Monday, October 29, 2012 #

Superfoods and Superhype

The term “Superfood” has become part of our vocabulary. Such foods are the supposed antitheses of “junk foods” with the implication that if we gorge on them we can delay our earthly departure. The label “superfood” is usually backed by reference to some research that has little bearing on human consumption. There may have been something interesting noted in a laboratory experiment or in some animal feeding study in which rodents consumed... [To read more click on Title.]

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Thursday, October 04, 2012 #

Many Scientists Smell a Rat in French GMO Rat Study

A recent French study that purports to show a link between the consumption of genetically modified corn and a variety of ailments, including cancer, was just the tasty morsel that critics of genetically modified foods (GMOs) hungered for. For many scientists, however, the study proved to be a source of indigestion. To be sure, GMOs are a hot button issue, especially with the looming prospect of California’s Proposition 37 that would require labeling of foods [To read more click on Title.]

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Saturday, July 07, 2012 #

From Twitching Worms to Nonbrowning Apples

The tiny worm’s twitch was hardly noticeable, but with that slight shudder science took a giant leap! A leap big enough to lead to a Nobel Prize that would pave the way to apples that will not brown, onions that will not make you cry, cotton seeds that you can eat and diseases that you can treat. [To read more click on Title.]

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 #

Vitamin D and Calcium Conundrum

Vitamin D and calcium are unquestionably related. The vitamin is required for the absorption of calcium from the digestive tract. But they are related in another way as well. There is great confusion about whether to take supplements of either,and if so, how much. Calcium is the one of greater concern because of a possible link between supplements and heart attacks. With vitamin D, risks are minimal, it is more a question of whether supplements are needed. [To read more click on Title.]

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012 #

Answer to a Homeopath's Criticism

Recently I was treated to a rambling, disjointed letter from Mme Ginette Beaulieu, President of the “Syndicat professionnel des homeopathes du Quebec” in response to my series of columns on homeopathy in the Montreal Gazette. I will ascribe the undignified and slanderous nature of the letter to the writer’s lack of familiarity with academic and professional demeanor and will overlook the crude attempt at personal defamation. [To read more click on Title.]

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Homeopathy - Delusion through Dilution

Homeopathic products. They are safe enough, no doubt about that. Millions of people around the world swear by them. No doubt about that either. Furthermore, their label features the term “DIN-HM,” designating approval by Health Canada. So why then do I and my colleagues at the McGill Office for Science and Society support a class action lawsuit launched against Boiron Laboratories and Shoppers Drug Mart for marketing Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic medication [To read more click on Title.]

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Monday, May 14, 2012 #

Arthritis: Profiteering from Pain

According to the magazine article, Lucy was forty-eight when the pain of rheumatoid arthritis struck. She didn’t take it lying down. The usual regimen of non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs, cortisone and methotrexate provided temporary relief but the side effects were bothersome. So she decided to go the “alternative” route. Whole hog. The first practitioner she saw told her to cut that out. The hog that is. [To read more click on Title.]

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Sunday, April 22, 2012 #

The American Greenback

The American “greenback,” probably the most famous paper currency in the world, owes its vibrant hue to a Canadian discovery. The “green” is chromium oxide, a refined version of chromite, a naturally occurring ore in the Earth’s crust. This ore is also the source of chromium metal which is produced by heating the ore in the presence of silicon and aluminum. The metal derives its name from the Greek “chroma” meaning colour [To read more click on Title.]

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Thursday, March 15, 2012 #

Goat Poop in Your Hair?

Now that we’ve got your attention, let’s talk about argan oil. Don’t worry, we will get around to the poop. Surely you’ve heard of corn oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil and canola oil. But unless you’re familiar with Moroccan traditions, or are in the habit of frequenting trendy hair salons, chances are that argan oil has escaped your attention. So what is this oil that most people have never heard of? [To read more click on Title.]

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Friday, February 24, 2012 #

Endocrine Disruptors Everywhere

“Does not contain” has become a prime advertising slogan. “No cholesterol.” “No saturated fat.” “No sugar.” “No salt.” “No nitrites.” “No MSG.” “No GMOs.” And the ultimately absurd, “no chemicals.” Within the last few years another “no” has joined the alliance. “No BPA.” Most people would be hard pressed to identify what the letters stand for [To read more click on Title.]

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