The easy answer is: Not really.

We heard the recent news stories, too. While we were mulling over the best way to address this issue for our patients and their families, we received the following press release from Thorne Research.This represents our position on this new information, as well, and does so with excellent clarity.


As you may be aware, an article published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests there is an association between elevated plasma omega-3 fatty acid levels and a heightened risk of prostate cancer.

This study must be interpreted with a significant degree of caution for a variety of reasons:

  • The data came from what is referred to as a retrospective, nested, case-control study. The data was extracted from another, much larger, previously conducted trial that was not originally intended to examine the relationship between omega-3 fatty acid levels and prostate cancer.  In other words, the original study was not designed to determine any of the conclusions reached in the analysis contained in the article.
  • The study’s results conflict with the results from other studies that do suggest that omega-3 fatty acids offer a protective benefit against prostate cancer; and these other studies were, in fact, designed to analyze that very outcome. (See link) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3629172/
  • Identifying one particular physiologic marker in a group of individuals with a given condition – in this case, an elevated omega-3 level in men with prostate cancer – does not prove causation, especially when that marker can be influenced by diet or behavior and is only measured at a single point in time.
  • It is also hugely important to realize that the authors of this study did not assess any of the participants’ dietary intake of fatty fish or omega-3 nutritional supplements – the study’s conclusions are based wholly on the results of a single blood test.
  • The omega-3 index, which measures both EPA and DHA within red blood cells, is a much more accurate indicator of long-term omega-3 intake and tissue status than is the plasma omega-3 level, which is subject to significant day-to-day variability.
  • A number of confounding risk factors might have influenced the purported outcomes in the study, despite attempts by the investigators to account for them:
  1. 53 percent of the subjects with prostate cancer were smokers.
  2. 64 percent of the cancer subjects regularly consumed alcohol.
  3. 30 percent of the cancer subjects had at least one first-degree relative with prostate cancer.
  4. 80 percent of the cancer subjects were overweight or obese.
  • Considering the extensive body of literature that supports the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids, there is no credible biological mechanism, nor is one suggested in the article, that would explain why these essential fatty acids might increase tumorigenesis.

Summary:  Given the inconsistent data attributable to omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer, and acknowledging the broad range of health benefits that are almost universally accorded to omega-3 fatty acid consumption, it would be premature to stop eating fish or to discontinue taking omega-3 nutritional supplements on the basis of this study.

In Health,

Robert Rountree, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Thorne Research, Inc.


We welcome you to contact your doctor with any reservations or concerns you have about your supplementation or health regimens – at any time! Call our office to schedule a consult to re-evaluate your current wellness plan with your doctor. And if you aren’t yet a patient at Tilia Natural Health, we welcome the opportunity to help you feel and live your best – give us a call.

Did you know….

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This most likely applies to half the world’s population.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
3. Even mild dehydration slows down your metabolism as much as 3%.
4. One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of those with that complaint.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45% and it can decrease the risk of breast cancer by 79% and bladder cancer by 50%.

Are you drinking the amount of water recommended every day? For adults: 2-3 quarts of water per day depending on activity level. For children: 1/3 of their body weight in ounces. If you carry a water bottle with you, you are more likely to reach your goal!

A great way to eat your green leafies, and they are fun for kids to help make (and eat!). If you eat at a party, make sure you check your teeth! ☺
There are many recipes online: Ranch kale chips, Chipotle kale chips etc. Look around for ways to customize this great snack.

• 1 bunch of kale (Dr. Fuller’s favorite is dinosaur/lacinto kale. If you use thinner kale like Russian kale, decrease baking time and/or temperature).
• olive oil
• salt and pepper to taste

Wash kale. Shred kale into chip sized pieces (1-2 inches diameter) and spread 1 layer on a baking pan, drizzle kale with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 325ºF for 8-10 minutes (should be crispy, not burnt). You may need to adjust baking time and/or temperature depending on your oven.

We are happy to announce that Dr. Alicia Cole is now a provider for Regence insurance plans.

Starting at the first of this month, both Dr. Cole and Dr. Fuller are accepting insurance from the following:

• Aetna
• Cigna
• First Choice
• LifeWise
• Premera
• Regence

For Dr. Cole’s current patients who have a Regence plan, we are happy to start billing insurance for all future visits.

Both Dr. Cole and Dr. Fuller are accepting new patients. Visit our website to learn more!

Blue Valley Logo

Tilia Natural Health is partnering with Blue Valley Meats to bring healthy protein options to the neighborhood. Blue Valley Meats is based in Walla Walla, Washington and sells healthy, sustainable animal products free of antibiotics and hormones. They offer Beef, Pork and Chicken, organic

, grass-fed Dairy products and seasonal specialties like Lamb and Seafood. They even offer meat and bone products for your pets!

On the Tilia/Tangletown delivery day (Friday), the BVM delivery truck will be on 1st Street next to our clinic at 1:30pm for customers to pick up orders. Sign up on their website to find delivery dates, place an order and choose your pick up location. Our location is currently set for every 3 weeks.

We are excited to offer this sustainable and healthy resource for the meat- and/or dairy-consuming members of our community.


Blue Valley Meats Pricelist

Tilia is now carrying Seattle’s own Dr. William Mitchell’s Fruit Anthocyanins, a concentrate of dark fruit and berry juices.

Many scientific studies have been conducted around the world, showing that the particular fruits and berries contained in this blend – Red Grape, Elderberry, Blueberry, Aronia Berry, Pomegranate and Red Raspberry – have extraordinary health benefits. Listed below are several of the promising research areas for human health applications:

• AntibacterialMitchell's Fruit Anthocyanins
• Anti-inflammatory
• Antioxidant
• Antiviral
• Cancer treatments
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Connective Tissue Health
• Diabetes
• Erectile Dysfunction
• Eye Conditions
• Gastrointestinal Conditions
• Nerve Conditions
• Obesity
• Pulmonary Conditions
• Skin Health
• Urinary Conditions

Each bottle of Fruit Anthocyanins contains of 8 ounces (about 48 servings) of fresh, preservative and additive-free fruit concentrate. The product must be kept refrigerated and can last up to 4 months in the fridge or one year in the freezer.

Stop by to purchase your bottle of delicious “super juice”.

Tilia Natural Health is excited to announce that Dr. Carolyn Fuller is joining Tilia Natural Health as of Monday June 25th, 2012.

Dr. Fuller received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2005 from Bastyr University and is licensed as a primary care provider in the state of Washington. She is credentialed with most major insurance plans.

Dr. Fuller strives to determine the root of her patient’s complaints and works with each patient to create an individualized treatment plan to re-establish physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being with an emphasis on overall wellness.

Areas of emphasis include but are not limited to: women’s health, hormone regulation, chronic fatigue, digestive complaints and wellness optimization. Dr. Fuller is accepting new patients and looks forward to meeting and exceeding your health and wellness goals!

For more about Dr. Fuller, go to our website here.