Category Archives: Nutrition

Vitamin D Deficiency May Explain Why Black People Have Higher COVID Mortality Rates

An MIT study has found that race plays a major role, as much as age and one’s preexisting conditions, in a COVID-19 patient’s chance of survival. Apparently, black people have a higher death rate.

CBS Boston quotes the study author thus: “We controlled for that share of the population that has health insurance, diabetes, smoking, obesity. So, it’s got to be something that’s not that. It could be something like the quality of the insurance or the quality of the health care system.” In other words, they aren’t saying it overtly, but I think it is implied that the insurance and health care systems might be “racist,”  as a reference to “systemic racism” that we’ve been hearing about in the news these days.

But there is a good explanation in terms of certain dietary factors. Like lack of vitamin D is a good explanation, in my opinion. Northwestern University researchers have found that those COVID-19 patients with severe vitamin D deficiency have much higher COVID mortality rates.

Now, some people have criticized that study citing that mainly age is the relevant factor for COVID-19 fatality rates. A high percentage of the COVID-19 deaths are taking place in nursing homes. But the vitamin D deficiency theory makes sense to me given that COVID-19 involves the respiratory tract and fluid buildup in the lungs. According to this article published at NIH, “Vitamin D appears capable of inhibiting pulmonary inflammatory responses while enhancing innate defence mechanisms against respiratory pathogens.”

This article on The Lancet backs up those findings regarding vitamin D deficiency and COVID, citing additional studies, and it mentions that “black and minority ethnic people—who are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency because they have darker skin—seem to be worse affected than white people by COVID-19.”

This study on NIH states: “Blacks and Hispanics consistently manifest lower serum concentrations of 25(OH)D than non-Hispanic whites [8–12], primarily because increased skin pigmentation inhibits cutaneous synthesis of cholecalciferol, the metabolic precursor to 25(OH)D [13]. This has led many investigators to conclude that blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency than whites [8–12], and as a result, may also have increased risk of developing associated chronic disease conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer [14, 15].” (And COVID-19?)

For some reason it really seems to be difficult to get mainstream medical practitioners, researchers and journalists to take the importance of nutrition (and malnutrition) seriously. It has been my own personal experience that mainstream doctors are either overly (and irrationally) faithful in the pharmaceutical industry or they are just dishonestly connected to those companies, or both.

Note how the government “public health experts” such as Dr. Fauci and our state officials rarely if ever even mention the importance of being nutritionally fit to defend against COVID-19 or any other type of disease including the flu.

But I think that the initial MIT researchers I mentioned at the top in their not even considering nutritional deficiencies and instead wanting to look at the insurance or health care systems, tells us something.

Joe Biden and Alzheimer’s

It seems that a lot of people are in denial regarding Joe Biden’s cognitive decline. Now, I’m not a doctor, but…c’mon. Have you heard him?

Perhaps people have been voting for him and supporting him to be the Democrat’s presidential nominee in 2020 because they know that Party leaders will replace him with someone else. They have to replace him, otherwise, why would they keep an Alzheimer’s sufferer as their nominee?

And I’m not a supporter of Democrats or Republicans. I’ve been voting for or supporting libertarians or independents (or no one) for years now. I really don’t care who the major parties’ nominees will be.

But Biden’s many, many gaffes and incoherent utterances over the past few years show that he probably does have Alzheimer’s disease. Caitlin Johnstone prepared this fascinating post including many videos with one example after another showing Biden’s decline, not just in memory but in judgment. Maybe many people just don’t know about this, or the media have been shielding the public from the truth about Biden.

I don’t want to post videos here, so you can go to that post if you want to see all those examples. If you listen to talk radio, then you have probably already heard many of the clips. If you only get news and discussion from CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, then you probably haven’t heard most of them.

And I have further evidence that Biden has Alzheimer’s, because my father had Alzheimer’s up to his death. As I have mentioned here before, I believe that my own father’s Alzheimer’s disease was first made possible by his taking a statin drug (that’s supposedly for cholesterol). Apparently Joe Biden takes a statin drug.

So this is what I have concluded how that had happened. And I could be wrong, of course. In 2013 my father had two strokes, the second one being more serious. And at that time the doctors found an arterial blockage, that was located in a difficult area so surgery would have been too risky, so they decided to leave it alone and hope for the best.

