How Salt, Sugar and Fat came to Dominatee our Waistlines

by Deanne Kondrat
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Patent 2,801,924 marks the beginning of our love-affair, and America’s addition, to processed food. That patent number was given in 1957 to Al Clausi and General Mills for the invention of instant pudding. Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, Michael Moss, spoke with many scientists and food inventors like Clausi in his new book: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Clausi and his team worked tirelessly between 1947 and 1950 to perfect the instant pudding recipe. Clausi fought to use synthetic ingredients – but it paid off for him and his team as they created a product that smashed … Continue reading

Coffee beans land Dr. Oz in hot water

by Deanne Kondrat
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Celebrity health guru Dr. Mehmet Oz is in some hot water after being grilled by the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. Chairwoman of the subcommittee and Missouri Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, said Oz has been perpetuating weight loss fraud on his show. Dr. Oz is a cardiovascular specialist and surgeon who rose to fame in 2004 when he became one of Oprah Winfrey’s favourite people. By 2009 he gained his own show launched by Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. Senator McCaskill read aloud some of the claims Dr. Oz had made on the show about the popular green coffee-bean extract used for weight … Continue reading

Dolphins, Tigers, and Jellyfish: Oh My! Dr. Shimi Kang & The Dolphin Way

by Deanne Kondrat
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The phrase ‘Tiger mom’ is probably something you have heard before. The term seemed to explode in pop culture in 2011 after the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua was released. All of a sudden proud tiger moms were standing up everywhere, letting their roars be heard. In case you don’t know: a “Tiger Mother” refers to a mom who is a strict disciplinarian and is supposed to reflect traditional, strict, Asian parenting ideal. Perhaps claws and stripes aren’t your style. A new book by Dr. Shimi Kang offers a different animal as a model to emulate: the dolphin. Dr. … Continue reading

No Judgment & Sustainable Advice: ‘The Diet Fix’ by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff

by Deanne Kondrat
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  The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work, is a breath of fresh air and standout in the deluge of diet books, gurus, and self help out there. It doesn’t tell you ‘how’ to diet, and the book does not address what you are doing wrong. It is merely a tool to help you. Author of The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, writer of the popular blog: WeightyMatters.ca and founder of the Ottawa’s non-surgical Bariatric Medical Institute … Continue reading

Is Yoga an Effective Treatment for Asthma?

by DailyRX
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Asthma patients are eager to find relief, even if it means exploring options beyond mainstream clinical practices. Yoga is one alternative that asthma patients often turn to. Asthma is a lasting lung condition that inflames and narrows airways, which causes shortness of breath and trouble breathing. Yoga is a meditation practice that combines posture and breathing techniques. While yoga is sometimes recommended for asthma relief, new research found no data to support it as a beneficial treatment for asthma. Holger Cramer, PhD, of the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, led this research team. Dr. … Continue reading

92 MERS Virus Deaths, over 50 still Hospitalized in Saudi Arabia

by DailyRX
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MERS first appeared in Saudi Arabia, and most MERS infections have occurred in that nation. Now, new reports are suggesting Saudi infection numbers may be higher than thought. Infection counts of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia have reportedly increased by over 100, and many of these cases resulted in deaths. US health authorities are reminding travelers to the Middle East to be alert to any illnesses or symptoms that develop. On June 3, the Associated Press (AP) reported that an official Saudi Arabian review of the MERS virus had led to an increased count of the number … Continue reading

Putting it Off: The Worldwide Procrastination Addiction

by Deanne Kondrat
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Procrastination: we all do it. We out off doing the dishes until our favourite show is over or you wait just one more day to mail that bill. It seems harmless enough, right? Professor Piers Steel is a leading expert on procrastination. He says that not only it can be devastating to your personal and professional life, but can even be fatal to your health. “Procrastination is not just any one thing for most people,” says Steel. “It’s a cloud of projects that weigh them down.” Steel likens many of the characteristics of procrastination to that of addiction. “It actually … Continue reading

Strep Throat Bacteria Re-engineered to Fight Cancer

by Deanne Kondrat
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Everyone hates getting strep throat. The aching, swollen throat, fever and chills usually accompany this bacterial infection that can usually only clear up with antibiotics. But it’s now being found that bacteria responsible for strep throat – the streptococcal toxin – may be a cancer fighting toxin! Researchers at Western University have found the bacteria can be used to engineer a toxin that attaches itself to tumour cells, which forces the immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. Dr. John McCormick is an associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the Schulich School of Medicine and … Continue reading

Wake-Up Strokes: The Silent Killer

by Deanne Kondrat
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Strokes that happen while sleeping are the hardest to diagnose. These are called Wake-Up Strokes (WUS for short) and are often more severe than strokes that occur when someone is awake. Dr. Luciano Sposato is a Neurologist, who is currently a Clinical Fellow in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences with The University of Western Ontario. Dr. Sposato says these can be much worse because there is no way to detect a WUS while sleeping – and with strokes, immediate medical attention is needed to lessen the effects. “Research has shown that those who experience WUS have a higher prevalence … Continue reading

“Diabesity” – Could Gastric Bypass Surgery be the Cure?

by Dr. Medulous
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Gastric bypass surgery is a modern day procedure hailed for decreasing waistlines across North America. But a new study has found as well as helping control weight, gastric bypass surgery has also been associated with the improvement of Type 2 Diabetes. Gastric bypass is an invasive surgery where a small part of the stomach is used to create a new stomach, about the size of an egg. The new egg-sized stomach is connected directly to the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach. The new study, conducted by Dr. Philip Schauer and his team at … Continue reading