Yellow Fat Disease & Wikipedia


By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog


I have a love-hate affair with Wikipedia.

Any internet researcher who avoids Wikipedia is working with one arm tied behind their back.

But when it comes to Alternative Medicine, you might as well be doing your research on Quackwatch.

Case in point — Yellow Fat Disease, listed on Wikipedia as Pansteatitis.

According to Wikipedia …

“The condition has been found in cats, fish, herons, terrapins and Nile crocodiles, piscivores such as otters, cormorants, Pel’s fishing-owls and fish eagles. The disorder is also regularly found in captive-bred animals fed on high fish diets, such as mink, pigs and poultry. It shows as a rubber-like hardening of fat reserves which then become unavailable for normal metabolism, resulting in extreme pain, loss of mobility and death.”

Highly-unsaturated fatty acids aren’t mentioned.

Ditto fish and fish oils.

And human beings aren’t on the list of species “the condition has been found in.”

According to Wikipedia (playing dumb just like National Geographic Magazine) …

“Yellow Fat Disease “is thought to be brought about by any or a combination of a number of factors which include …

“Vitamin E deficiency

“Microcystin poisoning

“Heavy metals and other pollutants such as DDT, PCBs, PCDDs and brominated flame retardants

“Ingestion of affected animals

“Pathogens as yet unidentified”

According to Segen’s Medical Dictionary (2012), Pansteatitis is defined as …

“A vitamin E deficiency syndrome affecting various mammals, in particular cats, who are fed excess omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish oils, especially tuna.”

According to the same source, the “clinical findings” include …

“Greasy, dull coat and flaky skin; severe pain when touched; anorexia, fever. In humans, excess fish-oils cause increased bleeding time, especially after aspirin ingestion, which may play a role in cardiac necrosis and increased susceptibility to catecholamine-induced stress.”

'Yellow Fat Disease & Wikipedia' have 7 comments

  1. May 15, 2016 @ 4:14 pm Atom

    “Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is [UNFORTUNATELY] found most abundant in the brain and retina.” …–e-books.php


    • May 17, 2016 @ 8:03 am Mark

      Carlton Fredericks…. you might appreciate this Atom…
      Growing up in NJ…in the late sixties/early seventies at night I’d go out with my buddies and smoke weed, drink cheap wine and sometimes an orange barrel or two and then the next day listen to Carlton Fredericks on WOR in NY and take my vitamins…lol


      • May 18, 2016 @ 4:12 pm Atom

        I listened to my share of Carlton Fredericks too, back in my vitamin-taking and soybean-eating days, just prior to my wiggle-wall wonder-weed daze, uh, days.


  2. May 16, 2016 @ 2:18 pm Edward

    Atom:I was reading that only Alpha-Tocopherol is under genetic control in humans and is actively transported and circulated and that other Tocopherols and tocotrienols formerly “considered” to be Vitamin E “Family Members” are actively and rapidly Excreted by the body.Also,a major source of Alpha-tocopherol in the Mediterranean diet is Olive Oil.American diets major form is gamma-tocopherol from Soybean Oil..


    • May 18, 2016 @ 4:21 pm Atom

      Thanks! That’s my understanding too.

      Extra virgin olive oil (the fresher the better) is an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol.

      Ditto almonds, an even better source (3.5 grams equals 175% of the MDR).

      Gamma-tocopherol is in walnuts, pecans, and pistachios.

      And so on throughout the 24-hour cycle.

      Nuts and seeds have the highest amounts of vitamin E because they need them to help prevent peroxidation.


  3. June 7, 2016 @ 11:32 am sebs

    sorry for spamming but like lead, silica and gold are delta minerals, do you know what nutrients work on the omega level? i find it interesting that omega is defined as “the end” while you refer to it as an aspect of pre-heaven chi. it feels more life-affirming than delta and also like a safer place to be spiritually. information is very rare and if you could write a post about the whats and nots of omega i’d be very happy.


    • June 7, 2016 @ 9:12 pm Atom

      I’ll be posting a blog entry about the delta brain wave state in an hour or so.

      Be aware that delta is a lot like “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

      The omega state is a state of regeneration, and, unfortunately, Swami Nitty-Gritty had little to say about it (at least to me).

      Maybe some omega info will “pop up” from an unexpected source in the near future.


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