In this post, I’ll look into the claim that 1 calorie of sugar is less healthy than 1 calorie of other food. For today, I will not look into the unique effects of soda and juice or of adding sugar to your diet without subtracting something else. The results I summarize below are all for … Continue reading Sugar: What Is It Bad For?
Six professors of pediatrics have recently written two editorials describing the evil that is juice: "Seriously, Juice Is Not Healthy" and "People think juice is good for them. They're wrong." First, let's consider diabetes. Lots of papers about "food A causes B" are based on the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, … Continue reading Orange (Juice) Is the New Black (Tar)
Proving any connection between specific foods and health is extremely difficult. The outcomes we care about - heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. - develop over decades and have many purported causes. It's hard to justify the expense in time and money of running a decade long randomized controlled trial to prove the consequences of consuming … Continue reading What’s the Probability That Smoking Cigarettes Is Not Bad For You?
Sunscreen is one of my favorite health topics. The advice to wear sunscreen (nearly) every day is cheap and easy to follow and the science behind it is quite robust. In this post, I'll summarize the randomized controlled trials on long-term daily use of sunscreen and then discuss a few practical considerations for choosing which … Continue reading Sunscreen Superwoman
The Faustman lab at Harvard MGH has published a new paper with follow-on data for a previous RCT of a putative type 1 diabetes cure using the TB vaccine. I'll rewind a bit for some context on the Faustman lab's work. Before 2003: Faustman lab and its extended academic family claim to cure type … Continue reading Tuberculosis Vaccine as Type 1 Diabetes Cure?
A couple years ago I decided to start keeping a bibliography of health related science news. It started out as "How to Immortality," but then some researchers claimed the upper limit to the human lifespan is 115 years, so I adjusted down to that more modest goal. Over time my "How to 115" document has ballooned … Continue reading Welcome to How to 115