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Archive for January, 2008

23 Jan

Natural Alternatives to OTC Painkillers

Got a headache? Pop a pill! Pulled a muscle? Pop a pill! Broke your leg? Uhh…seek immediate medical treatment! While pills can’t cure everything, here in America they are the go-to remedy for almost every illness in the book! But if you’re not convinced that popping pills is the way to go, it might be […]

22 Jan

10 “Vegetables” You Shouldn’t Be Eating

Although here at Mark’s Daily Apple we exhaustively advocate vegetables as a dietary staple, it turns out there are some instances when vegetables aren’t really all that healthy. Ok, ok, that’s really not true. Just about every vegetable has a redeeming quality or two, but sometimes some vegetables are forced – usually by the masterminds […]

22 Jan

No Joe? Caffeine and Miscarriage Update

US researchers said Monday they have conclusive proof to show that women who drink a lot of caffeine on a daily basis in the early months of pregnancy have an elevated risk of miscarriage, settling a longstanding debate over the issue. To be absolutely safe, expectant mothers should avoid caffeinated beverages of any kind during […]

22 Jan

Scrutinizing Soy

You’ve heard me comment here and there about Big Agra’s favorite legume, but I thought it was time to truly sit down with soy, stare it in the eye and get to the bottom of its real intentions. Just so you know, we had an amicable exchange, and both parties came away from the table […]

21 Jan

Hold the Fries!!!

Latest news on the acrylamide front from the Danish Cancer Society: Acrylamide, if you recall, is a substance found in a vast array of common cooked foods, foremost starchy foods like potato chips, French fries and bread. Research some years ago found a “probable” association between acrylamide and cancer based on telling animal studies. Subsequent […]

21 Jan

Top 10 Natural Energy Elevators

Energy levels running low? Read on to learn 10 natural ways to gain energy even the Energizer bunny would be envious of. Protein Provider Although fat, pound for pound, contains more energy than protein, protein has a distinct advantage in that it releases energy at a much slower rate, preventing the fluctuations in blood sugar […]

21 Jan

Dear Mark: Family Dinner

Dear Mark, I come from a big family that loves food. It’s a cultural thing, in part, but it’s also just the way we’ve always celebrated together. In the last couple years, I’ve really gotten myself on track with healthier eating and working out, but I feel a lot of pressure when I’m with the […]

18 Jan

Fun With Fiber: The Real Scoop

One of our most cherished pleasures in life happens to be challenging conventional wisdom (CW). You never would’ve guessed, right? After all the talk of meat and fat this week, we’ve been feeling, well, rather off. We figured it was the perfect time to take on everyone’s favorite gristly subject: fiber. CW says Americans need […]

18 Jan

Where Have All the Studies Gone?

With all the attention on Vytorin and Xetia’s unfortunate research results this week, the media is (for the moment anyway) hot on the trail of Big Pharma’s indiscretions. The latest dirt highlights the industry’s so-called “file drawer” treatment of negative drug research findings. The New England Journal of Medicine report focuses on the publication (or […]

18 Jan

Extreme Exercise: How to Get a Great Workout without Leaving City Limits

Think working out in a city has to mean sucking exhaust while you jog on the side of a busy street? Not with these fun, and at times, extreme-alternative workouts. Parkour: Remember the scene in “Casino Royale” where 007 himself scales a crane and frantically tries to catch what we initially assume is some kind […]

17 Jan

Pass the Protein, Please!

Well, I’ll be —! This study on protein’s role in hunger management made our day. It’s an oldie but a goody. The amount of a hunger-fighting hormone can be increased by eating a higher protein diet, researchers report in the September issue of the journal Cell Metabolism, published by Cell Press. The hormone, known as […]

17 Jan

Healthy Tastes Great!

Whatever you call it – broccoli rabe, rapini, rappa, Italian turnip, fall and spring rabe, or broccoli de rape – this green is on the menu tonight!

17 Jan

Smart Fuel: Broccoli Rabe

As was mentioned in a previous post, broccoli rabe (pronounced rob) is one vegetable that has more aliases than Jennifer Garner. Often referred to as rapini, rappa, Italian turnip, fall and spring rabe, and broccoli de rape, the one thing this vegetable can’t be confused for is broccoli itself! As a member of the brassica […]

16 Jan

Let the Sun Shine In

It’s the absolute dead of winter, and many of you are subsisting in ruthlessly frigid weather. The local meteorologist cheerfully announces that, since December, you now have 19 more minutes of daylight! Yippee. It’s 4:30, and the sun hasn’t completely sunk below the icy horizon. That’s all the news from Lake Tundra! As tempting as […]

16 Jan

Vytorin: Big Blow for Big Pharma

Well, folks, Big Pharma has done it again. This one really takes the cake. When Merck and Schering-Plough revealed Monday that the active ingredient in their top-selling cholesterol meds Zetia and Vytorin had flunked a clinical trial measuring its effect on artery plaque, they opened themselves up to a barrage of attacks. This drug doesn’t […]

16 Jan

The Low Down on Hunger: Health, Hankerings and Habits

Perhaps you’re stuck in an afternoon meeting after having skipped lunch to finish off a project. You can feel your glucose levels plummeting twenty stories. Your stomach is making noises reminiscent of Sasquatch depictions. Your concentration is quickly waning, and that donut your co-worker is eating across the room suddenly has you locked in and […]

15 Jan

Drink up: Red Wine Ingredient Reduces Signs of Aging

Finally, the excuse you were looking for to hit the bottle: Researchers from Sirtris Pharmaceuticals this week announced that a derivative of an ingredient in red wine may help reverse the signs of aging! The ingredient in question is resveratol, a naturally occurring substance in wine, that stimulates a gene known as SIRT1. In previous […]

15 Jan

Why Lean Meat?

There’s been a lively discussion going on in the comment board of yesterday’s “Dear Mark: Pondering Protein” post. I want to make myself clear about what I mean when I say “lean meats”. Here is a markus’s great comment and my reply: can’t see why you seem to think that Paleolithic man ate lean meats […]

15 Jan

Vegetable Victory: How to Best Preserve Produce

You know you need vegetables and you know you need plenty of ‘em. But what you can’t figure out is how to prevent your fridge full of fresh, healthy produce from turning into a vegetable drawer full of mush! Here are some tips you can use to preserve your produce: * When selecting produce, make […]

15 Jan

Flame Thrower: Top 10 Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Puffy, bloated, swollen. Sound attractive? Sounds like inflammation. On the most basic level, inflammation is the way in which the body reacts to a disturbance, be it infection, irritation or other injury. More specifically, however, the inflammatory response – which in addition to swelling can also include redness, warmth and pain – occurs when blood, […]

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