Based on what I have learned, the arterial blockage slows the blood flow and reduces the oxygen levels and nutrients needed by the brain for normal cognitive functioning.

And then I heard that statin drugs were found (.pdf) to deplete some specific nutrients, specifically coenzyme Q10 and it inhibits the synthesis of vitamin K2. (Click on that .pdf, or see “Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms” at this link. And see this article by Dr. Mercola.) I was looking at the vitamin K2 specifically. Vitamin K2 is very important toward the efficient distribution of calcium to where we need it, that being the bones.

And vitamin K2 is important in preventing calcium maldistribution, preventing calcium from being distributed to where we don’t want it, the arteries or heart, and so on. If we don’t get enough vitamin K2, then our calcium could build up in the arteries or heart, called calcifications.

And so my conclusion was that the statin drug my father was taking probably depleted the important coenzyme Q10 and especially interfered with his vitamin K2 which then caused calcium buildup and his arterial blockage, the strokes, and his Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline. Again, the cognitive decline is related to the arterial blockage, which slowed down the oxygen and nutrients getting to his brain which needs the oxygen and nutrients for normal cognitive functioning, including memory.

Based on what I have read over the years, I think that many pharmaceutical drugs have those terrible kinds of side effects, depleting nutrients and interfering with the natural processes and causing dysfunction.

So I think that Joe Biden has Alzheimer’s and I especially think so given that he’s taking the statin drug. It’s not just because of age, in my opinion.

Not that it matters much. Because to me what matters is Biden’s being a warmonger, a drug war fascist and an asset “forfeiture” police-statist, among other terrible things. Biden is one of the “worst of the worst,” and he’s been in government his whole adult life. Is it time for him to retire?

Governors Confused on What Is “Essential” During their Illegal Lockdowns

Among the many problems this whole societal shutdown has been causing me personally is the closing down of my local GNC, where I get a particular non-GNC brand name supplement that I haven’t been able to get anywhere else. And I don’t want to order things like supplements online and have them delivered! This store among many others were closed down because of being called “non-essential.” Maybe “non-essential” to you, fascist governor, but essential to ME!

You see, these ignorant moron politicians see liquor stores as “essential” so that is why those stores get to stay open.

So, nutrition=”non-essential,” while non-nutrition=”essential”! Only in what is becoming a third-world America, sadly.

On Trusting the Word of the “Authorities”

You would think that in today’s day and age more people would question the “wisdom” of establishment medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. But that does not seem to be the case. Many people don’t want to see the connection between pharmaceutical drugs or vaccines and illnesses or conditions. They don’t want to question the vaccines and the potential of vaccines causing some kind of neurological harm.

We don’t want to question our doctors for some reason. And when it comes to the autism phenomenon, the whole debate regarding the vaccines gets shut down by the vaccines’ defenders, criticizing the opponents as “anti-vaxxers,” and asserting that the vaccine-autism connection has been “debunked.” It’s “settled science,” and all that. Which it isn’t, “settled science.”

If you don’t look into it, as Sharyl Attkinson has done, and if you just blindly trust the medical establishment and its mainstream media spokespeople, then of course you’ll not want to hear the arguments by informed vaccine skeptics.

And regarding the vaccines, with all the adjuvants, mercury and aluminum and so on. Not only the vaccines themselves that are given to children whose brains are still in the important developmental stages, but the number of vaccines they are given, the combinations of different vaccines at the same time, and the big increase in the number of doses given to a child just in the first 5 or 6 years of life. 60 doses?

And that combined with what the medical establishment and the schools are doing to the kids now, misdiagnosing the kids with not just autism, but ADHD, ADD, even depression and anxiety, when in many cases the kids are just acting like normal kids!

So no wonder the young people now such as the ones of college age are showing a big increase in anxiety and depression, they are so easily “triggered” by the littlest thing, they need “safe spaces,” teddy bears and puppy dogs to comfort them. No wonder they are hysterical, thinking that the end is near, “the world will end in 12 years,” as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ignorantly warns.

