Understanding Oxidation and Reduction Reactions, Methylation and the Role of Glutathione, Vitamin B12 and Folate – Robert A. Erickson, M.D. – February 2012

Most people have heard the term “oxidation” and from the sound of the word, may have developed the impression that it has something to do with oxygen. Indeed it does, because oxygen has a tendency to draw electrons to itself. This tendency, rather than the presence of oxygen itself, is actually what identifies oxidation. […]

August 27th, 2014|Articles|

Top 5 Foods to Avoid Series #5 – Peanuts and Peanut Butter – Robert A. Erickson, M.D. – February 2012

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a staple in the diet of most children when I was growing up. They were served in the school cafeterias as well. Unfortunately peanuts can be highly allergenic and precipitate asthma attacks, rashes, or even death in some highly allergic individuals. Associated with peanuts is a cancer causing […]

August 27th, 2014|Articles|

Top 5 Foods to Avoid Series #4 – Soda and Diet Soda – Robert A. Erickson, M.D. – February 2012

The majority of our readers already know that soda is bad because of the sugar or high fructose corn syrup content. Excess sugar is a risk factor for developing diabetes and obesity. Twenty-one percent of the sugar in the average American’s diet comes from soft drinks! But what about diet soda which has no […]

February 2nd, 2012|Articles|


The pollution of our air, water, and food supply with mercury is a recognized health hazard, and the US and other governments have set guidelines to reduce its impact on the environment. Up until several years ago mercury in the form of thimerosal was used as a preservative in vaccines. It has been removed […]

January 2nd, 2012|Articles|

Top 5 Foods to Avoid Series #2 – Unfermented Soy Products – Robert A. Erickson, M.D. December 2011

Soybeans are marketed as a “health food.” I used to eat a lot of soy products, but as I became more educated I discovered soy has a number of dangerous components. The first is phytic acid. All seeds and legumes have this, but not to the extent soybeans contain. Phytic acid binds to needed […]

December 2nd, 2011|Articles|

Top 5 Foods to Avoid Series #3 – Meat, to Eat or Not to Eat, That is the Question – Robert A. Erickson, M.D. December 2011

Simon Weiss was my father-in-law. He was a butcher and had a saying “the meat makes the meal.” Of course, he would eat meat more than once a day. He died of a stroke at age 92 several years ago, but lived a relatively disease-free life. As I grew up and even in medical […]

December 2nd, 2011|Articles|

Does Eating Grapefruit Daily Cause Breast Cancer?—by Robert A. Erickson, M.D. 2011©

From time to time I have patients read something on the Internet about avoiding eating grapefruit with their medications or avoiding this fruit if they or a family member has had breast cancer. The hypothesis is that in some way grapefruit or grapefruit juice will raise estrogen levels in women or in some way […]

October 2nd, 2011|Articles|

Magnesium for Pain Relief – Robert A. Erickson, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. 2011

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to […]

January 2nd, 2011|Articles|

A Novel Approach to Weight Loss – The hCG Diet – Robert A. Erickson M.D. 10-2010

Obesity is very frustrating for patient and doctor alike to deal with. Many of my patients claim they eat very little and yet the fat continues to accumulate. Or they’ve tried various diets and either the diet doesn’t work or the food cravings/hunger are too much, so they give up. Even if the diet […]

October 2nd, 2010|Articles|

Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods — Robert A. Erickson, M.D. 2010

What Are GMOs?

Genetic modification of food involves the laboratory process of artificially inserting genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. The result is called a genetically modified organism or GMO. GMOs can be engineered with genes from bacteria, viruses, animals, insects or even humans. Unlike most industrialized countries, the US does not […]

October 2nd, 2010|Articles|