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Did Omega-3 save man from cancer?

13 years, 8 months ago

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Posted on Dec 02, 2005, 5 a.m. By Bill Freeman

A new case study has been published suggesting that high doses of omega-3 fatty acids can reverse potentially fatal cancers. Ron Pardini , a professor of biochemistry and associate director of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Nevada , reportedly saved his neighbor's life through the nutritional intervention.

A new case study has been published suggesting that high doses of omega-3 fatty acids can reverse potentially fatal cancers.

Ron Pardini , a professor of biochemistry and associate director of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Nevada , reportedly saved his neighbor's life through the nutritional intervention.

Writing in the journal Nutrition and Cancer , Pardini says he helped the 78-year-old, "D.H.," who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

"In 2000 he was told by his doctor he had only a few months to live," says Pardini. "But five years later, he is still alive, and has even gained a little weight."

Additionally, reports Pardini, the tumors in D.H.'s lungs shrunk to 10% what they were in 2000, according to last year's computed tomography (CT) scans.

According to a news release :

What worked with DH is not a common medical treatment such as chemotherapy or surgical excision. It was a nutritional intervention, drastically increasing the patient's intake of omega-3 fatty acids , which are often found in fish oil or golden algae oil.

Pardini's previous research showed that omega-3 fatty acids significantly depressed the growth of human mammary, ovarian, colon, prostate and pancreatic cancer cells that were injected into athymic mice—also known as nude mice.

His studies also demonstrated that fish oil consumption improves a mouse's responsiveness to chemotherapy.

Fish oil research was inspired by observations that Inuit Eskimo populations have less breast and prostate cancer deaths...

While beginning to take high dose of fish oil and golden algae oil capsules daily, D.H. also reduced corn-based foods from his diet. Corn contains omega-6 fatty acids that Pardini said are found to increase cancer growth.

While the case study merely describes a single human incident, it could help lead to human clinical trials.

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