By Dr. Michael Wald
All plants are loaded with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and other special phytonutrients with many specialized health benefits – if one consumes them on a regular basis. Consider consuming 6-8 pieces of fruits and vegetables everyday and/or drinking a concentrated food supplement of fruits and vegetables (see our Blood Detective nutrients at: www.blooddetective.com).
Dangers of Common Foods
1. Meat: Contains the carcinogen DES, growth hormone, estrogens, testosterone, antibiotics – linked to a variety of cancers including bladder cancer
2. Chicken – eat organic, free range and not the standard of the industry that is reared on antibiotics, steroids and treated cruely.
3. Salmon (mercury, PCBs, etc.) – Farmed or Atlantic salmon is the worst! Canned or Wild Salmon from Alaska is the best. Atlantic salmon is endangered in the US and cannot be farmed commercially; parasites, chemicals from pollution; wild Salmon from Alaska is low in contaminants; children and pregnant women should keep intake low; there are five species of wild salmon from Alaska: chinook, chum, coho, pink, and sockeye. Wild Atlantic salmon from Alaska is best; from Washington is worst – HIGH PCBs; children no more than once per months; women no more than twice per month; men no more than once per month; Atlantic salmon are usually farmed in large-scale, densely stocked netpens that pollute surrounding waters with waste and chemicals; fish can escape and compete for resources, breed with or spread parasites to wild fish. Atlantic salmon is native to the North Atlantic Ocean. In Europe, they can be found from the Arctic Circle to Portugal. In North America, they range from Quebec to Connecticut. Landlocked populations are distributed in Russia, North America and northern Europe. In addition, Atlantic salmon have been extensively introduced around the world. Although a small number of wild Atlantic salmon are caught in northern Europe, farmed fish are predominant. The main sources of farmed salmon are Norway, the United Kingdom and Chile. Atlantic salmon sold in the U.S. market is primarily farmed fish from Chile and Canada.
Note: In the United States, wild Atlantic salmon is on the Endangered Species List.
Atlantic salmon come primarily from fish farms, where they are raised in netpens. Wild fish are caught with seines. Additional types of fishing gear include gillnets, traps and hooks-and-lines.
Some Cures In The Kitchen…..
1. Oatmeal – rolled oats are a type of soluble fiber that also contains minerals, and other healthy phytoelements. Consume a brand with no added sugar – the lack of soluble fiber has been linked to colon cancer and high cholesterol
2. Blueberries – contain anthocyanadins, antioxidants, and fiber. Conditions that may benefit from high consumption include macular degeneration, glaucoma, cancers, heart disease, UTI
3. Taboule salad – hemp seeds, lemon, parsley, high vitamin C,; digestive health, enzymes for elimination, B12, folic acid, vitamin A; hemp seeds easily digestible proteins and zinc, iron and phosphorus.; lemon have over 200 enzymes, liver restorative
4. Hummus – originally Middle Eastern, chickpeas (aka garbanzo beams, lemon, put on flatbread, peanut butter consistency, tahini (sesame seeds), garlic, papricka, olive oil, – big protein – anticancer, heart disease and degenerative disease; omega 3, B6, elevates mood (tryptophane)
5. Coffee – lowers colon cancer risk (most aggressive type) – should be organic; if you drink decaf get water decaffeinated (benzene, a known carcinogen) is used in the decaffination process. Too much caffeine can cause constipation but occasional intake can help constipation. Caffeine can weaken the adrenal glands. I would not recommend caffeine as a strategy to reduce colon cancer. I would rely instead on vitamin D supplementation, activated folic acid (l-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid), fiber intake and bifido and acidophilus bacteria.
6. Multigrain bread – the whole grain has not been processed out; contains wheat, rye, oatmeal, flax, etc. – omega 3 oils, minerals, phytonutrients – colon cancer
7. Cilantro – anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such asquercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin and epigenin.
8.Turmeric – rich yellow, orange, native to Asia; anticancer; blood purifier; Alzheimer’s
9. Garlic – rich in sulfur compounds for detox; natural blood thinner
10.Fennel (popular herb in Mediterranian diet)– essential oils, minerals, fibers; Fennel seeds have many health benefiting volatile essential oil compounds such as anethole, limonene, anisic aldehyde, pinene, myrcene, fenchone, chavicol, and cineole. These active principles in the fennel seeds are known to have antioxidant, digestive, carminative and anti-flatulent properties.
11.Cinnamon – cofactors for superoxide dismutase enzyme; The active principles in the cinnamon spice are known to have anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.Cinnamon has highest anti-oxidant strength of all the food sources in nature.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..
– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.