Doctors+ is a podcast series that interviews western medicine practitioners who are also trained in complementary or alternative therapies such as Naturopathy, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Each episode includes a thought-provoking discussion about food as medicine, sometimes challenging the western medicine status quo but always drawing upon evidence-based knowledge to inform the health consumer.
Episode 3: Heavy Metals in Food & Water: What You Need To Know with Dr. A. Salomon
Listen to “Toxic Heavy Metals in Food & Water with Dr. A. Salomon” on Spreaker.
Toxic Heavy Metals in Food & Water with Dr. A. Salomon
What are heavy metals and why are they in our food? In this episode, MIT, Princeton and Rush Medical College graduate (to name a few), Dr. Ashley Salomon, MD, provides examples of toxic heavy metals, the big food offenders, and the symptoms and illnesses associated with heavy metal exposure. You’ll learn what foods can protect you plus hear about some great alternatives to foods that are high in heavy metals. Brown or white rice? How should you rinse your rice? Red or white wine? If you’re a fan of sushi, rice and/or wine, you’ll want to listen to this one!
1:00 – Dr. Salomon’s educational and professional background
3:25 – What is functional medicine
10:20 – Examples of heavy metals
12:00 – Symptoms and illnesses associated with heavy metal exposure
16:37 – Arsenic in rice; brown rice v. white rice
17:40 – Recommendation for soaking rice
18:45 – Mercury in fish; fish with higher metal levels v. lower metal levels
20:20 – Who should avoid foods with heavy metals
22:20 – Omega 3’s
22:50 – Alternatives to foods with high heavy metal levels
24:00 – Water and water filtration
26:00 – Protective foods
29:00 – Pesticides and heavy metals
30:45 – Wine
31:40 – Heavy metals in medicinal herbs & supplements
34:00 – More on wine and heavy metals
37:30 – Testing for heavy metals