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26 Sep

Surreptitious Soda Companies Still in Schools

cornsyrup 1Syruptitious?

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 to cover costs has to be one of the most disgusting examples of Big Agra’s power over our next generation’s health. So when Coke, Pepsi and Cadbury Schweppes announced they were pulling sugary beverages from schools in favor of “healthier” options like low-fat milk, diet drinks, and 100% juices, it was a begrudging step in the right direction. We don’t drink milk in our family and I’m not in favor of sports drinks, diet carbonated beverages or juice drinks, but at least this move was a measurable improvement over cans of corn syrup-clogged soda. (Bill Clinton lauded it as “courageous”.)

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25 Sep

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

syringeI 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 elderly (among other vulnerable populations). Turns out, even this accepted wisdom is little more than another case of the ever self-serving Big Pharma.

The Lancet has the details and I encourage you to read up (start here) if this is a matter that interests you. As for the merit of the flu shot, I’ve never been sold on it. I think intelligent supplementation, exercise, rest, prudent nutrition and extra hand-washing during the worst times of the year is a more sensible and safe approach. But that’s just me.

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25 Sep

The Oreo Pizza

The Oreo Pizza gives you an Oreo mustache. And that’s the selling point…

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24 Sep

A Visual Guide to Antioxidants (Fridge-Friendly!)

aaaaaAntioxidants serve as a powerful first line of defense against oxidative damage from aging, stress, and inflammation. Moreover, antioxidants appear to contain cancer-fighting properties and to support the immune system (among many other benefits). The ones included in this graphic are considered some of the most important. Though many, many foods contain these valuable antioxidants, we’ve listed a few of the most potent and popular choices for each class of antioxidants.

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24 Sep

The Evidence Mounts: Our Modern Lifestyle Is Unhealthy

alarmA major study (17 years, 10,000 participants) finds that a busy lifestyle in which sleep is sacrificed is directly linked to increased disease risk across the board but especially heart disease, even when accounting for other risk factors such as smoking and obesity. Perhaps most astounding – to me, anyway – is that fully 40% of Americans get less than five hours of sleep, on average, per night. Between work and the kids, my wife and I don’t always get the luxury of 7 or 8 hours, and I know it’s the same for many of you.

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