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Shelly
Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 3:09am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi,

Goji berries are a diamond on my SWAMI so I bought a bag of raw, organic goji berries at Whole Foods.  I ate them dried out of the bag for a few days but  it  made me feel very much out of it- like an out of body experience - almost like a hallucinogen!

Someone told me to cook it as it may have toxins in its raw form. So I cooked them today and ate them, but same thing- I feel dizzy and out of sorts, and slow in speaking.  I really feel drugged.  Did anyone have any bad reactions to goji berries?
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I bought some from Whole Foods too and didn't react like that. They seem fine, although I can't say I love the way they taste.
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did you have more than a cup full?

got blood sugar susceptibility?

how much fruit had you had today in general, before the berries?


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I bought some from Whole Foods too and didn't react like that. They seem fine, although I can't say I love the way they taste.


Did you eat them straight from the bag?  Or cook them?
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Quoted from Lola
did you have more than a cup full?

got blood sugar susceptibility?

how much fruit had you had today in general, before the berries?


I had them on an empty stomach for breakfast.  I ate about 15. I don't have blood sugar susceptibility, but I get acne flare-ups from pineapple and I just found 2 acne flare-ups on my cheek.
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I didn't cook them. I hadn't thought about doing that. I tend to try things I've never had when someone else is around because I've found I get some weird reactions. That has happened with the BTD because I was trying the various kinds of teas. I do have blood sugar issues. I think I had some whole grain crackers at the same time I ate those.

The bag I have is red and off white, I think. I noticed they had a few different brands.
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LOVE goji berries. Never had a bad reaction. And I can eat them like candy...
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In an Asian shop, I  saw instruction on a package to soak the berries before usage.  Not only do I soak them but I wash them first.  Maybe there is a reason for soaking them.
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I wondered if they were sprayed with  a strong pesticide.  

Were these goji berries organic?


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LOVE goji berries. Never had a bad reaction. And I can eat them like candy...



Same here. Eat them by the handfull, no problem, and I love that in between taste, not bitter nor sweet either.


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It is not a common allergy, but some folks in Asia are allergic to Goji berries.  I don't think its unreasonable to think that we will see some Americans here with similar allergies as they become more popular.

Toxins aren't unheard of either, even with berries labeled "organic".  Unfortunately China is home to many dodgy industrial practices that go unchecked, including food processing.  A berry producer may use heavy pesticides, or a packager may use non-food products in processing (Remember the tainted pet food from a few years ago?) and it is possible that the label is still marked "organic" or "pesticide free" or even "Grown in Idaho and certified organic by Oregon Tilth".  

Not every China-based manufacturer resorts to tricks like this but there are enough of them out there to cause a huge problem.  A significant amount of Goji berries on the U.S. market are from China which may be cause for concern.

Which stinks, because I love them too  





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I tried dried goji berries once and I reacted as if I had eaten tons of mold.


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I know I react differently to other people in a lot of things. I react especially to "odd foods" like seaweed or exotic fruit.  I am afterall, an Explorer.

But I find I do best on common, easy to find, bland foods like lettuce, tomatoes, apple, brown rice- foods I know.  

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When I had my Swami done, I told Drs. C & D about my reaction to goji berries, so it is an avoid for me even though Iím an Explorer.  I break out in little itty bitty blood blisters.  They donít hurt, just look weird.


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When I had my Swami done, I told Drs. C & D about my reaction to goji berries, so it is an avoid for me even though Iím an Explorer.  I break out in little itty bitty blood blisters.  They donít hurt, just look weird.


Red Lilac, it is funny that you mention those tiny blood blisters. I did say in an earlier post that I never had a bad reaction but, I started having goji berries about 2 months ago, and I had a similar rash, not knowing what to atribute it to. No pain, no itch, no nothing. The rash lasted for maybe 5 or 6 days and went away, even though I carried on eating the berries, and still do, almost everyday. The rash though, never returned. It's almost like that first time I ate them, it worked as some sort of immunization process.
Have you tried them again? Did you react badly second time around?



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I looked at the label of my goji berries and saw they are from China. It made me wonder how much I could trust the organic label.
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I eat them raw, and I haven't felt anything special about their effect.
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Red Lilac, it is funny that you mention those tiny blood blisters. I did say in an earlier post that I never had a bad reaction but, I started having goji berries about 2 months ago, and I had a similar rash, not knowing what to atribute it to. No pain, no itch, no nothing. The rash lasted for maybe 5 or 6 days and went away, even though I carried on eating the berries, and still do, almost everyday. The rash though, never returned. It's almost like that first time I ate them, it worked as some sort of immunization process.
Have you tried them again? Did you react badly second time around?



Hmmmm Ė I didnít eat them every day.  But every time I tried them again, I got those little blisters.  So you are saying your body just got used to the berries and stopped producing those things.  I wonder why I got such a weird reaction in the 1st place.  Another mystery to solve.  


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Hmmmm Ė I didnít eat them every day.  But every time I tried them again, I got those little blisters.  So you are saying your body just got used to the berries and stopped producing those things.  I wonder why I got such a weird reaction in the 1st place.  Another mystery to solve.  


Indeed, a case study for the experts.


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just bought my first bag since they are superfoof on my swami. thought i check em out before i ate them hence my visit here.

I'm a bit annoyed that after paying a fair price for them in a health store it says hidden in a crease of the packaging that they are a product of several countries and only packed in the uk. and also may contain nuts and etc. no mention of sulphate's etc on them but i mistakenly thought they were organic - didn't have my glasses on in the shop. blast lol


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Here is a US source for organic goji berries that I have found very good.

http://thehappyfruit.com/


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PC return them they will give you your money back.


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I thought I'd give them a go but not give M any, tasted one, not great, but that was after soaking them over night and rinsing them for 5 mins. but I'll try again tomorrow,


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I eat them..taste weird but they don't bother me. I put them in my oatmeal with raisins..   
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Soaking them eliminates the problems.
Pretty hard for the body to digest dry wolfberries/goji.

Unnecessary to spend money on (most) organic gojiberries since the "organic" isn¬īt guaranteed. Asian stores gives you the real price ,china price, instead of going to an health food store and paying an inflated price of 3-4 times more.

PS. the dollar is going down.
THE POLITICS OF THE CHINESE CURRENCY PEG
Hardly a month goes by without another U.S. government official
or elected politician calling on the Chinese government to
appreciate the yuan, which is currently pegged to the U.S. dollar.
Such public browbeating is pure political grandstanding.
It’s all a bluff. Privately, I am sure, we are begging the Chinese
not to float their currency.
China is the biggest buyer of U.S. Treasury securities, and the
Chinese do it to defend the currency peg. They are also the
biggest suppliers of low-priced consumer goods to Americans.
Why on earth would American officials and politicians demand
that China increase both consumer prices and interest rates in
America? The result would surely be a severe recession. This
could also be a giant exercise in reverse psychology. Since what
worries American politicians the most, other than their own reelection,
is China dropping its peg, why not demand China do
just that? That way, the Chinese would lose face if they complied
and appeared to be bowing to U.S. pressure. If America were demanding
that the Chinese keep the peg, they would likely have
dropped it already.
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