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  • You Asked: What is histaminosis?

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  • The Food Babe and her hero

    The “Food Babe,” a lady who blogs about food issues, is a continuous source of comic relief for the scientifically minded but for many members of the public she is a respected “whistleblower” who protects them from all those nasty food producers.

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  • The end of a debate? Fat chance.

    The bloggers are abuzz about a paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine that after reviewing 72 major studies found no relationship between saturated fat intake and heart disease. The reaction was predictable.

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  • ZZZZZzzzzzz

    Most of us are familiar with insomnia. There are soothing teas, dietary regimes, over-the-counter medications and of course prescription drugs that promise to lull us to sleep. But coffee?

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  • Fearsome Yellow

    Next time you think of welcoming someone home by tying a yellow ribbon around an old oak tree, you might want to think again. According to a widely circulating report the yellow dye could leave a toxic residue on your hands.

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  • Alkaline Water Nonsense

    It is not often that I’m left speechless. But sometimes you run into a situation where words just fail you. Absurd, ridiculous, ludicrous, preposterous, comical, and farcical come to mind.

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I’ve been having a bad week. First the CBC put a homeopath on The National to serve as a medical expert along with an Internist and a GP. While the other two members of the panel offered up rational medical advice, he praised vitamins (even though numerous studies have shown that they have no benefit for most people) and said stress was the greatest threat to public health. Read More.

Of all the nonsensical worries....
I thought this was a joke, but it turns out that it is very real. Officials in Portland, Oregon drained a reservoir, at considerable expense, because a teenager urinated into the water. This is pathogenophobia and chemophobia run amuck. Read More.

You Asked: Should we worry about plastic pollution?

Plastics are the fabric of modern life. They’re in our cars, our planes, our kitchens, our electronics, our furniture, our bottles, our packaging, our floors and our medical equipment. We are using more and more plastics and unfortunately also discarding more and more. And that’s a problem. Read More.

When it comes to insomnia, there’s no shortage of advice
Henry IV is not one of the Bard’s most memorable plays. I think it once lulled me to sleep. But these lines speak of insomnia, a common problem that begs for a solution. There is no shortage of advice. Count sheep. Drink warm milk. Read More.

Did You Know?

Some clever Central American spiders disguise themselves as ants by holding a pair of legs over their head to mimic antennae. They climb into ant nests and have a feast. And how about male European crab spider? Now that’s really kinky little fellow! During courtship he spins a veil-like web and uses it to tie up the female. Good thing he does, because the females have the nasty habit of eating the males after mating. But if the web is properly spun, by the time the female has wriggled free, the male has come and gone.


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Earl Grey tea could combat heart disease
Scientists have revealed that Earl Grey tea has the ability to lower cholesterol and reduce the chances of heart disease. The drink contains extracts of a fruit called bergamot which scientists believe is a superfood for the heart. Research suggests that bergamot could even be as effective as statins, the controversial cholesterol-controlling drugs which can have side effects. Read More.


'Couch potato' lifestyle linked to bigger bums
"It's official: Sitting around really does give you a fat behind," the Mail Online reports. While this may seem logical, it should be pointed out that the study behind the headlines involved mice, not humans. Read More.


Organic food does not reduce women's risk of cancer
Women who mostly or always eat organic foods have the same overall chance of developing cancer as women who never eat it, according to a new study from the UK's University of Oxford and published in the British Journal of Cancer that followed over 600,000 middle-aged women for nearly a decade. Read More.


Study further illuminates heart-healthy benefits of Mediterranean diet
New research further illuminates the heart-healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet, tying the eating plan to lower levels of platelets and white blood cells, two markers of inflammation. Inflammation has an association with greater risk of heart attack and stroke. Study, results are published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Read More.

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