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Health

April 15, 2015

"Why You Shouldn't Buy Organic Based on the 'Dirty Dozen' List"

I thought that list was questionable.

April 09, 2015

"Fast-Food Ban in L.A. Fails to Curb Obesity"

What a surprise. Not!

This insight shows that the obesity epidemic is a beast with many heads — cut off one and there are still others to contend with.

See also "LA's fast food ban didn't lower obesity in poor areas because people just went elsewhere for unhealthy food, study finds".

April 06, 2015

"More and More People Are Nearsighted These Days, and the Reason Why Is Fascinating"

The alleged reason surprises me.

March 26, 2015

"Making Sense of Serving Sizes"

Some help for people without ready access to a scale who are trying to estimate how much they're eating.

March 17, 2015

"Funny How Since Obamacare, All Those 'Early Detection' Tests They Used to Push Have Become Bad"

I've thought the exact same thing.

March 16, 2015

"Diet and exercise alone are no cure for obesity, doctors say"

Don't get fat:

The depressing fact, said [Mt. Sinai Hospital weight management physician Christopher N.] Ochner in an interview, is that "the average adult with sustained obesity has less than a 1% chance of reattaining and maintaining a healthy body weight without surgery."

But if, like me, you already are, meal timing may help: "Meal frequency and timing in health and disease".

And maybe, just maybe, so might this: "The Invention That Could End Obesity".

"Three Square Meals"

Wonderful piece by James Lileks. I laughed out loud.

This three-meals-a-day thing? It’s anti-science. So says Mother Jones magazine, touting a book by one Heather Carroll. For the Left, anti-science is a serious charge, because you might be a Denier. I once remarked that I wasn’t particularly worried about nuclear waste, because in a few decades we could probably bring it up to orbit in a space elevator and shoot it into the sun with a rail gun. A reasonable reply would be a discussion of the feasibility of space elevators, but my interlocutor looked at me as though I had suggested making the waste disappear by chanting Bible verses while shaking a dried gourd full of rattling pebbles.

March 10, 2015

"How much salt you should eat, explained"

Nicely done.

But the article doesn't discuss an argument for a somewhat higher amount

The average sodium consumption in the United States, and around the world, is about 3,400 milligrams a day, according to the Institute of Medicine — an amount that has not changed in decades.

March 06, 2015

"11 Ways To Spot Bogus Headlines About Your Health"

We really shouldn't have to warn adults that "If the research wasn’t conducted on humans, the findings can’t necessarily be extrapolated to humans" and "Correlation is not causation!"

But, sadly, given the deficiencies of our modern public education system, we probably do.

March 04, 2015

"Most Diets Can Be Boiled Down to Three Words: Eat More Vegetables"

That's consistent with my reading.

But you can't argue with his guy's advice, either: "The Brutally Honest 6 Reasons You Are Still Overfat". (Link via Instapundit.)

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