And no wonder the college campuses are experiencing irrational protests against nothing that matters in the real world, invasions and hostage-takings of Dean’s offices, shouting down of ideological opponents, censorship and banning of speakers. What is really causing these kids to act this way, this hysterical and irrational way? (Although, it’s not just the students, the faculties of these places of “education” are also filled with irrationality.)

So, in my view, burying their heads in the sand is what the deniers of vaccine- and drug-damage do in their defense of so much propaganda by the medical establishment, government and their media stenographers.

So now as with most of the “pandemic” scares there is a race to develop and distribute a new coronavirus vaccine to the masses, regardless of whether its been tested or approved. This is all based on panic and hysteria, of course.

Jon Rappoport has some recent posts on the China “epidemic.” Here is his summary of the ongoing crisis. He appears to believe that it is extremely difficult to prove that the so-called coronoavirus outbreak was caused by a “bio-weapon” accident or intentional release, and suggests that “published genetic sequences could be con jobs, hustles, and giant errors.”

Rappoport refers to “contaminated water supplies; lack of basic sanitation; giant toxic agricultural farms; industrial poison-pollution; hunger; starvation; protein-calorie malnutrition; fertile farm land stolen from native people by corporations and governments; toxic medical drugs and vaccines; and now, in Wuhan and other Chinese cities, unprecedented mixtures of toxic air pollution, causing lung damage.” And he refers to virus “propaganda,” which would be no surprise to me.

Rappoport writes:

I raise one more question for your serious consideration. If highly toxic pollution in the air, in Chinese cities, is causing deep lung damage, and if the Chinese government is covering that up with a story about a virus—what is now happening to the millions of Chinese people locked down, with nowhere to go, trapped in those cities—breathing the air?

And in this more recent post, Rappoprt discusses how the numbers of people testing positive for the coronavirus can be greatly inflated, and that a more likely situation is people having pneumonia, especially given China’s very high pollution levels and the negative effects on the respiratory systems of many Chinese people.

But when it comes to the medical industry and its enmeshment with (and collusions with) governments, for some reason most people seem to take the word of the industry leaders and government leaders as well.

But from my own personal experiences, I have seen up close the dishonesty and corruption with doctors, as I had detailed in my post on my own medical ordeal from the late 1990s to the late 2000s. For instance, with that ulcerative colitis medical ordeal, one doctor told me to eat more “bran and whole wheat” to gain more weight, yet people with ulcerative colitis shouldn’t have such foods that are irritants to the colon. I learned the hard way. And another doctor telling me to increase the sulfasalazine anti-inflammatory drug, which, I later learned (the hard way), depletes our potassium levels as well as our folic acid. The decreased potassium level caused my blood pressure to go up, and when I then decreased the sulfasalazine the blood pressure went back down to normal. Those were just a few instances of bad advice from the “experts” with MDs.

And my now-late father, who had Alzheimer’s. He had been given Lipitor and then later on had two strokes in 2013, at which time his arterial blockage was discovered. More recently I learned that statin drugs have been shown to deplete our vitamin K2, as well as our CoQ10. Vitamin K2 is important for efficient calcium distribution. K2 makes sure that our calcium that we consume is distributed to our bones where we need it, and it prevents calcium maldistribution, making sure that our calcium does not get stored where we don’t want it — our arteries, heart, etc. If the calcium builds up in those areas, known as calcifications, then it can cause  a blockage, such as in the artery and that would prevent important nutrients from passing through the bloodstream to get to the brain effectively, which will cause cognitive problems such as with one’s memory.

So my father’s Alzheimer’s following his two strokes and his further decline for the next 6 years (that I believe was started by his statin drug Lipitor) was another learning experience in addition to my own experiences. (By the way, Joe Biden takes a statin drug. I just thought I’d throw that out there.)

Bottom line: I don’t trust the word of medical “authorities” (and certainly not government authorities!), and I check things out with my own research, on the Internet, and learn from my own experiences.

Unnecessary Panic Over the “Corona” Virus?

I wanted to address the media’s fear mongering and panic with the new “corona virus,” and China’s overdoing it with the closing down of whole cities out of hysteria and panic. But I spent more time on my previous post than I had planned. So I will make this more brief.

