National Body Challenge 2009

From Discovery Health, the National Body Challenge 2009. A full-feature support community that includes recipes, expert advice, daily challenges and a progress tracker. Weight loss is part of it, but the overall message is about making healthier changes.

Splenda may not be splendid

A recent study in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health has found that Splenda, a commonly used artificial sweetener, had numerous adverse effects when given to rats, including (1) reduction in beneficial fecal microflora, (2) increased fecal pH, and (3) enhanced expression levels of P-gp, CYP3A4, and CYP2D1, which are known to limit the bioavailability of orally administered drugs.

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Happy birthday Chuck

From Robb Wolf at Crossfit Norcal, a tribute to Charles Darwin, and Darwin’s influence on his own way of thinking about nutrition.

I’d like to take a moment and shout out to the original Chuck D in three other ways…

New site is up!

Howdy folks! It’s Feb 11 and I’ve FINALLY got the new site up! Yes, it took ages. I tried two other content management systems before settling into Wordpress. And boy was there a lot of junk to clean up. Crummy HTML, articles I’d forgotten about, links that had expired… sheesh.

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Things you should not lift if you want to look like Madonna

According to Madonna’s trainer Tracy Anderson, a woman should never lift more than three-pound weights. “Most gym programs overwork major muscle groups,” she said. “Repetition builds and bulks muscles.”

In order to prevent all of you lovelies from this horrible fate I have compiled the following list of Things You Should Not Lift if You Want To Look Like Madonna…

New exercise guidelines from AHA and ACSM

The American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine have released new exercise guidelines that include recommendations for higher-intensity exercise for all age groups as well as a mix of strength and aerobic training. Click post title to read more…

56-year old woman swims Atlantic

Jennifer Figge’s résumé is an unconventional read peppered with eyebrow-raising lines such as these: Ran across South America, Chile & Argentina, 576 miles, 21 days (1993); Ran across Mexico, 180 miles (last 60 miles in cast on left leg), 8 days (1995); Swam Aruba to Venezuela, Incomplete (currents, jellyfish sting/swollen eye), 18 miles (1996).

When the 56-year-old logs her latest accomplishment, achieved last week, it will read something like this: Swam in cage from Africa to Trinidad, 2,100 miles, or this: Became first woman to swim across Atlantic Ocean (2009).

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Tainted weight loss products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding its nationwide alert to consumers about tainted weight loss pills that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients. On December 22, 2008, FDA warned consumers not to purchase or consume 28 different products marketed for weight loss. Since that time, FDA analysis has identified 41 more tainted weight loss […]