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Archive for September, 2007

28 Sep

Deep Fried Potato on a Stick

Oh, dear…and we were just getting over deep fried lattes.

28 Sep

Rethinking Diabetes and Cholesterol

Two new studies add an interesting dimension to our dietary debates! 1. Omega 3’s Fight Diabetes Reinforcing the ongoing evidence that diabetes is an unnecessary epidemic borne of misguided dietary guidelines, a new study shows that simply eating “smart fats” can help reduce the risk of diabetes. But there’s a twist: we’re not talking about […]

28 Sep

The Unforseen Health Benefits of Scarcity, the Right to Die, and Health Care

Hey, it’s Friday all. I hope your week has gone well. Scanning the headlines this morning a few particularly controversial pieces caught my eye. Both studies are a bit of a testament to the fact that truth isn’t always comfortable – in health or any other area of human endeavor. Add politics into the mix […]

27 Sep

Healthy Tastes Great!

Beef Stew with Fennel Gremolata Anticline Flickr Photo (CC)

27 Sep

The 10 Rules of Aging Well

1. Eliminate Self Destructive Behaviors This is the first step in preventing disease and meeting your later years with vitality and good health and it almost goes without saying – almost. The health toll of destructive behaviors such as smoking and excess drinking do not necessarily manifest for many years, thus discouraging motivation to stop. […]

26 Sep

Fennel and Avocado: A Match Made In Heaven

Mark’s friend Chef Oren is back with another savory recipe this week in which he features the oft-neglected fennel bulb. Fennel has a mildly sweet licorice flavor and a wonderful crunch in every bite. It is a good source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. I’ve had this recipe twice in the last […]

26 Sep

Surreptitious Soda Companies Still in Schools

Syruptitious? Beverage giants like Coke and Pepsi Co. have come under heavy fire from children’s advocates, health experts and parents alike in recent years. Perhaps one of the most controversial issues in the soda wars is the “sponsorship” many schools obtain in exchange for stocking the hallways with vending machines. Exploiting our children in order […]

25 Sep

Flu Vaccine’s Benefits for the Elderly Have Been Wildly Exaggerated

I only wish this surprised me. The flu vaccine has met with not-insignificant controversy as those like myself who advocate more natural preventive health measures have long questioned the necessity of an annual jab. But until now, even “alternative” health experts have conceded that the flu vaccine is necessary for the immune-compromised and especially the […]

25 Sep

The Oreo Pizza

The Oreo Pizza gives you an Oreo mustache. And that’s the selling point…

24 Sep

A Visual Guide to Antioxidants (Fridge-Friendly!)

Antioxidants serve as a powerful first line of defense against oxidative damage from aging, stress, and inflammation. Moreover, antioxidants appear to contain cancer-fighting properties and to support the immune system (among many other benefits). The ones included in this graphic are considered some of the most important. Though many, many foods contain these valuable antioxidants, […]

24 Sep

The Evidence Mounts: Our Modern Lifestyle Is Unhealthy

A major study (17 years, 10,000 participants) finds that a busy lifestyle in which sleep is sacrificed is directly linked to increased disease risk across the board but especially heart disease, even when accounting for other risk factors such as smoking and obesity. Perhaps most astounding – to me, anyway – is that fully 40% […]

21 Sep

Stirring the Pot: Most Talked About Posts

If you’re new to Mark’s Daily Apple, be sure to check out some of our most controversial, popular, and hotly-debated posts of the year. It’s a great chance to share your views on some tough topics and get to know other readers, too. From veganism to raw food to Atkins to health care to cardio, […]

21 Sep

Think Fatty Liver Is an Alcoholic’s Problem? Think Again

Akay Flickr Photo (CC) The BBC reports that fatty liver (as presented in the journal Obesity) is a growing yet silent epidemic affecting adults and, increasingly, children. Between one-quarter and one-half of all overweight children have fatty liver, which typically goes undetected and can be fatal. The causes of fatty liver vary, but scientists have […]

20 Sep

King Corn Film Review

If you have your DNA analyzed (say, by submitting a strand of hair or a scrape of skin cells), you might be surprised to learn that you are almost entirely made of…corn. Or so we learn from a riot of an independent film just hitting the festival circuit. If you liked Supersize Me, King Corn […]

19 Sep

KEEN-WAH What?

Native to Peru, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH) is a dietary staple for many South Americans, but is virtually unheard of in the United States. Though it is usually thought of as a grain quinoa is actually the seed of a plant that is most closely related to the spinach, beet and chard family. Quinoa is slightly […]

19 Sep

You Know It’s Bad When the Government Sues You

Keeping you updated on the latest important health news this week:New York Sues Merck After doling out millions for the disaster that is Vioxx, New York is suing the pharmaceutical giant Merck. Bottom line: don’t expect the government (read: FDA) to do much about dangerous drugs until there’s a good lawsuit to be had. “Merck’s […]

18 Sep

The Best Nutrition Posts of 2007

Whether you’re a new reader or a loyal follower of MDA, with over 600 posts to read, we thought we should take a moment to sort out the best, most useful, most informative, and highly entertaining posts for your benefit. Don’t worry about digging through the archives – the best is right here for your […]

18 Sep

Health News Dose: No Easy Answers

Worn Out (Body) Parts? Just Replace Them! Don’t miss this debate-worthy piece in the L.A. Times today. As the Boomers face retirement, health problems and worn out joints are reaching epidemic levels. Are orthotics and drugs the solution? That’s just the beginning. A replaceable you, as it were, is within the reach of current medical […]

17 Sep

Can Pilates Make You Lose Weight?

Separating the Marketing from the Truth: An Expert Offers Her Insights This is a guest post from pilates pro Zoe Anderson of thinkpilates.com. Pilates and Weight Loss So… is pilates really the new diet pill that some make it out to be? Can I feel like a celebrity for only an hour of effort a […]

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