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My High-Fat Diet and Why I Don’t Take Fish Oil

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The low-fat diet is quite possibly the most unhealthy diet trend ever perpetrated by mankind.

For over three decades we have been bombarded with negative information concerning fat and I’m here to tell you it’s nonsense. We’ve been told by the food industry that whole foods like eggs, coconut oil, and butter are unhealthy and that we should substitute them with refined vegetable oils, plastic margarine spread, and fat substitutes like Olestra, which causes cramps, gas, loose bowels, blocks vitamin absorption, and is currently ranked #38 in Time Magazine’s 50 Worst Inventions!

There are tons of studies, articles, theories, and opinions about fat and fish oil, and although many of these authors have advanced scientific and nutritional credentials,
they have zero experience reversing cancer with nutrition and natural therapies.
Keep that in mind as you read this post.

Ok so let’s start with the basics: Eating fat doesn’t make you fat.
It’s excessive calories from protein, fat, grains, starches, and sugars in your diet that make you fat.

There are 100 trillion cells in the human body and every cell membrane is built with protein and fat (amino acids and essential fatty acids).  Our brains are made of fat; we need fat for insulation; and our bodies store and burn fat for energy. So we all need fat.

Excess body fat is simply stored energy.

Before the industrial age, carbohydrates were harvested and consumed in the summer and fall when the work days are long. Excess consumption of carbs signals the body to store fat for winter. Naturally this was time of year when our ancestors would put on some extra pounds. That extra “junk in the trunk” provided insulation from the cold and energy to burn; helping them get through the winter when food was scarce.
Today in first world countries carbohydrates are cheap to grow and available year round. As a result we eat them year round; perpetually storing fat for a winter food scarcity that never comes.

The fastest way to burn excess fat and lose weight is to reduce your carb or calorie consumption. The raw vegan diet will also get you the same results but is not sustainable in the long term for most people. I should mention that exercising 3-5 times per weight will accelerate the weight loss process.

15-60% of your daily diet should be from fat.
I know that’s a broad range, but the point is you have a lot of leeway, and you don’t have to be super strict about it. I’m on the upper end of that percentage. If you get enough fat in your diet, you don’t crave carbs or sweets. I eat as much as 1000 fat calories per day. Don’t freak out, these are good fats. I’ll get to them later in the post.

I really didn’t understand the role fatty acids play in cancer prevention and reversal until I read Brian Peskin’s massive 566 page volume of research entitled
The Hidden Story of Cancer.
I put it on my wish list and then found out my mom already had it!  Thanks mom!

Fat Science

The membrane around every cell in your body is built with two Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Linoleic Acid and Alpha-Linolenic Acid. The body cannot make these essential fatty acids. They must come from food.

Linoleic Acid (LA) is commonly referred to as Omega-6 or n-6

Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) is commonly referred to as Omega-3 or n-3

There is also Oleic Acid or Omega-9 which is found in abundance in olives, avocados, and animal fat.  It is beneficial but not essential as the body can manufacture Omega-9 (that’s what the “junk in your trunk” is made of)

Recently Omega-6 fats have been demonized in the media, and many health experts are touting the benefits of Omega-3.  The most common recommendation I see is that you should increase your intake of Omega-3 to counteract the effects of all the excessive Omega-6 in the modern processed diet.

A much better strategy is to cut out processed foods with high levels of Omega-6 and artificial ingredients instead of trying to compensate by taking more Omega-3.

Omega 3 and 6 are both vital, but the truth is your body needs as much as or more Omega-6 than Omega-3.  The ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is between 1:1 and 4:1.  It’s no accident that there is more Omega-6 than Omega-3 in almost all natural food:  organic seeds and nuts, grass-fed meats, and raw dairy.

Only flax, chia, sacha inchi, and seafood have more Omega-3 fats than Omega-6.

The Cancer Connection

Thanks to the research of Nobel Prize winning biochemist Otto Warburg, we know that cancer can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the cell. Warburg even proved that he could cause a benign tumor to become cancerous by impairing its oxygen respiration. Healthy cells respirate, that is they use oxygen. When cells are deprived of as little as 35% of their required oxygen for an extended period of time they will eventually mutate to run on glucose instead of oxygen and become cancerous. This process is called glycolysis.

I suggest you look up Warburg’s “The Metabolism of Carcinoma Cells” from The Journal of Cancer Research, 1925.

Cells built with mutant fats do not respirate oxygen properly.

The body will construct cells with whatever fatty acids it has available, including trans-fats. Trans-fats and hydrogenated fats are adulterated mutant fatty acids created by the food industry to improve the shelf life of foodstuffs.  These are “Frankenfats” that we were never intended to eat. Trans-fats are present in most vegetable and cooking oils, and processed food. This is like building a house with shoddy materials.  It seems fine in the short run, but you’re going to develop major problems down the road.  The more cells your body builds with bad fats, the more likely you are to have oxygen deprived cells that mutate to live on glucose and become cancerous. Processed fats are extremely unhealthy and contribute to disease.

The problem with the modern processed food diet is we are getting way too many trans-fats, too much Omega-6, and not enough Omega-3.  Commercially raised beef and chicken can have a ratio of as much as 15:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3 because the animals are fed grain-based diets specifically designed to fatten them up.  This is what lead to the demonizing of omega-6 fats and the popularity of Omega-3 supplements to balance out the Omega-3:6 ratio.

The best building blocks of cells are unadulterated Parent Essential Fatty Acids from organic sustainable sources.

Parent EFAs vs. Derivatives

It is critically important to differentiate between Parent EFAs and Derivatives. It’s the elephant in the room that most “health experts” are ignoring.  Parent EFAs are short-chain fatty acids. They are foundational fats used in 95% of your body’s processes.

Derivatives are long-chain fatty acids.  They are supplemental fats used in very specific functions in the body.  Your body needs mostly Parent EFAs and uses enzymes to manufacture derivatives from them as needed. As long as you get enough parent EFAs, you will never be short of derivatives.

Parent Omega-6 is Linoleic Acid (LA); its derivatives are AA, GLA and DGLA.

Parent Omega-3 is Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA); its derivatives are EPA and DHA.

Here’s an overly simplified example:  

If you wanted to build a house out of legos, which would you rather have:
A bag of lego bricks, or a bag of lego triangles?

Answer: The lego bricks, because it will be very difficult to build a house with a bunch of triangles.
Lego bricks are extremely versatile and foundational to building, lego triangles are very specialized with limited use.

Short-chain fatty acids (Parent EFAs) are like lego bricks, they are foundational fatty acids. They are much more versatile to the satisfy the needs of the body, and the body can build on to them, creating specialized long-chain fatty acids (Derivatives), for special functions as needed. Derivatives are more like lego triangles, they have limited use and cannot be converted back to short chain fatty acids.

