May 2010

Are You Fit Enough to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse? [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjMiDZIY1bM]

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Interesting feature in the New York Times on the behind-the-scenes battles over reducing the amount of sodium in the American diet. With salt under attack for its ill effects on the nation’s health, the food giant Cargill kicked off a campaign last November to spread its own message. “Salt is a pretty amazing compound,” Alton […]

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I was spending a few idle moments, catching up on the news and checking out some of my favorite blogs, when I came across this post, over on Respectful Insolence. The Pause That Refreshes These Doctors …Let’s go to the tape (not to mention some rather amusing commentary by Gawker). Just when I thought The […]

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It’s evidently rare, but sufficient to draw a caution from the FDA. According to the Associated Press: WASHINGTON – Federal health officials are warning consumers that the weight loss pills alli and Xenical may cause severe liver damage in rare cases. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has added a warning about the […]

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The CSPI has published a special edition of their “Nutrition Action” newsletter to “honor” this year’s crop of over-the-top restaurant meals. And boy… are these meals gross! The award winners are… The Five Guys’ Bacon Cheeseburger: 920 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat – and that’s without the fries, Coke or mayo. Cheesecake Factory’s Chocolate […]

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I wrote and published the following article in our newsletter a few weeks back. Because it addresses an important issue (one that keeps coming up over and over and OVER again), I thought it prudent to post it here as well. Hope you enjoy… Sometimes, a little flawed thinking can be dangerous. To illustrate what […]

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… is waaaay higher than it ought to be, according to this report of a recent study on Obesity Panacea… In this trial, meals bought from 300 randomly selected chain restaurant locations in New York City during the weekday lunch hour between March 27 to June 8, 2007 were assessed for salt content. A meal was […]

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This video made me wonder just how drunk I would have to be, before that guy could convince me to sample any of the featured “treats.” Really drunk, I think… Seriously… he’s right, they ARE nutritous, sustainable – maybe even tasty.  But I’d have a REALLY hard time taking that first bite, for sure.

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While I often exhort people to eat their veggies, like anything else, it can be taken to extremes… Eating extra veggies is a good goal, but an 88-year-old Chinese woman took the quest too far, consuming enough raw bok choy to send herself into a life-threatening, thyroid-induced coma, doctors say. The woman showed up at […]

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So sayeth Penn State University researchers… UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Pistachio nuts offer multiple health benefits because they increase the levels of antioxidants in the blood of adults with high cholesterol, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition. “Our previous study showed the benefits of pistachios in lowering lipids and lipoproteins, which are […]

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