National Nutella Day - Not all its cracked up to be! (Nuts!)

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National Nutella Day – Not all its cracked up to be! (Nuts!)

images-2So, today was National Nutella Day.  YUMMINESS!!  Right? …

well, I’m Debbie Downer today, so NO.

WHAT???!!!! How on EARTH can a person get by without NUTELLA???!!!

Especially as we approach Valentine’s Day <3 Hazelnuts are actually really good for your heart! <3


I mean, just a few years ago, my kids ate it ALL THE TIME.  Nutella was a GO TO solution because it was made of nuts!  Hazelnuts!  Which are GOOD for you!  Firstly, they can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease thanks to their folates,  monounsaturated fat, Vitamin E, Copper and Magnesium.  These essential minerals reduce blood pressure and decrease inflammation, and reduce risk of bloodclotting.  They also, oddly enough, aid in weight loss, as they are high in fat and protein but also stimulate metabolism burning more calories.  Not to mention, they are highly satisfying! Nuts in general really…Hazelnuts-600x400

For more info go here:

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And everyone knows that chocolate is an antioxidant!  Duh, no brainer.  So good for you!  Dark chocolate anyway – really dark- like 70% or higher dark.  It is also super nutritious! FYI: a 100 gram bar of dark chocolate (70-85% cocoa) has 11 grams of fiber, 67% daily RDA Iron, 58% RDA Magnesium, 89% RDA Copper, 98% RDA Manganese and gobs of potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium!  Hello!  World’s first “Power Bar.”

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So we ate it ALL THE TIME.  Nutella went on/in: bananas, apples, oatmeal, toast, omlettes, ice cream, yogurt, granola, waffles, strawberries, oranges, celery, smoothies, even pizza.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then we woke up.

Thank you facebook and social media for killing my buzz.

Articles were made available to me that alerted me to some MAJOR philosophical as well as physiological issues. far as nutrition goes, I was willing to overlook that the very first ingredient is sugar.  I figured as long as it wasn’t beet sugar (because that is very very likely to be GMO and therefore, in my opinion, cancer causing) then I was safe.  Organic pure cane sugar is what I was telling myself {“from Hawaii, growing in the sun!”}.  I mean, if only I could stop educating myself;  Ignorance is bliss.  Now, of course I know that sugar literally CAUSES cancer.  Not just worsens it, or feeds it, but CAUSES it. So I can’t ostrich out on that one any longer.nutella-300x225

For more info go here:

Or here:

Concerned-about-palm-oil-Boycotting-won-t-change-a-thing_strict_xxlBut then, I became aware of the orangutan issue.  sumatran_orangutan_8.6.2012_Hero_and_Circle_image_XL_257636

Holy bananas Batman.  Hold the press!  The second ingredient in Nutella is palm oil.  The oil is derived from the fruits of the oil palm.  Now, palm oil is not bad for you.  In fact, in its raw form it is really good for you!  Its health benefits include reduced blood pressure as well as a reduced risk of arterial thrombosis (a condition that Dr. Eric has succesfully diagnosed in THREE of his patients to date).  However, palm oil, as it is used most regularly, has been processed, and once that oxidation occurs, it is no longer healthy.  It becomes dangerous both psychologically and biochemically.  Oxidized palm oil can affect your reproductive organs as well as your kidneys and lungs.images-4

Kellogg-revamps-palm-oil-policy-after-months-of-protests_strict_xxlBut, palm oil functions as a replacement for evil trans fats…allowing manufacturers to have a lable that reads “zero tans fats.”   Huh, pretty sneaky sis!  It is instead a saturated fat similar to butter, which is bad in high doses, but we are now learning that “butter is better” especially if you are consuming a mostly Primal diet.

For more info go here:

And for one last great article re nutritional no no’s go here:

Vizzini-Princess-Bride1Getting complicated? HA! …”Wait till I get going!… You’d like to think that, wouldn’t you? You’ve beaten my giant, which means you’re exceptionally strong, so you could’ve put the poison in your own goblet, trusting on your strength to save you, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But, you’ve also bested my Spaniard, which means you must have studied, and in studying you must have learned that man is mortal, so you would have put the poison as far from yourself as possible, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me!”borneo_before_reforestation

So, THEN.  Then I find out about the poor orangutans.  Geez Luis.  Freakin HEART STRINGS.  Did you know???  Do you know???  that the massive deforestation that is occuring because of the global need for palm oil is leaving our Earth a dry lifeless place void of rainforest?  The United Nations Environment Programme announced that palm oil plantations are now the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia.  And an area equal to 300 soccer fields is being destroyed every single hour.  Even more, the burning of forests to clear land for palm oil plantations causes major air pollution in Southeast Asia, releasing CO2 and causing global warming?  “Research shows that 20% of all global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels come from rainforest destruction.”  Um, global warming? Deforestation-Borneo

1-baby-orang-standing-Chris-Shepherd-682x1024And this is the home of the orangutans.  The ONLY home for them.  Currently, 80-90% of their habitat has been altered or destroyed.  Daily, the mothers who are attempting to protect their young ones are buried alive, killed by machete attacks, or shot.  Data shows that over 50,000 orangutans have died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last twenty years.  They die because of deforestation, but also because later, the animals enter villages or palm oil plantations in search of food.  The mommies are then killed by poachers and their babies are taken to be sold or kept as pets, or kept in wildlife zoos in Thailand and Bali.  It is estimated that 1000-5,000 orangutans are killed each year.  This majestic wise beast will become extinct in 5 to 10 years.  So long Caesar.

For more info go here:

or here:…/LicenceToKill_ENG_LOWRES.pdf7_baby_clings_to_dead_mum

or here:  

or you can also look here:

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So, as if sad orphaned baby orangutans aren’t enough of a deterrent, what about the most magestic Sumatran Tiger The LAST of Indonesia’s tigers, that exist ONLY on the island of Sumatra, are critically endagered – on the brink of extinction – with only 400 total left in the wild.  They will be extinct in 3 years.  3 YEARS.sumatran_tiger5  

Similarly, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sun Bear, Pygmy Elephant, Clouded Leopard and Proboscis Monkey are subject to increasing illegal poaching and declining numbers.  Roads that cut through the dense forest and allow access for palm oil plantations also offer poachers easy access to their valuable targets.A-Beautiful-Sumatran-Rhino-named-Ratu-rhinos-17994065-500-436

And, would it ever occur to you that the orangutan loss equals the elimnation of specific species of flora and fauna as well?  The orangutan is an essential part of the balanced ecosystem.  “An example of this being the spread of rainforest seeds in Indonesia, many of which can only germinate once passed through the gut of an orangutan.”  

Furthermore, even humans are in danger.  Yep, the indegenous folks do not always benefit, as corporations would lead us to believe, from palm oil plantations.  Land is grabbed, human rights are violated, child labor ensues, degrading work conditions are the norm, all with little or no pay to the human beings whose land and lives are being lost.

