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Minimizing breast cancer risk

May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

Salt hypothesis vs. reality

Is sodium bad?

April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution


December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects


November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet


October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women


September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?


August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?


July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives


June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's


May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains


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March 2007

More veggies for better health

Is having three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit a day too much to ask for better health? According to 2005 federal survey of 300,000 adults from all U.S. states, it is. Consumption rate of fruit and vegetables hasn't changed since 1994: only 27% of adults consume the above recommended minimum of vegetables, and 33% of fruit (Times).

Seniors tend to take their health somewhat more seriously, with 34% and 46%, respectively.

With a single serving varying from one food to another between ½ cup and a cup, veggies and fruits seem to be a pitifully small portion in the average American diet. Most of it still are either foods of animal origin, or processed foods in general.

The survey didn't include questions about personal reasons for particular food choices but, chances are, it has most to do with poor habits and ignorance. While we humans were surprisingly late to realize how important is food in maintaining health, it doesn't quite explain official half heartedness in promoting even the very basic knowledge about it.

The society wants to make sure that you know how to park a car, but when it comes to how good or bad for you is what you eat, you're pretty much on your own.

With Americans being among the most disease stricken developed nations, it obviously doesn't work well, but no one seems to be too concerned. There's a lot of money to make off both, health-related ignorance and resulting illnesses.

It starts early on, with formation of dietary habits in children and teenagers. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's 2005 research, out of thousands targeted food advertisements that an average American child/teenager see every year, nearly all are for nutrient-depleted, calorie-rich processed and junk foods (New York Times).

It is no wonder that the

childhood obesity rate in the last 20 years has tripled.

More specifically, it has nearly tripled for the 2-5 years old (5% to 13.9%) and 6-11 years old (6.5% to 18.8%), while more than tripled (5% to 17.4%) for 12-19 years old Americans (National Center for Health Statistics). Of course, there are other factors, such are sedentary leisure time (TV and games), snacks and sugary drinks overindulgence, as well as eating alone as opposed to having family meals.

These figures show that the general population, left on its own, doesn't do well when it comes to making healthy dietary choices. And that it is only becoming worse. Coordinated action is both, urgently needed and long overdue. It has to start with the change of perception: there is really no reason to treat health danger coming from unhealthy foods and eating habits differently than those coming from alcohol, narcotics or nicotine. It costs lives and money just the same.  R