A Lesson In History: Clinical Trials Mean Patients Have Power

Disclaimer: This piece has been entered in the Patients Have Power Writing Contest, run by Clara Health.  It is designed to raise awareness about clinical trials and the importance of breakthrough research.  I am passionate about this cause, as it brings hope to millions of individuals, like me, who have chronic illnesses for which there … Continue reading A Lesson In History: Clinical Trials Mean Patients Have Power

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Vitamins: Should You Supplement?

As a purveyor of health and wellness education, I am no stranger to the controversies that surround seemingly benign topics.  While it is uncommon to see the pro- and anti- vitamin camps fight as bitterly as those talking about vaccinations, vitamin supplementation is surprisingly controversial. In its early history, vitamin supplementation in the United States … Continue reading Vitamins: Should You Supplement?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day- Now Put Down That Green Beer!

So, today is St. Patrick’s Day. Here in the U.S. it is something of a point to celebrate one’s Irish heritage. Given the historically crummy treatment of Irish immigrants (particularly throughout the mid-19th century), I certainly appreciate the irony where we all proudly claim our Irish ancestry. To be fair, most groups of immigrants face … Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day- Now Put Down That Green Beer!

Health For The Americas: WWII, Espionage, & Disney

Today, I thought it would be great to travel back in time and look at healthy eating during WWII. During the 1940s, the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs commissioned Walt Disney Studios to create series of cartoons to provide health education for those in Central and South America. "Health for The Americas: Planning … Continue reading Health For The Americas: WWII, Espionage, & Disney

Source Evaluation Series Week 7: Privacy Policy Review

In my last post, the Source Evaluation Series covered the accuracy of claims appearing on the American Lung Association website,* as well as how one should evaluate accuracy for other websites. This week, we are covering privacy policies and online privacy in general. When you access the internet, you leave yourself vulnerable. Of course, many … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 7: Privacy Policy Review

Source Evaluation Series Week 6: Realism of Claims

In my last Source Evaluation Series post, we covered sources and accuracy of information appearing on the American Lung Association website*. Today, we will look at the realism of claims. While somewhat related to source accuracy and validity of data, it does require a slightly different approach. If someone were to offer a diet pill … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 6: Realism of Claims