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Who you gonna call, Part VII the guys telling you to eat for your “type”

Joe Mercola’s been hyping his metabolic typing program to his 1.5 million readers.   You, too, can pay big bucks for it, as soon as he’s done creating it.   He continues to tell people to eat lots of whey protein powder (which he sells) and avoid eating  grains, despite a massive body of evidence […]

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Who you gonna call, Part IV: network-marketed juices, pills, candy, and skin creams . . .

The juices . . . Xango, Noni, Pharmanex, and some brand-new ones . . .   I’ll get some furious emails for this one, because the juice folks are plentiful and have absolute religious fervor about their $30 bottles of juice from the tippy tops of mountains half a world away.   There’s a new […]

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Who you gonna call? Part III: nutrition advice from personal trainers

My friend Cheryl told me at the gym the other day that she got online with a “Virtual Personal Trainer.”   This guy has quite a following here locally and helped a friend of Cheryl’s.   She  said to the trainer, “I’m trying to be vegan.   Can you help me increase my muscle mass […]

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Who you gonna call? Part II: I have more stuff to say about the diet docs

I thought I was done taking down the high-protein, fad-diet, doctor-scam-artists.   But I want to say a bit more, starting with this quote from “Dr. Atkins’ Health Revolution”:   “Imagine losing weight with a diet that lets you have bacon and eggs for breakfast, heavy cream in your coffee, plenty of meat and even […]

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heart disease and degenerating DNA

[I'll come back to "Who You Gonna Call" blogging on the false gods of nutrition, tomorrow . . .]   Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: I have 100 lbs. to lose, am on Lipitor for high cholesterol, and started drinking green smoothies a few weeks ago.   My cholesterol has begun to come way down, but my HDL […]

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Who you gonna call? Part I: fat diet doctors and celebs

This starts a multi-part blog about the false gods we worship in the field of nutrition.   First, I often wonder why people buy diet programs from overweight doctors in poor health.  The worst offender is Dr. Robert Atkins.   I would say “was,” but of course his  company and family are still raking in […]

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Throw Away Your Television

With more than one-third of America’s children overweight, we have TV to thank (more importantly, our choice to indulge in it).   Throw away your television (or at least leave it mostly off) for two reasons. One, kids are burning fewer calories because they aren’t exercising while they watch hours of TV.   Most parents […]

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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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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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Whole food green drink

I just pushed a 475-bottle order of a whole food green drink group buy up  my long driveway and tried my first glass—a local group buy I’m doing.   It tastes great!   I’m so excited about using this and putting it in my food storage, because the ingredient list is unbelievable! Not only does […]

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