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July 21, 2014

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11:28 PM | Why This Man Climbed A 130 Foot Tree With Only A Vine to Steal Honey from Angry Bees (Video)
To the Bayaka people, who inhabit the jungles of the Central African Republic, honey is an extremely valuable commodity. Besides being a rare and delicious delicacy, it provides essential energy and nutrition. So, when a beehive is found in the jungle, some men are willing to take extreme measures to secure the precious honeycombs for their family. […]

July 18, 2014

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6:07 PM | Saskatoon: A New Kind Of “Super Fruit” Berry Is Making Its Way Into The States
Saskatoon berries may look like blueberries, but the shrub is actually more closely related to an apple tree. According to NPR’s The Salt, the berry, “…is pretty common in Canada but hasn’t been grown by farmers in the U.S. until recently. Here [in the U.S.], the berry, also sometimes called the serviceberry, has been collected […]
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12:00 PM | Insects as the Food of the Future
You might cringe at the thought of eating insects – but for over 2 billion people on the planet, insects are a part of the everyday diet. With the human population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, coupled to… Read more › The post Insects as the Food of the Future appeared first on Ricochet Science.
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12:00 PM | Insects as the Food of the Future
You might cringe at the thought of eating insects – but for over 2 billion people on the planet, insects are a part of the everyday diet. With the human population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, coupled to… Read more › The post Insects as the Food of the Future appeared first on Ricochet Science.

July 17, 2014

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4:14 PM | Rice researcher in ethics scrape threatens journal with lawsuit over coming retraction
Guangwen Tang, a rice researcher at Tufts University, landed in hot water in 2012 after her team was accused of feeding Chinese children genetically modified Golden Rice without having obtained informed consent from the parents. Now, she’s suing both Tufts and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which reportedly is retracting a paper, “ß-carotene in Golden Rice is as good […]

July 13, 2014

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10:45 AM | Take Charge of Your Health, One Appointment at a Time
“Really, it’s not you. It’s me,” I said to my psychiatrist this morning at an appointment. I felt as though I were telling a boyfriend that I needed space, that I had been having lunch with another guy and now I was confused about where to go or how to proceed or what I wanted. […]

July 11, 2014

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6:38 PM | Can one daily drink of alcohol increase risk of heart disease? . . . really?
Can one drink of alcohol increase risk of heart disease?  Reporters are saying a new study says “Yes”.  Many people have been advised through print or conversation that a daily glass of wine or beer is a healthy practice. And it might be for some. Many studies have found a longer lifespan in people who […] The post Can one daily drink of alcohol increase risk of heart disease? . . . really? appeared first on WODMasters: Stiff Competition.

Holmes, M., Dale, C., Zuccolo, L., Silverwood, R., Guo, Y., Ye, Z., Prieto-Merino, D., Dehghan, A., Trompet, S., Wong, A. & Cavadino, A. (2014). Association between alcohol and cardiovascular disease: Mendelian randomisation analysis based on individual participant data, BMJ, 349 (jul10 6) DOI: 10.1136/bmj.g4164

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6:38 PM | Can one daily drink of alcohol increase risk of heart disease? . . . really?
Can one drink of alcohol increase risk of heart disease?  Reporters are saying a new study says “Yes”.  Many people have been advised through print or conversation that a daily glass of wine or beer is a healthy practice. And it might be for some. Many studies have found a longer lifespan in people who […] The post Can one daily drink of alcohol increase risk of heart disease? . . . really? appeared first on WODMasters: Stiff Competition.

Holmes, M., Dale, C., Zuccolo, L., Silverwood, R., Guo, Y., Ye, Z., Prieto-Merino, D., Dehghan, A., Trompet, S., Wong, A. & Cavadino, A. (2014). Association between alcohol and cardiovascular disease: Mendelian randomisation analysis based on individual participant data, BMJ, 349 (jul10 6) DOI: 10.1136/bmj.g4164

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July 09, 2014

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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5:37 PM | Lose Weight, Live Longer. Simple, Right?
Suprise! Really this shouldn’t come as a shock, but adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and other complications like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, […]

Kitahara, C., Flint, A., Berrington de Gonzalez, A., Bernstein, L., Brotzman, M., MacInnis, R., Moore, S., Robien, K., Rosenberg, P., Singh, P. & Weiderpass, E. (2014). Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40–59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies, PLoS Medicine, 11 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673