Over the past several years I have come to see just how the mainstream news media have become mostly repeaters of official government press releases. It’s mainly propaganda, as we have seen and continue to see with the coverage of the 2016 election-Russia investigation and this impeachment farce. The media are the same with medical issues, in their being spokespeople for the pharmaceutical companies.

So, I really want to link to Jon Rappoport’s two recent posts that address these issues, on the latest virus, the “corona” virus. Those two posts are: China virus epidemic – the Gong Show on roller skates, and on the man who mushed the SARS dud now pushing new Chinese virus. Very good information and insight, in my opinion.

He makes reference to how in the past such as with SARS the media would not disclose that many cases of “SARS” were really patients with flu-like symptoms but who did not test positive for the “SARS” virus.

Rappoport brings up how medical and government officials don’t seem to want to look at an area’s sanitation and water systems, which are very important in these issues. There are also areas of malnutrition, in which a common problem is the compromised immune systems of many in the population, in which toxic vaccines and other pharmaceutical drugs are killing them.

But, “THE VIRUS” is what needs to be obsessed with. In these “epidemics,” many of those suffering don’t actually test positive for the virus in question. They have flu-like symptoms. And one reason some of the people with the sicknesses actually die — and I did hear a newscaster mention this, I couldn’t believe a little truth was told — is because those people already had other serious medical conditions.

So, people with medical conditions should be as well-nourished as possible, for prevention.

But in China, a country with an ultra-authoritarian government that already keeps the masses in fear of the regime with the “social credit score,” etc., the government is closing down whole cities? Those rulers are even worse control freaks than the power-addicted people in Washington.

Faux Healthcare vs. Nutrition; And, How Clean Is Too Clean?

Some interesting articles from Mercola. First, there will be a referendum in Maine on March 3rd for the people of Maine to overturn a new law that mandates vaccines to be forced on people involuntarily, by revoking religious and philosophical or personal belief exemptions. Too bad the people have to go to the ballot box to protect their natural right to not be assaulted and to protect their right of freedom of thought and conscience and to protect their right to decide for themselves what medical procedures, drugs or other acts of alleged prevention to voluntarily have.

Good ol’ fascism, and based on ignorance and hysteria, no less. In Seattle, by the way, the “officials” have mandated that school kids must get vaccinated or else don’t come back to school. Really? Hmm. Remind me not to relocate to Seattle any time soon. (Have you heard of “unschooling“? They could use that up there.)

Frankly, there’s too much of a dangerous government-pharmaceutical-media complex, and a lot of misinformation is out there based on myths and hysteria. I’ve posted enough on this blog regarding the vaccine issue (just click on the “vaccine” tag or category at the bottom of this post to read my previous posts on vaccines), and I’m starting to get sick of this.

Incidentally, Jon Rappoport has a new post on vaccines, with some important insight and brilliant analysis as usual. And in another recent post, he discusses the brainwashing of the “medical cartel,” as well as of the media who don’t want to report on disclosures that had been leaked from insiders.

I especially liked Rappoport stating, “And remember this: no amount of vaccines is going to solve tremendously sub-standard childhood nutrition.” And, “There is no substitute for natural immunity derived from good nutrition.” You betcha.

The other article on Mercola is regarding people being too clean, with personal care products and household cleaning products that are disinfecting away our normal “good” bacteria. Perhaps one reason why so many children are getting sick isn’t because they aren’t getting vaccines, or are over-vaccinated, but because they are too clean. (And perhaps that’s a reason why ultra-clean-freak Felix Unger seemed to be so sick!)

The timing of this article is interesting, because I have recently been going through a process of changing some of my own cleaning habits, mainly in the soaps category. I had been using Dial soap that has the controversial anti-bacterial ingredient(s) and I have switched to Ivory for now. I had also been using Aveeno moisturizing bar but they recently changed their ingredients for the worse, so I have bought a Trader Joe”s oatmeal-based soap but haven’t used it yet. It gets good reviews online.

Bottom line from the Mercola article: washing is a good idea obviously, but don’t overwash so you can prevent possibly causing a bacterial “resistance.” The article notes that “germ vigilance is required. Cuts, for example, need to be properly cleaned, and disinfecting food preparation areas is a good idea. Medical facilities also need to be vigilant about cleanliness and disinfection. In our day-to-day lives, however, we should not go overboard.”

