Omega-3 Fish Oil and the Stupid Mass Media

***Update: More on this post over at Robb Wolf’s site. Check it out here!

I hate the “news”

The majority of the crap on TV is just that, crap. The unfortunate part of this is that almost everyone gets their daily does of “news”, “facts” and “information” from the TV. The problem with this is that ALL of the programming is designed to sell Ads, not to ensure you are getting correct information. What’s the problem with that? The problem is that the news channels jump all over stuff that they know they will be able to get a reaction out of people with and more times than not pass along complete and total garbage information to millions of people.

A recent example…

The “Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial

This was a study conducted to see if there was a link between prostate cancer and dietary omega-3 fatty acid intake.

The result…

The study found: “More men with the highest levels of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fats in their blood (total of EPA, DPA and DHA) had low-grade, high-grade, and total prostate cancer.”


Well that is the reaction the news wanted you to have so they took this small little snippet out of the study and went wild condemning the use of omega-3 supplements. Fortunately, for those of us that don’t believe everything we hear on TV, there is much more to the story.

The rest of the story…

I could spend the next 2 hours summarizing the finding, explaining to you that correlation does not equal causation, talking about the many other studies that prove the benefits of omega-3s, and talking about the other conclusions to draw from this study but instead I’m just going to point you to another website that has done just that.

Go Read This!

Research Review: Fish oil & prostate cancer

Once you had read that entire article then you can feel free to believe whatever you’d like to believe about the potential risks and/or benefits of fish oil!

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