Articles in: Dangerous Food & Herbs

In this section, you will find well-documented articles citing foods, substances, supplements and herbs that should be avoided. In most cases, the pros and cons regarding these items are discussed allowing you to make your own choice about the frequency of ingesting these products. The purpose of this section is to educate you on how to stay out of harm’s way by avoiding toxic substances.

Coffee: The Good, The Bad, and The Ayurvedic Perspective

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Average Reading Time: 8 minutes and 51 seconds In recent years, we have seen an astonishing amount of research being published touting the health benefits of coffee. The question is: do these studies negate the health risks reported in studies past? We know that caffeine consumption is highly prevalent in our culture; studies between 2001 […]

Emulsifiers in Common Foods Erode your Gut

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 24 seconds Lately I’ve been reporting on some of the new emerging trends in the world of our microbiome. The trend is suggesting that certain commonly used household products and foods – which have been deemed safe according to the FDA – actually have an adverse effect on the […]

Your Blood Sugar on Artificial Sweeteners

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 30 seconds In a recent study published in the journal Nature, researchers measured the effects of 3 artificial sweeteners on the health of both humans and mice. (1) When a group of mice were given saccharin, sucralose, or aspartame, a significant rise in blood sugar levels and weight gain […]

Carrageenan: Toxic or Not?

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 43 seconds On first inspection, the food additive called carrageenan seems quite harmless. Derived from the edible red seaweed (Chondrus crispus) or Irish or Carrageen Moss, it has been used for some 600 years as a thickening agent for foods. Today, it is a popular vegetarian alternative to gelatin […]

Benefits of Cooking with Low Heat

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 3 seconds When I first returned from India, I co-directed Deepak Chopra’s Ayurvedic Health Center, and we used to host many Ayurvedic doctors from India. This was an opportunity to witness firsthand some traditional Ayurvedic cooking methods. I learned that one of the major cooking rules was to cook […]

1000 Reasons to Avoid Herbal Extracts

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 31 seconds When shopping for herbal supplements, few people realize the differences that exist from one brand to the next. There is new evidence that provides deep insight into the differences between herbal extracts and an unprocessed, naturally dried product. In fact, while extracts have been considered a more […]

Part 4: “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cholesterol!” A Better Way To Read Your Results

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Average Reading Time: 1 minute and 55 seconds Over sixty years ago, an unproven theory that cholesterol, particularly saturated fats, caused heart disease was introduced into the American psyche. At the time it was called, the “Lipid Hypothesis,” and while based on flawed science, it became the gold standard for screening heart disease ever since. […]

The Fight for Raw Dairy (Eat, Pray, BUGS)

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Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 34 seconds Just last week the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom finished a 6 month review of their raw dairy policy. Currently, raw milk sales are limited to farm sales and not available in stores (with the exception of Scotland, where it is banned entirely). Now, […]