This is going to be a bit long. So bear with me.... This directly affects a precious member of my own family, and it might benefit someone you know too.
Ten years ago I read this article...I can't believe it has been ten years...
"Omega-3 played a big role in healing coal miner's brain
May 02, 2006|By Jamie Talan, Tribune Newspapers: Newsday
In the days after the Jan. 2 Sago Mine explosion disaster, the only survivor, Randal McCloy Jr., was experiencing multiple organ failure and severe brain damage.
Dr. Julian Bailes, McCloy's neurosurgeon at the West Virginia University School of Medicine and head of the trauma center, was up to speed on the latest benefits of the "miracle molecule" omega-3 fatty acids when he phoned Barry Sears of Zone Diet fame to ask about a recommended dose for the very ill miner.
"I've read everything Sears has written," Bailes said. "And he convinced me that DHA could play a role in Mr. McCloy's recovery...
Sears, who has studied omega-3 fatty acids...suggested that Bailes administer a total of 18 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the two most important omega-3 fatty acids, via feeding tube. McCloy remained on the supplement until his return home March 30.
This was an extraordinarily high dose, Sears explained, but staff monitored McCloy's blood levels to assure it remained within a certain therapeutic range. The EPA reduced the inflammation caused by the lack of oxygen within the brain, and the DHA was required to repair the damage, Sears said. "I certainly think it played a big role," in his recovery, Bailes said. "How can he rebuild his brain if he doesn't have the substrate to do it?"
After being in a coma for weeks and in rehab for months, the miner is stiff and thin but walking on his own and exercising his right arm.
Besides helping heal the brain, omega-3, which is probably one of the most studied natural supplements, has passed muster in helping heal the heart, pancreas, immune system and joints. Potent anti-inflammatories, omega-3 fish oil supplements contain the same fatty acids -- DHA and EPA -- found in fish. Scientists say the American diet is so depleted of these fatty acids that supplements are not just useful but necessary...
"This has more evidence-based science than any other supplement," said Dr. Steven Lamm, an internist at New York University School of Medicine
Dr. David Perlmutter of Naples, Fla., said that DHA enhances a brain-derived growth factor and could explain why expectant mothers who take omega-3 supplements have children who score higher on intelligence tests."
I read this and remembered it. However as such is life, I ha stored it the info but never really thought about it again.
That was until Friday.
Friday, Trinity had a doctor's appointment with her new group of primary care doctor's. She was going because of back pain, but of course, the Nurse Practitioner reviewed her history and we got into how she is recovering from her seventh concussion. The nurse says, "The first thing I am going to do is recommend you start her on a high quality fish oil. There has been extensive study that shows the Omega vitamins help lower inflammation in the brain after injury and will help her heal more effectively."
Then I remembered the article!!
This whole time not only did I have the information I needed to help my daughter, but I even had access to the product!
Most Omega supplements are made from fish oil and only include Omega 3 and 6.
Plexus MegaX has Omega 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9. All from vegetable sources! So no fish aftertaste!!
I could not be more excited to be a Plexus Ambassador! I came home from her appointment and ordered MegaX for my precious daughter.