Kale catastrophe declared as toxic metal turns up in leafy greens

The kale craze has officially jumped the shark.

A few years ago, most people had never heard of this nutritional powerhouse, which is more densely packed with essential vitamins than lettuce and other salad greens.

Today, kale has become a victim of its own popularity.

My local supermarket sells it by the tub, and juice shops seem to have more kale-based blends than traditional flavors such as apple and orange.

But all that kale has to come from somewhere. And in the rush to grow a supply big enough to meet this sudden surge in demand, kale is now being farmed in low-quality soil that can contain dangerous metals such as thallium.

The contamination levels can be so low that farmers may not even realize they have a problem. But kale is like a thallium magnet. In fact this good-for-you green is so effective at pulling thallium from dirt that some farmers actually grow it to clean contaminated soil.

Now, one California doctor has found that contaminated kale is the culprit behind a sudden surge in mystery ailments such as fatigue, digestive problems, brain fog and even Lyme-like symptoms.

At first, these cases were baffling because they were striking some of his most health-conscious patients.

But when he dug deeper, molecular biologist Ernie Hubbard found that his patients were all suffering from abnormally high levels of thallium... and all had been going heavy on the kale.

Hubbard tested the kale for sale in local supermarkets, and sure enough found thallium.

His patients were very lucky; most mainstream allopathic docs would just shrug and treat the symptoms, and never even test for metals. And if you've been battling a mystery ailment of your own, maybe it's time to get yourself tested -- and that's not a bad idea whether you eat kale or not, as I've found many people have surprisingly high levels of toxic metals.

You don't have to avoid kale completely, but I would suggest being careful about where you purchase it. Ideally, get it from a local farmer you trust, or even grow your own. Kale can be planted in your garden or even a container on your porch.