Vaccines and Junk Foods vs. Nutrition

There is another article on the ineffectiveness of vaccines, by Arjun Walia of the Collective Evolution website, this one regarding the whooping cough vaccine. Walia tells how a school in Houston, Texas had to close because of a whooping cough outbreak among students and staff. It has not been disclosed how many kids were affected, but supposedly 100% of the students had been vaccinated.

Some of the kids had to be hospitalized. So I ask, did the vaccine (or other vaccines they may have received, such as MMR) actually weaken their immune systems to make them vulnerable to contracting whooping cough (or measles, or the flu, etc.)? And there are other factors as well when it comes to kids’ (and adults) health, such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter meds and processed foods.

The article goes into detail on the several studies on what appears to be negative effects of these vaccines. In my opinion, there are a lot of superstitious people with a blind faith in vaccines. But a lot of kids are just plain malnourished, in my opinion. And I’m saying that because we’re constantly hearing about high obesity rates in kids — the junk foods and processed foods that parents give the kids affect their general health. I can see how a lot of the chemicals contained in the processed and junk foods can interfere with the digestion process, so the nutrients they do get in the nutritious foods they eat are not getting absorbed. That is what I have concluded, based on my own experience as I look back at my poor eating habits in my earlier years, and based on other articles I’ve read.

And I see the multiple vaccines they are being given (numbering like 60 vaccine doses by age 6!) are not only interfering with the kids’ brain development but other parts of their biological development as well. When I was a kid, we only had maybe a total of 4 or 5 vaccine shots. It is obscene now. I feel for the kids.

The bottom line is, as long as the kids are well nourished and don’t consume those awful foods with the chemicals then their immune systems will be in better shape to fight whatever germs, bacteria and viruses they are exposed to in their developing years. In fact, some people who are vaccine skeptics make the point that it wasn’t vaccines that caused a decline in diseases but progress in nutrition, sanitation, clean water, and hygiene. (See Mercola on that, and Learn the Risks.)

And I know some people are saying, “Sure, kids need nutritious food, but let them have some snacks and tasty treats as well,” and so on. But I am saying that the synthetic chemicals in those junk foods interfere with the digestion of important nutrients and thus the eater of the junk foods is less nourished than he or she would otherwise be. Now, do I have real scientific proof to back up that assertion? Right now, I’m not going to spend time on the Internet trying to find that. And I’ll bet it hasn’t been studied enough. But, I do have my own conclusions that I can make from my own experiences.

So these days not only is Big Pharma a problem but Big Agra as well.

But why do we rarely hear about the importance of nutrition from the medical community? instead the practitioners and schools are constantly pushing vaccines and pharmaceutical drugs. In addition to all that, many of the TV shows kids watch are sponsored by the makers of those terrible junk foods and processed foods. Sadly, the young parents these days are clueless, as many of the young parents don’t even know how to take better care of themselves, let alone children!

Dietary Intervention Shown to Lift Depression

As another follow-up on my post yesterday on depression and psychiatric drugs, I wanted to link to this informative article by Dr. Mercola on how dietary intervention lifts depression.

In the article, Dr. Mercola mentions that both sugary and artificially sweetened beverages have been linked to an increased risk of depression, and he references a study that found that adolescents who have high sodium and low potassium in urine experience more symptoms of depression. He goes into detail as to how sugar negatively affects mental health. And he notes a study showing that young adults being given a Mediterranean diet had a “significant reduction” in depression after 3 weeks, that such a diet can reduce inflammation as well, and he gives some important nutritional information. I’m glad I already have changed my diet, that’s for sure.

Autism and Inflammation

An article at Health Impact News, which I very much recommend, discusses some recent studies which show a link between brain inflammation and autism. A Tufts University study calls inflammation the “main driver behind autism,” and a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study found “evidence suggesting that an immune response targeting specialized cells in the brain resulted in chronic inflammation in two thirds of autistic brains analyzed postmortem,” according to Health Impact News.

The article points out other past studies showing a linkage between brain inflammation and autism. It also pointed to another study showing a linkage between intestinal inflammation and autism as well. The article notes that “67 percent (of children diagnosed with autism) more likely to be diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than their peers (not diagnosed with autism).”

