“Born to Run”

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Born to Run is a book by Christopher McDougall and an intriguing story which takes place in the Copper Canyons of Mexico where there is this lost tribe of super athletes who run fantatic distances–200 miles at time. As the story unfolds a group of ecentric American ultrarunners, including unusual “Barefoot Ted”, travel to this remote region to […]

Gastric bypass surgery fails to cure diabetes

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A December 2012 article published by the medical journal  Obesity Surgery, reports on the first study of this magnitude tracking  4,434 type 2 diabetic gastric bypass surgery candidates.  Study participants were enrolled in the large Northern California HMO Kaiser Permanente. Study participants qualied for and received gastric bypass surgery for obesity and although for two thirds diabetes […]

Shared pathology between diabetes & Alzheimer’s disease?


Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative condition of the brain, is the single greatest cause of cognitive decline and dementia in the USA and it is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be over 13 million Alzheimer’s Disease patients in the USA. In addition to advancing age, genetics, hypertension, obesity, and the environment, type II diabetes and pre-diabetes […]

Encouraging women to take care of themselves


New legislation requires medical insurers to offer “free” services to an estimated 47 million insured US women These services are to be offered to female insurees free of deductibles and co-payments. The hope is that early detection or prevention can prevent more serious and expensive conditions and situations from developing, thus reducing overall medical expenses. An […]

X-rays and dental radiation


The journal Cancer reports that a meningioma, a type of brain tumor, is more more common if one has had certain dental x-rays. Meningioma is the most common type of tumor occurring in the head and the overall incidence of meningioma is over 200 percent higher in people who have had a exposure to bite-wing or “Panorex” […]

Intense sweetness surpasses cocaine reward

Are sugar substitutes the answer?

Most humans, including other mammals, find sugar sweetened soft and fruit juices intensely pleasurable.  “Rewarding” is the term used by researchers. It’s been suggested that sweetened foods and drinks may provide one of the most common and intense human pleasures. In observance of the frantic lifelong habitual consumption of sweets, which often eclipses caloric need by a factor […]

Head injuries contribute to NFL player’s death


National Football League (NFL) saftey, Ray Easterling recently intentionally ended his life.  Easterling was 62-years-old. He began showing symptoms of injury to his brain 20 years ago.  His symptoms included depression and insomnia. His head injury was thought to actually be a series of head injuries he sustained during his football career with the Atlanta […]

America’s trans-fat consumption decreases


A study financed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and carried out by scientists there and at the National Institutes of Health and reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association contains an article suggesting that America’s consumption of the processed food ingredient ‘trans-fat’ has decreased. A 58% decrease is noted between […]