Why Flax Oil Doesn’t Cut It As A Supplier Of Omega-3

by drpaul

For many legitimate reasons, some people don’t want to or cannot take fish oil and have been lead to believe that flax oil is a viable alternative to achieve healthy levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Flax oil contains the essential fatty acied alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which through metabolic processes the body can convert to the omega-3 essential fatty acids eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are found in fish oil.

However, the conversion rate for this physiologic process is very limited – it is very low. So, flax oil is not an adequate substitute for fish oil.

Recently, algae-based omega-3 supplements have been developed that solve the problem for people seeking to supplement their diet with a plant-based omega-3 product. 



Barceló-Coblijn G, Murphy EJ, Othman R, Moghadasian MH, Kashour T, Friel JK. Flaxseed oil and fish-oil capsule consumption alters human red blood cell n-3 fatty acid composition: a multiple-dosing trial comparing 2 sources of n-3 fatty acid. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Sep;88(3):801-9.

Burdge, G.C., and Calder, P.C. Conversion of a-linolenic acid to longer-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in human adults. Reprod. Nutr. Dev. 45: 581-597, 2005.

Burdge, G.C., and Wootton , S.A. Conversion of a-linolenic acid to eicosapentaenoic, docosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids in young women. Brit. J. Nutr. 88: 411-420, 2002.

Burdge, G.C., et al. Eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids are the principle products of alpha-linolenic acid metabolism inyoung men. Brit. J. Nutr. 88: 355-363, 2002.

Chan. J.K., et al. Effects of dietary alpha-linolenic acid and its ratio to linoleic acid on platelet and plasma fatty acids and thrombogenesis. Lipids. 28: 811-817, 1993.

Emken, E.A., et al . Dietary linolenic acid influences desaturation and acylation of deuterium-labeled linoleic and linolenic acids in young adult males. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 1213: 277-288, 1994.

Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients). A report of the Panel on Macronutrients, Subcommittess on Upper Reference Levels of Nutrients and Interpretation and Uses of Dietary Reference Intakes, and the Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes. National Academy Press, Washington , DC , 2002.

Francois, C.A., et al . Supplementing lactating women with flaxseed oil does not increase docosahexaenoic acid in their milk. AJCN. 77: 226-233, 2003.

Gerster, H. Can adults adequately convert a-linolenic acid (18:3n-3) to eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3) and docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n-3)? Int. J. Vit. Nutr. Res. 68: 159-173, 1998.

Hussein, N., et al. Long-chain conversion of [13C]linoleic acid and a-linolenic acid in response to marked changes in their dietary intake in men. J. Lipid. Res. 46: 269-280, 2005.

Lamptey, M.S., and Walker, B. L. A possible essential role for dietary linolenic acid in the development of the young rat. J. Nutr. 106(1): 86-93, 1976.

Lane K, Derbyshire E, Li W, Brennan C. Bioavailability and potential uses of vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids: a review of the literature. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2014;54(5): 572-9.

Pawlosky, R. J., et al . Physiological compartmental analysis of alpha-linolenic acid metabolism in adult humans. J. Lipid Res. 42(8):1257-1265, 2001.


by drpaul


The Shrinking Brain: Avoiding Alzheimer’s

As the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic continues to expand – some describe it as a ‘health meteor’ that’s going to strike the elderly populations from modern countries around 2025, great information is surfacing about how to avoid Alzheimer’s disease.


