The Lumberjack World Championships, coming up for those interested in Hayward, Wisconsin in late July 2015, appear to be very impressive. Contestants are judged on a diverse array of aptitudes, from chopping and sawing to pole climbing and log rolling. One presumes the criteria for winning each of these are clear and as objective as possible. There is a panel of master lumberjacks to help oversee the judging. In short, as a ...

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No pain no gain. Pain is weakness leaving your body. What’s your excuse? Have you seen these? The ubiquitous fitness themed motivational memes foisted upon us by corporations and Internet bloggers alike. You know what these all have in common? Aside from the fact that they typically aren’t associated with the funny cat videos that comprise roughly 94 percent of Internet traffic, they all do one thing: They make you feel more inadequate ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Salt May Not Be a Demon After All. Increased sodium intake was not associated with higher risk of mortality over the course of 10 years in Medicare patients.
  2. How Pizza Impacts Kids' Health. Pizza serves up the building blocks of obesity, and kids are always ready for another slice.

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. New Guidelines: Treat Obesity First. Treat weight problems first, then deal with comorbidities like dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose tolerance.
  2. Lower Maintenance Abatacept Dose Maintains RA Remissions. Patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and poor prognosis who achieve remission on standard-dose abatacept at 2 years may be able to ...

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BottnerWeightLoss I am a recovering addict. My compulsion started when I was 10-years-old. I remember thinking about when I would get my next fix. These feelings got in the way of my ability to perform scholastically and socially. I yearned not for marijuana, cocaine or heroin, but for something with much easier access and profound availability. My drug was food. By the time I was ...

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News non-flash: A comparison of various diets (low-carb/Atkins, low-carb + low fat/South Beach, low calorie/Weight Watchers, and whatever-the-hell-the-Zone-diet is/protein-carb ratio) shows no difference in long-term outcomes, defined as sustained weight loss, with the attendant presumed decrease in cardiovascular risk factors and events. Sorry, no great surprise here. But I think it’s because nutrition research has a huge blind spot: not adequately controlling for type 2 diabetes/metabolic syndrome. Let me explain. I have a hypothesis that ...

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shutterstock_145891655 Have you ever eaten a healthy meal, maybe some brown rice and stir-fried veggies, and found yourself ready for another meal just a short while later? Or, more often couldn’t overcome a hankering for a satisfying dessert to top off (and undermine the healthiness of) that meal? As it turns out, this lack of satiety is not merely a function of the ...

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So many foods beckoning us from the grocery store shelves -- but which ones are healthy for us to consume? We could study nutritional facts labels, but that feels as challenging as the math portion of the SAT, with so much numerical information to process. The label tells us how many calories are in the food in question -- how many grams of protein, how many grams of fat, and ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. OmniCarb Study: Cutting Carbs No Silver Bullet. Overweight and obese people who followed a low glycemic index diet in the context of an overall DASH-type diet had no greater improvements in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels or systolic blood pressure compared to study subjects who ate high glycemic index foods.

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McKinsey & Company recently issued a report on effective means of fighting hyper-endemic obesity in the modern world. Among other things, they concluded that "implementing an obesity-abatement program on the required scale will not be easy." I presume that is intended to be somber, but the magnitude of understatement makes it almost funny. And sad. No, it will not be easy -- not in the world as it is. In the ...

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