Sunday, December 21, 2008

Something's Fishy

Canadian researchers found that store-bought, farm raised salmon contains 3 to 6 times the WHO's daily recommendation for dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls. The FDA deemed these two chemicals "probable human carcinogens" in 1977.

Farm raised fish are given a potent anti-parasitic drug called "ivermectin" to remove sea lice. This drug not only contaminates the fish, it contaminates waterways.

A website that keeps track of fish that are naturally LOW in toxins is The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Service at www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp

Caution: Pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children should not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish because of their high levels of mercury.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Elimination Diets

An easy way to do an elimination diet.

1. First find our the common allergenic foods that you consume, such as soy, dairy, citrus, wheat (gluten), nuts, etc. Pick as many foods as you like and eliminate them for about 4 weeks. One rule of thumb is that if you crave a food, this might actually be the one you are allergic to.

2. If your symptoms go away, you can reintroduce one food at a time for about 5 days each, taking care to note how you react to the reintroduction. If you begin to have problems, you have found your cause.