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July 07, 2014

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8:09 PM | Is there such a thing as an anti-depression diet?
Summary: People who suffer from depression seem to experience more oxidative stress and inflammation than others.  A diet high in anti-oxidants, fermentable fiber and low in saturated and transfats may protect against inflammatory stress in the brain and elsewhere.  More research needed.  The topic is under investigation. Introduction: We recently posted an article about the […] The post Is there such a thing as an anti-depression diet? appeared first on WODMasters: Stiff […]

Moylan S, Berk M, Dean OM, Samuni Y, Williams LJ, O'Neil A, Hayley AC, Pasco JA, Anderson G, Jacka FN & Maes M (2014). Oxidative & nitrosative stress in depression: Why so much stress?, Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 45C 46-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24858007

Maes M, Kubera M, Leunis JC & Berk M (2012). Increased IgA and IgM responses against gut commensals in chronic depression: further evidence for increased bacterial translocation or leaky gut., Journal of affective disorders, 141 (1) 55-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22410503

Maslowski KM, Vieira AT, Ng A, Kranich J, Sierro F, Yu D, Schilter HC, Rolph MS, Mackay F, Artis D & Xavier RJ (2009). Regulation of inflammatory responses by gut microbiota and chemoattractant receptor GPR43., Nature, 461 (7268) 1282-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19865172

Pistell PJ, Morrison CD, Gupta S, Knight AG, Keller JN, Ingram DK & Bruce-Keller AJ (2010). Cognitive impairment following high fat diet consumption is associated with brain inflammation., Journal of neuroimmunology, 219 (1-2) 25-32. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20004026

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8:09 PM | Is there such a thing as an anti-depression diet?
Summary: People who suffer from depression seem to experience more oxidative stress and inflammation than others.  A diet high in anti-oxidants, fermentable fiber and low in saturated and transfats may protect against inflammatory stress in the brain and elsewhere.  More research needed.  The topic is under investigation. Introduction: We recently posted an article about the […] The post Is there such a thing as an anti-depression diet? appeared first on WODMasters: Stiff […]

Moylan S, Berk M, Dean OM, Samuni Y, Williams LJ, O'Neil A, Hayley AC, Pasco JA, Anderson G, Jacka FN & Maes M (2014). Oxidative & nitrosative stress in depression: Why so much stress?, Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 45C 46-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24858007

Maes M, Kubera M, Leunis JC & Berk M (2012). Increased IgA and IgM responses against gut commensals in chronic depression: further evidence for increased bacterial translocation or leaky gut., Journal of affective disorders, 141 (1) 55-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22410503

Maslowski KM, Vieira AT, Ng A, Kranich J, Sierro F, Yu D, Schilter HC, Rolph MS, Mackay F, Artis D & Xavier RJ (2009). Regulation of inflammatory responses by gut microbiota and chemoattractant receptor GPR43., Nature, 461 (7268) 1282-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19865172

Pistell PJ, Morrison CD, Gupta S, Knight AG, Keller JN, Ingram DK & Bruce-Keller AJ (2010). Cognitive impairment following high fat diet consumption is associated with brain inflammation., Journal of neuroimmunology, 219 (1-2) 25-32. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20004026

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July 06, 2014

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12:27 PM | More Nutrition for the Mind’s Eye: Tips and Foods to Keep Your Pineal Gland Healthy
“Fluoride accumulates in the body. Even low doses are harmful to babies, the thyroid, kidney patients and heavy water-drinkers. There are even doubts about fluoridation’s effectiveness” (Smith 2012) With my last article, “Nutrition for the Mind’s Eye: Foods to Reactivate Your Pineal Gland” vastly [...]

July 04, 2014

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2:22 PM | The Shambulance: 5 Reasons Not to “Cleanse” Your Colon
Happy Independence Day! Here’s hoping all your fireworks are experienced externally. This post first appeared in October 2012. **************** The Shambulance is an occasional series in which I try to find the truth about bogus or overhyped health products. Physiologist Steven Swoap is with me at the helm. If you’ve been tempted by promotions for “colon hydrotherapy”—that […]The post The Shambulance: 5 Reasons Not to “Cleanse” Your […]
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2:22 PM | The Shambulance: 5 Reasons Not to “Cleanse” Your Colon
Happy Independence Day! Here’s hoping all your fireworks are experienced externally. This post first appeared in October 2012. **************** The Shambulance is an occasional series in which I try to find the truth about bogus or overhyped health products. Physiologist Steven Swoap is with me at the helm. If you’ve been tempted by promotions for “colon hydrotherapy”—that […]The post The Shambulance: 5 Reasons Not to “Cleanse” Your […]

July 02, 2014

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9:30 PM | Exploring the Human Microbiome
Like many people, I have gone through life without paying much attention to my gut –- except, that is, for the times my stomach gave unmistakable indications that it was upset. Most of the time, what was happening inside said stomach remained unknown. On the whole, it was out of...

