Garlic: Friend or Foe?


garlic clove

By: Vivien Veil

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love garlic. Eating a bulb with my meal proves no difficulty at all, although I don’t recommend eating too much at a go. My husband shudders when he sees me take out the garlic press. I must admit that garlic does nothing to attract the opposite sex or anyone for that matter. Not even the vampires dare to come close! You emanate such an offensive odour after consuming garlic that it’s best to not speak close to people for a couple of days.

We all know the endless list of benefits garlic produces, e.g. natural antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and cancer killer.  However, there are some reports that suggest garlic is a poison to us. *gasp* How dare they!

Yes, garlic turns me into a people and vampire repellant, but how can devouring this allium family member be damaging to my health? I know, garlic is deadly to cats, dogs and insects – many organic farmers use garlic to ward of insects instead of DDT (a popular synthetic insecticide). Studies show that rats develop some degree of liver toxicity when they consume large quantities of garlic. Apparently, the results are more severe if you use raw garlic because of the allicin. You can loose the allicin by crushing the garlic. Cooking the garlic does not release any allicin.

Some people suffer from garlic allergies, which cause a variety of unwanted symptoms, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, diarrhea, mouth/throat ulcerations, and in rare cases, anaphylaxis (serious allergic reaction).  (see chart above for more side effects)

I ate some raw garlic last night and immediately felt sluggish and had a runny nose. I was incapable of reading anything that requires using my brain. Tremendous brain fog! Hours later, I became bloated. This morning, I felt like I had a garlic hangover.  🙂

Does that happen to you? Please tell me I’m not the only one experiencing these nasty symptoms.


According to a lecture by Dr Robert C Beck (Nexus Magazine, March 1996), garlic is extremely toxic because it contains a poison for your brain cells.

“The reason garlic is so toxic, the sulphone hydroxyl ion penetrates the blood-brain barrier, just like DMSO, and is a specific poison for higher-life forms and brain cells. We discovered this, much to our horror, when I (Bob Beck, DSc) was the world’s largest manufacturer of ethical EEG feedback

Dr Beck found that garlic altered the brains of his patients after they underwent a radiographic examination (encephalography).

“We’d have people come back from lunch that looked clinically dead on an encephalograph, which we used to calibrate their progress. “Well, what happened?” “Well, I went to an Italian restaurant and there was some garlic in my salad dressing!” So we had them sign things that they wouldn’t touch garlic before classes or we were wasting their time, their money and my time.”

He charges that eating garlic makes you “three times slower than you would be if you’d not had a few drops of garlic.” He learned this whilst he was in flight engineering school back in the 50’s. His flight surgeon at the time commanded that they refrain from “touching” garlic 72 hours before flying their planes, claiming it’ll “double or triple your reaction time.”

Then in the 70’s, Dr Beck began building biofeed-back equipment and during this time, he found out that “garlic usually desynchronises your brain waves.” This opted him to fund a study at Stanford University where he found out that it is a “poison.”

“You can rub a clove of garlic on your foot – and you can smell it shortly later on your wrists. So it penetrates the body. This is why DMSO smells a lot like garlic: that sulphone hydroxyl ion penetrates all the barriers including the corpus callosum in the brain.”


Dr Douglas Graham

Dr Douglas Graham, founder of the 80/10/10 Diet, states, “Herbs and spices like GARLIC, onion, curry, cumin, ginger, cayenne, chili powder, and oregano contain alkaloids and other toxic chemicals.”

He claims those herbs and spices only transport toxins to your nervous system. Additionally, they irritate your digestive tract and sometimes even causing your body to manufacture mucus for protection.

What are your thoughts surrounding garlic?  Is garlic your friend or your foe?

V x

22 comments on “Garlic: Friend or Foe?

  1. Bobby says:

    I think for garlic causing problems, it possibly depends on what kinds of good and bad microflora/bacteria/parasites, etc. or mercury, pollutants etc, a person has in their bodies, even brain inflammation causing memory issues and fogginess can be bacteria related or from mercury or other toxins, so I think it is how does the garlic affect or react with what’s in you. I was looking for research on this, but haven’t found anything. But from my own experiences after doing many different types of cleanses, garlic doesn’t cause the same massive brain fog which it used to do to me. I used to have stomach upset and sweating etc, from spicy things like cayenne pepper or rashes from turmeric, but after cleaning my gut and body, and replacing healthy gut bacteria with probiotics and probiotic foods, now I use spices all the time. It would be fascinating if more research was done on this. Beck was a brilliant guy, but I think more research needs to be done on garlic and how it actually interacts with different people and what issues or things people have in their bodies…

  2. Carolina says:

    I’m soooooooooooooooo not touching garlic. It makes me soooooooooooo puffy and bloated. My boyfriend hates it when I eat it, so I’ve given up on it. I feel better not eating it to be honest.

  3. Gabriella says:

    This is seriously one of the BEST articles on this topic – if not the only one!

  4. Opal says:

    I never would’ve thought garlic could be bad for you, but after reading this… who knows.

  5. Juliana says:

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  6. Hailey says:

    Definitely my best friend!

  7. Ben says:

    I also get really bloated after eating garlic. That guy may be right…

  8. FRIEND!!!! I can’t live without my garlic. My husband can just sleep in the other spare room.

  9. Stargazer says:

    Really nice post. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Patricia says:

    I just bookmarked your site. Full of all sorts of info. Thanks!

  11. Bobby Savel says:

    I will only buy organic garlic from now on.

  12. Simon says:

    Never thought of the differences between organic and conventional garlic. Thanks for showing me.

  13. Meggan says:

    And conventional farmers love to tell us pesticide use is not harmful to us.

  14. Tyler says:

    Garlic makes me smell, but can’t get enough of it. RAW Garlic it is.

  15. air diffuser says:

    I like the blog, but could not find how to subscribe to receive the updates by email.

  16. Annie says:

    I hate garlic. Yuck! A girl at work eats it so much and she smells! Feel like giving her mints every time I speak to her.

  17. Luke says:

    I also love garlic, but it makes my breath stink! I’m also gassy as hell. That theory by that dude Beck could be right, but it’d be hard to give up my garlic. 🙂

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