Again go here for more info:

Well, that’s all the absolute opposite of a sugar high if I’ve ever heard one.

2013013114171688Ok, you say, but what about Nutella’s promise to use only sustainable palm oil?  Well, Ferrero announced that flagship Nutella is now using 100% segregated palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in the French market.  Apparently this affects production in France, and others in Italy and Germany.  But what about us second class citizens in America?  We don’t demand the good stuff, so often we are still sold the cheap crappy products full of chemicals and poisons because its cheaper.  Even American companies export better quality products to Europe than to their American branches.  They have to in order to meet EU regulatory standards.  However, Nutella HAS supposedly confirmed that it will “source exclusively RSPO-certified palm oil globally starting from 2014, bringing its initial target forward by one year.”  Well, GOSH I HOPE SO but my fingers are still crossed.The_Grreeat_Clouded_Leopard_by_moggies

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250px-Proboscis_Monkey_in_BorneoOk one last bummer topic that has to be addressed.  The fourth ingredient in Nutella is cocoa.  So you now have to worry about Child Slavery.  Nope, not kidding.  “Most chocolate sold in the U.S. comes from cocoa farms where farmers work in unsafe conditions, receive below poverty wages, [and] many of them children under 14 years old who are forced to work and denied education.  The Ivory Coast is the world’s largest cocoa producer, providing 43% of the world’s cocoa.  A 2002 report from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture about cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast and other African countries estimated there were 284,000 children working on cocoa farms in hazardous conditions. U.S. chocolate manufacturers have claimed they are not responsible for the conditions on cocoa plantations since they don’t ‘own them’.”  So just who is responsible?  Me.  That’s who.  

530657Just an FYI, I can’t find Nutella on any list of Fair trade chocolate companies so we can’t be sure where it is sourced from.

For more information click here:

or here:

For a list of Fair Trade chocolate brands click here:

And yes, you may have heard about companies like good ol’ American Hersheys commiting to fair trade chocolate only.  While it is true that they have publically stated a commitment to fair trade, as opinioned earlier, those kinds of changes in multinational food coorporations take decades to actually take effect.  In the meantime, my bet is that they (Hershey’s anyway) are hoping to increase they’re profit margin by jumping on the fair trade bandwagon and children are still suffering.  Require proof.  Be safe.  Be kind.  Buy fair trade.cocoa-child-300x202

For more info go here:

So, have I lost you to the depths of despair beyond all repair?  I tell you, my kids are DYING for Nutella.  And I haven’t budged in YEARS.  I just CANNOT for the sake of convenience or craving, justify ANY of the ABOVE.


*fun fact.*  There was a really cool story recently on NPR about the huge hazelnut hype, due to massive Nutella consumption globally.  After all, Nutella is responsible for consuming 25% of the world’s hazelnut population.  A single jar contains approximately 50 nuts!  Now, 70% of the world’s hazelnuts are grown in Turkey.  And last year there was a decimating frost that destroyed one quarter of Turkey’s hazelnut crop.  So, Hazelnut prices are up!  And farms are now expanding in Chile, Australia, and Oregon. But, the Oregon trees are dying from the Eastern Filbert Blight (that has made its way west!)  So, there’s this guy, Thomas Molnar, a plant scientist at Rutgers University, who has successfully cross bred two types of Hazelnut trees: the commercial tree grown native in the United States which typically can withstand the blight, and the more coveted European hazelnut that here to fore could not.  His trees are growing in New Brunswick, N.J. and fruiting too; He has been approached already by the great Nutella several times who have acknowledged that they would buy all the nuts he can produce.  So good on America!  And yay for plant science!  Now, let’s hope they are being grown organically (!). hazelnut011-17e35b8a9be2e691653de835b443a6d871bae3ba-s800-c85

More info here:

and here:


THIS is where you can find a list of some Nutella alternatives!  Yay!!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!

Sure, they are significantly more pricey.  But if you realize what is at STAKE, then you realize why its worth paying top dollar for the convenience of yummy, mouthwatering, chocolate hazelnut spread…

Or, you can be SUPER PEEPS and make you own!  Here’s a fairly easy recipe!: (but please don’t use Canola oil- try coconut, sunflower, or grapeseed – and be sure to buy all organic!)

nutella_Alex FarnumSo as for National Nutella Day…well, honestly, all these national days, if acted upon would make for a VERY unhealthy lifestyle indeed…I mean, February alone boasts National Baked Alaska Day, National Carrot Cake Day, National Fettucine Alfredo Day, Cream Cheese Brownie Day, Peppermint Patty Day, Gumdrop Day, Chocolate Mint Day, Cherry Pie Day, Sticky Bun Day, Margarita Day, Banana Bread Day, and Kalua Day!

Craptastic!  When did all these days become National news?  It really is a whole lotta marketing mumbo jumbo.  Sell sell sell.

Here’s the list btw:

Personally, I LOVE Hazelnuts.  My grandmother, Mommie Claire {angel song ensues} had a ring of ancient hazelnut trees encircling her backyard.  When we visited, it was like heaven playing in the leaves, hiding in their branches, and eating the nuts right off the boughs.  So I’m going to enjoy eating them in the best ways and in recipes that account for all the above –  maybe some raw organic hazelnuts on top of greens from Dr. Eric’s garden with some delicious Lucero Chocolate Olive Oil (  Or maybe in a rich organic fair trade chocolate bar that even funds rainforest reforestation, habit preservation, AND species conservation in the process like my fave Endangered Species Chocolate! (  I hope you enjoy them as well.  Because both hazelnuts and dark chocolate are really super duper good for you!hazelnutharvest22_forweb

Finally, I have a GREAT suggestion to try!  My dear, dear friend Valentina @cookingweekends has a GREAT Valentine’s Day breakfast recipe for gluten free chocolate-banana hazelnut waffles on her website which you should definately check out.

find that recipe here: ebruary-4-Valentines-Day-Breakfast-Recipe-Chocolate-Banana-Hazelnut-Waffles3-300x225

Please, I hope this post inspires you to make change in your choices.  One small step at a time.  Living a healthy, honest, and decent life is becoming more and more difficult to be sure.  Especially when the kids are begging for a treat, you are at your wits’ end, and the money it tight!  But it sure does feel good to make the right choices and know you are making a difference.  I stand by mine.  And believe firmly that my small gestures make a big difference.Choosing-a-Path-Road-Diverges-640x360

Sidenote: for a quick and easy way to find out if any given product is up to your “standards” download the Buycott Ap to your phone and scan the barcodes for alignment with your beliefs.

You can download that ap here:

You can also be proactive by sponsoring an endagered animal at World Wildlife Fund

And to visit a Sumatran Tiger in real life…as of tomorrow, Friday 2/6/15, you can visit Castro Junior (more affectionately known as CJ) at the Los Angeles Zoo.  Born on March 3, 2013, he has just arrived in LA from the Sacramento Zoo.  How timely!  How did his stripey self know I’d be writing this article?  The stars align….

