Some U.S. Farmers now Feeding their Cattle Gummy Worms, Marshmallows, and Ice Cream Sprinkles in Response to Skyrocketing Feed Costs

The cost of genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy feed for conventional cattle is surging so high, and availability plunging so low, as a result of persistent drought conditions and resultant crop failures that conventional feedlot farmers are having to seek out less expensive and more plentiful alternatives. But such alternatives are not exactly the types of things you would Continue reading

Ecuadorian Research into Ancient Diets Unveils a New Super Food

The contemporary American diet can greatly benefit from the innumerable centuries of experience that many cultures have in food science. Stretching back through generations of home cooking and healing, many of these dietary choices can claim tenure as part of a health positive diet. The successful proliferation of these ancient cultural groups stands as a testament to Continue reading

Unhealthy Employees Cost Businesses $153 Billion in Lost Productivity

About 6 of 7 U.S. workers are overweight and/or have a health condition.

A new Gallup poll estimates that unhealthy workers cost businesses $153 billion a year in lost productivity.

Nearly 110,000 full-time employees were surveyed, self-reporting their height, weight and chronic medical conditions.

According to the poll, only about one in seven employees — 13.9 percent of the workforce — is of normal weight with no chronic condition, logging an average of just .34 unhealthy days per month, or 4 sick days per year. Those who were overweight or obese but who had no chronic conditions reported an average .36 unhealthy days per month.

But the more than 30 percent of the population who reported being overweight or obese with one to two chronic conditions missed an average of 1.08 days per month due to poor health, adding up to over $32 billion in lost productivity. Those who said they were overweight or obese Continue reading

Four Crucial Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

This health news comes via the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: one in every four Americans got treatment for high blood pressure in 2008. This statistic is distressing health news. It means that nearly 55 million people may be suffering from hypertension now. Clearly, high blood pressure is a condition that has reached epidemic proportions. Continue reading

Is Lap-Band Surgery for Weight Loss Safe?

People used to have to be very obese to qualify for LAP-BAND surgery, a weight loss operation in which an inflatable silicon ring is wrapped around the stomach to create a small pouch, drastically limiting food consumption.  Until recently, the procedure was only approved for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above, or patients with a BMI of 35 or above, plus a severe obesity-related illness, such as heart disease or diabetes. Now the FDA has expanded the criteria to include people who have a BMI of 30, along with an obesity-related disorder.

That means 37 million more Americans are  Continue reading

Researchers Devise Easy, Accurate Way to Predict Food Allergies

An on-line calculator that predicts, within seconds, the presence of the three major food allergies in children has been developed by researchers at University College Cork. They have devised a new ‘Cork-Southampton calculator’ that gives 96% accuracy compared to current methods that are 61% 81% accurate. The research will be published online tomorrow in the leading international allergy journal, Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.

Food allergies have increased over the past decade as has the number of patients and parents seeking diagnosis. Double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenges are the gold standard for diagnosing food allergy, but they are time-consuming,  Continue reading