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Adulterated Tea

The long list of fraudulent and dangerous food additives is daunting. Not that we needed evidence of mankind’s thirst for increasing profits at the expense of consumer welfare. No doubt our tea leaves are also victim to the trend.

A search for ‘tea’ returns around 20 results of bad additives and trickery; colored saw dust, Prussian blue, and copper salts. Prussian blue?! That is a lovely pigment, but I wouldn’t want to find it in the bottom of my cup. Also, included in this list should be indigo, soapstone and gypsum.  According to Babette Donaldson in her book, The Everything Healthy Tea Book, the most common deceptive practice is probably price gouging, where a company misrepresents a less valuable tea as something rare and high priced. Another common form of tea fraud is to give the tea a non-authentic geographic origin.

To identify adulterated tea:  Pour a teaspoon of tea dust/leaf into a glass of cold water.  If the tea is pure the water won’t change color. If it is dyed or a colorant added, then one can see the water color change immediately to red.  Alternately, you can take blotting paper, wet it and sprinkle tea on the surface.  If you see yellow, orange or red spots on the blotting paper, the tea has been treated with coal tar dye.

From Worldteanews 10.11.12


Here are the top 10 types of teas contaminated with toxic heavy metals:

Green Tea
A recent study found lead in a number of popular green tea brands, particularly those that hail from China, which are contaminated with heavy metals.  Most of the lead stays in the leaves, however, and does not necessarily get into the tea itself.  Don’t chew the tea leaves if you […]

By |November 29th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Success story! Knee Instability and Stem Cells

A 60 year-old man complained to me of knee pain after a hard tennis landing about a year before his visit.  He told me he couldn’t do his usual activities such as tennis, golf or basketball because the knee felt “loose”. On exam, he did have significant looseness of the knee joint.  This instability makes a person afraid to rely on the joint to support them in daily and sports activities.

An MRI showed a medial meniscal tear.  We injected stem cells into his joint in March 2017.  He wore a knee brace for 3 weeks after the injection. At his appointment last week, there was no instability.  The patient had been protecting his knee all this time, and had not been participating in sports.  I sent him to physical therapy to start a graduated exercise program to get him back to full sports activity.  I expect a full recovery.

Most unstable knees are treated with surgery, costing tens of thousands of dollars. The stem cells can accelerate and help healing at a fraction of the cost of surgery.

By |November 29th, 2017|Therapy|

How can you get rid of those pesky skin tags at home?

How can you get rid of those pesky skin tags at home? What serious medical condition can be associated with skin tags?

Skin tags can be removed at home with oregano oil.  Keep the oil on the skin tag and paint down to the base of the skin tag.  You might want to put Vaseline on the normal skin to protect it from burning from the oregano oil.  If you have sensitive skin, dilute the oregano oil 1:3 with extra virgin organic olive oil or coconut oil.

Obesity and diabetes are associated with skin tags.  If you have many skin tags, you might want to get a blood sugar test.

By |November 29th, 2017|Skin|

What is the best way to wash apples?

Baking soda
Laundry detergent

Turns out the best way to remove pesticides from the peel of the apple is to peel it.  But then you are missing the nutritive value of the peel.

In order to remove the two fungicides tested (thiabendazole and phosmet) a 1% baking soda solution in tap water tested best. Mix 1 tsp. baking soda per 2 cups of water, and soak the apples for 15 minutes before eating.

Thiabendazole was 80% removed (this penetrates 80 micrometers into the apple peel and the baking soda can only penetrate 20 micrometers which explains why the removal wasn’t higher).  The phosmet was 96% removed.

Running tap water or using a bleach solution over the apples was ineffective.  And ewww, don’t use laundry detergent on food!

Or…avoid all the above by buying organic apples!

By |November 29th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Do mammograms cause breast implant ruptures?

Apparently they do, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Yet another reason to use highly accurate and comfortable breast thermography for breast cancer screening.

By |November 6th, 2017|For Women|

How do you know if your probiotic is active and potent?

Probiotics are living beings. They need to usually be refrigerated. Companies may send active probiotics, but high temperatures or delayed shipping could kill the organisms.

So, how do you know if your probiotic is active and potent? You should be able use the probiotic as a starter to make yogurt. If your probiotic is not making yogurt, your acidophilus is probably not active.

