Devil in the Details

The headline seems full of good news! But which sources of monounsaturated fats? Olive oil? Avocado? Sunflower? Maybe. Maybe not. You see, although the study compared the effects of 5 different oils on abdominal fat, three were oil blends not especially high in monosaturated fats. Only the two non-blends had a significantly positive effect. Those […]

Cancer & Hormone Therapy, & Other News of Note

Breast Cancer Seen as Riskier with Hormone (NY Times) Hormone treatment after menopause, already known to increase the risk of breast cancer, also makes it more likely that the cancer will be advanced and deadly, a study finds. Women who took hormones and developed breast cancer were more likely to have cancerous lymph nodes, a […]

The Role of Communication in Healing & Other News of Note

Communication Is the Best Medicine (Futurity) Efforts to improve communication between patients, family doctors, and specialists can have a crucial impact on patients – in some instances working as effectively as drugs. * * * [According to lead researcher Bobbie Foy, professor of primary care at the University of Leeds,] “The results were impressive. In […]

Green Tea May Prevent Oral Cancer & Other News of Note

Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer (US News & World Report) A new study appears to add to growing evidence that green tea might help protect against cancer. U.S. researchers gave 41 volunteers with pre-malignant mouth lesions green tea extract for three months at doses of 500 milligrams per meter squared (mg/m2), 750 mg/m2 […]

Fatty Liver as the Real Health Risk – and How to Get One

One of the things we dislike about so much of the news coverage on “the obesity epidemic” and related issues is that it tends to reinforce the myth that slim = healthy, fat = unhealthy, no exceptions. They do so despite the evidence that BMI (the standard, if flawed, measure for obesity) is not, in […]

Video: Gary Taubes on “Big Fat Lies”

Award-winning science journalist Gary Tabues interrogates the conventional wisdom about weight, diet and exercise – the caloric theory of obesity – in this talk given at Stevens Institute of Technology.     For more info: What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? (NY Times Magazine) Good Calories, Bad Calories