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Thank you for listening.

Health and wellbeing to you my friend…

and happy Valentine’s Day to boot<3

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)add9a273-300x225


Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
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Whatcha gonna do with all that junk? all that junk inside your…

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Dahlstrom Pumpkin Magic 2014! (I kind of feel like the one on the top right.) The BEST thing about carving pumpkins is the ROASTED SEEDS! A GREAT anti-oxidant (and who doesn’t need more of those after All Hallows?)

Happy November!  

(Translation: Welcome to Junk Belly Central and Gut Healers R US)

The great thing about November is that now we get to eat HEALTHY stuff!  Yep. I’m comin’ at ya with yet ANOTHER post about #bonebroth! (insert eye roll here)

No but really, last month we had so much fun learning how to make it, preserve it, & how it was healthy!  Now guess what?  Yep!  We all can be super grateful that we did!  Gut healing here we come!…


Let’s address firstly, some of the Dangers of Halloween.

No not witches, bats & goblins.  Rather all the crap that gets ingested and why it is horrendous.  How we got Junk Belly…

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All organic all veggie chili cooking away on the stove in prep for the big fright night.

Right?  I mean, who else is suffering from post-halloween coma?  Wow, fun really costs me these days.  And my family too.  Goes to show how well we really do eat normally, that a few days of pizza, ice cream, soda, cupcakes, and store bought halloween candy can send us all into a tailspin.  Although I am proud to say that I only ate 3 pieces of halloween candy – specifically fun sized peanut m&m’s, Almond joy & Snickers – and only 1/2 a piece of pepperoni pizza (bleck).  For me, rather it’s the gluttony of too much *spirit* lol.  As far as food goes, we really go all out trying to be certain that everyone gets a healthy meal before the fright night begins.  Every year Dr. Eric & I host a full chili bar with all organic homemade chilis, both meat and all veggie, complete with a full scale mostly gluten-free topping bar.  Nothing but the best before the kids bust a gut later.

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The chili topping bar this year…just realized I forgot to put out the cliantro and parsley in my race to the death! damn.

My son is only now recovering from his NASTY bout with *IBS* (a stupid anagram to describe the junk belly that comes along with eating a standard American diet).  Yep, because he’s a kid, and he thought he could get away with it (or maybe he just didn’t think at all), there was loads of unsupervised Halloween candy, pizza, soda, bread, muffins.  In short, binge eating.  He is the son of a nutrional counselor and he knows better.  But truly, he was just being a kid.  Poor thing.

Some succint words about Halloween Candy (aka poison from the devil meant to induce long term disease and reliance upon perscription medication in order to benefit the economic prosperity of a very privilaged few who eat none of it likely).  OOOPS!  sorry!  I didn’t mean to get political.  It just slipped out.  Forgive me.

The thing is, store bought Halloween candy is just so incredibly nasty bad for you in every way imaginable!  To list only a precious few:

1) Partially Hydrogenated Corn Syrup (a fancy way to say Trans Fat).  I mean if the FDA is considering removing Trans Fat oils from the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) list?  Come on!  Not safe for human consumption?  Why put that s*#t in kids’ candy?  Lord have mercy.  Trick indeed – No treat.

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Dr. Eric’s potion of death….

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2) High Fructose Corn Syrup.  HFCS represents more than 40% of caloric sweeterners.  They “contain anywhere from 55 to 90 percent fructose and are derived from corn, a heavily subsidized (read: cheap) crop. Manufacturers love HFCS because, especially when compared to regular sugar, it’s cheaper, sweeter and produced in abundance.  But studies have shown that chronically high consumption of fructose in rodents leads to [liver and systemic] insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and high blood pressure.”  It is not the same thing as cane sugar.  Not by a longshot. 

For more info click here:

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#brainfood – what? eating brains doesn’t make you smart?

3) HFCS from GMO Corn.  Uh-oh, she said GMO.  Why worry?  That’s a whole encyclopedia of hot topic.  but I’m guessing that if you are here on Dr. Eric’s blog, you kinda know why.  Sum it up with this:  If the corn is biologically & genetically changed on the cellular level so that it will kill the insects who eat it, why would YOU want to eat it?  On that note, the way that it kills said insects is eerily similar to the way that it kills rats in laboratory studies, by causing cancer, diet related diseases, gastro-intestinal disorders, allergies, etc.  Again, why wouldn’t you also be killed?  Finally, if it is genetically created to resist the herbicide/pesticides that are sprayed onto it to further resist pests, then that means that that same corn is COATED in pesticice that is again, meant to kill pests.  If it will kill pests, it will KILL YOU TOO.  Stop buying GMOs and you can stop buying pink bows in October. No brainer.

4) Carrageenan. Never heard of it?  If you have, wait, isn’t that “organic?”  Well, yes.  It is derived from red-seaweed so there is nothing “fake” about it, therefore it qualifies as organic.  But does that translate to “good for you?”  Nope.  What is it for?  Why do they put it in there?  It is a filler.  For consistency.  Usually added to milk, milk products, and non-dairy milk substitutes, carrageenan creates a creamy thicker fuller consistency while similtaneously thinning out the actual product making it more cost effective.  Cheapskates making a profit off of your tummy trouble.  Carrageenan has been shown to cause serious inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and liver as well as intestinal abnormalities.  Recently, “the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Research Council of the United States have deemed carrageenan to be a carcinogen” (ie: causes cancer).

For more information click here:

And for a list of Carrageenan free companies click here:

5) Child Slavery.  Nope, not a costume.  This is real.  “Most chocolate sold in the U.S. comes from cocoa farms where farmers work in unsafe conditions, receive below poverty wages, many of them children under 14 years old who are forced to work and denied education…The Ivory Coast is the world’s largest cocoa producer, providing 43% of the world’s cocoa…A 2002 report from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture about cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast and other African countries estimated there were 284,000 children working on cocoa farms in hazardous conditions. U.S. chocolate manufacturers have claimed they are not responsible for the conditions on cocoa plantations since they don’t ‘own them’.”  So, if you are going to consume chocolate, or let your CHILDREN eat chocolate, please don’t do it at the cost of other childrens’ well being.  Buy Fair Trade.  

For more information click here:

For a list of Fair Trade chocolate brands click here:

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minidrdahl “When LIfe Gives You Lemons…” I wish he’d make a bit more lemonade instead of eating pretzels!!!

And yes, you may have heard about companies like good ol’ American Hershey’s commiting to fair trade chocolate only (more info here:…/hershey-21st-century-cocoa…).  While it is true that they have publically stated a commitment to fair trade, those kinds of changes in multinational food coorporations take decades to actually take effect.  In the meantime, my bet is that they are hoping to increase they’re profit margin by jumping on the fair trade bandwagon and children are still suffering.  Require proof.  Be safe.  Be kind.  Buy fair trade.

