March 18, 2010

Eat Like a Champion

1 Olympian Says Athletes Really Do Eat McDonald's

Remember those McDonald's commercials for sweet chili sauce and white meat Chicken McNuggets that aired incessantly during the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games? Well, two-time U.S. swimming medalist Garrett Weber-Gale writes on his blog that, like it or not, many athletes do eat McDonald's, even during the Olympics in the dining room at the Olympic Village, even before their events, and this includes some medal winners. Weber-Gale doesn't like it, and in fact he's the co-founder of AthleticFoodie, dedicated to health and good food. But he says that McDonald's isn't lying in their commercials. Nevertheless, "most Olympic athletes do not eat at McDonalds during their competition schedule. In fact many athletes turn their nose up at the thought of it."

More at Food & Water | Hat tip to Salon | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: Olympic Stars Pimp Junk Food

Tags: Olympics, Vancouver Winter Games, Garrett Weber-Gale, McDonald's, Chicken McNuggets, Sweet Chile Sauce

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National Poison Prevention Week

2 Accidental Drug OD Deaths up Fivefold

Unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2006 were 500 percent the levels they were in 1990, according to reports received by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Much of the increase was due to deaths from opioid drugs, which account for more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, and from bezodiazepines like Valium and Xanax. In addition, acetaminophen drugs like Ibuprofen account for tens of thousands of overdoses annually. In response to this the FDA is initiating a number of programs to decrease the risk of overdose from pain medications in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies, pharmacists, and medical professionals. The FDA recommends that unused or expired drugs of certain kinds be flushed down the toilet to prevent accidental ingestion by pets and children.

More at FDA | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: FDA, Overdose, CDC, Opioids, Valium, Xanax, Acetominophen, Ibuprofen

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Puffing Punks Beware

3 FDA Launches Crackdown on Youth Smoking

Every day 4,000 kids under 18 try out smoking, and a quarter of those become daily smokers. The FDA today announced regulations that attempt to reduce youth smokers by prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to those under 18 (and requiring photo ID checks), prohibiting the sale of cigarettes in inexpensive packs of less than 20 cigarattes, restricting the distribution of free cigarette samples, banning the sale of cigarettes in vending machines in areas open to those under 18, and prohibiting the sponsorship of any athletic, musical, social, or cultural event by cigarette makers. The new regulations go into effect on June 22. Before then the FDA will work with retailers to educate them about their new responsibilties.

More at Department of Heath and Human Services | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: Kicking the Cigarette Habit Just Got Easier, President Obama is Still Smoking

Tags: Cigarettes, FDA, Smoking, Youth Smoking, Kids Smoking, Vending Machines

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You Are Getting Sleepy

4 Irritable Bowel Syndrome Helped by Hypnotherapy

"This just goes to show that IBS is a bogus disease, since a bogus treatment can cure it"
- Darrell in the comments

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms are eased by hypnotherapy, it was revealed in a recent Frontline Gastroenterology podcast. IBS is traditionally treated with probiotics and/or other dietary measures but, says Professor Roland Valori, editor, these don’t help in the long term because they don’t get to the cause of the problem — an overly sensitive gut. According to Professor Valori’s research, of 100 IBS patients, nine out of 10 experienced significantly improved symptoms with hypnosis while four of 10 reported a complete recovery. The professor says that depression and anxiety can worsen symptoms although not all IBS patients are anxious or depressed. He stresses the mind/body, or more specifically in this case, the mind/gut connection when treating IBS.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: IBS Not Always Indicative of Cancer

Tags: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, Hypnosis, Frontline Gastroenterology, Professor Roland Valori, Diarrhea, Stomach cramps, Stomach pain, Gut, Probiotics

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