Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism (ScienceNews) Power-talkers with cell phones glued to their ears may be getting more than conversation. A 50-minute call boosts activity in brain regions near the ear where a phone is located, a brain-scanning study published February 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows. “This is the […]


Sites We Like: Fruits & Veggies – More Matters

Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2011

As we’ve said before, we get a lot of media releases. Most of them go right into the trash, usually because they’re inappropriate to this blog’s focus, uninformative or seem to have little purpose beyond trying to get a mention for some product. (We aim to keep this a commercial-free space.) But every once in […]


Is It Real Food or Not?

Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011

A healthy diet begins with eating real food: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and meat, and minimally processed foods and meals made from them. And how do you know if something is overprocessed? As Michael Pollan put it, if your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it. Or you could use this handy […]


How You Live Matters More than Genetics, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011

Lifestyle Affects Life Expectancy More than Genetics, Swedish Study Finds (ScienceDaily) How long your parents lived does not necessarily affect how long you will live. Instead it is how you live your life that determines how old you will get, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. […]


The Cutting Edge of Antioxidant Research & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, February 4th, 2011

Newsweek Slams Antioxidants: Yawn! (nutraingredients-usa.com) On January 25, Newsweek published an article entitled “Antioxidants Fall From Grace: The popular dietary components may not do any good, and may actually harm.” The article treads the same old path of “antioxidant supplements do not work, and one big meta-analysis indicated they may increase your risk of mortality.” […]


Yes, You CAN Eat Healthy and Well on a Budget!

Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011

  Guilty pleasures aren’t always vacuous ones. Sometimes, they can bring important issues to the fore. Case in point: an episode of Wife Swap re-run not too long ago on Lifetime. The couples involved were a well-to-do, positive-thinking pair of entrepreneurs and a poor, unemployed couple. The latter were described as “pessimistic,” but those on […]


Antibiotics & the Dairy Biz, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011

FDA & Dairy Industry Spar over Testing of Milk (NY Times) Each year, federal inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds of older dairy cows bound for the slaughterhouse. Concerned that those antibiotics might also be contaminating the milk Americans drink, the Food and Drug Administration intended to begin tests this month on the […]


Antibiotics & Asthma, Asthma & Cavities, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011

Antibiotic Use in Infancy May Increase Risk of Childhood Asthma (PhysOrg) Children who receive antibiotics within the first six months of life are at a significantly increased risk of developing asthma and allergies by 6 years of age, even without a genetic predisposition, new research by the Yale School of Public Health suggests. The findings […]



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