  • Small Brain Syndrome: People who have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) have ‘shrunken’ brains – i.e. smaller brain volumes; meaning their brains atrophy (and for you physiology nerds, their ventricles enlarge).[1]
  • Large Brain People: There are people, despite having the characteristic pathologic brain lesions commonly associated with AD, show no cognitive decline. Why? (i.e. what’s their secret?), what’s theneuroprotective mechanism in those people who don’t suffer even though they have the plaques? Larger brain volume.[2]
  • Fish Oil and Larger Brains: Blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids (that’s fish oil) lead to larger brain volumes (i.e. decreased brain atrophy).[3]
  • Exercise Helps Your Brain (… duh): What fires, wires. Regular exercise helps brain neurons to continually develop and stay healthy and is associated with preventing brain tissue loss and decreased incidence of Alzheimer’s.[4]

[1] Apostolova, Liana G, et al. Hippocampal Atrophy and Ventricular Enlargement in Normal Aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer Disease Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders: Jan–Mar 2012; 26(1):17–27.
[1] Silbert, LC, et al Changes in premorbid brain volume predict Alzheimer’s disease pathology Neurology Aug 26, 2003 61(4): 487-492.
[2] Erten-Lyons, Deniz, et al. Factors associated with resistance to dementia despite high Alzheimer disease pathology Neurology January 27, 2009 vol. 72(4) 354-360.
[3] Pottala, James V. PhD Higher RBC EPA + DHA corresponds with larger total brain and hippocampal volumes Neurology (2014) First published online before print January 22, 2014 doi: 10.1212.
[3] Tan, ZS, et al. Red blood cell omega-3 fatty acid levels and markers of accelerated brain aging. Neurology Feb 28, 2012 vol. 78(9):658-664
[4] Erickson, Kirk I, et al. Beyond vascularization: aerobic fitness is associated with N-acetylaspartate and working memory Brain and Behavior 2012 January; 2(1): 32–41.
[4]Larson, Eric B, et al. Exercise Is Associated with Reduced Risk for Incident Dementia among Persons 65 Years of Age and Older. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(2):73-81.

[4]Tian, Q, et al. Physical Activity Predicts Microstructural Integrity in Memory-Related Networks in Very Old Adults J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci (2014) First published online: January 28, 2014 doi: 10.1093.
[4]Colcombe, SJ, et al. Aerobic fitness reduces brain tissue loss in aging humans. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2003 Feb; 58(2):176-80.

The Holiday Red Zone – Watch Out for Fumbles

by drpaul

In football jargon, the area within twenty yards of the goal line is called the Red Zone. There is nothing more disheartening to a football fan (and team) than when their team makes it inside the 20 yard line but fumbles the ball away to the other side. Both fans and coaches will go ballistic if their team loses possession from a fumble or an interception inside the 20 – turnovers are never good in football, but when they occur inside the Red Zone, at best it’s a momentum shift; at worst, it can be a game changer.

For our health, the ‘Red Zone’ is the holiday season – the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. As it is, the seasonal change from Fall to Winter is hard on our immune system, and it’s the beginning of cold and flu season. Without a doubt, this time of year is made worse by the abundance of unhealthy food choices that overwhelm us during the holidays. From people bringing baked goods and candies into offices to the numerous parties and family celebrations that seem to be anchored around Christmas cookies, pies, and cakes, temptations are all around.

The double … no, triple … no, quadruple whammy This is not an idle threat – not only is sugar bad for our health, but pies, cakes, cookies, and crackers are made with refined flour, which acts just like sugar when digested, and flour comes with inflammation-promoting gluten. So pies and other holiday “treats” create a triple whammy of sugar and refined flour, both of which cause rapid increases in blood glucose levels, resulting in decreased immune function, and finally, some disease-promoting inflammation. And finally, as a quadruple whammy, eating nutrient-poor sweets causes us to not eat (or displaces) the nutrient-dense foods we should be eating for our health in general and the immune system in particular.