There is a popular false assumption that the body has a difficult time converting Parent EFAs into derivatives, because it only converts a small amount, and because some people convert a little more than others. Therefore you must supplement with omega-3 derivatives like fish oil. But this is not the case. The body will convert the amount it needs on any given day, plain and simple.

Make sure you get Parent EFAs and your body will produce the derivatives it needs.

The Delicate Balance: Too much of one fatty acid can lead to a deficiency in the other. Too much EPA from fish oil can cause a deficiency in AA (arachnidonic acid), the Omega-6 derivative. And too much Omega-6 from vegetable oils can cause a deficiency in DHA, the Omega-3 derivative.

Four Reasons Why I Don’t Take Fish Oil:

1) Fish oil is not natural

Fish don’t have oil glands. They are jammed into giant juicing machines to crush them and squeeze oil from their flesh. Then this oil is heavily processed. According to Udo Erasmus, author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, “Fish oil Omega-3s (EPA and DHA) are about 25 times more sensitive to damage done by light, oxygen, and heat than omega 6-containing nut and seed oils.”  As a result, most fish oil is filtered, deodorized, bleached, molecularly distilled, subjected to high heat, and treated with caustic soda and resin. This is not an acceptable substitute for eating wild-caught fish.
The denatured fatty acids in fish oil can be as bad or worse for you than hydrogenated vegetable oils!

2)  Fish oil is toxic

Most fatty fish are contaminated with industrial pollutants like mercury, PCBs, dioxin, and chlordane; and most fish oil supplements do not disclose the source of their fish oil.  There are only a few nutraceutical grade fish oil supplements that I would trust. One is Biotics Research Biomega-3. The majority of fish oils supplements on the market are toxic, low-quality garbage. Throw that stuff out!

3) Fish oil does not contain Parent Omega-3 (Alpha-Linolenic Acid).

Fish oil is nearly 100% Omega-3 Derivatives EPA and DHA. EPA is needed to help  regulate cell metabolism, and DHA supports your brain, vision, heart and is anti-inflammatory. The body converts 5-36% of Parent Omega-3 into the derivatives EPA and DHA depending on how much it needs.  (Men do not have difficulty converting, women simply convert more because they need more). The majority of Parent EFAs are used to build every cell and tissue in your body.  This is why it is more important to make sure you are getting Parent Omega-3 and Parent Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids. These are the highest quality cellular building blocks.

4) Fish oil can impair your immune system

Excess consumption of fish oil was actually shown to decrease immune system response and increase harmful infection from bacteria.

“…Studies indicate that at the levels used, fish oil decrease a wide range of immune cell responses (natural killer cell, cytotoxic T lymphocyte activities, lymphocyte proliferation and production of IL-2 and IFN-y)…”
“…relatively low levels of the long chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA or DHA)…are sufficient to bring about some of the suppressive effects”

“…This decrease (of inhibited lymphocyte proliferation and natural killer cell activity) causes increased cellular bacteria [infection] and impaired tumor cell killing”

That was reported at the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids 4th Congress June 4-9 2000, Tsukuba, Japan. From the article “Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, Inflammation and Immunity” by Philip C. Calder, Institute of Human Nutrition, University of Southampton, UK.

What about all the fish oil studies?

Enter Chris Masterjohn.

“Dozens of randomized, controlled trials have tested the effect of fish oil supplementation and increases in the intake of fatty fish on total and cardiovascular mortality. Virtually all of them have been conducted in people with established heart disease taking drugs such as statins and aspirin, and most of them have lasted fewer than two years. In 2004, the Cochrane Collaboration published a massive review and meta-analysis of these trials. The authors pooled the data from forty-eight trials lasting longer than six months, the only effect that could be distinguished from chance was a reduced risk of heart failure.
Fish oil provided no reduction in total or cardiovascular mortality.

Trials lasting less than one year were most likely to show positive results, while the only trial lasting more than four years, “The Diet and Reinfarction Trial #2 (DART 2)” showed a 15 percent increase in total mortality and a 30 percent increase in cardiovascular mortality. (“Increase in mortality” means more people died.)

DART 2 used dietary advice to increase fatty fish intake in addition to fish oil supplementation, so could not be placebo-controlled or double-blind, and funding problems led to interruptions of the recruitment process in the middle of the trial. Nevertheless, with over three thousand participants it was one of the largest fish oil trials ever conducted and, with over four years follow-up, it was the longest fish oil trial ever conducted. Thus, we should not casually dismiss the findings of this trial.

None of these trials provided any evidence that healthy people benefit from taking fish oil or that doses higher than one gram of omega-3 fatty acids per day provide any benefit over smaller doses.
The results of the DART 2 trial are particularly concerning because, they suggest that high intakes of Poly-unsaturated fatty acids from PUFA’s (fish or fish oil) may increase the risk of morbidity and mortality when consumed over the course of many years.”

-Chris Masterjohn Sept 22, 2010 from his article

Parent Omega 3 and 6 EFAs are much more important and widely used in the body than derivatives EPA and DHA. The best plant sources of Parent Omega-6 are hemp seed, sunflower, safflower, and evening primrose.  The best plant sources of Parent Omega-3 are flax, hemp, and sacha inchi.  Because the body converts derivatives as needed, fish oil and krill oil are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

If you are still convinced that you need Omega-3 fats from fish, skip the fish oil and EAT MORE FISH; the best and cleanest source is Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon (Sockeye or Copper River).

My High-Fat Diet

Earlier in the post I mentioned that I often eat as much as 1000 fat calories per day. Here’s the breakdown:

About half of my fat calories are from the fresh young coconut in the Coconut Fruit Smoothie that I drink every day.

Read my post about the amazing health benefits of coconuts here

The rest of my fat intake comes from foods I consume in various amounts weekly: raw milk, raw cheese, raw pasture-raised eggs, olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds like hemp seed, flax seed, almonds and walnuts, and clean meats like organic grass-fed beef and lamb, organic free-range chicken, and wild-caught alaskan salmon. (I eat meat 3-4 times per week, raw dairy and eggs sparingly)

There are two supplement brands I like and recommend:

Udo’s Choice 3-6-9 Blend  (Developed by Udo Erasmus for Flora)
This is a blend of organic plant/seed oils that I’ve taken for years. The ratio is 2:1:1 in favor of Parent Omega-3. You can get it in the refrigerated section of Whole Foods, The Vitamin Shoppe, select health food stores, and online HERE.

YES Ultimate EFAs (Developed after Brian Peskin’s research)
This is also a blend of organic plant/seed oils: Evening Primrose, Sunflower Seed, Flax Seed, and Pumpkin Seed. The ratio is 2:1 in favor of Parent Omega-6.

I take Ultimate EFAs in the morning and 20 minutes before crossfit training in the afternoon and I have noticed a significant increase my in stamina and recovery time and almost zero lactic acid burn.

