Four scam cancer charities have been charged with perpetrating a a multimillion dollar hoax. The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia have so-called cancer charities and their operators with cheating consumers of more than $187 million. This is just another manifestation of something that has become all too common: fake charities that are created for no other purpose than to line the pockets of the people who created them.
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I'd like to speak, once again, about the confusion around the term "ad hominem." Ad hominem arguments take the form, in a simple sense, "you are wrong because you're a jerk."
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Something as easy as including a daily serving of peanuts as part of a high-fat meal could protect you from cardiovascular disease, according to a study lead by Xiaran Liu, a graduate student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State. “Previous studies have shown that individuals who consume peanuts more than two times a week have a lower risk of coronary heart disease,” said Liu. “This study indicates that the protective effect of peanut consumption could be due, in part, to its beneficial effect on artery health.”
Many of the over the counter asthma treatments available in drug stores and online are actually homeopathic products. Some of these products may not prominently display the word "homeopathic," however, but claim on their labels that they treat the shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness of asthma. The FDA has recently sent out a warning to asthma suffers, urging them not to consider homeopathic asthma treatments as alternatives to conventional prescribed asthma treatments such as steroidal inhalers or other approved medications. There are also some safe and effective OTC medications that are approved for sale.
In two separate cases, the FTC has bought suits against the makers of mobile phone apps that claim they can detect melanoma risk. The two apps, MelApp and Mole Detective, have users take pictures of moles with their phone camera, and claim that the app can analyze the mole and detect its melanoma risk, labeling it as low, medium or high. The FTC charged tat the companies had inadequate evidence to support such claims.
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I saw a fitness post the other day that said, "If there is no progress there is no health benefit." I replied that this is not necessarily true, but the author of the post decided not to engage me on the subject. The message that you must continue to progress in order to "be healthy" is erroneous. It is no surprise to me that the author did not choose to defend his assertion.
Continue Reading » You Cannot Be Generally Advanced - Advanced Fitness Is Specific
While many people understand the basic differences in behavior among those suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, they might assume that the physiological effects are the same. After all, whether you starve yourself or gorge and then purge, the result is malnutrition, right? Well, in fact, the physiological effects differ among the two in some marked ways. Of course, it is possible for both disorders to manifest in one person, which would complicate the picture. However, the following are the basic differences in effect between the these two major eating disorders.
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A condition which can affect people whose eyes are exposed to prolonged ultra-violet light (UV from Sunlight), pterygia is a benign growth of tissue which occurs from the nasal corner, or limbus, and grows towards the pupil. These growths are wing-shaped or triangular and can also be cause by other factors, including a genetic predisposition, human papilloma virus, or immunologic alterations.
Continue Reading » Weird Tissue Growth On Eye From Corner to Pupil — What is Pterygia?
Science Based Medicine Asks Whether The Movie ‘Fed Up’ Makes Any Sense. Is Sugar The Cause of the "Obesity Epidemic?"
A new post on Science-Based Medicine asks a lot of the documentary, Fed Up, and doesn't get a lot in return. Among the questions asked by Harriet Hall in her well-written and quite comprehensive article is whether sugar is really the cause of the obesity epidemic, and what can actually be done to improve the American diet? The conclusions are not what the internet's leading nutrition and fat loss writers are telling you.
Abrasion: A superficial wound to the epidermis only, which does not tend to bleed, although some abrasions may extend into the dermis and more severe abrasions may cause a layer of skin to be torn off. The word abrasion comes from the Latin word abradere, meaning to scrape away. Such wounds are caused by glancing contact with rough surfaces. They may be more painful than cuts owing to the fact that many more nerve endings are exposed.
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Many people have trouble exercising in cold weather. If exercising in the freezing cold causes you to have coughing fits and a sore throat, you're not alone. Many of us have the same problem. It is estimated that anywhere from 4 to 20% of people have this complaint. The actual cause has not always been agreed upon, but for many years, the prevailing theory was that this was caused by exercise-induced bronchioconstriction (EIB) which is a narrowing of the airways much like an asthma attack, but in this case brought on by cold air. EIB is, of course, common in people with asthma and is sometimes also called exercise-induced asthma. However, many of the sufferers of EIB have no history of asthma. EIB is actually more common in children and young adults, however, although it is hard to say why. The higher incidence of EIB in the young may simply relate to their higher levels of physical activity. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and hypoxia. Sometimes, however, the only symptom is a cough and a sore throat, as the title suggests.
