“Healthy Indulgence” Is Not An Oxymoron: A Valentine’s Treat

I wish delicious food weren’t regularly described as “decadent,” “sinful,” “indulgent,” a “guilty pleasure” or even (generally in the context of chocolate) as “death-by [insert killer food name here].” It’s as though a secret guild of puritanical spoil-sports had vowed to ruin Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day in one fell swoop by warning us that even the briefest moment of gustatory pleasure will send us straight to hell – or at least, to a well-deserved sick bed. Of course, not all tasty foods are good for you, and when over-indulged in can damage your waistline and your health. These include most mass-produced (and even some artisanal) “treats” such as cookies,…
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How The Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Your Cancer Risk

As World Cancer Day rolls around again, it’s striking – and frankly, more than a little dispiriting for us cancer educators – to see how little people know about the disease. Not about the actual disease – for cancer is a complex condition that baffles even researchers and oncologists – but about the risk factors that influence whether we get cancer or not. A survey commissioned by American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), published today, revealed that too many Americans still cling to the myth that they are powerless before cancer. The full details of the survey can be found here, but the section of the survey I’d like to examine more closely…
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“Healthy Indulgence” Is Not An Oxymoron: A Valentine’s Treat

I wish delicious food weren’t regularly described as “decadent,” “sinful,” “indulgent,” a “guilty pleasure” or even (generally in the context of chocolate) as “death-by [insert killer food name here].” It’s as though a secret guild of puritanical spoil-sports had vowed to ruin Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day in one fell swoop by warning us that even the briefest moment of gustatory pleasure will send us straight to hell – or at least, to a well-deserved sick bed. Of course, not all tasty foods are good for you, and when over-indulged in can damage your waistline and your health. These include most mass-produced (and even some artisanal) “treats” such as cookies,…
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How The Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Your Cancer Risk

As World Cancer Day rolls around again, it’s striking – and frankly, more than a little dispiriting for us cancer educators – to see how little people know about the disease. Not about the actual disease – for cancer is a complex condition that baffles even researchers and oncologists – but about the risk factors that influence whether we get cancer or not. A survey commissioned by American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), published today, revealed that too many Americans still cling to the myth that they are powerless before cancer. The full details of the survey can be found here, but the section of the survey I’d like to examine more closely…
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