YES is one of my new favorite discoveries. They only make three products. The other two are Chelated Minerals and an Herbal Detox Formula (Essiac plus Cat’s Claw).

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  • Jan

    great information. thanks for posting.

    • barb

      Chris – I noticed you take two oils. There should be adequate amounts of 3′s, 6′s, etc. While the typical diet contain most of 6 – is it still a good thing to take 6? I am confused.
      I am considering the 3′s for I have stopped fish oils. Just made sense that they are over processed and probably causing inflammation.
      So, how much of what? Can one take too much 3 and cause issues? Not a big fish eater lately due to not being sure of mercury. Thanks.

      • Andy

        Barb, the problem with the typical diet is not that it gets too much Omega 6, but that it’s getting too much adulterated/processed Omega 6. Peskin recommends a 6/3 ratio from 1:1 on the low end up to 2.5:1 on the high end. If you take the YES pills that Chris recommends above, the ratio is built-in. The Udo’s, however, is backwards — a 6/3 ratio of about 2:1, if I remember correctly. Here’s a great Peskin article that goes into more detail on the subject, if you’re interested: http://www.brianpeskin.com/efa-analysis.pdf

        • Andy

          Edit: I meant to say that the Udo’s ratio of 6/3 is 1:2, not 2:1 — sorry about that.

    • durianrider

      Chris, are you serious mate?

      You say ‘low fat high carb diet is the most dangerous thing ever!!’ but thats what cured you mate. Look what Dr Gerson prescribed? 90% calories coming from carbs, 5% calories from fats, 5% calories coming from proteins.

      Dr Gerson banned animal products, avocadoes, oils and salt from his patients diets. NOBODY has had the success he has.

      Don’t contradict yourself mate.

      • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com Chris Wark

        Thanks for the comment.
        First off, you just completely misquoted me.
        The first sentence on this post is “The low-fat diet is quite possibly the most unhealthy diet trend ever perpetrated by mankind.”
        I’m not talking about high carb raw vegan, I’m talking about what the majority of the population is doing.
        i.e. Eating processed low fat “diet foods” and being afraid of all fat, even from plants.

        People with slow metabolisms who naturally gravitate toward obesity tend to do pretty well on HCRV diets.
        As evidenced by most of the before and after fruitarian photos out there.
        I’m not against it, if it works for you, great!
        As for me (High metabolism, blood type O, ectomorph) I do better with lots of fat and protein.

        Also the Gerson diet was designed specifically for stage four cancer patients.
        He never promoted it as a diet for all mankind.
        It also includes cooked food like Hippocrates soup, oatmeal and cooked vegetables.
        Even today the Gerson institute does not recommend their strict no fat diet for patients for life,
        only until they have healed their cancers.

        Dr. Vickers and I will being shooting a follow up Q&A video addressing these types of about misunderstandings about the Gerson diet this week.

  • Debbie

    Thank you for your post, Chris! I am enjoying reading through your site. I understand you did the raw-vegan diet while fighting cancer. Do you still think someone on a cancer-fighting diet should avoid all meat/animal fat, even organic?

    • Terri

      Love this post, Chris!
      Debbie, I think it kind of depends on the person. A lot of people do a raw, vegan diet while fighting cancer and then add meat/dairy back in. For me, I don’t eat meat, dairy, sugar, white flour products, or any processed foods. I eat organic eggs and wild fish, though. I feel great on this diet.

      Before my diagnosis of breast cancer, I ate a low-carb, high protein diet, did not smoke or drink and rarely had dessert. (I did eat a lot of supplement bars, though.) As a (mostly) vegan, I am thinner and have more energy. I get most of my fats from nuts, olive oil, and avocado.

      I think Chris’s advice is really sound, but you can also see how you feel regarding meat and dairy. I really think some people need meat and some people don’t.

      • Terri

        I should probably add that I have done the full boat of conventional treatments (chemo, surgery, radiation), but have supplemented with a large range of CAM treatments, as well as a comprehensive diet and exercise program.

  • Sid Aust

    Chris …I am glad you are now a convert to Brian Peskin research. I hope I influenced you in some way. You will havd an impact on a lot of people by this. I order his products by the case, lot cheaper an a wholesale account…

  • LeAnn Weaver

    Chris – you can get the kindle version of Peskin’s book for $25 – bargain!

  • http://www.greendrinkdiaries.com Cortney Campbell

    I LOVE this post! Gets me yearning for some better access to raw dairy. I love the research-driven blogging. I could do a little better with this myself, but please know that you INSPIRE! (:

  • Eric

    Since when trans-fats are present in most vegetable ?

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      They aren’t.
      Trans fats are created when vegetable oils are processed.

  • Lynda Hungerford

    Chris how do we know who’s got the real scoop on all of this. I am a vegan but do eat a lot of seeds and nuts, how do we know when taking supplements isn’t giving us too much of the good thing, is that natural? Keep up the good work you are always interesting.

  • Gina

    Hi Chris, just found your site through a link on Mark’s Daily Apple.

    What about fermented cod liver oil?

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Gina
      All things being equal, fermented cod liver oil may offer additional health
      benefits than standard cod liver oil like easier digestibility, and increased nutrient absorption,
      but I avoid it for the same reasons I avoid fish oil.

    • http://www.getatech.co.uk Karl Roberts

      How long do you wait after consuming some whey protein and do you go back to normal high fat/protein diet after that?

      My impression that if consume too much fat after a workout it can store into the fat cells?

      • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

        I consume protein immediately after working out and have dinner an hour or two later.

        If your goal is to lose fat, you should wait 30-60 minutes after working out before you eat anything.
        Then consume whey protein.
        This gives the body time to remove circulating fatty acids and prevent the re-depositing of fat in your tissues.
        Any carbs or sugar after a workout interrupts the fat burning process.

        • http://www.getatech.co.uk Karl Roberts

          That makes sense, Chris!

          Thank you for your advices.

        • Terry

          I have read that the best time to eat carbs is either in the morning, or after a workout, so that your muscles get fed the proper nutrients, and you don’t lose muscle. Your body is in the best conditions to use those carbs and not store them as fat. I don’t really know how to explain it, but it made sense at the time I read it. Which is true?

        • Sue C

          I was under the impression you didn’t take the whey protein? Are you taking it now? Thanks!!

          • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com Chris Wark

            No I don’t take whey protein, I’ve tried it and it doesn’t agree with me.

  • http://www.getatech.co.uk Karl Roberts

    Glad you are doing well, Chris and I am a firm believer of taking the correct amount of fatty acids for as long as I remember.

    It was Brian Peskin who came along and proved what I’ve been doing was correct.

    I have a question… after your training, what do you eat to recover? Do you temporarily have more carbs and less fat?

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Karl
      I workout around 4-5 pm
      I focus on consuming protein immediately after training.

      Raw Egg Nog: raw milk with two raw eggs in it, shook up in a shaker bottle.

