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This is a very important newsletter for about 75% of my patients. The new Omega Index Test reviewed below is a critical test for many, as well as the most exciting new blood test I have seen in my 26 year career. Please don't miss this article as this test can help save many lives and assist us in also improving your quality of life.

The Omega 3 Index

In the past I have referred to the Heart Scan as the "Most Important Test", and I still promote that test and recommend it to anyone over 45 years old.

However, the Omega-3 Index take home test has become the new "Most Important Test", with the Heart Scan moving into second place.  Both of these tests are far more important than cholesterol testing. They are each important, as they measure very different markers of Cardio-Vascular Risk. The Heart Scan is the best test for picking up atherosclerosis (hard plaque) at an early stage, where as the Omega-3 Index Test clarifies if your risk for heart attacks from soft plaque and arrhythmias have been dramatically reduced.

Your Omega 3 Index is the most important number relative to your risk for Sudden Cardiac Death. This is a heart attack where an individual frequently dies within 15 to 30 minutes, usually with no time for aggressive intervention.  These heart attacks most commonly result from a rupture of soft plaque, causing a sudden, severe clot that dramatically blocks blood flow in the arteries of the heart. They can also be the result of a sudden severe arrhythmia. 

This is the kind of heart attack where an apparent healthy individual, possibly as young as 40 or 50, suddenly has a heart attack out of the blue, and dies.  They possibly even recently passed their Cardio-Vascular Stress Test, with flying colors.  There was a local entrepreneur in his early 40's who just passed away from Sudden Cardiac Death this month.

The Omega Index has been used for years in research for many conditions related to Omega 3 fatty acids, and has only recently been made available for testing with patients. There is a significant body of research clarifying the importance of this ratio relative to cardio-vascular health. 

It very specifically measures all the Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids in your red blood cells and scores the index of your EPA/DHA compared to the rest of your Omegas. Individuals with a high Index (greater than 8%) have a decreased risk of Sudden Cardiac Death by as much as 90%, when compared to individuals with a score in the undesirable range (below 4%).  Additionally, the greatest protection from Age Related Dementia's (including Alzheimers), numerous mental and mood related conditions, including depression and early stage psychosis, and age related macular degeneration, appear to be best achieved in the ideal range of the Omega 3 Index.

Having your EPA/DHA levels in the ideal range provides cardio-vascular protection far greater than any single medication.  Some experts have concluded it offers better protection than 5 different heart medications would provide, and this comes from a nutrient that has extremely low levels of complications and provides many other health benefits.  It reduces the risk of other diseases, from Age Related Dementia, including Alzheimer's, Age Related Macular Degeneration and numerous mental/emotional conditions.  Additionally, a recent study published in JAMA indicates that a high Omega-3 Index may slow the biological aging process.

Taking the Omega-3 blood test allows me to very specifically determine if your dosage of EPA/DHA is at the level that will provide you with the maximum cardio vascular protection.  How much EPA/DHA it takes to bring an individual into the ideal range varies tremendously. I have seen individuals who take my lowest recommended dosage (1 gram of EPA/DHA per day) in the Excellent Range, and seen rare individuals who need 3 times that amount to reach the ideal range.

Your Omega-3 Index cannot be predicted with certainty without analyzing your blood. There are numerous variables that influence how much EPA/DHA an individual needs: from genetics, to absorption, diet, activity levels, medications, sex, weight, and other lifestyle factors. Measuring the levels of Omegas in your red blood cells clarifies exactly where your index falls, and if your intake is sufficient or not.

The other nice aspect of this test is that it is a simple take home test, which anyone can do. It takes about 5 minutes (most of the time is spent filling out the form) and is dropped in the mail on the same day you do the test.  I usually receive your results within 3 days and most of the time I just call to let you know your results and how optimal your intake of Omega 3's, specifically EPA/DHA, is.

So Be Smart and Order Your Omega 3 Blood Test Today.

If you want to take this test, just call or stop by the clinic and pick one up. You can also pick one up for any family member over 40 years old.  My introductory price for this test is $149. Starting July 16th it will be $159.  The company's suggested retail price is $199. 

I strongly recommend this test for all males over 40 and all females over 45, and at times for athletes who are younger, or children with specific health challenges. Please let me know if you have any other questions about this test.  If you need more information on Omega 3's, please see my article "Omega 3's - EPA/DHA" on my website, or call the office for that article.

Summer Fun and Improved Health

I find summer to be one of the easiest times of the year to improve my overall well-being.  The weather generally invites us to exercise, while at the same time makes eating light and healthy even easy. Be sure to take advantage of this time to take another step forward to a Lifetime of Wellness with Vitality and Longevity.

Dr. Dale Delivers National Webinar on Omega 3's

Last Month, Dr. Dale lead 2 National Webinars for Licensed Health Professionals on:  "Omega 3's Why They May Be Your Most Important Recommendation." His subject matter included how to determine which patients have the greatest need for Omega 3's and the Importance of the Omega 3 Index in determining ideal dosage for patients.


"Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle"

Philo of Alexandria

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