By: Terry Graedon December 9, 2021 6 Comments
    Should You Give Your Child Skim Milk?

    Nearly one child in five in the US is obese, and pediatricians are justifiably concerned. Heavy kids may develop health problems such as type 2 diabetes or even non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. They…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2021 12 Comments
    Show 1279: Challenging Dietary Dogma on Weight G…

    We hear a lot about the obesity epidemic in the United States and around the world. Scientists acknowledge that this has occurred too rapidly to be explained by changes in genetics. Instead, nutrition…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2021 18 Comments
    Does Time-Restricted Eating Help With Weight Los…

    Intermittent fasting has become a popular approach for weight control. Some people see this as fasting for a few days a week and eating on the others. Another approach, however, is to practice time-re…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 6 Comments
    Should We Look at Weight Gain in a Different Way…

    What causes obesity? Most health professionals blame weight gain on an imbalance between calories in versus calories out. In other words, eating too much and moving too little. This concept is known a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2021 21 Comments
    Will Boosting Your Step Count Save Your Life?

    How many steps do you take a day? During the pandemic, stay-at-home orders might have made it difficult to take a nice long walk and get your step count up. However, a systematic review shows that fit…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 6 Comments
    Is Inexpensive Food Undermining Public Health?

    Are US government agricultural subsidies undermining public health? A study several years ago suggested that people who eat a lot of foods made from subsidized crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and …

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2021 2 Comments
    Why Don’t Weights on Doctors’ Scales…

    Any time you walk into a doctor's office, one of the first things they do, even before measuring your blood pressure, is ask you to step on the scale. Perhaps the number is what you expected; sometime…

    By: Terry Graedon August 12, 2021 0 Comments
    Where Do American Children and Teens Get Most of…

    Nutrition experts express the importance of eating plenty of unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains. A new study shows, however, that American children and teens get tw…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2021 26 Comments
    How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

    Nutrition experts have long been advising us to eat whole grains, and epidemiologists have evidence that getting three servings of whole grains daily can reduce the chance of an early death. In fact, …

    By: Terry Graedon July 1, 2021 6 Comments
    How Well Does the New Weight Loss Medicine Work?

    The FDA recently approved the first new weight loss medicine in seven years. New might not be exactly the best way to describe Wegovy (pronounced wee-GOH’-vee), though. The name is new and so is the…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2021 3 Comments
    Tai Chi Can Help Control Waist Size

    Expanding waistlines are not attractive, but they're not just a cosmetic problem. Big bellies, also known as “central obesity” or "abdominal adiposity," are often linked with high blood pressure, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2021 1 Comments
    When Do You Get the Most Benefit from a Workout?

    It's no secret that exercise is good for your health. Research has shown that physical activity can help reduce the risk of dementia as well helping to control depression, diabetes and high blood pres…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2021 12 Comments
    Show 1257: The Metabolical Results of the Americ…

    Dr. Robert Lustig has been warning us all about the hazards of sugar since 2009, when his YouTube lecture “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” went viral. As a pediatric neuroendocrinologist, he spent much o…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2021 1 Comments
    Show 1248: How to Keep Moving and Feel Better Du…

    COVID-19 restrictions have interfered with the way many of us exercise. Yet the benefits of moving, for both our physical and mental health, are more important than ever. How can we keep moving to fee…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2020 1 Comments
    Is a Green Mediterranean Diet Healthy for Your H…

    Many previous studies have shown that following a Mediterranean diet has cardiovascular benefits. Such an eating pattern leans heavily on vegetables, fruits and whole grains and is light on meat and s…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2020 4 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet to Lower Cholesterol?

    Have you ever wondered what you should be eating to optimize your health? Nutrition scientists have been arguing that the entire dietary pattern matters more than a handful of individual foods reputed…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2020 14 Comments
    Is a Late Dinner a Problem?

    In the comic strip "Blondie," the cartoonist Chic Young often featured Blondie's goofy husband Dagwood Bumstead. Frequently, Dagwood built himself a towering sandwich as a midnight snack. Now, new res…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2020 8 Comments
    Show 1216: How Sugar Interferes With Healthy Dec…

    The telomeres that cap our chromosomes are a good way to gauge biological aging. Dr. Elissa Epel, who studies aging and metabolism at UCSF, has found a link between soda consumption and cellular aging…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2020 19 Comments
    Can You Change Your Microbiota With Diet?

    Since the turn of the 21st century, scientists have learned a great deal about our microbiota, the collections of microbes each of us hosts in and on us. They have been discovering fascinating links b…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2020 1 Comments
    Does Taking Belviq to Lose Weight Increase Your …

    The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert in January 2020 about the weight loss medication lorcaserin. On February 13, it asked the maker to withdraw the drug, sold under the brand name Belviq.…

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2019 2 Comments
    Show 1189: What the Heck Should We Be Eating?