      Or one of various raw vegan protein powders I like

      Or non-denatured Whey Protein powder from Grass-fed cows

      I’me working on a new post about all this
      Stay tuned!

    • Sid Aust

      right on Karl…you are correct…

  • Jennifer

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for this post, but I gotta say my head is swirling a bit because so many information out there are conflicting. So many people in my family and my in-laws have high cholesterol and some have had strokes and heart disease . . . thus we were introduced to The China Study and its teaching which included cutting out fats like Avocado, olive oils, and all animal-based products. The other day I read on the Wellness Warrior blog (Jess is fighting cancer) that dairy, meat, fish, and even Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is bad for your health. So it’s like as soon as you think you’re beginning to implement one healthy thing, then you hear that’s not quite healthy and so on. I appreciate all this extra information but how would you suggest people navigate this conflicting information?

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Excellent question!
      You’re right, there is a lot of conflicting information in the health world.
      I’ve seen it all and was also very confused at first, but eventually
      I gravitated toward information and opinions that made sense and resonated with me.

      Also The China Study is biased toward vegetarianism and environmentalism
      and is flawed.
      Google “Problems with the China Study” and you’ll see what I mean.

      Our ancestors have thrived on meat and dairy for thousands of years.
      But clean sources are critical in this day and age.

      Here’s what I know for sure:
      We all need protein, different body types need different amounts.
      We all need fat.
      We all need nutrients and enzymes in vegetation.
      We don’t need carbs and grains, they are a non-essential food.

      The challenge is to figure out your metabolic type and the diet that you thrive on.

      • Jennifer

        Hi Chris,

        Thanks for taking the time to respond. The China Study diet’s a pretty hard one for some of my family to follow but has been really encouraged from many folks. For me, I know that I have less energy and my hair tends to fall out more when I’ve tried going vegan. So I had incorporated meats (from the farmer’s market) back into my diet. I guess we all have to do what we think is best for our unique bodies, but it’s nice to have some direction. Thanks for all the useful info and tips. By the way, I’ve been using the glass tea kettle you recommended on your blog awhile back and love it!

      • Pablo

        carbs are not essential and then the longest living helathy populations eat most of them high carb diets (70% on mean)and few or very few animal products?.

        We even have populations as okinawans, who ate 90/5/5 diets daily and meat twice a month, so they probably ate an 80/10/10 diet and few or very few animal products (obviously with those percentages).

        and the china study is biased? lol

        It has been proved that animal proteins (not plant proteins) can produce and feed cancer. The future trend for longevity (Gundry and others) will be having far less protein in the diet and abovell animal protein. Less than the amount currently recommended by paleos, of course.

        I doubt even that most OLD palelitic populations ate more than 25% od their diets from animal products.

        Personally I feel horrible on a high fat diet and I am not a “carboholic” as “millions of people in all times at all civilizations”.

        I tend to think that if some people needs more protein or fat are younger and strongly vaccinated people, not our ancestors, who have a far greater abitlity of adpatation to all kind of diets and caloricnutrient ratios.

      • Georgiana

        Hi Chris,

        First of all let me say thank you for all the work you do helping cancer patients like myself but also all the other people that want to improve their health! I really appreciate it.

        Just wanted to comment on your reply and say that the China Study is not biased towards vegetarianism and environmentalism.

        Don’t trust the argument that this book has been “debunked”. It is better to form your own opinion about the China Study and read it yourself to make sure to have all the information on the table.

        Love & Health,

      • Georgiana

        The China Study – ITS NOT PEER REVIEWED http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8csWmRAWkdk

        The China Study – Correlate This! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcJIlX0jTu8

  • http://cancercleansecamp.com Judy Seeger, ND

    I agree totally with you Chris! I’ve been saying for years that people are eating the wrong fats,and that we NEED the right fats in our daily diet.

    People are so confused about these conflicting reports but I can say that after 34 years in this business and seeing thousands of clients in my clinic, that there are really two issues here.

    One is that people are eating the wrong kinds of fats. But you did a great job setting the record straight on that Chris.

    The other issue is that people can’t digest their fats! I’ve learned from my clinical years, that it’s vitally important that people get their liver and gallbladder functioning at top levels to make sure they’re getting the valuable nutrients from their fats.

    How can we do that? Simple. Use lemons! Lemons cut the grease when you wash dishes AND they cut the fats to help your body digest and assimilate them more readily. That’s an easy way to start helping your body even more.

    Keep up the good work Chris!
    Dr. Judy

  • Lauren

    Thanks Chris! Love this post. Do you use either of these oils with your kids? Any plans to do a post about food and vitamins/supplements for kids? That would be awesome!!!

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Lauren I definitely recommend these for kids if you can get them down them.
      Will post about what we feed our kids soon.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/54619340@N07/ Barry Gourmet & Raw

    Yes even I was duped by the fish oil market for some time but luckily never bought into it full time .

    This is my protein fat intake in general

    Wild small fish never farm raised
    organic free range hen and duck eggs
    organic free range chicken
    all kinds of nuts and seeds. sprout and mill them for better digestion.
    dairy from goats not cows . I have access to raw goat milk.
    raw goat milk kefir
    sprouted legumes ,sprouted wheat grass with juice
    Some feta cheese from goats
    plain goat yogurt
    Only cold pressed oils of coconut, virgin olive, sunflower and flaxseed. used with out heating.
    Sprouted GABA brown rice
    Any kind of green sprout and fresh herb.
    I add lemon and lime juice to most every meal including the rind and citrus flesh.
    I consume the seeds and skins of many of the organic foods.

    Kindest Regards Barry Gourmet & raw

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/54619340@N07/ Barry Gourmet & Raw

    Oh yes , Chris I also consume fresh raw coconut all most every day for the water , the meat and they are a big part of my recipes.

    Coconut water is a great medium to use for making Kefir water. Just add liquid probiotics to the coconut water in a glass jar covered with cheese cloth. Its a great cultured beverage.

    Barry Gourmet & raw

  • http://WellnessMashup.com kevin k

    Hey man, Awesome stuff. Please email me. I am a cancer survivor as well and have a similar story. Would love to chat/ collaborate with you or even meet up eventually. Shoot me an email i would really appreciate it. Keep up the good work! Stay well Brother!

  • Cecy

    Thanks for all this info, it is confusing to read all about the fish oil and the rest of your info when the doctors we trust tell us to take fish oil and give it to our kids and then it’s hard to decide who is right or wrong :( ! I am going to see if our library has that book and read more about cancer. I am a worried mom who wants the best for my kids. Thanks for sharing your work!

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Cecy I understand completely, I used to be a believer in fish oil until I came across the research of Udo Eramus, Brian Peskin, and some of the folks associated with the Weston Price Foundation.

      • Lea

        Have you watched Forks over Knives? Would like to know what you think. My Dad died of heart disease at 50 so when I started my research on what causes heart disease I came across that documentary and have been vegan ever since.

