In studying the diets of ancient cultures, it has been learned by Weston Price and others that the consumption of healthy fats is vital to the health and survival of the population. It is becoming increasingly obvious to practitioners of the natural healing arts that improper fat consumption has been a major contributing factor to the health crisis that we now face in this country and around the world.
Dr. Royal Lee, the founder of Standard Process, stated on many occasions that he believed that adulterated fats and refined carbohydrates were the reason for the dramatic increase in heart disease that began early in the 20th Century. In 1910, the year when fats were first hydrogenated, there were less than 20 deaths per 100,000 people in the U.S. from cardiac events. According to the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Dept of Commerce, that increased to 300 deaths per 100,000 people per year by 1970. As of 2013, the death rate has reached 821 deaths per 100,000 people!
I CANNOT STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER FATTY ACID BALANCE ENOUGH!
Everything in the body is created by an individual cell. The cells create tissues, which then create the organs, the organs create the organ systems, and the systems create the organism (you!). If the original cell is weak (because of a weak cell membrane, this allows toxins into the cell and nutrients out), everything that the cell creates will be weak as well, resulting in dysfunction of the tissues, organs and systems.
Fatty acids are the main component of the cell membrane. A lack of fatty acid balance leads to inherent weakness of the cell membranes. They should compose about 15-20% of our body weight, yet they should be about 30% of our dietary intake (the other 70% includes protein and quality carbohydrates).
The functions of fat/fatty acids are:
1. A source of long-term energy
2. Serves as a protective lining for the internal organs.
3. Regulates the rate of nutrient absorption in the small intestine.
4. Makes food taste good!
5. Provides a source for fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, & K)
6. Provides strength and integrity to the tissues and organs by providing the building blocks of the cell membranes.
7. Manages the inflammation response in the body.
One of the most important parts of the MFT procedure is the acknowledgement of this problem with a special protocol to re-balance the fatty acids. The “MFT Foundations” test kit and our testing procedures are very helpful in recognizing an imbalance.
Saturated Fat: This should represent approximately 30% of our dietary fat intake. Sources are animal products, butter and (our favorite) coconut oil. Although coconut oil has been much maligned by the mega-food industry, we believe that it can be the missing link in a number of chronic conditions that fail to respond to many other therapies. It is the second greatest dietary source of Lauric Acid (after mother’s milk), a known anti-microbial.
Monounsaturated Fat: Approximately 60% of our fat intake should be from some source of this grouping of fats. The best-known sources are olive oil and avocado.
Polyunsaturated Fat: Although this group should only make-up 10% of our total fat intake, it includes the important Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. These are considered essential because our body cannot make them from other sources. They must be consumed in order for the patient to re-acquire optimal health.
Standard Process and MediHerb have many excellent products to assist in the quest for optimum fatty acid balance. These products include:
Tuna Omega-3: An important source of DHA and EPA in a 5-1 ratio. Research supports the importance of these factors in brain development and heart health. It also supports healthy PG 3 prostaglandins for the regulation of inflammation.
Cod Liver Oil: Same great healing properties as Tuna Oil, plus a great source of Vitamin A and D.
Black Currant Seed Oil: This contains GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), important for producing the other anti-inflammatory prostaglandin, PG 1. It also supports healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Wheat Germ Oil: Although primarily used as a Vitamin E source, it also contains both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and we have found it to be very useful in balancing the fatty acid point.
Sesame Seed Oil: This oil plays a very important role in proper metabolism of carbohydrates, which are needed for ATP production (cellular energy).
Linum B6, Cataplex F and Cataplex F Perles: All are sources of Flax Seed Oil, an important source of Omega 6 fatty acid. Cataplex F tablets also include other fatty acids and Iodine to support the thyroid (and prostate for men), and acts as calcium metabolism support.
Evening Primrose Oil (Mediherb): Another excellent source of GLA that we have found very helpful in balancing the Fatty Acid Point.
Super EFF: This is a pre-digested fatty acid which makes it extremely easy for the body to assimilate. Super EFF is a great source of Arachidonic acid, which supports the integrity of the myelin sheath (the fatty substance that covers and protects the nerves). Super EFF ispolyunsaturated fatty acids in a converted form, which makes it ideal for people who have degenerative diseases or liver problems.