Continue Reading » Does Exercising in Cold Weather Make You Cough and Give You a Sore Throat?
You are probably aware of many of these myths about the eyes and the sense of sight. Many of us grew up with them. These myths have been passed from one generation to the next and despite ever-increasing access to accurate information, many of them still persist.
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Many people take vitamin and mineral supplements, not because they have a poor diet, but as added insurance against a lack of certain nutrients. This is probably not needed at all but the attitude is better safe than sorry and a little extra won't hurt. The fact is, extra will not likely do anything but cost you money. Still, many people have more specific reasons for taking supplements, usually because of ideas they have derived from nutrition misinformation. This article explores some of these reasons.
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Pica is the craving and eating of nonfood items. It can develop in any person but seems to be most often experienced by African American women (data is limited) in the pregnancy and postpartum period. In the southern United States, 16 to 57 percent of pregnant African-American women admit to pica. It is also generally more common in persons with severe impairments and mental retardation, although there is no connection whatsoever between the latter and the former.
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Oxytocin: A hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland which targets the smooth muscle of the uterus and mammary glands, stimulating uterine contractions amd the letdown of milk.
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Health and Health Conditions
- Achalasia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
- A Daily Serving Of Peanuts Could Protect You From Heart Disease, A New Study Says
Alternative Medicine (Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM)
- 20 Home Remedies for Treating Minor Burns: Not!
- Baking Soda and Vinegar for Bee Stings: It Works! But not Really.
- Cam Domains (Categories of Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
- Aloe Vera for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Aloe Vera Leaf Gel: Composition and Applications
- Astragalus Uses, Evidence and Side Effects
- Bilberry (Huckleberry)
- Cissus Quadrangularis & Irvingia Gabonensis Combination
- Curcumin from Turmeric for Inflammation and Disease
- Ginkgo Ineffective for Treating High Blood Pressure According to Large Study
- Ginseng Leaf and Stem: Bioactive Constituents and Pharmacological Functions
- Herbs and Sports Performance
- Hypoglycemic Herbs
- St. John's Wort Safey Issues and Product Labels
- Turmeric For Heartburn And Astragulus to Help Endanger the Public
- What Are Herbs Really Good For? Catnip and Fennel
- Oxygenated Water
- Study Shows One-Fifth of Internet-Available Ayurvedic Medicines Contain Toxic Metals
- Alzheimer's Disease Could Be Caused by a Key Brain Protein Not Being Cleared
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Arthritis Cure? Is it True Or is it a Quack Remedy?
- Arthritis Treatment: Pain in the Top of the Foot and Its Causes
- Doctor - Does Acupuncture Work for Arthritis?
- Is Aromatherapy Effective For Arthritis?
- Taking Aspirin Plus an Arthritis Medicine? Big Risk!
- What Arthritis Problems Cause Severe Pain in the Thumb?
- What is Ankle Arthrodesis?
- What is Diabetic Joint Disease?
- What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- What's a "Sausage Finger"?
- Bias in Health Information: Understanding the Agendas
- Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
- Can Shingles Cause Pain in the Shoulder Blades?
- Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
- Brain And Neurological Problems Affect Almost Half Of Celiacs Even With A Gluten Free Diet
- Celiac Disease
- Celiac Disease Symptoms Unrelated to Digestive Distress
- Celiac Oat Intolerance: The Molecular Basis
- Are B&M Baked Beans Gluten Free?
- Are Soba Noodles Gluten Free?
- Does Couscous Contain Gluten?
- Gluten Intolerance Versus Celiac Disease
- Glutinous Rice: Does That Have Gluten?
- Is Brown Sugar Gluten Free?
- Is Cheez Whiz Gluten Free?
- Is Cool Whip Gluten Free?
- Is Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Gluten Free?
- Is Velveeta Gluten Free?
