Category Archives: Diet and Exercise

Butter Is Back – NYTimes.com

Gotta love this. I’ve felt this way about butter for a long time: it’s not only not bad for you, it’s good for you. I have to look further into the papers to know if I believe it about saturated … Continue reading

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Why Vitamins May Be Bad for Your Workout – NYTimes.com

It looks like anti-inflamatories may not be the only thing that inhibits body building in response to exercise. Anti-oxidants may also do the same thing. It’s not clear to me that this is the result of action on the same … Continue reading

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Malcolm Gladwell: Do Genetic Advantages Make Sports Unfair? : The New Yorker

In the New Yorker, Malcom Gladwell asks a strange question: Do Genetic Advantages Make Sports Unfair?¬†Anyone who was ever picked last for baseball laughs at this question. Anyone who is a “hard gainer” in the weight room shakes his head. … Continue reading

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How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells

More great work on how exercise changes not only our bodies, but also, effectively, our genes. …studies have found that exercise¬†has an equally profound effect on DNA methylation within human muscle cells, even after a single workout. How Exercise Changes … Continue reading

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Exercise in a Pill? The Search Continues – NYTimes.com

I’ve wondered how much people would pay if all the benefits of exercise were available in a pill. Now some researchers are talking about doing just that. But it seems to me they are talking about only a part of … Continue reading

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How Aspirin Might Stem Cancer

More reason to take daily anti-inflammatories.   How Aspirin Might Stem Cancer – NYTimes.com.

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Inflammation and brain cells

A link between suicide and inflammation. There is more and more evidence that inflammation reduces neural reproduction and connection in clinically significant ways. Which is why I am taking a daily bit of NSAIDs like ibuprofen.   Clues in the … Continue reading

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Is It Better to Walk or Run?

The New York Times has a story on whether walking or running is better for health, and one of the observations is that running is better for weight control. Running, it turns out, is more of an appetite suppressant, which … Continue reading

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Can Cholesterol Drugs Undo Exercise Benefits?

This is a dramatic difference: The unmedicated volunteers improved their aerobic fitness significantly after three months of exercise, by more than 10 percent on average. But the volunteers taking the statins gained barely 1 percent on average in their fitness, … Continue reading

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No Benefit Seen in Sharp Limits on Salt in Diet – NYTimes.com

No Benefit Seen in Sharp Limits on Salt in Diet – NYTimes.com. I have been saying this for decades. There evidence that low sodium diets can help some people with high blood pressure and heart disease, but little evidence that … Continue reading

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