20 More Health-Related Articles Worth Checking Out
Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2009
As mentioned, we check the web daily for health and wellness news and articles that we think may be of interest to you. Inevitably, we wind up with much more material than we can possibly write about yet find worth sharing.
So, without further ado, here are 20 more articles that have stacked up over the past few months that we’d like to point your attention towards, on subjects ranging from dental health to nutrition to potential toxins and much more.
(Is there an article we’ve missed that you think we should check out? Send the link to our blogmistress, Lisa.)
- Recommended reading for anyone who wonders why the conventional dental business is the way it is: June Thomas’ excellent seven part series at Slate on the state of the dental industry in America. From the costs of dental care to the way mainstream dentists think to the ins and outs of dental insurance, Thomas seems to cover it all.
- The Dallas Morning News offers some dentists’ good advice for keeping a healthy smile.
- Looking for ways to manage dental costs? The NY Times gives some helpful tips for doing so.
- Think conventional dentists and researchers aren’t concerned about fluoridation? A recent article from the thoroughly mainstream DentalProductsReport.com suggests otherwise.
- Our regular readers know a lot about the problem of mercury exposure from amalgam fillings. But what other heavy metals are we exposed to daily and how concerned should we be? Experience Life offers an excellent overview.
- The same magazine also offers a comprehensive article on holistic dentistry: what it is, its approach and concerns, and how to find a qualified holistic dentist.
- Sticking to your preferred nutritional habits can be tough during the holidays, especially at work, with colleagues regularly bringing in all kinds of sweet goodies and often insisting that you take some. For many of us, occasional indulgence isn’t an issue, but the situation can get tricky for those following vegan, raw, gluten-free or other special diets. Christine at The Raw Project shares some thoughts on dealing with it.
- Soy: good or bad for your health? The messages have long been mixed, but Tara Lohan, writing for AlterNet, does a good job of cutting through the conflict and laying out the potential health risks of a diet heavy in non-fermented soy products – products that are used as ingredients in three-quarters of all processed foods currently on the market.
- Orange and other fruit juices are certainly tasty, and for years, we’ve been told that they’re good for us. But now more nutritionists, scientists and other experts argue otherwise: “It’s pretty much the same as sugar water,” according to University of Minnesota researcher Dr. Charles Billington, quoted in an LA Times article on the matter: “It’s Time Fruit Juice Loses Its Wholesome Image, Some Experts Say.”
- Fooducate is one of our favorite nutrition blogs, in part due to posts like “Do Children Need Kids Food?” – a pointed editorial on the all-too-common belief that kids just won’t eat “grownup” food and the need for parents to come up with a reasonable game plan for instilling good dietary habits in their children.
- This introduction to a special issue of The Psychologist gives a nice summary of some of the current research on the relationship between music and health, including music’s use in mitigating chronic pain.
- This month, Maggie Mahar gives an excellent “Truth Squad” report on the media frenzy that broke out upon the US Preventive Services Task Force’s announcement of revised recommendations for mammograms: a two part article comprehensively debunking the main mammogram myths touted by the media of late.
- Recently, a potential new H1N1 vaccine risk has been coming to light: miscarriage. Considering how insistent the medical establishment has been about pregnant women getting the vaccine, this is especially troubling. Classical homeopath Sonya McLeod gives an overview of the reported cases, along with a brief interview with one woman who miscarried just days after being injected.
- Despite what you see in most of the mainstream media, vaccines and Tamiflu are not the only weapons available in the fight against H1N1. For instance, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have a wide array of therapies that can help, and New American Media talks with some of these healers about their approach to the flu.
- Consumer Reports recently tested for the presence of the known endocrine disruptor BPA exposure via food packaging and came up with some startling results: “Almost all of the 19 name-brand foods…tested contain some BPA.”
- In light of stories like the above, you’ve got to wonder: just how possible is it to avoid BPA altogether? Writer Kat Kerlin tried to find out and documents her attempt to go BPA-free for a week in an article from Reno News & Review, which also gives a good overview of just how ubiquitous the substance is and some tips for reducing – if not totally eliminating – our exposure.
- Is it possible that most cancers are caused by infections? This is the claim of evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald of the University of Louisville, which he spells out in his brief interview for Discover Magazine.
- Have a pill you want to market but no known illness or disease it treats? No worries! Just make one up. The latest in a long line is “female sexual dysfunction,” which might as well be known as “a way to widen the market for Viagra by selling it to women.” As Kinsey Institute director John Bancroft puts it in this essay from In These Times, reposted on AlterNet, “FSD is ‘a classic example of starting with some preconceived, and non-evidence based diagnostic categorization for women’s sexual dysfunctions based on the male model.'”
- And here, via Mind Hacks, are some more made-up diseases – only these weren’t invented to line the pockets of Big Pharma but to satirize its dodgy dealings.
- And finally, sometimes, say the good folks over at CalorieLab, it’s good to be abnormal – for instance, being among the 23% of Americans who eat at least five servings of veg and fruit each day, or the 25% who lead active, non-sedentary lifestyles.