Fish Oil & Muscular Dystrophy


By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog


Anyone praising the virtues of DHA and EPA has to consider the Elephant In the Living Room — Yellow Fat Disease.

DHA and EPA = Yellow Fat Disease and its tag-along afflictions of White Muscle Disease, Mulberry Heart Disease, Brown Atrophy of the Heart, Brown Atrophy of the Liver, Hepatosis Dietetica, Nutritional Muscular Dystrophy, Progressive Lipofuscinosis, etc.

Alejandro Suárez-Bonnet1, Antonio Espinosa de los Monteros, Pedro Herráez, Francisco Rodríguez, Marisa Andrada, & Maria José Caballero (“Fat Embolism Secondary to Yellow Fat Disease in an Appaloosa Horse,” Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, Sept. 2008) wrote …

“The first report of yellow fat disease in 1957 described a disease in foals in New Zealand, characterized by muscular dystrophy and inflammation of the adipose tissue. Yellow fat disease, or nutritional panniculitis, is a generalized disorder of fat deposits, characterized by extensive adipose cell degeneration and inflammation. During these processes, a progressive peroxidation of unsaturated fatty acids may occur. Ceroid pigment, which is responsible for the typical yellow discoloration of fat, is the final product of this peroxidation process.”

Lee Russell McDowell (Vitamins in Animal Nutrition: Comparative Aspects to Human Nutrition, 2012) wrote …

“Channel catfish fed a vitamin-E-deficient diet containing oxidized menhaden oil exhibited reduced growth, muscular dystrophy, fatty livers, anemia, exudative diathesis, and depigmentation in 16 weeks (NRC, 1983).”

Vitamin E and (in most cases) selenium protect against long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and their peroxidation, but don’t fare very well after the fact.

According to the same source (Lee Russell McDowell) …

“The most universally recognized disease in animals due to vitamin E deficiency is muscular dystrophy. Attempts to demonstrate improvement from vitamin E therapy in humans have failed for the most part (Horwitt, 1980).”

Maybe vitamin E therapy fails because it’s the WRONG TYPE OF VITAMIN E.

'Fish Oil & Muscular Dystrophy' have 18 comments

  1. July 19, 2016 @ 1:22 am Atom

    he question isn’t, “Is DHA good for you?”

    The question is, “What causes Yellow Fat Disease?”

    Another question is, “What causes Age Spots? What is the only oil in Age Spots?”

    I’ve written two-and-a-half books on the subject. Two of them are available at …–e-books.php


    • July 19, 2016 @ 2:35 pm mark

      Maybe vitamin E therapy fails because it’s the WRONG TYPE OF VITAMIN E.

      And what would be the correct type of E???


      • July 19, 2016 @ 9:05 pm Atom

        Next blog entry. Stay tuned.


  2. July 19, 2016 @ 11:18 am seb

    would olive oil and cocoa help dha function proper? (for vit e and the selenium) your blog is the only source besides ayurveda that touts mercury as beneficial in some ways. it’s an alchemical staple back in the ages, but these days all forms get a bad rep.

    also, i would love your take on potassium sorbate and microcrystalline cellulose. i used to be big on supps and they all have some of the fillers. cellulose feels like it should be enzymatically broken down by cellulase if one just is a producer internally. magnesium and zinc should help these be properly excreted.

    a lot of answers sought but also, do you believe a mostly plant based diet fosters a bodily focus on the cellulase and likes to break down plant tissue for utilization? so hard to find articles that don’t just shout wolf or are all “it’s on the safe list, take a deep one”. thanks for your knowledge and wisdom as always.


    • July 20, 2016 @ 10:59 am Atom

      Re: would olive oil and cocoa help dha function proper?

      Adding almonds to the mix is ideal — three-and-a-half ounces of almonds contain 175% of the minimum daily requirement of vitamin E.

      Re: your blog is the only source besides ayurveda that touts mercury as beneficial in some ways.

      Swami Nitty-Gritty listed kidney beans and cranberry juice as sources of mercury.

      Re: i would love your take on potassium sorbate and microcrystalline cellulose.

      I avoid both of them.

      Re: do you believe a mostly plant based diet fosters a bodily focus on the cellulase and likes to break down plant tissue for utilization?

      Generally, the human digestive process is remarkably adaptive.

