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October 30, 2014

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12:00 PM | Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear
The Editorial: The complexity of health requires an expansion of the areas covered by public health agencies Ed note: This post comes to us from our PLOS Blogs friend Dr Travis Saunders. Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics … Continue reading »The post Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear appeared first on Public Health.

October 28, 2014

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7:42 AM | Zinc and depression
"Low dietary zinc intake is associated with a greater incidence of depression in both men and women, as shown in two prospective cohorts".At the risk of overdoing the whole 'you are what you eat' sentiment, today I'm addressing a portion of the peer-reviewed research literature linking issues with zinc availability to depression. That opening quote by the way, comes from the paper by Khanrin Phungamla Vashum and colleagues [1] who looked at self-reported dietary intake of zinc based on […]

Vashum KP, McEvoy M, Milton AH, McElduff P, Hure A, Byles J & Attia J (2014). Dietary zinc is associated with a lower incidence of depression: findings from two Australian cohorts., Journal of affective disorders, 166 249-57. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25012438

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October 27, 2014

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2:00 PM | How to Dodge Despair and Lure Hope
With this post, I return again to that literal tome of life wisdom, “Voyage of the Turtle” by Carl Safina. I have always learned so much from my animal companions….and continue to do so each and every day. I also love watching nature documentaries that follow animals during their day-to-day lives so I can learn. […]

October 25, 2014

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3:45 PM | 6 Ways to Survive Your Teen’s Eating Disorder
If you have a teen who is struggling with an eating disorder, you know it can be overwhelming, frustrating, lonely, scary, and sometimes feel like a full-time job. Your teen may be reacting angrily one day and the next day melt on the floor in tears. Eating disorders can disrupt family and work life, create […]

October 23, 2014

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5:31 PM | 7 Strategies To Deal With The Winter Blues NOW, Before Winter Begins
Prepare for the Winter Blues by putting preventative strategies in place now.
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5:15 PM | 7 Tips to Make Healthy Eating Habits Easier
Many people were very intrigued by my interview with behavioral scientist Brian Wansink and his ideas. He studies eating behavior and consumer habits, and has a book that just came out: Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life. I asked him for some of his top tips, and he gave me these excellent suggestions to “Help […]

October 22, 2014

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9:57 PM | Green coffee beans and weight loss–another dumb myth
If you’re a fan of the Dr. Oz show, you might have heard about his passionate support of green coffee beans, which are just unroasted coffee beans instead of the roasted ones we enjoy in a big mug, for losing weight. In America, weight loss pseudoscience, especially those who claim it’s “easy”, is an obsession, especially since […]Continue reading «Green coffee beans and weight loss–another dumb myth»

October 20, 2014

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5:18 PM | DNews: Healthy Food Three Times the Cost of Unhealthy Fare
A study out of the U.K. finds healthy food prices rising three times faster than less healthy foodstuff. Tara find out why it takes bigger bucks to dine well.
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3:30 PM | Authors retract green coffee bean diet paper touted by Dr. Oz
Two authors of a 2012 paper sponsored by a company that made grand claims about green coffee bean extract’s abilities to help people lose weight have retracted it. The study was cited by The Dr. Oz Show, and last month it cost the company a $3.5 million settlement with the Feds. Here’s the notice for […]
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1:00 PM | 12 simple ways to prevent cancer
33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »The post 12 simple ways to prevent cancer appeared first on Public Health.
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1:00 PM | 12 simple ways to prevent cancer
33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »The post 12 simple ways to prevent cancer appeared first on Public Health.
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1:00 PM | Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You
Scientists in California's Central Valley are testing the nutrient content of fruits grown with less-than-normal amounts of water. And the findings so far are raising a question: will consumers buy fruits that are just as nutritional, or sometimes higher in antioxidants, if they aren't as pretty?

October 16, 2014

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1:38 AM | Free Articles to Celebrate World Food Day 2014
We all know that today is World Food Day in honour of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). As we like to celebrate World Food Day meaningfully, we have compiled a list of articles that would be useful for everyone interested in food and nutrition. These articles are accessible […] The post Free Articles to Celebrate World Food Day 2014 appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Buttriss, J. (2013). Food security through the lens of nutrition, Nutrition Bulletin, 38 (2) 254-261. DOI: 10.1111/nbu.12031

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October 15, 2014

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10:06 PM | Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences that Code for Cancer
It’s no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease – be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer – is often perceived as a risk... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 14, 2014

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11:41 AM | Read: Dr. Harriet Hall Corrects What “Fed Up” Gets Wrong
The movie Fed Up, an advocacy documentary narrated by Katie Couric, is providing one more outlet for the people who love to demonize sugar. If only we removed sugar from our diet, we would all lose weight and be healthy. Does the evidence support this claim? No. Dr. Harriet Hall, blogging at Science-Based Medicine, has this to … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | Does the Movie Fed Up Make Sense?
The 2014 film Fed Up is an advocacy documentary. Its message: There is a worldwide epidemic of obesity. It is endangering our children. Increased sugar consumption is responsible. The food industry is responsible for our increased sugar consumption because it puts hidden sugar in processed foods, bombards us with advertising, favors profits over health, and […]
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2:47 AM | Why you should stop eating sandwiches
New research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that much of our excessive salt intake can be blamed on the consumption of sandwiches. Specifically, assessment of one day of dietary intake from 5,762 adults … Continue reading »

October 09, 2014

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4:33 PM | More Evidence of the Risk of Infectious Diseases Associated with Raw Pet Foods
I try to keep track of new research on the subject of raw food for pets. So far, the research only allows us to conclude: There is no evidence to support claims that raw diets are healthier than cooked commercial … Continue reading →
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11:30 AM | Naturopathy vs. Science: Infertility Edition
This is another post in the naturopathy versus science series, where a naturopath’s advice is assessed against the scientific literature. It’s Naturopathic Medicine Week in the United States, so it’s time for another look at the alternative medicine practice that a friend of the blog likes to call the One Quackery to Rule them All.  Naturopathy […]

October 07, 2014

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8:00 PM | Could fasting super­size your life?
We have known for a long time that eating less (much less) can prolong life in many animals. Given fasting diets are currently all the rage, I decided to investigate the science. Is fasting also good for humans?
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1:00 PM | “No sugar added” candy lists sugar as first ingredient
Add this to the #facepalm files. I took the above photo at a convenience store in Charlottetown this summer.  As you can see on the package, the candy is proudly advertised as “no sugar added”.  The package also announces that … Continue reading »

October 02, 2014

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5:00 AM | Yahoo News spews NaturalNews anti-vaccine (and other) propaganda
Yahoo News appears to have confused NaturalNews with actual news. It’s not. NaturalNews is the in-house propaganda organ for Mike Adams, whom I’ll introduce in a minute (although he needs no introduction for most readers here). A couple of recent examples:     A recycled story, over a year old, from NaturalNews, appearing on Yahoo […]

September 30, 2014

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9:49 PM | Compliments to the chef: Partnerships between school food staff, professional chefs lead to healthier eating
Building excitement around school meals with the help of guest chefs and fresh recipes could be a significant boon for school lunch programs as well as student eating habits, a new study found.
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