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The Case for Calling the Dietary Guidelines What They Really Are

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Call me crazy. Or Ishmael, for that matter. I think "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" should be something vaguely like, well, oh I don't know, maybe: guidelines for Americans. About how to eat well. What does "dietary guidelines" make you think? Doesn't it sound an awful lot like: guidelines for people's diets? Doesn't that, in turn, sound quite a

Fast Eater? 7 Tips on How to Slow Down These Holidays

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There's really no reason to rush through something as pleasurable as eating. They say it takes 20 minutes for our brain to register satiety. Competitive eaters race to beat the clock and their body's warnings of satiety, but for the rest of us, the you've-had-enough signal is a caring friend, trying to save us from ourselves.Current trends are movi

How Edward Norton, Humans of New York, and craigconnects are Supporting Syrian Refugees

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Folks, I know many of you follow Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York (HONY) initiative. Brandon returned from a trip to Jordan and Turkey, where he interviewed twelve Syrian families that will be living in the U.S. These families have been through a lot of hardship. Since Friday night my team and I have been working with Crowdrise to raise money t

A Proposed Sea Change in Medical School Admissions: Humanism Was Lost With the Rise of Technology, But It's Time to Get It Back

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It's that time of year when future doctors are applying to medical schools. More than ever, the prevailing wisdom of selecting students from the top of their classes, with the best scholastic grades and highest standardized test scores, is being challenged. But the public cry for more humanistic and compassionate care is lost when admissions commit

Climate Change This Week: Breaking Clean Energy Barriers, A Hot Year, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Forests Store Both Carbon and Biodiversity like this Asian cup moth caterpillar. Source flickriver.com When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.OO US Forests Will Store Less Carbon As Growth Is Cancelled By Losses due to pests, wildfires and dro

Climate Change This Week: One Degree Closer to Catastrophe, the Clean Surge, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Way Cool! Nematocampa Forest Caterpillar Shoots Out Tentacles when disturbed by sound - this one recently discovered in the Peruvian Amazon, but this type of caterpillar also occurs in North America. When we threaten forests, we threaten ourselves.OO Deforestation Threatens Ov

Sleeping Giants

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In 2005, the U.S. Olympic Committee, in consultation with sleep expert Mark Rosekind, upgraded the rooms at its Colorado Springs training center. The renovation consisted of better mattresses, blackout curtains, and encouragement for the athletes to aim for nine or ten hours of sleep. And many have taken the advice to heart. 'Sleep is huge in my sp

Junk Food: From Confusion to Clear and Simple Truth

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I was somewhat startled, and quite concerned, to learn directly from the source while sipping coffee together, that my wife was confused by the latest study on junk food, generating headlines such as: "Junk Food Not to Blame for America's Obesity Epidemic." I was startled because my wife, an expert cook and mother of 5, has become very knowledgeabl

Day 1 Faith and Science Series Part 7: Numbering Our Days -- Dr. Tom Long on Life and Death

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"Teach us to number our days," prays the psalmist in Psalm 90, "that we may gain a wise heart." But what does it mean "to number our days"? And how do we do that wisely in this age of medical science?Those are questions addressed in this week's Day1 radio program--the 7th in our "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series. The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. L

Who Is WHO kidding? An Analysis of the Silliness in the Press Over the Recent Warnings About Eating Meat

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"Food anxiety will probably kill you faster than anything you can eat." MeatheadOn October 26, 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that processed meat was to be classified as Group 1, "carcinogenic to humans", and red meat was classified as Group 2A, "probably carcinogenic to humans".The report is problematic and extensive mainstream

The Great British Sleep Survey

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As the Great British Sleep Survey found, poor sleepers are seven times more likely to feel helpless and five times more likely to feel alone. These are consequences that can impact everything from our relationships and our ability to focus to our health. -- Arianna Huffington, ThriveThe survey also found that the top five physical factors that affe

Transhumanism Political Party Reaches First Birthday

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Transhumanist Party Rally in San Francisco -- Photo by Lisa MemmelOn October 7th, 2015, the Transhumanist Party reached its first birthday. Started as way to introduce forward thinking and futurist politics into government, the party has caught on around the world and now has over a dozen national parties. The motto of the Transhumanist Party in A

Milking Dietary Discord: Who Holds the Bucket?

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There is a famous, precautionary canard about surrendering oneself to the tender mercies of lawyers. I am using it here as an illustration- no offense intended to any lawyers who happen by! As two people lay hold to either end of a cow, contending she is theirs, and pull in opposing directions- the lawyer milks the cow, and leaves the on-going stru

Outrage of the Month: Editors of Prestigious Journal Sacrifice Standards to Defend an Unethical Clinical Trial

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Read more in Public Citizen's October Health LetterSince its founding in 1812, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has established itself as one of the premier medical journals in the world. It earned that reputation through consistent adherence to the highest standards of accuracy, scientific integrity and editorial review.Recently, however

Breast Cancer Screening: of Chances, and Choices

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A sardonic insight by Bertrand Russell deftly, if disturbingly, conveys much of what is wrong in the realm of modern health promotion, particularly where diet is concerned: "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Ordinarily, I would follow the ramificatio