      Specifically, a case-by-case basis would probably yield many exceptions to adaptability, partly due to psychological limitations.


  3. July 19, 2016 @ 1:54 pm Firman

    Atom, you mentioned tomato juice and molasses mix before. Can you tell me the ratio on that?



    • July 20, 2016 @ 10:33 am Atom

      A teaspoon or two of molasses stirred into eight ounces of tomato juice.

      Enjoy !!!!!


  4. July 19, 2016 @ 3:35 pm Helen

    Hello AtOM,
    More on vit E please … what’s the right form and at what time? How to use it for therapy?
    Muscular Dystrophy is a huge issue for the elderly and for kids on the spectrum, especially those ‘diagnosed’ with MTFHR gene mutation.
    Love & Blessings,
    Helen in Sydney


    • July 19, 2016 @ 9:06 pm Atom

      Next blog entry. Stay tuned.


  5. July 20, 2016 @ 10:30 am Atom

    “Hypothyroidism is a major cause of hypertension.” — Ray Peat


    • July 21, 2016 @ 5:23 pm Mark

      I hope you don’t say Liver…yukk!…>)


      • July 22, 2016 @ 4:50 pm Atom

        Depends on what the animal eats. lol


  6. July 20, 2016 @ 2:15 pm seb

    thank you for the elaborate response! is almond oil any good or should one always opt for the entire almond? i feel one has to chew them proper which takes some effort and focus.

    also, the somewhat uncomfortable topic of lineage: i’m rooted in finland, russia and romania and i’ve always been drawn to the modern american schools of alternative medicine and mind/body mentality. i know a lot of russians are very established in the us, including my far off relatives and while i love the indian, chinese and even african and south american herbs and modalities i sometimes wonder if one should stick to a program so to speak?
    would this be an occasional rooting to the actuality of my heritage and sufficient? (like an acknowledgement like: despite mantras or initiations i’ll never be a hindu, a brahmi or a shaman) and facing the fact that at least russia has a long history of (somewhat dark) spirituality and esoterics?

    i know the reality of our times is the nutritional and spiritual cosmopolite, but still feel paying respects to ones ancestry holds some weight.


    • July 22, 2016 @ 5:04 pm Atom

      I don’t know of any unprocessed almond oil. (That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!)

      I’m steeped in a Russian spiritual path … George Ivanovich Gurdjieff.

      I’ve belonged to two serious Gurdjieff Work Groups and read several books by him and more than twenty about him.

      I also studied briefly with Nancy Pearson, who studied with both Gurdjieff and Madame de Salzmann.

      When I asked Ms. Pearson about learning the Gurdjieffian dances, she retorted, “Why do you want to learn those? You can’t even brush your teeth consciously yet!”


  7. July 21, 2016 @ 5:59 am seb

    one more thing: i’ve sometimes done the colour meditation backwards, from clear to black. does this fill any function? ie lowering your vibration? or should it always be done to clear?
    would you compare the clear state to moksha? the much sought after liberation from bonds to the material world? could it be said that clearing is releasing to the atman? i love aspects of the hindu system, but it is often said that by healing, you take on the karma. if one heals outside oneself by automation when clearing, does this suggest one has had a karmic tie open for resolution there? thank you again and hope to hear some of your or nitty grittys thoughts of this, after all, you”ve both chosen the paths of healers.


    • July 22, 2016 @ 5:27 pm Atom

      Color Recycling leads to mini-moksha.

      Swami Nitty-Gritty claimed we won’t reach moksha till Midnight Eternity.

      I took him to mean never.

      He claimed everything generates karma, but sharing rather than giving generates less karma.

      He regarded “healing” as a dirty word, and “healer” as ten times worse.

      I forget that too often for my own good.

      “Remission of symptoms” was OK with him, as long as his students remembered all healing is self-healing and is no improvement on not being healed.

      It doesn’t get more Zen than that!


      • July 23, 2016 @ 1:37 am seb

        thanks a lot. maybe the so-called great magnet balances out all polarity after all.


        • July 23, 2016 @ 9:12 am Atom

          “He ain’t got them running in rows. We must learn to live in chaos. The chaotic coordinate is the only real balance.” — Swami Nitty-Gritty

          Ever New Joy !!!!! :)


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