Stat!: Too Much Sugar

Max daily calories that the World Health Organization says should come from sugar: 10% of total Sugar consumption “target” recommended by WHO: 5% Target recommended by independent researchers to prevent tooth decay: 3% Percent of the average American adult’s daily calories that come from sugar: about 19% Of the average American youth’s daily calories: roughly […]

Stat!: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Percent decrease in smoking-related deaths in the US between 1960 and 2010: 54 Percent increase in obesity-related death: 166 Percent decrease in death from heavy alcohol use: 22 Percent increase in deaths from firearms: 29 Percent decrease in death due to motor vehicles: 46 Percent increase in death by toxins (especially prescription drug overdose): 1005 […]

Stat!: Supermarkets & the Illusion of Choice

Ah, the bounty of the typical American grocery store! Percent of cereal sales controlled by Kellogg, General Mills, PepsiCo and Post Foods: 79.9 Percent of cracker sales controlled by Mondelez International (formerly Kraft), Kellogg and Campbell Soup: 76.5 Percent of cookie sales controlled by Mondelez, Kellogg, Campbell Soup and McKee Foods (Little Debbie, et al): […]

Stat!: Death by Medicine-as-Usual

Leading Causes of Death in the US Heart disease Cancer Medical errors In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year. Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of […]

Follow-up: Medical Damage

Another fascinating – if disconcerting – study on “preventive” double mastectomy came out recently. That procedure made big news earlier this year, you may recall, when Angelina Jolie announced that she had gone this route. And as we noted then, she’s hardly the only one. One study we mentioned found that nearly 20% of women […]

Can You Spot the Hidden Bargain in This Picture?

The easiest excuse for not eating organic: It’s too expensive. It’s not just lower income consumers who say so. According to the same non-scientific yet fascinating survey, 80% of respondents making more than $100,000 a year think organic food costs too darn much. It does? Eating Organic Food on a Food Stamp Budget Is Possible […]

Stat!: Are Your Teeth Holding You Back?

Percentage of “senior decision-makers” in small or medium businesses who say “poor dental health or hygiene would have a negative effect on their decision to do business with someone”: 48 Percent who say it would “affect their decision to promote an employee – regardless of their ability”: 44 The key lesson is to spend as […]

Stat!: Delaying Dentistry

Percentage of American adults who have delayed or will delay dental care due to economic concerns: 36 Percentage who say they know this will cost them more money in the long-run: 80 So why do they do it anyway? There are plenty of reasons to go around, but one other item from this Aspen Dental […]