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11 ways to avoid BPA and phthalates and why you should

March 7th, 2014

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.

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Meat and dairy consumption quadrupled the risk of cancer in middle-aged people, study found

March 5th, 2014

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.

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Nuts, let us count the crazy number of ways they’re good for you

November 22nd, 2013

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.

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Diabetes projected to rise this much around the world

November 14th, 2013

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.

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Sugar blamed for causing yet another disease

August 12th, 2013

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….

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What middle-size cities offer: Clean Air

April 30th, 2013

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.

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A soda habit that’s becoming no fun

October 15th, 2012

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…

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Obesity believed to increase the risk of colorectal cancer

March 20th, 2012

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).

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More great news for coffee drinkers — a lower risk of diabetes

January 12th, 2012

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.

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New dietary guidelines: Fruits and vegetables should dominate your plate

January 31st, 2011

Eat your veggies! And, while you’re at it, quit drinking so much soda.

The government’s new dietary guidelines issued today are unequivocal. Americans need to get serious about eating healthier. They need to put more produce on their plates and push out the sugar, saturated fats and sodium that have crept into the American diet in so many ways, via soda, packaged meals and sweet snacks.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (yes, it’s 2011, in case you’re reading in real time) are more explicit than ever, federal officials said, because the nation’s got big obesity issues.

So instead of just urging us to eat 5 to 7 “servings” of fruits and vegetables every day, the mantra of the last adjustment in the food pyramid, these new guidelines tell us to drink water instead of “sugary drinks”, switch to 1 percent milk, and fill half of our plates with fruits and vegetables.

But wait! Don’t overfill that plate. Portion size and exercise also are part of the equation.

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This sounds a lot like deep fried death

October 1st, 2010

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.

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Study links diabetes to banned chemical pesticide DDT

July 24th, 2009

By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the U.S. — and its cause, or causes, is subject to debate.

Millions of dollars in research funding and many studies have linked both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to a cornucopia of causes or triggers: genetics, obesity, viruses, lack of exercise, breastfeeding, excessive hygiene, climate, age, ethnicity, high blood pressure, immunizations, lack of vitamin D and more.

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