Captain Obvious Gets Philosophical

Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013

A while back, we looked at a fluoride study that inadvertently raised the issue of whether fluoridation is really all that effective. Other papers have noted its limits, as well. Consider the study published in JADA back in 2004, which sprang from the possibility that “dietary patterns in young children may offset some of the […]

A Healthy Future Isn’t a Given

Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

For more than a century, we Americans had the luxury of believing that each generation would be better off financially than the one before it. Now economists, historians, sociologists and others say this is no longer a given, that younger generations cannot expect the financial security their parents and grandparents enjoyed. A study in JAMA […]

Sugar & the Modern Food Environment (Guest Post)

Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013

From the office of William P. Glaros, DDS: Sugar has one thing going for it: It makes things taste good. And it’s a taste we’re born to prefer. In the natural settings that human primate ancestors evolved in, sweetness intensity should indicate energy density, while bitterness tends to indicate toxicity. The high sweetness detection threshold […]

A “Myth” Is as Good as a Mile

Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012

TV has never been the most reliable source of health news and information – a fact underscored by a recent Today Show segment pooh-poohing one of the most widely accepted manifestations of the oral-systemic connection: the link between periodontal and heart health. The “evidence” given to “prove” that link a “myth”? A superficial reference to […]

Big Food Is Concerned You May Be Confused

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2012

You’re probably familiar with the rule of thumb for ingredients labels, “If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it.” It’s a rough guide, to be sure, but useful when buying processed food. (Though we recommend a diet based on whole foods, most of us will buy at least some processed .) At least one industry […]

About Those “Risky” Supplements…

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Every so often, a whole lot of noise is made about the “health risks” of nutritional supplements. And how risky are they? Here’s one chart: Most deadly? Serving in the Middle Eastern wars, preventable medical injuries and reactions to pharmaceutical drugs. Least? Food supplements and herbal remedies. The risk, as calculated by the Alliance for […]

How the Food Industry Pushes Its Products

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

A conversation with Michelle Simon, author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health: Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Learn more at Simon’s website,

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012

Originally posted 7 August 2009 Late last month, an article published in the Journal of Dental Research by P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry got a notable bit of media coverage. Most of it focused on the fact that – as the article noted and one headline put it – “diets […]

Harder Than Doing Your Taxes? Hardly!

Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

There are some stunning statistics in the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s latest Food & Health Survey, released last week. Here’s one mind-blower: Nine out of ten Americans describe their health as good or better, a significant increase from previous years. The majority (60%) report that their health is either excellent or very good, […]

The Deal with Sugar

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

  Read Dr. Lustig’s noted Nature article “The Toxic Truth About Sugar”

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