Oh, and on a lighter note, well, maybe not lighter on your belly….

6) Wheat/Gluten.  Surprised?  I bet.  Why on earth would you need gluten in candy?  For the same reason you need it in baked goods.  A binding agent.  Or sometimes as barley malt for that malted flavor.  Just a handfull of the many candies that contain gluten?: any licorice (including twizzlers, sour punch candy straws, etc.), kit-kat bars, whoppers, twix bars, crunch bars, & milky way bars.  As I mentioned above, even if you do NOT have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, gluten is just plain bad for happy gut health.  Over time it can cause all kinds of stomach, intestinal, or systemic disorders including IBS, leaky gut, celiac disease, thryroid issues, or many different auto-immune disorders.  Wheat/Gluten can also seriously effect brain chemistry causing depression or any number of brain imbalances.

For more information, click here:

and another good one is here:

Wait!  We didn’t even get to the MOST BASIC of all the many bad ingredients…

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This one is enough sugar for me. My Cali-cat. Yep, she got a belly ache too. She just complains less.

7) SUGAR. I mean, haven’t you all seen that rampant viral facebook post about how your brain looks the same on sugar as it does on COKE?? (And I mean cocaine not CocaCola although that is really bad too.) You can find that here: And here’s another more explanation of why it is so bad:  The point is, it’s bad.  Addictive, disease causing, and exhausting.  A quick fix and gone in an instant.  Not a good source of sustained energy or nutrition.  Just the worst.  Period.  And to top it all off, recently, studies prove that sugar, all sugar, doesn’t only worsen existant cancer, but also increases your chances of developing cancer, and wait…yep. CAUSES CANCER.  For more info on that, click here:


Ok, so now that we have figured out where all the EVIL came from this past holiday & thus how my son got so SICK….Let’s get to fixing him (and me).

This week #minidrdahl was only allowed to ingest six things (GAWD was he pissed!):

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Being forced to drink bone broth…it was like pulling teeth! But, he finally admitted, it truly did make his belly better.

Peppermint tea (with raw honey), plain organic yogurt (with raw honey), brown rice cakes (seaweed ok), organic applesauce (cinnamon flavored ok), dairy free probiotics (read yokult, good belly etc.), and YEP YOU GUESSED IT!  Homemade organic chicken BONE BROTH! woot woot!  This short list consitutes some of THE FINEST gut healing rememdies known to man.  Along with some acupuncure from Dr. Dad, some gentle yoga pose instruction from Mom, and more than a few jet-propelled expulsions, minidrdahl is feeling MUCH better and was back at school today, finally.

You too can recieve this valuable assitance with Halloween Junk Belly recovery! Call for your appointment with Dr. Eric NOW! 310-207-0222 (jk but totally not).

Although…NOW, the boy says that he is having leg pain and still has a lot of sinus congestion…residual systemic reaction?  It’s not isolated in the gut folks; What you eat is what you are.  Pervasive.  BAD Allergies and a little asthma?  In my opinion it’s all a result of the BAD FOOD.  But that is me, Dr. Mom, self-diagnosing (Dr. Eric hates it when I do that…thus the title #mrsdrdahl! lol).

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The Death of me! Drink up Witches!!!”

Or maybe you are like me this week.  Sluggish, swollen, sore, and grumpy.  When the Big Event is over, the system just kinda shuts down, like, “Um, I’m done!”  I know you won’t be surprised when I tell you that my back is out, AGAIN.  I have that acursed mushy bruised feeling all over my body.  Happens every damn time!  I have “damped down” or so they call it in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) too many sweets, excessive caffine, or alcohol will do it.  Plus, although red wine is an anti-oxidant, it still makes my wrists hurt.  Its the nitriates maybe?  But prolly more than that.  There are several other obvious signs that my body chemistry has gotten out of whack.  I mean, the stress of a high pressure guest filled evening in my home, one that takes cleaning and preparations and happiness and socializing and guests and clean up?   Yep, causes depletion!  This week too, I’ve got a herpes blister on my chin, a canker sore on my mouth, and my hair is falling out.  I’m going to have to haul my own self into the office.  Gonna get me some acupuncture and cupping too!  Be like me!  Visit Santa Monica Healing Arts.  No no, really, do. DO.


But, why worry about gut health?  I mean, it’s just a stomach ache right?  It’ll pass.  Pop some Tums and get over it?  Not so fast fastguy…

**ooooh! time out.  Fun fact:***  did you know that Tums is ridonkulous?  (our opinion).  Tums was created to cure excess stomach acid.  But most people who suffer from heartburn actually have a LACK of stomach acid, causing digestive failure and thus leaving the food to rot in the stomach.  This rotten food creates acid which thus creates acid reflux.  Tums doesn’t fix THAT kind of acid.  What does fix that  ironically, is MORE stomach acid – to help digest that stagnant food.  Guess what?  An actual really truly great stomach acid whole food supplement is a Standart Process product called Zypan (available at Dr. Eric’s office!).  Also the kicker is that Tums’ slogan advertizes that it “is not just an antacid but also a calcium supplement!”  Well, yes, Calium Bicarbonate contains Calcium, but an non-acidic environment prevents absorbtion of calcium in the stomach.  You’d only absorb the Calcium as a supplement if the product was defective and NOT decreasing the acid in the stomach.  So if the product does what it says it does than it doesn’t do what it says it does?  Whatever.  Just don’t eat crappy food.


But back to our topic at hand.  Gut Health.

After Halloween, there’s no doubt that you’ve got an excess of sugar in your system.  There’s another thing that likes sugar besides my son.  YEAST.

You guys know that there are good bacteria and bad bacteria in your gut right?  So there are these YEAST populations.  They do their job by eating all the crappy sugar that you put in your face.  But guess what happens when you eat too much sugar?  Pro-biotics get eaten alive, and an imbalance ensues.  Don’t feed your yeasts!  Ladies, you all know about a yeast infection right?  UNPLEASANT.  So, a systemic yeast infection?  What is that?  When those yeasties have prevailed and have come to inhabit your entire body system causing inflammation, bloating, pain, joint pain, soreness, god knows what.  I’ve had a systemic yeast infection on a few occassions, mostly in my late 20’s & usually post Valentine’s Day when I have consumed WAYYYYY too many See’s Candies.  They suck.  God they are delicious.  So, my son and I might BOTH be having a systemic yeast infection currently.  His from straight up sugar, mine from the sugar that resides in alcohol (because I am so *good spirited!*).  For more information about candida overgrowth from sugar click here:  It’s a BITCH I tell you.  And we should know better, but we don’t.  The struggle is REAL.

But, basically, when you’ve thrown your body chemistry all out of whack in so many ways, what you need to do is CLEANSE.