Sugar Decreases Immune Function It’s long been known that sugar intake causes decreased immune system function. Studies have shown that the immune system is weakened substantially within minutes of eating refined sugar; the more you eat, the more your body’s insulin response system is compromised. The body’s cell-mediated immunity uses specialized white blood cells called neutrophils to attack tumors, viruses, and bacteria,  and is decreased when there is elevated blood glucose, which is caused by eating refined carbohydrate foods such as sugar and white flour. [Sanchez A, et al. Roles of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis. Amer J Clin Nutr 1973; 26:1180-1184. (view article)].  What’s more, not only are we more susceptible to getting colds and flu, even our body’s ability to fight cancer is compromised when we eat sugar. [Ely JTA, Krone CA Controlling Hyperglycemia as an Adjunct to Cancer Therapy. Integrative Cancer Therapies 2005; 4(1): 25-31. (view article)]

Don’t Fumble – Hold Onto the Ball So, how does one avoid the temptation of all those seemingly “yummy” foods that we’ve grown up with? First, we must own up to the fact that “a little won’t hurt” is a lie – sugary foods will hurt your body, and the more you indulge, the more it hurts your body – yes, it’s cumulative (in case you were wondering, that’s how people end up overweight, with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer). Second, if the temptation is at the office where holiday cookies, cakes, candy canes, etc. are everywhere, pack nutritious snacks and lunches to take to work – if you have strong fall back foods, you’ll be less likely to indulge. Third, if you’re headed to an office Christmas party or some other holiday celebration where you know there are going to be ample opportunities to indulge in an array of ‘disease foods,’ here are some good strategies: (a) eat healthy foods before you leave for the party; (b) bring some healthy munchies yourself – look at it as an opportunity to share how great a Paleo diet style can be; (c) when eating at a party, focus on eating the veggies and other healthy, nutrient-dense foods first; that way, your appetite will be satiated before hitting the desserts or other non-food health ‘derailleurs’.

You can do it!

Yours in health, Dr. Paul

Eating good fat makes you healthy (in case you forgot)

by drpaul

Fat is one of the healthiest things you can eat.


Although the concept that eating healthy fats, including saturated animal fat and butter (from organic sources), is now known by well-informed doctors, health educators, researchers, and scientists to be an essential part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, it still has a very negative stigma within our culture.

The belief that fat is bad for our health is FALSE.

Don’t believe everything you read or hear about fat … or cholesterol. Without good fat, you’ll end up sick, fat and … very unhealthy. In recent years fat in general, and saturated animal fat in particular has gotten an undeserved association with causing health problems.

To whet your appetite on this subject, how about this …

BUTTER IS GOOD FOR YOU This definitely flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but the truth is that butter is a great fat and a great food BUT, it must be ‘good butter’ – from pastured cows, NOT from feedlot, hormone / antibiotic dosed, grain-fed cows. Here are two articles that explain why butter is good for you:
10 Healthy Reasons To Enjoy Real Butter
Why Butter Is Better

For more info, please read FAT IS GOOD  More

It’s that time of year again …

by drpaul

FLU SHOT SEASON – HERE WE GO AGAIN. I can’t believe the … mistruths that crop up every year at this time. You hear it on the radio, and everywhere you drive you see the signs at the ubiquitous drug stores: FLU SHOT – NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY … it makes me want to scream.


1)  Flu shots don’t work.1

2)  You’re more likely to get the flu this winter from GETTING a flu shot than if you choose not to get one.2

3)  You can more easily and more effectively avoid the flu with health-promoting lifestyle choices.

Not only do flu shots NOT provide increased immune function/protection (“…inactivated influenza virus vaccines have not been correlated with protection from influenza virus infection.” 1), but flu shots have been shown to INCREASE YOUR CHANCES of getting the flu.2   I know, those statements seem to fly in the face of conventional wisdom (similar to the uncommon but true concept that eating fat is healthy and cholesterol is good for you), but the truth is that our bodies are genetically programmed to resist ‘bugs’ such as cold and flu viruses and as history continues to demonstrate and the scientific research supports, when man tries to manipulate the body’s sophisticated, intelligent, refined-over-eons-of-time, immune response through chemical drug intervention, it rarely produces a successful outcome.  And flu shots have been consistently shown to not work as they’re advertised3 – and boy are they advertised. The latest and greatest flu shot is the Fluzone High-Dose Vaccine. It’s now in your medical doctor’s office and on the shelves of your local pharmacy.  This “new and improved” toxic injection is being marketed to adults 65 and older (toxic meaning, like all vaccines, the flu shot is formulated with toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and octylphenol ethoxylate, which should never enter the human body, along with adjuvant ingredients such as gelatin and egg protein which, when introduced directly into the bloodstream versus the normal pathway of digestion, pose a serious risk of allergic to anaphylactic reactions4).  By the way, neither regular Fluzone or Fluzone High-Dose have NOT been evaluated for their ability to cause cancer.5 This new pharmaceutical creation has four times the concentration of a “regular” flu shot (hence the High-Dose name).  So that’s four times the potential for depressed total immune function. However, there’s “… no data demonstrating clinically relevant prevention … using a higher dose”.6

