Category Archives: Diet and Nutrition

Cleaning inorganic vegetables?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Organic produce is difficult to find and extremely expensive in the area I live. Is it possible to clean off chemicals on vegetables that aren’t organic? A: The surface pesticides and residues of chemicals can be washed with appropriate methods. Personally, I like to soak my vegetables in a large pot…

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Coconut oil good or bad?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have seen articles that praise coconut oil and others that denounce it as unhealthy. What are your thoughts on coconut oil? A: Coconut oil is made from the fleshy white part of the coconut. It is a fat rather than oil and consists of almost 90% saturated fat. There is…

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Water at room temperature?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Why is it most healthy to drink water at room temperature? A: Your stomach is at a certain temperature. This warm internal temperature is essential for proper digestion. The common way to serve drinks in the United States is with ice. When you drink too much cold water, it reduces the…

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Eye problems related to diet?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am having problems with my eyes that get worse when I am under stress or eat certain foods. My eyeballs are red, sore, and sometimes there feels like there is something behind it; my lid and rim are red and swollen. The doctor believes it is ocular rosacea. Can you…

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Beneficial diet for lack of energy due to improper digestion?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I would like a recommendation for a beneficial diet for the following ailments: lack of energy, headaches, bloating, and loss of muscle tone. What would you suggest for me? A: You are describing a condition of digestive deficiency which in unable to provide the proper energy metabolism, hence the weight gain,…

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Ingesting monatomic gold for health benefits?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have heard that ingesting monatomic gold has played a role in various cultures for a long time. Some say it can remove energy blockage, aid the evolution (specifically of DNA) and has healing properties. Others say it would have adverse effects in the long term. Would you agree that monatomic…

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Foods that make arthritis worse?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Do certain foods make arthritis pain worse? A: Certain foods can aggravate arthritis. Depending on which type of arthritis you have, there are certain foods and food groups you should avoid. For rheumatoid arthritis, avoid the nightshade group, including tomatoes, eggplants, and red bell peppers. Also avoid spicy, greasy, and fried…

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Health benefits of sunflower seeds?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you tell me what the health benefits of sunflower seeds are? A: In general, seeds are classified as tonics in traditional Chinese medicine. Most of them are high in oil content and can assist digestion and regulate the bowels. They are generally safe, although due to the high oil content,…

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What to do for a vegetarian that is tired?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Ever since becoming a vegetarian, I find that I am constantly tired. What can I do about this? A: The fundamental issue with vegetarian diets is the lack of several essential amino acids, which are crucial to our body functions. These twenty-something amino acids unfortunately are not manufactured within our body,…

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Difference between guarana and caffeine?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is there a difference between guarana and the caffeine in coffee? A: Guarana, with the latin name Paullinia cupana, is a Brazilian shrubbery that is used in many regional soft drinks as a substitute for caffeine. It is now being used extensively as an additive to energy drinks including Pepsi’s Josta…

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