  • Andy

    Great article. Do you worry, though, about flaxseed oil’s high sensitivity to oxidation? My understanding is that there are established links to it and prostate cancer, especially in men, because of that. What are your thoughts?

    • Sid Aust

      one of the reasons that you do not need much of it..

  • Scotty

    Just like the low fat craze beware of the high fat craze. Barry Sears:

    “…the longer you stay in ketosis, the more your fat cells adapt so that they are transformed into ‘fat magnets,’ becoming 10 times more active in accumulating fat…A high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet drives insulin levels too low, thereby causing hypotension, fatigue, irritability, lack of mental clarity, loss of muscle mass, increased hunger, and rapid fat regain when carbohydrates are reintroduced into the diet. Not exactly a prescription for anti-aging. This coupled with the increase in cardiovascular mortality because insulin levels are too low, simply reinforces the need to maintain insulin within a zone: not too high, not too low.”

    Even Dr. Atkins states in Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution that the Atkins diet, long-term, has “the tendency to shut down thyroid function.” He states that on page 303:

    “…remember that prolonged dieting [including ‘this one’] tends to shut down thyroid function. This is usually not a problem with the thyroid gland but with the liver, which fails to convert T4 into the more active thyroid principle, T3. The diagnosis is made on clinical grounds with the presence of fatigue, sluggishness, dry skin, coarse or falling hair, an elevation in cholesterol, or a low body temperature.”

    Dietary Carbohydrates do not give you cancer either, if that were true we would have seen rapid degeneration in the mitochondrial DNA long ago but instead we saw the growth of our species not vic versa. The assumption that cancer feeds on glucose is correct, but the rest of your body feeds on glucose as well. Much like heart disease,most lifestyle cancers are a complex symptom of impaired glucose metabolism, poor fatty acid transportation, low thyroid output yadda yadda stemming from what we can only speculate as refined foods and vegetable oils. Many people have “cured” there cancers with many different diet protocols but all in all the best bio-marker of health is the metabolism and the body temperature imo. I have seen many people struggle eating 1500 calories of fat a day, including myself(lean male early 20′s lean entire life), only to have disastrous results along with metabolic impairment which we can assume comes from under-nutrition. Just my two cents

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Thanks for sharing Scotty, but I think you misunderstood the point of this post.
      Atkins is a very effective way to lost weight in the short term, but I don’t follow Atkins.
      Along with a lot of fat, I eat carbs every day:
      fruit, vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, etc.

      I’ve been eating this way for 8 years and have super low body fat, and tons of energy.
      I am the strongest and most fit I’ve ever been in my life.
      I often ask people to guess my age and they usually guess about 10-15 years younger than I am.

      • Susanelizabeth

        I am trying to implement a no grain diet now, because of arthritis flare ups, but from what I have read/studied , brown rice and quinoa are both grains. Confused. Can you clarify? Thanks!

        • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com Chris Wark

          You will have to use trial and error to see if they affect you. Also oats are naturally gluten free.

  • Tim Conway

    I am confused about your comments about Atkins. You say in the article that it is not “sustainable in the long term for most people.” But when I read about what you do eat, and have been eating for the past 8 years, it seems that you are maintaining an Atkins friendly diet, whether you intended to or not. Are you saying that the way you eat is not sustainable long term for most people, or do you not realize that there is much more to the Atkins Nutritional Approach than simply eliminating all carbs forever?

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Tim
      I think most people don’t realize that there is more to Atkins than eliminating all carbs forever.

      When I talk about The Atkins Diet I am referring to the “public definition” which is “all meat, no carbs”.
      This is lazy I know, but that’s what most people think the Atkins diet is.
      So having said that, yes, I am saying that “all meat no carbs” is not sustainable for most people long term,
      and 100% raw vegan isn’t either.

      The way I eat is very balanced and focuses on high quality nutrient-dense food from clean organic sources at least 80% of the time.
      Definitely sustainable, as long as one is willing to make the financial sacrifice.
      The way I see it is the extra money we spend on clean food is an investment in our health,
      and that is one of the most important investments we can make.

  • jackie

    hi chris,

    what do you think of krill oil? since it has natural astaxanthin in it, it doesn’t go rancid like fish oil does, and supposedly it has less dha and epa, but they are more bioavailable.


    • Sid Aust

      I would not eat fish oil anything…its easy to get misled. Unless you see gills when you look in a mirror. One does not need fish oil. I had colon cancer like Chris stage 3. But I am not as extreme as Chris in his diet etc…

  • Brandon

    Wow. This post has blown my mind. You mentioned that you crossfit. I too am a crossfitter. It would probably serve many affiliates well to do thorough research before advocating the benefits of (and selling) specific supplements. I have been consuming a n3 derivative religiously for about a year. I guess Im just as guilty for not doing a good background check before putting it in my body!

  • Debra

    I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer – caught very very early. I had my surgery yesterday, and im meeting with a naturopath next week who specializes in cancer patients. Ive read many books and blogs about cancer diets and wholeheartedly agree regarding how important it is to prevent recurrence. I already eat lots of fruit and veggies, but need to amp up for sure. I will definitely buy a Vitamix asap. My question to you – what advice to you have to someone just starting out, as it seems a bit overwhelming to change my diet to what it needs to be. Thanks! You are an inspiration!

    • Teresa

      Are you from PA? I’m looking for a naturopath for cancer. Thanks.

  • valerie

    Hi Chris,
    What do you think about Clary Sage Omega 3 oil?

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Definitely better than fish oil

  • Robert

    Chris, I am inspired by your story. I am curious to know how many total calories a day did you consume while on the cancer fighting diet. The salad, coconut smoothie, and juice does not seem like it would be enough to satisfy your daily caloric needs .

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      You’re right it is a low calorie diet and most people will lose weight on it.
      Most people have weight to lose, so that isn’t such a bad thing…
      I never counted calories, but the coconut fruit smoothie has almost 1000 calories which helps a lot.
      My naturopath added some clean meat and a little cooked food like veggies, brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes back into my diet after 90 days raw.
      I would eat the cooked food with my dinner salad. This also helped me maintain weight.

  • Paul

    This is one of the tenants of the GAPS Diet. The truth about fats has been suppressed by bad science for decades. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, digestive diseases and almost every other disease known to mankind is impacted by ingestion of bad fat and low fat diets. Thanks for putting this out there, Chris.

