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19 Sep

KEEN-WAH What?

Native to Peru, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH) is a dietary staple for many South Americans, but is virtually unheard of in the United States. Though it is usually thought of as a grain quinoa is actually the seed of a plant that is most closely related to the spinach, beet and chard family. Quinoa is slightly nutty in flavor and when cooked retains a bit of crunch. Apart from being tasty, it is a good source of protein and contains an almost perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids.

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19 Sep

You Know It’s Bad When the Government Sues You

gavelKeeping you updated on the latest important health news this week:New York Sues Merck

After doling out millions for the disaster that is Vioxx, New York is suing the pharmaceutical giant Merck. Bottom line: don’t expect the government (read: FDA) to do much about dangerous drugs until there’s a good lawsuit to be had.

“Merck’s irresponsible and duplicitous conduct endangered the health of New Yorkers and wasted our tax dollars,” Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said.

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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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