All Posts in Category "Diet and Nutrition"

Coconut Water – Rehydrating with the Naturalistic Fallacy

Coconut Water – Rehydrating with the Naturalistic Fallacy

09 February 2012 by Scott Gavura

I’m a runner, and have been actively running for over a decade. Since I started running, I’ve consumed Gatorade Lemon-Lime almost exclusively as my as my rehydration fluid of choice. Whenever my run will last over about an hour, I carry and consume Gatorade to offset fluid loss and give me some carbohydrate. The formulation […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Health25 Comments

Extraordinary health claims about Farmers’ Market foods

Extraordinary health claims about Farmers’ Market foods

07 December 2011 by Richelle McCullough

Image credit: B Tal Near my house in Winnipeg, there’s a summertime Farmer’s Market that I used to go to every weekend to buy fresh local fruits, vegetables and honey. I grew up in rural farming communities and come from a long line of farmers, so I like supporting the little guys who still run family […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Prairies16 Comments

Do Antioxidant Supplements Negate the Beneficial Effects of Exercise?

Do Antioxidant Supplements Negate the Beneficial Effects of Exercise?

24 November 2011 by Scott Gavura

I have skeptical confession to make. I was once a panacea-seeking antioxidant-taker. As background, I’m a marathon runner and occasional triathlete. Several years ago, I was training for an Ironman triathlon, and banking 20+ hours of intense exercise per week. That may sound absurd to many (it does to me, now that I have kids) […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Health3 Comments

Watching Water Boil

Watching Water Boil

30 August 2011 by Marion Kilgour

Recently, I stopped adding salt to my water for cooking pasta. I had always been told by my mother that adding salt makes the water boil faster…but everything seemed to be taking the same amount of time. This seemed like something I hadn’t thought about before but could now easily apply some critical thinking to. […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Diet and Nutrition, Science14 Comments

What We’re Reading

What We’re Reading

16 August 2011 by Scott Gavura

  It’s the lazy days of summer, folks. We’re thinking skeptically, but let’s just say we’ve been, well, distracted. Here’s what we’ve been reading, dockside. Homeopathy Homeopathic manufacturer Boiron is threatening to sue an Italian blogger regarding the homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum, claiming posts are “defamatory”  Here’s his blog, translated into English. In yet another example […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Probability and Statistics, Skepticism2 Comments

Nutritionists Come With Pitchforks!

Nutritionists Come With Pitchforks!

10 May 2011 by Erik Davis

OK, so maybe they don’t.  In fact, everyone was pretty civil in the comments to my nutritionist series last month, and I’d like to thank all the commenters for that…it doesn’t always happen in the blogosphere.  I recognize that I ruffled some feathers, and now that the dust has settled, I wanted to address some […]

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Posted in Canada, Diet and Nutrition, Health, Skepticism41 Comments

The Legitimacy Diet, Part 3 – Science, It’s Alive

The Legitimacy Diet, Part 3 – Science, It’s Alive

28 April 2011 by Erik Davis

Many years ago — seems like a lifetime ago now — my daughter was born with a low birth weight.  Although at 38 weeks and otherwise healthy, she entered this world a scrawny 4 lbs 14 oz, and the first months of her life were spent hovering around the 3rd percentile of the weight charts. […]

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Posted in Canada, Diet and Nutrition, Health, Skepticism101 Comments

The Legitimacy Diet, Part 2 – Once More into the Fridge

The Legitimacy Diet, Part 2 – Once More into the Fridge

27 April 2011 by Erik Davis

In the first part of this series, we took a look at several of the organizations that confer non-established accreditation on graduates of the various nutritionist programs in Canada. We saw how the schools themselves will invent official-sounding organizations to hand out official-sounding designations for what are essentially local diplomas. We saw how third parties […]

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Posted in Canada, Diet and Nutrition, Health, Skepticism7 Comments

The Legitimacy Diet, Part 1 – All Nutritionists are Certifiable

The Legitimacy Diet, Part 1 – All Nutritionists are Certifiable

26 April 2011 by Erik Davis

The team of nutritionists at D’avignon Digestive Health Centre on Danforth Avenue in Toronto are an impressive bunch — just consider their qualifications: Louise Comtois – CNP, RNCP, Colon Therapist Heidi Horowitz – CNP, RNCP, Live Cell Analyst Marnie Ryan – CNP, Colon Therapist Natasha Audette – RHN, Colon Therapist Jane Sloan – CNP, NNCP, […]

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Posted in Canada, Diet and Nutrition, Health, Skepticism13 Comments

Coughs, colds, and the “appealing but mistaken concept of boosting the immune system”

Coughs, colds, and the “appealing but mistaken concept of boosting the immune system”

24 January 2011 by Erik Davis

I came down with a nasty cold before the holidays – so bad that I briefly thought I had the flu, and was cursing myself for having waited so long to get the flu shot, which I’d received just before the symptoms began. Amidst all the sniffling and groaning and self-pitying, it occurred to me […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Health, Medical Conditions, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism, Vaccines27 Comments