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Archive for December, 2007

31 Dec

The Poor Body

Take a look at photos of your average poor American from the 1930s and now. What’s different?

28 Dec

Medical Myths Even Experts Fall For

Oh, those experts – always falling for one thing after another! We’re partly kidding, of course, but there are a variety of myths that even health pros still believe. Have you been fooled? The British Medical Journal pares the meat from the mealy:

27 Dec

Smart Fuel: Wine

Now this is some smart fuel we can live with! Step aside kale, move over broccoli: the best way to ward off a wintry cold is to drink red wine. You’re not reading that wrong. Not one, but two major studies have just reported evidence that those who drink wine moderately – no more than […]

26 Dec

Medieval Serfs Ate Better Than We Eat

Here we are, the wealthiest nation on earth, from any time ever, with the greatest abundance of calories, variety, and nutrition, and wouldn’t you know: medieval peasants were healthier than we are. The average peasant loaded up on root vegetables (referred to as “pot herbs”), greens, several pints of antioxidant-loaded, nutrient-rich, full-bodied beer, and small […]

24 Dec

Happy Holidays!

If you are looking for some motivation or tips on how to stay healthy through this wonderful (yet stressful) time of year check out some of these past posts: 7 Tips to Beat Stress Right Now 10 Last Minute Holiday Health Tips Not every vice is a bad vice 5 Tips to Avoid Temptation

24 Dec

10 Last Minute Holiday Health Tips

Thanksgiving may be tucked under your belt, but Christmas and New Year’s are still right around the corner. If you’re feeling a bit fatigued, bloated, or otherwise run down, here are some simple holiday health tips to feel better this week: 10. Veggie Cleanse Do a one-day vegetable cleanse at some point this week. Load […]

21 Dec

2 News Notes: Babies and Shoes Scopes

Let’s end the week on a cheery note. After all, it’s Christmas, and we can’t always be carb-hating scrooges, now can we? Well, actually, we can, but we loved these happy, unexpected health stories that came across our desk: Babies Recognize Good Samaritans A new and very thoroughly-conducted study finds that infants inherently understand who […]

21 Dec

Friday Link Love

Mary over at Cranky Fitness was having feelings of seasonal depression. Migraineur rants about Brian Wansink’s appointment as head of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Ruth at Eating Fabulous points out that if you want your kid to eat their veggies you have to start them young. FitSugar considers the proposal to […]

20 Dec

Healthy Tastes Great!

Either raw or cooked (don’t over do it!), red cabbage is a fantastic way to add texture, flavor and a ton of color to your healthy dish tonight!

20 Dec

Smart Fuel: Red Cabbage

Much to the relief of one of our staff, it’s not just for lutefisk anymore. (Although we recently learned that Scandinavians aren’t the only ones who favor odd protein dishes; Icelanders enjoy soured sheep balls and rotten shark. So there.) Where were we? Oh, yes! Red cabbage. Though it’s popularly sauced, buttered, pickled and soured, […]

19 Dec

The Biggest Loser Sponsors

There are many good things that could be said about NBC’s The Biggest Loser. I can give it accolades for its goal to help people lose weight through exercise and, more importantly, by completely re-thinking their diets. And I can praise it for the inspiration it has instilled in many people around the country to […]

19 Dec

Face It: Massage Points to Do Yourself

Do you know what the most stressful thing in your life is? The chair. Most of us sit strapped into to our office chairs for a good portion of our waking hours. Hunched over a computer, our bones and backs begin to ache. Then what do we do? Why, we sit in a car for […]

18 Dec

10 Smart Meals with a “New” Taste

Are you doing Umame? No, it’s not the latest dance craze (thank God the Macarena has passed us by) and it’s not a jukebox. Umame is the fifth taste sensation, and until recently we Americans didn’t even know we had it. Never fear: Michelin-rated chefs are falling all over themselves to create the ultimate “umame […]

17 Dec

Chemicals That Harm Baby Boys

I’ve long been suspicious of the side effects of certain chemicals present in plastics that are billed as safe. Even mainstream sources have been questioning the safety of particular toxic chemicals found in petroleum-based products, namely phthalates. Experts initially dismissed the phthalate debate as nothing more than needless, unsubstantiated worry. Subsequent studies gave the concerns […]

14 Dec

News Note: WIC Gets an Overhaul (It’s a Mixed Bag)

The government has finally gotten around to giving a damn for disadvantaged women and children. It only took Uncle Sam 30 years. WIC is getting a long-overdue overhaul. The good news: fruits and vegetables are on the menu. It stuns me that produce wasn’t a priority before; in the world’s richest country, things like developmental […]

13 Dec

Healthy Tastes Great!

3 Great Ways to Satisfy Those Tarragon Cravings Halibut Steaks in Parchment with Mushrooms and Tarragon

13 Dec

Smart Fuel: Tarragon

Tarragon is for more than fish. This overlooked but deliciously sweet, rich herb offers major flavor and health benefits. Tarragon has a strong fragrance and a slight licorice taste, but it also has subtle earthy notes – it’s a bit fuller in flavor than basil, and not quite as sharp, either. You can interchange tarragon […]

12 Dec

Best Winter Skin Tips

I don’t know about you, but I think that tight, itchy winter skin is the absolute worst. It gets brutally dry this time of year in Southern California (and the fires have certainly been too close for comfort). But even in cooler climates where there’s rain and snow, indoor heat will really dry your skin […]

12 Dec

Sugarholics

Harpoon posted this video of Jack Lalanne last month. I liked it so much I had to repost it here for Mark’s Daily Apple readers. Jack’s challenge is as valid as ever. If you haven’t already, cut all refined sugars out of your diet and “you will be thanking (Jack) for the rest of your […]

11 Dec

Herbalicious: Rhodiola Rosea

I’ve reported the health benefits of rhodiola rosea before, but this recent study has brought it into the spotlight once again: Flies that ate a diet rich with Rhodiola rosea, an herbal supplement long used for its purported stress-relief effects, lived on an average of 10 percent longer than fly groups that didn’t eat the […]

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