The Great Superfood Hoax

Superfood_Hoax-SamiGI’ll never forget the first time I heard the term “superfood”. It was 2005 and I was a designer in the fashion industry in serious need of a dietary makeover.

If you’re in the industry, you know that long hours and massive amounts of egoic stress equal many trips to Starbucks along with MSG laden takeout. Then, before you know it, you’re 50 pounds heavier and binging every weekend as an escape.

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Folate: Friend or Foe?

Folate-SamiGYesterday I was perusing my fitness magazines and couldn’t help but notice all the dietitians touting the importance of including more folate, from both food and supplements, for everyone.

And this got me thinking about how we are one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet experience higher rates of disease and injury, and die sooner than people in other high-income countries.

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Genetics, Lab Testing and Sorting Through All the Hype

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I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about genetic testing (MTHFR, etc.) for gene mutations (SNPs). Or put another way, using genetic tests to treat methylation imbalances that cause cognitive impairments.

To quote my personal physician, Dr. Albert Mensah, “genetic testing is qualitative not quantitative in nature. It just suggests there may be a problem, but does not tell how much methyl is present.”

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