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UNSAFE AT ANY MEAL by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault

Sunday, April 4th, 2021

UNSAFE AT ANY MEAL by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault

MY NOTE: I had planned to post some “Healthy Bytes” for National Nutrition Month, which I thought was April,  so I am posting it in early April.  I just finished this and it is is a more powerful statement for any month than any of the interesting “bytes” I would have posted, which I may do at a later date.

Author Dr. Renee Joy Default jumps right into the topic of food safety with the first sentence of her Introduction: “This book is about creating a food supply in your home that is safe and free of toxic substances.” With her doctorate in Health Education and  jobs at National Institutes of Health/NIH (Environmental Health Officer), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Default has the credentials, experience, and passion to educate us about this important issue. In fact, in 2010, she founded FIHRA, the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute. Why? Because when she worked for the FDA, she discovered toxic mercury residue in the plumbing systems of food manufacturing plants and in processed supermarket foods. When she reported this to her superiors, she was told to STOP her investigation.

Following the courage of her convictions, Unsafe at Any Meal opens up a box of worms that I was totally unaware existed. The collective health of so many people is being affected by facts that most of us know nothing about—so this book is an eye-opener, an exposé, and a nutritional report on food safety all at once. Each chapter tackles a specific area concerning the toxicity in our food, starting with a thorough discussion and definition of toxic substances. The chapters follow a logical sequence with the following topics: Genes; Pesticides; the Western Diet (SAD: Standard American Diet); Autism and ADHD, and its relationship to the previous topics; Food Labeling; and, as the book reaches its conclusion, a chapter titled “Creating a Safe Food Environment at Home.” There are also more than 40 pages of References and Resources that further emphasize the author’s credibility.

As a nutrition educator, I thought I was fairly savvy about food safety, but this book opened my eyes even wider. This whistleblower’s organization (FIHRI) is the “only federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States devoted entirely to food ingredient safety, consumer education, and research.” The book is also a comprehensive overview of significant magnitude when it comes to toxins and our health. I was impressed by the research and the important information about links between the food we buy in stores and conditions such as autism, ADHD, obesity, and diabetes among others.

The book contains helpful lists and charts; food labels; spotlights on specific items such as sodium benzoate, hypomethylation, and Carbamate Pesticides; and other varied topics, also related to food safety and health. Unsafe at any Meal also makes suggestions with lists such as: eating good carbs instead of bad; good sources of specific nutrients that can help us combat chemicals in food; and general guidelines for monitoring what you eat to avoid the problems of food safety discussed clearly in the book.

If you are going to read one book this year on nutrition, I would recommend Unsafe at Any Meal. It’s a little scary to find out all the information that has been kept from us not only by the FDA but also by the food companies that aggressively aim to obscure and politicize these issues across all form of media. Dr. Dufault’s book is refreshingly honest and eye-opening, with helpful suggestions towards a measurable course of action equally of use by a parent or a teacher.

Regarding the latter, the author bemoans the fact that the course once called Home Economics has been largely eliminated from school curricula, leaving parents and parents-to-be on their own to become nutritionally savvy in order to protect themselves and their children from those foods that they eat.) Reading this book and tapping into Dr. Dufault’s FREE Web-Based Diet Tutorial are the first steps in your own education to food safety. Link:

Unsafe at Any Meal is published by Square One Publishers: (,  218 pages, $16.95.

15 Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches by Jay S. Cohen, MD

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

NOTE: Many of the natural remedies are those that may already be in your daily diet or supplement plan, such as ginger. And if they are not, consider Cohen’s suggestions to try them.


For anyone who has never had a migraine headache, you may think, “What’s the big deal? Take two aspirins, and it’ll go away.” Not so! I personally suffered from migraines for 20 years, acute headaches that sometimes lasted for two or three days. Living with this “temporary disability” as a result of these headaches is a big deal, as Dr. Jay S. Cohen explains in his 15 Remedies for Migraine Headaches, a “Square One Health Guide” from Square One Publishers. The author, who also suffered migraines, feels he has been on a medical odyssey, and his book takes us with him on a journey of sorts about his research into natural remedies, as well as a discussion of traditional medical remedies. The book is an eye opener for people who cannot find a solid solution to their migraines.


In the Preface, Dr. Cohen explains upfront that different treatments work for different people, so this particular health journey will include trial and error. However, the studies that the author reviews might help readers pick and choose remedies that seem plausible for them to manage. In other words, different people will choose different remedies based on their personal reaction to the information.


The Introduction jumps right into a comparison between a pill called Propranol—often prescribed for migraine prevention—and the natural remedy, riboflavin. If you use Propranol, explains Cohen, the side effects are not pleasant (around 20 or so are listed in the book, from anxiety to sexual dysfunction.) Riboflavin, by comparison, is already made in small amounts by in your own body, and is “equally effective in preventing migraines.” What would you choose? Dr. Cohen asks.


Evidence-based medicine is the new wave of dealing with remedies by mainstream doctors who are taught, or who simply accept, that only big studies are worth considering in treatments. These studies are large to make sure of their safety. Natural remedies don’t require this because they already have a high degree of safety. The author devotes his whole Introduction to the pros and cons of evidence-based medicine, and this information is worth reading for anyone considering a prescription drug for any health issue.


In defining a migraine headache, Dr. Cohen clarifies that migraines are an entirely different issue from a tension headache, “one that is often severe enough to be disabling.” (I agree!) He explains that getting a migraine is like an attack, sometimes preceded by visual disturbances such as double vision and blind spots. Twenty-four hours is the approximate length of time before a migraine headache will subside, although one can also last a week or more. Additionally, none of the numerous medical theories explains this disorder adequately. The author explains that different underlying impairments trigger different symptoms, frequency, and intensity with different “triggers,” which result in needing different, effective therapies.


With this as background, the reader now understands why Dr. Cohen describes many natural remedies in the following sections: Bioidentical Remedies (such as coenzyme Q 10 and Vitamin D); Herbal Remedies (such as ginger and feverfew); and Mind and Body Remedies, such as biofeedback and acupuncture. The author also discusses how to prevent migraines in children and adolescents, as well as natural remedies for people with acute migraines. He also discusses some of the prescriptive meds as a comparison.


The information in this book, based on my own migraine background, is priceless. I wish this book had been written when I had my own migraines. (I use many of the herbal and bioidentical remedies he lists in my own natural foods lifestyle to keep healthy in general, and this seems to have kept the migraines at bay.) If you or anyone in your family suffers from migraines, I would suggest reading this book from cover to cover, and start your own odyssey to find which natural remedies work best for your particular kind of migraine. Because they are natural remedies, the side effects will be minimal and you can check with your doctor as you try them to be sure you are on a positive path of healing.


15 Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches is 136 pages of information, plus 10 pages of reference, so the good doctor has done his research and presents a strong case for natural remedies. This softcover gem by Dr. Jay S. Cohen, considered an expert on prescriptive drugs and their natural alternatives, is available from: and costs only $7.95.