Club Soda for Stomach Pain and Constipation

“Club Soda for Stomach Pain and Constipation” Natural bubbling or sparkling waters have been popular for thousands of years. Manufactured sparkling water has been around ever since a clergyman suspended water over a vat of fermenting beer. For centuries, carbonated water has been considered capable …

Ginger for Nausea, Menstrual Cramps, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

“Ginger for Nausea, Menstrual Cramps, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome” Ginger is most famous for its role in preventing and alleviating nausea and vomiting with so many studies now, that there are reviews of reviews, and not just in morning sickness, where just a half teaspoon …

Diet and Hiatal Hernia

Diet and Hiatal Hernia

“Diet and Hiatal Hernia” In terms of preventing acid reflux heartburn, I’ve talked about how high fat meals cause dramatically more acid exposure in the esophagus in the hours after a meal, but why does high fiber intake decrease the risk? One typically thinks of …

Pros and Cons of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism

Pros and Cons of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism

“Pros and Cons of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism” When you read in alternative medicine journals that there’s “a great deal of evidence that foods containing casein or gluten contribute significantly to [autism] and should be eliminated from the diet”, almost always leading to symptomatic …

The Best Source of Resveratrol

The Best Source of Resveratrol

“The Best Source of Resveratrol” Yeah, alcohol is a neurotoxin which can cause brain damage. Yeah, alcohol can cause cancer, and so perhaps the consumption of alcohol cannot be considered a healthy lifestyle choice since it’s an addictive carcinogen and all. But cancer is only …

Carcinogens in Meat

Carcinogens in Meat

“Carcinogens in Meat” What are some of the ways we can decrease our exposure to the carcinogenic substances in meat that are formed during cooking? They have a whole list of hazard factors. The first factor is meat type, with processed meat—red or white, being …

Does Coffee Affect Cholesterol?

Does Coffee Affect Cholesterol?

“Does Coffee Affect Cholesterol?” In a video I did a decade ago— you can tell how ancient it is by the silly graphics— I explained that the cholesterol-raising factor in coffee does not pass through a drip coffee paper filter. Give people French press coffee, …

Is Organic Meat Less Carcinogenic?

Is Organic Meat Less Carcinogenic?

“Is Organic Meat Less Carcinogenic?” This study, on the carcinogenic risks associated with the intake of various meats, estimated the risk was so great that we may not want to feed beef, pork, or chicken to kids more than like 5 times a month. This …

Getting Starch to Take the Path of Most Resistance

Getting Starch to Take the Path of Most Resistance

“Getting Starch to Take the Path of Most Resistance” Resistant starch wasn’t discovered until 1982. Before that we thought all starch could be digested by the digestive enzymes in our small intestine. Subsequent studies confirmed that there are indeed starches that resist digestion and end …