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Health

September 18, 2014

"Why You Should Meditate — And How To Do It"

I find it difficult to believe meditation would have the benefit described, or even if it did, would it be better than a good nap? But given the low cost it might be worth a try. 

September 17, 2014

"Forget the Mediterranean diet . . . go Nordic!"

The Nordic diet is the new hotness.

More information here

September 11, 2014

"Why you should really take a nap this afternoon, according to science"

I'm down. One reason among several:

NASA found that naps made you smarter — even in the absence of a good night's sleep.

September 03, 2014

"Why Are We So Fat? The Multimillion-Dollar Scientific Quest to Find Out"

Good news and bad news.

Good news: a billionaire is funding research on diet, trying to correct the mostly astonishingly unsound research that has been done so far.

Bad news: some--most?--of the new research, while better, will still be grossly irrelevant. 

Rudolph Leibel, one of the researchers working on the consortium study at Columbia, also has similar doubts—not least because his own research fully supports the calories-in/calories-out model, which holds that all calories have equal impact on our weight. When Leibel had participants in one study drink formulas with the same number of calories but hugely different proportions of fat and carbohydrates, he saw no difference in the amount of energy they burned.

This is great if you're eating predetermined foods under controlled conditions. But I'm not. And most people aren't. The types of foods you eat and the times you eat can, it seems to me, affect your desire to eat. And that's at least three-quarters of the battle.

August 13, 2014

"Revolutionary new blood test 'could detect ALL types of cancer'"

Bring it on!

A revolutionary blood test that could detect any type of cancer has been developed by British scientists. 

It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms - saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies. 

Early results have shown the simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer with a high degree of accuracy.

August 06, 2014

Something else to worry about

"What Scares Bug Experts? The horrible disease that experts feared would come to the United States has come to the United States."

August 05, 2014

One of the most effective propaganda campaigns ever

I speak of the alleged harm of saturated fat. The harm I refer to is not that fat is, ounce for ounce, more caloric than either carbohydrates or protein. I mean the allegation virtually all Americans seem to believe--really, really believe--that saturated fat does terrible things to your circulatory system. How many times have you heard people say, or have you read someone writing, that a dish like a chili cheeseburger with bacon is an "artery-clogger" or is "a heart attack on a plate"?

As Milton Friedman used to ask so energetically: How do you know?

The original research was, apparently, very dubious. (See also this.) And informed opinion currently rejects the claim. Related: the advice we got to eat a lot of bread wasn't so good, either.

Bottom line: too many calories seems to be bad for you and fat has more than twice as many calories per gram as carbs and protein. But beyond that, enjoy your fat, saturated or otherwise. (Except, of course, for transfat. But that's another post.)

 

July 24, 2014

"Broccoli Loves Us"

I don't know about "love," but everybody seems to agree that it's amazingly good for us.

July 22, 2014

"Scientists Pave The Way For Possible Alzheimer's Blood Test"

Let's hope that this works out and real soon.

June 30, 2014

"Ketogenic diet can replace chemo for almost all cancers, says Dr Thomas Seyfried"

Interesting.

Unlike some of the shills and charlatans in this area, this guy is a professor with a long list of journal publications

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