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
You’d think that having one iron deficient child, will be a good lesson to prevent the second child from running into the same nutritional deficiency problem. Yeah, right! It took me several years to figure out how my youngest one became iron deficient despite feeding him right and giving him children’s multivitamins with iron.
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?
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?
My inbox reported a new incoming message from a longtime friend. As I glanced at its first lines, it caught my eye in an unusual way. It read: “I thought of you because you know much better than many what change means (in general and in particular). Enjoy and share further if you like it”.
No matter how productive my meetings “over coffee” were, my body stubbornly rejected my choice, but I wasn’t aware of it! There are always plenty of reasons we choose to blame on, except our very own choices. I didn’t believe it either, so I decided to check it out to see for myself.
When I was a child, I hated history. Not sure if I just didn’t like the facts of the past or the teacher telling us about them. This changed with time, probably because of my curious nature. I love searching for clues! This last week I discovered the history of one of the oldest drugs we … Continue reading Time travel over coffee
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!
If coffee is a drug, then I’m under influence every morning! I was so for decades.