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Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

Published: July 30, 2011

We’ve all been there. You are having dinner with a friend, engaged in what you feel is a compelling conversation. You feel the vibration on the table as your friend’s phone receives a text. Without a second thought she picks up the phone mid sentence, and furtively glances at it while pretending to stow it away. As the conversation goes on, you read more »

We’re All Mentally Ill, As Some Would Have It

Published: July 19, 2011

Lets talk about how were all mentally ill, as some would have it. I was intrigued by a review in New Scientist Magazine of the book Over Diagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health. The authors of this book make note of a new epidemic sweeping our nation, an epidemic of diagnosis. People don’t just have diseases these days, they have “pre-diseases;” read more »

The Link Between Bacteria and Weight Gain

Published: July 11, 2011

Recent research is revealing what complex creatures you and I are. If you count the number of cells which we consist of, then “we” are 90% foreign bacteria. If you tally it by weight these tiny living things are, in the aggregate, are still a presence. Perhaps 3 pounds of our total weight are bacteria, mostly living in our guts. Despite nearly different read more »

You May Be Born 100% Human, But You Will Die 90% Microbial

Published: July 6, 2011

Although we are trained to think of “germs” as bad things, it turns out that they are rather beneficial. Researchers are just starting to learn just HOW helpful bacteria really are. As it turns out, we could scarcely live without them, as outlined in the New Scientist article, “I Am Legion.” The average person is composed of about 10 trillion read more »

A Cancer Cure That Kills

Published: June 29, 2011

From snake oil to stem cells, charlatans and hucksters have and always will work diligently to separate people from their money no matter the damage caused. My last blog highlighted what I think to be the most outrageous pseudoscientific alternative treatment in use today, homeopathy. I would call the work of homeopaths laughable if not for the success read more »

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