Tom Ballard, ND's blog


Mercury where you’d least expect it
October 26, 2009, 9:46 am
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Score another one for the processed food industry. Recent studies have found that high fructose corn syrup, a major ingredient in sweetened beverages and snacks, also contains the deadly toxin mercury. So, in addition to the other problems associated with fructose – diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, and inflammation – we now have mercury poisoning.

Who consumes the most fructose? Kids. Who has developing nervous systems susceptible to mercury toxicity? Kids. What is to be done? Avoiding processed and especially sweetened foods. Lose the sweet tooth – it will make you smile.



We are all fatheads
October 14, 2009, 12:38 pm
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While those unschooled in nutrition are still hanging on to the old misperception that all fats are bad, research continues to show otherwise.

Low cholesterol is associated with increased Alzheimer’s disease. Fatty foods increase memory. It’s no wonder – our brains are about 70% fat. Of course, quality makes a difference: If your fat intake is mostly saturated and trans-fats, then your brain will not work as effectively as it will when your intake of omega-6 and -3 oils are high.

Don’t be fooled by the low-fat food craze or let your cholesterol go too low. Eat abundant amounts of healthy fats from fish, nuts, seeds, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy.

Be a smart fathead.



Aspirin: saving or killing you?
October 8, 2009, 10:40 am
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Taking an aspirin a day to “thin the blood” and reduce cardiovascular disease is so ingrained in the minds of the general population that it is often accepted without question. After all, what harm could it do?

First of all, the research on aspirin helping prevent cardiovascular disease isn’t as ironclad as you might think. The only group that clearly benefits from a daily aspirin are those who have had previous heart attacks. There’s little evidence of a benefit for healthy people.

Secondly, aspirin is the number one cause of internal bleeding, ulcers, and inflammation of the digestive tract. Its little wonder that antacids are top-selling drugs with all the aspirin popping that goes on. Would you rather die from internal bleeding or a heart attack?

Thirdly, blood “thinning” can be accomplished safely the way nature intended: with vitamin C and omega-3 oils.

Keep your gut healthy and your blood flowing by eating fresh organic fruits, nuts, seeds, and seafood.