Michael B. Schachter, MD, CNS, FACAM
- Avoid as much as possible all foods containing added sugar (e.g. cakes,
candies, ice cream, sodas, certain cereals, Jell-O, ketchup, etc.)
Sugar natural to food such as sugar in a fruit may be eaten. Raw, unfiltered
honey, unsulphured black strap molasses, pure maple syrup, rice syrup and
"date sugar" may be used as acceptable sweeteners, but should be used
in moderation; however, some people need to avoid these completely as well.
Stevia is acceptable as a sweetener.
- Avoid all alcoholic beverages including
liquor, beer and wine. Try
naturally sparkling spring water with a twist of lemon or lime as your social
- Avoid coffee, tea, cola and chocolate as much as possible. It is advisable to also avoid decaffeinated coffee such as Sanka or Brim, as chemicals are used in the
decaffeination process. If coffee is used, it should be organic, as most coffee is high in pesticides.
Herb teas are not only acceptable substitutes, but often therapeutic.
White Flour Products
- Avoid white bread and pasta products. Whole
grain flour products may be used instead.
However, some people who have problems with gluten sensitivity may need to
avoid whole grains containing gluten (wheat, oats (unless specified Gluten
Free), rye, barley and possibly
people are sensitive to gluten and may need to avoid whole grains containing
gluten (wheat, rye, barley, oats (unless specified Gluten-Free. Otherwise, oats
are processed in plants that process gluten containing grains.)).
Fats - Avoid
hydrogenated fats -- oils which have been made hard by the addition of
hydrogen atoms (e.g. margarine, Crisco, mayonnaise, and processed peanut
butter) -- as they contain trans fatty
acids. Deep fried foods should be avoided. Old-fashioned nut butter
that is not hydrogenated may be used. Saturated
fats (e.g., butter, animal fats, coconut and palm oil) are allowed.
cold pressed vegetable oils (e.g., safflower, sesame, canola, sunflower, extra virgin
olive oil) may be used.
Chemicals added to
food - Labels must be read. In some cases, labels do not reflect the chemicals in the
artificial preservatives (e.g., BHA, BHT, MSG, nitrites, nitrates, sodium
benzoate, etc.) commonly found in bread, crackers, and cereals.
All processed, cured meats such as bologna, salami, frankfurters, corned
beef and pastrami, should be avoided because of the addition of nitrites, which
produce carcinogenic nitrosamines.
artificial coloring as commonly found in frankfurters, soda, certain candy,
maraschino cherries, juice drinks, etc. Avoid
artificial flavoring commonly found in certain ice creams, frozen pies and
artificial sweeteners: aspartame (Nutrasweet), saccharine (Sweet 'n Low), and
sucralose (Splenda). All
diet sodas, any diabetic foods, and other processed low calorie foods should be
Stevia (avoid Truvia) may be used as a sweetener.
fluoridated water (1 PPM) and all tap water, unless filtered appropriately.
To filter fluoride from tap water, the filter must contain a reverse osmosis
bottled spring water, distilled or filtered water. Avoid
fluoride-containing supplements. Avoid dental fluoride treatments (10,000 PPM
fluoridated toothpaste (1,000 PPM). Toothpaste without fluoride and containing natural
ingredients may be purchased at most health food stores. Examples are Auromere,
Homeodent, toothpastes containing baking soda and certain Tomís toothpastes.
- Avoid cigarettes, cigars, pipes,
e-cigarettes, etc. Try to avoid inhaling other
people's smoke (secondary smoke exposure), as much as possible.
Drugs - Avoid
marijuana, opiates (heroin, methadone, prescription opiates), cocaine, hallucinogens (like LSD) and generally all
Drugs and OTC Medications - We
are an over-medicated people. Medication related deaths are the fourth leading
cause of death. Drug interactions are a major problem. Medication use should be
as little as possible. However, once on a variety of drugs like psychotropics,
they may cause withdrawal symptoms and the process may have to be done slowly
with nutritional support.
- As found in synthetic hormone replacement therapy and birth control
pills (Bio-identical hormones may be used if monitored
carefully and there is need.)
Mercury - Mercury is highly toxic and
of the body to damage the nervous
system, immune system and other systems. Amalgam dental fillings contain
mercury. Fish contaminated with mercury (swordfish, tuna, and other large fish) should be
avoided or kept to a minimum. Mercury content of the body should be evaluated
with blood tests and urine tests provoked with a chelating agent. Vaccines
containing Thimerosal (mercury containing preservative) are potentially
dangerous and should be avoided as much as possible (Thimerosal has recently
been removed from some vaccines in the US).
Zeolite supplement taken during a meal can bind with mercury (but not
nutrient minerals) for excretion.
Chemical - Everyday
exposure to many synthetic chemicals-pesticides, paints, paint products,
Tight Clothing that restricts lymphatic system
drainage - especially bras in women, which may be associated with breast cancer when worn more than 12 hours a day.
Wear bras as little as possible. Bras should be as loose-fitting as possible.
cookware and Teflon cookware - Avoid
aluminum and Teflon cookware as aluminum tends to accumulate in the body and
fluoride may be released from Teflon. Stainless
steel, Pyrex, enamel, Corning and iron cookware may be used instead.
Ovens - Negative effect on food and harmful radiation in vicinity of microwave
- The electric energy
field interferes with the human energy
Fields - Be
aware of dangers of diagnostic x-rays, cell phones, magnetic fields from
computers, TVs, microwave ovens, etc.
Voltage Power Lines - Avoid these as much as possible.
If your home is located near them, consider moving.
Waterbeds - The
electric energy field used to warm the bed interferes with the human energy
Rimmed Eyeglasses - The metal crossing the midline between the eyes weakens
the human energy field.
- Synthetic hair dyes increase
risk for certain types of cancers. Some
men's hair dyes contain lead.
Certain natural dyes may be more acceptable.
containing lead - most of them do - Use
lipsticks that do not contain lead.
contain aluminum - Aluminum is toxic and it inhibits detoxification of the breasts
and chest area.
Lotions - These
may be used at times to prevent skin damage from the sun, but a moderate amount
of sunlight (without sunburn) on the skin is necessary for optimal health to
create vitamin D and probably other beneficial effects.
persons who have been addicted to some ingredients on this list experience
"withdrawal symptoms". Please don't be alarmed if you should experience unusual fatigue, headaches, or cravings during the first three to four days of abstinence.
If symptoms are severe, consider weaning yourself gradually. Soon your body will begin to regulate and you should then experience a
new sense of health and well being.