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Science shows extract makes you lose weight, but not really

by Denis Faye | June 11, 2015
Filed Under: Studies A Go-Go

The latest chapter in humankind’s never-ending Quest to Lose Weight Without Trying Too Hard showed up on the pages of the journal Cell last month. Harvard researchers used an extract Celastrol from a Chinese plant called Tri

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Antibiotics and Obesity: Your Body’s Most Dangerous BFFs

by Denis Faye | November 4, 2011
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Here are two facts that every good Nerd Herder knows. 1. We over-use antibiotics.2. Too many of us are fat. So if I blogged about either one of those individually, it’d make for a rather ho-hum post. Eyes would glaze over. A

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A New Weapon in the Obesity War: Religious Persecution

by Denis Faye | October 27, 2011
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The reason overweight people can’t seem to keep weight off post-diet is pretty simple; They eat too much. Why this happens, however, is much more complex.┬áNerd Herders probably know that the reason I feel this happens is we

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Switching your genes won’t help you fit in your jeans.

by Denis Faye | May 16, 2011
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In one of the more subtly surreal news stories I’ve read in recent months, Reuters reported yesterday that researchers have uncovered a “master gene” in body fat that regulates other genes associated with obesity

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BMI and BAI: Better fitness through fancy math

by Denis Faye | March 4, 2011
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Next to Monsanto, fad diets, and trucker hats, BMI (Body Mass Index) is the bane of my existence. It’s commonly used by the medical profession – even taught in schools – to determine how fat you are. Yet, it can

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Can’t fit in your jeans? Blame your genes!

by Denis Faye | February 28, 2011
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Hooray! Science has uncovered yet another scapegoat for what a fat, lazy society we’ve become. No, it’s not a new kind of corn-based sweetener and no, McDonald’s hasn’t finally started triple-sizing their m

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The FDA: Lapdogs for the Lap-band

by Denis Faye | January 17, 2011
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I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching in the new year, trying to bring more tranquility to my tumultuous psyche. It seemed to be working for a while. Thanks for surfing and meditation, I had some serious Zen going and I wa

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Fighting diabetes: good. Justifying obesity: bad

by Denis Faye | December 29, 2010
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Hold on tight, Nerd Herd. I’m going all cuttin’ edge today with a study from the journal Nature Medicine regarding a hormone called adiponectin that could potentially prevent cell suicide. This, in turn, could have an

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Nothin’ wrong with being Rubenesque

by Denis Faye | October 11, 2010
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I’m of two minds about two new papers coming out in the journal Nature Genetics regarding obesity and genetics. On one hand, thumbs up to the smart-ass who named the group producing the papers the “GIANT consortiumR

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It costs a lot to weigh a lot

by Denis Faye | September 27, 2010
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Although the notion that obesity drives up health care costs has been around for a while, a new study out of George Washington University shows that’s not the only expense. Once you account for other factors, such as lost pr

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