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Archive for the ‘ Hype ’ Category

4 Oct

You’re Krilling Me

I’ve gotten so many emails from you all asking about the possible superior health benefits of krill oil over fish oil, we should discuss it here at the blog. Nutrition fads come and go and some of the claims are certainly amusing. If it’s not pomegranate it’s goji berries or acai. If it’s not red […]

26 Sep

Surreptitious Soda Companies Still in Schools

Syruptitious? Beverage giants like Coke and Pepsi Co. have come under heavy fire from children’s advocates, health experts and parents alike in recent years. Perhaps one of the most controversial issues in the soda wars is the “sponsorship” many schools obtain in exchange for stocking the hallways with vending machines. Exploiting our children in order […]

25 Sep

Flu Vaccine’s Benefits for the Elderly Have Been Wildly Exaggerated

I only wish this surprised me. The flu vaccine has met with not-insignificant controversy as those like myself who advocate more natural preventive health measures have long questioned the necessity of an annual jab. But until now, even “alternative” health experts have conceded that the flu vaccine is necessary for the immune-compromised and especially the […]

17 Sep

Can Pilates Make You Lose Weight?

Separating the Marketing from the Truth: An Expert Offers Her Insights This is a guest post from pilates pro Zoe Anderson of thinkpilates.com. Pilates and Weight Loss So… is pilates really the new diet pill that some make it out to be? Can I feel like a celebrity for only an hour of effort a […]

12 Sep

Homeopathy: Can We Please, As a Society, Let This One Go?

You hear us rant almost daily about the ridiculous machinations of the modern medical establishment, namely the reliance on drugs and surgery to “fix” health issues that could often be better dealt with or eliminated with simple lifestyle changes. Modern medicine has become a bureaucratic, money-driven actuarial game wherein individual patient rights are routinely sacrificed […]

11 Sep

Food Fashionistas

McDonald’s breakfast burrito: ad vs. reality. Looking for a new career? Love fast food? Food styling is a fabulous option! Food stylists – not to be confused with false advertisers – inject, primp, plump, puff, mist, sparkle, and gussy up tired buns and stale shrivelings to look delicious, colorful and appealing. You can thank Elmer’s […]

10 Sep

Raw Food Gets Served

Friday we gave a raw foodism proponent, Raw Chef Dan, the opportunity to explain the philosophy. Dan’s a busy guy and he was up front about the fact that he couldn’t get into an ongoing debate but could share a bit about the philosophy. So the purpose of the feature on Friday was simply to […]

4 Sep

Yet Another Half-Baked Grain Study

If you’re anything like me you get a little tired of staring at a monitor for hours on end. I spend a good deal of my time reading the major health and science journals, so I often print out the latest studies and work through them while catching some sun and fresh air in the […]

29 Aug

Can Roller Coasters Give You a Heart Attack? (and other health myths)

Yo! Sara here. We’re going to take out these overblown urban legends of health faster than a cheese plate. Hang on! 1. Do roller coasters get your heart pumping hard enough for a heart attack? Yes, but… In a recent study, researchers found that it’s entirely possible for a roller coaster to get your heart […]

22 Aug

Spin the Bottle (How Coke Is Remarketing Itself)

Diet Coke used to work hard to prove that it was more than just water and chemicals – consumers wanted to feel that they were getting something for their hard-earned dollars. To that end, marketing played up the great taste and refreshing benefits of Diet Coke. Fast forward a couple of years, when water – […]

16 Aug

It’s Shiny, But It’s Still a Scam

I got a question last week from reader Barbara about colloidal silver supplements. For the record, this alternative health remedy is both ineffective and unsafe. It’s the latter that concerns me most, of course. A lot of the things we do for health are ineffective (homeopathy for starters; glandulars are another). Others are actually dangerous […]

10 Aug

Cholesterol Scam Alert! Red Yeast Rice

Don’t fall for the latest snake oil tearing round the web: Red Yeast Rice Red Yeast Rice does not lower cholesterol! The FDA has found that several red yeast rice suppliers have been spiking their supplements with off-market statins. You’re much better off raising your good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL) with […]

9 Aug

The Great Pig Conspiracy

Busted at last! It’s time to dispel a myth, apples. Rather, let’s chop it up and fry it until it sizzles. There’s nothing like a post well-done. Pork Avoidance: So Much More Than Mere Myth Mark and your Bees have received several emails asking about the safety of pork. Although Sisson addressed this briefly a […]

31 Jul

The 10 Dumbest Drugs Ever Invented

When Big Pharma and the health care system get together to “treat” our health issues, it’s like a Dumb and Dumber convention. (It’s a treat, all right.) Allow us to present the ten stupidest drugs, ever. Well, at least the ten stupidest drugs, today.

30 Jul

The Farting Sweating Wheezing Depressing Exhausting Disease-Inducing Life-Sucking So You Can Be Thin Again Medicine

FRIENDS LET FRIENDS GET FAT They say obesity is contagious now. (It’s all over the news.) Leading thinkers talk about idea viruses and memes in everything from marketing to sociology to DNA to evolution, so it was only a matter of time before the health industry chimed in. Obesity, we’re being told, is contagious, just […]

24 Jul

Why the Hugo Outrage? These Drinks Are Worse

You may have heard about McDonald’s new supersize drink that they refuse to admit is a supersize drink. Hugo (no relation to Lost) is the latest hypocritical atrocity from the Golden Arches. Guess it didn’t take them long to depart from the “we’re healthier now, honest” marketing of late. The Hugo contains over 400 calories […]

23 Jul

Disease Inventing Contest!

Restless leg syndrome is “genetic”, researchers tell us. (Technically, the research simply proves that some folks are more susceptible to developing RLS. This is a common thread in genetic research; by no means does that mean the research isn’t inherently valuable. It just means we need to stop blaming our grandparents when we develop diseases […]

3 Jul

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

So we’re beating a dead llama here, but it’s just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I’m just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dangerous, c) embarrassing, d) expensive, and e) a retread of an old drug nobody wanted. As you may well know, […]

2 Jul

If You Have to Brag About Your ‘All White Meat Chicken’…

When did bare minimum standards of decency become selling points? If you (you being a corporation richer than most countries) feel compelled to brag about your chicken nuggets being “all white meat”, I don’t envy your marketers. They’ve got quite the task set before them. Then again…do they? We seem to have lowered our standards. […]

25 Jun

Wine Prevents Cavities

A new study out today confirms the antibacterial power of both red and white wine. Apparently, researchers have proven that wine destroys the bacteria responsible for cavities and throat infections. Interestingly, it’s not the alcohol that kills the germs, but rather acids in the wine. Imagine the possibilities here: – Stop fighting the nightly battle […]

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