Posted by bubblegumchewer on November 23, 2002, at 13:16:01
In reply to Re: I was directing my above question to Larry and/or , posted by Larry Hoover on November 23, 2002, at 12:43:18
assume, as I've been doing, that fish oil is not something likely to harm me, so I'll keep on taking it. If I understand correctly, what you're saying about tumor proliferation is that the few cases of omega-3 acids encouraging cancer growth are basically flukes in the world of cancer. I'm going to assume that the benefits far outweigh the few possible unfortunate non-benefits.
I was just wondering because I don't seem to fit the normal blood fat "profile" that we as modern Western people seem to be grouped into. On the contrary, my family members seem to be those who live till their nineties and then drop dead of a (I presume hemorrhagic but I don't know) stroke. Which is probably a natural and biologically proper way to go, so to speak, since few live longer than that. I'm just hoping that since I appear to be from a line of non-clotting, non-inflammatory cardiovascular people that I'm not pushing things in the hemorrhagic direction by encouraging thinner and thinner blood... but I think what I understand is that the anticoagulant effect is more of a NORMALIZATION than actually pushing it too far the other way.
Thanks for the "good genes" compliment but alas, it it's not one thing, it's another, right? My poor dad was plagued by mental illness; thus me, here (my mom does not like to believe in any biological or genetic basis... ha!) and both parents have/had different leukemias. My dad finally developed deep vein thrombosis (I have my suspicions that it arose from the Tegretol he took) but I believe it was the leukemia that finally killed him. Also his mother died of colon cancer so I was wondering about that too.
My interest in fatty acid balance arose from a desire to not land in the hospital with disabling anxiety (they called it depression; whatever) like I did a year ago (really thought I was going to die it was so bad) so whether the fish oil is barking up the wrong tree for me or not, I figure it won't hurt me. Strangely enough I've spend most of my life on no antidepressants and felt mostly just fine, just like I do now, on no antidepressants. I haven't figured this stuff out yet at all. But if fish oil just MAY prevent another such episode I'm all for it.
Ok, enough thinking for today... my brain hurts!