MD, PhD, FMedSci, FSB, FRCP, FRCPEd

I know, many of you think that proponents of alternative therapies are a bit daft, intellectually challenges or naïve. This may be true for some of them, but others are very much on the ball and manage things that seemed almost impossible. Who, for instance, would have thought it possible to combine all of the following features, concepts and principles in one single alternative approach:

  • healing,
  • creativity,
  • simplicity,
  • balance,
  • alkalizing,
  • maintenance,
  • going green,
  • tradition,
  • holism,
  • synergism,
  • beauty,
  • the deepest level,
  • new way of living,
  • goodness,
  • medicinal food,
  • adaptogen,
  • vitality,
  • immunity,
  • live food,
  • etheric potion,
  • cosmic beam,
  • wellness,
  • longevity,
  • alchemizing,
  • elixir,
  • superior states of clarity.

You may think it impossible, but Amanda Chantal Bacon has skilfully combined all of them. A true feast, I hope you agree. Amanda believes that “food is as much about pleasure as healing; creativity as sustenance; and simplicity as the exquisite.” Amanda has several cards up her sleeve; one trump card is to alkalize. Alkaline foods, she claims, “balance your pH, making your body an inhospitable environment for disease. Disease can only exist in acidic states, so keeping an alkaline climate in your body is the ultimate form of protection. Existing in an alkaline state is a key to maintaining a calm and joyful life. Alkalinity will promote not only peace within but also an overall glow with radiant skin and sparkling eyes. A simple tip to remember: just go green when in doubt. Our favorite daily alkalizers are green juice, almonds, lemon and apple cider vinegar.”

Amanda is as creative as she is productive. She invented several formulas for the good of her customers: “When I compose a recipe, I draw inspiration from both my far flung travels and my local farmers markets; the traditional pairings of my culinary training and the chefs I have worked with; holistic remedies and artisanal producers. When I create a juice or a milk or a cookie I want it not only to taste extraordinary, but also to work synergistically to heal and enhance your beauty, brain, body and spirit at the deepest level.”

In her pursuit of good health, well being, holism and deeper levels, Amanda created a firm called ‘Moon Juice’ which is “for people interested in a new way of living. Not a way where you have to erase your past, but a way fueled by excitement to help yourself live better. Our only intention is to add goodness and beauty to your life.”

“In 2006” Amanda explains, “I began studying the power of raw, medicinal foods to heal the hypothyroid condition I had had since I was a teen, in addition to my severe allergies to wheat, sugar, and cow dairy. Although I was still working as a chef in fine dining, at this juncture my whole diet changed. I ate primarily vegetables and legumes from the farmers market, and foods that would serve as hormonal adaptogens. Within a few months, I noticed a radical shift. My next round of blood work revealed that my thyroid hormone levels were back to normal. Working in fine dining was amazing, but my own transformative experience – backed up by extensive blood tests, the scrutiny of several physicians, renewed feelings of vitality, and a shift in my personality, immunity, appearance, and thought – inspired me to create Moon Juice. These live, medicinal foods changed me from the inside out. That is what Moon Juice is – not just our products – but rather a healing force, an etheric potion, a cosmic beacon for those seeking out beauty, wellness, and longevity. There is nothing I want more than to share this experience and education with as many people as I can.”

Well?

Perhaps there is something that Amanda might want even more: your money?

Amanda is not selfish; no, she wants everyone to benefit from her inventions. Therefore, she sells her products; the one I liked best was Brain Dust™ . This is “an enlightening edible formula alchemized to align you with the mighty cosmic flow needed for great achievement. An adaptogenic elixir to maintain healthy systems for superior states of clarity, memory, creativity, alertness and a capacity to handle stress.” The ingredients of Brain Dust are Organic Astragalus, Shilajit, Maca, Lion’s Mane, Rhodiola, Ginkgo and Organic Stevia. Of course, such an exquisite product has to come at a price: you can purchase one jar (14 servings) of Brain Dust for US$ 30.

As I said, not all of them are daft!

27 Responses to Brain Dust and other surprises

  • So lemon and vinegar are alkaline? We live and learn.

