Food Fraud is a Widespread Problem

Food fraud is a widespread problem worldwide, and unsuspecting consumers are most vulnerable. Find out what’s happening, why it’s occurring, and how to protect yourself. This is a three-part podcast series. Food fraud is the adulteration, dilution or mislabeling of goods stocked on the shelf — is part of a growing trend of fakehousehold goods. Although there is little data on the

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How Junk Food Companies Are Buying The Nutrition Industry

Last year, USA today asked Coca-Cola’s President of North American Brands Katie Bayne, “What do you say to those who believe that sugar — particularly in soft drinks — works on the brain like an addictive substance?” Her reply: “There is no scientific evidence.” Meet one of many junk-food corporations who sponsor nutrition education in the US. Coca-Cola officially believes that obesity rose as consumption of sugary drinks decreased.

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Is Dairy Setting You Up For Painful PMS?

It was a beautiful fall afternoon in Brooklyn.  I was spending the day window-shopping around the neighborhood when my phone rang.  It was a former patient of mine.  I had treated her pelvic pain as a physical therapist.  As a physical therapist, I treated pelvic pain symptoms with exercise, hands-on manual therapy, and other techniques to relax and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, calm inflamed nerves, and release stuck scars from surgeries or birth injuries.  Very often my patients got much better.

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Confession: My Dirty, Shameless Garden Affair

My garden is my part-time lover, absorbing as much time as I sneak in on evenings and weekends. My husband isn’t jealous though, as this dirty love-affair translates as delicious food and a mellow wife for him. We’re wasting no time with making babies. We already have hundreds of leeks, broccoli, kale and cabbage seedlings. ALL OF THEM are produced by spontaneous conception from last year’s frolicking – no family planning was involved! Our strawberries are the garden dominatrix, as they tend to creep their way into every

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Take charge of your money and change the world

Ah, money. We want more, but we are not always sure what to do with it. Do we save it, spend it, invest it, or just avoid the whole thing and hope it all works out? I work with people every day who feel less than confident about money. Some even feel anxious, overwhelmed, and insecure – after all, we’re not taught about money, we can’t talk about it, and we want to have it all together.

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How to Find Fresh Olive Oil

Olive oil boasts many heart-boosting properties, such as oleic acid and polyphenols. The trouble is that many olive oils in the United States are old, tainted, or rancid. This means that the olive oil might be mixed with another oil by unscrupulous dealers. Or that it is old and rancid, rendering the healing polyphenols as no bueno. A recent study at UC Davis Olive Center demonstrated that 69% of oils marketed as “extra-virgin” in the US actually did not meet the sensory or chemical criteria for extra-virgin olive oil. Interestingly, some Americans are so used to the flavor of rancid

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