July 01, 2014

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1:25 PM | To Feed the World, Try Legos
“It was an idea that just popped into my head,” says Ludovico Cademartiri, a materials scientist who’s upped his research game by using Legos. He hopes other researchers will steal his idea, and not just because Legos are fun. Cademartiri thinks the humble bricks could help solve the world’s impending food crisis. Members of Cademartiri’s […]The post To Feed the World, Try Legos appeared first on Inkfish.

Lind, K., Sizmur, T., Benomar, S., Miller, A. & Cademartiri, L. (2014). LEGO® Bricks as Building Blocks for Centimeter-Scale Biological Environments: The Case of Plants, PLoS ONE, 9 (6) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100867

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1:06 PM | The Food Court: Chewing the fat over good red wine
What would you say if someone told you that one of the best things you could eat with a nice glass of certain red wines would be a fatty burger? It wouldn’t hurt to try it with filet mignon, either, but there is something special about that burger that will probably surprise you.According to a report in ACS’ journal Langmuir, lipids (fats) in certain foods match up well with wines high in tannins (polyphenols, or antioxidants) to produce a smooth-tasting beverage. Such wines are […]

June 30, 2014

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3:00 PM | High fructose corn syrup–it’s just sugar
One of the most frustrating things I’ve observed in nearly six years of writing (here and in other locations), is that those who want to create a negative myth about a new technology (especially in food or medicine), one of the best ways to do it is mention “chemicals.” And if the chemical sounds unnatural, the […]Continue reading «High fructose corn syrup–it's just sugar»

June 28, 2014

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4:37 PM | Quinoa is high in Protein and Stimulates Protein Synthesis via Phytoecdysteroids
I’m not sure where Quinoa falls on the dietary good-evil spectrum these days.  Many value it for its high protein and mineral content.  It can be a staple food for the health-minded vegetarian.  On the other side of the spectrum, Quinoa has been on the do-not-eat list for followers of the Paleo diet because advocates […] The post Quinoa is high in Protein and Stimulates Protein Synthesis via Phytoecdysteroids appeared first on WODMasters: Stiff Competition.

Dinan L (2009). The Karlson Lecture. Phytoecdysteroids: what use are they?, Archives of insect biochemistry and physiology, 72 (3) 126-41. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19771554

Báthori M, Tóth N, Hunyadi A, Márki A & Zádor E (2008). Phytoecdysteroids and anabolic-androgenic steroids--structure and effects on humans., Current medicinal chemistry, 15 (1) 75-91. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18220764

Foucault AS, Even P, Lafont R, Dioh W, Veillet S, Tomé D, Huneau JF, Hermier D & Quignard-Boulangé A (2014). Quinoa extract enriched in 20-hydroxyecdysone affects energy homeostasis and intestinal fat absorption in mice fed a high-fat diet., Physiology & behavior, 128 226-31. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24534167

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4:37 PM | Quinoa is high in Protein and Stimulates Protein Synthesis via Phytoecdysteroids
I’m not sure where Quinoa falls on the dietary good-evil spectrum these days.  Many value it for its high protein and mineral content.  It can be a staple food for the health-minded vegetarian.  On the other side of the spectrum, Quinoa has been on the do-not-eat list for followers of the Paleo diet because advocates […] The post Quinoa is high in Protein and Stimulates Protein Synthesis via Phytoecdysteroids appeared first on WODMasters: Stiff Competition.

Dinan L (2009). The Karlson Lecture. Phytoecdysteroids: what use are they?, Archives of insect biochemistry and physiology, 72 (3) 126-41. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19771554

Báthori M, Tóth N, Hunyadi A, Márki A & Zádor E (2008). Phytoecdysteroids and anabolic-androgenic steroids--structure and effects on humans., Current medicinal chemistry, 15 (1) 75-91. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18220764

Foucault AS, Even P, Lafont R, Dioh W, Veillet S, Tomé D, Huneau JF, Hermier D & Quignard-Boulangé A (2014). Quinoa extract enriched in 20-hydroxyecdysone affects energy homeostasis and intestinal fat absorption in mice fed a high-fat diet., Physiology & behavior, 128 226-31. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24534167

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