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  • Ben 8:21 am on 5/23/2018 Permalink  

    FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress… 

    FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public

  • Ben 7:12 am on 5/17/2018 Permalink  

    Joel Kahn: Eggxitement About Eggs is Overstated: Health Warnings to Heed

  • Ben 3:29 pm on 4/2/2018 Permalink  

    Wired: RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback

  • Ben 12:15 pm on 10/26/2017 Permalink  

    Dairy Is Bad for Humans, Cows and the Planet: So Why Are Public Schools Required to Offer Milk With Every Meal? 

    It’s time to stop lining the pockets of the dairy industry at the expense of our children’s health. For all the government’s work to ensure that children are drinking more milk, where is the focus on ensuring that they eat enough fruits and vegetables—which actually do have protective effects against heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions? Most American children get only about a serving of vegetables and a serving of fruit per day, which are squeezed into their lunches by counting pizza and French fries as vegetables.

  • Ben 12:01 pm on 6/19/2017 Permalink  

    Long term gluten consumption in adults without celiac disease and risk of coronary heart disease: prospective cohort study 

    Conclusion: Long term dietary intake of gluten was not associated with risk of coronary heart disease. However, the avoidance of gluten may result in reduced consumption of beneficial whole grains, which may affect cardiovascular risk. The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged.


  • Ben 9:05 am on 9/14/2016 Permalink  

    The Truth About Saturated Fat 

    There is more than one way to eat badly – and we seem dedicated to exploring them all. That’s tragic because the fundamentals of a genuinely healthful diet are clear, supported by vast and diverse evidence and a matter of global consensus. 


  • Ben 1:31 pm on 7/20/2016 Permalink  

    How the Government Supports Your Junk Food Habit 

    According to the Government Accountability Office, small “specialty” farms represent three-quarters of the country’s cropland but receive just 14 percent of government subsidies. Large agribusinesses that specialize in growing the major commodity crops represent 7 percent of the cropland and receive about half of all subsidies.

    Previous versions of the farm bill even stipulated that farmers who took subsidies for commodity crops could not grow fruits and vegetables. If they did, they were penalized, said Caroline Franck, the co-author of a 2012 report in the Archives of Internal Medicine that explored the role of agricultural subsidies in obesity.


  • Ben 1:30 pm on 7/20/2016 Permalink  

    A Systematic Review of the Energy Cost and Metabolic Intensity of Yoga

  • Ben 1:28 pm on 7/20/2016 Permalink  

    A Physician’s Guide to Plant-Based Diets

  • Ben 6:24 am on 6/21/2016 Permalink  

    The Mistrust of Science 

    So, then, what is a science believer to do? Is the future just an unending battle of warring claims? Not necessarily. Emerging from the findings was also evidence that suggested how you might build trust in science. Rebutting bad science may not be effective, but asserting the true facts of good science is. And including the narrative that explains them is even better.

    Atul Gawande

  • Ben 12:11 pm on 5/11/2016 Permalink  

    Mechanics of Metabolism Maintenance: Cars, Keys, and Karelia 

    And, yes, there is that other population that got it right. They reside in Karelia, Finland. Here, the message was not willfully garbled for profit, but was assessed carefully, and applied with fidelity. This population heeded the actual prescription of Keys and others of his day. The result? A marked increase in life expectancy, and an 80% reduction in incident cardiovascular disease.

    That bears repeating: the basic message about metabolism maintenance that is seemingly so controversial now, when applied faithfully, produced a 80% reduction in heart disease rates at the level of a whole population, persisting now for decades. This is among the more stunning achievements in the history of public health.


  • Ben 2:46 pm on 4/20/2016 Permalink  

    Moby: Long Ambients 1 

    it’s really quiet: no drums, no vocals, just very slow calm pretty chords and sounds and things for sleeping and yoga and etc. and feel free to share it or give it away or whatever, it’s not protected or anything, or at least it shouldn’t be.

  • Ben 9:27 am on 4/11/2016 Permalink  

    When Is It Ethical to Withhold Prevention? 

    Congress has used cost-effectiveness analyses in deciding that Medicare should cover selected secondary prevention services, such as screening for breast cancer and colon cancer. But the measure of cost per QALY is routinely ignored in decisions both about treatment for demonstrated disease and about primary prevention of disease. It is ignored, though, in entirely different ways. Medical treatments are paid for even if they are cost-ineffective; in fact, the Medicare program has been blocked from even considering cost-effectiveness in determining whether to cover the costs of treatment. For example, treatment of metastatic lung cancer may cost $800,000 per QALY, but it is typically provided. In sharp contrast, primary preventive services are often withheld even if they are highly cost-effective. For example, the Diabetes Prevention Program, a lifestyle-training program focused on exercise and nutrition that costs only $14,000 per QALY, is covered by only some health insurance plans; Medicare is not among them.


  • Ben 7:04 pm on 3/23/2016 Permalink  

    The Myth of High-Protein Diets 

    Dean Ornish: The Myth of High-Protein Diets.

  • Ben 6:59 pm on 3/23/2016 Permalink  

    Julie Rubicon 

    That afternoon, looking out across the salt flats, she trembled with certainty. “They know.”

    They don’t, I assured her. They can’t.

    “They will. They’ll look at the logs. We’re gonna get in trouble. We’re gonna go to jail.”

    “I don’t think there’s any law against this,” I said. How could there be a law against something that’s not possible?


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