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Science

The Science of Race: Is it Genetic or a Social Construct?

[Original publication date: Nov. 16, 2011] In response to my Ask a Nerd post, Lucia asked: I have a science question that is very unpopular.  I do not mean to be offensive, I really do want a good scientific answer to understand these ideas.  So, here goes”: Is there a genetic basis for racial differences? 

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Health

“Aren’t you Native American?”: Diabetes Prevention in Indian Country

Content warning: discussion of chronic illness, discrimination, dieting, sizeism, weight gain/loss A year ago at this time I was 25 lbs. (11 kg) lighter, but not at much less risk for developing diabetes after having participated in my Tribe’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The Diabetes Prevention Program is a national program designed to target people and […]

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Op Ed

Takedown: Paula Deen-abetes

This week’s crapdate: “Paula Deen has no one to blame for diabetes butter self.” The short answer: “Hahahahahah! I love it when people reveal that they are suffering! HILARIOUS!” The Paula Deen/diabetes cracks have been fast and furious. She loves butter! She apparently has a recipe for a hamburger between two donuts! She is an […]

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Science

The Science of Race: Is it Genetic or a Social Construct?

In response to my Ask a Nerd post, Lucia asked: I have a science question that is very unpopular.  I do not mean to be offensive, I really do want a good scientific answer to understand these ideas.  So, here goes”¦ Is there a genetic basis for racial differences? 

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Perspectives

What Does a Diabetic Look Like?

“Wow … you don’t LOOK like a diabetic!” I hear that comment frequently and always have to stop and wonder, “What the heck does a diabetic look like?” I know the statement is intended to be a compliment, and it’s one I appreciate, but I confess the comment offends me. There, I said it. Being told I don’t “look like a […]

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Bodies

Good Health And Good Luck

I have a question for you. How much of your health is really just luck? I found myself asking myself this question recently when my skin broke out all of a sudden and all over my face. I figured it was an allergic reaction to something, but I couldn’t figure out what it might be. […]

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Bodies

Why You Should Never Use Splenda (Sucralose)

I’m often asked which artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes I prefer. The answer, quite simply, is few of them because most create a wide variety of negative side effects. The newest, Splenda (Sucralose), has its own dangerous history and set of dangerous consequences. The dangers of Sucralose and the side effects of Sucralose cannot be […]

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Bodies

Team Healthy

I’ve been participating in a Weight Watchers support group at my office since April of this year, and it’s been a great way to keep myself motivated and inspired. First, let me start out with some facts about me. I have been overweight most of my life, and dieted many times, even twice on Weight […]

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Science

“You’re Going to be Fat!”: Genetics & Weight

Over the holidays, I told someone a story about how I was such an obese little baby that my parents called me “the beached whale” (they weren’t being dramatic, either; old Christmas photos show a tiny baby head atop a massive expanse of velour-swathed body). She replied, “Really? Did you know that the fat cells […]