My yogurt maker got a crack after 30 years of use. I searched the Internet for its new replacement. I was most in love with a unit that you poured your milk into and without further work, it heated it and chilled it and overnight made fresh yogurt. Unfortunately, the unit was made of plastic. So my current yogurt making device is to put the warmed milk in canning jars on a seed starter heating mat with a couple of towels on top for insulation. Pretty high tech, huh?

By |November 6th, 2017|Healthy Eating, Supplements|

Talk to your legislators!

I talked with Fred Wood, the Chair of the Health and Welfare Committee at the Capitol in early autumn.  I was interested in the possibility of mandatory vaccination in Idaho and the possibility of medical marijuana.

What do you suppose he told me?

California has instituted mandatory vaccinations as a condition of public education for children. Fred told me the state has no plans to institute anything like this policy.

Idaho cannot allow medical marijuana because our laws tie the use of marijuana into the federal rulings.  Until there is a change in national policy, Idaho state law prohibits marijuana for any use, including medicinal.

By |November 6th, 2017|Vaccines|

Avoiding the Holiday Seven

Did you know that the average weight gain over the holidays is—you guessed it—seven pounds?   Starting with Halloween and ending with Valentine’s Day or Easter, it seems holidays that showcase high-calorie, high-fat and high-sugar abound. And don’t even get me started on the fancy cocktails as each host and hostess try to outdo one another with over- the-top drink combinations.


Here are five tips to fortify you against holiday temptation.

Say no to seconds. If you’re a cocktail drinker, take some time to decide on your favorite, and stick with one. Then switch to mineral water or iced tea. Otherwise, sip a glass of wine and then do the same. Your brain cells, and your waistline, will thank you.

Eat first. This sounds counterproductive, but if you snack on some healthy, filling food before you head to a party with a toothsome buffet, you’ll be able to pick and choose more easily–and make better choices–than if you arrive ravenous. Munch an apple or a small handful of nuts while you’re driving over, or eat a yogurt or some celery sticks with almond butter before you leave. You’ll still be hungry enough to enjoy the spread, but will be less likely to overeat.

Stick to favorites. When you eat every holiday food available–and it can be hard not too, holiday food is so delicious–the scale, and your cholesterol labs, will reflect your choices. Think about the foods you truly love–Aunt Sally’s eggnog? Cousin Greg’s apple pie? Take moderate portions and savor them. And pass on the rest.

Compensate. Going out for a fancy restaurant dinner? Maybe you can have a lower calorie breakfast and lunch to help balance the scales. Attending a holiday brunch? Try vegetable […]

By |November 6th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Mmm… Holiday Treats

Looking for something yummy and easy to bake that can balance all the high-calorie Thanksgiving desserts you’ll be exposed to? Try this crisp for a satisfying, flavorful alternative.

Apple Blackberry Crisp

Servings: 6
Prep: Easy
Bake: 350 for 45 minutes


4 Fuji or Honeycrisp apples
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
1/4 cup orange juice



1/4 cup brown sugar (can substitute maple syrup, or date or coconut sugar)

1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup unbleached flour (can substitute gluten-free flour or almond flour)

1/2 cup uncooked oats

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1.2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray or rub with vegetable oil to prevent sticking.  Slice apples and layer in pan. Add blackberries. Sprinkle with orange juice.  In mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix together. Sprinkle over apples and blackberries.  Bake 45 minutes, (if the top starts to brown too quickly, just put a sheet pan on the rack over the crisp). Serve warm or cold. Store leftover crisp in refrigerator.

By |November 6th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Tastes like coffee, smells like coffee–but is it?

Nothing starts a morning right like a fresh-brewed cup of…twigs?

Believe it or not, researchers have found them in coffee, along with roasted corn, ground roasted barley, soybeans, sugar, acai seeds and even roasted ground parchment. Ground coffee can easily be bolstered by anything powdered and brown.  Adulterants in instant coffee are every bit as sneaky; they include chicory, cereals, caramel, more parchment, starch, malt, and figs.

Fraudulent coffee occurs all over the world. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention lists coffee as one of the seven most commonly adulterated foods.

Selling old roasted coffee is another hazard.  The one way to mask damaged coffee is to dark roast it and sell it ground.  Dark roasting takes all of the flavors out of coffee.  Grinding makes it difficult to tell whether the coffee is old, bug damaged or from discarded broken beans.

Always buy whole bean coffee.

Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmstead 1.29.15

By |September 24th, 2017|Healthy Eating|
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