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Food for Thought

There is increasing evidence that the US Dietary Guidelines are under question by a growing number of scientists, doctors and nutritionists. Dr. Mark Hyman, formerly of Canyon Ranch, now at the Cleveland Clinic, found through his personal experience with mercury toxicity what happens to the brain under a toxic load from poison. In addition, his recovery journey unveiled how a number of brain disorders like dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, MS and other what he calls “broken brain” disorders are associated with insufficient fat in the diet. Parallel to this, other research has been uncovered showing that a high sugar, high refined carbohydrate diet not only contributes to diabesity but is “poison” to the brain.

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The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

Eating Clean

Each year the Environmental Working Group, an environmental organization based in the United States, publishes a list they call the “Dirty Dozen”. These are the fruits and vegetables that when conventionally grown using chemical pesticides and fertilizers carry the highest residues. If organically grown isn’t an option for you, simply avoid these fruits and vegetables altogether. The list is updated each year, but here is the most recent list (2014).

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