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Gluten-free craze not necessarily good for health
Opinion

Gluten-free craze not necessarily good for health

The gluten-free diet began as a means to elicit awareness of celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disease where an immune response is triggered in the lining of the small intestine in the presence of gluten, causing the malabsorption of nutrients.  Over the course of a few years, the gluten-free diet has become more mainstream. Gluten-free…

Germ-free doesn’t always mean disease-free
Opinion

Germ-free doesn’t always mean disease-free

From hand sanitizers to antibiotics in the food industry, various forms of antibacterial agents have become a norm in modern America. One might assume that due to the increased usage of antibiotics and antiseptics, the rates of disease should have decreased. However, statistics have illuminated the opposite. In a 2013 report, Centers for Disease Control…

Physician training lacks nutritional, lifestyle focus
Opinion

Physician training lacks nutritional, lifestyle focus

One could point a finger at doctors for spreading the obesity epidemic in the United States by prescribing medication to patients as opposed to teaching better behaviors and healthy lifestyles. However, this judgment may be narrow-minded, to say the least. On a broader scale, American medical schools are not providing future doctors with sufficient knowledge…

Kraft cheese Singles do not help “Kids Eat Right”
Opinion

Kraft cheese Singles do not help “Kids Eat Right”

Nutritional sirens flare when a food label lists sodium phosphate, sorbic acid, sodium citrate and sodium sulfate as ingredients in its product. When the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, offered to endorse Kraft Singles (a product containing all of these synthetic preservatives), those sirens became far more…

Recent research cracks cholesterol misconceptions
Opinion

Recent research cracks cholesterol misconceptions

The yellow of the yolk has long been demonized as a source of high cholesterol in blood levels and has been forced out of the diets of many health-conscious individuals. However, the effect of high-cholesterol foods on heart disease rates is now being reevaluated. The American government is retracting many of the warnings initially in…

Unhealthy habits can’t be broken overnight
Opinion

Unhealthy habits can’t be broken overnight

The childhood school cafeteria has been a haven for oil-laden pizzas, butter-infused hamburgers and cookies dripping with grease. Despite their artery-clogging properties, children accept these nutrient-depleted choices with open arms. However, this ready approval has created a drastic rise in obesity and diabetes, elevating these diseases to the level of epidemics. In an attempt to…

Genetically modified organisms could eradicate nature
Featured, Opinion

Genetically modified organisms could eradicate nature

Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, was the first to knowingly manipulate nature’s genomic fabrics by integrating a new author into the mix. He gave man’s hand a role in the workings of natural selection, a process not so natural anymore, in the century of booming genetically modified organisms (GMO). These factory creations have snuck…

7-Eleven gets nutritious makeover
Opinion

7-Eleven gets nutritious makeover

7-Eleven’s image over the years has come to feature large Slurpees and rows of potato chip bags loaded with refined sugars and void of any nutritional value. However, change is on the horizon. In Los Angeles, the company has partnered with fitness guru and creator of P90X Tony Horton to introduce healthier options to gas…

Ebola crisis requires hastened FDA approval
Opinion

Ebola crisis requires hastened FDA approval

During the standard FDA approval process for vaccines and drugs, years go by before anything tangible reaches the general public. However, in an attempt to treat the Ebola epidemic sweeping an entire continent, the World Health Organization has cut that time short and has urged a rapid release of treatments to those areas in need. This…

Vaccinations are a necessity for everyone’s well-being
Opinion

Vaccinations are a necessity for everyone’s well-being

T he year 1980 marked the highly effective global eradication of smallpox. This extermination was made possible through a highly regulated vaccination program coordinated by the World Health Organization, where the disease was monitored. Anyone who could have been exposed to the virus was vaccinated immediately through a process known as “ring vaccination.” Research and…

Sugars cause more harm than fats
Opinion

Sugars cause more harm than fats

Sugar and fat have long competed against one another as the root cause of many cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Fat has always won this battle in the past, sweeping past sugar with its higher caloric load and its propensity to remain in the body, clogging the transport systems and ultimately creating an unsightly bulge around…

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