Preaching, Politics and Why You Should be Able to Get Omega 3’s from Your Beef and Chicken

Ever wondered if God created such a perfect world through His Infinite Mercy, why getting your omega 3’s is so expensive? What’s the cost of fish, flax seed oil, walnuts or fish oil supplements?

And then you have to worry about how polluted the fish might be! And the purified fish oil supplements cost even more!

The truth is, as usual, we human beings messed up a good thing.

The natural ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 oils in livestock allowed to graze on grass and from chickens (and their eggs) where the fowls are allowed to parade and scratch “free range”, is 1:1.

(Omegas 3 and 6 are the essential oils we must get from foods because human bodies don’t make them).

Since the 1950’s in order to increase production to match increase demand, battery farming has taken over.

Animals are cramped in small spaces and fed from troughs. Are they fed grass?

No, they are fed corn, soy and wheat – and more recently, genetically modified forms of these grains!

This causes a higher concentration of saturated fats in their meats. Their lack of exercise and poor diet makes them more vulnerable to disease so they need more antibiotics and medications to survive in fair health till slaughter day.

What happens to their omega 3:6 ratio? Well it shoots up from 1:1 to 1:15 or even 1:40 in some cases. Notice it is not doubling, that would be 1:2, it’s increasing by 15 to 40 times!

Omega 3’s and 6’s play OPPOSING roles in our bodies, which is why a balanced intake is so important. The imbalance due to heavy animal product use in our diet plays a role in high levels of inflammation, chronic stress at the level of our tissues and development of many diseases. See:

  • Role of Omega 6 in your body: stocking fats, promoting cell rigidity, promoting inflammation in its natural role in defending against damage and infection.
  • Role of Omega 3 in your body: keeping cell membranes more flexible and reducing inflammation.

Remember in a previous article we spoke about the relationship between higher inflammation levels and the promotion of cancer within?

Am I saying we should stop eating animal products?

I’m not saying that at all.

I’m saying we need to make grass-fed stock and free range chickens the sources of the meat, milk and eggs that make it to our table.

And that takes will power and collective action.

I stopped buying chicken. I make the exception for guests who prefer chicken but I will quickly tell them why I’ll serve it and not eat it if they ask! (though I’d give the details after the meal!)

I eat rabbit but if I visit the rabbit farm and see the rabbits cooped up all day I will stop eating rabbit with immediate effect.

I ask my butcher where he gets his meat from. I have no interest in meat from the USA unless the label says “Grass Fed.”

Now where meat is concerned, “grass-fed” trumps organic because you will be dousing the flames of inflammation in your body with omega 6 fuel if your organic meat was nourished with organic corn, soy and wheat from a stall!

Fresh local beef, goat and lamb are more likely to be grassfed as are sources from New Zealand.

Extra Foods in Grand Bazaar sources meat from Australia and New Zealand as well as from local farmers. While we know that the lambs in New Zealand eat grass, I’m not sure about the sources from Australia.

I too need to do more research and I’ll share my findings as I go along.

But is that all we can do: a bit of research, pick and choose and risk one day having nothing to choose from?

And that’s where it gets political folks. We have to be aware. We have to make it clear to our governments what we want and why. And we have to take action.

In societies like ours the reason organic foods are available – and the market for them is growing, is because awareness changes consumption patterns and suppliers respond.

Our researchers need to calculate, why changing the way we farm and eat, to more natural and healthful patterns will be good for the economy in the long term.

The costs of illness are phenomenal for all concerned, including governments and tax payers.

Locally, an angiogram and open heart surgery will leave you (one person),at least $125,000.00 TT out of pocket and with no guarantee that you’ll live a day longer than if you never bothered with the procedure.

A word to the wise is enough.







Your Pink Ribbon: You’d Better Be Doing This List Part II

We listed 11 things in Part I you can do to reduce your breast cancer risk. Today we focus more closely on four.  

  • Get enough Vitamin D
  • Get enough exercise
  • Get your omega 3’s  (not on last week’s list)


  • Know your blood Type               



1)      Numerous studies are showing relationships between low vitamin D levels and breast cancer diagnosis and outcomes. Researchers are still trying to figure it out. How much is enough and how much is too much?

