1. Baking Soda
In the 1970s, Dr. Edward Tuller, a leading researcher in the field of stress, published his "Reduction of Stress." He advocated using baking soda to combat stress.
His research has been widely criticized. The New York Times Magazine reported, "Baking soda was not a good choice for calming stress-wracked patients. It's one of the ingredients listed in one of the most expensive and dubious remedies for'stress, said the author of the article, David C. Kroll."
Dr. Tuller and other researchers who study the negative effects of stress have also warned that baking soda may cause skin irritation, skin cancers, and heart attack.
The use of baking soda as a stress reduction remedy has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. Dr. Andrew Weil, a former University of Minnesota researcher, has written a book that criticizes the widespread use of baking soda to treat stress as well as the dubious scientific claims that have sprung from it.
There are at least two reports that say the chemicals used to make baking soda are also causing cancer in lab animals. In one study, rats were fed baking soda-laced drinks, and two weeks later, the rats had tumors, the New York Times reports.