- Measuring Gluten Toxicity
- The Gluten-Free Diet: Safety and Nutritional Quality
- Oats Intolerance In Celiac
- Comparing the Effects of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
- Daily Rhythm Of Blood Fluidity
- Deadly Pedicure?
- Disease Mongering: Part of the Global Health Debate
- Diverticulitis, Diverticulosis, and Dietary Fiber
- Does Exercising in Cold Weather Make You Cough and Give You a Sore Throat?
- Does long-term coffee intake reduce type 2 diabetes mellitus risk?
- Antibiotic resistance: where does it come from and what can we do about it? Q&A
NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)
- Anti-Inflammatory Drug-Induced Gastrointestinal Injury
- Anti-inflammatory management for tendon injuries - friend or foe?
- Hypersensitivity Reactions to NSAIDs - An Update
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and the Kidney
- NSAIDS and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- The Benefits and Harms of Aspirin: A Critical Overview
- When Shouldn't Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications Be Used in Musculoskeletal Injuries?
- Overview of Categories of Controlled Substances in the United States
- Peformance Enhancing Drugs Other Than Anabolic Steroids Used in Sports
- Prescription Drugs Can Lead to Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
- Propofol: The Real Story
- Succimer found Ineffective for Removing Mercury from the Body
- Dysphagia: Difficulty Swallowing
- Early Prion Detection May Be Possible - Big Step Forward in Identifying Spongiform Encephalopathies
- Effect Of Garlic On Blood Pressure
- Exercise Protects You From Colds
- Explaining Gender Differences In Tooth Decay
- 5 Tips I Know For Fat Loss
- 7 Steps To Weight Loss Without Dieting Deprivation And Guilt
- Acarbose Improperly Used for Weight Loss
- Adding Muscle Burns 30 to 40 Calories A Day: Hocus Pocus Fat Loss Advice
- An Evidence-Based Review of Fat Modifying Dietary Supplement Weight Loss Products
- Calorie Restriction For Life Extension: What They Didn't Tell You On Oprah
- Can the Smell of Bananas Help You Lose Weight?
- Central Obesity
- Comic Relief from Stronglifts: Strength Training the Key to Fatloss
- Diets And Dieting
- Do Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss Require FDA Approval or Clinical Trials Before Being Sold?
- Don't Eat After 7 And Other Other Weight Management Myths
- Effect of Point-of-Purchase Calorie Labeling on Restaurant and Cafeteria Food Choices: A Literature Review
- EPOC (Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption)
- Experience with the Use of Sympathomimetic Agents Like Sibutramine (Meridia) for Weight Loss: Mostly Negative
- Fish Oil May Help You Burn Fat...
- Food Compensation: Do Exercise Ads Change Food Intake?
- From Portion Distortion to Mindful Eating
- Get over the Time Magazine Article, Seriously
- Irvingia Gabonensis Supplement Craze: In-Credible Weight Loss from an African Tree?
- Is Strength Training the Key to Fatloss?
- It's Not Just WHAT You Eat But WHY
- L'Occitane Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight "Slimming Creams" Customers Getting Refunds
- Mindful Eating: Get Out of Autopilot
- Paint by Numbers or Masterpiece: Restrictive Versus Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity Plays an Important Role in Body Weight Regulation
- Portion Size: Effect on Food Intake and Possible Interventions
- Self Control: Not all its Cracked Up To Be
- The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks - Starts with a Lie, Ends Up Being Another Low Carb Diet
- The Almighty EWAG and Some Big Old Belly Fat: How Strength Training Justifies Being Overweight
- The Magical Farce of Negative Calories, The Thermic Effect, and Resting Energy Expenditure
- The Truth About Fast Weight Loss
- The Two Pounds Per Month Rule and How to Burn Fat Faster
- Top 3 Reasons Your Fat Loss Still Isn't Working
- What The New "Low-Carb" Study REALLY Says
- What To Eat: Three Questions To Ask Yourself
- When Snacks Become Meals: How Hunger and Environmental Cues Bias Food Intake
- Wu Long Tea (oolong tea): Does it really help you lose weight?