Bummer, but yes.  Cleanse.  Start with only the above mentioned happy gut foods, or even fewer and under a Dr.’s supervision, and slowly, very slowly add back in one gentle food at a time.  Keep away from excess wheat, dairy, spicy, and otherwise complex foods.  You will be able to recognize what is tolerable and also learn what is displeasurable to you system so that you can avoid it in the future.  BTW, Dr. Eric is really good at this kind of assisted cleansing and helping you track your food patterns to find problems.  He has all the whole-food supplements to assist your body and great Metagenics detox products as well.

Poor #minidrdahl was PISSED to limit his food like this, and we didn’t even do a prolonged cleanse, only two or three days.  I told him “Guess what?  Sometimes what you don’t like doing makes you much happier than what you do like doing.”  Weird, I know, but true.

If you have celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance, then click here for more info re gluten recovery:

In summary, if you’ve screwed yourself up, or even if you haven’t…WHAT YOU GONNA DO WITH ALL THAT JUNK, all that junk inside your …trick or treat bag?  Assuming the ENTIRE bag hasn’t already been consumed, you have some options.

First:  BURN IT.  Not suitable for human consumption.  Especially those less fortunate or in a stressful life threatening situation – they deserve better.  But since our world doesn’t yet work like that…

Who you callin' Witch?

Who you callin’ Witch?

Two:  Call on the Switch Witch with your children (and yourself).  Convince them to “trade” their candy with her.  If they leave it out in a bowl with a note, the Switch Witch can be convinced to come in the middle of the night and swap it out for a non-candy gift that they have really been hoping for.  Magic.  Then burn it!  Or, trade it into a buy back program or operation gratitude – see below.

Three:  Ask your kids to donate it, and then take them to a health food store like Rainbow Acres or Whole Foods to buy “replacement candy.”  Be sure to decide before you enter the establishment how much money you are willing to spend on this “replacement.”  Teach as you go, showing them why one sweet is better than another and what is acceptible to you.  A GREAT teaching moment.

Four:  There are many Dentist Buy Back Programs wherein your local D.D.S. will pay $1 per lb. to “buy back” the candy in order to prevent cavities associated with sugar (wow, we didn’t even get into those issues!)  The dentists then usually ship the candy off to the troops with Operation Gratitude.images

images-2Five:  There are many ways to donate your candy to the Troops if you decide to do so.  A couple of such programs in addition to Operation Gratitude (you can find that one here: are as follows: Any Soldier (, Operation Stars & Stripes images-3(, or Operation Shoe Box (

Six:  Look into the Ronald McDonald House (because the toxic clown likes to give back to attone for the damage he’s done to kids).  You can find your local branch here:

Seven: Local Shops, Food Pantries, Pediatric Wards, Homeless Shelter, Retirement Homes, and Nursing Centers.  Try to find your local Meals on Wheels here:

Eight: Local Churches, Synogogues, and other places of worship.


And us?  Well, we’ll be ok.  Things are already on the mend.  We just slurped down some more broth.  And honey, I’ve got junk in the trunk all day long that ain’t goin nowhere nohow.  

And minidrdahl?  I just caught him sneaking a bag of pretzels in his room…DOH!

me halloween 2014

’till death do us part…

Stay sweet, Sugar!

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)


Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
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Bone Appetit! Halloween = Soup Season



This was a Von’s roasted chicken from last night’s last minute dinner. My back was out, so my son rode his skateboard to the market and picked it up for us!

When you stop to grab dinner for your family on the way home, how often do you grab one of those whole roasted chickens (doesn’t really matter from where…)?

Second Question:

If you do, do you throw all the bones, skin, carcass in the trash after you’ve eaten the meat?  Wait…don’t answer! Just TELL ME THAT YOU DON’T…or at least, promise that you won’t? … Please don’t waste that carcass!!!

Here’s why:


A beautiful “Rosie the Free Range” organic chicken from Sprouts that I roasted in Kerrygold butter & homegrown rosemary, sage, & thyme with organic yukon gold potatoes, himalayan salt and white pepper

Bone Broth is INCREDIBLY good for you.  And SOOOOOPER easy to make. Whether you’re using up the last of your Thanksgiving turkey, or you roasted a “Rosie the Free Range Chicken” for dinner, maybe you grabbed a regular ol’ roasted non-organic bird from Von’s, or even picked up a to-go rotisserie deal from Benny’s, never EVER throw out your bones. Trust me.

I mean really, how many recipes call for chicken broth? Sure, you can buy that boxed organic broth: Pacific, Imagine, or there’s Simple Truth at Ralph’s and “O” brand at Von’s.  You can go un-organic with Swanson, Tyson, or Costco’s Kirkland brand.  Or there’s old school Campbell’s in a can or even the OG like my mom sometimes used on the fly: bouillon cubes.

But why pay ANY money at all for ANY of them, when you can make it yourself for FREE?  And therefore be absolutely certain that you know what’s in it?  I mean free of  ADDITIVES  (ie: MSG – a neurotoxic substance that causes a wide range of reactions, from temporary headaches to permanent brain damage (1)) & no added sodium (read “low-sodium”), and even better if you’ve used an organic free-range chicken, NO GMOs! (Don’t get me started.)

Even more importantly, store bought broth is just not as good for you.  No really, it’s not.  Even organic brands can use high temperature, flash-cooking techinques.  You get broth that is watered down, it doesn’t gel up and you won’t get all the nutrients and benefits of the gooey gelatin from true bone broth made from bone marrow(a).  Store bought commercial broths will fake these “thickening effects” with emulsifiers but the true health benefits are lost (1).


Broth cooking from the other night’s Benny’s rotisseried take out special (another quick, local, last minute option for the family when things were super hectic!)

Don’t have the time you say?  Nah. Watch and learn. easy peasy.

Put the whole friggin’ thing in a big ol’ pot. Fill the pot with water. Boil. You can simmer on low for a few hours, or let it cook and cook and cook for twenty four hours – one gets you more bone for your buck, but both are totally valid.  Go ahead, put the lid on, set the flame low, and go take a shower!  Or cook dinner, or watch a TV show, or help the kids with homework.  You can even do it in your slow cooker while you are at WORK!  No excuses.

And did I mention HOW GOOD IT IS FOR YOU? Well, we’ll get to that later…

Ok, hold up, first things first.  Directions:


THE best Thanksgiving Turkey EVER! totally organic free-range HUGE bird from Whole Foods cooked with organic, no nitrates added, uncured bacon, rosemary & smoked paprika from my dear friend’s recipe! WOWZA!

