Jewish Journal

  • A Brief History of Unnatural Selection

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 21, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    Indulge me as I digress from writing about health this week to write about an important scientific breakthrough.

    People have been altering the living things around us as long as we have been around.  We domesticated wild wolves into tame dogs and kept them for protection and as... read on

  • Maybe You Have Food Allergies, But Probably Not

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 14, 2010 | 4:49 pm

    A lot of people who believe they have food allergies don’t.  What’s worse, a lot of people who were told by their doctor they have food allergies don’t.

    An article in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association tried to review the existing literature... read on

  • Zostavax is Safe, Effective, and Not Free

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 7, 2010 | 5:55 pm

    Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is the virus that causes chicken pox, usually a relatively minor childhood illness.  Unlike other viruses that are cleared from our bodies after infection, VZV stays in our sensory nerve cells forever.  Over the subsequent decades our immunity to VZV... read on

  • Vitamin E is Effective for Fatty Liver

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 30, 2010 | 5:42 pm

    My regular readers know my skepticism about vitamin supplements.  I leap at the chance to bring you news that some vitamin has been tested for some disease and found useless.  So for balance, I have to also report when a well-designed study finds that a vitamin actually helps... read on

  • A Dietitian’s Thoughts on Diet Sodas

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 23, 2010 | 10:35 am

    Two weeks ago I wrote a post about the mistake we make when we think of some medicine or food as generally “good for you” or “bad for you” as opposed to having specific benefits and harms.  I started with an anecdote in which a friend asked me whether diet sodas or regular... read on

  • Your Food Is Pretty Safe, But it’s Not Getting Safer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 16, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    In a world where journalism was free of hype the above headline would have been atop the many stories this week relating to a press release by the CDC about food-borne illness.  The numbers are far less sensational than the headlines.

    The CDC report reviewed statistics about... read on

  • Vitamin C and Vitamin E Do Not Prevent Eclampsia

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 9, 2010 | 4:43 pm

    A friend of mine recently asked me “Is regular soda or diet soda better for you?”

    I tried to probe for details.  “Are you talking about calories?  Obviously, if you’re watching your weight or restricting carbohydrates, you should have the diet soda.”

    “No, I don’t mean... read on

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