No Evidence that Mercury Fillings Are a Health Hazard? Guess Again.

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2008

Please. Dr. Weil. Stop. In June 2008, the FDA settled a lawsuit with some consumer groups by agreeing to warn the public about the potential health risks posed by mercury from amalgam fillings, even though no new evidence has emerged linking the amalgam fillings to health problems. While there is no question that mercury vapor […]


The Best Dentistry Is the Least Dentistry

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2008

While a good number of people dread dental work, most of us tend to think of it as no big deal – not when compared to non-dental surgical procedures. A lot of this is probably due to the fact that despite the increasing amount or research confirming the link between oral and systemic health, we […]


Quick Links: Stress Effects, Incense & Cancer, Cavity Detection, How Words Wound, & Global Benefits of Going Local

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2008

Chronic Stress Alters Our Genetic Immune Response (Science Daily) In a very promising preliminary study, Miller and colleagues found that the pattern of gene expression differed between caregivers of family members with cancer relative to a matched group of individuals who did not have this type of life stress…. Gregory Miller, Ph.D., corresponding author, explains…that, […]


Follow-Up: California Assembly Reverses Course on PFOA Ban

Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Via NewsInferno: The Associated Press is reporting that the California Assembly has reversed itself and approved a bill to limit the amount of the chemical Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) that has been linked to cancer in food packaging. The measure—by Senator Ellen Corbett-Democrat-San Leandro—would permit no more than 10 parts per billion (ppb) of PFOA in […]


Research or Marketing? Merck’s Use of Seeding Trials – plus, New Acupuncture Study

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008

Just when we thought we’d heard it all… A 1999 Merck & Co. study of its since-withdrawn painkiller Vioxx, touted to participating doctors and patients as meant to show whether Vioxx caused fewer stomach problems than another drug, was primarily a stealth marketing strategy, researchers report. The true purpose was to get lots of doctors […]


Recommended Reading: Slow Food Edition

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008

A Modest Proposal for Sustainable Eating (SF Chronicle) From August 29 – September 1, San Francisco plays host to Slow Food Nation, an expo celebrating real food, healthy eating and sustainable living. In this SF Chronicle article, Slow Food Nation Board Chair Katrina Heron gives a preview of the event, as well as some excellent […]


Quick Links: Junk Food & Fluoride & IQ – Oh, My!; Plus Vaccines, Arsenic & Diabetes Risk

Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2008

School Dinners Debate: Junk Food May Harm Toddlers’ Ability to Learn (Guardian) Children who are brought up on a diet of junk food at the age of three are more likely to make slow progress at school, educational researchers have discovered. They found diet in the preschool years has more influence on a child’s ability […]


Is Toothpaste Damaging Your Mouth?

Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is the stuff most often used in toothpaste to make it foam. While debate continues as to how much of a health risk it may pose, new research has shown that it may cause breakdown of the mouth’s soft oral tissues. Justin Shearer/flickr A study recently published in the International Journal […]


Video: Gary Taubes on “Big Fat Lies”

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Award-winning science journalist Gary Tabues interrogates the conventional wisdom about weight, diet and exercise – the caloric theory of obesity – in this talk given at Stevens Institute of Technology.     For more info: What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? (NY Times Magazine) Good Calories, Bad Calories



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