The Emperor’s New Clothes (DHA & EPA)


By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog


The deceptive marketing of DHA and EPA reminds me of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes, or, in this case, The Emperor’s New Yellow Fat Disease Clothes.

Don’t think of me as an expert when it comes to DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).

Instead, I’m like the child who cries out …


DHA isn’t the product of science. It’s the product of marketing.

The child is crying out again about DHA from algae and microalgae — biotech DHA courtesy of NASA and its spin-off corporation, Martek Biosciences.

Why does a government agency like NASA (National Aviation and Space Administration) want to market a product that gives infants premature Alzheimer’s disease (premature lipofuscinosis)?

According to a NASA website …

“To create Formulaid [infant formula], the company extracted the oil from the algae cells and combined it with another fatty acid, arachidonic acid, taken from a species of fungus. Both are found in human breast milk but were not in most baby formulas at the time. Martek then discovered, developed, and commercialized a different strain of algae, Schizochytrium, to make DHA-rich oils for human nutritional supplement and food and beverage applications. DHA omega-3 oil from this algae is now used in more than 500 human products, and Schizochytrium algae is also used to produce DHAgold for animal feed applications.”

Note the phrase “discovered, developed, and commericalized” — code for biotech.

DHA gold ™ is fed to chickens and marketed as “omega-3 eggs,” “omega-3 mayonnaise,” “omega-3 cereal,” etc.

According to a Martek website …

“‘We are excited to invigorate our focus on providing a sustainable source of DHA omega-3 for animal nutrition,’ said Christian Martin, director of Martek’s global animal nutrition group. ‘Throughout Martek’s history we have concentrated on the benefits of DHA for human health and now — through our increased focus on animal nutrition — we are working to enrich the foods we eat and provide better health for the animals we care for. The addition of a state-of-the-art drying facility coupled with a new look and feel for DHA gold underscores our commitment to support animal nutrition for pets, horses, aquaculture,poultry and swine.'”

DHA franken-algae has been dubbed a “functionally conserved nutrient” by its marketers.

Don’t you just love the way that phrase rolls off your tongue?

Now we know for sure that we’re safe from the dangers of DHA franken-algae because that phrase sounds so doggone scientific.

Don’t worry, new mothers, DHA-franken-algae is “safe” for your baby because it’s a “functionally conserved nutrient.”

Don’t worry, pet owners, DHA-franken-algae is “safe” for your pet dogs, cats, horses, and bunny-rabbits because it’s a “functionally conserved nutrient.”

Who needs Oral Roberts for miraculous healing?

All you need is Oral Wording — “functionally conserved nutrient.”

Martek also sells fluorescent algae proteins in case you enjoy glowing in the dark.

Columbia Biosciences bought Martek in 2007, doing business under such names as Amerifit, Estroven, Azo, Culturelle, Cardiostat, Flex Able, SofTouch, Sootherbs, Vitaball, etc.

Royal DSM NV “sealed a billion dollar deal,” acquiring Martek in 2011, renaming it Nutritional Lipids, to “drive Martek’s predominantly US-based omega-3 DHA infant nutrition business to new shores.”

Open wide, sweet innocent infants of the world. DHA-franken-algae and its free-radical attack lipids are coming your way.

'The Emperor’s New Clothes (DHA & EPA)' have 4 comments

  1. May 2, 2016 @ 3:43 pm Atom

    The world’s largest producer of fish oils boasts, “Omega-3s from Menhaden Oil Can Save Billions in Healthcare Costs.” There’s a better way — Fill all the world’s industrial incinerators with all the world’s fish oil supplements, then we really can save billions in healthcare costs. Government guidelines advise eating fish only 2–3 times a week so we don’t get overburdened with mercury and other toxins. What if this warning is a sham? What if it’s for a more underhanded reason? What if it’s to keep human Yellow Fat Disease at a subclinical, “idiopathic” level so mega-corporations can keep banking billions of dollars selling us fish oil supplements and fish products that are dangerous to our health? What if many diseases of “unknown cause” really do have a cause — known only to certain corporate and government insiders? What if fish isn’t the ideal food we’re told it is? What if fish oil — just-made or completely rancid — is a poison for most of us? Can cod liver oil kill your dog? Your cat? Your horse? Your chickens? Can cod liver oil kill a human being?–e-books.php


  2. May 2, 2016 @ 3:48 pm Atom

    Re: today’s show & blog entry

    I’m not playing the dozens with my uncle’s cousins and making up this franken-algae stuff #1 …


  3. May 2, 2016 @ 3:50 pm Atom

    Re: today’s show & blog entry

    I’m not playing the dozens with my uncle’s cousins and making up this franken-algae stuff #2 …


  4. May 2, 2016 @ 4:04 pm Atom

    Re: today’s show & blog entry

    I’m not playing the dozens with my uncle’s cousins and making up this franken-algae stuff #3 …$109b


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