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How Dr. Google Can Hurt You

Looking things up on the internet is convenient, but not all information you get online is accurate. Indeed, it can be very harmful to your health at times. Let me give you one common example.


Our body can accumulate an excess level of estrogen when our body fat increases and/or liver is not functioning at an optimal level. An excess estrogen level raises the risks for obesity, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, and many other conditions.


One way to improve our liver function is to eat cruciferous vegetables, but if you look up online, you may see that it can inhibit your thyroid function and cause hypothyroidism. I’ve heard this from numerous patients, so let’s settle this with information from a nutrition text book used at a graduate level:

“Numerous edible plants contain goitrin, including cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, rutabaga, turnips, Brussels sprouts, and mustard greens. However, these foods are unlikely to be consumed in sufficient quantity to implicate them in the etiology of endemic goiter. Perhaps the only food to be identified directly with goiter etiology is cassava, which is consumes in large quantities in the third world countries.


Excess estrogen actually inhibits your body from absorbing iodine, a critical nutrient for thyroid health. So if you want to keep your thyroid healthy, I recommend you eat cruciferous vegetables, except cassava (tapioca), to keep your estrogen level low. Isn’t it ironic?


This is just one of many examples. Don’t fall for phony advices, and I hope you’ll start using me as a reference for nutrition recommendations