The iron, the spinach, and Popeye the Sailor

It turns out that Popeye the Sailor was designed to gain his strength from spinach because 150 years ago the German chemist Eric von Wolf miscalculated the actual amount of iron in a spinach serving! His miscalculation led to the belief that spinach provided 35mg of iron per serving, an amount unequaled by any other … Continue reading The iron, the spinach, and Popeye the Sailor

Could ADHD be iron deficiency anemia?

Too many mothers think their children suffer from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Some decide to medicate their children with amphetamine or other stimulants. As a mother, I lived through the slashing feedback of various experienced teachers. They thought my kids, too, had to be evaluated for ADHD and I felt vulnerable in making my … Continue reading Could ADHD be iron deficiency anemia?

How bad can it get?

I have a friend that hates the entire healthcare system. At times I do too, but only when I get frustrated that things don’t get better! But my friend acts like he knows it all and always finds better solutions than physicians, nurses, wife, friends, anyone… We all could see the danger striking every minute … Continue reading How bad can it get?

Civilized world’s favorite drink

With 159mil (60kg) bags produced in 2016 and a record global consumption of 158mil bags, coffee is a world traded commodity. This means that in average (2016) every single human life on Earth consumed ~1.27kg (2.8lbs) of coffee. In my humble opinion, this makes caffeine the most widely administered drug on Earth!