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March 19, 2015

Step Into a Sugar-Free Life with Stevia

We get it – sugar is bad for us. But going to work and finding a big bowl of chocolates in the lobby and coming home to find your daughter is selling Girl Scouts cookies, really doesn’t help. At all.

Giving up sugar is tough, but there is a natural sweetener out there that you can use to help you along in the withdrawal process – so to speak.

Donna Gates, an expert in digestive health, diet and nutrition and co-author of The Stevia Cookbook: Cooking with Nature’s Calorie-Free Sweetener, suggests stevia. Gates introduced the natural sweetener to the United States in 1994.

Derived from a plant (Stevia rebaudiana), stevia has had a controversial history. The [...]

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March 9, 2015

How Do We Deal With the Increasing Threat of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria?

We’ve heard it before, antibiotics can potentially do more harm than good, but the evidence just keeps piling up.

Research from Oregon State University has shown that antibiotics affect microorganisms living in an animal’s gut in more ways than previously thought. It’s been long established that antibiotics disrupt the natural order of microbiota in the gastrointestinal system, but the extent of which hadn’t been closely looked at.

This new research shows that regular and overuse of antibiotics can have unwanted effects on gut microorganisms and also on everything from the immune system to food absorption. It is being linked to things like obesity, depression and [...]

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March 3, 2015

Commentary: New Study Shows E-Cigs Are In Need of Some Oversight

In a study reported on March 2 by The Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics, underage children were able to purchase electronic cigarettes online with an astounding 93.7 percent success rate.

The minors, aged 14 to 17, made supervised attempts at purchasing “e-cigs” at the University of North Carolina, where the study was held. The delivery companies made no attempt to verify age, and 95 percent of the packages were left at the door. None of the companies complied with North Carolina’s age verification law for online cigarette sales.

As the electronic cigarette industry continues to grow without significant regulation – it’s now a $2 billion per year [...]

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March 2, 2015

Activism: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommends Less Meat Consumption for Americans

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made some strong recommendations to the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in its latest report.

The committee meets once every five years to provide the latest scientific research and data on diet, health and nutrition to help inform the federal government. The information is provided to assist the government in making science-backed decisions on national nutritional policy, which affects things such as children’s school lunches. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines provided by the HHS and USDA are due later this year.

The work of the committee was based on two [...]

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