The Follies of Fluoride ion (S2E14)

Fluoride ion in the body acts in a variety of ways. It is an enzyme disruptor, carcinogenic, neuro-toxic, goitrogenic (goiter producing), increases lipid permeability of drugs and mineralizes bone at an accelerated rate. Fluoride ion is used in the pharmaceutical … Read More

Frankincense has good sense (S2E13)

From before biblical times, Frankincense has been used in many forms of medicine, Chinese medicine notwithstanding. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM), it is known as Ru Xiang, which translates as Fragrant Milk, and is used to invigorate the blood. … Read More

The Magic of Manganese (S2E12)

“Manganese” comes from the word “Magnesia”, which is a province in Greece, where both Magnesium and Manganese were first isolated by primitive chemists. Manganese is a trace element essential to the production of chondroitin sulfate, a substance that makes up … Read More

Chromium sans Brockovich (S2E11)

In the popular movie Erin Brockovich, we get to hear about the toxic effects of the hexavalent form of chromium (aka Cr6+). However, in its trivalent oxidation state (Cr3+) as Chromium picolinate is a very useful mineral supplement, which is … Read More

Niacinamide the less bashful brother of vitamin B3(S2E10)

Vitamin B3 comes in two forms: Niacin and its amide form Niacinamide. While we have already covered Niacin in Episode 35 of season 1, Niacinamide also deserves its own episode as it has substantial benefits for health and mental wellness. … Read More

Reactive Hypoglycemia (S2E9)

Nothing makes life in my practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine more challenging, than Reactive Hypoglycemia. For the most part this is due to one of three things. The three things that cause it are high glycemic, carbohydrate rich … Read More

MSG to taste (S2E8)

MSG or Monosodium Glutamate is a chemical that is used to enhance the flavor of food. If you’ve ever been to a Chinese restaurant or eaten certain brands of chips, you’ll know how difficult it can be to stop eating. … Read More

Choline is the precursor that’s going places (S2E7)

Choline is a neurotransmitter precursor that is definitely going places. It is a precursor to acetylcholine, which is an important neurotransmitter in both the brain and body. In the brain, acetylcholine is responsible for arousal, attention, memory and motivation. In … Read More

Phenylalanine D & L: Happily pain free (S2E6)

To be happily pain free (pun explained shortly), there are many health interventions that would help you achieve this end, from exercise and low carb diets to supplements and drugs. However, one particular amino acid kills twin birds with twin … Read More

Ginseng the Great (S2E5)

Ginseng is one of the most well-known adaptogenic herbs in Chinese Medicine.  An adaptogen is a substance that brings a system back into a balanced condition. As such, it has the ability to mitigate the effects of stress by protecting … Read More