A single nutrient
may have turned early humans into civilized man. Has stripping it from our diet given rise to cancer, diabetes, and other civilized diseases? "There has been a thousandfold increase in the consumption of soybean oil over the past hundred years. The result is an unplanned experiment in brain and heart chemistry, one whose subject is the entire population of the developed world." A series of epidemiological studies
showed that populations that consume high levels of omega-3s in the form of seafood
are the least afflicted by the major diseases associated with the Western diet. (via
) [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Feb 24, 2009 -
If you don't see any patterns in your data, yet day-to-day fluctuations persist, he is reacting to something you aren't tracking. Look elsewhere.
A heartrending (and long) online log of one father's 10-year struggle to make sense of his child's ADHD and find a way to treat it without medication.
posted by Deathalicious
on Feb 18, 2009 -
"Being thin doesn't automatically mean you're not fat."
According to the data, people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat, even if they are otherwise slim. "The whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined," said Bell, whose research is funded by Britain's Medical Research Council.
posted by mr_crash_davis
on May 10, 2007 -
According to estimates, about 1.5 billion people--about a quarter of the earth's population--are hosts to the Ascaris lumbricoides
parasitic worm. Ascaris worms can grow to be 18 inches in length, and use their host's windpipe and esophagus to migrate between the small intestine and the lungs. A single human host may support dozen of large worms, which can be contracted by contact with fecal matter, animals, or undercooked pork. Under some circumstances (the worms dislike anesthesia, for example) one or more worms may exit from the mouth (a horrifying image
), or the anus (one of the most disgusting images I have ever seen
, and not safe for work, obviously). Here, the removal of a worm is caught on video
Too disgusting to post? Almost. But 1.5 billion people have got these in their bodies right now. That's what's grosser than gross.
posted by washburn
on Mar 4, 2006 -
Science is better:
An enormous scientific study has conclusively demonstrated that "diet had no effect" on rates of women getting cancer or heart disease. Because the study investigated the efficacy of overall low fat diets
, rather than the more recently developed hypothesis that saturated fats are the only pernicious kind
, some leading medical researchers accept these findings but still think there MAY be a direct link between certain diets and major health problems in women, but (and here's the money shot) "if they did a study like that and it was negative, then I'd have to give up my cherished hypotheses for data." Now that, my friends, is a heartwarming example of one of the pinnacles of human creativity, the scientific method, which is under so much attack these days. . .
posted by twsf
on Feb 7, 2006 -
Are you HUNGRY or do you just crave the flavor
(my favorite is that Mustard is under the heading Exotic.)
posted by Phantast
on Aug 17, 2005 -
Bread is dangerous
Research on bread indicates that: More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users. More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread. Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after as little as two days. (More research inside)
posted by growabrain
on Apr 19, 2005 -
If you've ever wondered how sumotori achieve their epic
bulk, this article from Gastronomica
details the complex preparation and serving rituals of the (perhaps not
) delicious, protein-rich chunky soup that's the staple of their diet (with recipe helpfully included).
posted by melissa may
on Mar 26, 2005 -
Supersized in the NFL
Analyzing data from the 2003-2004 season, researchers say "more than a quarter of NFL players had a body mass index that qualified them as class 2 obesity
" -- equivalent to a 6-foot man weighing between 260 and 300 pounds.
Even those players weren't the biggest ones: the study counted more than 60 players
-- 3 percent -- with body mass indexes placing them into class 3 obesity
, with individual weights approaching 400 pounds.
"I don't know what's going on in the minds of coaches", said lead researcher Dr. Joyce Harp
, an assistant professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Players' growing girth "is a major concern," said Dr. Arthur Roberts
, a former NFL quarterback and retired heart surgeon (.pdf file)
whose Living Heart Foundation
works with the players' union to evaluate heart-related health risks faced by current and retired players. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Mar 1, 2005 -
If you click on this link, you'll go to an apparent sales site for "FatFoeTM
Eggplant Extract" another 'miracle' weight loss aid. But click on the Order Now!
link and you get a lecture from the FTC on how to avoid getting scammed by diet products that are too good to be true, all part of the US Federal agency's campaign against diet fraud
posted by wendell
on Nov 9, 2004 -
Fountains of Youth and Health
, therapeutic fasting
. Ben Franklin wrote
of this, and most
advocate periodic fasting. In the "Fasting Worm Study", earthworms
became nearly immortal. Recent research
underscores the health benefits, which do not require overall caloric restriction (a "fast and
gorge" cycle works too) for humans. Fasting shows promise for the treatment of most addictions,
Cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's
Gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes
, Uterine fibroid tumors,
Back and neck problems, high blood pressure, arthritis and joint pain, depression, perhaps Huntington's Disease
... Here's a clinic which specializes in medically supervised water only fasts
and offers recent studies and writings on the
subject (PDF, .doc, and .htm format). Fasting seems to be very good for your brain
overall. Meanwhile, inside : the
benefits of caloric restriction, which seems to dramatically slow many age-related diseases.
posted by troutfishing
on Jul 19, 2004 -