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I’d like introduce a new feature here at The Healthy Skeptic. Once a month (or so) I’ll invite you to submit any questions you have or topics you’d like to see addressed on the blog. I’ll keep a list of your requests and add them into the mix of content I have planned for the coming month.

Wondering whether saturated fat and cholesterol actually cause heart disease? Not sure what to feed your kids to support their growth and development? Want to know the truth about fluoride? Confused about the difference between carotenes and Vitamin A? Looking for a good way to cook liver? It’s all fair game!

Please leave a comment below this post with your questions or topic suggestions. And make sure to check the box to “subscribe to comments” if you want to see what others are asking too. I look forward to hearing from you!

  1. Over the years i have developed a sleep problem. I wake up 5 to 8 times per night and have difficulties getting back to sleep unless i have something to eat.
    I have tried supplements, psychiatry and seen my doctor.
    I eat well, exercise regularly but nothing seems to work.
    I was wondering if this is a problem that you have come across before? And if there is any methods that might be able to help me?

  2. Hi,

    Like one of the posters above, I can’t find your fluoride article. I would love a thorough post on drinking water. The dangers of fluoride, chlorine, and other contaminants, the best type of filtering, etc.

    It’s very difficult to find good scientific information on these topics – lots of scare sites, but nothing that sounds scientifically based. That’s why I love your site – great science, easily understood. Thank you!

  3. Vaccines! Please help us make sense of the literature. No one is speaking from a reasonable position that isn’t just pure government propaganda. Should we be concerned about how the vaccines are made, what is in them, how many vaccines are given and when, are we creating more issues by vaccinating our kids. Could you suggest some studies? Do you vaccinate? Please help us! I know talking about this topic is just walking into trouble, but please, we need help. I just listened to your post on the flu vaccine. That was helpful, but what about the MMR?

  4. Over the years I’ve heard fluoride debated. Recently my dentist suggested I use a fluoride oral rinse called PerioMed . I raised an eyebrow at the 3M logo on the bottle and wondered how a giant corporation that makes chemicals and fiber optics should come to make something for inside my body. The bottle warns to go to a hospital if swallowed.
    My question is, has your researched anything significant about the safety and /or healthful benefits of fluoride?

  5. Any ideas on the new fad involving krill? Certainly not in our usual diet, but is it better (as it is claimed) than cod liver oil. best wishes, steven

  6. Do I need to limit my fat intake at all to lose weight? Typical breakfast is 3 eggs, 2 yolks, 4 pieces of thick-cut, meaty bacon, and 1 TB of butter on 1 piece of Ezekial toast. Lunch is 8 oz sausage and veggies. Dinner is 8 oz. ground beef and veggies. No snacks. 12-14 hour fast.

  7. I like to incorporate good ideas from wherever I find them, even if the author is not strictly Paleo. Now I find conflicting advice concerning when to eat breakfast for maximum fat loss. Martin Berkhan of Leangains says that is best to postpone eating breakfast as long as possible to extend the fat-burning that takes place overnight. Tim Ferriss says it’s important to eat protein within 30 minutes of waking to create a hormonal advantage that will last through the day. What do you say?

  8. Hi Jane,

    All of the labs can do that. It’s more a question of finding a practitioner to order and then interpret those tests. I’m unfortunately not aware of any MDs or other practitioners doing that type of testing. I’m sure there are some – I just don’t know who they are since I haven’t lived down there in so long.

    Another option is to go to and order the tests yourself. You order the tests, and they email you a lab requisition which you print out and then take to a nearby lab. I’d still recommend finding some help interpreting the results, though. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  9. Where can I find a lab in Manhattan Beach area that can give me a full report on my cholesterol, full blood analysis, and the CA125?

  10. Ideas/recipes for cooking liver would be great!
    Best options/brands of filters recommended for removing fluoride from water.
    Sun protection facts regarding use of sesame, coconut, other oils.
    Thanks! Kristie

  11. I hope you’ve all had a chance to read the recent articles on nutrition for kids, fluoride, antidepressants and pregnancy nutrition! I’m working my way down the list and hope to get to the remaining suggestions in the near future.

    Thanks again for your comments!

    • What article about flouride are you refering to? Can’t find anything on your site with the search function. Thanks!

  12. what’s the deal with iodine? is it possible to get enough from foods alone? what supplements are the most effective and if supplementing iodine are there other supplements that need to be taken with it in order to get the most out of it?

    also, regarding minerals: colloidal or angstrom? which one is more effective and easily absorbed?

  13. Cooking and eating utinsels. What is safe, what is not and why? Is Correlle safe, and which crock pots are best? Stainless steel for cooking?

    Great website! Thanks for all you do.

  14. Expanding on Chad’s #1, above- is vitamin/mineral supplementation truly beneficial before & during pregnancy for women with a healthy diet?

  15. Which is better for ones health: distilled water or mineral water? Does distilled water leach minerals from the body? Are the “inorganic” minerals in mineral water actually toxic? There are various claims made about both, and the arguments back and forth strike me as more religion than science. Personally, I listen to my palate, which tells me that distilled water tastes awful.

  16. Here are a few suggestions I’ve had from readers:

    From Chad
    1. Vitamin/mineral supplementation, necessary or unnecessary?
    2. Candida, real or fiction?
    3. Chronic Fatigue/Fybromyalgia, real or fiction
    4. Antidepressants, effective or not?
    5. EMF’s truth or fiction?
    6. Prayer, Faith, Positive affirmations, wishful thinking or effective medicine?
    7. Ejaculation, depleting or health enhancing?
    8. Organic versus non-organic produce
    9. Oxygenated water
    10. Vegetarianism, dangerous or life enhancing
    11. Computer use and depression
    12. Chocolate, when is it ever a good thing?
    13. Gluten and its links to autism
    14. Sugar: Is unprocessed really better for you?
    15. Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, etc.: placebo or real?
    16. Acidophillus supplementation
    17. Fad diets: Atkins, The Zone, Diet based on blood type
    18. Long term effects of Jenny Craig, Weight Watcher’s sorts of diets

    From Jim
    Information about the benefits of fermented foods.

    Keep the suggestions coming folks!

  17. Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for your suggestion!

    A “Nourishing Our Children” post is definitely at the top of my list. I’ll go into detail there, but in short, the good news is that saturated fat and cholesterol are two very important nutrients for growth and development. I don’t know too many kids that don’t like butter, cheese and cream. 🙂

    One of the benefits of a nutrient-dense diet (whether for kids or adults) is that they’re full of foods most people love! This is in stark contrast to the bland, unsatisfying low-fat fare currently en vogue.

    More to follow….

  18. I like the “what to feed children” idea. But it has to be food they will actually EAT.

    I’ve also been wondering about how to incorporate more raw foods into my diet. I know about lacto-fermentation, but I want to know more about the why’s and how’s of sprouting, juicing, and wheatgrass.