Reduce your exposure to estrogenic phthalates and BPA by avoiding synthetic fragrances and putting hot food in plastic containers. Here are more ways to lower your contact with these synthetic, endocrine-disrupting compounds.Read More
A new study showing that high protein intake during middle age quadrupled the risk of cancer raises big questions about the current paleo diet trend that greenlights meat while lowering carbs as a way to control weight and increase energy.Read More
We already knew nuts were pretty good for us. This week we learned that people who regularly consumed nuts are less likely to die of cancer or heart disease, according to a major study by Harvard University researchers. Fortunately, this news arrives just as we’re ready to set the nut dish out for the holidays. Here’s our list of what to include.Read More
Today is World Diabetes Day, and sadly, there is a world of it out there, especially if you consider the rising numbers of people suffering from this chronic health condition. In the U.S. about 1 in 10 people have diabetes, and that’s expected to be the ratio worldwide by 2035.Read More
Sugar. It’s added to everything, and yet it’s the one “food” that gives us nothing back nutritionally. The health ramifications related to sugar are, pardon the pun, huge. It contributes to obesity, Type II diabetes, heart failure and now this seemingly unrelated health problem….Read More
Air pollution continues to plague many large U.S. cities, where coal plants and tailpipe emissions poison the air with asthma-aggravating, cancer causing ozone and particle emissions. But the picture, and the air, is much clearer in Peoria, Springfield and a few dozen other mid-sized meccas, according to the American Lung Association’s annual report. See what the air rates where you live.Read More
We’ve all heard that there’s a dark side to our soda pop addiction.
Even though the habit is well embedded into our culture — pre-packaged into lunch and dinner meals, up-sized for movies and sporting events and bargain priced at grocery stores — we know that sugary drinks are not healthful. But what if it were all dark side? What if soda had virtually no redeeming features? …Hold up, you say, a little soda never hurt anyone! True enough, but we’re not drinking a little soda…
Obesity contributes to diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
This we know from numerous studies and clinical observations.
Soon, however, another major illness may be confirmed on the list of those triggered or worsened by obesity: Colon cancer, the second leading cancer killer in the United States (after lung cancer).
Heavy coffee drinkers may have their issues — they’re hyped up all morning, they get edgy and overly emphatic in meetings, they have problems sleeping (let’s not mention the frequent restroom breaks) and sometimes, like Will Farrell’s character in Kicking & Screaming, they simply lose it.
But they don’t get Type 2 diabetes as often as their non-coffee drinking counterparts. In fact, studies show that people who drink four or more cups of coffee daily have about half the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as the general population.
Reading Scientific American this week, I became transfixed with a little graphic the editors included at the back of the magazine.
It showed how the number of Americans who are seriously overweight has doubled over the past 30 years. Thirty four percent of Americans are now considered obese (meaning they have a body mass index over 30), compared with 15 percent who met that criteria in 1980.
The number of Americans who are overweight (with a BMI of 25 to 30) has remained almost steady; but that still means that the overweight and the obese together now comprise a hefty 68 percent of the population.Read More