Stat!: Obesity’s a Problem…But Not for Me

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009

Percent of overweight Americans: 32.7 Percent of obese Americans: 34+ Percent of Americans who say they are at a healthy weight: 66.6 Percent who think obesity isn’t a problem for their families or themselves: 49 Number of obesity-related deaths each year: 112,000 Number of Americans with type 2 diabetes: about 23.6 million Number of Americans […]


Mindfulness, Environment and Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2009

Mindfulness Training Busts Stress (CNN) Lead investigator Kimberly Williams said the goal was to relieve stress. “Mindfulness means to pay full attention to what you are doing, moment by moment,” she said. “We taught them how to recognize sources of stress, how stress impacts them, and then what they could do to come out of […]


Drinks That Eat Your Teeth and Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009

Sports Drink Consumption Can Cause Tooth Erosion, Study Finds (ScienceDaily) In a recent study, the researchers found that prolonged consumption of sports drinks may be linked to a condition known as erosive tooth wear, in which acids eat away the tooth’s smooth hard enamel coating and trickle into the bonelike material underneath, causing the tooth […]


Soda vs. Water

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2009

This merited a study?     Replacing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) with water could eliminate an average of 235 excess calories per day among children and adolescents, according to a study published in the April 2009 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study’s authors conclude that such a replacement would be a simple […]


Fatty Liver as the Real Health Risk – and How to Get One

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2008

One of the things we dislike about so much of the news coverage on “the obesity epidemic” and related issues is that it tends to reinforce the myth that slim = healthy, fat = unhealthy, no exceptions. They do so despite the evidence that BMI (the standard, if flawed, measure for obesity) is not, in […]


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


Quick Links: BPA, Energy Drinks, Mercury Fillings, Rethinking “Healthy Weight” & More

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008

BPA Ban Under Consideration in California (NewsInferno) The Associated Press is reporting that in response to consumer concerns, California may be the first to implement statewide restrictions on Bisphenol A—BPA—an estrogen mimicking chemical that has been hotly debated in recent months over its presence in plastic baby bottles and infant formula cans. At least 11 […]


Quick Links: Gum Disease & Diabetes, Fluoride Risks, Weight & Place, Flossing Findings & Feeding Your Brain

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2008

Researchers Report Periodontal Disease Independently Predicts New Onset Diabetes (Medical News Today) Periodontal disease may be an independent predictor of incident Type 2 diabetes, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. While diabetes has long been believed to be a risk factor for periodontal infections, this is the […]


Recommended Reading: On Fluoride, Mercury, Obesity & Cancer, Cholesterol Cons and Yoga over HRT

Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2008

1945 Human Experiment Predicts Current Fluoride Ill Effects A fascinating overview of a mid-20th century study showing increases in “bone defects, anemia and earlier female menstruation in children purposefully dosed with sodium fluoride-laced drinking water” and the legacy of the ongoing fluoridation experiment that makes great numbers of the American population into human guinea pigs. […]



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