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The Shambulance: 5 Reasons Not to “Cleanse” Your Colon

July 4, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Happy Independence Day! Here’s hoping all your fireworks are experienced externally. This post first appeared in October 2012. **************** The Shambulance is an occasional series in which I try to find the truth about bogus or overhyped health products. Physiologist Steven Swoap is with me at the helm. If you’ve been tempted by promotions for “colon hydrotherapy”—that […]

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The Shambulance: 5 Reasons Not to “Cleanse” Your Colon

October 25, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

The Shambulance is an occasional series in which I try to find the truth about bogus or overhyped health products. Physiologist Steven Swoap is with me at the helm. If you’ve been tempted by promotions for “colon hydrotherapy”—that is, sessions in which you would pay someone to put a tube up your rectum and wash out your […]

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Make Mine Well-Done (with a Side of Calories)

November 8, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Unless you enjoy your beef patties uncooked and straight from the fridge, there may be more calories hiding in that hamburger than you think. Harvard researcher Rachel Carmody says that our standard method of measuring calorie content doesn’t account for the ways heat changes food. Cooking adds calories, Carmody says, and she’s got some Atkins-adherent […]

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Are Your Gut Bacteria Vegetarian?

September 2, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

This spring, scientists announced that each person seems to have a signature set of gut bacteria, like a blood type for the microbiome. Their human subjects fell into three separate “enterotypes,” each one representing a distinct microbial ecosystem. The enterotypes didn’t correlate with subjects’ age, gender, or nationality. But a new study has found something […]

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Nesting-Doll Bugs Make a Complete Set

August 19, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Describing what might make the worst gift ever, researchers John McCutcheon and Carol von Dohlen report that they’ve found a system of symbionts resembling Russian nesting dolls. A tiny bacterium lives inside a slightly less tiny bacterium, which lives inside a mealybug. Unlike a nicely painted set of wooden dolls, though, each complete on its […]

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Cephalopods in Space

April 29, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

The space shuttle Endeavour* is scheduled to blast off this afternoon at 3:47 EDT. It will be the second-to-last launch before NASA retires their shuttle fleet for good. The shuttle’s commander, Mark Kelly, has spent much of the last few months at the bedside of his wife, senator Gabrielle Giffords, while she recovers from being shot […]

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