Can You Achieve Weight Loss with Fast Food?

by Dr. Joseph Mercola

The controversial documentary Super Size Me vividly showed the harmful effects of regularly eating fast food. For four weeks, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock consumed 5,000 calories a day from fast food meals, which caused his health to suffer to the point that his doctor warned him to stop his experiment to avoid more serious consequences. Continue reading “Can You Achieve Weight Loss with Fast Food?”

The Super Fiber that Controls Your Appetite and Blood Sugar

By Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D.

(partial reprint from

IMAGINE EATING 12 POUNDS of food a day — and still staying thin and healthy. That may sound crazy, but it’s exactly what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate for millennia! And they didn’t have any obesity or chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or dementia. Continue reading “The Super Fiber that Controls Your Appetite and Blood Sugar”

Indigestion Could Be Causing Your Health Problems – No Matter How Unrelated They May Seem

Do you have problems with indigestion? If so, you’re not alone. According to Johns Hopkins, digestive problems account for about 5% of all visits to U.S. primary care doctors every year. That might not sound like a lot, but considering there were nearly 600 million visits to primary care physician’s offices in 2009 – Continue reading “Indigestion Could Be Causing Your Health Problems – No Matter How Unrelated They May Seem”

Will FTC Censorship Prevent Preventive Health Care?

When Obama was campaigning for president, health care reform was a major part of his platform. Among other things, he said he would save money and lives by focusing on prevention. I was elated to hear that – finally, sanity in healthcare. But it didn’t take long to discover that his definition of prevention was vastly different from mine. Continue reading “Will FTC Censorship Prevent Preventive Health Care?”

Want to Burn Away Those Excess Pounds? Heed This Lesson From the Afghans…

Reprint from Dr Mercola

Physician Kevin Patterson noticed something during his work as an internist-intensivist at the Canadian Combat Surgical Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Afghan soldiers, police and civilians he treated had very different bodies from those of the Canadians he treated in his home country.

The organs of the Canadians, Americans, and Europeans he treated were encased in fat. Afghan civilians and soldiers had little or no fat or adipose tissue underneath the skin. Patterson has become convinced that the effects of urbanization are making people everywhere in the world both fatter and sicker.

According to NPR:

“[Patterson] explains that the increase in abdominal fat has driven the epidemic of diabetes over the last 40 years in the developed world — and that he’s now seeing similar patterns in undeveloped regions that have adapted Western eating patterns.”


NPR March 24, 2011

Maissonneuve November 15, 2010

Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

The disease pattern Dr. Patterson discusses in his article Diseases of Affluence published last year in Maisonneuve, is essentially what I’ve been writing about for the last decade. The modern Western diet, high in fructose, grains, and grain-fed, pesticide-laden and hormone-laced meat, is the primary driving factor behind the skyrocketing incidences of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  Continue reading “Want to Burn Away Those Excess Pounds? Heed This Lesson From the Afghans…”

FDA says you have no right to real food unless they give you permission first

By David Gutierrez, staff writer

Reprint from Natural News

In a response to a lawsuit filed by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), the FDA has articulated its belief that there is no such thing as a right to health or to purchase or consume any given food.

The FTCLDF has sued the FDA for banning the interstate shipment or sale of raw milk products, alleging that the policy deprives consumers and a food buying group owner “of their fundamental and inalienable rights of (a) traveling across State lines with raw dairy products legally obtained and possessed; (b) providing for the care and well being of themselves and their families, including their children; and (c) producing, obtaining and consuming the foods of choice for themselves and their families, including their children.”

In a legal response, the FDA countered that “there is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to food of all kinds.” As evidence for this position, the agency cites “the dietary laws of biblical times.”

The FDA goes further, stating that “there is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular kind of food [because] comprehensive federal regulation of the food supply has been in effect at least since Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906. … Thus, plaintiffs’ claim to a fundamental privacy interest in obtaining ‘foods of their own choice’ for themselves and their families is without merit.”

In other words, the agency has stated that because Congress has given FDA the authority to regulate food, there is no such thing as a right to acquire any given food.

Furthermore, the FDA says, “there is no generalized right to bodily and physical health.”

“Finally, even if such a right did exist, it would not render FDA’s regulations unconstitutional because prohibiting the interstate sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk promotes ‘bodily and physical health.'”

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Do You Practice These 4 Habits of Some of the World’s Healthiest People?

From Dr. Mercola:

Eating a “Mediterranean diet” could prevent or even reverse metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Scientists believe that a Mediterranean-style diet has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on your body. Continue reading “Do You Practice These 4 Habits of Some of the World’s Healthiest People?”

Treating Joint Pain with Physical Activity, Self-Management Programs

By Lia Steakley

From Medical news and conversation from Stanford School of Medicine

Many of us, myself included, have been told it’s best to put fitness routines on hold and take it easy when faced with joint pain. But now it seems sitting on the couch and waiting for the pain to dissipate may not be the most effective treatment, especially when the diagnosis is osteoarthritis. Continue reading “Treating Joint Pain with Physical Activity, Self-Management Programs”