- You Have To Eat Breakfast
- Foot Problems
- Four Cancer Charity Scams Revealed
- Giving Legs to Restless Leg
- Guillain Barré Syndrome: When Legs (and More) Turn to Rubber
- Hashimoto's Disease
- Hernias of the Abdominal Wall
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- High Heels and Your Health
- Homeopathic Asthma Treatments CANNOT Replace Your Asthma Inhaler or Other Medicine
- Horner's Syndrome - A Medical Discovery From the American Civil War
- How Safe Are Prescription Topical Non-Steroidal Drugs?
- How to Recognize and What to Do About Allergic Reactions to Bee and Wasp Stings
- Idiopathic (Primary) Achalasia
- Insulin Resistance
- Lactose Intolerance
- Lupus: Explanation, Symptoms, and Diagnosis
- Medical Alert Recalls: Drugs, Vaccines, Dietary Supplements, Etc.
- Melanoma Detection Apps Falsely Claim to Detect Skin Cancer Early
- Milk Consumption and Excess Mucus Formation
- Numb, Dizzy and Normal - Deceptive Words in Medical Practice
- 7 Artificial or Non-nutritive Sweeteners Approved For Use in the U.S.
- Calories from Lipids (Fats), Carbohydrate, and Protein
- Sugar glossary a quick reference to simple sugars
- Changes in Intakes of Total and Added Sugar and their Contribution to Energy Intake in the U.S.
- Dietary Fiber
- Fructose Consumption: What are the Real Health Implications?
- Consuming Whey Protein and Poor Appetite in Strength Training
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Are all Omega-3 Fatty Acids Created equal?
- Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids Like Fish Oil Effective for Treating Asthma?
- DHA: Docosahexaenoic Acid
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): An Ancient Nutrient for the Modern Human Brain
- Epa Eicosapentaenoic Acid
- Fish Oil
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids And Inflammation
- Omega-3 Index and Sudden Cardiac Death
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Food Oil Fatty Acid Content List: Saturated, Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated
- Grass Fed Versus Grain Fed Beef: Fatty Acid Profiles, Antioxidant Content and Taste
- The Biological Activities of Phenolics in Virgin Olive Oil
- Trans Fatty Acids (Trans Fats)
- Fish, Mercury, Selenium and Cardiovascular Risk: Does the Danger of Mercury Outweigh the Benefits of Fish Intake?
- Food Allergies
- Food And Drug Administration (FDA)
- Acesulfame-K (Acesulfame Potassium)
- Acetic Acid
- Aconitic Acid
- All-purpose Flour
- Anticaking Agents (Free-Flow Agents)
- Dietetic (Foods)
- FD&C Blue No. 1: Brilliant Blue FCF Food Dye
- FD&C Yellow No. 6: Sunset Yellow Food Dye
- Guar Gum
- Gum Arabic (Arabic, Acacia Gum)
- Synthetic Versus Natural Food Colorings: Answers to Many Common Questions
- Food Labels
- Food Safety Articles and Information
- Health Benefits Of Nut Consumption
- Milk and Dairy
- Organic Food: The Real Story
- Ten Food Myths: The Truth Revealed!
- The Dangers of Raw Milk and the Claims of its Magical Healing Powers
- The Difference Between Sea Salt and Ordinary Table Salt: Is Sea Salt Really Healthier?
- The Origins of Lactase Persistence in Europe
- Wheat Versus Whole Wheat
- How Do We Know What Chemicals Are Harmful?
- Mistaken Reasons that People Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
- Most Diseases are Caused by Poor Nutrition - Food Quackery Myth Examined
- Natural and Processed Food, Nutritionism and Pollanisms
- Nutrient Timing Articles
- Nutrition is Not a Top Ten Proposition and the Lycopene Bust
- Nutrition Junk Science: Red Flags That Help You Spot It!
- Nutrition Research: Industry Sponsorhip of Nutrition Research
- "Processed" Food Has Become A Dirty Word
- Amino Acids
- Casein or Whey?
- Dietary Guidelines should reflect new understandings about adult protein needs
- Dietary Protein and Kidney Function
- Greek Yogurt: Twice The Protein
- Protein And Exercise
- Protein Powders are Synthetic Poison!
- Whey Protein
- Raw Food Claim: Your Body Has a Limited Amount of Enzymes to Digest Foods
- Splenda Kills Healthy Intestinal Bacteria?
