Let me get this straight. Your parents don’t want you to take fish oil as a general supplement because the local hospital says not to take it for a couple weeks before a SURGERY?
Surgery is a special circumstance with special dangers that have NOTHING to do with your health in everyday life. The rationale for avoiding fish oil before surgery is that since fish oil can reduce platelet aggregation, it might prolong bleeding times. Prolonged bleeding time is, as you can imagine, not good during surgery.
However, this effect of fish oil was based on speculation, not empirical data, and the data I have seen showed no actual increase in bleeding times. But, of course, once precautions work their way into a protocol, they tend to stick regardless of their usefulness. (How much danger would we really be in if we could still take water bottles on the plane?)
I am not claiming to be the final word on fish oil before surgery. I would have to do some more digging through the literature, which takes time and effort that I’m not going to do right now. To the best of my memory, it would not be a problem even for surgery, but then again, it is not a big deal to stop taking fish oil for a couple weeks if you have a surgery planned. If I had a surgery coming up, and my doctor told me to stop the fish oil, I would probably lay off the fish oil rather than try to argue the point.
The August 2008 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, which should be available at your local library, had a pretty good article about the health benefits of fish oil, with a scientist from Harvard expressing that pretty much everyone should be taking it. The OmegaRx Zone by Sears is another source. Your parents probably need the stuff more than you do.
It’s kind of mind-boggling to me, like here I have this stupid punk kid for a neighbor, drinking his brains out night after night and disturbing everybody’s sleep, and his parents obviously can’t keep him from doing that, and here’s this other kid whose parents don’t want him to take fish oil…
Anyway, check those 2 sources - they’re not exactly hardcore bodybuilding publications; then use the info to try to convince your parents that THEY should be taking fish oil. That’s a little trick I learned in life: if you really want something, push for something more than what you want, and it’s easier to get them to settle for what you actually wanted in the first place.
Thank’s for that, I’ll be sure to look into them. My mom in particular is a major worry-wart/overprotective/ <<insert anything that would apply to a mom wanting to make her teenage son’s life shit>>.
Her excuse was “what if you got in an accident and needed surgery, you wouldn’t be able to have it because you were taking fish oil!”