Ultrametabolism, Ch.3, Part 3, The Fat Myth

Psalm 139:12-18

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.”

I shared this passage last night during our class that i had read just a couple of days after finding out about a medical procedure that had been done to my Mom while i was in my Mother’s womb.  It gives me great peace to know that my FATHER loves me and HE knew all about what was going on while i was inside my Mom, and HE knew what was going on in my Mom’s life.   Yes, it could have affected my health adversely and it certainly did hers in ways.   But there is peace in knowing that “i am fearfully and wonderfully made,” and GOD weaves all that happens into our lives into HIS plan for good.  In my CHRISTian History devotion this morning i read this prayer by Archibald Alexander,

O most merciful GOD!…Thou has a perfect right to dispose of me, in that manner which will most effectively promote thy glory:  And I know that whatever Thou dost is right, and wise, and just, and good…”  

Archibald was born again at the age of 17, after a millright asked him if he believed he had to be born again to enter the kindgom of heaven.  Archibald responded not that he knew of, and the millright told him, “If you had ever experienced this change, you would know something about it!”  Have you ever experience this change in JESUS CHRIST, to be born again?  If not, i pray you would invite HIM today to be your LORD and SAVIOR, and surrender your heart to HIM today.

This week we finished up our study on FATS, Good Fats and Bad Fats, in Ch. 3 of our Ultrametabolism Book, by Dr. Mark Hyman.  Below, i posted a great site to help you get a summary of what fats are good for you and which are bad for you.  You can spend days, looking up the excellent information on the truths and myths about fats and cholesterol,  that are pervasive in culture.   Please take time to look up this website!

Confused about Fats?  Great website..http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats

Ch. 3, Ultrametabolism, The Fat Myth, Dr. Mark Hyman

More Good Fats:   Saturated Fats

Dr. Hyman speaks against dairy fat but not everyone agrees with him. Grass fed (without pesticides) butter is good, according to Sally Fallon, Dr. Prosch and others. According to her Sally Fallon with the Weston Price Foundation, it is America’s best source of the essential vitamins, A, D, and E. For more information on this see the www.westonpricefoundation.org website. Make sure you get grass fed butter if you can. That way it carries the healthier oils, like CLA – conjugated linoleic acid.  Dr. Russell Blaylock  talked about this fat being good for us in grass feed beef in his most recent newsletter. You can look at that newsletter here in the article “Transform Your Health by Eating the Right Fats.” http://w3.newsmax.com/newsletters/blaylock/issues/transform1012/blaylock_transform1012_100.pdf.

 In an article by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, he talks about CLA supplements.  He says they are shown to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass.



Getting back to our chapter:

 Dr. Hyman says the human brain is actually made up of 60 percent fat, including a special saturated fat called lauric acid and omega 3 fats.. These fats are also found in our cell membranes and are used as preferred sources of energy by heart cells.

Unrefined Omega 6 Polyunsaturated in small doses:

We are flooded with unhealthy omega 6’s …this is what most of the “bad” polyunsaturated vegetable oils we get either at the grocery or when we go out to eat. It’s very unhealthy and almost everywhere these days. They are NOT cold pressed or expeller pressed and that is what you want so look for that on the label. Otherwise they have been processed or hydrogenated in a way that “hydrogenates,” your cells, and it’s impossible for our body to use these oils efficiently resulting in inflammation, cancer, Alzheimers, arthritis, and all kinds of degenerativedegenerative diseases.

 Healthy Omega 6 oils: expeller or cold pressed

  • sunflower oil
  • grape seed oil
  • safflower oil
  • walnut oil
  • sesame oil

Sally Fallon, on page 9-10 of Nourishing Traditions says that research has shown that too much omega 6 in the diet can interfere with the production of prostaglandins. These are hormones that direct many processes in the cells. When the production of prostaglandins is compromised by too much omega -6 in the diet with too little omega 3, serious problems result including inflammation, hypertension, irritation of digestive tract, depressed immune function, sterility, cell proliferation cancer, and weight gain. Excessive unsaturated fats of infants can interfere with brain development and learning and behavior. On the other hand, dietary saturated fats contribute to optimal utilization of essential fatty acids. Saturated fats are absolutely necessary in the diet, to enhance EFA utilization, supplying quick energy, enhancing the immune system and helping to absorb important vitamins.”

Eggs- Dr. David Brownstein, highly recommends eggs, especially organic eggs, as one of the top five foods. He says that no food has been more vilified than the egg. He said in his August 2012, Newsletter, “Natural Way to Health, “I can assure you that there is no better food in the world than an organic egg…among eggs being the best source of amino acids, they provide rich sources of carotenoids which aid the body with eye disease such as macular degeneration. Eggs are the best source of lutein and zeaxanthin (these carotenoids that aid the body with eye disease). He also says that EGGS provide the body with a healthy source of cholesterol. He says cholesterol is an important substance for maintaining cell integrity and helps proven cancer. Cholesterol does not cause heart disease.He recommends that his patients eat at least two organic eggs a day…unless you are allergic to them.

