| Oct 5, 2011
| 12:45 PM
Q: I get a health newsletter from a respected medical center. I noticed in the last issue that vitamin D could raise the risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 20 percent. Any comments?
A: Several research reports have created considerable confusion. A...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 11:07 AM
Stand by the office vending machine at 3:23 p.m., and you'll probably see a parade of co-workers slinking over to grab a chocolate bar.
That's because at precisely 3:23 p.m., the average person succumbs to his or her cravings, according to a recent...
| Jun 10, 2011
| 4:23 PM
In a study released this week, researchers found that a high fat diet damaged important appetite-regulating cells in the brains of mice. Once this area of the brain was damaged, the mice were rendered permanently hungrier. There's a lot of debate about...
| May 19, 2011
| 2:42 PM
You've seen all the diet plans out there, but you're probably wondering which ones actually work the best. Now the consumer giant Consumer Reports has ranked the diets.
Jenny Craig came in first. Slim Fast was second, followed by Weight Watchers.
| Mar 17, 2011
What do raw milk, kombucha, probiotics, trans-fat avoidance and nose-to-tail eating have in common?
Yes, they've all come into vogue over the last few years. But they were on the fringe when Sally Fallon advocated them more than a decade ago in...
| Jan 31, 2011
| 8:15 AM
David Anderson and his family approached the Mystery Mine roller coaster in Dollywood with zeal in the summer of 2009. But when they darted into seats and yanked down the shoulder straps, David Anderson made a devastating discovery — the...
| Jan 22, 2011
| 7:05 AM
Kristen Wong-Denman, 28, exudes good health and optimism. A cascade of dark brown hair frames her face with its fresh, flawless complexion, her features a happy blend of her Chinese and Native-American heritage. She's exuberant about her recent victory in...
| Dec 20, 2010
Most Americans eat between 250 and 300 grams of carbohydrates a day, the equivalent of 1,000 to 1,200 calories. The Institute of Medicine, which sets dietary nutrient requirements, recommends 130 grams a day. Some, such as Dr. Frank Hu, professor of...
| Aug 31, 2010
Our Stone Age ancestors lived in an uncomfortable world, spending their 30-year life spans hunting and gathering without air conditioning or heat. But some say the cave men ate better than we do.
That's the premise behind the Paleo diet, a health and...
| Aug 23, 2010
Fifteen years ago, I gained the dreaded "freshman 15" — times two. I packed on 30 pounds in what felt like a blink of an eye. Sophomore year, things were going to change. I adopted a Spartan regime: limiting my calories and fat intake, emulating...
| Jul 29, 2010
Just like fashion trends, diets go in and out of style.
Remember the grapefruit diet? The cabbage soup diet? How about the Atkins diet, which banned white bread but allowed fatty cheese and pork rinds?
That was so 2004. In 2010, dieters are going gaga...