I mentioned the boiling bit.  If you are making JUST A Bone Broth, and you aren’t planning on making soup of any kind at the moment (fyi, you can use the broth to make many kinds of soup later), then literally add nothing but water, purified if possible.  We have a reverse osmosis spout on our kitchen sink.  But really, since its gonna boil, even tap is ok.  If you have a meat hammer and can crack up the bones a bit great, if not, no worries. If you happen to have some ACV (apple cider vinegar), particuraly Bragg’s, add it too as it helps break down the bones to access the goodness & marrow.  Boil it till it falls apart. You want a nice layer of fatty greasy goodness on top of the water and all kinds of really small weird looking, unidentifiable chicken parts floating around. Boil it with the lid ON, but slightly ajar, so as not to let all the water evaporate.  If you do run low on water, add more and keep on boiling.  Boil it down the the bare bones (get it? – amazing where these expressions really come from!).


Last year’s AMAZING totally organic free range Thanksgiving Turkey in the pot for broth

If you think you might want to make it into a soup, or are interested in a basic seasoning that covers all the bases, throw in a bay leaf or two while you simmer.  I always do, as this is what my mom did.  My kids even have a “who gets the bay leaf” hunt when we have soup ’cause there’s always at least one that makes it all the way to the table.

Right now, I’m going to stick with simple Chicken Stock and we can do some soup stuff later.  And btw, bone broth can be made of ANY leftover carcass, not just poultry!  Had BarBQ ribs last night? boil ’em down!  A Honeybaked Ham on Easter?  Oh I love hambone soup…BONES ARE GOOOOOOD.

Oh right, so now, you’ve let it simmer forever and you’ve got all the stuff floating around, what do you do?


Most delicious Bone Broth ever from last year’s amazing Turkey. It was such a big bird, we got quite a lot of delicious broth with hints of bacon and paprika! (notice the sorting of the chicken parts aka fun for doggies).

It’s time to sift.  Let the broth cool WAY DOWN so you can touch it.  And take off your rings if your’re worried about them, as your hands and fingers will get greasy.  I am a real hands-all-in kinda cook; Why use a tool when you can just reach right in? But if you want to stay a bit cleaner, try using a slotted spoon, or a strainer for this party.


This is Astro, he doesn’t listen very well, or he isn’t very smart, not sure which, but he won’t ever stay out of the kitchen!

Put that cooled vat of chicken stuff right alongside three medium sized bowls. You might only need two, but in my house there are three: 1) Remaining delicious usable chunks of chicken.  2) Actual bones.  3) Skin, cartlidge, fat etc that I can give to my dogs

(if you do this for your hounds, PLEASE be EXTRA careful to sort throught the mess several times – a single tiny chicken bone can choke your pupster to death and even large ones can splinter wrong in their throat and they’ll be a goner.)  I LOVE my pups, who by the way, wait directly under my feet the entire time I am making broth as they know the smell so well(!), so I always treat them to some yummy tidbits of organic chicken goodness.


This is Kaya. She knows what’s up. she’ll wait patiently just outside the kitchen door with really big puppy dog eyes until I give her the good girl bites.

So now what to do with this mess?  Well, the part that is ok for the doglettes, I don’t give them all at once because that’s a whole lotta grease and fat in one gulp.  Instead, I portion it out to them for the next few days as treats and in thier kibble.  They LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  The bowl that is all bones, wrap up tight in a compostable bag and put in the BLACK garbage can.  And all the yummy bits of chicken that you found and didn’t even know you had?  Well, this is good stuff!  Whole other meals can be made from it.  I like to freeze it and use later for things like Chicken Salad, shepherd’s pie, & other soup recipes.  Instead of a canned chicken, you have your frozen! (so much money saved this way! make the very MOST out of your meal and your money!)

wish bone

minidrdahl & minimrsdrdahl pulling our most recent *Wishbone* – He always wins (he sneaks up the stem)…she gets so pissed.

*Fun Part* – When you boil a whole foul, you will recover the WISHBONE from the pot eventually!  How fun is that?  This was a ritual for me growing up, and I believe my kids find it as fun as I did everytime.  Let that fercula dry for a day and then you can go for it!  Two loved ones or friends, kids or a couple, or strangers for that matter, should hold onto the two “handles” at the base of the fork.  Hold them with the thumb and forefinger only!  Each of you, make a wish…Wait…Make sure no one is cheating by inching up the stem of the bone now… and on the count of three, PULL (not UP but OUT).  Whoever gets the head or top of the bone where it connects, well, their wish will come true.

*Fun Fact* – The furcula (“little fork” in Latin) or wishbone is a forked bone found in birds and some other animals, and is formed by the fusion of the two clavicles. In birds, its primary function is in the strengthening of the thoracic skeleton to withstand the rigors of flight.

As for the Bone Broth, that liquid gold…

How do you save it to use in the future?


See the three layers? fat on top, gelatin in the middle, and chicken stuff on the bottom. This is a quart sized jar as that day, that’s what I had available, but its a bit hard to try to spoon out all three layers. I prefer pint sized.

Ok, so you have this VERY gelatinous thick almost solid goop.  BONE BROTH.  Very concentrated (especially if you boiled it for a VERY long time – ideally 24 hours).  You may notice that it has separated into layers.  There will be a thick fatty skim on top, a gooey jelloey middle kinda like consome, in fact, it IS consome (Oh jeez…do I have a story about THAT but maybe another time…), and on the bottom are little bits of solid stuff – chicken meat and such, but really tiny bits.

If you’re like me, you will use some of this treasure in the very near future. You’d be surprised how very many recipes call for chicken broth.  You might be cooking rice, or quinoa, or cous cous; Always use 1/2 broth!  Say you are making soup.  Yep it always needs broth.  Steaming spinach or any veggie for that matter?  Always steam with 1/2 broth, braising too.  What about a pasta sauce?  Yep, you’ll need to add broth.  Not kidding.  If you cook at home, you’ll need the broth.  So, put some in a jar and keep it in the fridge.  Right, those pickles that are almost empty?  Eat the last one, dump the juice, rinse the glass bottle, and fill it with this bone broth.  Make sure to get proportioned amounts of all three layers.  Then, keep it handy.  You’ll use that jar full in the next few weeks…

If you need it to last for a bit longer, or you made a whole bunch from a big bird, then you’ll have to freeze or can it.  Hold on…  Don’t get overwhelmed!  It’s way easier than you think, canning that is.  I typically don’t freeze because I don’t like to freeze in plastic and glass expands in the freezer.  So are you ready?  Here we go…

Canning 101:

canning tools

My mother’s canning pot (minus the lid – I managed to loose that somewhere deep in my garage) complete with wire canning rack and my own well-used canning tongs.

First, you’ll need a big pot.  Not just big, but deep (the water will have to cover the tops of the submerged glass canning jars).  I have my mother’s canning pot which I LOVE, and is totally worth having (if you think you’ll use it at least a few times a year, I suggest you invest).  The thing that’s great about a canning pot is the wire canning rack that fits right inside.  You see, the jars can’t touch the bottom of the pan or they will shatter.  So if you’re using any ol’ big ol’ pot, be sure you put something on the bottom of the pan to disperse the heat – like an opened collandar or similar.  (There are a few basic canning tools that you might be tempted to buy, but none of which are really necessary, they just make it all a bit easier if it’s going to be a “thing” you do).

