Sunday, October 3, 2010

Don't read the ingredients!

Here's a common bit of health advice for you NOT to follow:
"Read the ingredients."

If a product has a list of ingredients, there are a couple of things you can be sure of:
1. It's processed. (Even if it's labled "natural" or even "organic.")
2. There are some ingredients in it that you'd rather not eat.

Here are some examples of foods that most people would consider healthy. Note the prevalence of corn and soy. Since these foods are not labled as organic, chances are that the corn and soy in them are genetically modified.

And remember, these are "health foods!"

1. A frozen chicken dish:
Chicken tenderloins (chicken tenderloin, water, olive oil, soy protein product [isolated soy protein, modified food starch, starch, carrageenen, soy lecithin], dextrose, salt, potassium chloride, paprika, caramel coloring, flavorings)
Crushed tomatillos
Sweet corn
Red peppers
Poblano peppers
Chicken base (whey powder, salt, corn oil, chicken meat, natural flavoring)
Corn starch
Lime juice concentrate with lime oil

2. Boxed vegetarian chili on the natural foods aisle:
Textured soy protein
Dehydrated vegetables (tomatoes, onions, garlic, red bell peppers, celery, jalapeno peppers)
Corn meal
barley flakes
Soy sause powder (wheat, soy beans, salt)
Brown rice syrup solids
Sea salt
Expeller pressed canola oil
yeast extract
Miso powder (soybeans, rice, salt)
Natural flavor
Vinegar powder
Citric acid

3. "Made-fresh-daily" Sushi:
Cooked rice (white rice, water)
Tuna treated with carbon monoxide (to promote color retention)
Vinegar (with high fructose corn syrup, grain vinegar, rice vinegar, salt, brown sugar)
Pickled ginger (ginger, water, sugar, acetic acid, citric acid, fructose, malic acid, potassium sorbate, [preservative])
Spicy sauce (soybean oil, water, egg)
Distilled vinegar
Whole eggs
High fructose corn syrup
Lemon juice concentrate
Calcium disodium EDTA to protect flavor
Potassium sorbate and sodium bisulfate as preservatives
Xanthan gum
Red chili pepper
Sesame seed oil
Green horseradish (horseradish, mustard, corn flour, citric acid, capsicum, yellow #5, blue #1)
Sesame seeds

Instead of buying processed foods, buy these foods that have NO lists on ingredients:

And now, a bonus - here are some photos from my recent trip to Washington, DC:

Until next time,
Dr. Mark William Cochran
Chiropractor, lightworker, energy healer, writer, speaker
Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

PS: This week's update on the Oby Phenomenon:

You can now purchase or order Oby's Wisdom! A Caveman's Simple Gude to Health and Well-being at your favorite local bookstore. Here in the Inland Northwest, Oby is on the shelves at these locations:
Spokane: Auntie's Bookstore, downtown
Coeur d'Alene: Hastings and Borders
Sandpoint: Inquire Within, Winter Ridge Natural Foods Market, Zero Point and Vanderford's Books & Office Products

You can also visit the official Oby's Wisdom website to purchase a copy.

Read reviews (all of which are 5 star) and buy Oby's Wisdom on Amazon.

Buy Oby's Wisdom at the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association's Amazon Book Store.

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In India and other locations in Asia, Oby's Wisdom is available at and
(Free shipping in India.)

If you would prefer to read the book digitally, you can find Oby's Wisdom in various digital formats at:

Barnes and Noble's Nook

Sony e-reader

Other digital formats at

Oby's Wisdom is now available in Apple's iPad store.

Coming any day now(I hope) to Amazon's Kindle store.
(If you have a Kindle reader of have the Kindle program on your computer or samrt phone, you can buy the Kindle version of Oby's Wisdom at