Do Artificial Colors Cause Hyperactivity?

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Color Them Hyperactive Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney Each year between 3 and 10% of school aged children are diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), also known as hyperactivity. Most of these children are currently being treated with drugs. And these drugs have side effects – ranging from relatively minor (loss of appetite, weight loss, insomnia […]

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Is Vitamin D Overhyped?

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Are Clouds Gathering For the Sunshine Vitamin? Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney We’ve known for years that vitamin D plays an essential role in calcium metabolism and is important for bone health. In fact, the use of vitamin D to prevent and cure rickets is one of the greatest success stories in the field of nutrition. […]

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Do High Protein Diets Cause Cancer?

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How Much Protein Should We Eat? Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney The recent headlines suggesting that high protein diets may cause cancer, diabetes and premature death in middle aged Americans are downright scary. You are probably asking yourself: “Is this new information?” “Does this apply to me?” “Should I radically change what I eat?” In this […]

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Does Carnitine Increase Heart Disease Risk?

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Carnitine: Dr. Jekyl or Mr. Hyde? Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney It’s both interesting and confusing when one Journal article appears talking about the dangers of a particular supplement and just a couple of weeks later another article appears talking about the benefits of that same supplement – especially when the conclusions of both articles are […]

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Are Saturated Fats Good For You?

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Is Everything We Thought We Knew About Fats Wrong? Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney Bring out the fatted calf! Headlines are proclaiming that saturated fats don’t increase your risk of heart disease – and that they may actually be good for you. The study (Annals of Internal Medicine, 160: 398-406, 2014) that attracted all the attention […]

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Can Diet Alter Your Genetic Destiny?

Bad Genes

Disease Is Not Inevitable Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney Many people seem to have the attitude that if obesity [or cancer, heart disease or diabetes] runs in their family, it is their destiny. They can’t really do anything about it, so why even try? Most of us in the field of nutrition have felt for years […]

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Are Dietary Supplements Safe?


It’s a Jungle Out There Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney It’s a jungle out there. You probably already know that there are some bad players in the food supplement industry. There are companies that make products that don’t work, products that haven’t been tested for safety and efficacy, products are contaminated, and even products that are […]

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Do Selenium & Vitamin E Increase Prostate Cancer Risk?

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Should Men Avoid Those Supplements? Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney You’ve probably seen the headlines saying “Supplementation with selenium and vitamin E increases the risk of prostate cancer.” The authors of the study even said “Men aged greater than 55 should avoid supplements with either vitamin E or Se (selenium) at doses that exceed recommended dietary […]

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Will Non-GMO Foods Be Less Nutritious?


The Unintended Consequences of the Proposed Non-GMO Labeling Laws Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney Post Foods recently announced that their Grape Nuts cereal will be completely non-GMO. General Foods followed suit by announcing that their Original Cheerios will also be non-GMO. That’s good news, right? Maybe, but it turns out that the new non-GMO Grape Nuts […]

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Are Toxic Chemicals Lowering Our IQ?

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Is Chemical Brain Drain A Pandemic? Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney In a past issue of “Health Tips From the Professor” I examined the evidence suggesting that toxic chemicals in the home could cause childhood asthma. That is alarming because asthma can predispose individuals to other diseases and affects quality of life. But, what if that […]

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