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Autism and Gluten Free Casein Free Diets: The Latest Findings

30. July 2009

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Autism and Gluten Free Casein Free Diets: The Latest Findings

Monday, the Mayo Clinic published one of the first comprehensive examinations of autistic dietary patterns in the journal Pediatrics, finding that autistic children suffer from some but not all digestive maladies more than did their non-autistic counterparts over the study's 18 year examination. Pediatrics also published an equally compelling finding about the autoimmune disorder Celiac's disease (gluten allergy) and autism, confirming for the first time there is a strong correlation between the two often bewitching conditions. Both studies underscore the nature/nurture debate surrounding the still obscure causes of autism; is it merely a genetic disorder or a genetic predisposition pushed by environmental toxins? And what can dietary interventions, like the oft prescribed gluten-free casein-free diet, do for autistic children? (Image part of the outstanding series HUMaN BeING from flickr user alainelorza)

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Vitamin C the King of Antioxidants, 260 years later

23. July 2009

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Vitamin C the King of Antioxidants, 260 years later

From British Naval ships to 21st century micronutrient labs, the tale of Vitamin C is a long winding journey through scientific discovery and antioxidant sales pitches.

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Behavior Change and Brain Disease: Lessons from History

15. July 2009

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Behavior Change and Brain Disease: Lessons from History

How did our lives become 30 years longer? Modern medicine? The last time I checked, there still wasn't a magic pill (or assortment of pills, for that matter) that increased our life expectancy by that much. I believe that history has shown us that the 30-year addition to our lives is really due to an intense collaboration between the medical community that developed new drugs, and society, which improved health education, changed public health policy, and altered people's behaviors.

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JBS Swift Beef Recalls 400,000+ Pounds of Beef, E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 13 States

26. June 2009

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JBS Swift Beef Recalls 400,000+ Pounds of Beef, E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 13 States

JBS Swift has voluntarily recalled 42,000 pounds of beef packaged in late April from 13 states at the request of the USDA after fears of another e.coli 0157:H7 outbreak. This news comes only one week after last Friday's major Nestle E.coli 0157:H7 outbreak in cookie dough. The USDA has classified the outbreak as a 'Class I Recall' which is the highest level of severity their FSIS division applies to any recall. Follow the read link to get the whole story (thanks to JC Westbrook of Flickr for the nice shot).

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Nestle Cookie Dough Recall, Suspected E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 26+ States

19. June 2009

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Nestle Cookie Dough Recall, Suspected E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 26+ States

Nestle USA today tacitly confirmed in a press release early reports that Nestle Toll House brand raw cookie dough was giving many people E.coli 0157:H7 infections by voluntarily recalling their entire line of products. Early reports from Bill Marler, food safety litigator, and a press release from the state of Colorado gave indications that a current rash of E.coli 0157:H7 cases across the country were tied to eating raw cookie dough (but this has still not been confirmed). (Image provided by NestleUSA)

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Understanding Our Bodies: Leptin (The Fullness Hormone)

15. June 2009

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Understanding Our Bodies: Leptin (The Fullness Hormone)

Here is part one of a new series I call "Understanding Our Bodies" - nutrition based on how our bodies work. And to kick it off is a little explanation of the fullness hormone: Leptin.

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Swine Flu: Your Questions Answered

1. May 2009

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Swine Flu: Your Questions Answered

An email from a San Antonio "doctor who attended a CDC public health meeting" landed in our inbox this morning and - seeing as Texas and San Antonio are at the forefront of this - we thought we would share parts of it with you. We'll take you through some of the claims - and review the supplements suggested by the doctor.

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A Nutritional Defense Against Swine Flu (and other diseases)

29. April 2009

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A Nutritional Defense Against Swine Flu (and other diseases)

A doctor suggests that supplements can help fight swine flu and other similar types of pandemics. Here we provide an easy how-to guide on nutritional supplementation in the face of panic and disease.

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Food Safety – The US Policy Dimensions of HR 875 and HR 759

22. April 2009

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Food Safety – The US Policy Dimensions of HR 875 and HR 759

With the recent spat of recalls surrounding pistachios and peanut butter in the US, there has been a large response from the public to better safeguard the food supply. Here we review some of the options currently being discussed against the wisdom of some leading food safety professionals.

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The Best Nutrition to Beautify Your Skin

2. April 2009

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The Best Nutrition to Beautify Your Skin

So you want to look good without dousing your skin in all kinds of chemicals you can't pronounce? Scientists have spent a lot of time looking at how different foods and their nutritional components affect our skin. It turns out there are some compounds which are really good for our skin that we can add to our diets - and they tend to have other benefits, too, like improving the immune system or fighting cancer. Here are the big ones you should make sure you aren't lacking in... (picture from Flickr User: FranUlloa)

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