Nutrition Health Review

Health magazine (tabloid).

Articles from Winter

Alternative Medicine Also Has Its Abundance of Unethical Sharks, Charlatans and Quacks
The past few decades have witnessed a remarkable surge in awareness of health maintenance and treatment of disease. With this concern have come the unending droves of promoters, frauds, and exploiters who traditionally prey upon the naive and trusting....
Connection between Vitamin D Deficiency and Two Bowel Diseases
Research at Penn State University has demonstrated a connection between vitamin D deficiency and two bowel diseases that occur in one of every 1000 people in North America and Europe. Dr. Margherita T. Cantoma, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and...
Consumer Group Hails FDA Decision to Label Artery-Clogging Fat
In 1994, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require that trans fat--the type of fat created when vegetable oil is hardened into margarine and shortening--be included along with...
Controversial `Abortion Pill' May Pose Health Risks
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved mifepristone, (see "FDA Approves Sale of RU-486," page 11), previously known as RU-486, for medical or elective abortions on demand. Nutrition Health Review interviewed Dr. Joel Brind, Ph.D., Professor...
Death by Dietary Supplement?
The Dietary Supplement Health Education Act provides consumers with the ability to purchase health supplements over the counter. But with freedom comes responsibility. Dr. Henry Miller, a former official with the FDA, wrote the following article and...
`Heart-Healthy' Food Claims Challenged
Stroll down any supermarket aisle, and you're likely to see dozens of different health claims on food packages. Next to some of these claims sits the heart-check symbol, the American Heart Association (AHA) "seal of approval." The symbol signifies...
In Memory of Frank Ray Rifkin-Renaissance Man Founder, Editor, and Publisher of Nutrition Health Review
Frank Ray Rifkin was the most amazing person I have ever encountered. Even if he were not my father, I still would have wanted to know him. His range of interests was proportionate to his intellectual fervor, which seemed endless. He harbored an...
Iron Deficiency to Be Studied in People of Scottish & Irish Descent
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--Low-income people in western North Carolina will be tested over the next two years for hemochromatosis, the most common genetic illness in North America, through a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) public service...
Juvenile Diabetes `Type 1' May Be Linked to Milk Consumption
The jury is still out on whether cow's milk given to a newborn can cause type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes, commonly known as juvenile diabetes. However, evidence may be mounting that connects the two. According to a study reported in the June...
Nutrition Facts Labels Should Also Include Energy Density
Energy density--the number of calories per ounce--should also be listed on packaged food Nutrition Facts labels, suggests a Penn State researcher. "When you make even small changes in the energy density of a food, by adding vegetables or fruit or...
Our Global Plate: Tools for Your Culinary Enlightenment
My name is Albert H. Chase, Jr., a.k.a. "Chef Al." I am a vegetarian chef, teacher, and consultant and founder of the Institute for Culinary Awakening[TM] (ICA[TM]), an education and service-based organization offering training in New Mexico as well...
Past Study Indicates Abortion Increases Risk of Breast Cancer
Having an induced abortion may increase a woman's risk for breast cancer later in life by nearly one third, according to a review and statistical analysis of 23 studies of women with breast cancer, which appeared in the October 1996 Journal of Epidemiology...
Postscripts
IS YOUR MEDICATION too expensive for your budget? The Cost Containment Research Institute in Washington, D.C., has published a 32-page booklet, Free & Low Cost Prescription Drugs. This revised third edition is now available. "Many major drug...
Smart Shopping and Reading Labels
As a general rule, the more food is processed, the more likely it is to contain monosodium glutamate (MSG). It is also true that the ambiguities of labeling requirements can make it difficult to determine whether food products contains MSG, according...
Standards Set for Organic Foods
Clinton Administration Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman announced the final national standards for the production, handling, and processing of organically grown agricultural products. "This is the strongest and most comprehensive organic standard...
Surprise-There Is No Health-Care Crisis
We hear endless talk about a health-care crisis. But the facts are clear--there really isn't one. The crisis is in medical care, medical insurance, medical procedures, and medical costs. All these come from the underlying problem of sharply rising...
Survey Details Extent of Conventional and Unconventional Medical Practices
The Eisenberg Study Many people use unconventional (also called "alternative," "complementary," "integrative") therapies for health problems, but the extent of this use and the costs are relatively unknown. D. M. Eisenberg and his group of researchers...
The FDA's Guide to Dietary Supplements
Set between a Chinese restaurant and a pizza and "sub" sandwich eatery, a Rockville, Maryland, health-food store offers yet another brand of edible items: bottled herbs like cat's claw, dandelion root, and blessed thistle; vitamins and minerals in...
The Labeling Minefield, with Emphasis on Aspartame
As an internist, medical consultant and researcher, I have long been concerned over the shortcomings of food drug and "supplement" labeling. The basis for such concern has been documented in a number of original reports about various products. Examples...
Update on Vitamin D: What the Labels Mean
Vitamin D, often called the "sunshine vitamin," is gaining attention in both maintenance of good health and correction of medical problems. In children, a severe lack of this vitamin--along with its mineral partner calcium--can lead to rickets, a deformation...