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18 Sep

The Best Nutrition Posts of 2007

food 1Whether you’re a new reader or a loyal follower of MDA, with over 600 posts to read, we thought we should take a moment to sort out the best, most useful, most informative, and highly entertaining posts for your benefit. Don’t worry about digging through the archives – the best is right here for your use! Bookmark this page for future reference – all the nutritional bases are covered, right here, just for you. If you’re in search of tips for a healthier diet, or simply want to explore important nutrition issues like low-carb or vegetarianism, here is everything you need. Eat up!

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18 Sep

Health News Dose: No Easy Answers

bionicWorn Out (Body) Parts? Just Replace Them!

Don’t miss this debate-worthy piece in the L.A. Times today. As the Boomers face retirement, health problems and worn out joints are reaching epidemic levels. Are orthotics and drugs the solution? That’s just the beginning. A replaceable you, as it were, is within the reach of current medical science. From stem cell research to tissue replacement to nanorobotics (in which hordes of tiny nanobots would repair your cells), our approach to longevity and the human body is changing drastically. We advocate prevention through more natural, safe, and affordable means, of course: diet, stress management, physical activity, and prudent supplementation. Check out the graph, then share your thoughts here.
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17 Sep

Can Pilates Make You Lose Weight?

pilatesSeparating 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 day and lose 65 pounds while obtaining a rock hard bum?

Whether you want to call it a fad – or mere misrepresentation – using pilates to lose weight is not a good idea. It’s just not the most efficient method. However, Pilates is unique in that it can change your body shape without affecting your body weight significantly. Think of it as sculpting.

Let’s break this down.

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17 Sep

How to Stop Heart Burn Naturally

jabbaHeart burn is a bit of an umbrella term we use informally. We’ve probably all experienced the isolated case of heart burn or indigestion, but if you’re dealing with chronic discomfort, it’s time to take a look at your diet and lifestyle. Also be aware that heart burn and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are not the same thing, although prime time drug commercials would love to convince you otherwise. (GERD is – in my opinion – essentially an invented condition, though technically it’s a combination of chronic heart burn and acid reflux. I would argue that in the majority of cases, lifestyle is to blame. I’m just not aware of any genetic component behind heart burn, acid reflux, and “GERD”. Nevertheless, it’s serious – let it get out of control and you risk major esophageal damage, even cancer.)

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14 Sep

Friday Health News Roundup

bkBurger King Rethinks Advertising at Kids (Sort of)

The fast food giant is putting a stop to certain ads directed at children. While this is a promising step, there’s certainly room for improvement: only ads featuring meals with more than 560 calories are getting cut.

FDA Misfire?

After the FDA issued a warning that antidepressants increase suicide risk in teenagers, prescriptions dropped – but suicides spiked dramatically. What’s unclear is whether or not there is any causative link.

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