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February 01, 2015

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3:44 AM | The biologically-based origin of the mammalian placenta (2)
See also: The biologically-based origin of the mammalian placenta I’ll preface this follow-up on the origins of the mammalian placenta with comments that attest to foolishness of theoretical physicists who try to link Big Bang cosmology to neo-Darwinian theories about...Read more

January 28, 2015

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12:00 PM | $9 Million Fine for Green Coffee Bean Deception
The manufacturer of a coffee bean extract promoted on 'The Dr. Oz' show has been fined $9 million for false claims and deceptive practices. Continue reading →

January 23, 2015

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3:55 PM | Exercise machine calorie counters: they exaggerate the burn
January is the month of the jogger. Every evening for the past three weeks, regular-looking folk have been bouncing their bits up and down our streets, running in the pursuit of getting a bit fitter. No doubt prompted by a New Year’s resolution or ill-considered pledge to run this year’s half-marathon, such noble joggers oftentimes … Continue reading →

January 21, 2015

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4:33 PM | How Overeating May Contribute to a Metabolic “Traffic Jam”
In what has been dubbed “The Great Crawl of China”, in August 2010 commuters in Beijing accumulated along a 74.5-mile-long stretch of road for a preposterous 11 days straight. No mere rush-hour... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:59 PM | Slow Emotional Eating
Slow eating is when you try to eat slowly. Slow eating is a form of mindful eating. It is relaxing, it is self-soothing, it is self-indulgent. You take your time. You put the utensils down in between the bites. You look around and sip wine as you go. You enjoy a good view and good […]

January 20, 2015

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9:36 PM | If any of these signs are true, you might not have a gluten issue
Although it may seem like I write only about the lies and ignorance of the antivaccination cult, I truly despise all kinds of pseudoscience. It’s just that refusing vaccines that prevent real diseases, based on antivaccine misinformation (OK, lies), relates directly to the health of real children everywhere. Most (but certainly not all) other pseudosciences are not […]Continue reading «If any of these signs are true, you might not have a gluten issue»
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8:00 PM | Fun run, anyone?
Do you find it hard to get enough exercise? Exercise plays a critical role in sleep regulation, maintaining a healthy body weight and overall mental wellbeing. But what goes through your mind when you're on a run or sweating through a gym class? Are you having fun? Or are you pushing through because it's for exercise? While the answer may seem irrelevant, your mindset actually has the power to completely derail your healthy goals.

January 19, 2015

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12:55 PM | Pizza Prescription: Kids Should Eat Less
Kids in the United States eat so much pizza that some researchers now argue the food should join the ranks of sugary drinks and fast foods.

January 15, 2015

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9:23 PM | Understanding the Impact of Epigenetics (Podcast)
  I was recently part of a Breaking Muscle panel discussion on Epigenetics in health and fitness. To listen to the podcast click here.

January 14, 2015

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12:36 PM | Acupuncture, Organic Food, and Other Questions
SBM frequently receives questions from readers asking for more information or even challenging our position on various topics. We make extensive efforts to answer such questions, since engaging with the public is one of the primary purposes of this blog. In fact, I specifically chose the blog format because of its interactive nature and the […]

January 11, 2015

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1:52 PM | Skeptic’s Guide to Debunking Claims about Telomeres in the Scientific and Pseudoscientific Literature
The New Year starts with telomeres as the trendiest of trendy biomarkers. As seen in Time, telomeres are the means to monitor our well-being so we can protect ourselves from all sorts from threats, including early death. A skeptic needs to do considerable homework in order to muster the evidence needed to counter the latest […]

January 09, 2015

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9:30 PM | CES 2015: SCiO Can You Tell You How Many Calories Are In That Cinnabon [Video]
Ever wonder what’s really in that falafel sandwich you’re eating? SCiO will break it down for you. A tiny molecular sensor that fits in your hand, SCiO can decipher the…
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2:49 AM | Read: Weight-Loss Pills on the Market and Their Downsides
Here’s an interesting look at the various weight-loss pills available on the market, published recently in the Montreal Gazette: “This benefit has to be weighed against the risks, which are considerable. Any pill that ‘boosts your metabolism’ will put more strain on your heart. Blunting appetite is all well and good until you realize that most … Continue reading →

