Omega Zone

2002-12-10 05:33:00

My Friends,
Some time ago when we were discussing health, I made the statement that anything that aids in our health will always be on topic. It seems that quite a few of those treading the Path are hindered with health problems of some kind and if we can aid in healing them, their power to serve will be greatly enhanced.

My wife and I have recently discovered two products which show great promise. The first one I will present to you today. It is the brainstorm of the famous doctor and author named Barry Sears. My wife has been following his dietary books for some time now and it has been a great aid to her in keeping her weight down. Now I'm thinking of trying it myself.

But much more interesting to me is his most recent product which is pharmaceutical-grade fish oil. As many of you know fish is a very healthy meat to eat but because of great amounts of mercury and other poisons being dumped into our oceans we are advised to be moderate in fish consumption. This advice is particularly important when consuming fish oil because the concentration of pollutants can be quite high in some of them.

What Sears has done is to create a fish oil which is almost 100% free of pollutants. To obtain this it has to go through a fairly expensive process. It takes about 100 barrels of standard fish oil to make one barrel of pharmaceutical-grade fish oil. Now there are others who make it sound like they have a pharmaceutical-grade but instead they have removed some contaminates but have not reached the level of pharmaceutical-grade.

He recommends taking a blood test and before you start and then another in six months to tabulate the benefits and to see if you need to increase or decrease your dose.

It costs $40-$50 a month to take the standard dose but the good news is that through an affiliate program you can pay for your oil by signing up a few friends.

No, this is not a multi level. It's a single level. You get a flat 20% on the purchases of everyone you sign and that's it. No five levels down to keep track of. I kind of like this simplicity. Get five people to sign up and your product is paid for.

I'm including some information on the oil so you can get a feel of the product. A lot of people are claiming fairly miraculous cures and improvements from it. My health is pretty good, but it sounds like this could add some necessary years to my life so I'm willing to test it out.

If you really want to learn about the benefits of the oil you can by his book at the web site. It is called The Omega RX Zone by Barry Sears.

The web site to by the book and the oil is: Zone Living

For some reason the site is not up at this moment. It worked fine yesterday so it should be back on line soon.

Their phone is 1-800-404-8171.

If you should sign up to buy product please refer my name as your sponsor. I am registered as Joseph J. Dewey.

Below are a short article and the first few pages of the book.

Enter the Omega Rx Zone!

Seven years ago, with his best-selling book The Zone, Dr. Sears alerted the American public to the growing dangers of high-carbohydrate diets and how they were responsible for our current epidemic of obesity. With his simple dietary recommendations for moderate carbohydrate consumption balanced with low-fat protein and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, he has helped millions lose excess body fat, treat heart disease and diabetes, and reverse the aging process.

In The Omega Rx Zone, Dr. Sears greatly expands the potential of the Zone to alter how we think about chronic disease in general -- and in the process allows us to reach our full genetic potential as human beings. Drawing upon his own research as well as recently published studies, he shows how a revolutionary new technological advance in fish oil manufacturing, never before available to the general public, may be the magic bullet that will transform medicine. This new pharmaceutical-grade fish oil offers extraordinary health benefits ranging from helping to treat chronic disease to improving athletic performance and emotional well-being. What makes high-dose fish oil so beneficial? It allows your brain to work at peak efficiency, controlling the hormonal responses that ultimately govern your body and your emotions.

So how is this new generation of fish oil different from yesterday's dreaded cod liver oil? As Dr. Sears explains, the fish oil doled out by our grandmothers and currently sold at health-food stores has never been pure enough to be used in the quantities it takes to feel its potential benefits. The new pharmaceutical -- grade fish oil is more concentrated, free of dangerous toxins, and has been clinically tested with spectacular results.

The Omega Rx Zone is a groundbreaking dietary program coupled with guidelines for supplementation using pharmaceutical-grade fish oil that allows us to fine-tune our minds and bodies to reach the full potential of the Zone. With his solid research, practical advice, and infectious enthusiasm, Dr. Sears continues the evolution of his Zone technology that will enable everyone to reach his or her maximum genetic potential for optimal health and vitality for life.


Chapter One The Continuing Evolution of the Zone

The distinguishing feature that makes us human is our constant search to understand the world around us. In that search, there are two types of questions you can ask. One is how things work the way they do, and the other is why things occur in the first place. The "how" questions are the backbone of science, whereas the "why" questions are usually the foundation of philosophy. In medicine, the "why" questions are rarely asked because there are no obvious answers, and the chances for success are very low. Furthermore, even if you do successfully answer a "why" question, your answer is likely to generate a violent reaction in the medical community if it in any way suggests a significant deviation from the status quo.

