All Posts by Camille

The Golden Girls on Menopause

Thanks to one of my former students, here is an episode where the Girls discuss menopause and menstruation. Some interesting topics come up, including the fact that menarche, menstruation and menopause are often shrouded in mystery; many women do not know what to expect at the beginning or the end of their reproductive years. It’s […]

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Apparently it IS possible to mess up oatmeal

Mark Bittman’s article in the NYT Opinionater this week reveals the dark side of McDonalds’ “healthy” choice. I bring this up not only because the article is a valuable resource for clients – including recipes for DIY oatmeal and the eye-popping fact that McD’s oatmeal has only 10 fewer calories than an Egg McMuffin or […]

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Book Review: The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing

I’ve been reading “The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use” by J.N. Liles, and while I’m not quite finished with it I am thoroughly impressed. Liles includes very specific recipes for dyeing cotton, wool and silk with plant/mineral material. He has personally tested almost every recipe provided in the text, […]

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Phytoestrogens (soy) and hypothyroid – a new RCT

As you may recall, there is some concern that phytoestrogens – such as the daidzein and genestein found in soy – interfere with thyroid function. Specifically, some evidence (mostly in vitro) suggests that phytoestrogens may inhibit thyroid peroxidase (TPO), the enzyme found on/near the interface of the thyroid cell and the colloid matrix inside the […]

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Thoughts on the vitamin D craze

I suppose the word “craze” sums up my feelings nicely. To elaborate, though, I have some concerns about widespread recommendations that many or most people should consider taking large doses of supplemental vitamin D over long periods of time. When I’m thinking about supplements my first question usually involves how this nutrient shows up naturally. […]

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Welcome to my new site!

Hello everyone! As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve upgraded to a new and more exciting website. As usual, you can check out the blog for overexcitement about physiological minutia, answers to common client questions, nutrition rants and raves and a nagging feeling that it all fits together somehow. Please poke around, sign up to receive email […]

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