Does Going 'All Natural' Keep Us Healthier?

Apr 22, 2013

Two possible meaningful personal stories.

One. I love going to farmer's markets, and one of the many things I'm apt to buy is the so-called salad mix which tends to be interesting and idiosyncratic. Local farmers often put all kinds of unusual greens into their mixes, including things that might strike you as weeds. Last year, after three episodes, I came to the realization that one of these salad mixes was making me sick.  Not deathly ill, mind you. But it didn't agree with me. So I stopped buying that one and never gave it another thought until reading the book we're discussing today. Nathanael Johnson's "All Natural" made me realize I have a kind of blind faith in the plant world, and that it might actually be a dangerous attitude. Johnson's book also reinforced my belief -- on the opposite end -- that I'm probably taking at least one prescription med that isn't even right for my symptoms. We'll say more on today's show. You can join the conversation - email colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.