DO THIS: Here’s the best way to avoid getting the flu. The following strategies will bolster your body’s immune system and realistically decrease your chances of getting the flu (or a cold for that manner):

  • Take 3,000 – 5,000 units of Vitamin D every day. Vitamin D deficiency, common in our modern culture, especially in winter and more so in northern climes, is one of the most agreed upon “weak links” we can reconcile with supplementation (the others being omega-3 and probiotics).7-9
  • Exercise five to six days every week. Exercise simply makes you healthier, which includes your immune system and improving your body’s ability to fight off everything from colds, flu viruses, even cancer.10, 11
  • Eat five servings of vegetables every day (broccoli, purple cabbage, carrots, red leaf lettuce, spinach, celery, squash … you get the idea).  From cancer to colds, veggies are THE KEY – the phytonutrients and antioxidants contained in vegetables are the building blocks for a healthy immune system.12
  • Avoid Eating Sugar – when we eat sugar, the body’s immune function drops 50% almost instantly (and eating sugar will undermine your health like very few other foods).
  • Reduce your stress – studies show that stress plays a major role in decreased immune function AND get at least seven hours of sleep every night (more if you’re feeling run down or if you feel like you’re ‘coming down’ with something).13-15

UPDATE: Pharma company Roche comes under fire for biased data regarding the efficacy and safety of Tamiflu, its blockbuster flu treatment drug. In an open letter from Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of the prestigious British Medical Journal, Roche gets called on the carpet because “…eight of the 10 randomised controlled trials on which effectiveness claims were based were never published and because the only two that had been published were funded by Roche and authored by Roche employees and external experts paid by Roche, the evidence could not be relied on”.16 Then, to emphasize the deep concern over this break in integrity, the BMJ announced that  “…as part of its ongoing open data campaign, has launched a dedicated website aimed at persuading Roche to give doctors and patients access to the full data on oseltamivir (Tamiflu).” (Did you catch that, “a dedicated website”)

“The new site, www.bmj.com/tamiflu, displays emails and letters dating back to September 2009, when researcher Tom Jefferson first asked the company for the unpublished dataset used in a Roche supported analysis, published in 2003.17

Remember, if you happen to get the flu, it’s not the end of the world; yes, it’s uncomfortable and inconvenient, but contrary to medical propaganda, it’s extraordinarily rare for a person to suffer serious consequences from having the flu. Getting colds and the flu are part of life. Yes, we should fight like hell to strengthen our immune system and certainly not resign ourselves to ‘getting the flu’, but flu shots come with enormous risk and absolutely no benefit to you (only to the drug companies who manufacture them and the drug stores who promote them). Don’ succumb to the propaganda – your life hangs in the balance!

