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.

Tennis champion pushes quacky diet test in Yahoo Health story

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Novak Djokovic, the number-one ranked tennis player in the world defeated Roger Federer in an epic Wimbledon final on Sunday — but he nearly didn’t get there at all. A diet change made it possible. Source: Wimbledon Winner Novak  Djokovic’s Diet Secret for Success Any skeptical person worth a salt will recognize and laugh at…

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…

New York Post peddling diet cure for autism

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The NY Post featured this misleading headline: The miracle that cured my son’s autism was in our kitchen. What a pile of BS. Susan Levin’s son Ben was diagnosed with autism. She has now written a book that apparently credits an organic, gluten- and casein-free diet as a way to treat the symptoms of autism and…

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…

Alicia Silverstone – Clueless about children’s health

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Just when we manage to get Jenny to see the light and dial back on health advice, here comes her successor. Alicia Silverstone’s Son Has ‘Never Had a Drop of Medicine’ – ABC News. Alicia Silverstone has long been a proponent of attachment parenting. Now, she has written a book about it. In “The Kind…

One parent claims MSG causes autism. It makes the news.

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It’s disturbing that this is news. It’s one person’s story but too many will believe it with NO critical thinking. There is no basis for it to be an accurate claim at all. Chemist claims she reversed daughter’s autism A Bay Area biochemist thinks she’s found a sort of autism smoking gun: monosodium glutamate, or…

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…

Extreme vegetarianism results in infant death

Mrs. and Mr. Kunene who are charged with manslaughter of their 5 month old baby. Photo credit: Central News

Religion-based diets are most likely NOT balanced or healthy. This is a crime and should be treated as such. We are not ignorant about child care and this is child abuse. Baby dies of rickets from vegetarian mother. A five-month-old baby has died from rickets after his parents insisted on following a strict eating regime…

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

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…

Tapeworm diet raises its ugly head in Iowa

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This is not for those who get queasy over parasites. Turns out, tapeworms are not a medically advised weight-loss tool | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs. File this under Advice That Should Be Obvious: Ingesting a live tapeworm is not the best way to lose weight. Somewhere in Iowa recently, a patient told her doctor…

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…

Sleep away the feelings of hunger

No, you can’t sleep off the weight but at least you forget how hungry you are for 8 hours. ‘Overnight Diet’ Promises Weight Loss While You Sleep – ABC News. Amy Frankel wanted to lose weight, so she tried the Overnight Diet, a new rapid weight-loss plan that claims you can actually lose weight while…

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…

Squeezing the questionable claims out of juicing

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The claims of the author about the power of juicing reach a little too far in this article. Miracle Juice I know a lot of juiceheads. All over my social circles, people are talking about getting fit by juicing … thankfully, not the kind of juicing that gives you unwanted body hair and Hulk-like neck…

‘It’s All Woo’ cookbook

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…

Alt med and chemophobia criticized in Slate

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A very popular article circulated in New York Times magazine last week. This is a response to that piece. Curing chemophobia: Don’t buy the alternative medicine in “The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints.” – Slate Magazine. In “The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints,” Meadows writes that Shepherd’s arthritis spiraled out of…