone had kicked me hard in the jaw with a boot and I went to the doctor, and sure enough, my ear was infected. I haven't had an ear infection since I was a kid (according to my mom, I can't remember it.) Could this have had anything to do with immunusuppression and could it have had to do with the fish oil??
Thanks, and sorry if I appear to be an ignoramus. I can't ask doctors these questions because they know so little about fatty acids that it's as if I'm asking them questions in Klingon or something.