Yours in health, Dr. Paul

1Fluzone Vaccine literature, page 16 [FDA documentation];
2Association between the 2008–09 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine and Pandemic H1N1 Illness during Spring–Summer 2009: Four Observational Studies from Canada – Read “What Do These Findings Mean” in the Editor’s Summary [PLoS Medicine journal article]
3Effectiveness of 2008–09 Trivalent Influenza Vaccine Against 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) — United States, May–June 2009 [CDC analysis]
4Fluzone Vaccine literature, pages 7-12
5Fluzone Vaccine literature, page 17
6Fluzone Vaccine literature, page 2
7Epidemic influenza and vitamin D [Epidemiology and Infection journal article];
8On the epidemiology of influenza [Virology Journal article]
9Triple that vitamin D intake, panel prescribes [Wall Street Journal article] 10Moderate exercise protects mice from death due to influenza virus. [Brain, Behavior, and Immunity journal article];
11Exercise increases inflammatory macrophage antitumor cytotoxicity [Journal of Applied Physiology article]
12Suppression of microtubule dynamic instability and turnover in MCF7 breast cancer cells by sulforaphane. [Carcinogenesis journal article]
13Sleeping to fuel the immune system: mammalian sleep and resistance to parasites. [BMC Evolutionary Biology journal article]
14Brain-immune interactions in sleep [International Review of Neurobiology journal article]
15How (and why) the immune system makes us sleep. [Nature Reviews. Neuroscience]
16Open Letter to Roche about osetamivir trial data. [British Medical Journal 2012;345:e7305]
17Tamiflu: the battle for secret drug data. [British Medical Journal2012;345:e7303]


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Most people would say they should be healthier. The sad truth is that we’ve never been sicker – despite more doctors, more hospitals, more drugs, greater technological advances in diagnosis and ‘treatment’ (after the fact = sick care), man has never been sicker than we are today. The deterioration of modern man’s health has gotten to the point where recently the CDC announced that for the first time in the history of man on earth, children are not expected to live as long as their parents – did you get that? That’s never happened before. Ever. And it’s the result of toxic and deficient lifestyles in the form of processed packaged nutrient-poor foods filled with health-robbing chemicals and devoid of life-giving nutrients, combined with sedentary and stressful lifestyles.

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2012 Nor’Easter Rankings

by MJ

Congratulations to CrossFit Wicked!

Our Official winner at the 2012 Nor’Easter Throwdown.

Thanks to all the teams who came out to compete! It was a fantastic day in the sun with a healthy crew of competitors raising awareness for a great cause!

Below, you’ll find a list of rankings from the THREE WODS performed Sunday, each named for 3 amazing kids fighting Cystic Fibrosis.

WOD 1- “Laura”
25 Burpees
25 Kettlebell Swings
25 Box Jumps
10 Overhead Squats with Slosh Tubes!

Rankings for WOD 1
RX Division

1 – CF Wicked Black
2 – CF Full Potential (1)
3 – CF Nashua (B)
4 – CF Reclamation
5 – CF Portsmouth (2)
6 – Reebok Wyatt Riot
7 – CF Iron Will (1)
8 – White Mountain CF (1)
9 – Reebok GNAR GNAR
10 – CF Portsmouth (1B)
11 – CF Wicked Blue
12 – GymCore CF
13 – North Shore CF (1)
14 – CF Iron Spider
15 – CF Nashua (2)
16 – CF Iron Will (2)
17 – CF Wicked Red
18 – CF Variance (1) T
18 – CF Wicked White (T)
20 – CF Full Potential (2)
21 – North Shore CF (3)

Scaled Division
1 – CF Full Potential (3)
2 – CF Variance
3 – CF Newton
4 – Reebok Scale This
5 – CF Route 1
6 – North Shore CF (2)

WOD 2- “Cate”
Tire Pyramid

Rankings for WOD 2
RX Division
1 – CF Portsmouth (2)
2 – CF Wicked Black
3 – White Mountain CF
4 – Reebok Wyatt Riot
5 – GymCore CF
6 – Reebok GNAR GNAR
7 – CF Reclamation
8 – CF Full Potential (1)
9 – CF Iron Will (2)
10 – CF Nashua (2)
11 – CF Iron Will (1)
12 – CF Wicked Blue
13 – CF Nashua B
14 – CF Variance (1)
15 – CF Full Potential (2)
16 – CF Wicked Red
17 – CF Wicked White
18 – North Shore CF (1)
19 – CF Iron Spider
20 – CF Portsmouth (1)
21 – North Shore CF (3)

