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Update: Homeopathy Fail

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It seems that the National Health Service of the United Kingdom and Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council aren’t the only ones questioning the effectiveness of homeopathy. Now the FDA has decided to hold a a public hearing about it. They may be late to the party, but at least they showed up. Behind the Practice of Homeopathy Homeopathy, as you may recall, is the practice of using diluted contaminants to treat a health condition. As the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH) points out, the practice…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 17, 2015

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“What are tapas? A way of understanding life.” ~Ferran Adrià photo credit: IMG_8094a via photopin (license)

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An Easter Tradition

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This past Easter, I prepared a meal that I grew up with. Like many families, we had an Easter tradition. It centered around my mother. Everything about is her. Even though she’s been gone for 10 years now, a day doesn’t pass without a thought of her. The Traditional Easter Dinner Our Easter dinner did not vary year to year. The same elements always were present. It included a ham, typically, one out of a can and heated. There was cold Kielbasa, hardboiled eggs, and her special Slovak cheese called…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 16, 2015

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“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” ~Julia Child photo credit: Tackling the Big T via photopin (license)

Diet Soda Don’t Help You Lose Weight

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When you’re trying to lose weight, you know that every calorie counts. You may practice portion control to cut a few more calories. If you were counting on diet soda to help, think again. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society warns of just the opposite effect. Diet Soda and Your Waistline Researchers found a direct link between the diet soda consumed by older adults and larger waistlines. The study involved 749 adults over the course of 9.4 years. What the researchers found was astounding. The…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 15, 2015

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“I think every woman should have a blowtorch.” ~Julia Child photo credit: Blow Torch via photopin (license)

The Failed Promise of Homeopathy

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I can understand now why doctors and medical professionals get fed up with alternative medicine. Why some may have legitimate efficacy, you still have snake oil quackery like homeopathy out there. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s go to the scientific literature for answers. What Is Homeopathy? First, let’s define homeopathy. According to Merriam-Webster, it is, “a system for treating illnesses that uses very small amounts of substances that would in larger amounts produce symptoms of the illnesses in healthy people.” (It is, incidentally, in the top 30…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 14, 2015

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“I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.” ~James Beard photo credit: Tarragon via photopin (license)

Vitamin D Revisited

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A new study by University of California-San Diego and Creighton University looked at the basis for the current RDA for vitamin D as recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM). What they found is nothing short of shocking. According to their research, the RDA recommendation is a mere one-tenth of what we should be getting. Looking at the Numbers Researchers analyzed the same studies that provided the basis for the IOM recommendations. They found lapses in the statistical analysis that led to the current RDA…read more

Fast Food Ads and Kids

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You have to give advertisers credit; they know kids. They know if a kid get fixated on something that there isn’t a force in this world to sway them. Fast food ads seem to be the worse of the bunch, according to researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Deceptive Fast Food Ads The research showed that advertisers failed in two areas that directly impact the food choices of children. First, they did not downplay the toys that make meal offerings attractive. Kids have to have their plastic superhero no…read more