Dr. Mercola has a website I suggest you all check into from time to time (or just sign up for his newsletter). He's a legit doctor in every sense of the word, but is much more homeopathic and natural than others (and the man lives in Hawaii. I'm not sure how that adds to his credentials but it somehow does.). Anyway, if you sign up, you'll get a newsletter sent to your e-mail once a week. Sometimes it's a little too fear mongering for me: "What you're eating for dinner may kill you!" or he's trying to sell his own products too much (all of which are, for the most part, above and beyond vitamins and supplements you'll buy almost anywhere... but they're pricey.), but regardless, he has great information and will take health-related articles from well-known sources and then give his own commentary on them at the bottom. So, for what it's worth, check out his site.
Now, I might've stopped getting his newsletter because they annoyed me a little bit (I'm not selling them very well, am I?) but my Mom still does and when she thinks they're really worth sending on, she forwards them to her daughters. So, she can sift through the ones I should read and the ones I needn't for me! Brilliant! Want to get on that list!?
She sent me one a few days ago that I totally have to share because once you have a nugget of information that can keep a person healthy, you feel the burden to share. Not that it's a burden. But if one of you develops some disease later in life and the cure might've been in this newsletter, well, let's not even go there.
Here is the info on the foods you should most definitely avoid (copied and pasted directly from his newsletter).
+ Canned Tomatoes: An endocrinologist won’t go near canned tomatoes -- the cans are lined with a resin containing BPA, and tomatoes are especially dangerous because their acid breaks the BPA down in dangerous amounts.
+ Conventional Beef: Conventional cattle are fed grain, corn and soy to make them fat, even though studies show that grass-fed beef is higher in important vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory fats.
+ Microwave Popcorn: Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) lines microwave popcorn bags, and when they are heated the compound, which has been linked to infertility, leaches onto the food.
+ Conventional Potatoes: Non-organic potatoes are heavily sprayed with herbicides, pesticides and fungicides -- many potato growers don’t eat the potatoes they sell, but instead they grow their own separate plots without all the chemicals.
+ Farmed Salmon: Farmed salmon are stuffed into pens and fed chicken feathers and pellets. A scientific study on fish contamination showed high levels of carcinogens such as DDT and PCBs.
+ Conventional Milk: Dairy cows are fed growth hormones to maximize milk production, which results in increased incidence of udder infection and pus in the milk.
+ Conventional Apples: Apples are heavily and frequently doused with pesticides -- pesticides that have been linked to Parkinson’s.