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Health and Nutrition

Hand dryers or Paper Towel? That is the question.

20 Mar 2017

How many times have you washed your hands in a public bathroom and searched in vain for a paper towel dispenser? Who wants to wait around while some electronic gizmo on the wall blows lukewarm air...

Is there any benefit to drinking Yerba mate tea?

20 Mar 2017

Yerba Mate, the ad says, has powerful rejuvenating effects. Well, who wouldn’t go for a little rejuvenation? So what is this wonder product? Yerba is a tea brewed from the dried leaves of the Ilex...

A Question of Evidence

20 Mar 2017

When we take a medication, we trust there is evidence that it will work. When we apply a cosmetic, we trust there is evidence that it is safe. When we put on a sunscreen, we trust there is evidence...

Chicken requires careful handling

20 Mar 2017

Estimates are that some 55 million people in Canada and the U.S become ill every year from eating tainted food with more deaths attributed poultry than any other food. That of course is partly due...

Weighing the benefits of tea

20 Mar 2017

“Get in here and sit your ass down!”...

Joe Mercola and “Foods You Should Never Eat.”

20 Mar 2017

Joe Mercola is an osteopath who runs a popular health website on which he offers all sorts of advice, mostly questionable. He also sells a huge variety of products ranging from an array of...

Walk Gingerly Before Declaring Ginger a Cancer Cure

20 Mar 2017

It is not at all unusual to find plant extracts that will kill cancer cells in vitro. There are hundreds of phytochemicals that will do this. Neither is it unusual to find an effect in mice that...

When Protein is not Protein

20 Mar 2017

You need protein to build muscle. We have all heard that, probably as early as elementary school. And it is true. Muscle is mostly made of protein and its source is protein in the diet. But the...

Iron in Spinach

20 Mar 2017

Mea culpa. I plead guilty to the crime I often accuse others of committing, namely not checking facts properly! Curiously, I would not have discovered my error had I not been doing some proper fact...