January 08, 2015

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6:38 PM | Do the Best Supplements Grow on Bushes? Nutrition Expert Recommends Four Functional Foods for Fitness
This time of year, it seems everyone is refocusing on healthy eating and fitness in a furor of New Year’s goals. And some are looking for the fast track in the form of so-called “super foods.” According to Stella Volpe, PhD, who heads the nutrition sciences department at Drexel and is a nationally recognized expert … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | DNews: Food Label Calorie Counts Are Totally Fried
The calorie counting system nutritionists use today is more than 100 years old and doesn't take into account cooked vs. uncooked foods. So the calorie counts we see on labels don't really tell the whole story.

January 07, 2015

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8:33 PM | What not to tell a child: “Clear your plate or there’s no dessert!”
Tonight’s meal will be steak with all the trimmings and I can’t wait. Nothing – bar a heard of wildebeest running through the dining room – will stop me from finishing it. For I know it will be delicious and that the meat was expensive. My mother has taught me well: ‘waste not, want not.’ … Continue reading →

January 06, 2015

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3:04 PM | Realistic Weight-Management Goals for the New Year
When it comes to holiday weight gain, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the latest research shows that the average weight gain between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is only half a kilo, or about one pound. The bad news is that for people who are overweight or obese, a “large” [...]
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2:30 PM | Paper on cranberries’ health benefits retracted after researcher forges authors’ names
A paper in Food Chemistry suggesting cranberry extract has healing properties was retracted after some of the authors complained they had no idea the paper was being published. Here’s the notice for “Phenolic composition, antioxidant properties, and endothelial cell function of red and white cranberry fruits:” This article has been retracted at the request of […]The post Paper on cranberries’ health benefits retracted after researcher forges authors’ names […]

January 05, 2015

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7:35 PM | The Sugar in Fruit vs. Soda vs. Fruit Juice Fruit has a lot of...
The Sugar in Fruit vs. Soda vs. Fruit Juice Fruit has a lot of things in it besides sugar: fiber, minerals, vitamins and some bioactive compounds that probably haven’t even been discovered yet. Scientists argue that when you eat fruit, the sugar is packaged in fiber, which takes our bodies a long time to digest (thus slowly releasing the sugar into our bloodstream).  On the other hand, soda and sugar-sweetened beverages have pretty much only one thing in them and that’s […]
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1:00 PM | Soft Drinks Can Speed Up Cellular Aging
Like the rest of our bodies, our cells go through wear and tear as they age.  Human cells are not able to replicate an unlimited amount of times. This is because, at the end of every chromosome, there are DNA segments called telomeres. Telomeres are believed to have two purposes. First, they are believed to protect chromosome from damage (such as translocations). Second, telomeres act as a form of cellular timekeeper – recording the number of times that a cell divides. Like the […]

January 04, 2015

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11:12 PM | Top 5 Everyday Things That Are Making You Dumber
We all believe that we are pretty smart, however, there are a few things we do every day that reduce our intelligence. While there are a number of things that contribute to this effect, here are the top five that are impacting your productivity as well. What are you guilty … READ MORE

January 02, 2015

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6:26 PM | Fruit and Liquid Sugar Liquid sugar, such as in sodas, energy...
Fruit and Liquid Sugar Liquid sugar, such as in sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks, is the leading single source of added sugar in the American diet, representing 36% of the added sugar we consume. Research suggests that our bodies process liquid sugar differently than sugar in foods, especially those containing fiber. Scientists argue that when you eat an apple (for example), you may be getting as many as 18 grams of sugar, but the sugar is “packaged” with about […]
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12:31 AM | Is Sugar in Fruit Different Than Sugar in Soda? Sugar. Everyone...
Is Sugar in Fruit Different Than Sugar in Soda? Sugar. Everyone loves a sweet treat, but sugar has found its way into savory foods like pasta sauce and bread. On average, Americans eat nearly 66 pounds of added sugar per person per year. It’s easy to exceed the daily recommended sugar intake when a 12 oz soda has about 11 teaspoons of added sugar.  But what about the sugar in fruit?  Should people be worried about how much fruit they’re eating? Kimber Stanhope, a […]
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