In my own case, I have pondered a very basic "why" question for the past twenty years: Why do we develop chronic disease? Although the medical establishment has developed a massive infrastructure to treat the symptoms of chronic disease, we have made very little progress in understanding its underlying cause.

I reasoned many years ago that the best chance I had for success at answering this fundamental "why" question was to understand the world of hormones. Until recently, most people used the word hormones only to describe puberty or an overactive sex drive. Now hormones are the subject of many a cocktail party conversation because they appear to be the magical elixir that will keep you young and vital: hormone replacement therapy for females and testosterone and replacement for males. Hormones are so important because they orchestrate an incredibly complex flow of biological information in the body. I truly believed that hormones were the overriding factor that determined whether we would be chronically sick or well. Controlling these hormones, I theorized, would be the key to preventing chronic disease. I also speculated that hormonal control could be achieved primarily through our diet.

All my Zone books are based on the premise that you have the power to control your hormones through your diet. Hormones are the key to your future, and in particular to longevity, optimal health, and ultimately remaining human. In fact, improved hormonal control is like a philosophers' stone that allows you to enjoy better health, better performance, better relationships, and a longer life.

Once you learn to control your hormones, you have a magical "drug" that can:

* Prevent heart disease

* Reverse cancer

* Reduce pain and inflammation

* Treat neurological disease

But if you can treat those diseases with this "drug," then the same "drug" can also:

* Reverse the aging process

* Make you smarter

* Make you thinner

* Improve your physical performance

* Improve your relationships with others

If controlling your hormones is the way to a longer and better life, is there any drug out there that allows you to do this consistently and with no side effects? Fortunately a "drug" exists that takes you off the path to disease and puts you on the path to wellness. It's not a pill or injection or even a gene transplant; it's the food you eat. But for this "drug" to work you have to take it at the right time and at the right dosage for the rest of your life.


I first introduced the Zone seven years ago. The Zone is not some mystical place; it is a physiological state of your body in which the hormones that can be controlled by the diet are balanced for optimal health. Furthermore, the Zone is defined by very precise clinical parameters in the blood. These blood tests are based on the dynamic balance of two key hormonal systems (insulin and eicosanoids) that can be controlled by my dietary program. My earlier recommendations still remain the best way to control insulin, but only the new emphasis on high-dose fish oil can truly allow you to achieve the full potential of the Omega Rx Zone. This is because the Omega Rx Zone is ultimately about improved eicosanoid control. In essence, you should think of the Omega Rx Zone as a top of a mountain, and my dietary recommendations as the best pathway to it.

As I mentioned in the introduction, there are three components to my dietary plan:

1. Balancing protein and carbohydrate at every meal. This controls insulin levels.

2. Calorie restriction without hunger or deprivation. This is the only proven way to increase longevity.

3. Supplementation with high-dose fish oil. This alters eicosanoids.

The first two components follow my original dietary recommendations to move a person toward the Zone. The third component is completely new and boosts the health benefits obtainable in the Omega Rx Zone to new heights.

People in the medical community may raise their eyebrows when they hear how much fish oil I'm suggesting to reach the full potential of the Omega Rx Zone. My recommendations, however, are backed up by sound science. Equally important, I have had the opportunity to use high-dose fish oil in a number of seemingly hopeless situations, and each time I have been amazed at the results. There are patients with dementia who returned from the living dead. There are cancer patients who can now look forward to a much longer life than they ever expected. There are young children with severe attention deficient disorder who had a complete reversal of behavior within three weeks. There is a patient who was scheduled to have both feet amputated because of nonhealing diabetic ulcers -- yet after four months of using high-dose fish oil, the wounds healed completely and the amputations were never done. There was a housebound woman with chronic pain who was on oxygen twenty-four hours a day because of obstructive pulmonary disease; within four weeks of starting to take high-dose fish oil, she was off oxygen, walking, and pain-free. There was a woman who had such severe fibromyalgia that she rarely got out..

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A Medical Miracle

According to Dr. Barry Sears, author of The Omega RX Zone, "high-dose pharmaceutical-grade fish oil is as close to a medical miracle as we will see in the 21st century." This advanced form of fish oil (a very pure form of omega-3 fatty acids), is said to offer extraordinary health benefits in treating chronic diseases, improving athletic performance, and enhancing emotional well-being. It does so by helping to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow throughout the brain and body.

Why Not Eat More Fish?