The good news for those of us in the tropics is that adequate exposure to strong sunlight means you don’t even need to supplement. Unless you hide from the sun all day. How much sunlight do you seek out in spring, autumn and winter outside of the Tropics? The Norweigians developed a solar calculator to answer that:

Vitamin D testing will one day be as commonplace as blood sugar screening but till then sunlight exposure and eggs, meat and fish (Vitamin D3 aka cholecalciferol) supports your immune system better than synthetic Vit D or ergocalciferol. So don’t be too eager to avoid sun, eggs and meat in favour of your vitamin tablets! For many reasons eggs are coming out of the doghouse as “avoid foods” but that’s the Egg Article. Meanwhile,


2)      Lifelong exercise, even brisk walking of 2 miles three times per week can reduce our risk of early breast cancer by 33% and later, 26% after menopause. Exercise is a well researched health guard and offers protection even if started late in life. This is not a case of “less is more” though, so start somewhere TODAY if you have been living without this shield. But consistent effort rather than strenuous exercise is the key.


3)      Omega three fatty acids, found in wild meats, (and domestic meats that are not fattened on corn before slaughter), as well as walnuts, pumpkin seeds and fish oils reduce your risk of breast cancer. Omega fatty acids activate your PPAR receptors* to speed up metabolism and reduce inflammation and their effect on this receptor may also explain their protective effect in breast cancer.

Surprisingly broccoli, cabbage, Romaine lettuce, cloves and oregano contain omega three too, though your body processes animal sources more easily.

The trouble is that too many supplements supply omega 3 WITH omega 6 and 9. Many vegetable oils (corn, canola, sunflower, safflower), found in snacks, fast food and margarines are overloading us with omega 6 so our 3:6 ratio instead of being 1:1 is more like 1:25. So don’t add insult to injury by using a 3:6:9 supplement.

Confused? This link offers Dr. Mercola’s advice on sourcing omega 3 for your body:

I personally use flax seed oil and eat lots of walnuts. I’m looking forward to omega fatty acid level assessments being part of routine annual check- ups in the near future. And the nutrition-based medical offices of the future will not disappoint me.


4)      It’s already clear that Blood Type adds both protection and risk for various cancers. This was described back in 1984 in the medical journal Cancer. Despite the research that shows Type A’s are more prone to breast cancer and Type O’s most resilient, breast cancer is so common that no false sense of security or undue alarm is in order. Your Blood Type is one of a few factors you CAN’T CHANGE. So focus on the factors you CAN change.

Whatever your blood type, you can optimize your nutrition by eating foods that won’t interact negatively with your genes or the blood type antigens that are released into your gut fluids.

Interestingly the foods that have been related to increase risk of breast cancer: saturated animal fats, are not recommended in the Eat Right For Your Type Diet for Type A’s. On the other hand, one of the foods believed to be protective: soy (the soy debate is another article) are highly recommended for Type A’s. It is possible that the relatively greater numbers of Type A’s among persons who develop breast cancer may have contributed to these dietary links, as Type A’s NOT eating right for their type would have higher risk. I don’t believe there’s a “chicken or the egg” question here but when you read Live Right for Your Type by Peter J. D’Adamo you will decide for yourself.

Breast cancer cells often have a receptor (like a switch) which resembles the blood type A antigen, making the cancer cells harder for Type A’s to recognize and eliminate.

Type B’s by contrast have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer as these cells tend to have a B-like receptor that fools the type B immune system.

Persons with Blood Type A have the highest baseline cortisol levels of all the types. (highest cortisol levels even under ideal conditions). Cortisol is the stress hormone which if chronically elevated  leads to a weaker immune system and higher levels. Hence the reason Type A’s need to use meditation and relaxation techniques as part of their lifestyle more so than other groups.

To Be Continued.

PPAR* receptor: peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (found on cell nucleus and influence which genes are activated, including genes that activate metabolism, inflammation and immune function).