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Archive for July, 2007

10 Jul

Are Men Morons?

Apparently, when it comes to health, men can barely keep up with the family dog. It started out innocently enough. To wit: the old Carl’s Jr. ad that featured a forlorn dude in the bread aisle attempting to choose the best loaf. Classic. But it just snowballed from there. Oh, there were always the typical, […]

10 Jul

10 Alarming Health Care Stats Put in Ruthless Perspective

Are we broken? All signs point to yes: the obesity “problem”, the diabetes epidemic, Sicko at the box office. Yet we risk developing psychological immunity to the spiraling health care problems we face, if for no other reason than saturation. Let’s put our health care problems in perspective. 10. The pharmaceutical industry’s profit margin is […]

9 Jul

A Smackdown Cometh: Big Pharma Vs. Pumpkin Farmers

Forget insulin injections – the humble pumpkin may be a suitable treatment for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics in the near future. Researchers found that plain old pumpkin extract helped worn-out pancreatic cells regain sensitivity and begin producing insulin. Pumpkin 1: I hate diabetes. Pumpkin 2: Oh, I know. It is lame. Diabetes […]

9 Jul

13 Simple, Timeless Kitchen Hacks (Banish Tears, Cuts, Burns, Smells & Stains!)

1. Finally, a use for old potatoes: if you have added too much salt to a recipe, toss in a peeled potato while your dish is still cooking to prevent your tongue from shriveling up like a slug upon first bite. (Just don’t use taters that have any green tint creeping into the flesh. That’s […]

9 Jul

New Weekly Health Challenge

And here we were letting you off easy for a spell. Here’s your weekly health challenge, Apples: Find a way to work vegetables into your breakfasts this week. Now we sleep at night because we know none of you are eating layered grease, aka egg sandwiches. But are you getting a serving of vegetables at […]

6 Jul

How to Dog Whisper Your Food Cravings

Warm, fudgy chocolate cake. Melt-in-your-mouth fettuccine alfredo. An icy flute of champagne. Gee, thanks a lot, MDA. Whether it’s for garlic knots or a tuna melt, the temptation to indulge in delicious but unhealthy fare catches up with even the most disciplined among us from time to time. (Except Mark. He’s immune. It just took […]

6 Jul

Money Buys Happiness (But Health Buys More)

As Daily Mail reports, a new study conducted at the University of London has found that money can indeed buy happiness. After finding a correlation between money and happiness the researchers went on to attach monetary values to other aspects of life that bring happiness – namely health and social relations. Mark the Legend Foster’s […]

5 Jul

The Definitive Guide to Stress, Cortisol, and the Adrenals: When ‘Fight or Flight’ Meets the Modern World

One of my goals with this weekly column is to make significant human health issues easy to understand and discuss. I was pleased that last week’s piece, the Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes, garnered some rave reviews. The Case Against Cardio piqued some great conversation and interesting criticisms (one soul […]

5 Jul

Simple Fruit Salad

While there is a time and place for everything, when it comes to fruit salad my motto is keep it simple! This means no sugar – brown, granulated, confectioner’s, caster or otherwise. No simple syrup. No cream cheese, heavy cream or mayonnaise. No mustard (yes, some recipes call for mustard). No granola or marshmallows. No […]

5 Jul

3 Healing Herbal Teas You Can Make in No Time at Home

We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday! Here are three healthy, soothing herbal infusions you can make at home. Herbal teas, of course, are not technically “tea”, but the combinations of herbs, fruit and spices promote many aspects of wellness. These are some of our favorites: Cleansing & Rejuvenation Recovering from illness? […]

4 Jul

Happy 4th!

We’re taking the day off. We’ll see you all tomorrow! Photo (CC)

3 Jul

MDA International Edition: What’s Going on with China?

Everywhere we look, it’s China in the news. Talk about growing pains. China, get it together! First, the head of the State Food and Drug Administration accepted upwards of $850 thousand dollars in bribes to approve drugs. He was sentenced to death (imagine if we did that here). Then, there were the various product scares: […]

3 Jul

Eat Your Flowers! (They’re Not Just for Slugs Anymore)

Did you know that many flowers are edible? Of course you knew that. But they are also nutritious. And tasty. Even though we don’t “do” bread around here, we sure love that Wise Bread blog. They always have excellent articles ranging from consumer concerns to saving money to nifty foods. Though we don’t recommend deep-fried […]

3 Jul

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

So we’re beating a dead llama here, but it’s just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I’m just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dangerous, c) embarrassing, d) expensive, and e) a retread of an old drug nobody wanted. As you may well know, […]

2 Jul

Trend: Diet Dishes

Dearest Apples, I have been shopping yet again. (I know you were getting worried. Like I’d forget to shop!) Sara here, and I’m noticing a trend. First, one of our favorite blogs told us all about the Diet Plate, so you know I just had to check that out. Then, for the five seconds that […]

2 Jul

This Is Your World, Baby

The texture solution is not: sell food that naturally has pleasing texture by virtue of its characteristics. The texture solution is: Thoughts for food? I got a few thoughts, all right… What We Need Is More Cowbell What I Eat in a Day Technorati Tags: food processing, Cargill

2 Jul

If You Have to Brag About Your ‘All White Meat Chicken’…

When did bare minimum standards of decency become selling points? If you (you being a corporation richer than most countries) feel compelled to brag about your chicken nuggets being “all white meat”, I don’t envy your marketers. They’ve got quite the task set before them. Then again…do they? We seem to have lowered our standards. […]

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