    If you like to cook, you are no doubt aware that favorite recipes change with the times, just like fashions in clothing. But a lot of Americans don’t like to cook. They may not have tried acquiring …

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2019 3 Comments
    Are People More Active with Step Counters?

    Do you wear a FitBit or a fancy watch? What about a lower-tech pedometer? Step counters are popular because they give us feedback on how many steps we have taken in a day. Even if the common goal of 1…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2019 2 Comments
    Will Contrave Help You Lose Weight Safely?

    Americans have been getting heavier for the past few decades. Most of us find weight control to be a struggle, so it's little wonder we might be tempted to try a drug that promises to make it easier. …

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2019 8 Comments
    To Control Your Weight, Be a Healthy Vegetarian

    Can a vegetarian diet help control your weight? Lots of people think so, but not all vegetarian diets are alike. Simply avoiding meat doesn't necessarily mean you fill your plate with vegetables, frui…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2019 31 Comments
    Show 1145: Are Big Corporations Hacking the Amer…

    The distinction between pleasure and happiness might seem like a philosopher’s quibble. Fat Chance author Dr. Robert Lustig tells us why this difference is vitally important to our national wellbein…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2019 2 Comments
    Could TV On All Night Make You Gain Weight?

    Do you leave the TV on in your bedroom overnight? Data from the Sister Study suggests you might want to turn it off (JAMA Internal Medicine, online June 10, 2019). What Does the Sister Study Say About…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 0 Comments
    Can Restricting Eating Time Help Control Blood S…

    People at risk of developing type 2 diabetes may be able to reverse this process by limiting food intake to a nine-hour period every day. Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia conduct…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 6 Comments
    Can a Mediterranean Diet Help You Control Your W…

    A Mediterranean-type diet has lots of vegetables, fish rather than meat and olive oil instead of butter. Such a regimen has been shown to protect the heart. Could a Mediterranean diet also help you co…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2019 8 Comments
    Will a Keto Diet Help Eliminate Your Knee Pain?

    Americans are continually searching for the one best diet that will make it easy to maintain a healthy weight, keep blood pressure and blood fats under control and help people feel vigorous. Over the …

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 5 Comments
    Are Dog-Walkers at Risk for Broken Bones?

    For years, health experts have been telling people that exercise is critical for good health and that walking is great exercise. Dog ownership can contribute: Regular dog-walkers get more exercise tha…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 27 Comments
    Will Drinking Diet Soda Raise Your Risk of Strok…

    Sugar-sweetened beverages have developed a very bad reputation over the past decade or so. They contribute empty calories without corresponding nutritional value. Sugary drinks have been linked to kid…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2019 18 Comments
    Show 1149: Is Cutting Carbs More Important Than …

    The diet wars have been raging for years. Each side has ardent proponents–those who insist that a low-fat diet is the best way to control weight and those who are convinced that a low-carb diet is b…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 26 Comments
    Are Non-Sugar Sweeteners a Healthy Choice?

    When people hear that sugar-sweetened beverages pose health hazards, some respond by switching to diet soft drinks. A new analysis in The BMJ suggests that might not be the best strategy. Non-sugar sw…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2018 0 Comments
    Can Mindfulness Help You Lose Weight?

    Mindfulness, the practice of paying attention to your own thoughts and feelings in the moment, has been praised as a way for people to manage stress. It has also been studied as a way to manage major …

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2018 4 Comments
    All Calories Are Not the Same

    For decades, nutrition dogma has held that all calories are equal. It was not supposed to matter if the energy came from a bottle of Coke or a carrot. People were told that if they wanted to lose weig…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2018 7 Comments
    Low-Carb Diet Research Arouses Reader Outrage

    Last week we sent out a People's Pharmacy Special Health Alert. It was titled "Low-Carb Diet Wins Diet Wars...Again!" We knew that there would be a lot of health reports on this latest research. We wa…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2018 65 Comments
    The Low-Carb Diet Wins Diet Wars…Again!

    Many nutrition experts have maintained that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. In other words, all calories are created equal. The more calories you consume the fatter you get. Put another way, thes…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2018 8 Comments
    Are Your Dietary Supplements Contaminated with D…

    The Food and Drug Administration has been testing dietary supplements for years. “From 2007 through 2016, 776 adulterated dietary supplements were identified by the FDA and 146 different dietary sup…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 5 Comments
    Could a Supplement Help You Lose Belly Fat?

    Belly fat (aka abdominal adiposity) is not just a matter of looking unattractive. A disproportionately large waistline can indicate excess visceral fat that increases the risk of  type 2 diabetes, he…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2018 2 Comments
    How Good Should You Feel About BPA Substitutes?

    Over the last few decades, scientists have identified a large number of compounds that can mimic hormones like estrogen. These endocrine disruptors include bisphenol A, also known as BPA. Scientists h…