Articles for: 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.

5 Safety Rules for Eating Fish

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Average Reading Time: 7 minutes, 14 seconds Did you know that a recent US geological survey found methyl mercury in every fish sampled from 300 small streams? Two-thirds of these fish exceeded safe consumption levels established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Fish sampled from lakes and reservoirs had […]

Soy: Friend, or Foe?

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Average Reading Time: 7 minutes By now we have all been sufficiently confused about the merits and dangers of soy. Ancient writings from China suggest that the soybean was traditionally considered unfit for human consumption. The reason may be that the soybean is uniquely endowed with certain toxic anti-nutrients that […]

Nightmarish Side Effects of Sleep Meds

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Concerns about certain sleep medications including the pharmaceutical giant Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) have come to a head as reports continue to surface of Ambien users experiencing sleepwalking, memory loss/amnesia, binge eating while sleeping, having sex while sleeping, and other troubling side effects. Ambien has been on the market since 1999. […]

Is Decaf Safe?

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While research citing the many benefits of coffee has made headlines, there are still concerns as to whether excess caffeine is in our best interest. In my article, Coffee: The Good the Bad and the Ayurvedic Perspective, I listed research on both sides of the caffeine and coffee aisle. Interestingly, […]

Protein Deficiency: The Hidden Signs

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Every winter I find myself treating an inordinate number of patients for protein deficiency. Most of them are quite health-aware and have made conscious decisions as to what they include – and don’t include – in their diets. But somehow, despite their best intentions, they find themselves with this very […]

Chocolate – The Bliss Cocktail

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A species of theobroma, or “food of the gods,” cacao is loaded with over 300 chemicals that deliver such a powerful effect in the mind and body that others historically called it the “food of the devil,” suggesting it was too good to be true! But let’s be clear: it […]