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A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain – Vox

A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin’s back pain started when she was 16, on the day she flew off her horse and landed on her right hip. For the next four decades, Ramin says her back pain was like a small rodent nibbling at the base of her spine.

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We’ve long blamed carbs for making us fat. What if that’s wrong? – Vox

We’ve long blamed carbs for making us fat. What if that’s wrong?

It’s one of the most hotly contested areas of dieting: How much do carbohydrates matter when it comes to weight loss? If you ask a number of celebrities and authors of diet books, it’s pasta, bread, and cookies that stand between you and a svelte physique.

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Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies – Vox

Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies

When anthropologist Herman Pontzer set off from Hunter College in New York to Tanzania to study one of the few remaining hunter-gatherer tribes on the planet, he expected to find a group of calorie burning machines. Unlike Westerners, whoincreasingly spend their waking hours glued to chairs, the Hadza are on the move most of the time.

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Doctors finally admit drugs can’t fix most cases of back pain – Vox

Doctors finally admit drugs can’t fix most cases of back pain

The American College of Physicians now recommends heat therapy and yoga ahead of pain meds for lower back pain.

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Products that promise “detox” are a sham. Yes, all of them. – Vox

Products that promise “detox” are a sham. Yes, all of them.

The idea can be traced all the way back to the Garden of Eden: Almost as soon as we were created, we ate a toxic apple. Since then, perhaps to atone for this original sin, many of us have fallen prey to the idea that we are full of nasty, usually nebulously defined toxins in our bodies and we need to get rid of them to be purer, cleaner, and lighter.

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The science is in: Exercise isn’t the best way to lose weight | Vox

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Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here’s what the evidence says. – Vox

Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here’s what the evidence says.

Welcome to Dear Julia, a weekly column where readers can submit everyday health questions on anything from the science of hangovers to the mysteries of back pain. Julia Belluz will sift through the research and consult with experts in the field to figure out how science can help us live happier and healthier lives.

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I asked 8 researchers why the science of nutrition is so messy. Here’s what they said. – Vox

Why (almost) everything you know about food is wrong

There was a time, in the distant past, when studying nutrition was a relatively simple science. In 1747, a Scottish doctor named James Lind wanted to figure out why so many sailors got scurvy, a disease that leaves sufferers exhausted and anemic, with bloody gums and missing teeth.

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We’ve long blamed carbs for making us fat. What if that’s wrong? – Vox

We’ve long blamed carbs for making us fat. What if that’s wrong?

It’s one of the most hotly contested areas of dieting: how much do carbohydrates matter when it comes to weight loss? If you ask a number of celebrities and authors of diet books, it’s pasta, bread, and cookies that stand between you and a svelte physique.

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The science is in: exercise won’t help you lose much weight – Vox

The science is in: exercise won’t help you lose much weight

We’ve been conditioned to think of exercise as a key ingredient – perhaps the most important ingredient – of any weight loss effort. You know the drill: Join the gym on January 1 if you want to reach your New Year’s weight loss goal.

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