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Archive for the ‘ Supplements ’ Category

2 Aug

K2: So Much More Than Sports Equipment

We’re not talking about snowboards and ski gear. Though it’s not the “first” vitamin K, vitamin K2 is hardly the first loser. Do you know about this essential ingredient for good health? Read on! Vitamin K, in all its forms, is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps to protect your cardiovascular system (among several heart-related benefits, […]

27 Jun

This Comeback Kid Is Much Prettier than Travolta

And it fits in a vase! (Sorry, John.) Echinacea, or purple coneflower, was widely panned after a rock-solid controlled study proved its inefficacy in 2005. You can put away your Puffs: echinacea is the toast of the sniffle set again. In a meta-analysis of fourteen studies and a whole bunch of people (okay, 1,630 for […]

25 Jun

It’s All About the Synergy, Baby

Here’s a compelling op-ed from a chemistry PhD about the problem with randomized clinical trials. RCTs are the gold standard for testing effectiveness and safety. The problem, however, is that a randomized clinical trial puts the substance in question in a bubble. Remove the substance from its context, this writer argues, and you aren’t going […]

31 May

Aspirin, Fish, & Debunking Debunkers

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Aspirin and fish are two health topics that get plenty of coverage. Just when you read the latest studies that command you to shun all things pill and pisces, another round tells you to take the opposite tack. We’re dishing all the latest research. And for simultaneous comic relief and health […]

14 May

The Daily Linky Link

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: What’s shakin’, Apples? I’m here to highlight the best links to get your week off to an informed and healthy start: Big Pharma Misleads Consumers Do you trust Big Pharma? You shouldn’t. (I know we said we’d lay off those guys for a while, but this is pretty important news. Official […]

4 May

Quack Attack

I’ve gotten so many great health questions from you all this week, I’m still working through several of the emails. (Sorry for the delay – I haven’t forgotten you! I encourage you to post your questions in the Forum, so that along with my tips, you’ll get the whole gang to help you out.) There […]

25 Apr

Of Migraines and Magnesium

The Buckler Brief Bringing you the latest in supplement analysis! Supplement: butterbur Use: natural migraine relief The verdict: worth a try I don’t normally recommend a lot of herbs, especially the trendier ones, unless they have some serious scientific backing. Butterbur passes my test. Depending on which recent study you check out, Butterbur (taken twice […]

19 Apr

El Buzz

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Catch the clickativity! Grease the Brain Another study confirms it: “good fats” (also known as essential fatty acids and Omega-3’s) help stave off Alzheimer’s disease. We recommend eating a “good fat” at every meal. Some favorites: – wild fish – olive oil (or another unsaturated vegetable oil such as walnut, avocado […]

6 Mar

When Life Hands You Lemons… Squeeze Them Over Your Lolla Rossa

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: All the news, none of the trans fat! Except for #1 and #4, That Is Here are 9 – mostly – great ways to get a healthier heart. #1 is Big Moo baloney (for our readers just joining, Mark and the Bees frequently rant about Big Moo marketing deception). #4 is […]

6 Mar

The Buckler Brief

Happy Tuesday, Apples. I’m back with a new format for the Buckler Brief that I think you will enjoy. Each week, I’ll be bringing you a quick wrap-up of the latest clinical studies on the natural health benefits (and sometimes bogus claims) of things like supplements, antioxidants and foods. Get healthy: know your nutrients! This […]

28 Feb

Clickativity

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites Today’s news includes the return of a psuedo-scandal, proof that the FDA doesn’t care about women, and…donuts. No, Vitamins Will not Kill You It’s all over the news: vitamins will kill you! This is the same old scare that gets trucked out whenever there’s an FDA or Big Pharma scandal (it […]

28 Feb

Here Comes the Sun

As you may know by now, I am not afraid of the sunlight. Although most dermatologists suggest that we might be better off living in caves and covering ourselves head-to-toe whenever we venture out, my own evolutionary perspective leads me to believe we were designed to get sunlight almost every day and that our health […]

23 Feb

Smart Fuel

Olives Did you know that this decadent little guy is actually one of the healthiest foods you can eat? (Pál Csonka photo) Olives are high in fat, but fortunately for us, it’s the good kind. Olives are fairly high in calories for a fruit, but you can certainly do a lot worse for snack fare […]

31 Jan

Blog Is the New Health

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Or should that be…health is the new blog? And have you noticed the constant “this is the new that” slogans everybody likes to come up with? (Just Google: sugar is the new trans fat, brown is the new black, adults are the new kids.) How about a new turn of phrase […]

26 Jan

Catch This

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Quick bites before you start your weekend (go on, get out of here!). 1) Another Study from Denmark This study was well-done (for once). And the news is pretty cool: a little coffee in the late stages of pregnancy is probably safe. Worker Bee Sara begrudgingly gives “the motherland” some credit. […]

26 Jan

Vitamin Eeeeek?

The Difference Between Fact…and Factitious I’ve noticed that frightening myths about vitamin E persist in spite of vocal opposition from scientists and top experts. For those who want to know the facts behind the E “controversy”, here it is (just call it the E! True Supplement Story). For years, doctors have recommended vitamin E supplements […]

26 Jan

Alzheimer’s Prevention

Here’s a handy guide to reducing your Alzheimer’s risk. You’ll notice that prevention, plenty of vegetables, and a “smart” lifestyle are keys to staying sharp. One note: this above link would have benefited from including a little more information on vitamin E. I’ll be posting the truth behind the vitamin E scare shortly. Heads up!

24 Jan

Searching for Health

Google isn’t the only search engine on the world-wide-web. If you are looking for specific health-related information or technical articles on vitamins and supplements it makes sense to use a search engine that is optimized to provide health-specific results. Here are two websites that do just that. Vitasearch.com provides scientific articles that cover the latest […]

24 Jan

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: DMAE, or dimethylaminoethanol (die-meth-ell-amino-eth-an-ell) WHAT IT IS: DMAE is a precursor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. DMAE is found naturally in fish, and you’ll find it in high-quality multivitamins as well. WHAT IT DOES: Scientists believe that DMAE becomes methylated to choline inside the brain (this basically means it’s […]

22 Jan

Sting Operation

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: News for the men, news for the women, news for the kidlets… 1) First there was cellulite cream…now this? This week in quackery: was it the metrosexual trend that got men worrying about things like body wash and, now, testosterone cream? We’re not complaining about the body wash, but who needs […]

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