September 2011 Entries

A Tiff with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Recently I wrote a column on hot dogs that are advertised as having no synthetic preservatives. The reference is to nitrites that are used to prevent botulism. I pointed out that these “natural” hot dogs actually use celery juice as a preservative because of its high nitrite content. In the column I also objected to a billboard funded by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that equated eating hot dogs to smoking cigarettes [To read more click on Title.]

Cranberries and Urinary Tract Infections

Mention cranberry juice and “urinary tract infection” springs to mind. Most women and many men are familiar with the frequent urination and accompanying burning sensation that signals a bacterial invasion of the urinary tract. Today antibiotics solve the problem, but what did people do before? “Flushing the system” seemed a logical approach. All sorts of beverages were tried, but by the mid-1800s books on folkloric medicine were suggesting the use of cranberry juice[To read more click on Title.]