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21 Nov

23andMe

Picture this. The year is 2051 and the large biotech company, Probiogenic Solutions, has made huge advances in human genetic research. Backed by internet superpower Google, they have decided to bring their technology to the masses. “Genetics just got personal” is their motto. It has been decades since Watson and Crick discovered that the human […]

20 Nov

We Couldn’t Possibly Hate Americans Any More (Love, Wal-Mart)

Ah, Wal-Mart. The unfurled flags, the cheery patriotism, the aw-shucks Americana. Not. Prices are always falling at Wal-Mart, but the speed with which this American corporation slashes its ethics continues to best even the cheapest foreign-made widget’s gleeful descent into the dollar bin.

15 Nov

The Age of Speed: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Hurry Up

The world is moving faster and we are finding ever more ways to be connected. PDAs, cell phones, texting, twittering, blogging, wifi, Hotspots, iPhones, iPods – who can keep up? Life is stressful enough, but it seems every commercial I see these days is bragging about the featured product’s ability to give you more and […]

8 Nov

Candy Coated WHAT?

The Fuming Fuji does not know what to do, but it rhymes with dexplode. What is this product of unspeakable sugarness? Fuji is baffled. This is a very difficult thing, to baffle a genius.

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 […]

17 Oct

Vibram FiveFingers

If you are a regular reader of Mark’s Daily Apple you are probably well aware of those funny looking Vibram FiveFingers by now. They’ve been mentioned in our barefoot running post, featured in a Top 10 Ultimate Fitness Gadgets post and showcased in Mark’s sprinting video. What can we say? We’re huge fans! The only […]

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 […]

10 Oct

Microsoft HealthVault: Empowering People to Lead Healthy Lives?

If you’ve read Mark’s Deconstructing Healthcare in America: A Modest Proposal or one of our other healthcare rants you know Mark’s Daily Apple has a lot to say about America’s ailing and defunct healthcare system. Huge improvements are needed, so we are thrilled to see anything that nominally resembles a step in the right direction. […]

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 […]

20 Sep

King Corn Film Review

If you have your DNA analyzed (say, by submitting a strand of hair or a scrape of skin cells), you might be surprised to learn that you are almost entirely made of…corn. Or so we learn from a riot of an independent film just hitting the festival circuit. If you liked Supersize Me, King Corn […]

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 […]

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 […]

7 Sep

Raw Foodism with Chef Dan

We at Mark’s Daily Apple believe raw, fresh, whole foods are best, but we do not endorse everything purported in the following interview, and are not recommending a raw food diet. Rather we present this interesting information for critical discussion, to pique your curiosity, and to encourage exploration of different health approaches. We do not […]

5 Sep

How to Cheat

We’re clearly no fans of sweets around these parts, but we’ve received some emails and seen some forum chatter about how to properly “cheat”. Sweets and health do not go together, but if you’re going to cheat, you’d better know what you’re getting yourself into! How to Eat Candy: Knowing Your Enemy Candy is great, […]

5 Sep

Let’s Get to Know Abbott Labs!

Do you know your pharmaceutical companies? You should, because they’re awesome! Today, boys and girls, we are going to learn all about Abbott. Do not worry – we will get to know all our Pharma friends in the coming weeks! Abbott (founded 1888) employs 65,000 workers in 130 countries and rakes in around 20 billion […]

31 Aug

A Food Revolution Manifesto

I am excited to introduce you to one of Mark’s Daily Apple’s favorite authors. His name is Sandor Katz (you can call him Sandorkraut), and he is a self-proclaimed fermentation fetishist, herbalist and food activist. In just two books he has inspired us to try our hand at creating our very own savory seed sauerkraut, […]

30 Aug

The Best Way to Get Diabetes: Follow the Diabetes Dietary Guidelines

I recently came across this outrage from the most authoritative diabetes organization in the country:

29 Aug

Mashups for Health

Just about everyone who is internet-savvy is familiar with Google Maps. What you may not know is that the Google Maps code is open source; meaning anyone can use the code to create new online applications. Some of these “mashups” are relevant to health and fitness. My favorite is a simple tool that combines the […]

27 Aug

Fried Lattes…Finally!

Remember one Able Gonzalez of last year’s fried coke fame? (You do.) The deep-fried bad boy is back, along with all the usual suspects at this year’s Texas Food Contest. The TFC is the biggest fried food competition in the country, of course. Last year’s body bombs included such mega-hits as fried coke and fried […]

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