Many of you are already aware that Minnesota has banned the use of Triclosan in consumer products. The law takes effect in 2017. I recently wrote about the ban, showing the evidence of harm that anti-bacterial soaps cause (“Using Antibacterial soap? Think again!”).
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These are the most common Additives and Food Preservatives to avoid, that are found in foods we consume frequently. I have developed a comprehensive “Nasty List” of unnatural ingredients to avoid but have developed this short list as a starting point as you begin your journey to wholesome eating and a long life.
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Are fish oil supplements as healthy for us as fish?
Fish oil supplements line the shelves of most grocery stores, Costco, Walmart and pharmacies. They are popular supplements and many of my patients take them. It is common knowledge that fish eaters live longer and have less heart disease and strokes than non-fish eaters. Medical studies support this claim. These facts have led to the assumption that the benefit from fish is the oil in the fish. Most of my patients that take fish oil supplements believe that taking fish oil supplements is as healthy as eating fish. Much of the medical community assumes this as well.
Continue reading Fresh Fish or Fish Oil?
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Here we list Healthy Ways to Cook Salmon. Make sure to look for wild caught salmon rather than farm raised salmon. When preparing your salmon dish look for the additional ingredients that are natural and preservative free (See “The Nasty List” of preservatives to avoid).
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Creatine is a popular workout supplement used by many individuals and athletes to enhance exercise performance and increase muscle mass. Chances are you or someone you know has used or is using creatine.
Although creatine is found naturally in our bodies and may have therapeutic uses for treating some medical conditions, using creatine as an exercise or muscle mass enhancer may not be good for you or your hair.
Continue reading Creatine: Gaining Muscle and Losing Hair?
What is a Libertarianism? Dictionary.com defines a libertarian as a person who advocates liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct. Telling individuals what to do in their personal lives is reprehensible to Libertarians and to me as well.
I am a food libertarian.
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A patient recently asked “Are prescribed medications harmful like some preservatives? I am thinking about stopping prescription medications as they were man-made and our bodies will find them as unnatural as food additives and preservatives.” As many of you are aware, I am a physician and am committed to teaching the tenets of healthy eating so we may avoid disease and pursue good health. I am not opposed to medications when prescribed correctly. Should we be avoid medications that are appropriately prescribed by our doctors? Absolutely not! Yes, many medications are man-made and are unnatural for our bodies, however they are rigorously tested and passed by the FDA to be used as medications if they are effective for the condition they are treating and the side effect profile is acceptable. Generally, the longer a medication has been on the market and the more it has been prescribed the greater information about side effects are known and as a physician my comfort level prescribing them increases. The newer the drug on the market, the more skeptical I am as I want to avoid harming my patients.
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If you are like the rest of the thousands of people who grab lunch or dinner every day from the local deli, you probably think you’re eating fresh healthy food. But are you?
In my daily practice of medicine, it became apparent to me that individuals who grabbed a deli sandwich every day or who consumed a lot of processed meats, seemed generally less healthy and were more likely to suffer from other health ailments such as high blood pressure, low thyroid, obesity, type 2 diabetes and even cancer. Those were my observations and what led me to dig deeper and look for evidence to support my suspicion that processed meats were not healthy.
Continue reading Eating fresh from the deli? Think again!
What do most cereals and gasoline have in common?
With that question you may be asking yourself; how can there be anything in common between gasoline and the cereal that I eat? The sad truth is that there is. BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are added to most cereals and cereal packaging as a preservative.
Continue reading BHA and BHT : The ‘fuel’ you didn’t know you were eating
Love Butter? Great!
Fat in butter and other foods have been maligned for many years as the cause of heart disease and stated as the reason we have become a fat and unhealthy society.
But is butter and saturated fat the reason we get heart disease?
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