A few years back, Dr. David Brownstein, a holistic medical doctor based in the wealthy suburb city of West Bloomfield, Michigan, shared a post on his blog titled ‘I Want My Seven Hours Back.’

In it, he described how he spent nearly seven hours taking a board exam that focused almost entirely on drugs, with few if any questions about nutrition.

One branch of healing that studies nutrition and other whole-picture healing modalities is chiropractic.

Among chiropractors, Dr. Eric Berg of Alexandria, Virginia stands out.

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Dr. Berg has a YouTube channel with nearly nine million subscribers, where he shares advice on nutritionfood quality and other topics of interest.

Dr. Berg: Six Ways to Spot Fake Olive Oil

These are Dr. Berg’s six ways to know you’re buying real olive oil, and not fake olive oil laced with preservatives, GMO canola, and other toxic fillers.

  1. You should feel something- 

Real olive oil is packed with oleocanthal, a phenolic compound (antioxidant) that creates a slight burning or coughing sensation at the back of the throat.

  1. The Taste- 

Real olive oil has health benefits and a “fruity, peppery, pungent” taste.


  1. Packaged in a Glass Bottle- 

Glass bottles preserve nutrients and prevent rancidity.

  1. The Cost- 

Authentic olive oil typically costs between $10-40 per bottle according to Dr. Berg.

  1. Story- 

Real olive oil usually includes a country-of-origin label and info on and how it was harvested.

  1. Pressed, Crushed, or Includes the Harvest Date- 

Oil from cold-pressed, crushed olives that includes info about when it was harvested is usually authentic.


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