The prevalence of autism diagnoses in children seems to have skyrocketed between 1980 and 2002, and especially since 2002.

Now, some particular contributors to brain inflammation and autism, as noted by the article, have been vaccines. Children are being given too many vaccine shots at too young an age.

And based on my own experiences and research, I would say that there are other contributors to inflammation as well.

Stress is a large contributor to inflammation, as shown in this article. And it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that some children might have symptoms as a result of inflammation, because many children have a lot of emotional stress in their lives, especially those who are abused, molested, or neglected in the home.

Also, since the September 11th terrorist attacks of 2001, also known as 9/11, little children have been further stressed and terrorized by constant government pronouncements that “the terrorists are out to get us,” as repeated in the news media. The kids also are now exposed to totally unnecessary terrorism drills in the schools, and traveling children have been the victims of abuse, molesting and groping by TSA agents.

I don’t know how many photos or videos I have seen online or articles I’ve read regarding the crying little kids being criminally molested by the airport gestapo who believe that every little kid (and Grandma) is a terror suspect and anal cavity searches are in order. It’s sick.

Besides the TSA gestapo, the exaggerated terror threat and invasive “security” procedures that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have caused and Obama and Trump have continued to authorize, today’s children are also having to deal with stressful situations in their own families. They have to deal with a mommy who is too distracted with her precious iPhone and texting while ignoring and neglecting her kid, or a daddy who is too preoccupied with his Internet porn, and so on.

So besides the parents too glued to their electronics, the kids themselves are spending too much time on their own devices, staring into screens all day, and that causes emotional stress as well. According to Psychology Today, kids spending too much time staring into their screens causes more stress and problems with sleep and mood, and actually can impede brain development in children.

So I can see how such stresses in a child’s life, certainly more than I had to deal with when I was growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, can contribute to inflammation.

Besides stress, there are other causes of inflammation. According to this 2018 Healthline article, sugar, sugary foods and high fructose corn syrup have been shown to cause more inflammation. But you probably already knew that. “In one study, mice fed high-sucrose diets developed breast cancer that spread to their lungs — in part due to the inflammatory response to sugar,” notes the Healthline article. And, “In another study, the anti-inflammatory impact of omega-3 fatty acids was impaired in mice fed a high-sugar diet.”

Hmm, that explains, at least in part, the ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon) relapses I continued to have during the years that I drank Ensure, which is high in sugar, as I wrote in my post on my medical ordeal.

Also in the Healthline article, besides the sugar and high fructose corn syrup, other food related contributors to inflammation include artificial trans fats (as distinguished from natural trans fats found in dairy and meats), vegetable and seed oils (many of which are high in omega 6), refined carbohydrates (“found in candy, bread, pasta, pastries, some cereals, cookies, cakes, sugary soft drinks and all processed food that contains added sugar or flour”), excessive alcohol and processed meat.

I remember as a kid and even into my 20s eating those processed lunch meats. No wonder I had such problems. And I also ate a lot of junk food sweets. I can see the linkage of those products and probable inflammation, and the emotional and behavioral issues I had, as well as the ulcerative colitis I developed later on. I don’t want to say that I had actual “autism” as a kid. But I can say, given my years and experiences with ulcerative colitis, that I had “inflammation.”

Perhaps doctors can look more closely at possible diagnoses of inflammation in kids. People can prevent inflammation, not only by trying to reduce stress and eating foods that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, but by not eating foods (mentioned above) that are known to cause inflammation.

Avoiding spending too much time staring into your electronics and screens can’t hurt either.

And I know I’ve thrown a lot of ideas into this one post, but it’s important to make connections, such as between autism and inflammation, and the causes of inflammation.

Regarding My Post on My Medical Ordeal

I’ve been wanting to blog here more regularly but either I just don’t have enough time to do this or I have what is sometimes known as “writer’s block.”

One essay that I did spend a lot of time on was my detailed post on my years-long ordeal with my ulcerative colitis, the doctors’ bad advice and bad prescription drugs, and/or the corrupt and dishonest doctors I had to deal with. I had emailed that post to several people including some non-Establishment medical doctors and people who run alternative medicine websites.

