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Archive for the ‘ Hype ’ Category

3 Mar

No Advantages from Aromatherapy?

Study results released just today from the Ohio State University Medical Center suggest that, while people may “feel better” with the use of aromatherapy, the physical evidence doesn’t stack up. A team of scientists from the medical center traced heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormones and immune function in a group of 56 study volunteers. […]

27 Feb

Crazy Burger Mania! It’s Crazy!

You may have heard by now. Mallie’s Sports Bar and Grill in Southgate, MI has created (built? constructed? engineered?) a burger that weighs in at 134 lbs, setting a new Guinness record. Congratulations, Mallie’s. You have done your part in giving foreigners the world over ample evidence to believe the notion that American’s are just […]

18 Feb

Carl’s Jr.: ‘Feel Good About Being Fat’

The proliferation of over-indulgent double meat, double bacon, double cheese, double bypass-surgery monster burgers across our fast-food nation has been taken to an all new level as detailed by this article in Portfolio magazine. (If you don’t believe me take a look at this interactive feature.) It doesn’t take a 7 page magazine article to […]

17 Feb

Pharma Confidential

If you have ever experienced difficulty in finding the motivation needed to complete the most common daily tasks you may be part of the estimated 20% of the population that is burdened by a newly discovered debilitating disorder – Motivation Deficiency Disorder, or MDD. Luckily, there is a simple answer: Strivor. No. We aren’t serious. […]

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.

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.

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!

1 Feb

Big Pharma: Bad Science AND Bad Business

As promised, we’ve been hot on the trail of Big Pharma lately, passing along every bit of damning truth we can find. This Sunday’s LATimes carried an article we call an “essential read” for anyone who’s been following and cursing the industry’s exploitation of the American public. The strategy that has made the pharmaceutical industry […]

24 Jan

The Hype Over Human Growth Hormone

A lot of questions hit the MDA doorstep about HGH, Human Growth Hormone, and with good reason. It’s been touted in some circles as a bottled fountain of youth among other grandiose claims. Countless companies have jumped on that bandwagon, peddling worthless products with HGH labels. We love to take on the propagandists and snake […]

14 Jan

The Almighty Power of the Pill

You can’t watch more than ten minutes of television these days without seeing at least one commercial for some kind of prescription pill that promises relief from any variety of conditions. The ads are cheerful, whimsical, annoying, seductive, and sometimes nauseatingly hokey. But they work. The ads, that is. And they should, given the price […]

9 Jan

Spar of the Day: Taking on MSG

Now and then, we at MDA like to branch out from our usual shrinking violet positions and journey into the precarious territory of current controversy. Today we venture into the debate over a disputed additive/ingredient: MSG—flavor friend or fodder foe? Let’s break it down.

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:

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 […]

6 Dec

“Lunchtime Lipo”

Simple observation: As cosmetic procedures grow in both popularity and efficacy the number of people that look fit but are in fact unhealthy will rise. This is a version of the skinny-fat phenomenon. The day when chiseled abs and calves of steel are no longer fair measures of fitness is upon us. This LA Times […]

28 Nov

New Nutrition Labeling System Still Has Flaws

New nutrition labels are in the works for a 2008 unveiling. There are some terrific improvements over the current labels. A particular problem I’ve long had with the existing labels is that the numbers are based upon the assumption that you’re following a 2,000 calorie-per-day diet. That’s too much for many women, not enough for […]

29 Oct

The Burrito Diet, the Beverly Hills Diet, and the Only Diet on Earth That Actually Works

If it’s not a region – Sonoma, Hamptons, Mediterranean, South Beach, and the original locale diet, the Beverly Hills Diet – it’s a noun: Subway, Cabbage Soup, Cookie, and now the Chipotle Burrito Diet. That’s right. The latest diet is not just a single food, it’s got an adjectival spice to go with it. A […]

26 Oct

Glyconutrients: a Sweet Scam

There are essential fatty acids. There are essential amino acids. There are not essential sugars. We’ve received so many questions about glyconutrients, I feel it’s necessary to respond here at the blog. For the record, “glyconutrients” are worse than bogus – they are a scam. This term was invented by a multi-level marketing company called […]

12 Oct

Uno, Dos, Tres: 3 Health Products Debunked

There’s always some new product anxious to help you part with your hard-earned cash. Some products are healthy or helpful, but some are downright dishonest scams. These three have become popular of late. Don’t fall for the hype! Oil pulling Nonsensical and useless, the popularity of oil pulling persists. Through very particular “sieving” of an […]

11 Oct

Overpriced Running Shoes: Guess Which Brands

If you’re forking over extra cash for the high-end exercise kicks, save your money. Researchers performed a series of extensive tests with runners and discovered that the cheapest shoes offered by three top brands (they’re keeping mum on which ones – for now) were not only just as good as the priciest shoes, some of […]

9 Oct

Another Nail in the Low Fat Coffin

A prescient excerpt from the Times – it’s what we’ve been saying all along: “In the case of fatty foods, that confident voice belonged to Ancel Keys, a prominent diet researcher a half-century ago (the K-rations in World War II were said to be named after him). He became convinced in the 1950s that Americans […]

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