- Colloidal Silver And Other Silver Products
- Can Creatine Supplementation Help Older Adults?
- Creatine And Exercise
- Creatine Ethyl Ester Supplementation Effects with Heavy Resistance Training
- The Creatine Transporter: A Brief Review of Creatine Supplementation in Humans and Animals
- Fatal New Trend in Performance Enhancement? A Cautionary Note on Nitrite
- Forbes Article Says Protein Supplements Being Sued for Failing to Meet Protein Content Claims
- I'm Lactose Intolerant, Can I Still Use Whey Protein?
- Metabolites, Constituents And Extracts
- Pharmacists and Dietary Supplements
- Phospholipids and Sports Performance
- Supplement Rationale, Behavour, and Expertise
- Tryptophan Supplements: Do They Work and Are They Dangerous?
- Warning: The Hidden Risks of Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual Stimulant Dietary Supplement 'Treatments' Sold Online
- What is Acesulfame Potassium Doing in Whey Protein Products?
- Surprising New Nutrition Finding: Nutrition Articles on News Sites Suck
- The Aspartame Myth-information Campaign: You Can Live Without It
- The Poisonous Apple: A Chemical Cocktail
- The Role Of Soy In Vegetarian Diets
- Top Vitamin C Containing Fruits
- Folic Acid Fortification: History, Effect, Concerns, and Future Directions
- Niacin (Vitamin B3) When, How, and Why to Supplement
- Thiamine (Vitamin B1) How, Why and When to Supplement
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Vitamin B6
- The Role of Phytonutrients Like Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene in Skin Health
- Vitamin A and Beta Carotene: What, How, When, Why to Supplement
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin E and C for Strength and Bodybuilding: Should You Take Them for Exercise Induced Oxidative Stress?
- Vitamins and Prostate Cancer Risk
- Vitamins and Sports Performance
- B Vitamins
- What are Coenzymes?
- What Are Sugar Alcohols?
- What are the Major Elements and Molecules in the Human Body?
- What is Denaturing Of Proteins and Why Do Some People Make a Big Deal of It?
- What Is Nutrient Density? What is a Nutrient Dense Food? Plus, What are Empty Calories?
- What is Sweet Dairy Whey and Can I Use it as a Whey Protein Supplement?
- When it comes to Education About Food, We Are Full of It: Fear-Laden and Romanticized Messages Go Hand in Hand
- Whey Protein Processing, Terms and Definitions: Countering the Misconceptions About Whey Protein Including 'Raw' Whey
- Pica: Craving Nonfood Items
- Rapid End-Point Quantitation of Prion Seeding Activity with Sensitivity Comparable to Bioassays
- Retinal Detachment: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
- Retinal Detachment - Understanding This Surgical Emergency
- Science Based Medicine Asks Whether The Movie ‘Fed Up’ Makes Any Sense. Is Sugar The Cause of the "Obesity Epidemic?"
Skin Conditions and Infections
- Black Heel and Black Palm (Talon Noir and Tâche Noir)
- Diet and Acne: What is the Evidence?
- How to Treat Minor Burns: Basic First Aid
- Impetigo in Athletes: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
- Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris): Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
- Jogger's or Runner's Nipples
- Pitted and Smelly Feet: Pitted Keratolysis
- Sports Induced Acne From Helmets, Pads, and Other Gear
- Tinea: Fungal Skin Infections
- What is Eczema? Its Symptoms, Triggers, and Care
- What is Tinea Pedis?
- Sleep and Metabolism
- Ten Common Myths about Eyes and Eye Health
- The Fight against Disease Mongering
- The Impact of Zinc on Human Health: The Essential Toxin
- The Metabolic Syndrome
- The Neurological Exam: Evaluating the Master Organ
- There is Proof That Chronic Lyme Disease Exists
- The Risks of Being Skinny Obese
- The Wound Healing Process: Inflammatory, Proliferative and Remodeling Phases
- Vaccination: Safe or Unsafe?
- Weird Tissue Growth On Eye From Corner to Pupil — What is Pterygia?
- What Is An Aneurysm?
- What is Dystonia?
- What Is the Babinski Reflex?
- You Cannot Be Generally Advanced - Advanced Fitness Is Specific