More Reasons to Get a (Vitamin) D in Nutrition

A few months ago we talked about how Vitamin D affects our health in so many ways—and how the many problems a D deficiency can cause or exacerbate. And the list goes on… Researchers from Salvador, Brazil found that “Vitamin D deficiency is associated with risk for a first cardiovascular event in the general population.” [...]

Leanwashing: Healthy food myths, the jellybean rule, and more

We’ve all seen the commercials: Athletic shoes that tone your butt, junk food that’s billed as “whole grain” or “contains more calcium than a glass of milk,” diet systems that promise you an athlete’s body by just popping a few pills. The list goes on and on. And people keep snapping up these and other products looking for a quick fix. If you had just landed on Earth from another planet and all you had to go on was advertising, you’d think that we were the fittest, healthiest people in the Universe. But as we all know, we may very well be the unhealthiest and unfitteset people in the Universe.

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What’s lurking in your medicine cabinet?

Remember, this week is National Poison Prevention Week. There’s a theme for each day and today’s is accidental poisonings. The data is pretty scary—the number of accidental medication poisonings has doubled over the past 30 years or so, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. The good news is that the number of deaths has dropped by 50 percent over the same time period. In the U.S. 165 kids end up in the emergency room every day because of these poisonings which, by the way, aren’t limited to medication—kids can get extremely sick from OD-ing on vitamins. Safe Kids has some excellent tips.
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