Clean your greens

Does using vegetable and fruit washes help reduce or eliminate pesticides?
— Mariann Randolph, via e-mail

A study sponsored by the state of Connecticut found that “milk detergents or fruit and vegetable washes do not enhance the removal of pesticide residues from products above that of rinsing with tap water alone.” However, vegetable washes do seem to help remove waxes and dirt more effectively than water alone.
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More on bruxism

In your article about jaw pain (“Let Go,” September 2007), you didn't mention that surface friction on mercury fillings releases more mercury into the body than normal chewing. Also, some people believe that mercury toxicity contributes to the start of bruxism in the first place.
— Elaine Fredrick, New Brighton, Minnesota

This is an interesting point. “Even though some people believe that mercury toxicity contributes to bruxism, this is almost impossible to prove,” says Robert Rountree, MD, Delicious Living's medical editor. However, he notes that at least two published studies have shown that chewing gum releases more mercury from fillings than bruxism does.
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Thanks to all the readers who pointed out that we mislabeled dulse and nori in our January 2008 issue (“Vegetables of the Sea”). Nori was actually number three, and dulse was number four.

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