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New Diet Pills Combine Risks with Limited Effectiveness

(CC BY 2.0) JoanneQEscober/Flickr We may be expecting too much of our weight-loss drugs “When are they going to come up with a safe and effective diet pill?

BMI and Its Alternatives: Dr. J Reviews the Obesity Indices

(CC BY-ND 2.0) Helga Weber/Flickr A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) seems to favor the use of waist circumference to alert us to the probably obvious fact that we are fat and therefore unhealthy.

Exercise is Good, but for Weight Loss Think “Eat Less Food”

(CC BY-NC 2.0) Presidio of Monterey/Flickr So you’ve been exercising for three months and haven’t lost a pound of excess weight.

The CVS Tobacco Ban: Principled, or Pointless?

(CC BY 2.0) Mike Mozart/Flickr And how much does that even matter? In a recent Lab Notes item, I noted that CVS, the country’s second-largest pharmacy chain, had decided to immediately remove all tobacco products from its nearly 7,700 stores nationwide, a move that it called “the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company.” The company also announced a corporate name change, to CVS Health.

Too Much TV As a Kid May Lead to a Fatter and Less Healthy Adulthood

(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) per0ni/Flickr Perhaps you have heard the Jesuit maxim, “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man”: Our early formative years can determine our later lives.

Smoothies can be Diet Food or Diet Busters

(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Miriam/Flickr Smoothies have a healthy reputation because they contain fresh fruit and first came to commercial prominence via health food stores.

Dr. J: Don’t Let a History of Childhood Abuse be an Excuse to Delay a Weight-Loss Program

(CC BY-NC 2.0) Dystopos/Flickr Abuse of children is an egregious act, to whose myriad consequences we can now add a greater risk of adult obesity.

The Sports That Pose the Greatest Injury and Concussion Risk to Your High Schooler

It’s back-to-school time again, which for many high schoolers means back to the football or soccer field or the basketball or tennis court or the gym or baseball diamond.

Dr. J on Joan Rivers: “I’ve Had the Same Procedure, I’ve Treated the Same Emergency”

(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Steve Rhodes/Flickr I was personally deeply saddened by the untimely death of Joan Rivers.

Treadmill & Gym Machine Calorie Readouts: Useful if Used with Caution

(CC BY 2.0) Farhad sh/Flickr If you use the exercise equipment provided by health clubs you might wonder about the accuracy of the information that they provide about calories burned.

Time to Think about Garbage

(CC BY-SA 2.0) Abd allah Foteih/Flickr Have you ever thought about garbage and what happens to it? During my time in medical school in the Northeast, My city’s garbage collector’s union went on strike.

Researchers: Vitamin D Deficiency May be Implicated in Autism

(CC BY-NC 2.0) Anthony Auston/Flickr Bruce Ames and Rhonda Patrick are doctors of the Ph.D. variety, not the M.D.

Vegetarian Meals Needn’t Contain all Amino Acids

Three Sisters Stew, courtesy USDA Unlike meats, most plant foods have incomplete protein, meaning they are low in one or more of the essential amino acids that we need to form muscle and other body tissues, enzymes, hormones and more.

Dr. J: Exercise Lifestyle Activist and Opportunistic Arborist

I am Dr. J, and I am an exercise lifestyle activist. An exercise lifestyle activist can be defined as someone who is very active himself or herself, and is an especially active, vigorous advocate of this cause, including trying to persuade people to change their behaviors to improve their health and fitness.

California Couple Go to Extremes to Avoid Sugar by Rowing across the Pacific

Courtesy I think it’s safe to say that Sami Inkinen and Meredith Loring are not like you and me, even though I don’t know anything about you.

Flexible Restraint: A Healthy Lifestyle Beats Complex Diet Rules

(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Nikol Lohr/Flickr I’ve worked with many patients over the years who have gone on diets with strict rules but end up gaining the weight back.

Don’t Taze Me, Bro!: Dr. J’s Tense Encounter with the Police

(CC BY 2.0) Cliff/Flickr Recently, I had a encounter with law-enforcement in which it became clear to me that looking or behaving a little differently or being in an unusual place could lead to unfortunate consequences.

Fruits on the Ground: Thoughts about a War on Obesity

Igor Dewe – Selling My Juice – 2012 Performance Art At least you don’t live in Kentucky If you’ve been unhappy of late with the state of your health or your weight or your physical condition, at least take some consolation from the fact that you don’t live in Kentucky.

Dr. J’s 10 Reasons You are Still Fat

(CC BY 2.0) woodleywonderworks/Flickr Why are you still fat? No, the reason that you are still fat is not a virus, genetics, medications, unlucky metabolism, or a bad childhood, boss, or relationship.

Coffee May Offer Some Protection against Cancer

(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) David Wright/Flickr You may have heard that coffee might lower cancer risk. And you may be wondering whether the type of coffee roast or the way it’s prepared might make a difference in how it affects cancer.