I've seen a quote about cleanse diets and detoxing being shared on Facebook quite a lot lately. Each time it shows up, it gets hundreds to thousands of likes and hundreds of shares. Amazing the power of a superficially logical statement that is actually based on a fallacy, this on what I would call a false analogy. I decided I'd like to write a few things about it.
Continue Reading » Are Cleansing and Detox Diets Just Fancy Anorexia?
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Four scam cancer charities have been charged with perpetrating a a multi-million 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.
Continue Reading » Four Cancer Charity Scams Revealed
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."
Continue Reading » Is Calling Dr. Oz a Quack an Ad Hominem Attack?
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.
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.
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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.
Continue Reading » Comparing the Effects of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
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.
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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.
Continue Reading » Ten Common Myths about Eyes and Eye Health
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.
Continue Reading » Mistaken Reasons that People Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
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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- Achalasia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
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Alternative Medicine (Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM)
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- Are Cleansing and Detox Diets Just Fancy Anorexia?
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- Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
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- Comparing the Effects of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
- Does Exercising in Cold Weather Make You Cough and Give You a Sore Throat?
- Antibiotic resistance: where does it come from and what can we do about it? Q&A
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- Peformance Enhancing Drugs Other Than Anabolic Steroids Used in Sports
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- Acarbose Improperly Used for Weight Loss
- Adding Muscle Burns 30 to 40 Calories A Day: Hocus Pocus Fat Loss Advice
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- Diets And Dieting
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- Food Compensation: Do Exercise Ads Change Food Intake?
- Get over the Time Magazine Article, Seriously
- 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
- 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
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- Four Cancer Charity Scams Revealed
- Hernias of the Abdominal Wall
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Homeopathic Asthma Treatments CANNOT Replace Your Asthma Inhaler or Other Medicine
- How to Recognize and What to Do About Allergic Reactions to Bee and Wasp Stings
- Idiopathic (Primary) Achalasia
- Is Dr. Joseph Mercola Not A Real Doctor?
- Lactose Intolerance
- Milk Consumption and Excess Mucus Formation
- Muscle Spasms, Handwriting Cramps, and Involuntary Movements: What is Dystonia?
- Food education fear and romanticized
- Most diseases are caused by poor nutrition
- Calories from Lipids (Fats), Carbohydrate, and Protein
- Consuming Whey Protein and Poor Appetite in Strength Training
- Eat This, Not That! Site Cooking the Protein Numbers with Six Foods Compared to Eggs
- Food Allergies
- Food And Drug Administration (FDA)
- Food Labels
- Milk and Dairy
- Organic Food: The Real Story
- The Dangers of Raw Milk and the Claims of its Magical Healing Powers
- The Origins of Lactase Persistence in Europe
- Mistaken Reasons that People Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
- 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
- Dietary Guidelines should reflect new understandings about adult protein needs
- Dietary Protein and Kidney Function
- Greek Yogurt: Twice The Protein
- 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?
- Forbes Article Says Protein Supplements Being Sued for Failing to Meet Protein Content Claims
- I'm Lactose Intolerant, Can I Still Use Whey Protein?
- Supplement Rationale, Behavour, and Expertise
- Tryptophan Supplements: Do They Work and Are They Dangerous?
- What is Acesulfame Potassium Doing in Whey Protein Products?
- Why You Should NOT Use Colloidal Silver Products
- Surprising New Nutrition Finding: Nutrition Articles on News Sites Suck
- The Aspartame Myth-information Campaign: You Can Live Without It
- The Role Of Soy In Vegetarian Diets
- Top Vitamin C Containing Fruits
- B Vitamins
- The Role of Phytonutrients Like Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene in Skin Health
- 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 Sports Performance
- What are Coenzymes?
- 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?
- Whey Protein Processing, Terms and Definitions: Countering the Misconceptions About Whey Protein Including 'Raw' Whey
- Pica: Craving Nonfood Items
- Response To "Am I Lactose Intolerant?" Article at Fitness Reloaded
- Retinal Detachment: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
- Science Based Medicine Asks Whether The Movie ‘Fed Up’ Makes Any Sense. Is Sugar The Cause of the "Obesity Epidemic?"
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- 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
- Ten Common Myths about Eyes and Eye Health
- The Impact of Zinc on Human Health: The Essential Toxin
- The Wound Healing Process: Inflammatory, Proliferative and Remodeling Phases
- Weird Tissue Growth On Eye From Corner to Pupil — What is Pterygia?
- What Is the Babinski Reflex?
- You Cannot Be Generally Advanced - Advanced Fitness Is Specific