Diluting Honey with High Fructose Corn Syrup, Feeding Bees HFC Syrup, and other Atrocities

July 11, 2013

High fructose corn syrup, that sweet over-produced commodity of agribusinesses everywhere, has been linked in two miserable ways to bees and honey. The first discovery was made almost two years ago, and the second only 2 months ago. First, most of the “honey” available for purchase in supermarkets is not really honey, but instead an […]

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New Miracle Whip Ad Campaign is Offensive

June 24, 2013

I happened to see this Miracle Whip advertisement in a magazine left open by a patient in our waiting room, and I really found it offensive.  Let’s dissect the ways in which this advertisement sullies the notion of food, and examine how far the concept of Miracle Whip strays from real food that should be […]

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Walking for 15 Minutes After Meals Effective for Lowering Blood Sugar

June 13, 2013

It is well-known that exercise, even leisurely walking, improves blood sugar levels.  This is true for those with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes (also known as impaired fasting glucose), and for those whose blood sugars are in the normal range.  A recent small study suggests that 15 minutes of walking after meals may be superior to […]

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Off-Gassing Interiors of New Cars

June 4, 2013

As I shopped for a new car last year, I realized that my priorities were considered odd by most car salesmen. The three most important characteristics I desired in a new car were good gas mileage, good crash safety, and relatively low concentrations of “new car smells.” The often celebrated (but particularly noxious) “new car […]

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Radiation from CT Scans Increases Risk of Cancer in Young People

May 23, 2013

A new study published in the British Medical Journal highlights the importance of carefully choosing which children should receive diagnostic CT scans.  As a diagnostic test, CT scans utilize ionizing radiation that can cause cellular DNA damage, increasing the risk of cancer.  Children who received a CT scan were 25% more likely to develop a […]

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Is Guar Gum Bad For you?

April 25, 2013

It is increasingly difficult to find real ice cream.  When reading the ingredient list it is discouraging how many cheap fillers, consistency modifiers, and shelf life extenders are included.  One ingredient, namely guar gum, seems fairly ubiquitous.  So what is guar gum, and why is it found in so many products including ice cream?  Is […]

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The Health Risks of Grilling on Aluminum Foil

April 11, 2013

As the weather heats up, and the allure of grilling returns, it is important to consider some of the potential health risks. One of the great joys of my life is “manning” the grill – beer in hand, wafting smoke rising through the air, a delicious anticipation building. It seems worth the risk of consuming […]

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The Green Examining Room Conceptualized

March 31, 2013

The Green Examining Room will soon be written. I hope to make this a sincere, trustworthy, and helpful source of information at the intersection of health and environmentalism. The guiding principles and objectives should be: 1) To preserve a skepticism about products that claim to be green, natural, or organic, but nonetheless to review and […]

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