  • catherine colwell

    Hello Chris,
    I am so grateful that I discovered your blog.
    You have been a huge help.
    I am in charge of the nutritional end (cooking) for a friend with cancer. She has chosen to take Chemotherapy. She has had no outward reaction to it other than being a little tired. I do not believe in Chemotherapy, but it is not my decision to make. I read constantly about diet and because she is not gaining weight, her other friends and medical practioners are after me to get healthy fats into her. What I need is a simple list of foods that I should be preparing for her. I can get the supplemental oils etc…but need a good list of foods. I have been so confused with all of the different diets for Chemo and everyones’ opinions and do not want to give her anything but the best. I understand that she cannot be on the raw diet at this time. She does not care for the squashes :-( She eats a tremendous amount of fruit. I made beef bone broth with small cut veg and barley, mashed carrots, turnip & golden beet, mashed potato with almond milk, juiced apple, ginger, lemon…all for her Chemo treatment. I keep her in sea veg and shitake soup and have made slaws (non dairy dressing) your salad, salmon….still she loses weight. Can she have cultured vegetables, goat yogurt ( home made) kombucha ( again; I make that as well)? Is some sort of cheese, non gluten pasta acceptable during Chemo?
    I want to do this well and must say that I am confused!
    I really appreciate your guidance in this if you have time!
    Thank you so much,

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Catherine it sounds like you are doing a lot of good things. Unfortunately I am not an expert on what to eat if you are doing chemo, only on what to eat if you are not doing chemo.

      Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients by Dr. Russell Blaylock is right up your alley.
      I recommend you read it. It details foods and supplement that can protect your body during chemo.

  • Diane

    Beautiful info….both from you and your subscribers!
    Question: Do you give much credence to one’s diet being ph balanced? Do you know much about consuming sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to alkalize?


    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Diane I give credence to it in the sense that it is important to consume a lot of raw fruits and vegetables which are foods that promote alkalinity and combat excess acidity in the body.

      Sodium bicarbonate is an alkalizing anti-cancer method that some have had success with like Vito at http://www.phkillscancer.com.
      I did not know about it back in 2004, so I didn’t do it.
      Also google Dr Tullo Simoncini.

  • claude

    udo oil is wrong ratio of 3and6 as per brian p is it not. can u not get these oils from almonds and sunflower seeds etc .Thks Blessings

    • Sid Aust

      would have to eat a lot of them.

  • Wim

    Hi Chris,

    I am glad to have found your site although a bit miffed that I only just found it after doing months of research, you could have saved me a lot of time lol. It is comforting to read that I am on the right path as you confirm what I have been doing as to my own treatment.
    I was diagnosed with a high grade Osteo Sarcoma back in 2.010 in my right femur. I had the entire chemo treatment including a 9 hour operation and now can walk again thanks to the complete replacement of my femur with a titanium tube.

    Unfortunately, the cancer re-occurred in both my lungs and 2 of my ribs in January this year. The message was I would have 1-2 good months with an estimated 6 months to live and there was nothing more they could do other than pain relief. Since then I have done basically what you did; research to try and save myself the alternative way. Many of the things you suggest here I already do, some stuff is new to me so thanks and some is missing. The big one missing imho is “Amla” or Indian Gooseberry. It has about 18 times more vitamin C as an orange in 1 berry and proved killing cancer cells in lab tests. Here is an interesting video; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49PMkTQJLKo

    Luckily I can get fresh Amla from a local Indian store here in Bristol, UK. You can also order it online in powder or dried. The good thing about Amla is that it does NOT lose its good properties when it gets heated, dried or processed into powder so its still good. You might want to shine your own light on this one, hopefully it helps someone.
    As Amla is extremely bitter, it would be advisable to find the recipes on YouTube, there are several. I make a pickle out of it. The powder I dissolve with juice.

    I hope this helps and btw, I am doing well, have no complaints and swim about a mile a day.

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      That’s great thanks for sharing the video!
      I’m a big fan of Amla, just haven’t posted about it yet…
      My favorite is an Ayurvedic Alma paste from India called Dabur Chyawanprash.
      Which reminds me, I’m out and I need to order some more!

      • Wim

        Great! It is excellent I reckon. Amla is very popular with Indian woman as they use it as a hair tonic. If you have an Indian restaurant in your neighbourhood just ask if they know where to get it fresh. That’s what I did. There is a good chance they will be able to help, they all know it. They should research it more but hey, no patent possible on a berry I suppose..

        As you probably know Asia is a source of loads of good stuff. Black Cumin seed oil and Mangosteen juice for instance which is very well known in the Islamic communities. I went to see an alternative doctor in Bangkok who supplies me with a combo of Chinese herbs in pill form, (which he claims will kill the cancer) plus Gin-Seng based capsules to boost my immune system. The Thai swear with it. In Asia there is a total different attitude towards cancer.

        So far so good so I will keep on researching stuff and add things to my diet in the process. Whenever I find something new I will pass it on.

        Looking forward to read your views about Amla on here.

      • Adrianne

        “That’s great thanks for sharing the video!
        I’m a big fan of Amla, just haven’t posted about it yet…
        My favorite is an Ayurvedic Alma paste from India called Dabur Chyawanprash.
        Which reminds me, I’m out and I need to order some more!”

        Chris, how do you consume Chyawanprash? I was wondering if it can be mixed in with a smoothie although I read somewhere that it is best to eat plain. Thanks!

        • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

          You can definitely put it on a smoothie, but I just eat it off a spoon. :)

    • Julie

      Since you outlived your 6 month prognosis, and you say you are doing well at this time, what is your current life long prognosis as far as the doctors are concerned? What did they say regarding your own protocol and the fact that you outlived their prognosis? This is interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing. The real testimonies inspire me. Books are great, but life stories have strength.

  • Amy H.

    Great info! My problem is losing too much weight, down to 85 lbs! have lung cancer and not going the chemo route, just been eating plant based, juicing, nut seeds, avocados eggs, and little bit of organic chicken. there are so many protocols out there and they all say the opposite of what is ok to eat. I do tons of supplements and I feel great, I just need some calories! what did you eat when you had your cancer? Is there any kind of organic pasta or wild rice or crackers that you know of that’s ok to eat? starving in PA!

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Amy, so glad you feel great! That’s huge. The problem with largely raw vegan diet is that is it hard for some body types to maintain a healthy weight. It was for me as well. So you definitely need to eat more. Try bigger portions of what you are already doing plus a more traditional dinner like an organic meat with cooked vegetables and some healthy carbs like organic brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes. Those are all good sources of calories.
      Also definitely try my coconut fruit smoothie. I drink it every day. It’s definitely going to up your calorie intake.
      A vegan protein supplement also won’t hurt, like Sunwarrior.
      That’s exactly what I did to gain and maintaing a healthy weight.

      This post should help

      Also the other posts in this category

      And this one

      • karen

        hi chris

        have you heard that sun warrior use GMO xanthan gum in their protein, + other lies. Karen

    • Pam

      Hi Amy. I am interested in your journey with lung cancer, especially the fact that you are going the chemo free route. Did you have surgery and radiation? I guess you are from Pennsylvania. I am from Ohio. I would love to e-mail you if you could provide your e-mail. Have a blessed day! Pam

  • Vacationbiz

    Hi Chris. Great website and posts!
    I noticed you eat raw eggs. Eggs are great,
    but raw egg whites strip the nerves of the myelin sheath. I’m an old-timer, and we learned this years ago, and has proven to be true. Keep up the good work!

