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How Fish Oil Makes Chemo Less Effective

It wasn't something Dr. Emilie Voest and his colleagues expected to see, but in their labs, they found a disturbing connection between fatty acids and their effect on chemotherapy drugs. Fatty acids-the good fats found in fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines-turn out to work against chemotherapy agents in cancer patients, according to research published Thursday.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

I have had the chance to read the paper in detail.  Very sloppy work in defining the fish oil used and ignoring the limited lifetime 16:4 n-3 as a degradation product.  What the author of Time article failed to mention is that in clinical studies when patients were given the same cancer drug used in the mouse study as well as additional omega-3 fatty acids, the survival rate of those getting the drug and omega-3 fatty acids was greater than those getting only the drug.  A very inconvenient fact.


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