Tag Archive for diet

Asparagus watergate

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News Driblet: Has Whole Foods become “a bizarre religious cult”? Whole Foods tried to sell Los Angelenos actual asparagus in a bottle of water—for $6 Source: Asparagus water: This week’s overpriced yuppie Whole Foods diet trend garbage – Salon.com Yuck. The product has been removed. Tip: Bob M.

Gibson’s untrue claims about cancer could have killed people

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Last Spring, it was revealed by Australian media that Belle Gibson’s story about cancer recovery through diet and alternative lifestyle was a hoax. The celebrity author’s publisher Penguin admitted it did not fact check her claims about being diagnosed with terminal malignant brain cancer in 2009 and then having a seemingly miraculous recovery by rejecting conventional medicine.…

New study from tainted author with conflicting interests on GMOs

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Back in September of 2012, French scientists led by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said that they did a study that showed rats fed on a diet containing a Roundup-resistant maize variety or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet. The study…

Faked cancer or misdiagnosed? Book and app sales are on the line. (UPDATE: LIAR)

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Belle Gibson admits she lied about having cancer. She’s a very troubled person. It’s speculated she may suffer from a psychological disorder such as Munchausen syndrome where she fakes illness to get attention. Belle Gibson: ‘No, None of it is true’. “I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it,…

FTC sprinkles refund checks on diet supplement consumers

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As previously covered on Doubtful News, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cracked down on Sensa Products for deceptive practices associated with it’s sprinkle-on powder allowing weight loss without diet changes or exercise. This week, consumers are seeing refund checks resulting from the settlement. Bought Sensa? You might soon get a refund check (CBS News):…

Don’t freak out over eating rice

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Consumer Reports has issued a new report on arsenic content in rice. As this is being picked up by the mainstream media, as usual, it’s framed in such a way that may cause people (like those who just read the headlines) to shy away from rice and rice products. Is there a need to avoid…

Half-baked ideas about diet, autism and fluoride in Australia

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If you don’t know who “celebrity chef” Pete Evans is, you’re probably not Australian – or you missed several years of TV shows involving food judging, food eating, more food judging and eventually judging of what the audience considers nutrition by one of the judges. To be honest, you didn’t miss much; these shows all…

It’s probably not the evil gluten

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More evidence that self-diagnosed gluten sensitivity is bogus. Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Now Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn’t Exist. In one of the best examples of science working, a researcher who provided key evidence of (non-celiac disease) gluten sensitivity recently published follow-up papers that show the opposite. The study was…

The “great” and “doctorful” Oz admits he doesn’t have miracle solutions

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No kidding! This truly is great. I wish I’d seen it. But Consumerist has an excellent summary that sounds like when Dr. Oz went to Congress he got more trouble than he bargained for. McCaskill deserves applause. Dr. Oz Grilled By Senator Over “Miracle” Weight-Loss Claims – Consumerist. Since he started appearing on pal Oprah…

Before and after pics are less than truthful

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In the category of Quelle Surprise… extreme photos are not as they seem. Dieters beware: Those before-and-after weight-loss photos aren’t always legit. Many weight-loss ads draw you in with dramatic “before-and-after photos” of real people. But the truth behind some of those ads is surprising. One such ad, for Wu-Yi Source Tea, claimed to promote…

Oreo-cocaine addiction scenario is overblown

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Media went to the dark side on this one, they had cookies. Oreos As Addictive as Cocaine? Not So Fast | LiveScience. Oreos as addictive as cocaine? A new study purports to draw a link, but don’t check into a treatment center for your Double Stuf addiction just yet. Following a Connecticut College press release…

Raw meat diet is rare

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Warning: This link contains some rather distasteful imagery. I’m OK with raw meat but this goes WAY too far. This Guy’s Eaten Nothing but Raw Meat for Five Years | VICE Canada. After feeling poorly on other diets, Derek Nance gives this unconventional diet a try. VICE: Hi, Derek. Can you tell me more about…

The gluten overreaction

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This seems more complicated than “I’m allergic to wheat products”. Doctors Say Changes In Wheat Do Not Explain Rise Of Celiac Disease : The Salt : NPR. Gluten-free diets are all the rage, now a best-selling book is helping raise the interest. A cardiologist has authored a book saying “Wheat is the most destructive thing…

Detox days of wine and horses

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Woo hoo – every story that contains the word “detox” is bound to be chock-full of nonsense. This is no exception. A red wine detox holiday in France | Travel | The Guardian. Margaretha is a doctor but decided several years ago to concentrate on health rather than sickness. She’s an expert in motivational hypnotherapy…

The virility diet is a bit floppy

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A virtual smorgasbord of questionable claims. The virility diet | Fox News. Originally posted in Details. Some of these diet fads seem like they just won’t die. This virility diet contains most of the tired, recycled and disproved claims one finds about antioxidants, dark chocolate, red wine, but repackaged into a virility context. Previously covered by…

‘It’s All Woo’ cookbook

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Somehow, I’m doubtful these gluten-free, sugar-free, fun-free recipes are any “good”. ‘It’s All Good’? Actually, Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook borders on quack science – Science-ish – Macleans.ca. Today marks the release of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Good. Already, this latest offering from the Oscar-winner has been lambasted south of the border for its…