August Newsletter 2015

The Omega-3 Hype

Patients have begun asking about omega-6 and omega-9. If omega-3 is good for you, 6 and 9 must be even better, right? Unfortunately, omega-3 supplementation has become a necessity for most people precisely because modern humans consume excessive amounts of omega-6, 9, and other unhealthy fats. Consumption of too much omega-6 or omega-9 creates an imbalance in our bodies and ingesting supplements rich in omega-6 and 9 only makes the problem worse. Omega-6 fats like linoleic and arachidonic acids act as precursors to inflammatory signals (e.g. series-2 prostaglandins and series-4 leukotrienes.) These compounds are largely responsible for many of today's degenerative conditions. Unlike omega-3 acids, omega-9s are not essential. This means that the body can make these fats as it needs them; you don't need to supplement with them.  Moreover, they are abundant in the diet and readily found in canola, olive and other vegetable oils. Don't buy into the marketing hype that you need a supplement that gives you a "balance" of omega-3, -6 and -9. The only one you need to take is omega-3. 

Our favorite Omega 3 supplement: Omega Max by Nugevity

Water Filters

Using water filters can be great because they can block out the bad stuff from our tap water. That's what we thought too. A new study shows that some of the most popular brands of water filters can actually ADD the bad things into our water. Check the list of water filters to see how yours measures up! Filtering your water stills remains as a necessary precaution to use whenever you can to protect yourself from heavy metals such as aluminum, copper, arsenic, and mercury. 

Good News!

(NaturalNews) Finally our efforts to avoid processed foods and Frankenfoods are paying off. For the first time in decades McDonald's is struggling and has to close more restaurants than it opens after worldwide drops in sales. According to an Associated Press review of McDonald's regulatory filings, this hasn't happened since 1970. Earlier this year the fast food giant announced the closing of 350 underperforming locations, but recently admitted it had to close an additional 350 restaurants in the U.S., Japan, and China. The closings include both franchises and company-owned locations.While this number may seem small compared to their total of about 14,300 locations, the iconic "Golden Arches" are under fire. McDonald's has reported an 11 percent decrease in revenue and a 30 percent drop in profit for the first three months of 2015. This is a continuation of their struggle as the competition in the US and Europe is getting tougher and food safety issues in Asia had to be addressed.

We hope you are enjoying your summer!


The Aspen Integrative Medicine Team