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Remember, exercise is the best predictor for success at weight loss and lifestyle modification.

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Looking to fight cancer with food? Watch this video from to find out why your best bet might just be a spinach and radicchio salad with shredded beet, onions and a garlicky dressing.

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A disturbing new report from the Food & Environment Reporting Network and ABC News finds evidence that links the cause of mysteriously drug resistant bladder infections in women to factory-farmed poultry treated with antibiotics. Bladder infections affect 60% of all American women and, in part due to the fact that a single course of antibiotics no longer works to treat these infections, costs an estimated $1 billion annually. Watch this clip that originally appeared on ABC World News.

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So, what about the other white meat, pork? Please read this article from NPR's food blog, the Salt, that reports on research showing how an antibiotic-susceptible staph germ passed from humans into pigs, where it became resistant to the antibiotics tetracycline and methicillin. Then the antibiotic-resistant staph jumped back into humans. It has since spread from pigs into cattle and poultry.

And, finally, in this 2011 clip from Dr. Michael Greger's site, Dr. Greger discusses evidence of the increasing presence of drug resistant bacteria in our retail meat supply.

For those of you who are not able to completely give up meat and can't buy organic, please be careful with its preparation. Rinse your meat, cook it thoroughly and clean your kitchen with anti-bacterial cleaners. Wash your hands thoroughly. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Experts suggest that you wash your hands for as long as it takes you to recite the alphabet.

MRSA is nothing to mess with.

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Star NFL Player Arian Foster Goes on Vegan Diet, Calls Forks Over Knives a “Great Film”


Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster said he is trying a vegan diet. On July 5, he tweeted, “Officially a vegan now. We’ll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful.” Read the article here
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A study of 44,000 Swedish women who ate a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein increased their risk of heart disease. The study, recently published in the British Medical Journal, showed that for every 10% decrease in carbohydrate intake or 10% increase in protein intake their risk of heart disease increased 5%. The women were followed for about 16 years. Click here to read more about this study at PCRM's web site.

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What a cool centerpiece for your 4th of July food table from Engine 2 Diet! Bananas, strawberries and blueberries and skewers that's all you need. They offer the following tips:

"A lot of people asked how to keep the bananas from browning, a little bit of lemon juice, and be sure to keep them cold until you are ready to serve. You can even freeze them, by putting them in the freezer on parchment paper and covering them for about an hour."

Here's wishing everyone a safe, happy and wonderful 4th of July!

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Here's some interesting data about the environmental impact of meat production excerpted from an article on NPR's food blog, The Salt.

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Source: J.L. Capper, Journal of Animal Science, December, 2011.
Credit: Producers: Eliza Barclay, Jessica Stoller-Conrad; Designer: Kevin Uhrmacher/NPR

How many people do you suppose we could feed with 6.7 pounds of grain?

While we're on the subject of cost, here's an excellent op-ed piece by John and Ocean Robbins at that addresses the question "Why does health care cost so much?"

And, finally, on a lighter note, here's a short video I really enjoyed comparing leading proponents of plant-based nutrition to those who advocate those popular high-protein/low-carb plans. Assuming that they all practice what they preach, who would you say has the better plan?