Bad Fats

Refined Polyunsaturated Vegetable Oil-according to Sally Fallon, in Nourishing Traditions, these oils cause “free radicals” that attack cell walls and red blood cells, and damage DNA/RNA strands, triggering mutations in tissue, blood vessels and skin. Free radicals age the skin causing wrinkles and premature aging. Free radical damage to the tissues and organs sets the stage for tumors. Studies have shown repeatedly a high correlation between cancer and the consumption of polyunsaturates. New evidence links exposure to free radicals with premature aging, auto-immune diseases such as arthritis, to Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s and cataracts.” Nourishing Traditions, p. 10

“ When free radical damage happens in blood vessels, the body’s natural healing substance, CHOLESTEROL, steps in to repair the damage. Cholesterol is a high molecular weight alcohol manufactured in the liver. Cholesterol has many important roles. Among those are:

  • It acts as a precursor to vital hormones like adrenaline, estrogen and progesterone and to steroids that protect against heart disease and cancer
  • It is a precursor to Vitamin D and to bile salts; bile salts help to digest food
  • It forms a part of lipid membranes in cells, acting as a stabilizer and enters cells in unusually high amounts to give stiffness if the diet is too high in polyunsaturates.
  • Anti-oxidant
  • needed as a receptor for serotonin in the brain. Low serotonin has been linked to aggressive and violent behavior, depression and suicidal tendencies.

Most of the body’s supply of cholesterol is made in the liver-only a small amount of this vital tissue healing substance comes from dietary sources.

Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, but, as an anti-oxidant and the body’s tissue healing substance, fights against free radicals in the blood and helps plug arterial damage they cause. However, like fats, cholesterol may be damaged by expose to heat and oxygen, and this can injure cells and build up plaque in the arteries. Damaged cholesterol is found in powdered eggs and milk, and meats and fats that have been heated to high temperatures in frying and other high temperature processes.

High serum cholesterol levels are an indication that the body needs cholesterol to protect its from high levels of altered, free radical containing fats; high cholesterol levels may also be an indication of poor thyroid function (hypothyroidism). Hypothyroid people are susceptible to infections, heart disease and cancer. Cholesterol is needed in a poorly nourished body to protect from a tendency to heart disease and cancer. Blaming coronary heart disease on cholesterol is like blaming the police for murder and theft in a high crime area.

While high levels of cholesterol are a poor indicator of future heart disease, high levels of homocysteine, a protein metabolite, have been positively associated with build up of plaque in the arteries. Folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B 12 and choline are nutrients that lower serum homocysteine levels.

The best way to treat heart disease is not to focus on lowering cholesterol-either by drugs or by diet- but to bolster thyroid function through an improved diet that provides usable iodine; eliminate free radical containing foods that cause the body to need constant repair, avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies that make the artery walls more prone to ruptures and build up of plaque. Coronary heart disease is a deficiency disease-brought on by a diet low in nutrients and high in harmful free radicals.” Nourishing Traditions, p. 11

Dr. Hyman says to remember that eating cholesterol does not raise your cholesterol. Nearly all the cholesterol in your blood is made from saturated fats (damaged ones) and sugars or refined carbohydrates.

It is important to understand that of ALL the substances ingested by the body, it is POLYUNSATURATED OILS that are most easily rendered dangerous by food processing, especially unstable omega 3 linolenic acid.-Sally Fallon, Nourishing Traditions

These include most commercially available vegetable oils-corn, soy, safflower, and , and “vegetable oil.”

Ugly Fats

Dr. Hyman says the most dangerous of all are the fake “trans fats,” or partially hydrogenated fats. Margarine and shortening are primary examples. They block your metabolism, create weight gain, and increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. They are found in nearly every processed or commercially baked or package food because they don’t spoil.

READ food labels and look for those terms, “partially hydrogenated oils,” or hydrogenated. Dr. Sherry Rogers says even in the ones that are labeled “No Trans Fats,” there are hidden trans fats because the FDA has allowed them to have a certain amount of mg of Trans fats….even when they are labeled “NO TRANS FATS.”

Convincing argument

Example of the Greenland Inuit population: Used to consume a diet of 70 percent fat, yet were thin and free of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. They ate polar bear, seal, artic char, whale, walrus…The fat in these foods was predominantly omega 3 fats and monounsaturated fats. They were a fit race, until recently when they shifted to a diet low in fat and high in processed carbs. This made the population obese in very little time.

The take home message : a diet high in fat is not a bad thing. It is the type of fat that is important.

Learning that fat is not a bad thing is an important step in healing your metabolism. It’s important to incorporate good fats (especially omega 3 fatty acids from wild fish and nuts) into your diet. A low fat diet will not make you lose weight. A diet high in “bad” fats is even worse. The UltraMetabolism Prescription will show us the way to keep good fats in our diet so we can turn on the genes that will make us lose weight and watch the pounds fall away.


  • Low fat diets are a myth our culture has promoted too long. They don’t work and have no scientific evidence to support them.
  • It’s not a question of eating low fat versus high fat diet; it’s a question of the type of fat you eat. Your diet is a powerful messenger that communicates to your metabolism through the messages the fats send by your genes.
  • Essential omega -3 fats are good fats. They come from fish, flaxseed, and nuts, enhance and improve your metabolism, and promote weight loss. Eat more of them.
  • Trans fats are ugly fats that cause weight gain, impaired metabolism, inflammation, and diabetes. Never eat them.

A couple of EXCELLENT RESOURCES for further research, along with Dr. Hyman’s book are  Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions, and Udo Erasmus book, Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill. 

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