My long-time readers know I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. But, considering your overall health, here are some items you might want to consider in 2016: Continue reading
In the past I’ve blogged on How to Make Chocolate a Healthy Indulgence and on the Largest Study to Date Links Chocolate to Lower Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk. Now comes another study about the healthful benefits of chocolate. Continue reading
A highly healthy resolution for your family in 2016 would be to slowly reduce the number of trips you make to fast food restaurants. Why? Continue reading
The holiday season means you’ll be faced with a seemingly endless buffet of food temptation. While some people simply give in and eat too much, others deny themselves any holiday treats. Continue reading
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
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
Kids may crave chips and sweet treats, but parents should encourage their children to choose healthier options. Continue reading
The key to a rosy, healthy-looking complexion may be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, researchers say. Continue reading
A study linking red meat to a higher risk of early death generated significant coverage online and in print, and was also featured on ABC World News, which reported that a “major medical study from the Harvard School of Public Health” is “raising a giant red flag about eating red meat.” Continue reading
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
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
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
Vitamin D and calcium supplementation may lower fracture risk and improve bone health in many individuals, but data regarding its effects on cancer are far from conclusive.
Coverage of the FDA’s decision to add warnings to the labels of statins was widespread and presented the warnings as acknowledging a serious danger, while repeating that statins are still useful and effective medications. Continue reading