Anyway, fill the pot with water almost to the top, turn on the heat, let it get to a rolling boil.


These are pint sized ball jars from Ralph’s – they are filled with homegrown homemade pickles but just pretend that is chicken stock

Next, you will need some canning jars (Ball Jars, Mason Jars, etc).  Pint sized is good because you’ll use it up in several meals and it won’t stand open in the fridge too long.  I buy mine at Ralph’s.  If you have an old hardware store in town that carries them, that’s fun and nostalgic.  We had a great visit to the vintage hardware store in Dunsmuir, just outside of Shasta, this past Labor Day.  Darling place!  Been there since 1894, and it had a great selection of canning supplies (  But you can also get them at Target, Wallmart,, etc.

Ok, Gonna make this short…


I always feel like celebrating when all my jars seal! woo hoo!

Sterilize the jars, lids & rings by rinsing in really hot water.  Let the lids & rings soak.  Fill the jars with broth (again be sure to get proportionate amounts of all three layers of goodness).  WIPE THE RIMS of the jars carefully (if there is stuff on there, they won’t seal).  Place the warm lid on the top, then put on the metal ring loosely.  Submerge the jars in the pot of boiling water.  Leave them there for 12-18 minutes, turning the boil down just a bit.  Removing them is easier if you have a wire rack, or a set of canning tongs, but doable if you don’t, you just need some kinda tong to reach into the boiling water, and not mess with the lids too much or you might undo the seal.  Set the jars to cool in a flat area.  Do not touch them.  As they cool, you will hear a “popping” sound as each one sets its seal.  SUCH A GREAT NOISE!  Like popping a champagne cork!  Woo Hoo!  Celebratory as you know you’ve succeeded in sealing the jar!  When they’ve fully cooled, wipe them down, and you can store them for ALL TIME!  Amazing really. They are sealed so as long as they are refridgerated, they last FOR EVAAAAH.

AWESOME right?  But here’s the REALLY AWESOME part (if I haven’t lost you and you’re still reading)…


Albondigas, or Mexican chicken soup, from homemade bone broth, with homegrown zucchini, carrots, onions, & cliantro

Here’s a quick bit o’ history.  Basically every culture agrees in the healing property of bone broth…let’s review a few:


Homemade Korean “Pho-style” soup from Thanksgiving turkey bone broth, master tonic, and homegrown cabbage, onions, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, radish, & lime with cilantro, sesame seeds, Braggs Aminos, & homemade “Rooster Sauce” from habanero chilis. Rice Vinegar & Sesame Oil.

The use of gelatin as a theraputic agent dates back to the ancient Chinese (1).  Traditional Chinese Medecine (TCM) uses bone broth to strengthen the kidney, support the digestive system, and build blood (2).  It is a Qi & blood builder (3).  Bone broths are nutrient-dense, and include calcium, potassium, magnesium, and incorporate the marrow of the animal.  Marrow helps our Jing essence (essence from the Kidney).  “Bone marrow is produced by Kidney Jing, so infusing it in bone broth is like drinking a cup of Jing” (3). 

images-6But what is Kidney Jing?  TCM tells us we are all born with it.  It is the “essence” we are given from our mom and dad at birth.  There is a sort of “reserve” of this energy in all of us and as we age, we begin to use it up.  When we are stressed, work too hard, have too much “fun,” are short on sleep, or otherwise over-tax ourselves, our Kidney essence becomes deficient and we become exhausted.  Filling up your resevoir again is wonderful! (3)  Thus the bone broth!

We’ve heard all of the slogans from the 90’s “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” etc.  Those don’t come from thin air.  “Fish broth will cure anything,” is another South American proverb. (1)  All proverbs arrive from years of repitition of knowledge.  They should always be taken seriously, not with a grain of salt! 


Matzo Ball Soup – Jewish “Penicillin” (Not homemade. But a pic I lifted from google images. Not gluten free so I haven’t made it in a while…but it’s a goodie!

“The term “Jewish penicillin” is used for chicken soup, because it is known to inhibit cell inflammation and mitigate cold symptoms.  And the English have sipped beef tea, or beef broth, since the Victorian era.” (2)


“Liberty leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix


The steam digester: a high-pressure cooker invented by French physicist Denis Papin in 1679.

In 1682, Denis Papin, a Frenchman, invented a kind of pressure cooker called the “digestor,” that cooked bones or meat with steam to extract the gelatin.  In the same way that we take vitamins to answer our current nutritional shortages, gelatin was the go to 200 years ago, particularly in France.  Although gelatin is not a complete protein, containing primarily the amino acids arginine and glycine, but a little goes a long way and much broth can be made of a few measely bones. “During the siege of Paris, when vegetables and meat were scarce, a doctor named Guerard put his patients on gelatin bouillon with some added fat and they survived in good health.”(1)


French Onion Soup made from homemade chicken/beef bone broth – recipe from Mais Oui! Merci!

Through the 1950’s the French were the leaders in gelatin research.  Again, think consome right?  In a French restaurant, you can literally order a bowl of plain beef gelatin.  They found it useful in the treatment many diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer.  Babies had fewer digestive problems when gelatin was added to their milk. (1)


Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. (1901–1967) In his treatment of respiratory diseases such as TB, asthma, allergies and emphysema, he always highlighted proper diet based on the principles discovered by Weston Price.

The American researcher Francis Pottenger (Pottenger’s Cats) stated that gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid, thus it attracts and holds liquids & facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices towards the food in the gut. (1)


Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”

Famed and oft quoted French gastronome Brillant-Savarin stated that “Soup is a healthy, light, nourishing food…good for all of humanity; it pleases the stomach, stimulates the appetite and prepares the digestion.”(1)  But of course he is better known for having coined the expression “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”  Or as we say nowadays: You are what you eat.  He was a pretty smart guy that Brillant-Savarin, also coming up with the theory that sugar and white flour were the cause of obesity and suggested eating only protein-rich ingredients of which bone broth was one.  I think he was on to something. 

WAIT! did I lose you??? Was the history lesson too boring?

Hey  – I’m just trying to show you how IMPORTANT it is to not throw away those bones, remember?  

And finally, some brass tack factual reasons WHY bone broth is healthy (4, 5): 

  • reduces pain & inflammation, makes your joints more supple
  • helps you have healthier hair, skin, & nails
  • heals your gut & promotes healthy digestion
  • reduces your need for meat & protein
  • helps get the toxins out.
  • promotes healthy bones.
  • helps promote healthy sleep
  • inhibits infection

I could go into GREAT detail on each of these, but I’d just have to quote directly from the articles below ’cause they are so well written and fun.  Instead, just click on those links at the end.  They’re awesome.

