MD and I walked all over Prague today, and I can tell you from direct observation that the obesity situation here is a problem. I don’t have at hand the actual statistics on this part of the world, but by my visual statistics it looks about the same as the US. There are overweight kids,

Read More

According to research published in the June 15 issue of Cancer Research sun exposure wards off prostate cancer. Researchers evaluated men for their degree of lifetime sun exposure by using a reflectometer to measure the differences in skin pigmentation between non-sun exposed skin (under the arm) and sun-exposed skin (the forehead) in men with prostate

Read More

A new paper in the online version of The Lancet has shown in a direct fashion that both smoking and obesity decrease lifespan. Researchers evaluated a group of female identical twins to determine the effects of smoking, obesity and serum leptin levels on telomere length. Telomeres are little bits of genetic material that act almost

Read More

I saved last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine to read on the plane. In it there was an article by Clive Thompson on how the growing changeover to high definition (HDTV) is affecting actors, actresses, talking heads, and all the rest who make their living in front of the camera. Just as many stars of

Read More

I’m happy to report that the flights all went well. In my book a good flight is one that starts at one airport and ends wheels first at another. Continental (at least if this trip was anything to go by) provided top-notch service. Much much better than Delta, Air France or Alitalia–the last three airlines

Read More

After 24 hours of travel we’re finally settled in our hotel in Prague where we have high speed wireless internet service for a mere 720 Czech Koruna per 24 hours, which works out to be about $30 per day. At those prices you need to read these entries two or three times each so that

Read More

Researchers at the University of Minnesota replaced the carbohydrate in their diabetic patients’ diets with protein and tracked the changes in blood sugar. They found that the blood sugar reduction was comparable to that found with anti-diabetic drugs. And, there was no reduction in kidney function. They published their results in Nutrition & Metabolism. The

Read More

Well, two out of three ain’t bad. I don’t know why I’ve been so fascinated with this trial because up until it really got going I didn’t know Michael Jackson from a bar of soap. I mean I knew who he was, but I knew nothing about him, couldn’t name a single song, never watched

Read More

Just heard that the jury in the Michael Jackson case had reached a verdict, and that all the parties were given an hour to get to the courthouse. For what it’s worth, here are my predictions: Conspiracy: Not Guilty (If they find him guilty on this one, I will lose all faith in the jury

Read More

Jeff Volek’s group published a study in the current issue of the Journal of Nutrition showing the efficacy of low-carb diets (VLCD as they call them: Very Low Carbohydrate Diets)in dealing with blood lipid problems and even inflammation. The state right at the start: Very low-carbohydrate diets (VLCDs) are popular, but remain controversial. This review

Read More

A researcher presented data at the recent Experimental Biology meeting showing that soft drinks have eclipsed white bread as the single greatest source of calories in the American diet. Think about this for a minute…the single “food” that provides the greatest number of calories to the average American is soft drinks. More than meat, more

Read More

Looks like the venerable American Diabetes Association is not immune to the lure of dollar. Just shows that you’ve got to look way below the surface to get to the true motivation for all the recommendations these outfits promulgate.

Read More

A new study in the current issue of the American Journal of Clincal Nutrition suggests that elderly women may need more protein than currently recommended to protect their bones from osteoporosis and the risk of fracture. The authors conclude: These data suggest that protein intakes for elderly women above current recommendations may be necessary to

Read More

The American Heart Association (AHA)promotes their latest weight-loss scheme in a new book, The No-Fad Diet. This book advises those wishing to lose weight to cut calories by 25% and–Voila!–a slow but (according to the AHA) permanent weight loss ensues. And they recommend moderate exercise to aid the process. The circle has come full round.

Read More

Melanie Warner writes about the ongoing battle between Michael Jacobson, leader of the notorious Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), and his nemesis Rick Berman, who heads up the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), a “consumer’s” advocacy group. At issue is the right and moral obligation of manufacturers to either sell or quit

Read More