Does Your Body Know You’re Eating Genetically-Modified Foods?

Yes, according to a new study that could have enormous impact on studies of cross-species communication, predator-prey relationships, and co-evolution. First, let’s take a trip down memory lane for a brief refresher in high school biology.  Since 1958, molecular biologists have relied upon the Central Dogma to outline the rules of transfer of biological sequentialContinue reading “Does Your Body Know You’re Eating Genetically-Modified Foods?”

Why The PepsiCo Mouse Story Is Scare-Tactic Journalism

If you have a weak stomach, feel free to skip this story.  In November of 2009, Ronald Ball of Wisconsin purchased a can of Mountain Dew from a vending machine.  Ball claims he took a swig from the can, felt ill, and poured out the contents of the can to find a mouse carcass.  As Ball’s story goes,Continue reading “Why The PepsiCo Mouse Story Is Scare-Tactic Journalism”

Soft Drinks and Sports Drinks: Would You Drink Flame Retardant?

If you drink soft drinks or sports drinks, such as Mountain Dew or Gatorade, keep reading.  Since the Environmental Health News published this story last month, it has been picked up by Gizmodo (you can read that story here), The Huffington Post (you can read that story here), Scientific American, and many others. Our story begins with the chemical element called bromine.  Bromine is a toxic, corrosiveContinue reading “Soft Drinks and Sports Drinks: Would You Drink Flame Retardant?”

Sodium: The Scapegoat

Cardiologists and chefs don’t always agree, so Michael Fenster, who is both a professional chef and an interventional cardiologist, offers a unique perspective in his article, “Don’t Hold The Salt: Attempts to Curb Sodium Intake Are Misguided,” published today on The Atlantic website. Fenster’s article will likely prove controversial.  For years, salt has been the scapegoatContinue reading “Sodium: The Scapegoat”

Who Loses Weight and Keeps It Off?

I have long been a fan of Tara Parker-Pope’s writing, but her recent article, “The Fat Trap,” published in last week’s edition of The New York Times Magazine, was particularly intriguing. In the days since it’s publication, almost every newspaper and magazine has weighed in (pun intended) to promote or critique the article.  In “The Fat Trap,”Continue reading “Who Loses Weight and Keeps It Off?”

Your Health Resolutions

The New Year brings hope that the impossible can be made possible. I love to ring in the New Year and to feel the special anticipation of the unknown.  I have always been a future-oriented person. I’m all for miracles and surprises, taking steps two-at-a-time, and accomplishing the impossible. Your health is a unique puzzleContinue reading “Your Health Resolutions”

6 Ways To Improve the Health of Your Holidays

If you’re like most Americans, you probably associate the holiday season with stress.  From family tension to financial pressure, there’s no doubt that the holidays can increase stress.  Some studies even suggest that American mortality rates increase during the holidays.  Holiday stress is a serious issue. Let’s talk about how you can use the holidays to boost yourContinue reading “6 Ways To Improve the Health of Your Holidays”

Can you drink your way to beauty?

In the New York Times today, Stephanie Rosenbloom discusses a recent onslaught of edible and drinkable cosmetics in her article “Beauty By the Bite.”  One such product is io Beauty Booster, the creation of  Australian makeup artist Sue Devitt and Miss Universe dietition Tanya Zuckerbrot.  Devitt claims she “noticed her skin was more luminous after snacking on goji berries, raspberriesContinue reading “Can you drink your way to beauty?”

7 Foods So Unsafe Farmers and Doctors Won’t Eat Them

When experts (in this case, farmers and doctors) were asked what foods they consider unsafe, the top 7 winners spanned multiple food groups (produce, dairy, meat) and were mostly healthy, fresh foods.   For many people, making your own spaghetti and pasta sauces, buying unprocessed meats and preparing them at home, avoiding processed foods with high fructose cornContinue reading “7 Foods So Unsafe Farmers and Doctors Won’t Eat Them”

Food Lobbyists: 1, American Children: 0

Here’s a bit of Sunday humor.  Seth Meyers and Kermit the Frog do a nice job analyzing Congress’s recent contribution to school lunches in a skit on Saturday Night Live: http://www.hulu.com/watch/302529/saturday-night-live-weekend-update-really-with-seth-and-kermit Why would Congress do something like this?  Oh, you know, just as a little favor for their friends over at ConAgra and Schwan Foods.Continue reading “Food Lobbyists: 1, American Children: 0”