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The Truth about Gluten: It May Not be Such a Problem after All

(CC BY-SA 2.0) Whatsername?/Flickr Gluten is nowhere near the bogeyman that many think it is We seem to be, as a nation, currently in the grip of a kind of “gluten-free” mania.

Dr. J on Medical Condition Terminology: Critical, Serious, Fair, Good, and Guarded

(CC BY 2.0) Navy Medicine/Flickr INT. FOYER OF THE CHEZ J MANSION – LATE EVENING It was a hard day’s evening.

Researchers: Subtract 10 years of aging by avoiding smoking and other negative lifestyle behaviors

Courtesy Preventative Medicine In a recent CalorieLab column, I wrote about the six healthy lifestyle behaviors that needed our compliance.

Chinese researchers find lead connection to childhood behavior problems

(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Ed Yourdon/Flickr During my pediatric rotation in medical school I learned about the dangers, especially to children, from lead poisoning.

Coffee: The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain

(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Laura Gilmore/Flickr It’s good for what ails you, unless it’s causing what ails you There used to be a folk/jazz club in San Francisco’s North Beach enclave called Coffee And Confusion.

Can chronic disease be ended within this century?

I recently saw an article in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best known general medical journals, with the very impressive, optimistic title, “Prevention of chronic disease in the 21st century: elimination of the leading preventable causes of premature death and disability in the USA.” Reading that title I felt like I was hearing the preamble to the Star Spangled Banner with the Fourth of July fireworks going off at the same time!

Food deserts may be mirages

(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Shawn Hoke/Flickr You can lead a community to nutrition, but … It seems that “food deserts” – neighborhoods with insufficient sources of fresh fruit and veggies – aren’t the reason that poor people tend to have poor diets and poor health, in part because food deserts may not even exist.

A cancer patient on how to be helpful to cancer patients

We live in a cancerogenic world! If you or your family has not been touched by this dreaded disease consider yourselves very lucky.

Some foods may guard against sun exposure (but don’t forget the hat and sunscreen!)

Foods that protect skin? Are there foods or nutrients that can protect skin from damage due to sun exposure?

The wonderful benefits of lifelong learning

I’m certainly well experienced with our educational system and learning over a long time! Once, during the question and answer period, after I had given a talk on the state of the art of facial surgery to almost 1,000 eager and excited high school students, I was asked how old I was.

End the Fatwa on Fats

We’ve replaced fat with junk that’s considerably worse Unfortunately, not included among the healthy fats.

Evolution explains what a facial surgeon observes: Men are built to take punches

Evolutionary Violence and the Human Face As a facial surgeon and a black belt in karate, I’ve seen my share of damage from punches to the face.

We Need to Wake up to Our Drowsy Driving Problem

(CC BY-SA 2.0) Ken Lund/Flickr Behind the wheel, “unconscious” trumps even “distracted” “Fat, stupid, and a public menace is no way to go through life, son.” Fans of “Animal House” will recognize that I am paraphrasing a line of dialogue, spoken by the Dean Wormer character, which has entered the American lexicon.

Fruit is Good for You. Except for When It Isn’t.

It turns out that fruit is best consumed in the form of, well, fruit (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) JLA/Flickr The good news is that the American public are finally waking up to the fact that fruit is an essential part of a healthy diet and should be consumed on a daily basis.

One More Possible Way to Talk Your Kids Out of McDonald’s

(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Travis Morgan/Flickr Heed the wisdom of the clown, my child Millions of American families are now split in two over an issue that is growing in divisiveness.

The Best Doctors Do a Lot of Nothing

Contributor: “Dr. J” Dr. J offers his irreverent, slightly irrelevant, but possibly useful opinions on health and fitness.

Good Breakfasts, Bad Breakfasts

The difference between the two isn’t always obvious “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” nutritionists tell us.

Breaking News! Preschoolers Don’t Like Broccoli!

Contributor: “Dr. J” Dr. J offers his irreverent, slightly irrelevant, but possibly useful opinions on health and fitness.

If You Can’t Trust Your Dietitian, Who Can You Trust?

Let Pepsi and Hershey be your nutritional guides The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is not just the largest professional organization of nutritionists and dietitians in America, but in the entire world, with over 75,000 members.

Twitter is in an Uproar, Skinny Mannequin Edition

Contributor: “Dr. J” Dr. J offers his irreverent, slightly irrelevant, but possibly useful opinions on health and fitness.