A Fresnel lighthouse lens, in the Nantucket (Mass.) Museum
Good Morning, God!
This is an old Fresnel lighthouse lens that has been replaced by better and brighter lights. But the need for lighthouses remains. We need to be warned when we are too close to rocky shores AND we need to be helped to locate where we are.
Right now our Civilization seems short of Lighthouse equivalents. So here I go . . .trying.
The production of Very Cheap Grain following WWII has had tremendous unintended and largely unseen consequences. One is the overwhelming use of CHEAP vegetable (grain) oils. It turns out that the oils in grains are meant to be stable for LONG periods of time. So they are primarily composed of slow reacting Omega 6s.
But, it seems that our brains and nervous systems prefer — in fact NEED a FASTER FAT . . . a more highly chemically reactive fat. One that is primarily composed of fast reacting Omega 3 fats found in butter, grass fed animal fats, cold water fish and flaxseed oil. That oil is used not just in our brains and neurological systems but in the very membrane of our cells.
So, what have some of the unintended consequences been? One major change, caused by the overconsumption of omega 6 fats, is an upsurge in inflammation. And inflammation is now getting attention as perhaps a root cause for all sorts of health problems. Hmm.
Years ago I heard Dr. Michael Greger talk about our overuse of omega 6 oils. He said “GO HOME AND TOSS OUT ALL OILS EXCEPT OLIVE OIL.” I did so! No more margarine for us. No store-bought salad dressings. Plus I made the addition of fish oils. Why keep olive oil? Olive and coconut oils contain omega 9s. Very little omega 6 comes into our systems with them.
But, one fish oil pill a day doesn’t help much. We have an enzyme that is necessary to use of oil. If we consume omega 6 oil first, it uses up that enzyme. So it isn’t just amount of each oil (preferably one-to-one) but the TIMING.
So? Have you heard this all before? Probably. Did you make a dramatic shift? Not so easy if you eat the Standard American Diet. More on that later.