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Is Spirulina Healthy or Harmful?

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Spirulina, a blue-green algae, is marketed as a ‘superfood’ by various health food gurus, but is it healthy or harmful? It is a tricky subject because several highly-respected scientific studies have found dangerous levels of microcystin in spirulina supplements. Microcystin is a hepatoxin produced by many species of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae).  Health food gurus claim spirulina – a type of ... Read More »

Chocolate – It Kills Dogs, But What About You?

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I eat an absurd amount of Zimt Chocolate which got me wondering about the possible adverse health effects of chocolate. After all, it kills dogs dead.  What about humans? Turns out, it can kill humans too, but you would have to eat quite a bit.  The LDL50 for a dog is roughly 300 mg per kilogram of body weight.  For ... Read More »

Pine Nuts

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Pine nuts (not surprisingly) come from pine cones.  They are usually hand-harvested, which explains the high cost of pine nuts – if you can find them at all at your local health food store. Despite the name, pine nuts are not nuts at all – they are seeds.  In fact, they are one of the healthiest seeds on earth, offering ... Read More »

Avoid Supplements Containing Gelatin!

Gelatin is basically the scrapings of the slaughterhouse floor.  Technically, it is a mixture of proteins and peptides produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the bones, skin and tissues of factory-farmed animals like cattle, chicken and pigs.  Gross?  Most ‘cheap’ supplements are made with gelatin. I favor AOR supplements which mostly use vegetarian capsules. Read More »

Superfoods That Aren’t: E3 Live and Spirulina

These bluegreen algae products are promoted as a superfood cure for almost anything, but bluegreen algaes contain some of the nastiest natural toxins on earth, known as microcystin.  The algae used to produce E3 live and spirulina supplements does not produce microcystins, but it grows in the same lakes as other, much more dangerous algaes.  Tests have shown that spirulina ... Read More »