Stat!: Your Tax Dollars at Work – Subsidizing Junk Food

Federal subsidies to makers of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soy oils from 1995 to 2010: $16.9 billion Number of Twinkies that money would buy each American tax-payer: 19 per year   Federal subsidies to apple growers through the same period: $262 million Number of apples that money would buy each […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teeth Grinding Linked to Sleep Apnea & Other News of Note

Teeth Grinding Linked to Sleep Apnea (Reuters) There is a high prevalence of nocturnal teeth grinding, or bruxism, in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), particularly in Caucasians. New research presented at CHEST 2009, the 75th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), found that nearly 1 in 4 patients […]

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk & Other News of Note

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk (WebMD) “We’ve known for a while that there is an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. But our new work suggests periodontal disease is causal,” says study head Jerry A. Molitor, MD, PhD, associate professor in the division of rheumatology and autoimmune disease at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. […]

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 […]

Stat!: Obesity’s a Problem…But Not for Me

Percent of overweight Americans: 32.7 Percent of obese Americans: 34+ Percent of Americans who say they are at a healthy weight: 66.6 Percent who think obesity isn’t a problem for their families or themselves: 49 Number of obesity-related deaths each year: 112,000 Number of Americans with type 2 diabetes: about 23.6 million Number of Americans […]

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 […]

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 […]