Bones are good for your bones.  And more.

OOOOOPS!  I was going to give you some recipes.  WHAT???  How did that happen?


Last night’s homegrown homemade pumpkin soup made with last week’s chicken bone broth! Welcome Fall. Welcome Soup Season!

Really, this article has been long winded enough. How about I write another blog soon as an addendum and include my very favorite Chicken Soup recipe?  THE one and only?  My Mother’s (I love you and miss you MOM).  For now I will leave you of a picture of the soup that I was making today while I wrote this blog… No it’s not Chicken Soup, rather homemade homegrown pumpkin.  But guess what is one of only eight ingredients?  YES!!!  You guessed it! ….Chicken Bone Broth!

Until next month…keep drooling! xo Coby

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)



Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
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Teach Your Children Well…

“Healthy Choices, Healthy Me!: A 2nd Grade lesson in Nutrition”…?

At the end of school, the kids always come home with all their remaining schoolwork: homework, classwork, art projects.  You know, what they learned.

My daughter came home with this:

2nd grade LAUSD curriculum

Do you notice anything? Anything at all seem weird to you?

12 portions of Dairy?! and 14 of Grains, Breads & Cereals?! 

Is this what they are teaching them?  Do school teachers really believe these are the RIGHT portions?

I have to say, my jaw was AGAPE.  So I showed it to Dr. Eric. He immediately checked to see what organization was responsible for printing this school lesson. Sure enough the bottom reads: “c. 2006 Dairy Council of California revised in 2009.” Oye.

No wonder our children are getting diabetes.  No wonder America is FAT. Let’s subjugate them YOUNG to the evil empire of corporate financing and GREED shall we? After all this is America and we are out to make a buck or two! Don’t worry, kids are “resilient!”  Let’s just make them a little bit sick, so we can sell them more medicine…can LAUSD really be bought so easily?

One of the first things that Dr. Eric and I tell our friends, patients and family is: Eliminate wheat and dairy from your diet.  Really, no matter what. You do not have to have Celiac’s or be lactose intolerant in order to decide this.

Cow dairy is NOT good for you.  No, it does not give you strong bones.  It does not help you grow taller.  It does not have lots of calcium in it.  Cow milk is for baby COWS.  And it is nothing but SUGAR.  If it is calcium that you want, look to your leafy green vegetables.  In the above chart, the VEGETABLES portion should be 12 or 14. Remember Popeye?  “I’m strong to the finish, ’cause I eats me SPINACH. I’m Popeye the sailor man. Toot toot!” (Maybe he isn’t so good at grammar, and maybe he will get lung cancer from the corncob pipe, but he gets an A in biology.)

Cow milk also makes a person phlegmy.  Have you ever noticed how your nose gets stuffy, or you sneeze, or you wheeze, or you cough after eating or drinking it? Have to “hock a lugie?”  Ice cream, coffee, cheese, milk, chocolate milk, creme brulee, etc…pay attention next time, you’ll see.  Most pediatricians are so quick to put little kids on antibiotics, prescribe inhalers, or insert ear tubes in order to avoid childhood bronchitis, ear infections, and asthma.  Or to avoid spring allergies folks should use claratin, chlor-trimeton or benedryl.  Sure those work. But first, take the kid off wheat and dairy.  Just try it.  Betcha the symptoms lessen.

Not to mention that most milk these days, especially the inexpensive kind, comes from cows treated with BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone), given excessive antibiotics, not raised free range, grain fed rather than grass fed, and fed GMO corn no less.  A recipe for ILLNESS.  Have you seen the pictures of what happens to lab rats who were fed GMO corn? If the cows eat it, it’s in the milk. It’s in us too.

Oh and I’m sorry…14 helpings a day of Bread, Cereals & Grains?  Well, grains I can abide.   Whole sprouted grains preferably.  Gluten Free grains even better!  Oats, Rice, Quinoa, Spelt, Amaranth, etc.  Whole Grains have a significant source of B vitamins, iron, folate, magnesium, and selenium.  And good fiber too.   But at school they don’t say WHOLE GRAINS.  No, rather white bread, Teddy Grahams, and Cheerios count. Especially nutritionally vacant cereals like Lucky Charms, for example. (Why cereal? oh right, because it needs MILK on it.  Duh!  Let’s not forget todays lesson is sponsored by the Dairy Council of California!  wink wink).  Sorry Charlie.  Highly processed bleached and treated breads, grains and cereal aren’t the same thing.  BTW, Wheat also breaks down to SUGAR in the blood stream.  Sugar with sugar on top anyone? yummy….

Do kids really need 26 helpings of SUGAR a day?

I’m not even getting started on the Gluten Issue.  Or should I?  Just quickly, Celiac’s or no, Gluten is INDIGESTIBLE by ALL HUMAN BEINGS.  Whether that presents itself as serious disease now, or later, depends on your body’s hereditary ability to deal with it.  But, after eating wheat or gluten just take a notice. Some get bloated, some get IBS, some get sluggish and tired, some get Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Autoimmune disorders, or Hashimoto’s, joint inflammation, chronic fatigue syndrome, but over time, it does cause DISEASE.

I always wondered why at EVERY SINGLE school or kids’ function it is PIZZA on the menu. I guess by LAUSD standards this is meeting the Percent Daily Value of the Food Triangle.  Jeesh, this is so Mid-Century!  Archaic, outdated and WRONG.

So we come to one of the primary reasons why we, Dr. Eric and our family, are so actively invested in both community and school gardens.  Why we shamelessly plug events and fundraisers for all the local Gardens…

I feel SO VERY GRATEFUL to the Master Gardeners, Nora Dvosin & Nancy Giffin at Westminster Elementary who back in 2002, walked in to my son’s school at Westminster Elementary in Venice, and offered to start a school garden.  WE Garden is THRIVING now.  You will find it full of local volunteers and amazing local farmers, restauranteurs, and businesses who donate their time and energy to teaching the kids the RIGHT way to eat.  Kids learn how to plant, raise, and eat what they grow themselves and even better, what they learn in the classroom is relevant to the real world and living in it.  Thank you to Alice Waters at The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley for the same. Thank you to our newfound friends at Emerson Avenue Community Garden at Orville Wright Middle School.  And Mrs. Pourroy, Cali’s second grade teacher this year… thank you for taking the kids to EACGC on an end of the year field trip.  I know you do all you can do to supplement the lacking LAUSD nutritional lessons.  Let’s get that Kentwood Garden started!

Finally, thank you to YOU for taking the time to read this rant. I had to unload. The assignment that Cali brought home on the last day of school made me soooOOOoooo frustrated!

Please, teach your children well….

Best, Coby

aka #mrsdrdahl

Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
Providing Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture in Santa Monica since 1999 ( Check out our 5-star Review on Yelp ( or find us on facebook (