There was a great turn-out for my Whole Foods lecture at Kamwo Pharmacy in Chinatown Thursday night 9/17/09.  Kamwo has been a source of Chinese Herbs and practitioner supplies for over thirty years. Their experience spans four generations, and has a solid reputation as New York’s most reliable and knowledgeable TCM Herbal Pharmacy. In the back of the pharmacy is Grand Meridian New York Acupuncture for acupuncture treatments and Tui Na massage by the strong and knowledgeable hands of Linda.

Kamwo Lecture 9-17-09
Kamwo Lecture 9-17-09

In the audience were acupuncturists, massage therapists, and  doctors  whose questions and shared comments were stimulating.  As I spoke about different forms of protein I shared the fish to avoid  because of their  high mercury.

Nice catch!

Question: Which fish have high mercury levels?

Answer: High mercury levels are found in  (source: Nordic Naturals 800-662-2544 data from: – bluefish, crab (blue), grouper*, mackeral (king, spanish, gulf), marlin*, orange roughy*, salmon (farmed, atlantic) seabass (chilean*), shark*, swordfish*, tilefish*, tuna (ahi*, yellowfin* bigeye, blue, canned albacore); medium mercery levels – bass (striped, black), carp, cod (akaskan), croaker (white pacific), halibut (pacific, atlantic*), lobster, mahi mahi, monkfish*, perch (freshwater), sablefish, skate*, snapper*, tuna (canned chunk light), sea trout; low mercery levels – arctic cod, anchovies, butterfish, catfish – clam, crab (domestic) crawfish/crayfish, flounder*, haddock (atlantic*), hake – herring, mackeral (n.atlantic, chub), mullet, oyster, salmon (canned, fresh, wild), sardine, scallop, shrimp, sole, squid, tilapia, trout, whitefish, whiting. (*) = overfished.

Question: How can I get rid of my diet coke addiction?

Answer: I always suggest adding nutrient, vitamin and mineral-rich foods to my clients diet.  Diet coke – anything diet for that matter – does not fall into that category.  If anyone can tell me any redeeming qualities of diet coke, other than it keeps you wanting more and more because of the added sodium,  please share. For my clients who want to transition, I recommend adding a high quality sparking mineral water; such as Mountain Valley (comes glass bottles) or Contrex (only comes in still, not sparkling /plastic bottles) that have calcium, magnesium and other minerals.  Then add flavored stevia, some ice and your have an action packed drink that’s good for you as you transition.    For clients on the go, I suggest purchasing a klean kanteen for your diet coke alternative cocktail.

The need to return to the foods of our great grandparents (and for the younger members of my blog community – great, great grandparents).  The packaged food industry has chemicalized and manipulated the ingredients of fast food such that we don’t know what he heck we’re eating.  In general it’s best to eat non-packaged foods; such as power bars, fiber bars, etc.  Instead eat fresh fruit, nuts and seeds.   I also shared the importance of reading labels on packaged goods.  The school of thought is:  1) if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it  2) if the package goods have more than 5 ingredients, don’t eat it.   And watch out for the sugars.  Here are a list of names that sugar currently go by:  are you ready? barley malt, beet sugar, brown sugar, buttered syrup, cane-juice cyrstals, crystalline fructose, cane sugar, carmel, carob syrup, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, date sugar, dextran, dextrose, diastatic malt, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, glucose solids, golden sugar, golden syrup, grape sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, raw honey, invert sugar, lactose, malt sugar, maltodextrin, maltose, mannitol, molasses, maple sugar, raw sugar, refiner’s syrup, sucrose, sugar, stevia, turbinado sugar.  Next blog post I’ll b discussing some of the artificial sugars.