    • Julie

      Vacationbiz, have you ever read Dr. Mercola’s posts on his research regarding raw eggs? Apparently the egg white taken alone isn’t good, but when eaten together with the egg yolk, they are magic together–completely different. Then there is the biotin issue. Would be interested in your thoughts on Dr. Mercola’s research and blog comments on this issue. You can do a search on his website for his raw eggs articles at http://www.mercola.com.

  • Kasey

    Hi Chris,

    What about flaxseed oil? Do you have any advice about that? I have done some reading about the Budwig (?) diet.

    • Sid Aust

      One does not need that much omega 3. One needs more omega 6 in the diet…but fish etc is ok…One thing that needs to be noted here is in Budwig day There was not much adulterated omega 6 oila, and all one had to do was to ad more omega 3 and her methods worked great die cancer and a lot of people still use her method, but as I have read in Brian Peskin research , he feels it does not work as well as it once did. Everything has been turned around now as ruined omega 6 oils are in just about everything now…He has proved in experiements that one need more omega 6…

  • http://www.awarehealing.com ZKirk

    Wonderful to read all this. Do you know the work of Dr Paul Yanick Chris ? His 40 years of research and work into how to restore the body’s own Inner Physician ie the body’s own ability to heal itself holds the missing key. MICROBES ! We should be 90% microbes, 10% human cells – the microbes hold the key to our ability to heal and restore – they are responsible for 1000s times more of our DNA and genes than our human cells. But we destroy these vital microbes all the time, we are at war with ourselves! Antibiotics, ‘natural anitbiotics from silver to onions and garlic’, moulds, fungus, radiation, bad water and unhealthy diets make our bodies an alien habitat. In learning how to restore our own physical habitat we can awaken to what we have been doing to the earth we have done to ourselves. So Microbes are exciting. It is not about pro-biotics – it took Dr Yanick years to discover the 8 strains and the exact ratios so they dont cancel each other out that are needed to be reintroduced and how to help them take root again and nourish them so that they can colonise and multiply into 400 diverse types we naturally should have from baby hood. I am in the UK and the only practioner here working with this but if you are in the US go to http://www.quantafoods.com – there are many doctors and practitioner trained by Dr Yanick and working with incorporating this knowledge and programme into their work. He also cured himself of Cancer and other things. He says it is all about our inner physician, there is no outside ‘cure’. I feel that when alternative ways work it is because it nourishes or frees up our inner physician to be able to do the work needed. We are designed to self heal and constantly repair. And when we take charge of our own health we are also opening to the journey of a greater connection to who we really are. It is also said dis’ease is inhibited Soul life. Great admiration for all who embark on this Great journey. http://www.awarehealing.com.

    • http://www.techdimwit.com Nitish

      Please let me know if you want to co-author a health book with me, use all your excerpts from your website for my cancer cure section along with some others. It’s called 31 Days, and its going to be a free book online, print copies for sale. Lets’ do it and save a billion lives! Please don’t refuse this great opportunity to save lives with good knowledge!


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      • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com chrisbeatcancer

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  • Helen stroud

    I recommend you all read Dr. glen Aukermans book, 120 Days to Better Health. He founded the Ohio State Medical Centers Center for Integrated Medicine.People from all over the world go to him for help with cancer and autoimmune diseases. He does extensive blood tests and has most of them eliminate grains due to 95 percent of all of his patients having a gluten sensitivity, he puts them on fish oil to counter the huge amounts of omega 6′s that everyone has way too much of, has people eating locally and in season vegetables and fruits, meats that have not been fed corn, etc. Dr. Auckerman is amazing!

    • Sid Aust

      Omega 6 and omega 3 needs to be in balance…
      I take either omega 6 (Efamol) and flaxseed oil capsule…3 omega 6 and one omega 3.
      there is another option which is ok also..

      substitute the flax seed oil with Cod Liver Oil
      Carlston 1000 mg lightly lemon…thats all you need…If you have an issue I would increase it to 6-1000mg of omega 6 (Efamol) and or 2 of either 1000mg flax oil capsules or the Cod liver oil 1000mg and keeping in mind you need to keep in balance…

      • Julie

        Sid Aust, I guess I missed it somewhere along the line. Are you Chris’ naturopath? You have given some very good advice and have some fabulous thoughts regarding nutrition and health. Have you written a book? You sound well educated. I am intrigued and would love to hear more.

  • Mary

    Thanks for your blog Chris. I have recurrent ovarian cancer. I can find very little about this on the web. I tried your salad and felt good and liked it. Then I started my second round of chemo and it is hard for me to eat. Any thoughts?

    • barb

      Juicing. Fermented anything. Kefir w/berries. Liquid liposomal vitamin c and nutrients/minerals. Veggie juices sweetened with honey or stevia or xylitol. Xylitol is poisonous to pets, so caution. Bone soups made with organic items. Do NOT believe the guy that says don’t eat organic for they aint clean (I heard a family member say this). Yes, steer clear of apple/juice CIDERs and be sure to WASH ALL FRUITS AND VEGGIES really well. I use iodine water :)

  • barb

    To Mary – Hugs and healing vibes I send to you. Iodine deficiency. Dr. Brownstein and I found this: http://jnm.snmjournals.org/content/38/2/257.full.pdf

    Iodoral – 50mg tabs. Along with the necessary supplements is what I take daily. I separate my Vit C a couple hours away from my iodoral tabs. In the beginning as I was getting rid of the poisons in my system, I felt worse and almost gave up. That was two years ago. Magnesium supps *with a bit of calcium-not too much calcium. Vit D3 with K2. Beta glucans. Rebounding. Clean filtered water. NO SUGAR OR ANYTHING WHITE TO EAT.

    God Bless you and Heal you quick!!

  • barb

    Sorry, the above should read “Dr. Brownstein is a good start and I found this:” Don’t want to confuse that the good doc and I…work together. But I would if I could.


    DEAR CHRIS: Do you not think veggies are less likely to catch cancer? Or vegans?
    Poor Linda McCartney, bless her, caught it and did not survive. Just asking!

  • Joelle Rajkowski

    Green pastures fermented cod liver oil is VERY much accepted by the Weston Price foundation…the oNLY safe fih oil on the market.

  • Eduardo Rasche da Motta
  • Saj

    Hi Chris, really enjoy reading your articles. Very informative, can I ask. Have you ever come across Carlon Labs Fish Oil? I’m in the UK, I’ve just ordered two bottles of the stuff as I want to stop having them in capsule form. Are they any good. There isn’t much information on them in the UK but the reviews in the US seem to be quite positive.
    Thanks for your advice and hope you stay in good health.

