Quit Taking Fish Oil

Fish oil is a concentrated source of DHA,  a very special type of omega-3 fat that we use in our neurons, in our eye and heart tissue, and in sperm. In fact, some 30 million Americans take fish oil supplements daily simply to be sure they get enough of this very important fat. But, even though DHA is very important to health, I want to explain why it is a Continue reading

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Do Not Microwave Cholesterol

Cholesterol is an important part of healthy cell membranes. It also provides a scaffolding the body needs to make compounds such as vitamin D, other hormones, bile, and more. All of our cells make cholesterol but most is produced in our liver and intestines. In addition, we absorb cholesterol from any animal products we eat. In most cases, the body balances cholesterol levels by reducing Continue reading

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No More Red Snapper?

blog-red-snapper-235080343_1c36e23aba_zFish can be one of the healthiest foods in our diet providing long-chained essential fatty acids (e.g. DHA, EPA), vitamin D, iodine, important minerals, and more. Unfortunately, seafood is also a source of persistent toxins so we must choose our seafood carefully. But there is yet another problem as well: We are frequently sold seafood that is mislabeled and far too rich Continue reading

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It’s getting worse, not better . . .

blog-road-sign-1274312_1280I am not a fan of gene tampering and, to the greatest extent possible, avoid GM foods. At the end of my TQIDiet class this past spring, it seemed that this would soon be easier to do. Vermont had passed a strong GMO labeling act and Campbell’s had decided to begin lobbying for mandatory GMO labeling. But things have actually been going down hill. Continue reading

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Cholesterol Levels Running High?

blog crp     Some people are reluctant to take statins even though their cholesterol is running high. This article discusses ways to reduce the risk of high cholesterol but is not a comment on the wisdom of taking or not taking statins.
     Cholesterol is used to make steroid hormones (estrogen, testosterone, aldosterone, cortisol, vitamin D and more) and to make bile that is needed to digest fats in our diet. Cholesterol is incorporated into Continue reading

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Beware of Flavors

blog 100-natural Our current food culture takes natural and artificial flavors very casually. Both “natural flavors” and “artificial flavors” are chemicals. The difference between them lies strictly in how they are manufactured, not in their ultimate effect on us, and I refer to both as “synthetic flavors” here. We have allowed the distinction between flavorful food and synthetic flavors to blur and are largely unaware that these added flavors are one Continue reading

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Shrimp – the good and the bad

shrimp-salad-833214_640Americans like shrimp and eat about 4 pounds of mostly large shrimp or prawns a year. Most of those shrimp (about 94%) are imported and most are farmed. The TQI Diet, however, includes only the small wild pink or Northern shrimp as every day choices. Eliminating the most popular types of shrimp, of course, leads many to ask why they should make this change. Continue reading

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