Food Safety, MCAS

Citric acid may contain fragments of mutant toxic black mold?!

Citric acid is basically just lemon or lime juice, right? (Nope.) And if it likely had something harmful in it, the USDA would tell us, right? (Nope.) And if an ingredient were made from toxic black mold—in China—the USDA would require safety testing before allowing it in thousands of foods and supplements, right? (Nope.) Ok,… Continue reading Citric acid may contain fragments of mutant toxic black mold?!

Food as Medicine, Gut health

POTS and Gut Health: 15 habits that may help

Growing evidence suggests that autoimmune conditions can stem from poor gut health AND that many cases of POTS/dysautonomia are autoimmune. Even people without without autoimmune problems should prioritize gut health because growing evidence links it to numerous aspects of health, both physical and mental. So here’s a handy list of 15 ways to promote better gut health:… Continue reading POTS and Gut Health: 15 habits that may help

POTS nutrition, recipes

Have trouble swallowing?

Do you have trouble swallowing? If so, you are not alone. A 2015 survey of 39 POTS patients found that 41% reported swallowing difficulty (Deb et al., found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4365108/). POTS is not the only condition associated with dysphagia (trouble swallowing). A recent NPR story reports that every year 1 in 25 people experiences dysphagia, and… Continue reading Have trouble swallowing?

Jill's opinions, Will power

Food Lessons from Lent

Over the years, our nutrition practice has witnessed countless people discovering three valuable lessons over Lent, and wishing they had internalized them sooner. Lesson 1: The loss is temporary. Giving up a favorite junky food (for Lent or any time) is hard....but only for a few weeks. Once a processed food loses its hold on… Continue reading Food Lessons from Lent

Food as Medicine, POTS nutrition

My Pre-IVIg (and Pre-Flight) Snacks

Before I get IVIg I like to eat a breakfast including some fresh salsa, guacamole, pesto, bruschetta or other food that includes crushed raw garlic.  Is it because I want others to go running from my bad breath?  Nope--it's because crushed raw garlic might have health properties to help prevent all three of my IVIg-related… Continue reading My Pre-IVIg (and Pre-Flight) Snacks

Food Safety, POTS nutrition

Sea salt contaminated with plastic

Our oceans are increasingly polluted, so maybe it should be no surprise that researchers found microscopic plastic in 16 of 17 samples of sea salt from all around the world.  While they claim the small amounts of plastic shouldn't affect human health, I'm not taking any chances.  We POTS patients consume more salt than others,… Continue reading Sea salt contaminated with plastic