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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