Halloween: unseen scary things, evil trick and better treats

This week on Healthy by Nature: We don’t think much about our kidneys until they stop doing their important jobs such as helping control blood pressure or a kidney stone causes excruciating pain. Author Rich Snyder, DO will tell us how to prevent kidney problems and if it’s too late for that, offer treatment choices. McKinney, Texas physician, Daniel Chartrand, MD, will be my special guest co-host. Show # 1-800-281-8255.


I made an incidental reference in last week’s newsletter to worrisome electronic fields (when I described how I had idiot-proofed my computer keyboard). A subscriber, we’ll call her “Ann” (because that’s her name), requested more information about the electronic fields. We’ll explore the subject on the radio show November 20th when my guest is the famous cardiologist, Stephen Sinatra, MD. He’s very interested in energy medicine these days and wrote a new book: Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? We’ll talk about earthing (a very good and easy procedure) but also the problems with unseen electromagnetic pollution. Some sensitive people (perhaps our “coal mine canaries”) actually become totally debilitated by exposure to electromagnet fields. But most of us just go merrily about our business unaware of the cumulative harm to cells. (If you’re tempted to think that something can’t be a threat if you can’t see it, consider carbon monoxide or x-rays that shoe stores once used to unwittingly use to judge our size.) Here are some easy basic steps that help and certainly can’t hurt:

  • Move your clock radio alarm as far away from your pillow as you can.
  • Don’t stand next to the microwave or even your toaster while it’s working.
  • Use an electric blanket only to heat up the bed before you get into it and then turn it off.
  • The Environmental Working Group publishes an online chart where you can check your model of cell phone for the level of radiation it emits. The site also offers suggestions for using cells more safely—e.g. speaker phone mode is better. Link. The cordless phone in your home may be worse than the cell phone. (The research on phone health effects is not yet conclusive, but I hate the idea that phones radiate my BRAIN. I need all the brain cells I can get.)
  • The maker of a meter that registers the magnetic, electrical and radio/microwave radiation offers other suggestions for minimizing exposure. Link.

To check gadgets around my house, I bought a meter offered by Amazon at this link. Note: neither the meter nor its instructions tell you what is a good or bad level, but you can at least see which appliances have high readings and arrange things to minimize your personal exposure.


For children with ADD/ADHD: The Feingold Association site at this link has a lot of helpful information about a non-drug diet approach to ADD/ADHD as well as research to back up their recommendations. You might also enjoy a video of a mom, Rocky, who bought candy that meets the Feingold standards, e.g. that doesn’t contain additives that they’ve found worsen the condition. She also made “brains” out of compliant ingredients like a cereal and approved marshmallows. Rocky has her child bring home the candy he got from neighbors. Then she swaps it for the clean stuff. (And we all know what she does with the regular candy. Like parents everywhere, she probably eats it. Oh how I wish candy corn was a health food.)


An old friend, Susan, emailed me a warning that if you find a plastic bottle thrown in your yard that looks like it contains some left over soda, it might be a powerful bomb that will explode when you pick it up. The contents of these homemade bombs are Draino (drain cleaner), water and aluminum foil. When the bottle is moved, a chemical reaction causes an explosion of such force that you can actually lose fingers or worse. The boiling caustic liquid can create severe burns. I always check such warnings against the urban legend site, Snopes. This one is true. Especially at Halloween, kids may hear of the wicked idea and decide it would be fun to create some excitement. We may not want to call the police every time there is a random bottle in our yards, but be very, very careful, especially if the bottle is slightly swollen. At least use a VERY long pole to poke it before going closer.

My first book : Natural Alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet, Prilosec & Other Acid Blockers. Subtitle: What to Use to Relieve Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and Gastric Ailments.

My latest book : Aloe Vera-Modern Science Sheds Light on an Ancient Herbal Remedy

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