January 10, 2014
Best source of Omega-3?
We need the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in our day-to-day
diet. The omega-3 fatty acids have long been known to play critical
roles in growth and are now recognized as reducing the risk of coronary
heart disease and regulating cholesterol. A recent study looked at
sources that might offer the most effective supplementation for
increasing our omega-3 index. Many of us will be surprised to learn that
krill oil beat out fish oil. You and your physician might want to review
the details of this study as presented in the article, "Krill Oil May Raise Omega-3 Index More than Fish
Oil" in the December 2013 issue of Natural Standard's
Integrative Medicine Newsletter.
Some experts are saying a dangerous toxic chemical is contaminating a number of natural products. Other experts are saying it's nothing to worry about. Who do we believe?
Several months ago, when a company in India used a chemical to clean equipment used to process enzymes, the enzyme product produced by that equipment absorbed some of the cleaning chemical before it was exported to Japan, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. The contaminated enzymes were used to manufacture a number of products, including conventional foods, dietary supplements, and animal feed.
The concern is that the cleaning chemical used was chloramphenicol, which is a highly toxic veterinary antibiotic that has been banned by the FDA for most human uses, because it has been associated with a potentially fatal condition, aplastic anemia, that can lead to leukemia.
In October 2013, the Canadian government announced that this trace contamination was a potentially serious health risk to consumers. The Canadian media helped to spread the word. In November 2013, the U.S. FDA said that one company was voluntarily recalling a product, indicating a recall under recall category "might cause a temporary health problem or pose only a slight threat of a serious nature." But the U.S. media have not been informing the public about this recall.
AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues concerning our health. To support those interested in learning more about this matter, we have compiled the following online articles as a convenient way for you to begin your research.
ISSUE: How will you respond to learning about the chloramphenicol contamination recall?
Articles from sources not concerned about contamination recall:
Vega Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Vega Sport Performance Protein Product Due to Traces of the Antibiotic Chloramphenicol (1/8/13)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
ETA Statement on Chloramphenicol Contamination of Enzyme Preparations (11/4/13)
Enzyme Technical Association
Antibiotic-tainted enzymes found worldwide (11/22/13)
Association of Corporate Counsel
Articles from sources concerned about danger of contamination:
Deadly Cholamphenicol Laces Nutritional Supplements and More (1/7/14)
by Katherine Carroll, NTP
All-Natural Vitamins (Now with Antibiotics! But Sssh! Don't Tell Anyone!) (1/3/14)
by Jonathan Jarry
Important Recall Information: A number of natural health products potentially contaminated with chloramphenicol may pose serious health risks to consumers (10/18/13)
We encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Also please tell us and your friends about additional resources you have found related to this health issue.
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