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Is 1 avacodo, handful almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, spinach leaves, tomatoe and onion a healthy lunch?

Is 1 avacodo, handful almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, spinach leaves, tomatoe and onion a healthy lunch?

Surprisingly fatty.: Sounds good on the surface, but would be rather caloric because of the amounts of healthy fats in the avocado and nuts and seeds. Would cut back on those ingredients, perhaps choosing one per day and switching them up. ...Read more

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2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

Board certified MD?: Make sure the doc telling you this is doing skin testing and not blood testing, consider a trip to a board certified allergy immunologist specialist, unlikely all of these positive tests are clinically significant. ...Read more

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Are pumpkin seed shells edible?

Are pumpkin seed shells edible?

Yes: Pumpkin seed shells are edible- they probably test best when toasted in an oven. You might even try adding a salt free fat free seasoning for additional taste. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on zucchini, chili, chervil, pineapple, cinnamon, bell pepper?

What's your opinion on zucchini, chili, chervil, pineapple, cinnamon, bell pepper?

Healthful: Virtually all vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices are healthful. However, many do not tolerate some of them. Enjoy the ones that your body likes and don't eat the ones that cause upset even if you hear that they are good. ...Read more

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Are roasted almonds carcinogenic?

Are roasted almonds carcinogenic?

Don't Roast: Almonds & other nuts, when roasted, are usually roasted in oil. Most often these oils are high in a fatty acid called linoleic acid (LA). LA favors inflammation. In a patient with cancer LA helps the cancer grow. LA is metabolized to omega-6 fatty acids which are far too high in the American public. Acrylamide and asparinine in roasted nuts is of concern re cancer production. Go raw. ...Read more

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Are pumpkin seeds fattening?

Are pumpkin seeds fattening?

Read the nutritional: ...information. I suggest ALL my patients read nutritional info on the package. It will tell to important things like calories, fat, fiber, protein, etc. Anything with calories can be fattening, if you eat enough of it! But there are a lot of worse things out there for you to eat than pumpkin seeds! To your good health! ...Read more

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7mo has eaten puree mango, pears, banana, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, green beans, avocado, sweet peas. Never cereal. Does she need to? Meat?

7mo has eaten puree mango, pears, banana, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, green beans, avocado, sweet peas. Never cereal. Does she need to? Meat?

Introducing foods: At 7 months, you can definitely introduced pureed meats. You should always introduce foods one a time to make sure a child is not allergic to a food. ...Read more

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I take warfarin how do tumeric, chilli, chia seeds, garlic, onions, ginger stinging nettle tea interact with warfarin?

I take warfarin how do tumeric, chilli, chia seeds, garlic, onions, ginger stinging nettle tea interact with warfarin?

It's complicated but: I dislike warfarin because virtually every medicine and herb interacts with it. Turmeuric, chia seeds, garlic and ginger also thin blood and thus you might need to lower the dose. Rather than avoiding these one can consume consistent amounts & adjust coumadin accordingly or one can consider alternative meds or even supplements (under doc's guidance) to thin blood. Also see http://bit.ly/1hHlMAv ...Read more

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Is eating coated candy fennel seeds safe while.pregnant?

Is eating coated candy fennel seeds safe while.pregnant?

Not really: Fennel contains organic substances that confer bothestrogenic and anticoagulant properties, neither of which would be considered safe to consume in pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. For better and more specific advice, check with your OB, but by all means, don't take any chances ...Read more

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Are pine nuts healthy?

Check the link: I think there is helpful information available from this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/pine_nut#nutritional_information hope it is useful for you. ...Read more

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Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)

Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)

Probably not.: Although it sounds as though it probably would not affect it, nutritional supplements are not tested or overseen by any regulatory agency, so it is impossible to know for sure what you're getting. You should discuss any potential interactions with your OB/GYN. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Are raw white cup mushrooms carcinogenic?

Are raw white cup mushrooms carcinogenic?

Not realistically: There is a hydrazine derivative in some mushrooms called agaritine that binds to DNA and in ridiculously high doses produces cancer in a few animal models. I know no bioscientist who avoids mushrooms. Such chemicals are ubiquitous and unavoidable. Orange juice and pepper contain similar stuff and so does your own feces. Enjoy life without troubling yourself over minuscule risks. ...Read more