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Avoid Soft Drinks

One of the most important statistics, I believe, related to the obesity epidemic, is this one:   Teen boys are drinking three times as much soda as they did 30 years ago, and teen girls are drinking more than double.   I hope parents will avoid soft drinks, because of two critical factors they may […]

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Childhood Obesity Facts

Before I go on to list some sobering childhood obesity facts, here’s the one that hits me hardest:   Yale University found that overweight children are routinely teased and bullied by peers and even teachers and parents.   That’s now 35 percent of all kids, half of whom qualify as obese.   The Yale study […]

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Sugar is the nice girl’s cocaine

I’ve said before that sugar is more addictive than cocaine (I’m not making  this up—earlier research has documented this phenomenon).   A new study in today’s paper, conducted in France,  has been  presented to the annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.   Rats offered a choice between cocaine and sugar chose […]

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Modern dietetics

I heard a lecture by a registered nutritionist this weekend.   My experience in the past with dieticians has been that they are all “party line,” totally under the influence of the meat- and dairy-industry-controlled curriculum.   (Those with  dietetics  degrees are  the ones designing the menus in hospitals and schools, remember?    Enough said.) […]

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Politically Incorrect Ranting about Skewed Charts

So this morning at the gym, the trainer was trawling for customers and asked if I wanted a free body comp analysis.   He entered my height (5′ 8 1/2″) and age (40) and weight (133 today, usually closer to 130).   After the analysis, he informed me that I am BELOW the minimum acceptable […]

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It’s less safe than ever to rely on pharmaceuticals

In case you’ve been thinking that medical science is on a linear path to progress . . .  The L.A. Times says reports of “adverse events” are soaring as Americans take more and more pills: in ’05, nearly 90,000 bad drug reactions were reported, with over 15,000 resulting in death.   These numbers have tripled […]

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Why I chose not to immunize my kids

A friend called me and said, “Great site—but are you nuts,  about the immunizations?”   He pointed out that he grew up in the polio age—he’s committed to the idea that vaccines are a good thing. The FIRST thing I want to say is that I acknowledge the complexity of this issue, the difficulty of […]

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