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Halloween candy that won’t turn kids into junk-food monsters

Most of us are all too familiar with the effects of junk food on kids’ brains. Between the artificial colors, flavors and preservatives in our favorite Halloween (and everyday) commercial candies our nervous system, blood vessels and tissues are bombarded with what boils down to lots and lots of chemical signals. Plus, unlike natural food sources, there is often a complete lack of anything to block the direct absorption of all these chemicals into the bloodstream, unless of course there are nuts or some kind of fruit and then there is some degree of absorption blockage.

Certain dyes and highly concentrated glucose source, high fructose corn syrup as well as other preservatives and ingredients found in commercial candies can push a child with mood and/or behavioral issues over the edge. The Feingold Association has an entire food-based protocol to help parents and patients have more control over their mental states.

When I see pediatric, adolescent and even adults with mood and behavior issues, the diet is one of the first places our conversation lands. I have successfully treated ADHD, anxiety and depression in particular with the Feingold Diet and as a Naturopath, using food as medicine is a fundamental part of my practice.

Without further ado, here’s the list of the safest candies for your goodiebags from our friends at the Feingold Assocaition:

Bellows House Brownie
Berlin Bakery Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (CF)
Bumble Bar Original Peanut Jr (GF,CF)
Clean Candy Butterscotch (GF,CF)
Clean Candy Lemon (GF,CF)
Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Cookies (GF,CF)
Florida Natural – Natural Taffy (CS)
Florida Natural – Angel Mints (CS)
Jolly Time Simply Popped (GF)
Kinnikinnick / Either Animal Cookies (GF, CF) or Sandwich Cookies (GF)
Life Savers – Pep O Mint (CS)
Lovely Caramels (GF, CF)
Marich Lemon Jelly Beans (CS, GF, CF)
Pearson’s Chocolate Mint (CS)
Black Spider stuffed toy
Thompson Chocolate Halloween Foils (GF)
Thompson Chocolate Halloween Lolli’s (GF)
Thompson Chocolate Pumpkin Discs (GF)
Utz Cheddar Popcorn (GF)
Utz Halloween Pretzels (CF)

For more information, visit their website at https://www.fgshop.org/goodiebag.aspx

Dr. Blake Ashley Kovner ND, is a graduate of Salem College’s Fleer Program where she earned her B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry with an emphasis in the crossroads of the two, biochemistry. She went to Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington where she was trained as a Primary Care Provider in Naturopathic Medicine. During her education, Dr. Kovner underwent specialized and extensive Naturopathic training in Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune disease management approaches. She also became a licensed massage practitioner at the same time. Her practice is comprised of roots-based, constitutional medicine that stems from Western Medical Herbalism, German Biologic Medicine and Ayurveda. As a Medical Herbalist, Dr. Kovner employs the art and science of individualized formulation where she makes botanical medicine for her patients, teaches them about the plants and how to grow them. While she is a specialist in nutraceuticals, Dr. Kovner believes strongly in the Hippocratic principle, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” With this in mind, she teaches her patients about the gut-brain axis, empowering them from the inside out. In a similar light, she excels in drug-free pain management for almost any chronic condition utilizing functional medicine and biofeedback. She worked in New Orleans at LSU as a research associate on an NIH-funded clinical trial on the safety and neuroprotective effects of a green tea extract on people with Multiple Sclerosis. There, she co-authored two peer-reviewed articles on MS that were published in scientific journals. The first is entitled, “Cognitive Impairment in multiple sclerosis” and the second one, “Polyphenon E, Non-futile at Neuroprotection in Multiple Sclerosis but Unpredictably Hepatotoxic: Phase I Single Group and Phase II Randomized Placebo-Controlled Studies”. She also participated in building an MRI database to see if brain atrophy is directly related to disease progression as measured by EDSS score and was trained as a Wheelchair Hatha Yoga Teacher and a Rasayana Yoga Teacher. Prior to practicing medicine, Dr. Kovner was a poet on the local SLAM poetry team and is the artist who created the iconic Trade Street figure called, Sax Man and had two gallery openings at AFAS's former UnLeashed Gallery.

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