nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Another "Natural" Miracle Cure:  Fish Oil

A study reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found here, showed that if you're at "very high risk" of a psychotic break, omega-3 fish oil can delay the onset of full-blown psychosis, up to 12 months.

But before you run down and buy these horse pills, you should know that they only had a study population of 81 people, and to be at "very high risk" means that you're already having symptoms of psychosis, or you've had a transient psychosis already.  This is one of the those Grain Of Salt studies, where it's better to wait and see.  My guess is there's a 50-50 likelihood that this will pan out to be something useful...for pre-psychotics.

And note that a psychosis is...like...schizophrenia and such  (most definitions include some reference to loss of contact with reality).   There's no data that suggests that any kind of oil (including hemp, ahem...) can treat what most of us experience:  anxiety, stress, depression, etc.

So, watch yourself for those "risk" symptoms, like hallucinations, and a feeling that the paranoids are after you.  Fish oil may be your cup of tea...or oil.  Personally, I think I'm hearing voices, saying "Don't do it..."

Plus, if I'm going off the deep end, why delay it...get it over with.

Doc D

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