Back to School Nutrition

There has been a lot of talk recently about school lunches and making them healthier.   With soaring rates of childhood obesity and related chronic diseases, many are finally seeing the obvious problem with what our schools have been serving up to our children:  we are killing our future. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood […]

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Debunking the Hunter-Gatherer Workout

DARWIN isn’t required reading for public health officials, but he should be. One reason that heart disease, diabetes and obesity have reached epidemic levels in the developed world is that our modern way of life is radically different from the hunter-gatherer environments in which our bodies evolved. But which modern changes are causing the most […]

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Microbes maketh man

People are not just people. They are an awful lot of microbes, too POLITICAL revolutionaries turn the world upside down. Scientific ones more often turn it inside out. And that, almost literally, is happening to the idea of what, biologically speaking, a human being is. The traditional view is that a human body is a […]

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Evolution’s Sweet Tooth

Of all the indignant responses to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s plan to ban the sale of giant servings of soft drinks in New York City, libertarian objections seem the most worthy of serious attention. People have certain rights, this argument goes, including the right to drink lots of soda, to eat junk food, to gain […]

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‘Issue and answer’ from Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson

The issues — Antibiotics – when you need them they save your life, but how to protect your gut so you don’t ruin your health down the road? Antibiotics are lifesavers; they can save us from pneumonia or that serious infected tooth or that infection in our kidneys. But, they are well known to wallop […]

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Women with ‘unexplained fatigue’ should take iron supplements: Study

The women in the new study, published in the CMAJ, did not have anemia, but were considered to have borderline levels of ferretin. A daily dose of 80 milligrams of elemental iron in the form of ferrous sulfate was associated with a decrease in fatigue stores of 48%, compared to a decrease of 29% in […]

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