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Everyone farts — a lot — so let’s talk about why and what can be done

Let’s just pass this fact out right now: Farting is normal and everyone does it. Anyone who says they don’t is either lying or impossibly uncomfortable. But flatulence generates more snickers than thoughtful discussion, so I’m here to clear the air a bit.

By some estimates, a typical human generates…


Nutrition advice is confusing. A new study offers some fresh info to chew on.

Nutrition research and advice can be confusing and conflicting, even for someone diligently researching which foods to eat and which to avoid. A comprehensive new ranking system offers a bit of clarity and insight.

“Once you get beyond ‘eat your veggies, avoid soda,’ the public is pretty confused about how…


The Nuance

Immoderate approaches to eating — fueled by social media and misleading nutrition research — can put your brain and body at risk.

Every year, U.S. News & World Report assembles a panel of doctors, dieticians, and other nutrition experts and asks them to rank the best overall diets for human health. This year, the Mediterranean diet topped the panel’s list — as it did in 2020 and 2019.

The Mediterranean diet is…


Just like all habits, we can make sure it serves us instead of hurts us.

When Alan Gordon was in graduate school, he began to experience debilitating back pain that lasted for years. He underwent countless treatments to no avail.

Today, Gordon is pain-free — and he claims he was cured by his mind.

No, he didn’t heal himself with some psychic, new age quackery…


What medical research reveals about the reported cognitive and psychological effects

At the time of this writing, over 200 million people throughout the world are thought to have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (2019 coronavirus). This is proposed to have directly contributed to over four million deaths. Like other coronaviruses, SARS-CoV-2 was quickly identified as preferentially affecting the lungs and…


The question sex therapists get asked more than any other

Every sex therapist I know (myself included), seems to hear one particular question all day long: Am I normal?

I hate oral sex. Am I normal? I love oral sex more than anything. Am I normal? I don’t have orgasms from intercourse. Am I normal? I can only have orgasms…


The Nuance

The new Facebook allegations strengthen the case that social media — as it exists today — has a net negative impact

Toward the start of the pandemic — I think it was in April of 2020 — I was driving near my home in Detroit and listening to the radio.

Someone on the air, a comedian, was joking that if the coronavirus suddenly became sentient, it might be surprised to learn…


Age Wise

Finally, my experience confirms what the research has clearly shown

Somewhere outside Moab, Utah, my wife calmly reaches for the sky atop a house-sized, smooth red rock. Ancient towering formations balance improbably behind her. The Colorado River lazes below, milky green. Above, the blue is deep, endless, the early morning air crisp, quiet, still.

It’s a perfect spot to do…


Why we sanction some body modifications and not others

The headlines don’t get much stranger: “Two Charged With Murder in Illegal Butt Lift Operation.” The story broke September 16, with a mother and daughter arrested for injecting liquefied silicon into a woman’s buttocks. …


Why the pandemic has hit low-income places so hard

Throughout the pandemic, one of the hardest things to pin down has been the death rate of Covid-19. It seems simple — you just take your number of deaths and divide by cases — but in practice, we know that there are many people who are asymptomatic and will never…

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