Athletes Eating Badly

There’s been a fair amount of attention in the news lately about top-performing athletes eating eyebrow-raising diets. Most recently, we heard all about the gut-busting food preferences of Giants ace and two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum: We’ve learned a lot about Tim Lincecum’s diet over the past few years, including that he digs […]

Protecting Businesses at the Expense of Health

Should anyone doubt that money can trump health policy, witness what happened to the head of the Bay County (Florida) Health Department: Via CBS News: A 38-year-old former Army doctor who served in Iraq, [Dr. Jason] Newsom returned home to Panama City a few years ago to run the Bay County Health Department and launched […]

Fast DNA Damage from Particulates and Other News of Note

  Environmental Exposure to Particulates May Damage DNA in as Few as Three Days (ScienceDaily) Exposure to particulate matter has been recognized as a contributing factor to lung cancer development for some time, but a new study indicates inhalation of certain particulates can actually cause some genes to become reprogrammed, affecting both the development and […]

No Benefit, Some Cost to UV-Enhanced Tooth Bleaching…and Other News of Note

More recent news items we want to be sure you don’t miss… UV Light-Enhanced Tooth Bleaching Is Not Only a Con but Is Dangerous to Your Eyes and Skin (Medical News Today) The light treatment gives absolutely no benefit over bleaching without UV, and damages skin and eyes up to four times as much as […]

Junking the Junk Food for Real Food (Without Breaking the Bank)

The more the economy tanks, the more we hear about people shifting to cheaper food sources – even as Americans already spend less on food per capita than others in the world. These cheap foods tend to be very highly processed – high in sugars and fats, and less nutrient-dense than whole or lightly processed […]

Pesticide/Parkinson’s Connection and Other News of Note

Pesticide Linked to Disease in Valley (Modesto Bee) For years, researchers have suspected commercial pesticides put people at risk for Parkinson’s disease. Now evidence in the San Joaquin Valley suggests it’s true. Researchers have found a strong connection between the debilitating neurological disease and long-term exposure to pesticides, particularly to a fungicide that is sprayed […]

Food That’s Not Really Food and Other Impediments to Health

Colonel of Truth You know that annoying ad about the “KFC $10 Challenge”? If not, go be annoyed. Then read this recent Grist article in which Kurt Michael Friese describes how he handily beat the challenge. Be sure to check out the comments thread, as well, for some interesting back-and-forth on the issue.   Former […]

Looks Good Enough to Eat…Until You Open the Package

In our earlier post on the prevalence of fast food outlets here in the Central Valley – and some of the corresponding health consequences – we provided a link to Fast Food Ads vs. Reality, a gallery of images comparing commercial photos of fast food with what you actually get. Since then, via Fark, we’ve […]