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Citric Acid

Before I investigated food processing science, I used to think that citric acid was from citrus fruit. Silly me. I envisioned the food preparer squeezing the fresh lemony zing into my food.  Apparently this is not economical or scalable, so here is how citric acid is really manufactured.  Erase the lemon image.
Citric acid production uses the mold Aspergillus niger, which produces citric acid…

Misdiagnosing the Deficit

We live in a world where we define ourselves by our deficits.  Somehow a disorder becomes a defining variable. “I am bipolar.” “I am autistic.” “I have ADHD.” What we need to consider, however, is that each of our brains is plastic, meaning that the neurons and neural synapses that define and shape our behaviors are constantly changing in response to our environment.  Our…

Oil, boil, toil and trouble

When it comes to cooking oils, some of which I also use in salad dressings in combination with aromatic nut and olive oils, many people decide on those with the highest smoke points, the temperature at which a cooking fat begins to break down and deteriorate.  The fats break down and generate free radicals, which can have health implications, especially in our oxidative environment.
Oils that…

ADHD Observed in 11% of Children

I read yet another study showing the rise of an additional brain disorder. A New York Times article reports that 11% of children have ADHD, according to a new study. I’m concerned for our youth being prescribed ADHD drugs all too readily before any other methods, such as trying a healthier diet.  As a result of turning to drugs instead of lifestyle changes, drugs like Adderall are available for…

Different psychiatric disorders have same genetic link

I know this study hit the pop media a few weeks ago, but is so interesting and germane to Unblind My Mind mission, that I will take a few moments to discuss.  Here is the New York Times write up of the study:  5 Psychiatric Disorders Share Genetic Risk Factors
In this study, 5 brain disorders were shown to have similar genetic mutations.  Two of the genes showing the mutations are involved in…

Beware of your protein powders

My friend was recently telling me of her great health improvement as a result of her diet reform. She started having epileptic seizures about 3 years ago and was prescribed anti-seizure medication. Even on medication she would have the occasional mild absence seizure where she couldn’t talk or recall anything someone just said.
About a year ago I offered her my unsolicited opinion of some food…

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