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CSPI Seeing Red: A Slick Marketing Campaign For Litigation Purposes

Aug 10 2017 - 04:08

The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to ban food coloring. Seeing Red, is a slick marketing of ideas blending health studies with some misdirection promoting an agenda to “revoke approval for all food dyes.”

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They see red - I see misdirection Part II

Aug 10 2017 - 04:08

The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to ban food coloring. Seeing Red, is a slick marketing of ideas blending health studies with some misdirection promoting an agenda to “revoke approval for all food dyes.”

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Toxic Tuna- But It's Not From Mercury

Aug 09 2017 - 23:08

Did you even get sick from eating tuna? If so, you may have assumed that it happened because you ate it rare. But that's probably not the case. A particular food poisoning from tuna (and certain other fish) can occur even when the fish is well-cooked. And it's not only food poisoning. It's also an allergic reaction. 

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How to Defeat the Fear Industry

Aug 09 2017 - 22:08

The reality is simple: In the developed world, you have very little to fear. We live our lives in good health and safety, and much of that is attributable to the wonderful advances of science and technology.

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Even Nature Needs an Intervention

Aug 09 2017 - 16:08

Mommy blogs can be chock full of great advice.  They become problematic when bloggers dispense and perpetrate bad medical advice.  Learn why leaving the bun in the oven for too long can be a situation of life and death.

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Useless Supplements Now Available For Celiac Disease

Aug 09 2017 - 15:08

Celiac disease (CD), an autoimmune disorder that is marked by damage to the lining of the small intestine, can only be treated by following a gluten free (GF) diet. Removing gluten works because gluten is the protein that the body reacts to in order to start the inflammatory response that damages the small intestine. 

But, that is harder than it sounds.

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Growth: What's Milk Got to Do With It?

Aug 09 2017 - 10:08

An advertising slogan from years ago — "You Never Outgrow Your Need For Milk" — reminds me of what used to be taken for granted in the US — kids need cows' milk in order to grow and develop properly. That truism has been challenged of late, however, especially by people who choose a vegan lifestyle. And there are alternatives available, such as soy, rice and almond "milks". So does substituting one of these plant-based beverages for cows' milk have any effect on the children who drink them, compared to kids who do drink cows' milk? Dr.

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They See Red - I See CSPI Misdirection

Aug 09 2017 - 10:08

TCSPI wants to ban food coloring. Seeing Red, is a slick marketing of ideas blending health studies with some misdirection promoting an agenda to “revoke approval for all food dyes.”

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They see red - I see misdirection Part I

Aug 09 2017 - 10:08

The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to ban food coloring. Seeing Red, is a slick marketing of ideas blending health studies with some misdirection promoting an agenda to “revoke approval for all food dyes.”

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Psychological Profile of Kim Jong-Un: Would He Really Attack Guam?

Aug 08 2017 - 23:08

Winston Churchill once said that Russia is "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." That's in many ways still true. However, Russia is a complete open book compared to the Hermit Kingdom.

The latest development in the ongoing saga of North Korea is Kim Jong-Un's threat to attack Guam. If he was capable of that (and he very well might be), would he actually do it?

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Three's a Crowd. FDA Says No to Three Parent Babies

Aug 08 2017 - 15:08

Just because you did something once last year in Mexico does not mean you can do it here. That is the message the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sending to a physician in New York.

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Chelation Therapy - Fad Treatment with Real Risks

Aug 08 2017 - 12:08

Chelation therapy is the main form of treatment for toxic acute metal poisonings.  Somehow, this treatment has become mainstream with claims by junk science gurus that chelation treats other disorders, real or imagined. 

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Vaccines Changed Epidemiology Of Middle Ear Infections in Young Children

Aug 08 2017 - 11:08

Vaccines against the bacteria that cause middle ear infections in young children have been very effective in preventing some of them. A new report found that decreasing the probability that one type of bacteria will grow, can provide an opportunity for others. To keep up with this change (to say nothing of evolving bacterial resistance), it's important to track what happens when a vaccine has an impact on one type of infection.

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Your Donations At Work: Our Science Outreach For Last Week

Aug 08 2017 - 11:08

1. Washington Times used our work debunking claims about phthalates in macaroni and cheese to show how New York Senator Chuck Schumer is going to chase any environmental fad - especially if it makes science and technology look bad. It appeals to his base. The "analysis" was hand-picked by a group co-founded by a guy who thinks food is "spiritual". 

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Does Your Medical School Influence Your Prescribing of Opioids?

Aug 08 2017 - 10:08

Physicians from low ranked medical schools prescribed nearly three times as many opioids as physicians trained from top medical schools, according to a study. But is their take real?

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Want More Women in STEM? Support Miss America’s Programs!

Aug 08 2017 - 07:08

I take you behind-the-scenes as a judge for the Miss America's Outstanding Teen scholarship competition. 

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In Germany, Parasites Are Good and GMOs Are Bad

Aug 07 2017 - 22:08

The myth that "natural is better" is widespread and pernicious. Though it can manifest in relatively harmless ways (e.g., consuming overpriced organic food), the relentless pursuit of all-things natural can be dangerous or even deadly. It is not an exaggeration to say that society's obsession with natural remedies is itself an illness.

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PSA: 10 Things Not To Say To A Pregnant Woman

Aug 07 2017 - 11:08

Here I am, 30 weeks into my pregnancy and feeling mighty darn good about my bump. After all, just last week a stranger — who also happens to be an OB — had validated my confidence by guessing exactly how far along I was just by looking at me.  Well, thanks lady! It made my day that she thought I looked exactly like what I needed to look like at 29 weeks along. 

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FDA Finds Lethal Poison in Naturopath's Turmeric Solution

Aug 07 2017 - 10:08

Five months ago this week, a 30-year-old named Jade Erick died after receiving an intravenous infusion of curcumin - the compound in turmeric that is thought by naturopaths to have medicinal qualities (but doesn't).

When the death happened, we hypothesized on what could have killed Ms. Erick? We wrote, 

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Zika Transmission Through Kissing Unlikely

Aug 05 2017 - 22:08

Over 1.5 million people have been infected with the Zika virus in the past two years and more than 2,200 babies born with Zika-related microcephaly. Numbers like that call for a clear understanding of how Zika virus is spread from person to person - something that we are still not totally sure about. 

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