  • Skip;

    Chris, I don’t agree with your conclusions about fat and The China Study, here is why:


  • Perry Rose

    Great site, Chris.

    As an alternative health copywriter for the health industry, I do A LOT of medical research. I’m always picking up a thing or two on staying healthy.

    I wanted to comment on a couple of past posts.

    Vegans can get plenty of omegas in their diet, even if they eat a lot of beans. Beans is loaded with both 3 and 6.

    Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t THAT necessary to have a ratio of 1 to 1 or 1 to 2.5 in favor of 6!

    It can be, say, up to 10 to 1 in favor of 6.

    This ratio thing is overkill!

    And you certainly do not need supplements to try to balance things out. Just watch what you eat.

    Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. heh heh

    Here’s a good website to gather the health info you need on what you eat, especially on omega 3 and 6.


  • Perry Rose

    Eduardo, maybe you can send Brian Peskin an e-mail on that article.

    I have heard that he replies to e-mails.

    I sent him a slew of questions, and I am hoping he gets back with me.

    As a health copywriter, I need to know this shit.

  • Margaret Fasulo

    Hi Chris,
    I’m where you were 7 years ago. I have Stage 3 Colon Cancer, have had a tumor removed, was prescribed a six-month chemo regime, and instead am looking into a raw food diet with supplements in place of the chemo. I’ve been reading a lot of your blog and looking at sources, and I just got the book you recommended: Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients by Russell Blaylock. I’m a bit perplexed though–in Chapter 5 he talks specifically about how “diets high in the omega-6 fats are broken down into arachidonic acid in the cells….. A significant number of studies have linked diets high in arachidonic acid to increased tumor growth and spread. Foods high in arachidonic acid include: Coconut.” I list only that one because of your coconut smoothies, which I have started to make–but now I’m stunned to see this research in a book you recommended, completely contradicting the use of coconut. It clearly lists it as a cancer-forming food, along with almonds and walnuts, and 7 other foods. I saw the same information in Dr Majid Ali’s book, “The Oxygen Protocol for the Treatment of Cancer.” I’m just confused–can you shed some light on why you chose coconut?

    • http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com Chris Wark

      Great question Margaret! Eating a coconut every day was recommended to me by my nutritionist.
      There is a lot of conflicting information out there. Even on this site.
      It takes some deduction and critical thinking.
      I love Blaylock, but as for the study he is referencing,
      do you really think that the diets high in arachidonic acid
      that they studied were people that were eating too many coconuts?
      I would be willing to bet that those people weren’t eating any coconuts at all.
      They were likely eating the standard american diet full of processed food and junk food.

  • Margaret Fasulo

    Thanks so much for responding, Chris. I was worried afterwards that I made the email sound too critical….. I’m not! Your site had been incredibly helpful to me, and I am so grateful for all the time and energy you put into it. I am just totally overwhelmed by all this information, and so far mostly relying on books and internet info, which is yes, constantly contradictory! I am in the process of looking for a nutritionist, and do have an acupuncturist and another holistic healer (one says eat cooked foods, the other says eat raw ;-), but I am getting it that I have to find what works for ME. I don’t know what to say about that study, I’m not one for distilling scientific information–but I get it that coconut worked for you, and it came from a reliable source.
    Thanks for fielding some of my fear.

  • Sarah

    Found your blog after seeing your story on The Ricky Lake Show and this article caught my eye as I’m currently talking fish oil. I had leukemia as a child and have since been treated for partial endocrine failure due to radiation I received; my endocrinologist was the one that told me to take the fish oil. After reading this article I’ll definitely be looking into an alternative!

  • Eliza

    Hi Chris
    Your blog is very inspiring and I appreciate all the resources you have provided. I am confused about the two products above (Udo’s Oil and Yes EFA’s) . Do you recommend taking them both? Or either is fine? Also how much is needed daily (on average)?
    Thank you!

  • TJ

    Hi Chris,

    I was looking into Fish oil to obtain vitamin D3. Since you said that fish oil isn’t natural, what do you suggest the sources to get vitamin D3 besides sunlight? And what about fermented COD liver oil? Thank you.

  • Megan

    Thank you for posting! My husband, Mark, has a highly rare cancer: Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia.
    He is very young to have this and we are trying to work on eating healthier. You posts are encouraging.
    We tried the Ketogenic diet but he was miserable. So now we are trying to just slowly make better choices.
    It gets so confusing though. Eat fruit, don’t eat fruit (sugars). Eat veggies – not those veggies. Eat meat, go vegetarian…
    It is exhausting trying to make the “right” decisions…

  • jo

    raw milk, eggs, meat, fish and nuts and seeds and you still feel the need to supplement?

  • Derwyn Docken

    How about Carlson’s Norwegian Cod liver oil and fish oil? The bottle says quality and potency guaranteed, (tested by independent lab) and bottled in Norway for maximum freshness. Presumably it’s from fish in cold north atlantic waters.

  • Stacey

    Chris- Do you take BOTH the Udo’s oil & the Yes oil?…everyday? Please let me know. I have been giving my children fermented cod liver oil together with ghee thinking I am doing good. Would it be better to be giving them these oils you have mentioned instead? What are your suggestions for children as well as adults as far as daily supplements? Should I stop giving my children the FCLO?
    Thank you for your time & all that you are doing.

    • Lynnie

      hi stacey, I also take the Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil, along with ghee or high vitamin butter oil, as suggested by Weston A Price groups and others. I give these to my kids also – just a quarter teaspoon per day of the FCLO as it is quite concentrated. It is so confusing when reading conflicting information!

  • June

    Hi Chris, thank you for sharing the amazing story of saving your life…you will also save to help other people’s lives!!! I would appreciate if you would share what you know about Krill Oil. Thank you.

  • Susanelizabeth

    I know I am late in getting to this blog so might not get an answer but I was wondering about this Fish oil, called Mood. My ND has checked it against all the other oils, supplements and still feels this one is superb but wanted to ask you about it as it’s very expensive and was wondering how it compares to the two you tk. I hope you have time to respond as I need to reorder in about 3 more wks. Heres the link and info : http://www.pointofreturn.com/mood.html

  • Kelly

    Hi Chris,
    Any ideas/recommendations for buying the freshest Udo’s possible? I’ve purchased from 2 different sources (one online and one local) and both were bitter-tasting. (I believe they are rancid.)
    Thanks for your help and for the wealth of information you provide!

  • Risca Abbruzzese

    dear chris,

    do you take udo’s oil and YES supplements everyday? isn’t there a better, newer blended oil than udo’s? can you recommend any with a similar 2:1 ratio?


Hi there!

My name is Chris Wark.
I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2003, at 26 years old.
I had surgery, but refused chemo.
Instead I used nutrition and natural therapies to heal myself.
By the grace of God, I'm alive and kicking, and cancer-free!

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