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Archive for February, 2008

12 Feb

Top 10 True Old Wives’ Tales

We spent last Tuesday explaining why the top 10 health myths were…well…myths. Today we present you the top 10 health-based old wives’ tales that actually are true.

11 Feb

NHLBI Study: What’s Next?

Last week The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) halted a treatment regimen that was part of a large trial assessing treatment goals for those with both type 2 diabetes and very high risk of cardiovascular disease. Patients had been divided into two groups with different blood sugar goals: one with a conventional treatment […]

11 Feb

Dear Mark: Weightlifting Weary

After last week’s great discussion about chronic cardio, we wanted to highlight a related question we received recently. Dear Mark, I workout 5-6 days a week and do a lot of weightlifting in my routine. I’ve made good progress in the last several months, but I notice myself feeling more run down lately. Got any […]

8 Feb

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: January 2008

While most of the country was freezing this January we were having a HOT month at Mark’s Daily Apple. Thanks to you, our readers, we were all able to engage in a heated and lively debate on everything from Big Pharma to protein. Here are some of the best posts of January put together in […]

8 Feb

Nature Tops Nurture? Scientists Wrong Again…

They just don’t get it. Maybe they never will. Reader Karen was outraged enough to send us a link to a news story on MSNBC that states “Nature tops nurture for heavy kids, study says. Research on twins finds that weight is 77 percent attributable to genes.” Thanks, Karen. Read the abstract here.

8 Feb

Friday Link Love

Conditioning Research reports a score for low-carb and paleo diets. Eating Fabulous considers a few benefits of the oft-vilified cholesterol. zenhabits offers 17 Fitness Truths to Get You in Shape. The Consumerist keeps an always critical eye on those sneaky fast food marketers. Interactive Health posts video tips on how to increase the mobility of […]

8 Feb

Diet Soda Might Increase Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

A study in the Jan. 22 edition of Circulation suggests that drinking diet soda may increase your chance of developing metabolic syndrome. To evaluate the link between nutrition and metabolic syndrome, researchers from the University of Minnesota analyzed the daily diets of more than 9,514 men and women between the ages of 45 and 64 […]

7 Feb

High Blood Pressure and Follow-up Care

High blood pressure is a major public health threat and one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. An analysis of hospitalization and follow-up care for individuals with severe hypertension, however, shows gaping holes in the maintenance of care. Granger and colleagues at nearly two dozen institutions around the country created a special […]

7 Feb

Healthy Tastes Great!

Here are 3 healthy recipes to get your mouth watering for the deliciously unassuming kale. If you’ve got a favorite use for this delectable vegetable share it with your fellow MDA readers in the comments!

7 Feb

Smart Fuel: Kale

Meet Kale, yet another member of the brassica family, a clan of vegetables that includes cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts. Although believed to have been brought over to Europe around 600 BC by groups of Celtic wanderers (and over to the U.S. in the 17th Century), Kale has only recently stepped into the spotlight for […]

6 Feb

Choose Your Own Salad Adventure

We here at Mark’s Daily Apple love salads. And lets face it, what’s not to love? Not only is it healthy, but there is so much opportunity to change it up. You could literally go years without repeating the same salad! However, coming up with new salad “recipes” can be a bit of a challenge…until […]

6 Feb

Weight Gained During Exercise Hiatus Tough to Lose, Study Finds

Yesterday, Mark, in the comment section of Dear Mark: Chronic Cardio, said “It all comes down to this: fat loss depends 80% on what and how you eat.” As part of the Primal Blueprint the most important aspect of weight management is your diet – what you consume. But we are still left with the […]

5 Feb

Growing Gout Problem Linked to Sweet Drinks

Did you do a double take on this one? Yes, gout is making an uncomfortable comeback in the U.S., actually doubling in the last few decades. If you always pictured gout as a disease of the Charles Dicken’s era, you’re not alone. It’s likely history buffs knew more about it than health nuts until now. […]

5 Feb

Top 10 Wackiest Health Myths

Ever break a mirror and instinctively know that you’re destined for seven years of bad luck? Turns out these same urban myths run rampant in the wild world of health and fitness too! Read on to learn about some of the more bizarre health myths out there and why, exactly, they aren’t for real!

4 Feb

Dear Mark: Chronic Cardio

Dear Mark, I’m still having a hard time understanding what “chronic high level training” is, exactly. How much is too much? Is there a heart rate zone you guys can give me? A time limit? Am I overthinking this?? Thanks, Charlotte, for posting this question last week. As is so often the case, another MDA […]

4 Feb

Guess the Nutrition Label! Reveal

Rachel is our contest winner with the correct answer of Fruity Cheerios! Oh, Fruity Cheerios. Let me count the ways I detest thee: 1. 92% Carbs 2. Ingredient 1 = Whole Grain Corn 3. Ingredient 2 = Sugar 4. Ingredient 4 = Corn Syrup 5. Ingredient 5 = Corn Starch 6. They perpetuate the myth […]

4 Feb

Guess the Nutrition Label!

The first person to answer correctly and provide their commentary on this American breakfast dietary staple will get a free bottle of Vital Omegas – a pure Omega 3 Fatty Acid Fish Oil supplement. Don’t wait! Be quick!

4 Feb

Vote Yes on Proposition Mark’s Daily Apple

Presidential primary politics is really heating up! With recruitment efforts at an all time high we’ve been inspired to jump on the bandwagon and do a little recruiting of our own. Pumping out health and nutrition information day-in day-out is a labor of love. But just like politics, without voter participation and turnout everyone loses. […]

4 Feb

You Double Dipped that Chip!!!

Cast your mind back to Sunday, when you crowded around the television with your best buds to watch a great game of football. Now cast your mind back to the eating habits of your friends. Were there any double dippers in your crew? If so, you might be interested in a new study by Clemson […]

1 Feb

Sisson’s Super Bowl Tips: Take 2

For the 22 players on the field this Sunday, the Super Bowl represents a time to showcase their strength, power, endurance, and – perhaps most importantly – will to win. It’s a chance to be the best, to score 365 days-worth of bragging rights, and to become the owner of a much-coveted Super Bowl ring […]

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