Is drinking from copper healthy?

Is drinking from copper healthy?

I was recently forwarded this short article on the benefits of copper, and was asked if there was any truth to the claims. The author of the article is a noted superfoods guru, and suggests that to improve our health we should be eating and drinking from copper dishware. Specifically, the author makes several claims in support of this assertion, that copper "stimulates the brain” and "balances the thyroid". A quick search on google, and I easily found other websites making the same types of conjectures. Normally I wouldn’t care what someone says, but when there is a health risk involved, I have a duty to respond if asked.  Copper is one among 14 different trace minerals required by the body. Although we require it in relatively tiny amounts, it plays a number of key roles, and like all oxygen-dependent (aerobic) organisms on earth, we can’t live without it. As a constituent of the enzyme cytochrome c oxidase, copper plays a critical role in cellular energy production, catalyzing the re … [Read more...]

Interview with Todd Caldecott

Interview with Todd Caldecott

Recently I was interviewed by Helen Tomei over at Sacred Earth Journeys, with regard to our upcoming trip to Nepal in February of next year. Here I have reproduced it for your interest: What is Ayurveda and why is knowledge of Ayurveda important for our health and well-being? Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing that developed in India more than 5000 years ago, and is the oldest continuously practiced system of medicine in the world. Unlike most systems of traditional medicine that rely on a set of folk practices, Ayurveda is a highly sophisticated medical system. It maintains a rigorous approach that includes several branches of practice that correspond to similar disciplines in Western medicine, including internal medicine, surgery, and obstetrics. Ayurveda also includes aspects which are for the most part unknown or poorly developed in modern medicine, such as rasayana chikitsa tantra, a form of preventative medicine that includes anti-aging and longevity … [Read more...]

12 culinary herbs – free lecture!

12 culinary herbs – free lecture!

Come join me on March 15th for 12 Culinary Herbs You Can't Live Without, a casual and engaging evening lecture with me, Todd Caldecott. During this free lecture, I will introduce you to twelve important culinary herbs that everyone should know, providing a detailed review of their nutritional and phytochemical properties, as well as their culinary and medicinal uses. In this class, you will learn: how to cook with these 12 herbs what foods they go best with how to prepare and use them as a medicine. Date: March 15th, 2016 Time: 6pm PST There is limited space available for this lecture, so register now! … [Read more...]

Does bacon give you cancer?

Does bacon give you cancer?

Recently you may have heard that the WHO recently classified red meat and processed meat as “probable carcinogens”. While I advocate for a well-balanced diet, and by no means think its necessary to eat these foods to be healthy, the current recommendations have some major problems that none of the news outlets are discussing. In my most recent blog I address the issues behind the issue, and set the record straight: … [Read more...]

Hubris, and the avocado pit

Hubris, and the avocado pit

I was recently informed that the most recent fad to hit the health scene is the avocado pit. Yep, it’s that hard slippery seed disgorged from the avocado that you normally compost, or turn into a science experiment for the kids. And while it’s also great to keep the guac from going brown, I have yet to see anyone actually eat the pit. But apparently this is all about to change. Avocado pit, you see, contains antioxidants. If you receive regular science updates from sites like sciencedaily, or peruse r/science over at reddit, you will have likely noticed an uptick in the amount of research being conducted into plant chemicals. The recognition that natural compounds have a lot to offer is now being recognized, the best most recent example being the Nobel Prize in Physiology awarded to Youyou Tu for her work with artemisinin (derived from medicinal herb Artemisia annua). As a herbalist, it is both of great interest and also very gratifying to see all this scientific attention lav … [Read more...]