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National Healthy Moms Health Babies Coalition issued a statement that women who are pregnant (or breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant, or not trying but might be anyway, or dreaming about being pregnant, or know someone who’s dreaming about…) should eat at least 12 oz of fish per week (all types including the mercury heavy…

That hed refers both to the fact that I promised to post on this last week and didn’t as well as the fact that there have been way too few studies of Thimerosal given it’s controversial status. you have probably all heard about the study. If fact, go over to Respectful Insolence and read all…

Sounds like the hed from The Onion, right? Sadly, it’s not. Go watch the NYTimes video (A consumer alerts the world). He started the whole toothpaste concerns a while back. What inside track did that guy use? He read the ingredients. Now I know that I’m thinking way into the future but go with me…

It’s nice to a see a good study every once in a while and after about 30 years of debating whether preservatives cause hyperactivity/attention deficit. I can’t go into all the studies that have been done because there are too many. Suffice it to say that the methodologies were always lacking, and the results uneven…

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine ($ required) was published this week that found that from 1998 to 2005, adverse drug reactions increased 2.6 times (89,842 in 2005) while the number of scripts written only went up 0.65 times (65%). Fatal events increased 2.7 times. The real interesting things about the study were…

It must have been a slow news day over at MSN because they headlined a story that was pegged to a study published in 2005 (as far as I can tell). Anyway, the point of the article was that air fresheners aren’t good for you. Hopefully this isn’t a revelation for anyone (You mean that…

Recycled: Obliterating your lungs

A man who eats a lot of popcorn (2 bags a day) has been diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans (via NYTimes). The fact that diacetyl is still used is rediculous so I re-posted the popcorn/obliterated lung piece. What is interesting about this is that we’ve all known for a long time that this is harmful for…

Tea: “I’m a poser”

Well, we’ve gone over why tea supplements aren’t a good idea, but the question of chemoprevention by drinking tea is still up in the air. I thought it would be interesting to lay out what’s been done. Let’s start with the basics: How would tea inhibit carcinogensis? No idea. There are dozens of ways in…

FDA proposes new sunscreen rule

Yesterday FDA proposed a new sunscreen rule that did two things. 1) It set out rules for measuring UVA protection (currently SPF only measures UVB protection. UVB causes burns but UVA is a greater risk for skin cancer). Finally! The new system will give you SPF for UVB (now up to 50+, as far as…

Question from LindaW: What’s up with bioidentical hormones? Is it okay to take them? Bioidentical progesterone is a joke. Don’t even think about buying it. Then, consult your doctor with your health concerns. Bioidentical progesterone is sold on numerous web pages after having been popularized by John Lee and now Joseph Mercola (and by findings…