No doubt you’ve heard the sensationalism: “Fish oil causes prostate cancer!”, “Taking fish oil increases your risk of developing prostate cancer by over 70%!”, and “Fish oil’s going to kill you!”
Sadly, this is what happens when the media gets ahold of bad research that makes outrageous claims.
Because of the private conversations I’ve had, I know a number of you are incensed, confused or dismayed by the recent news: and you should be. Not because fish oil is going to do you harm (it isn’t), but because the media sources you use have no filter (they are idiots).
If you’re asking, “Should I be taking fish oil?”, you probably need to relax and take a chill pill (or some fish oil). Understand that the vast majority of the research shows no ill effect from fish oil (There is some good review and editorial here.) In fact, most shows that it’s beneficial. We’ve also covered fish oil research multiple times here on Ketopia.
Also understand that this latest research that is claiming fish oil is going to do you harm is an epidemiological study. At best, it can only indicate correlation, not causation. In this case, the study didn’t even account for known risk factors of prostate cancer. Go figure.
So yeah, keep taking your fish oil until the real science weighs in.
If you want to hear the response to this latest research by some people more credible than myself, perhaps a Ph.D in epidemiology and an oncologist from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will help assuage your fears:
- Video Report of an expert on the bogus Fish Oil Study, Michael Savage (Ph.D, Epidemiology) and Anthony Victor D’Amico (MD, PH.D, Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute). Dr. Geo
- Omega-3 Prostate Cancer Study Flawed – Don’t Believe All You Read, Craig Cooper. Prostat.net, July 12, 2013.
- Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial, Brasky, Darke, Song et al. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. May 10, 2013. JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst (2013), doi: 10.1093/jnci/djt174
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