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WHAT THE SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS

September 18, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

The media has struck oil. That's how it seems anyway. Because lately I'm finding more and more items on the nutrition news web sites about good oil, bad oil, and all the oils in between. And in a couple of recent e-Alerts I've joined in with the oil chorus, telling you about the pros and cons of canola oil, and the cons of cooking oil with trans-fatty acids (for which there are no "pros"). 

WORLD DOMINATION - PART I

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

September 16, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

This was the headline I came across on the BBC News web site last month: 

"Warning on Vitamin Use" 

Unfortunately that's not a misprint. Britons are being warned about the use of supplementary vitamins in what can only be described as a propaganda campaign designed to create a negative mindset toward vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements. 

THE INDELIBLE YEAR

September 11, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

I'll be honest, I grappled with how to begin this e-Alert - and how to end it. Because for one year now we've been coping with that thing that's always there, whether we address it directly or not. Everything that's happened in 365 days - all the complex but "normal" passages of life - have, inevitably been measured against a sense of grief, both personal and collective. 

SUGAR IN THE MORNING, SUGAR IN THE EVENING...

September 4, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

If someone stacked 150 one-pound bags of sugar on your kitchen table on January 1st, how long would you say it might take you to ingest all of it in the course of your normal diet? A couple of years? Five years? Longer? 

The fact is that in the U.S., the per capita sugar consumption averages a staggering 152 pounds per person, per year. 

NOT IN THE SAYING, BUT THE DOING

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

August 29, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

Knowing that I would be out of town for part of this week, I asked HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D., if he would sit in for me today and he kindly agreed. We both thought this would be a perfect opportunity for him to elaborate on a comment of his that I quoted in a recent e-Alert 
("The New Big Oil" 8/20/02). 

NO THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

August 26, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

I have an old friend named Helen whose age is...well, let's just say she started collecting social security checks some time ago. She's an energetic and high-spirited woman, and if you say the words "senior moment" in her presence...well, let's just say you'd be better off avoiding that phrase. 

DECONSTRUCTING JAMA

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

August 27, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

Could vitamin E be bad for you? Don't you believe it. 

It would certainly seem unlikely that a well-known antioxidant source like vitamin E could actually do any harm. And yet I came across an article from Reuters Health last week with this headline: "Vitamin E May Worsen Elders' Respiratory Infections." 

NO THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

August 26, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

I have an old friend named Helen whose age is...well, let's just say she started collecting social security checks some time ago. She's an energetic and high-spirited woman, and if you say the words "senior moment" in her presence...well, let's just say you'd be better off avoiding that phrase. 

WHO'S ON FIRST

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

August 22, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

There's an old Abbott & Costello routine where Abbott tells a perfectly healthy Costello that he looks sick. I don't recall what Abbott's motive is in planting this suggestion with his impressionable pal, but he quickly convinces Costello that he's in serious need of medical attention.