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Gluten free diet: The science (CBC Marketplace)

As part of my never ending war against bullshit and pseudoscience (How many people do you know who have a psychosomatic allergy to gluten?) here is a good overview look at the nonsense in the anti-gluten craze.

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Why Running Helps Clear Your Mind — Science of Us

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

It is something of a cliché among runners, how the activity never fails to clear your head. Does some creative block have you feeling stuck? Go for a run. Are you deliberating between one of two potentially life-altering decisions? Go for a run. Are you feeling mildly mad, sad, or even just vaguely meh?

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Meet the scientist debunking dumb food myths

Meet the scientist debunking dumb food myths

Every health blogger has an opinion on vaccination, GMOs and the latest food scare. Take Vani Hari, a.k.a. Food Babe, a management consultant turned popular food industry critic who’s been called the ” Jenny McCarthy of Food.”

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How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work? | LIVESTRONG.COM

Is Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) real or just more woo and really no better than a placebo? I collecting articles on the topic (and on TENS for pain too) I think its just a neat way to get a massage and certainly claims like it accelerating healing because is creating/increasing blood circulation I think is wishful or magical thinking

How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work?

Electrical muscle stimulation — often called “e-stim” or “TENS” — is a type of treatment often used in physical therapy or other rehabilitation settings. The two primary uses for this treatment are pain relief and muscle re-education. In most settings, there is a machine that provides an electrical current.

Contraindications for a TENS Machine

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS machine, provides pain relief by sending low-voltage electrical impulses through electrodes placed on the skin to a painful area on the body. A TENS unit can lessen pain without the use of medication. A TENS machine is generally considered safe. However, certain daily activities or medical…

T.E.N.S vs. Muscle Stimulators. What is the difference? – BMLS

T.E.N.S. stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. The key here is the NERVE part. TENS is a “pain blocker.” The buzzing sensation is thought to block the pain signal from the nerve to where it is perceived in the brain as pain. T.E.N.S. units are also thought to aid in the release of endorphins, which …

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Is Sugar Killing Us? – WSJ

Is Sugar Killing Us?

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Experts warn that it may have an outsize role in causing obesity and diabetes-thus increasing the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease At the risk of being a Grinch, the Christmas season is a pretty good time to consider the possibility that sugar is killing us.

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Victory For Teicholz In Battle Of Butter |


By Marika Sboros US investigative journalist Nina Teicholz calls it “a victory for science.” South African scientist Tim Noakes says it proves that one person can “change the world.” I say it’s a decisive defeat for medical, scientific and dietetic establishments in their ongoing war against the critics.

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Americans Blame Obesity on Willpower, Despite Evidence It’s Genetic – The New York Times

Via NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists

Obesity affects one third of Americans. And even though research proves it is caused by interactions between the environment and genetics, three-quarters of a new survey’s participants still think it results from a lack of willpower. “It’s frustrating to see doctors and the general public stigmatize patients with obesity and blame these patients, ascribing attributes of laziness or lack of willpower,” says obesity researcher Donna Ryan. “We would never treat patients with alcoholism or any chronic disease this way.”

Americans Blame Obesity on Willpower, Despite Evidence It’s Genetic

Americans believe that obesity is the biggest health threat in the nation today – bigger even than cancer. But though scientific research shows that diet and exercise are insufficient solutions, a large majority say fat people should be able to summon the willpower to lose weight on their own.

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Exercise Is ADHD Medication – The Atlantic

To heck with this helping kids (just kidding) I hope this can help me.

Exercise Is ADHD Medication

Mental exercises to build (or rebuild)attention span have shown promise recently as adjuncts or alternatives to amphetamines in addressing symptoms common to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Building cognitive control, to be better able to focus on just one thing, or single-task, might involve regular practice with a specialized video game that reinforces “top-down” cognitive modulation, as was the case in a popular paper in Nature last year.

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Why Most People Are Wrong About Injuries and Pain – SimpliFaster Blog

Why Most People Are Wrong About Injuries and Pain – SimpliFaster

Although we grow up believing that injuries and pain are closely linked, this is not always the case. Various studies between tissue damage and pain show that we can have one without the other. Pain, it turns out, is a relatively complex problem, relying on environmental context and a host of other factors.

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Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research

On Facebook David Ludwig, M.D., PhD wrote:

An exposé in JAMA Internal Medicine shows how the sugar industry corrupted the scientific debate on heart disease, leading to a focus on reducing fat intake while ignoring sugar. It’s time to insulate food policy from industry manipulation – in government and professional nutrition associations!

and then linked to:

Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research

In the 1950s, disproportionately high rates of coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality in American men led to studies of the role of dietary factors, including cholesterol, phytosterols, excessive calories, amino acids, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in influencing CHD risk.

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