Julia’s Inn: The importance of essential fatty acids for the brain

By Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D.
Teacher of Naturopathic Medicine

Do you know essential fatty acids (EFA) are a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids? EFAs will help degenerative disease, and they have now been documented to be beneficial for heart and brain health as well.

For polyunsaturated fats to be beneficial, the liver has to be able to convert them to arachidonic acid. A person who has rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and even cancer needs EFA, as their cells are rapidly deteriorating.

If it is a nerve tissue that is dying, the condition is called multiple sclerosis. If it is a bone tissue that is dying, it is rheumatoid arthritis. People with degenerating diseases must be careful what they eat and what they are using as cookware because aluminum destroys the phospholipid material that protects cells. This is how bad aluminum is for our heath, yet the government says you can’t tell that to people.

Do you know that people who sell stainless steel cookware cannot say aluminum is bad because of a big lawsuit a few years ago in Texas? The decision was handed down that aluminum cannot be publicly criticized from a health standpoint. We all know how bad aluminum is for us, and we all know that lead is even worse (source: John Courtney, Super EFF).

The need for EFAs and foods that are high in EFAs are not only important for joint health, but also for brain health, as the brain is composed of cholesterol. The importance of cholesterol and brain health is publicly known, and when we take statin drugs, not only does it cause muscle weakness, but there has been a direct correlation between statins and memory loss.

What is memory loss? Dementia. One of the main side effects of statins is memory loss. Following are the side effects of Crestor (Rosuvastatin), taken right from the Crestor printout:

Do not take Crestor if you are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant, have liver problems, or have had an allergic reaction to Crestor.” It then states to call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain or weakness, especially with fever and memory loss. It continues to state muscle problems do not go away, even after your doctor told you to stop taking Crestor. Crestor’s effects continue with feeling unusually tired, loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark urine or yellowing of the skin or eyes. Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including Crestor. Side effects: The most common side effects may include headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, weakness and nausea. Memory loss and confusion have also been reported with statins, including Crestor.

I, personally, love using tuna Omega-3 oil, as it is so high in DHA for the brain. When working with clients who are worried a loved one is having memory issues as a result of being on statins, my first choice is to educate them about the oils for the brain. I also educate pregnant mothers on tuna oil, as growing babies take their nutrients from the mother’s blood in the placenta and umbilical cord.

DHA is a major building block of the brain, especially before birth and as we age. There is a wonderful facility right here in Rockford that is called Satori Pathway. Satori is for dementia and behavior care, along with resources for the family. I will be conducting an educational class Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 14, and Thursday evening, Oct. 16, about why EFAs are so important for our health and foods that we can incorporate with the good fatty acids. Please feel free to call Anne at (815) 395-2157 or go to their website, www.satoripathway.org, for upcoming events.

Julia Michniewicz is a naturopathic practitioner who is celebrating her 15th year cancer-free by not doing the chemical therapy and radiation. You may reach her at her Rockford office on Tuesdays and Thursday by calling (815) 962-3326.

From the Aug. 13-19, 2014, issue

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