What Dentists Really Think of Halloween, & Other News of Note

Dentists Don’t Really Despise Halloween (USA Today) You might think dentists would have strong feelings about Halloween. However, most don’t jump out of their skins over it. “We just want kids to be kids, and part of a kid’s life is treats,” says Rhea Haugseth, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dentists agree …

Roundup Linked to Birth Defects, & Other News of Note

It’s Official: Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Causes Birth Defects (Red, Green & Blue) A new report by some top scientists has nailed it down, and Monsanto isn’t going to be happy. The Agri-giant has built its entire business model, including genetically modified (GMO) crops that dominate the US market, around its Roundup brand herbicide. The last …

The Normalization of Drugs and Other Recommended Reading

The Wholesale Sedation of America’s Youth Skeptical Inquirer Towards the end of Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, the Witch sings one of the show’s key themes: “Children may not obey,/But children will listen./Children will look to you/For which way to turn,/To learn what to be.” One of the things today’s children are learning from the …

Eating Well for the Holidays…and a Lifetime

Most holiday celebrations focus to some degree on food. Consider the Hanukkah tradition of latkes or the peanut soup of Kwanzaa. Think of the Christmas’ ham; the roast turkey and mulled wine of Solstice/Sabbat. Then, of course, there are all the other goodies – pies, cookies, fruitcake and such – we share with each other …

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