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16 Aug

Are New Prescription Drugs Safe?

Prescription DrugsIn the midst of the Primal Challenge and provocative issues like insect eating, we’ve gotten away lately from our more “salty” side, shall we say. Truth be told, we realized this week that we haven’t quite felt like ourselves. We couldn’t put our proverbial finger on it until the realization set in. It was time, we decided, for a good, healthy rant.

And rant-worthy material was readily available, we might add. Little surprise here: it targets Big Pharma. (Ah, we’ve missed you, Big P.) This time we’re raising Cain about new research into the seemingly shoddy review and approval process for pharmaceutical drugs. The research report, which was presented at the American Sociological Association’s 103rd annual meeting this week, cited “fatal flaws in the way new drugs are tested and marketed.”

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15 Aug

When it Comes to Fat, How Hot is Too Hot?

Oil and PanA dizzying array of glass bottles. Some more fitting for salads, others ideal for heavier meat dishes, perhaps one perfect for a dessert dish you have in mind. Imports. Domestics. Beautiful labels here and there. Organic – or not. Good culinary oils, to the most discerning tastes, can be almost as nuanced, as complex as the wines that accompany the dishes they grace.

But to preserve, even enhance, the flavors and fragrances of oils, it’s crucial to know how to use them. For some (the more delicate) even moderate heating will ruin the oil, darken and scorch it, incite a cloud of putrid smoke and even a flash of flames in your unsuspecting pan. (No one saw that, right?) Others are more robust, even outright brawny and can weather the higher heats.

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14 Aug

Shake Your Gym Addiction. The Outside World is Waiting for You.

Thanks to Rusty Moore from Fitness Black Book for the Guest Post! If you haven’t checked out his blog do so immediately. He offers a ton of sensible advice about how to get fit and live a healthy (and enjoyable!) lifestyle. Thanks, Rusty!

I’m not that impressed with Fitness Magazine models. I know I probably should be, but the physiques I see look almost “forced” to a certain extent. I am more impressed with people who are fit as a natural result of being active. Sure, the men and women in the fitness magazines have extremely low body fat levels, perfect skin and hair, 8 pack abs, etc…there is just something that doesn’t “feel right” about the way they look. I look up to athletes like mountain climbers, soccer players, sprinters, and others who are functionally fit. Most of these men and women balance gym workouts with their sport. The result is a more attractive and healthy look in my opinion.

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13 Aug

How Stress Can Make You Fat

Stressed Out!!!O.K., we acknowledge the title is a bit over the top, but didn’t it get your attention? No, stress alone won’t pack on the pounds, but there’s still truth in them thar’ hills. We thought we’d dig up some of the dirt on stress – fat and otherwise.

The fact is we think stress gets short shrift when it comes to the realm of health and wellness. As you know, we spend a lot of time talking about how our eating and exercising impacts our biochemistry. Stress absolutely, positively plays into this same picture. A great diet and diligent exercise routine are never wasted effort, but chronic high stress can put a serious damper on the benefits you should be getting from your healthy endeavors.

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12 Aug

10 Unnecessary, Worthless or Dangerous Exercises

Leg PressPerhaps at some point in all our personal fitness careers (however advanced or modest) we’ve all had one of those “doh!” moments, when we realized we did something really stupid that now has us writhing in pain. (It could be an immediate or slightly delayed awareness – stuck in the recliner later that night unable to move. Anyone?) Sometimes these strains are the result of momentary carelessness, and sometimes they’re caused by ongoing ignorance (coupled with bravado or bad advice).

And then there are the exercises that maybe don’t leave us regretting our very existences but that seem to keep us (knowingly or unknowingly) endlessly circling the same fitness territory with little to no measurable progress. How come none of the other Saturday gym rats seem stuck in the same rut? What am I doing wrong?

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