You might ask why you cannot just eat more fish to get sufficient omega-3 for your health. The answer is, unfortunately, simple: the fish we now find in the oceans, lakes, and streams around the world contain dangerously high levels of mercury and other toxins. The health risks of these toxins may well outweigh the potential benefits of the omega-3 we can get by eating more fish. What's more, you would have to eat much more fish than is feasibly possible to help treat some of the many diseases for which fish oil is being used today.

Medical researchers and practitioners from around the world are using high-dose, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil (from 2 grams to 25 grams or more a day) not only for health maintenance, but also to help treat a variety of health conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, depression, hot flashes, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer's, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and many more. It is even being used in cancer treatments and to help reduce the risk of metastases.

The Different Grades of Fish Oil Available Today

It is important not to be misled by dramatic price differences among the various grades of fish oil products currently available. There is a vast range of both potency and purity not only between these grades, but also often between individual products within a particular grade.

"There are three grades of fish oil. The first is cod liver oil. The second is health-food grade fish oil. And finally there is pharmaceutical-grade fish oil. What distinguishes one from another is the purity and concentration of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. More importantly, the long-term use of any fish oil is compromised by its impact on the gastric system which ultimately determines the amounts that you can take. Each step in the refining process adds additional cost to the final product, but the increased purity justifies the cost and the benefits.

Cod Liver Oil

This is the lowest quality fish oil since it has a low concentration of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and contains the highest levels of contaminants (organic mercury, PCB's, and DDT). In addition, high-dose usage of cod liver oil is not recommended due to the high levels of Vitamin A found in this form of fish oil. Typically, a tablespoon of cod liver oil contains approximately 2.5 grams of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. Although this is the most inexpensive form of fish oil, long-term compliance is exceptionally poor because of its taste profile.

Health Food-grade Fish Oils

The levels of contaminants in fish oils is often determined by the size of the fish and their relative rank in the food chain. Small fish (such as sardines and anchovies) are short-lived and therefore are less prone to accumulate environmental pollutants. On the other hand, larger fish such as salmon and mackerel are predatory species that are long-lived and therefore contain higher levels of pollutants. Most health-food grade fish oils are fish body oils extracted from the fish. If the label says it comes from a particular species of fish (i.e. salmon oil) then you know it is a health-food grade fish oil. These oils are only sold in soft gelatin capsules because they still have an extremely poor taste profile (to see why, simply bite into a capsule to release the oil). A slightly more purified type of health food grade fish oil includes those that have been subjected to a very limited amount of molecular distillation to remove some of the cholesterol in order to be labeled "cholesterol-free". A typical one-gram capsule of health-food grade fish oil contains approximately 300 mg. of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. Another type of higher-grade health-food fish oil is known as "fish oil concentrate". This type of fish oil consists of ethyl esters of the fish oil that has been subjected to fractional cooling. The more saturated fats will solidify, leaving behind a more concentrated solution of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. However, this fractional cooling does not remove the PCB's or the long-chain monoene fatty acids that give rise to significant gastric distress. A one-gram capsule of this thermally fractionated health-food grade fish oil will contain up to 500 mg. of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Health-food grade fish oils are acceptable in small amounts (no more than 3-4 capsules per day) without inducing significant gastric problems. However, higher doses require a much more purified type of oil; pharmaceutical-grade fish oil.

Pharmaceutical-grade Fish Oil

Pharmaceutical-grade fish oil starts with thermally fractionated health-food fish oil that is then distilled by highly complex refining technology into fractions rich in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that are exceptionally low in the long-chain monoenes (that cause gastric distress) and pollutants such as PCB's and oxidized and polymerized lipids. The individual fractions are then combined to provide the most appropriate balance of EPA and DHA for the finished oil. The typical one-gram capsule of pharmaceutical-grade fish oil will have at least 600 mg. of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. This may not seem a major concentration improvement compared to the health-food grade fish oils, however, the increase in the purity of the oil is why it costs nearly twice as much. This purity is also reflected in a dramatically improved taste profile.

Only pharmaceutical-grade fish oils enable you to consume the required daily intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids needed to alter eicosanoid synthesis without gastric distress or fear of accumulation of environmental pollutants.

Note: Vitamin E is often included in fish oils as a preservative. At low levels, approximately 5 I.U./gram of fish oil, it is protective. At higher levels, such as 20 I.U./gram of fish oil, it can actually speed up the oxidative process.

OmegaRx pharmaceutical-grade fish oil contains a minimum of 60% of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (although it routinely reaches 75%) with 5 I.U. of Vitamin E per gram of fish oil."