Dr. Taz MD’s Guide to Living Healthy, Naturally Newsletter Issue Three

201Each edition of “Dr. Taz MD “Guide to Living Healthy, Naturally” will provide readers with a comprehensive report on a variety of current, topical and important health issues, diet and nutritional suggestions and relevant feature stories focusing on major health issues of the day.

The goal of the Dr. Taz MD’s Living Healthy, Naturally guide is to help ensure that our readers and the general public are well-informed and knowledgeable, in a timely manner on current and topical health issues.

To ensure that our readers have the best available information our research team at our Atlanta Center of Holistic and Integrative Medicine is aboard to help vet our material from a broad group of established and reliable sources.

We would most welcome the comments and suggestions of our readers so we may continue to broaden, enhance and better understand the interest and needs of our audience.

Warmest Regards,

Dr. Taz Bhatia MD.

Living Healthy Tip
Banking for Health

With Halloween candy lurking in your house this month I thought I would share this with you.   In our house, we budget sugar by creating our own system of sugar finance. The children are allowed so many “sugar dollars” per day and have learned to use addition and subtraction to decide if they can eat that second cupcake or lollipop. They think about the number of sugary drinks they may have had and they count their servings of fruits and vegetables. They actually treat the whole system like a game and are determined to win everyday by banking their sugar dollars for real money at the end of the week. They are, by the way, 5 years and 4 years of age, respectively. Try implementing a system to help your children keep their sugar consumption in check. For more information on how to keep your child eating healthy click here


Protect Yourself From Pesticides 

Chronic disease is the number one killer in the US, accounting for 7 out of 10 deaths per year. Pollution and toxins are among the top ten modifiable risk factors for death and chronic illness. Environmental illness in the US accounts for $1.5 billion a year for US citizens. The burden of disease resulting from environmental toxins includes asthma, birth defects, cancer, and developmental disabilities. With 4 billion pounds of chemical toxins released into the environment yearly, 72 million pounds of it is recognized as carcinogens. Pesticides in food products are only one of the carcinogens we come into contact with daily. There are 140 pesticides considered to be neurotoxic, 37 are used on food and or feed. Residues of at least one pesticide are evident on 72% of fruits and vegetables, especially among non-organic produce.

The health impacts of pesticides are vast, including asthma, brain tumors, birth defects, developmental delays, neurocognitive problems, and decreased endurance and coordination. Eating organic and sustainably grown foods can reduce your amount of pesticide intake. The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, even non-organic, outweigh the risk of pesticide exposure.  The fruits and vegetables listed in the chart below can help you distinguish what produce to limit in your diet. Find out what your toxic load is here.

Beauty Buzz 
Lead in Lipstick

Lipstick has been a staple among the beauty regimens of women for a countless number of years. Not only should choosing the perfect shade be important for us, but also determining the lowest concentration of metal traces in our lipstick should always be a concern. A wide range of brands contain as many as eight other metals, including cadmium, cobalt, aluminum, titanium, manganese, chromium, copper, nickel, and most importantly lead. Researchers have shown that most lipsticks contain at least a trace of lead. The cosmetic industry insists that the average lead level in cosmetics is very small, in fact too small to be an issue. However, research from the Center for Disease Control argues that no level of lead is safe.

What may be considered a temporary concern becomes a long-term issue when taking into account the number of times lipstick is re-applied daily. Lip products are a particular concern because of the potential for exposure through ingestion. Re-applying your lipstick more than 2 or 3 times a day increases the amount of lead and metal absorption in your body. Lead, in particular, tends to accumulate internally. These metal toxins and chemicals have been associated with reproductive, developmental, and other health effects based on studies. The FDA does not currently regulate the metal content in cosmetics.

The highest concentrations of metals in lip products are found in drugstore brands, such as Covergirl, Revlon, L’Oreal, and Maybelline. The chart below can help you distinguish lip products to avoid due to their high concentrations of lead. Find safe cosmetics here. 


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Banking for Health

The flu is fast approaching, but luckily there are tons of immune boosting herbs and supplements that can help you stay well this winter. Astragulus, an immune boosting herb, is known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is often taken in dropper form or pills. Mushrooms, including maitake and shitake, also protect the immune system. Mushrooms can be taken as teas or tinctures. Oscillinium is a homeopathic remedy that helps treat flu symptoms, often found in pellet form.

While supplements and herbs help, the old fashioned rules of hand washing and maintaining a low sugar diet still apply. Juicing can also help build immune function.   

Click here to see Dr. Taz showing the TODAY Show alternative pain management strategies on October 24th.