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DCoC Video: Me Granny’s Steak, Butter, and Eggs vs. Harvard University’s Low-Fat Diet

DCoC Video: Me Granny’s Steak, Butter, and Eggs vs. Harvard University’s Low-Fat Diet

Back in the day, when I was a young whipper snapper in Dublin, I burst into “me” granny’s apartment with the news–she was killing us. Not her personally mind you, just the butter, eggs and shrimp she fed us. She was incredulous while at the same time bemused at my absolute certainty that her food literally killed. I had the wisdom of youth on my side; I knew I was right, as I was tomorrow an... »

Belly Up to the Bar

Belly Up to the Bar

Is beer really “liquid bread” and more fattening than other forms of alcohol?  There have been many rumors brewing for a while now.  The truth is beer is made from fermented grains and yes, contains carbohydrates.  The Egyptians ate a type of fermented porridge that was the precursor to beer.  And thank goodness we’ve evolved it into a beverage.  Can you imagine meeting your friends after work for... »

Taking the 5th – Vital Signs

Taking the 5th – Vital Signs

Traditionally there are four vital signs and if they are out of whack, you’re in trouble.   When assessing anyone, doctors look for the following to be within acceptable ranges: body temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate (rate of breathing) and although not technically a vital sign, blood pressure as it is often measured along with the others. The concept of a 5th vital sign has made its way i... »

Trans-everything

Trans-everything

Transfats, also called partially hydrogenated oils, are finally getting banned by the Food and Drug Administration.  Well, maybe.  At this point, they plan to ban them in three years.  But, if you are a manufacturer, you can apply for a special exemption. Say what? First off, understand this: there is no safe level of transfats when it comes to your food.  Any amount is bad for you.  Eating transf... »

Hot Dogs and Pizza Join the Party

Hot Dogs and Pizza Join the Party

Now it’s even easier to have both pizza and hot dogs at your party. Yes, once thought of as completely separate, zero nutritional junk foods, thanks to Pizza Hut, you can now enjoy the co-mingling of white bread swimming in high calorie cheese topped with salty pepperoni AND,  mini hot dogs encased in a pretzel bread as the crust!   YUM! At an estimated 460 calories per slice and delivering 88% of... »

DCoC Podcast: News Digest for the Week of February 16

DCoC Podcast: News Digest for the Week of February 16

“Benzos,” benzodiazepines, are prescribed by the gallon but do they work? And even if they do, are they safe to use? Herd immunity – what is it, do we need it? Obesity – genetic or not? If it is, what is does it mean? Smoking: New research says smoking kills in many ways besides lung cancer and heart attacks. I don’t spend long on this because who doesn’t know s... »

Does screening for diabetes work?

Does screening for diabetes work?

Yes, screening works and is well worth doing if you have a family history of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2), are obese and over forty. The thing is, with DM2 you can have the disease for years and not know. Not good. Often by the time you really become symptomatic you already have some of the complications. So screening is the way to go. The best test is an early morning fasting blood sugar. Some ... »

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