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KRILL OIL, AND WHY AVOID IT

KRILL OIL, AND WHY AVOID IT

by Lawrence Wilson, MD                   © November 2011, The Center For Development, Inc.

Krill is a small sea creature that is a relative of the shrimp family.  It is a major food source for many larger sea animals such as whales, seals and others.  Krill happens to be high in omega-3 fatty acids andastazanthin, a powerful anti-oxidant substance.  For this reason, some health authorities recommend it instead of fish oil or flaxseed oil to provide omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA.

However, I do not recommend krill oil.  It…

Krill Oil…

Lately I have seen websites advertising Neptune Krill Oil as a source for Omega-3s. These websites claim it is superior to fish oil. I was wondering how to validate these claims and if you are familiar with this source of Omega-3s. Any thoughts? Thanks.

Dr. Ockene answers:

Krill are tiny shrimp-like creatures that exist by the billions in the Antarctic sea. As with fish, they eat plankton, which are the source of omega-3 fatty acids. The oil from these creatures contains omega-3 fatty acids just as fish oil does. In addition, the makers claim that additional benefits are derived from…

5 Medical Tests You May Not Need

By CARRIE GANN, ABC News Medical Unit

April 4, 2012— go.com

A routine visit to the doctor’s office can bring up a laundry list of medical tests, all designed to screen for one serious disease or another. But according to a new report from leading physician groups, a large number of medical tests and procedures billed as routine are largely unnecessary.

For many patients and doctors, it’s easy to adopt the notion that if a little screening is good, more of it is better, “just to be sure” nothing is wrong. But that approach is costly,

Alphabet soup: ABAI, ABMS, and MOC vs EBM, VBM, and IRB

In a recent editorial in the Annals, 2 members of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) stated their case for physician participation in maintenance of certification (MOC).1 They wrote, “There are growing expectations by those outside the medical profession for professional ac- countability and transparency. Focusing solely on the physician side of the physician-patient equation in opposing the MOC process risks the perception that these opinions (opposing MOC) are self-serving.”

Physicians function in an evidence-based medicine (EBM) environment. Alleged failure to adequately adhere to evidence -based best practices is a fundamental justification for MOC cited by James and…

Family health history a powerful, underused tool

WASHINGTON – Make Grandma spill the beans: Uncovering all the diseases that lurk in your family tree can trump costly genetic testing in predicting what illnesses you and your children are likely to face.

It may sound old-fashioned, but a Cleveland Clinic study comparing which method best uncovered an increased risk of cancer helps confirm the value of what’s called a family health history.

All it costs is a little time questioning your relatives, yet good family health trees are rare. A government survey estimated less than a third of families have one – and time-crunched doctors seldom push their…

The Overlap between Healthcare and Financial Myths

Have you ever wondered…

  1. Can you trust what the media says about medical care?
  2. Can you trust what the media says about travel safety?
  3. Can you trust what the media says about investing?
  4. Can you trust the media?

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