Category Archives: Nutritional Health

Warning Signs of Quackery and Fraud – Part 5

Here’s Part 5, the last of a series from an excerpt from my and Donal O’Mathuna’s book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely. You find the book here.

21. Does the product you’re considering require advance payment? Look out! You may never receive what you bought or get your money back. Continue reading

Warning Signs of Quackery and Fraud – Part 4

Here’s Part 4 from an excerpt from my and Donal O’Mathuna’s book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely. You find the book here.

16. Is a therapy encouraged simply because it’s been used for centuries by people in some remote place? This might simply mean that those people had nothing else to use. If the best texts on the subject are decades or centuries old, you’ll probably find that many of the old ideas were discredited long ago. Medicine evolves—just think about all we have discovered about nutrition in the last few decades. Continued use adds to our knowledge, uncovers side effects, fine-tunes dosage, and brings change. Continue reading

Study shows sleep deprivation leads to increased calorie consumption

ABC World News reported, “And in Healthy Living tonight, news for the sleep-deprived that will add insult to injury. Word that it’s not just that you’ll be squeezing into your clothes, but squeezing in while yawning. A study at the Mayo Clinic found that people who get less sleep tend to eat a lot more.” Continue reading

FDA cites misleading statements from inhalable caffeine manufacturer

Bloomberg News reports that the FDA has cited Breathable Foods Inc. for placing misleading labels on canisters dispensing caffeine. According to Bloomberg, the FDA notes that the manufacturer describes its AeroShot Pure Energy inhaler as “breathable energy,” and so “encourages consumers to breathe the caffeine mist into their lungs instead of spraying it on their tongues to be swallowed.” Continue reading

CSPI urges ban on caramel coloring in soft drinks due to alleged cancer risk

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “In a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest [CSPI] called on officials to ban the use of caramel coloring in popular soft drinks, citing a possible cancer risk.” Continue reading