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MSG: A Complete Guide to Health and Nutrition

Amanda Greene | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Greene

To set the record straight about MSG, I've taken a close look at the large body of scientific research and spoken with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to learn what you need to know about MSG -- what it is, why it's used, and whether or not it's safe.

You Need to Know: What Do Natural, Local and Organic Mean?

Eve Turow | Posted 07.17.2014 | Food
Eve Turow

Today's consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from, and demand for "organic," "local" and "natural" foods is on the rise. But what do those labels really mean?

The FDA Finally Tackles the Mushrooming Portion Distortion Problem

Dawn Zier | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dawn Zier

The problem is that as "single serving" bottles, bags and boxes got bigger, these official serving sizes didn't.

FDA Looks to Twitter to Raise Drug Awareness

Jason Wahler | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason Wahler

I'm not fully sold on the idea that this is the best way to educate the public about prescription drug abuse. Yes, it is helpful, but when you look at the bigger picture, it's going to take more than just Twitter to change the way people view prescription drug abuse.

Friday Talking Points -- Courtin' Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of June is an important time on the political calendar, but it is one which most Americans don't really think about all that much. It's hard to fault this, so let's take a quick run through the important decisions handed down in the past week.

Anna Almendrala

Why Kids Don't Need To Take Their Vitamins

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living

Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to vitamins and minerals, less is more. A new report published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) ...

The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

Helping the Food Industry Shake Its Salt Habit

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Maisie Ganzler

Salt sits on nearly every table in this country. Humans need it to live, but at the levels that Americans currently consume it, sodium could be the single most dangerous substance in the food supply.

Matt Ferner

Feds To Consider Reclassifying Marijuana As Less Dangerous Drug

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

The feds could actually soften their stance a little when it comes to weed. The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the medical evidence surr...

The Food Safety Movement Grows Tall

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.20.2014 | Green
Ralph Nader

Across the country, consumers are demanding the right to know what is in their food, and labeling of genetically engineered food. It's a vibrant and diverse coalition: mothers and grandmothers, health libertarians, progressives, foodies, environmentalists, main street conservatives and supporters of free-market economics.

5 Years Later, What a Difference -- for This Smoker, for Smoking Reform

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

As we celebrate these twin five-year milestones -- Sternberg's turnaround and the FDA Tobacco Control Act -- let's appreciate the simple pleasure of putting one foot in front of the other, headed in the right direction. And let's keep our eye on the ultimate finish line of a tobacco-free nation.

Senators Slam E-Cigarette Company Marketing Practices

Reuters | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. senators heavily criticized the marketing practices of e-cigarette companies on W...

A Tick Bite, an Illness and Questionable Diagnostic Tests

Beth Daley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Daley

There are thousands of truly sick people who are convinced that they have a chronic form of Lyme. But many of them receive a diagnosis based on unvalidated tests that have never fully been proven to show they correctly identify the disease.

Oh, Come on, Really? The FDA vs. Cheese Makers

Anne Maxfield | Posted 06.17.2014 | Taste
Anne Maxfield

In an amazing use of its legislative powers, the FDA has ruled that wooden boards are not approved for use in cheese aging operations, declaring that "the use of wooden shelves for cheese ripening does not conform to current Good Manufacturing Practices."

Every State Counts: Support GMO Labeling in Oregon and Colorado

Michele Simon | Posted 06.13.2014 | Food
Michele Simon

As we learned in California and Washington (states that narrowly lost GMO labeling initiatives despite being massively outspent) every debate draws more attention to the issue and weakens Big Biotech's undue influence over our food supply.

FDA Should Fight Products, Not Food

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

If we ban artisinal and traditional food practices like wood board aging on the grounds that they're not sanitary, the only foods we'll be left with are the processed ones.

FDA Issues Clarification On Wood Aging Of Cheese

culture magazine | Posted 06.12.2014 | Green
culture magazine

Apparently the issue began when the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), a branch of the FDA, sent a letter to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services.

FDA Bans Wood Aging Boards For Cheese

culture magazine | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green
culture magazine

Cheesemakers, mongers, and consumers are fighting back on many fronts, calling the listeria concern blanket lawmaking.

Here's Why The FDA's New Cheesemaking Ban Is Terrible News For Artisans

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.10.2014 | Taste

You might have to start stocking up (and saying goodbye) to your favorite cheeses...

President Obama Could Help Save Dying Children, But Apparently He Prefers Budweiser

Tracy Seckler | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Seckler

On March 27, the very day we reached 100,000 signatures, another petition on the White House's We the People website also hit the mark. Sponsored by Budweiser and promoted through a professional ad campaign, "Declare Major League Baseball Opening Day a National Holiday" has already been graced with an official White House reply.

Shooting Stars, Hot Flashes and Feeling Sexy

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Center for Health Research Q: How is watching shooting stars like taking "pink Via...

American Youth Are Bombarded By E-Cigarette Ads

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of television advertising for electronic cigarettes that American adolescents saw jumped...

Bolder Action Is Needed to Keep Young People From Smoking

Edward J. Benz, Jr. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Edward J. Benz, Jr.

While we are waiting for the FDA to act, states should immediately raise the legal age for buying tobacco to 21. Cities and towns should ban the sale of tobacco altogether.

Does Pharma Have a Constitutional Right to Push Dangerous Drugs?

Allen Frances | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Let's hope that the continuing string of Pharma outrages and scandals provokes a righteous and effective backlash. We are fighting the wrong war on drugs. Containing Pharma should be our number one public health priority.

Here's What You Need To Know About The New Nutrition Labels

Helen Agresti RD | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Helen Agresti RD

Accurate and reliable information is crucial to help the fight against childhood obesity and the many health problems it causes. The new food label will provide that information.