Nutrition and Lifestyle

New observational data associate high levels of coffee intake with reduced MS

A new study, released this week and slated to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology meetings in April, found a link between coffee consumption — a lot of it — and a reduced incidence of multiple sclerosis. It’s a pretty slim thread, however. Continue reading

Hershey kisses science goodbye   

It is fairly standard practice for companies to try to give their customers what they want, even if it makes no sense. Perhaps the most notable recent example was Johnson and Johnson, Continue reading

Health News: GMO labeling, EPA attacked for secret science, & the skinny on bariatric surgery

Bariatric Surgery Associated with Some Improved Pregnancy Outcomes

Obesity (defined as a BMI of 30 or more), especially extreme obesity, is known to decrease the likelihood that a woman can become pregnant. In addition, when obese women do become pregnant, they are more likely to develop gestational diabetes, and have an increased risk of large babies, early delivery, and stillbirths, and their infants are at increased risk of congenital malformations. Continue reading

GMO labeling laws will do more harm than good

Earlier this year, Representative Karen Clark and Senator John Marty introduced a GMO labeling bill that would mandate the labeling of foods that contain GM ingredients by Continue reading

Vitamin D not a “miracle” supplement

Vitamin D has been widely touted as a “miracle” vitamin having a myriad of health effects beyond its basic function of enabling the absorption of calcium from food. Although vitamin D plays an important role in bone health and should be consumed in the form of Continue reading

Can the risk of later peanut allergy be reduced in infancy?

The American Academy of Pediatrics previously advised parents to keep infants away from peanuts until they were at least 36 months old. However, in 2008, the AAP retracted that Continue reading

Why study implausible health modalities?

Dr. Heather Boon, Dean of the University of Toronto’s School of Pharmacy, is planning a study to examine the use of homeopathic preparations to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But nearly one hundred scientists and physicians have signed a letter questioning the validity of such a study. Continue reading

Has the DGAC bitten off more than it can chew?

This week the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released its report on how Americans should eat — something that such Continue reading

“Food Babe” or food poisoning — which is more harmful?

We have taken Vani Hari – “The Food Babe” – to task multiple times for her charade – posing as a credible science-based resource on nutrition, acting in the best interests of her followers, when she really is a metaphor for “anti-science hype and fear,” according to Continue reading


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