Maybe I didn’t do as good a job as I thought on the post, I don’t know. But I did spend a lot of time on it, over a period of months, and didn’t post it until I was sure it was good enough. So I haven’t gotten any feedback on it, so far. Maybe readers can check it out if you hadn’t seen it. Perhaps it could use a re-write? I hope not. At some subsequent point, I did add a summary of the ordeal at the top of the post.

Update on Olive Oil and Omega 3 and 6

I know I’ve posted several blogs on olive oil and fish recently, but here is another one of my posts in which I go over my own experiences with nutritional issues and some of the things I have learned.

Now, I am just an amateur at all this, which is one reason why I have had to change my diet several times over the years. I learn something new or something more accurate about the foods or supplements I have been having.

So after seeing the article on olive oil by Mark Sisson that I linked to previously, I have looked into the issue more and now I’ve concluded that maybe I had been consuming too much olive oil. (Yes, I guess you can have too much.)

Since maybe 2016 I have been having 6 tablespoons per day of extra virgin olive oil. The reason why I increased it at that time was because I had been drinking Ensure like four 8 oz. bottles per day since the year 2000, and I gradually ended that starting in September 2013 until the final one in June 2016.

The reason for the Ensure was mainly to get “healthy” calories, which it gave me, as well as some nutrition because I have my sensitive digestive condition ulcerative colitis and can’t eat most vegetables and other foods. But I realized that it’s not a good idea to have Ensure regularly in the long term.

To go with ending the Ensure I did several things to make up for what I had been used to for those years. I added the carrot juice and grape juice, as well as magnesium and zinc supplements, and increased the extra virgin olive oil.

I looked into olive oil at that time and it seemed like it would be okay to have that many 1-tablespoon servings per day. However, now that I’ve looked into it again, I am seeing that it’s probably not a good idea to do that, mainly because olive oil’s omega 6 (which is pro-inflammatory) content is quite high and its omega 3 (anti-inflammatory) is quite low in comparison.

So I am someone who already has inflammatory issues and it might not be a good idea to be getting what very well might be too much omega 6 (which I believe Ensure probably has, by the way, because of its use of corn oil which is way high in omega 6, and canola oil which is also higher in omega 6 than omega 3).

Apparently, there needs to be the right ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Some say it should be 4:1 and some say it should be 1:1. In modern heart-diseased Western society, the ratio has been way out of whack, like 20:1 or worse, because of the way processed foods are produced using the “bad” vegetable oils, such as corn oil and soybean oil. Supposedly that has changed the content of the livestock feed and thus the “fatty acid profile” of our meats, according to Chris Kresser (and see another recent article of his I found informative).

So at the same time that I have reduced the extra virgin olive oil from 6 to 4 tablespoon servings per day (for now), I have increased my fish consumption, in order to increase my omega 3 per day. My eggs which say they contain a higher amount of omega 3 are not reliable.

I know that I mentioned here before that besides the Ensure I was also taking fish oil softgels for about 10 years and learned that that might not be a good idea in the long term either. And I tried switching to just eating fish, but it seemed that my sensitive digestive issues had a problem with the fish, so I then relied on the omega 3-enhanced eggs. But now for the past few weeks I have been eating the fish again and so far it doesn’t seem to be causing a problem. And that’s the canned sardines just 1/2 of a can every other day is what I’m doing now. (Unfortunately, the canned sardines are very expensive, but that’s the way it is now.)

A reason that I was having the extra virgin olive oil (after ending the Ensure) was to make sure that I get enough calories and fats per day. I’m sure (or I hope) that reducing the extra virgin olive oil while increasing the fish shouldn’t cause me to have inadequate calories per day. But this is getting a little frustrating though.

UPDATE: Now it’s 9/18/19, and I have reduced the extra virgin olive oil to 3 1-tbsp servings per day, and I’ll stick with that. And I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve been having a 1/2 can of sardines every other day. (But it’s a little expensive.) In my more recent research, this 2014 article by Mark Sisson mentions that the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio may not matter, and that as long as you are getting enough omega 3, that’s what matters. In my view, eating actual fish is probably better and healthier than taking those fish oil pills.