Scaled Division
1 – Reebok Scale This
2 – CF Full Potential (3)
3 – North Shore CF (2)
4 – CF Newton
5 – CF Route 1
6 – CF Variance

WOD 3: Tug o’ War- “Wyatt”
The top 2 teams compete in classic tug o’ war. 
Crossfit Wicked Black
Crossfit Portsmouth (2)

Rankings Overall
RX Division
1 – CF Wicked Black
2 – CF Portsmouth (2)
3 – Full Potential (1) Tie!
3 – Reebok Wyatt Riot Tie!
5 – CF Reclamation Tie!
5 – White Mountain CF Tie!
7 – Reebok GNAR GNAR
8 – CF Nashua (B)
9 – Gym Core CF
10 – CF Iron Will (1)
11 – CF Wicked Blue
12 – CF Nashua (2) Tie!
12 – CF Iron Will (2) Tie!
14 – CF Portsmouth (1B)
15 – North Shore CF (1)
16 – CF Variance (1)
17 – CF Wicked Red Tie!
17 – CF Iron Spider Tie!
19 – CF Full Potential (2) Tie!
19 – CF Wicked White Tie!
21 – North Shore CF (3)

Scaled Division
1 – CF Full Potential (3)
2 – Reebok Scale This
3 – CF Newton
4 – CF Variance
5 – North Shore CF (2)
6 – CF Route 1


by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 100 of the 100 Day Challenge! YOU DID IT. 100 days of Tabata. Moving and disciplining your body for your health and a good cause! Hopefully you’re able to make it to Hampton today to celebrate with us and do your 100th Tabata in the sunshine with all your fellow fundraisers! If not, tune into the site later today for pictures and video of our Movement of the Day!

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Grilled Chicken with Honeydew Salsa. A perfectly balanced new summer recipe to try! Isn’t it funny how the most seemingly uncomplimentary ingredients taste the best together?! [Click here for additional Recipes]


SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit. ~ 
Diane Westlake

Essential Element: Our Belief Systems are learned. They predict what we think, what we say, what we do and what we feel. [Click here to read Spark Insight: The Value of Struggle].

Journal: We simply never know what tomorrow will hold. Maybe it’s the breakthrough we’ve been dreaming of … or the opportunity we’ve waited years for! Choosing to believe that your life is moving towards the life you’ve always wanted will shape and color the decisions you make today. What are you believing for your life? Write in your journal today three of your greatest dreams  – one for a month from now – one for a year from now – and one for five years from now. Describe each one in detail – what does it look like? Smell like? Feel like? It’s up to you to believe big things for that extraordinary life of yours… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]


by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 99 of the 100 Day Challenge!  Jump Overs. A great full body exercise today to test your coordination, balance and strength. Pick an appropriate height and don’t forget to save a TON of energy for tomorrow’s big 100th day! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Healthy Haddock.  After moving to New England, Dr. Paul noticed that many Haddock recipes were made with bread crumbs. Wanting to keep dinners gluten free, he came up with this healthy alternative. Buy and make extra for lunch! [Click here for additional Recipes]


SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit ~ Proverbs 18:21

 Essential Element: Who do you spend your time with and what behaviors do you promote?  Where you spend your time and with whom can be two of the most influential forces in your change effort’s success – or failure.  Choose them well. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Influence & Control].

Journal: Where is your heart with the people you spend your time with? Are you seeking to change them by steadily inflicting your will? Or do you accept who they are, letting them know where you stand but loving them anyway? So much change in our lives comes from the impact of others. Remember you are an ‘other’ in someone else’s life – and the things you say/do matter! Although seeds are small when they are planted, fruit eventually comes.  Whose life do you have an impact on right now? Jot their names in your journal – and consider the impact you’d like to be remembered for having… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]