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Myths & Truths

When Gluten-Free Is Not a Fad

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Gluten intolerance is “fake”—at least according to many recent news stories. But what does scientific research have to say on this topic? Is going gluten-free just a crazy fad? Is gluten intolerance over-hyped as the media claims, or is it a legitimate condition that may be even more common than currently recognized?

Why Are Scientists and the Public So Often At Odds?

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I recently listened to a program on NPR’s Science Friday called “Scientists and the Public Disagree on Key Issues.” The gist of it was that although a consensus has been reached among scientists on issues like nutrition, vaccination, genetically-modified foods (GMOs), and climate change, the general public often disregards their advice. Not surprisingly, the position taken by the scientists interviewed on the program was that this disconnect between scientists and the general public is mostly… Read More

BPA and Hand Sanitizer: a Toxic Mix With Serious Health Risks?

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Imagine the following scenarios: You go to the gas station and fill up your tank. You use the hand sanitizer next to the pump to clean your hands, then grab the receipt from the payment terminal before getting back into your car. You go for lunch at a fast-food or take-out restaurant. Just before ordering, you use the hand sanitizer positioned near the counter. The cashier hands your order to you with the receipt stapled… Read More

What the Media Isn’t Telling You About Statin Drug Trials

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I just read a fantastic article by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick about how deceptive and misleading media reporting on statin drug trials can be. Dr. Kendrick uses the Heart Protection Study (HPS) as an example. From the press release for the study: “In this trial, 10 thousand people were on a statin. If now, an extra 10 million high-risk people worldwide go onto statin treatment, this would save about 50,000 lives each year—that’s a thousand a… Read More