Biosis #41: Ending the Procrastination Blues, Acid / Alkaline pH Body Balance & More

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The August 2013 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Ending the Procrastination Blues Yes, for all I’ve absorbed about planning and motivation and time management, I still seem to have a little problem with procrastination. And distractions. Like the quote on my page-a-day calendar that I […]


Care for Some Arsenic with That Fluoride?

Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013

Earlier this week – and for the fourth time since 1956 – citizens of Portland, Oregon, said “no” to fluoridation. And there are many good reasons to keep saying no, such as this one, recently brought to attention by the Fluoride Action Network: Industrial-Grade Fluoridation Chemicals Cost Society Billions in Arsenic-Induced Cancers Industrial-grade fluoride chemicals […]


Breast Cancer, Fear & Informed Choice(s)

Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013

As we were taking a look back at the first 5 years of this blog, maybe you heard a little something about a certain celebrity who had a “preventive” double mastectomy. How “brave” and “heroic”, folks said of Angelina Jolie’s going public about her decision, which others rushed to validate as “the right medical choice.” […]


Mercury Amalgam Removal Can Only Be a Partial Solution

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Originally posted 19 September 2008 It seems that some people, when they start learning the truth about the risks of amalgam fillings, will instantly ascribe all of their symptoms to the presence of mercury in their mouths. They want to get it out immediately and often expect to feel instantly better once it’s removed. But […]


The Call for Preventive Medicine

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Originally posted 16 January 2009 In the ongoing debates about US health care reform, you hear an increasing number of calls for a shift from crisis-based medicine to preventive medicine. (We noted the dental version of it earlier this week in our comment on the recent Lancet editorial on the topic.) The basic idea is […]


Recommended Reading: Against All Those “Health Screenings”

Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012

There’s been a lot more noise lately about the overuse of medical testing – and over-treatment and over-medicalization in general. Frankly, we’re glad to see it. And we hope it will finally lead to some change (long overdue!). The latest outcry has included an excellent opinion piece that ran a few weeks ago in the […]


Health: An “Active & Deliberate Creation”

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Last week, to absolutely no one’s surprise, cooking show personality Paula Deen announced that, yes, she has type 2 diabetes. And what made her decide to go public now, three years after her diagnosis? As she told USA Today, “I felt like I had nothing to offer anybody other than the announcement. I wasn’t armed […]


Another Reason to Kick the Sugar Habit, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps Your Skin Age Prematurely (New Scientist) A sweet tooth does more than pack on the pounds. It causes your skin to age prematurely, making you look older than you really are. But how much older? A team led by Diana van Heemst at Leiden University in the Netherlands divided 569 […]


Durian’s Anti-Cavity Potential, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2011

A Durian a Day Keeps Caries Away, Research from Asia Suggests (Dental Tribune International) A sugary gel found on the thorn-covered husks of the Durian fruit is currently under observation by researchers for its potential to work as a mouth disinfectant. Students from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thailand, […]



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