Can Environmental Toxins Make Us Fat?

Fat cells are metabolically and hormonally active cells. They burn calories and secrete hormones that affect energy expenditure and satiety. There are a number of toxins which are stored in fat, so it has been hypothesized that these toxins may have negative effects on weight by negatively affecting such processes. I looked at this theory, specifically looking at the effects of PCB’s, organochlorines, bisphenol-A, synthetic estrogens, and phthalates on weight. Continue reading

Microwaving Food: A Follow Up

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Joeseph Mercola, don’t lose sleep over it. He’s an alternative health guru prone to making poorly substantiated claims about what is going to cause your death this week. He has good ideas, but plenty of bad ones too. Why do I bring him up? I recently found out he has an article on his website detailing his reasons for not liking microwaves. I recently wrote a blog post where I declared microwaves a perfectly acceptable method of cooking based on the science, so I was curious about his reasoning. This article by Mercola contained a few studies that caught my attention and were presented as anti-microwave evidence, so I decided I would evaluate them and see if I came to a different conclusion than I did before. Continue reading

How To Avoid Gluten Intolerance (if you don’t have it)

Gluten intolerance is gaining notoriety lately, not just because it’s a hot fad, but because it actually appears to be increasing [10]. However, even the best current testing for the condition shows that majority of people are gluten tolerant. This does not mean there aren’t reasons to avoid wheat, but for most people gluten is probably not such a reason. Still, anyone can develop gluten intolerance (0.2% of the population not withstanding) so for those people who want to keep eating gluten but want to avoid getting gluten intolerance, here are my tips: Continue reading