  • Is it fizzy, like Space Dust? I’ll have two bags! Especially if it comes with a liquorice dibber!
    She ought to think ahead. What about a version of the old lemon sherbet chews, but with Brain Dust running through the middle? Catch them young! Though it might be counter- productive. If the kids eat lots of them, it may improve their intelligence to the point where they’ll see through it eventually.

  • NCCIH says this about Astragalus:

    It can cause harm to people and animals.
    There is no good evidence that it is an effective medicine.
    https://nccih.nih.gov/health/astragalus

    Wikipedia says of “Shilajit”: “Based on currently available studies, the bioactivity of shilajit lacks substantial evidence. The immuno-modulatory activity does not stand the test of critical assessment and is considered as unproven.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shilajit

    Maca is a root vegetable native to Peru.

    Lion’s Mane is an edible mushroom. An Huffington Post enthusiast says about the evidence: “Is this data suggestive of positive outcomes? Absolutely.”

    Well if it’s good enough for Huff…

    NCCIH are not so enthusiatic about the evidence for Rhodiola.
    https://nccih.nih.gov/health/rhodiola

    About Ginkgo they say: “There’s no conclusive evidence that ginkgo is helpful for any health condition.”

    There is evidence that it causes cancer in rodents.
    https://nccih.nih.gov/health/ginkgo/ataglance.htm

    The evidence for medicinal benefits of Stevia is not remarkable.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia

    Summary: Brain Dust might be good, bad or neutral for human health based on a quick Google review of the evidence.

    • If your going to attack natural foods and herbal medicine Why your at it why not list all the detrimental side effects of the synthetic medicines that people take as well. Just for the sake of comparison.

      • I know by now that you are slow at the uptake: MY EXPERTISE IS ALT MED.

      • Please look at this comment.

      • thSwellen-that basic straw man argument has been dismantled many times on this blog. Not to you’re satisfaction, obviously.But if yo’re grasp of logic is as good as you’re spelling, I remain unsurprised.

        • Classic, attack the foreigners spelling, because that’s all you can do rather than address the real issues raised. Typical of someone who has nothing valuable to add

          • Swellen- the ‘issues’ you’ve raised are stupid enough to need little added from me. Bad logic of the most comic and inept kind. As with many homeopaths, you destroy your own argument simply in the stating of it. You shoot yourself in the foot, but with a bazooka, just to make sure you don’t miss.

  • By the way- when I saw this, I thought it was a reference to ‘powdered brain’ that Barbara Cartland claimed to eat around the early 70s. I know she was delusional, but was it actually this stuff she was eating, thinking it was real brain?

  • Chemist Kat Day blogged about this a while back. The comments section gives an excellent breakdown of the fuckwittery of the “alkaline diet” brigade.

    https://chronicleflask.com/2013/08/28/amazing-alkaline-lemons/

  • Take one look at the difference between people who use natural foods, supplements, green juices, herbs, therapies etc. To treat and managed there symptoms And compare them to the people who religiously take there different types of medication 2-3 times a day and see who looks healthier. People that take medication look like crap, there grey, lethargic, have low immunity, low libido, etc and if you ask them how they feel and if they are getting better most if not all will tell you no. The difference and benefits to using natural vs synthetic is huge. People only begin to improve when they realise this and make necessary diet and lifestyle changes.

    • OH DEAR, please show us the evidence for this multitude of nonsensical claims or be quiet.

      • I see a Mr Swellen has decided to join in, in a disastrous attempt to replace Iqbal and Mr Bios, not seen recently.
        On the evidence so far, it augurs well. Once your able to hack you’re way through the somewhat haphazard spelling. In fact his spelling looks like my garden did last year until I paid a feller to go at it with a strimmer.u

    • “People that [sic] take medication look like crap, there [sic] grey, lethargic, have low immunity, low libido, etc and if you ask them how they feel and if they are getting better most if not all will tell you no.” Please tell us what their illness is (it’s probably more serious than the ‘worried well’ who think so much of altmed).

      • A friends dad went to a doctor because of a headache, six months later he’s on 3 different types of medication and still has his headaches. Twelve months on he’s on 5 different types of medication and still has his headaches. Now is that what we call evidence based medicine.

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