Dr. Joe's Health Lab: 164 Amazing Insights into the Science of Medicine, Nutrition and Well-being
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The bestselling author of Brain Fuel and An Apple a Day reveals the science of being well, eating well, and staying well clear of "alternative therapy" charlatans.
Health Lab's theme is the most popular of Dr Joe's specialities. There are riveting and sometimes hair-raising vignettes from the history of medicine and food production. There are reports aimed at equipping readers to recognize and beware muddled thinking, misunderstandings and deceptions in media stories about health and nutrition and in the claims made by the peddlars of "alternative" therapies. There is a wealth of information on the science of inner well-being and outer beauty. The secret to good health lies in understanding the chemistry involved. Ask Dr. Joe.
medicine for “showing that cows who have names give more milk than cows that are nameless.” The Peace Prize went to Swiss researchers who determined experimentally that, when smashed over a victim’s head, empty beer bottles were likely to cause more damage than full ones. Maybe Bodnar’s bra could be modified to serve as helmets for protection in bar fights. Of course, it would have to be a padded bra. When opportune, the bra could be removed and offered to the combatants, who could then pummel
Photoaging is the direct cause of many a fine wrinkle. Can anything be done to forestall these telltale signs of advancing age? Well, maybe there is something to be learned from Cleopatra, from French aristocrats and Polynesian women. Cleopatra used to bathe, so the legend goes, in donkey’s milk. This may not have been as nonsensical as it sounds, provided the milk was sour. And without refrigeration, amid soaring temperatures, it’s a good bet it was. Spoiled milk contains lactic acid, a
the mouth is backed up by a study of stationary bikers who were asked to rinse their mouths with either a solution of glucose or one of saccharin, without swallowing. Amazingly, the glucose solution improved performance, somehow suggesting to the cyclists’ brains that more calories were on their way. So, what does this all mean? That there may be more to the appeal of sugary foods than just sweetness. A craving for sweetness may actually be a craving for calories, and since artificial sweeteners
description. A simpler term would be mycoprotein, meaning a protein derived from a fungus. Mushrooms are fungi, but not all fungi are mushrooms. And the one used to make Quorn certainly is not a mushroom. It’s a fungus isolated from a soil sample taken in the village of Marlow in the U.K. in 1960. At the time, there was widespread belief that the world was on the brink of a protein shortage, and this particular fungus seemed like an excellent source of protein. When fermented in large vats, it
and even some foods are coloured with titanium dioxide. Since it has excellent reflective properties, titanium dioxide is also used in sunblocks. In what common medical test do horseradish and blue dye play a part? Horseradish can be linked to the urine test for diabetes. We have come a long way since physicians tasted a drop of urine to determine whether a patient had diabetes. The sweet taste was a giveaway, but the test, besides being decidedly unappetizing, wasn’t quantitative.