Recommended Reading (and Viewing): Bipolar Kids, Raw Milk, Toxins, Brain Scans and Bliss

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2008

The Bipolar Child Strikes Again (Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry) You may have read the recent set of Newsweek articles on bipolar children (here, here and here). But the fact that even diagnosing such a condition in children – sometimes as young as 2 – is problematic (to put it mildly) seems to have been lost […]

Stat!: Waste Not, Want Not

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2008

The amount of food Americans throw away each year: 27%; or about 1 pound per day, per person Image by jbloom, via Flickr (CC) According to Andrew Martin, writing in the New York Times, In 1997, in one of the few studies of food waste, the Department of Agriculture estimated that two years before, 96.4 […]

Eminently Quotable: Francoise Rene Auguste Chateaubriand

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2008

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine […]

Book Review: Comfortably Numb

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2008

Over the past few years, dozens of books critiquing Big Pharma and industrial medicine have come and gone – many of them excellent, a number of which we reviewed in our office newsletter Biosis: Overdosed America The Truth About the Drug Companies Generation Rx Selling Sickness Hope or Hype Thus, when new titles come along, […]

Big Pharma, Big Medicine

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2008

It wasn’t enough for Big Pharma to pitch its poisons directly to consumers (DTC ads), hoping that they’d insist on prescriptions, whether they were appropriate or not. Now they’re marketing medical devices DTC-style, starting with stents. Maggie Mahar and Niko Karvounis provide a good discussion of the issue at Health Beat, reporting on a May […]

Vintage Video: Jack LaLanne On “Sugarholics”

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Though refined, processed sugars show up in many, many more foods than mentioned in this clip, the message is still so relevant after all these years…maybe even more so.

What the World Needs Now…

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2008

…is more chocolate flavored toothpaste? Image source unknown From a 2006 media release: “By bringing in new flavours that have never been tasted in toothpaste before, we are using this launch to recruit new users to the brand,” Ahmed Osilan, Close Up’s brand manager for the GCC told Retail News Middle East. “Our vision is […]

Sites We Like: Play Not Spray and Pesticide Action Network NA

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2008

Play Not Spray is a self-described “coalition of parents and other concerned San Franciscans” opposed to the planned wide-spread spraying for the light brown apple moth – a pesticide bombardment scheduled for Bay Area counties come August. As statewide reporting on the issue has made clear, there is simply no proof of the safety, efficacy […]

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