Get Up. Get Out. Don’t Sit.

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Just as we were all settling in front of the television to watch the baseball playoffs, two new studies about the perils of sitting have spoiled our viewing pleasure. The research, published in separate medical journals this month, adds to a growing scientific consensus that the more time someone spends sitting, especially in front of […]

Life, Interrupted: Fighting Cancer, and Myself

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There is a dreadful routine to chemotherapy. My life has been synched to a chemotherapy calendar ever since my leukemia diagnosis last year. I have become an expert at predicting when side effects and symptoms will set in. It’s a ghoulish monthly party, and the guests always arrive on time: nausea, vomiting, chills, exhaustion, fever, […]

Has Organic Been Oversized?

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Michael J. Potter is one of the last little big men left in organic food. More than 40 years ago, Mr. Potter bought into a hippie cafe and “whole earth” grocery here that has since morphed into a major organic foods producer and wholesaler, Eden Foods. But one morning last May, he hopped on his […]

Craving Carbs on an Empty Stomach

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Have a habit of skipping meals? A new study shows that people who sit down to eat after an overnight fast are more likely to ignore protein, fats and vegetables and head straight for high-calorie carbohydrates and starches first. The news may not come as a surprise to long-term dieters, or anyone used to bingeing […]

A Better Way to Prepare Quinoa

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If you enjoy cooking with quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), then you’ll appreciate the latest preparation tips from Martha Rose Shulman. Once you perfect your prep, you’ll be rewarded with five delicious new salads made with quinoa. Ms. Shulman writes: I’m always tweaking the way I cook quinoa, and this week I changed my method for basic […]

Growing Up With a Fat Dad

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I grew up with a fat dad – 450 pounds at his heaviest. Every week he would rotate to a new fad diet, and my family ended up eating whatever freeze-dried, saccharin-loaded concoction he was trying at that moment. By the time I was 9, I was an expert on Atkins, Pritikin and Weight Watchers, […]

Tantric Sex Cult? William Broads Science of Yoga: Anecdotal and Uninformed

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William Broad’s Science of Yoga: Anecdotal and Uninformed This last Sunday I went to church, and right there in the middle of the sanctuary during the passing of the peace, a nice lady came up and asked me if the yoga I teach was really just a sanitized version of some ancient tantric sex cult. […]

Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here

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The wholesome image of yoga took a hit in the past few weeks as a rising star of the discipline came tumbling back to earth. After accusations of sexual impropriety with female students, John Friend, the founder of Anusara, one of the world’s fastest-growing styles, told followers that he was stepping down for an indefinite […]

Exercise as Housecleaning for the Body

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When ticking off the benefits of physical activity, few of us would include intracellular housecleaning. But a new study suggests that the ability of exercise to speed the removal of garbage from inside our body’s cells may be one of its most valuable, if least visible, effects. In the new research, which was published last […]

NY Times: Yoga Can Wreck Your Health. (Here Are 7 Ways To Avoid It)

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The recent New York Times magazine article “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” (William Broad, Jan. 5, 2012) has created an international controversy in the world of yoga. The article’s focus on reclusive yoga teacher, Glenn Black, a respected faculty member at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, draws attention to the hazards of the […]