Food is Better Medicine Than Drugs

Food is Better Than DrugsDear Lynne,

I re-read your comments on your Home page about not being allowed by the Advertising Authority to make any claims re’ any ‘non-medicine’. I’ve recently read (parts of) Patrick Holford’s book: Food is Better Medicine than Drugs & was actually shocked at how bad this Catch 22 (as he calls it) is. I‘ve known a lot about Nutrition for a very long time, but I hadn’t quite cottoned on to the problems that can occur when a food is proved to have ‘medicinal’ qualities. If it actually gets properly classified as a ‘medicine’, then it can only be available on prescription. But then no one can afford to invest in all the testing required to sell it as a medicine since it’s a naturally occurring substance & cannot be patented! So then no-one can get a licence to sell it & a foodstuff becomes unavailable to us to buy, even as just a food, because it has proven medicinal qualities. Apparently this has already happened with SAMe, which has been proven to be an effective anti-depressant, & has therefore been withdrawn from sale in Europe as a result! What a travesty! So in a way it’s good that there are only a few studies showing the benefits of VegEPA, because if there were more we might not be able to buy it any more! Catch 22 indeed.


Helping more of you


crowd-reachingI am now allowed to sell to anyone at all, regardless of their condition – I’m no longer limited to ME as I was in the past but our donations still go to crucial BIOMEDICAL research into ME. See the Medical Conditions Tab on the Home Page for egs. of other conditions which are known to benefit from Vegepa.


5565913-breaking-news-headline-on-a-mock-up-newspaperThe road to running The Private Vegepa Club (formerly known as the Vegepa for ME Scheme, the Private Vegepa Club and now simply Vegepa Club!) has constantly been beset with obstacles throughout its 7 years!

In Sept, 2013 we had 2 very significant hurdles to go through:-

The 1st of them, (the smaller) I greatly welcome and have been looking forward to for years,

The 2nd is an enormous stumbling block, which was firmly placed in my way, very much against my wishes, leaving me no option but to somehow summon up the energy and enthusiasm to it tackle head on.



 So you can now feel free to pass on your Vegepa recommendation to any one you know, whether they have ME or not!

Omega-3 and prostate cancer risk

Head of Clinical Nutrition at Igennus

Dr. Nina Bailey, Head of Clinical Nutrition at Igennus

Nina Bailey has examined the recent article and it is clear that the association is linked with DHA, not EPA.

Unfortunately, the media still insists on treating omega-3 as a generic nutrient category, when the actions of EPA and DHA are very distinct! Here are Nina’s thoughts.  Please share this article!

“Science knowledge is brought to the public’s doorstep via journalists and the messages are therefore open to misrepresentation of the facts.  The alarmist news headlines that greeted us on the morning of 11th July would have us believe that we should avoid omega-3 fish oil supplements at all costs.  Why are we being advised as such?  Because a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has reported an increased prostate cancer risk among men with high blood concentrations of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. [1] Not all omega-3 are the same, however, and the take-home message from this study should really be along the lines of “don’t tar EPA and DHA with the same brush”.

The case-control study in question looked at associations between plasma phospholipid fatty acids and prostate cancer risk, with fatty acids categorised into quartiles based on their distribution amongst the participants. Compared with men in the lowest quartile of total omega-3, men in the highest quartile had a 44% increased risk for low-grade prostate cancer and a 71% increased risk for high-grade prostate cancer.  It is this data only that has been distributed by the media and it certainly suggests that all omega-3 contribute to an increased risk.  When, however we look at the individual fatty acids – EPA and DHA – as the researchers measured in this study, rather than omega-3 as a whole, the picture is very different. Indeed it appears that DHA and not EPA is responsible for the statistically significant increased risk.  As individual fatty acids, EPA and DHA tell very different stories, one that is essentially masked by the detrimental effects of DHA when the two are expressed as total data together.  Interestingly, the findings of this study are extremely similar to a previously published article by the same authors in 2011.[2]  Reporting their findings from the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, the group published data showing DHA to be significantly and positively associated with the risk of high-grade prostate cancer whilst EPA was not.  Again, when combined as EPA and DHA (total omega-3) the association was similar to that of DHA.

Research on the function of EPA and DHA, both together and as individual fatty acids, has progressed significantly in the last couple of decades.  Indeed, simply ‘throwing them into the same pot’ and labeling them as ‘omega-3’ is no longer viable.  Because DHA is the most unstable of the long-chain omega-3s, the products of lipid peroxidation derived from DHA supplementation may actually counteract the benefits normally attributed to omega-3.  As such, the Igennus range of pure EPA oils offer the safest and most convenient way to increase omega-3 intake.”

  1. Brasky et al., Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial.  J Natl Cancer Inst (2013)
  2. Brasky et al., Serum Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk: Results From the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial Am J Epidemiol. 2011 173:1429-39.

Your Letters



Lovely comment received from JH”
“Thanks Lynne for your wonderful encouragement. I really appreciate what you are doing. Keep up the good work. You are such an inspiration

Best wishes,

(Oh and I really appreciated how you described Recovery, which is similar to my own experience, very reassuring.)”


Dear Lynne

Thanks again, my order arrived this morning.

I tried taking the supplement a number of years ago.  I ordered 3 months’ supply but at the end of the 3 months I didn’t feel any benefit and did not get any more.

Again after taking the 3 month’s supply I bought back in January I did not feel any benefit but this time I decided to try another 3 months’ supply and have now started to feel benefits.

First thing I noticed was an improvement in my sleep.  I still waken during the night but not so often which means my not having to take so many sleeping tablets.  My concentration has improved.  I have not tried reading yet but I enjoy various crafts and have found I am able to keep going for longer and this also applies to the time I can spend on the computer.

Something my husband noticed was that my appetite has improved.  I don’t think I am as anxious as I was.  My sister said she could see ‘a difference’ in me.  I need to pace myself better as I am tending to push myself too much and it would be very easy to get into the ‘boom and bust’ trap.

I have been ill for 15 years.  It took 5 years to be diagnosed by which time I had become severely affected.  This is the first thing that I feel has helped to this extent.

I have a very long way to go but hopefully this is only the beginning.

Thanks again



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…The difference Vegepa makes to a ME sufferer is enormous, you are personally responsible for making so many peoples’ lives far, far better that they would otherwise be. I hope that knowledge makes you feel really, really good.
Thank-you for all your kindness, to all of us,
and thank-you for keeping in touch too!
Lots of love,


Hi Lynne,

Thank you so much for the lovely big box of VEGEPA. My husband ordered it for me this time as I’ve had a bit of a relapse, although I have to say that since I started taking these golden nuggets I’ve had very few relapses which is very encouraging *:) happy

Thank you Lynne for managing to make these tablets affordable, as without your help I doubt that I could buy them so regularly, so a massive thank you Lovely Lady!

Take care, love Bryony xo

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