A Time & a Place for Everything…Gluten-Free, Too

Back in December, New York Times columnist Timothy Egan proposed a list of overused and “misused” words to be cast aside with the old year. No surprise that “gluten-free” was among them. Yes, there’s a practical need for the label, yet slapping it on things that have no connection is a cynical corporate play for […]

Another Perio/Systemic Health Link, & Other News of Note

Periodontal Disease May Aggravate Respiratory Disease (Dr. Bicuspid) The list of systemic conditions influenced by periodontal disease appears to be growing longer every day. Now a new study has found an association between respiratory disease and periodontal disease (Journal of Periodontology, August 2011, Vol. 82:8, pp. 1155-1160). Respiratory infections, such as pneumonia and the exacerbation […]

Preventing Alzheimer’s with Lifestyle Changes, & Other News of Note

Study Suggests Lifestyle Linked to Some Alzheimer’s (San Jose Mercury News) A provocative new analysis identifies the biggest risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease – and concludes that more than half of all cases are potentially preventable through simple lifestyle changes, such as exercising, quitting smoking and losing weight. * * * “It’s another brick in […]

Crisis du Jour, Redux: Orthorexia

Sometimes on the Internet, it seems that everything old eventually becomes new again. One of the latest revivals is the concept of “orthorexia.” Google Trends shows a spike in searches for the term about once a year since 2008. The most recent seems to stem from a Mail Online article, which itself is an echo […]

Processing Food Choices

A while back, the AP (via ABC News) ran an article looking at the surging popularity of “functional foods,” also known as “nutraceuticals.” These are processed foods that have been fortified with extra nutrients or include ingredients for which some kind of health claim may be made. According to a Pricewaterhouse Coopers industry report cited […]