Climate Change This Week: Drought Refugees, Solar Keeps Surging, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful Tropical Gem - toucans live in tropical forests, and will disappear with them. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Earth To Lose An India-Sized Chunk Of Its Tropical Forests By 2050 - new research suggests that tropical forests may be disappearing even faster than we

Healing, and Human Touch

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Early this summer, I spent several days in a hospital bed, tethered to an IV, with what proved in retrospect to be anaplasmosis (a nasty bit of tick-borne business), complicated by viral meningitis. The latter was likely due to the immunosuppression of the primary infection. It was all rather unpleasant.Among other things, I had a constant, moderat

Climate Change This Week: Choking Trees, Clean Energy Jaggernaut, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Flying frogs glide through dark Asian rainforests. Source www.factzoo.com The clouded leopard is an inhabitant of Cambodian forests, which are being destroyed for timber, at an alarming rate. Source www.animalspot.netForests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Alarm Over 'Timber Grab'

Climate Change This Week: Hillary's Climate Action Plan, A Wind Power Sheet, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Forests Disappear, So Do Beautiful Insects. Pinterest.comForests: the cheapest way to store carbon* * In June, Earth smashed warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year. OO First Half Of 2015 Was Hottest Ever Recorded - feel the heat yet? * * OO

Disconnected in an Overconnected World (Part 3)

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Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D Jay Kumar, Ph.D.Your brain craves more downtime! We all know the benefits of what a relaxing summer vacation can do to recharge our batteries. But, what if getting in more regular afternoon naps, a quick walk around the block, playing Frisbee with a friend, or a midday meditation can also help you to increase attention, boost

WATCH: 3 Ways Sunshine Makes You Happy and Healthy

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We all feel a little happier on a sunny day or riding in a car with the windows down. Sometimes the most calming place to be is sitting on the beach listening to the sound of the waves crash on the beach. Have you ever wondered why these small pleasures have such a positive impact on our lives? Check out the premier episode of the "Science Behind H

The Invisible World Responsible for More Than We Think

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Our bodies contain more bacteria than they do cells, about 100 trillion give or take. The amount of bacteria in our bodies outnumber our human cells by 10 to 1. New research on the human micro biome is providing stark evidence that we've been disregarding the importance of this invisible life force. Rampant overuse of antibiotics, a high precedence

What Science Now Knows About Every Dream State

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While dreams are singular to the dreamer, the act of dreaming itself is universal. But does the experience vary based on the time we have it? And are the visions that occur when we're daydreaming different than those that occur at night or when we're napping?Scientists are beginning to grasp the various styles of dream narratives. More specifica

Researchers Discover A Protein-Packed Superfood That Tastes Just Like Bacon

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Now this is a superfood: Researchers from Oregon State University have reportedly created and patented a new strain of nutrient-rich seaweed that tastes like everyone's favorite fetishized breakfast meat.Researcher Chris Langdon cooked up the new savory strain of dulse, a red marine algae grows off the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines in OSU's Hat

Climate Change This Week: The Seafood Connection, Super Solar Chip, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Macaws are just a few of the colorful unique birds found in Brazilian forests. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Brazil Announces Massive Reforestation and Renewable Energy Plan With U.S. - with both countries agreeing to obtain up to 20% of their electricity from renewable

Eating in Echo Chambers

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In Going to Extremes, Cass Sunstein explores and characterizes the process that can lead to religious fundamentalism, internecine hatreds, jihad, and suicide terrorism. The essential ingredient is an echo chamber, a place where the opinion to which you are natively inclined, for whatever reasons, is reflected back at you by others who share it.The

Climate Change This Week: The Extreme Weather Connection, Another Solar Breakthrough, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: where people moved government to act on climate. Source www.infohostels.comOO Netherlands: For First Time, A Court Orders A Government To Act On Global Warming * *Moore, OK, the day after a huge tornado demolished it. Credit Major Jon Quinlan/defenseimage

Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly ajorbahman.blogspot.com Forests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Peru: New Reserve Will Protect Nearly A Million Acres Of Pristine Forest * * A Preview of the Paris Talks? Credit Ed Stein, 2009.OO The World Is Of

ICYMI: The Science Behind Why We Watch Cat Videos And An Argument For Sleeping Alone

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ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we took a close look at the inner workings of the brain. We validated our cat video-watching habit (which apparently makes us more productive employees), and learned that our on-again, off-again book club membership helps our self-esteem. We cringed as we thought about our 16-year-old s

Are We Eating Our Veggies Yet?

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We're advised again and again to eat more veggies -- at least 2.5 cups of them each day, preferably much more.A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that American farmers are doing their bit, and have grown 5 percent more veggies in the past year, that, despite the drought, floods and all. But Americans aren't eating more

Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. In a 192-page paper Pope Francis lays out the argument for a new partnership between science and religion. Source the Daily ClimateOO Encyclical Reveals Pope's Deep Dive Into Climate Science @@ Rick Santorum's "Pick N Choose" Faith: Argues With Pope on Climate Change - saying we shou

Mary Ellen Harte: Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking abov
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