Can a Fish a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

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Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP discusses recent research demonstrating the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil on heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

Not only could acute treatment with omega-3’s prove effective in minimizing the damage of strokes in humans, but the increased consumption of omega-3’s may actually prevent many strokes.

The American Heart Association states that heart disease, cancer, and strokes are the three leading causes of death in the United States. Recent research reports reveal that these three diseases can be reduced by consuming omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil reports Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to arthritis, heart disease, some cancers, irritable bowel syndrome, strokes, and many other diseases. Jesmond Dalli’s research team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School of Boston, Massachusetts has been doing research on natural anti-inflammatories. They published "The novel 13S, 14S-epoxy-maresin is converted by human macrophages to maresin 1 (MaR1), inhibits leukotriene A4 hydrolase (LTA4H), and shifts macrophage phenotype" in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, July 2013. The researchers found that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid from fish oil, increases the production of maresins by the immune system. Maresins prevent the inflammatory process by blocking the omega-6 arachidonic acid from converting to the inflammatory 12-LOX in humans. This could have a major impact in decreasing cardiovascular and heart disease.

Oral squamous-cell carcinoma is the sixth most common form of cancer. Researchers led by Eric Kenneth Parkinson at the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, England found that the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA cause the death of malignant and pre-malignant cancer cells at a dose that had no effect on normal cells. Publishing their results in Carcinogenesis, July 2013 titled "Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids selectively inhibit growth in neoplastic oral keratinocytes by differentially activating ERK1/2", they concluded that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may soon assist in the prevention and treatment of oral and skin cancers.

Not including the personal and family trauma, strokes cost an estimated $73.7 billion in medical and disability costs in 2010. Jill J Williams and her research team studied the effects of omega-3 fatty acids in reducing the severity of strokes. Their results were reported in "N-3 fatty acid rich triglyceride emulsions are neuroprotective after cerebral hypoxic-ischemic injury in neonatal mice" in PLOS ONE, February 2013. Strokes were induced in 10-day-old mice, and those treated with injections of omega-3 fatty acids were compared with those receiving a salt-water solution. Total area of brain damage and brain blood flow were compared in the mice. Total brain damage was an average of 43% less when a combination of DHA and EPA omega-3’s were injected 90 minutes before the stroke, and 47% less when injected immediately after the stroke. When using only DHA with no EPA in the injections, brain damage was 51% less if given at the time of stroke, 46% less when done an hour after the stroke, and 51% if given 2 hours after the stroke compared to the salt-water injections. No benefits were seen if given 4 hours after the stroke. No differences in brain blood flow were noted between the two groups of mice. Even after 8 weeks, a significant reduction in brain damage was maintained if the omega-3 injections were given within 2 hours of the stroke. Not only could acute treatment with omega-3’s prove effective in minimizing the damage of strokes in humans, but the increased consumption of omega-3’s may actually prevent many strokes.

A research study done at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden by Daniela Di Giuseppe and team, found that omega-3 fatty acids from eating fatty fish reduced the incidence of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 35 to 52 per cent. Their study "Long-term intake of dietary long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and risk of rheumatoid arthritis: a prospective cohort study of women" was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, August 2013. These results were the equivalent of one serving of fatty fish or four servings of lean fish weekly.

With these recent research studies showing the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from fish affecting heart disease, cancer, strokes, and rheumatoid arthritis, the consumption of additional cold water fatty fish or an omega-3 supplement may really result in less visits to the doctor.

Using the latest research findings, Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. uses a comprehensive package of Chiropractic care, decompression traction therapy, active therapeutic movement training, cold laser therapy, and nutrition for the natural treatment of neurological conditions, neck and back pain, and other health conditions without drugs or surgery. Additional information about Chiropractic, Naturopathy, and other forms of natural health care has been provided by Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. at

About: Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP

Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP attended the University of Wisconsin—Superior where he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in art photography. While attending the University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, he assisted in research on ribosomal proteins. Completing his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he graduated Cum Laude (with high honors) in 1983. He started Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Moellendorf was awarded his Doctorate in Naturopathy from Trinity School of Natural Health. In 2001, he received Chiropractic’s most prestigious award, the honorary Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree, for his thesis "The Workings of Innate Intelligence in Obsessive/Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors." This paper was chosen for publishing in the book Philosophic Contemplations vol. 2 in 2002. In June of 2012, Dr. Moellendorf authored his first book titled Healthcare’s Best Kept Secret which can be ordered on Amazon. Dr. Moellendorf can be contacted by phone (920) 493-2126, fax (920) 743-1145, email jgmoellendorf(at)itol(dot)com, his website at, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.

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