pH Balanced Water, Gluten Free Strawberries and Other Marketing Scams

Deceptive advertising is as old as advertising. That said, modern consumers expect advertising on food to be accurate and honest, thanks to more than a hundred years of food safety and quality regulation. Unfortunately, accurate doesn't always mean honest. Take, for instance, an advertisement for "gluten free strawberries". Is it accurate? Yes, because strawberries don't … Continue reading pH Balanced Water, Gluten Free Strawberries and Other Marketing Scams

Health Fads Edition: Plexus

Disclaimer: I know several people who sell or use Plexus, and this is not intended to attack or mock them or imply they are unethical A couple of years ago Plexus bounced into my Facebook feed, sold by a family friend. Being a firm believer in the mantras of "There are no miracle cures" and … Continue reading Health Fads Edition: Plexus

Herbal Supplements Are Chemicals, Too

I am confident there are many important "new" medicines waiting to be discovered in traditional/ancient medicine. However, I don't think that herbs are a superior alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. After all, an herbal supplement isn't simply magic--something in it makes it effective. That something is chemicals--chemical compounds to be exact. Or more generically, "drugs". Just … Continue reading Herbal Supplements Are Chemicals, Too

The Great GMO Debate

Depending on who you ask, GMOs are going to kill all of us slowly, turn us into bizarre Frankenstein monsters, or end world hunger.  However, amid all the hullabaloo, what actually is a GMO, how are they made, and why does everyone care about them? GMO stands for "Genetically Modified Organism", which is a remarkably vague name. … Continue reading The Great GMO Debate

Probiotics: Miracle Cure, or Just Another Waste of Money?

Every so often, a new idea takes hold of the nutrition and supplements market. It is typically based on a scientific finding or traditional medicine and explodes from there. Probiotics, or the idea that some bacteria are beneficial for health and eating them can increase your health or cure certain illnesses, is one such idea. … Continue reading Probiotics: Miracle Cure, or Just Another Waste of Money?

Raw milk–healthier or just plain dangerous?

Confession--I grew up drinking raw milk, and as far as I know, I never got sick off it. I also like the taste of raw milk better than home-pasteurized milk, which tends to get overcooked and taste gross. However, I also remember straining straw, dust, and occasionally dried manure out of the milk (stuff falls … Continue reading Raw milk–healthier or just plain dangerous?