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Critique of The China Study – Part 1

  The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell examines the health impacts of plant based protein and animal based protein. He also emphasizes the point that the findings of his research are groundbreaking...

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Eat More Pizza?

  Despite the bad rep that pizza seems to have nowadays because of its relatively high caloric content (with macros consisting of relatively high saturated fat and carb content) that may be contributing to the...

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Hookah: The Unbeknownst Silent Killer

It has been brought to my attention that for some reason, people are misled to think that hookah is a “safe” alternative to cigarette smoking. Indeed, hundreds of hookah bars have already been set...

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Organic Food & Cancer

There is a scare among consumers that contaminants in produce can increase likelihood of cancer–this drives an increasing demand for organically grown food which is thought to be healthier. Relevant peer-reviewed studies are scarce, and though...

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Thymine Photodimerization: An Organic Chemist’s View

In the Diels-Alder Reaction, a landmark reaction known to any organic chemistry student, a conjugated diene can react with a compound containing a carbon-carbon double bond, dubbed the “dienophile” (and rightfully so!), with relative...

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Consistency of Calipers on Body Fat Measurements

DXA scanning is considered the gold standard for effective body fat measurements. The DXA scan is able to output decently reliable numbers, but is not absolutely precise and has been known to have error...

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Newly Constructed Cancer Drug – Carboranes

Carboranes have three main structural components: boron, carbon, and hydrogen. This compound doesn’t directly target cancer cells. Instead, they help work synergistically with other cancer drugs by making them bind more tightly to their respective targets,...

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Should you eat less fat in your diet?

Whenever you go grocery shopping, its inevitable that you will find food products advertising being ”LOW FAT”. Companies often advertise their products in this way because it is a common conception that eating fat...

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Effects of Fasting on Metabolism

I”ve been doing IF (intermittent fasting) for two weeks strong now, and in that time, I’ve converted at least one of my friends. He was initially concerned over what havoc IF might wreck on...

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Fasting suppresses bone growth?

In case you’ve missed my last few post, I’ve been looking into some of the physiological effects (besides intended ones eg weight loss) of intermittent fasting (IF) and caloric reduction. I was incredulous when...

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How does fasting affect brain function?

Intermittent fasting sounds like an attractive dieting scheme. A quick visit to bodybuilding forums reveals no shortage of people who will attest to its effectiveness. Yet as someone well versed in human physiology, I...

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How we learned the poppy kills cancer

Let’s take a little break from hypotheses and conclusions to take a look into how drugs are discovered. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Harish C. Joshi at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) who...

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What is glycemic index?

I’m sure we’ve all ran into these terms at some point and possibly seek out low-GI foods at the supermarket without really knowing why. I mean, what possible reason could I have for buying...

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How do I know if my food’s gone bad?

Spoiling food sucks. Finding food that expired a day or two ago is pretty close. Sometimes when whatever food product I’ve missed the expiration date by is expensive/tasty/I’m-craving-for, I’ll disregard the labeled date and...

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Food you can eat a lot of without getting fat

Part of the feedback system for appetite include volume sensory neurons lining the stomach. Such receptors are activated by higher stomach occupancy and signal the brain to feel less hunger. WiseGeek put together a...

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Do computers make physicians obsolete?

As someone employed in medical research, I’m a little bothered when my friends self-diagnose using webMD or self-medicate rather than consult physicians. I think those of us trained in health-related fields are especially prone...

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Trans Fats — are we be wrong about them?

Trans fats have been so vilified that nutritional labels list how many grams of trans fats food contains. Whatever did they do to earn criminal status in the macronutrient world? Chemistry students should recognize...

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How long is the optimal midday nap?

The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep daily, but for some of us with night shifts or early mornings, 7-9 is difficult to achieve. Instead we recharge our heads and our willpower...

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Hemp Hearts! A superfood review

I went Costco shopping last week, and picked up a bag of Hemp Hearts. The sample-provider was eager to tout hemp’s nutritional value and tell me just how much protein and macros I get...