Archive | August, 2009

Plastic Troubles: Phthalates and Plasticizers

31. August 2009

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Plastic Troubles: Phthalates and Plasticizers

Plastic is a buzzword lately but mostly for the wrong reasons. Medical studies have lined up against the ubiquitous substance and the seas have filled with the jetsam and flotsam of our plastic society. Yet, if there was one compound responsible for this situation more than any other, phthalates might just wear the crown. Photo by adriagarcia on flickr.

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Book Review: Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

26. August 2009

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Book Review: Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

Upon searching for research for my last article about the social aspects of eating, I stumbled upon a book with a very intriguing title. It's called "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think", and is written by a nutritional scientist by the name of Brian Wansink. In one word: whoa. This book is simply great.

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Plastic Troubles: Bisphenol A

21. August 2009

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Plastic Troubles: Bisphenol A

From grocery bags to drinking bottles, IV bags to the teflon on non-stick pans, plastics really do make everything possible. They're incredibly versatile: the final product can very in hardness, be shaped in almost any way imaginable, and is chemically inert, all for a bargain basement price. Really, it's a magical substance. Unfortunately, the very properties which make it so useful in so many industries are the same properties which make it one of the worst physical pollutant in the world.T hanks to flickr user billaday for the cool shot.

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Major Issue Series: Plastic Trouble

19. August 2009

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Major Issue Series: Plastic Trouble

Nutrition Wonderland is launching a new little mini-series about the world of plastics we are calling 'Plastic Troubles'. And trouble there is. From environmental degradation to an ever growing assortment health problems, plastics keep creeping into the health equation. Emerging theories on the subject suggest that plastics may play a central role in a variety of obscure health problems including autoimmune disorders, cancer and endocrine dysfunction. We will explain the health dimension of the most dangerous chemicals, how they came to be in our everyday environments and alternative ways to deal with their presence. Tomorrow, we will publish the first installment covering bisphenol a.

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The Social Side of Eating

17. August 2009

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The Social Side of Eating

Much of nutrition focuses on the individual. You are responsible for picking the right foods, eating healthy, exercising, and doing what's best for your body. Nutrition consultations are one-on-one, focused on the single person's dietary needs and deficiencies. And that's great - if you're single, have no friends, and live and work by yourself. But the truth is most of us are a part of a larger network of people, whether it be because we're married, work in a large office, or have a tight-knit group of friends. Who we eat with, as it turns out, has a big impact on what we eat. To ignore this influence when thinking about diets and food is a recipe for disaster.

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Turmeric and Curcumin Show Major Health Benefits

13. August 2009

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Turmeric and Curcumin Show Major Health Benefits

July was a big month for the herb tumeric, as a host of different studies and articles were published linking the bright yellow flavonoid found in the herb called curcumin to pain relief, protection against Alzheimer's and lowered risk of breast cancer. This new information adds to mounting evidence of the powerful role this herb can play as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. Image thanks to _william @ flickr.

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Nutrition Wonderland’s 2009 Tour of America

11. August 2009

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Nutrition Wonderland’s 2009 Tour of America

Nutrition Wonderland is taking to the road this Fall to cover the newest developments in the worlds of integrative medicine, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. We are beginning our survey out in Los Angeles on the West Coast in late September and continue across the United States' desert southwest into Texas by early October, up through America's breadbasket in the Great Plains in time for Halloween, examine the hotbed of organic agriculture in the upper Midwest and then head back towards the East Coast and Washington, DC by mid-late November. We should cover roughly 4,000 miles (6K/km) and talk with numerous people and organizations at the forefront of the radical changes going on in medicine and agriculture. If you follow our coverage the whole way, you will begin to see the synergies between the fields and the new way forward they are lighting.

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New Study Connects Leptin to Dopamine

10. August 2009

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New Study Connects Leptin to Dopamine

As I've been writing the "Understanding Our Bodies: The Physiology of Nutrition" series, I've tried to explain how the various chemical systems in our bodies relate to how and what we eat. For example, two of the biggest hormones that affect our eating habits - Leptin, the fullness hormone, and Dopamine, the brain's reward hormone - seem to have very different and unrelated effects on our bodies. But every day science is discovering just how interwoven and related our bodies different systems are. Just this week, for example, after explaining everything I could find about how dopamine relates to eating, scientists from the University of Michigan have discovered a new way that leptin regulates dopamine levels.

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