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Archive for May, 2008

31 May

Vitamin D and RDA for Children

It’s probably of little surprise that we take issue with some of the Recommended Daily Allowance values and how they’re often determined. Case in point: New research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that the current children’s RDA for Vitamin D (200 IUs) does not sufficiently support the “bone growth and […]

30 May

The Power of the Placebo

A number of months ago we reported that some 45% of Chicago internists (among those who responded to a survey) said they offered placebos to their patients from time to time. The report got people around the country talking – and maybe even wondering about their own prescription history. Clearly, physicians recognize the impact of […]

29 May

Healthy Tastes Great! – Japanese Cuisine

The Japanese diet, particularly that of the Okinawa region, has been hailed as one of the healthiest in the world. Japanese life expectancy ranks among the highest, and the people of Okinawa are frequently studied because of the plethora of centenarians among them. The cuisine itself? It’s far more than simply healthy; it’s fresh, varied […]

29 May

Smart Fuel: Sashimi

Although pierced meat doesn’t sound like a very appetizing menu choice, chances are that if you’ve ever dined at a Japanese restaurant, you’ve eaten just that. If the Wikipedia Gods are to believed, sashimi – that is, the slivers of raw fish popular in Japanese cuisine – received its name as a result of the […]

28 May

Sensible Vices: Round 2

What can we say? We love our vices: those delightful, scrumptious, indulgent little morsels of gratifying transgression. O.K., this isn’t really how we look at it, but it’s kind of fun (and relatively harmless) to linger for a moment in imagined decadence. In reality, our vices are simply healthy pleasures, satisfying and rather sensible indulgences. […]

27 May

10 Primal Plyos for the Upper Body

As a follow-up to last week’s 10 Primal Plyos to Make You Fitter, Faster, Stronger that focused on the lower body, we present 10 explosive exercises for your upper body. Thanks to reader dusty for the suggestion!

26 May

Dear Mark: Primal Blueprint for Both Men and Women?

In last week’s guest post on muscle building, reader Charlotte raised the issue of gender differences in exercise benefits. Are men and women the same when it comes to the effects of cardiovascular exercise? What about the most effective ways to burn fat? These were just a few questions that got the comment board going […]

25 May

Not Enough B-6?

Researchers from Tufts University have found that people may not be getting enough vitamin B-6 with the current Recommended Daily Allowance of 2 milligrams. And that goes double for certain groups. Vitamin B-6 plays an integral role in the formation of red blood cells, regulation of blood glucose, digestion of protein, and the function of […]

24 May

Fasting May Stave Off Jet Lag

If you’ve ever taken an intercontinental flight – or heck, jetted from coast to coast – chances are you’re probably no stranger to jet lag. Now, new research from Harvard University suggests that simply changing your meal times can help speed your adjustment to a new time zone. When we discuss jet lag, what we’re […]

23 May

Fuming Fuji Returns!

As many of you know, the Fuming Fuji was MDA founding editor Sara Ost’s fiery alter ego. Though Sara has moved on to other projects, the spirit of the Fuji fights on here at MDA. The Fuming Fuji has decided to rear his seething head and once again grace you all with his presence and […]

22 May

Raw Meat

It’s about the most primal, albeit not necessarily attractive, image you can conjure: dirty, disheveled, muscular cavepeople in rough animal skins and furs partaking of the uncooked prize from the latest hunting endeavor (or perhaps another predator’s leftovers). Fast forward to today. Our more “civilized,” better dressed, contemporary selves follow the maître d’ and sit […]

21 May

Guest Post by Modern Forager: The Tropical Oils

A week or so ago, someone noticed my jar of palm oil in the pantry and made a comment about how palm oil is supposed to be bad for you. Next to that was my jar of coconut oil, which is also supposed to be bad for you. So I thought I’d touch on the […]

20 May

Epigenetics and Depression

We just can’t help it. This epigenetics stuff really floats our boat. The last few weeks we’ve brought you a Dear Mark primer on gene expression as well as news on recent studies examining the role of lifestyle/environment on genetic expression. Diabetes, heart disease, even lung function are impacted by external factors like nutrition, exercise, […]

20 May

10 Primal Plyos to Make You Fitter, Faster and Stronger

Back in the day, Grok stayed in shape by sprinting away from prey, pouncing and jumping across and over varied terrain, rapidly climbing trees and performing other feats intended to ensure survival. Today, however, most of us stay fit by logging a few miles on the treadmill, meandering away the minutes on an elliptical while […]

19 May

Dear Mark: Decline in Mental Energy

Dear Mark, Have you noticed a decline in mental energy or focus since not doing “cardio”? I have read several reports that indicate that aerobic exercise is best for mental performance. Any thoughts? Thanks to reader Phillip for his question on the comment boards. I’ve talked a lot over the course of the last few […]

18 May

Guest Post – Building Muscle 101: Master the Basics

Much like was discussed in Fat Loss 101, building muscle is basically a hormonal event. Hormones such as testosterone, insulin, growth hormone and cortisol are giving the body signals on whether to build muscle, or break it down. While exercise is necessary to create a stimulus for certain hormones to be activated, it is also […]

17 May

Laughter Yoga

Ah, we all know that feeling of a really good laugh, the kind that leaves you heaving, weepy and pleasantly revived, sighing with satisfaction. Your muscles relax, your face softens (or hurts depending how long you were in stitches), your mood lightens, and your body feels that gratifying high. (Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself now, […]

16 May

Safe Cooking Temperatures

Let’s face it. Some of us grew up in houses where our fathers habitually burned the toast and set off the smoke alarm on a daily basis. Perhaps our mothers roasted the Thanksgiving turkey until you could weave an absorbent bath towel with its fibers. Or maybe grandpa’s grilling style charred every piece of meat […]

15 May

Healthy Options for Seedlings

As promised, we’re back with more on healthy ways to feed the seedlings. Depending on where you are on the desperation scale with your kids, some items will be options for tonight’s dinner and some may offer targets for future progress. In any case, here are few ideas for real life meals your kids will […]

15 May

Smart Fuel: Almonds

We’ve known for quite some time that a peanut isn’t really a nut (it’s a legume), but turns out almonds have long been sneaking in to the mixed nuts too! In fact, almonds are nothing more than a seed for an almond tree, a medium sized tree that produces flowers and almond fruit. But that’s […]

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