045 – Fitness Trackers and Baby Powder

  Don't mind Chris' newfound psychic powers; do fitness trackers like Fitbits actually work? They monitor our heart beats, they count our steps and calories burnt, but do they do it accurately? And can they help us lose weight? Also: you'll never believe what actually motivates people to exercise; early detection is not as easy as it sounds; does Johnson & Johnson's baby powder cause cancer and should you even use baby powder in the…

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There’s no single true path to weight loss

In what is going to be the first in a regularly appearing column in the Montreal Gazette, I tackle the issue of why no one diet works for everyone and why losing weight is so hard.  https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-theres-... ************************************************************************************************************************** I was once asked why I don't go out and write a diet book to make some easy money. It seems like it would be fairly simple. There are dozens of diet books out there, though many…

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Interview – Pixie Turner: From Peak Wellness to Food Positivity

  Jonathan and Chris interview Pixie Turner, a London-based nutritionist who used to be, according to her, a "wellness wanker". And then she publicly changed her mind about food.   They discuss her formerly obsessive relationship with nutrition; eating for Instagram; the turning point in her life; the vicious Instagram vegan posse; becoming an inadvertent Trojan horse on social media; why wellness mainly targets women; her thoughts on the carnivore diet; the demonization of carbs;…

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Cracked Science Season 2.0

  We'll be releasing a very special interview about food and about changing your mind in a couple of days, just before Christmas. But before we do, I thought I'd throw in a reminder that Cracked Science exists! My biweekly video series for the McGill Office for Science and Society just wrapped up the first half of its second season. It'll resume in January. In the meantime, check out the following videos if the titles…

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044 – Vaccines and CRISPR Babies

  The boys end up in the jungle with varying degrees of immunological protection and Chris subdues a jungle cat. So what are the arguments against vaccination and are they warranted? They discuss arguments like better sanitation, Big Pharma conspiracies, aborted fetuses, autism, chemical preservatives and "too many, too soon". In a surprising twist, the Catholic Church comes to their defence. Also: Jacob Meza sees a big difference in how young and old people view…

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The National Post Dives Into the Carnivore Diet

Jonathan's article on the carnivore diet was recently quoted by Sharon Kirkey for her piece in The National Post. It also includes quotes from Chris. "Strict followers of the diet, like Jordan Peterson and his daughter Mikhaila, swear that eating beef and water fixed their health problems. But could it kill you?" The full article can be accessed here: https://nationalpost.com/health/can-you-really-live-on-meat-alone-carnivore-diet

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Interview – Nick Saik on GMOs and Agriculture

  Jonathan and Chris interview Nick Saik from Know Ideas Media, a filmmaker who specializes in communicating about food and agriculture online.   They discuss trust in farmers; going to filmmaking school and ending up working on the set of Supernatural; GMOs; precision agriculture; antibiotics in meat; the A&W dilemma; the romantic ideation of food production; RoundUp; orthorexia; chemical-free food; trust in institutions; why only big companies can afford to sell you GMOs; lab-grown meat;…

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How Some Journalists Got Hooked by Fish Oil and Vitamin D Spin

Are you confused by all the recent stories about fish oils? Science can be confusing, but spin always makes it worse. The recent VITAL study presented at the American Heart Association meeting, was an overall negative study but the spin made some people think it was positive. Mary Chris Jaklevic examined the issue on Health News Review with some assistance from a friendly cardiologist. https://www.healthnewsreview.org/2018/11/how-some-journalists-got-hooked...  

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Interview – Cameron Smith on Evolution and Anthropology

  Jonathan and Chris interview Cameron M. Smith, professor in the department of anthropology at Portland State University. They discuss what is anthropology; what it's like teaching evolution in the United States; what the theory of evolution is; what we've learned from the fossil record; whether or not humans are still evolving; what a hominin is; the revival of Lamarck's theory; and Cameron's real-life adventures on inhospitable terrain and his prediction for humanity's new space…

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Check Our Insta-Knowledge-Gram on Organic Food and Cancer

  If you don't follow us on Instagram, what are you waiting for? We're test-driving a new Instagram-friendly mini-lesson format with our cartoon avatars. It's called Insta-Knowledge-Gram and the first one is on organic food and cancer. Just look up "thebodyofevidence" on Instagram, click on our latest post, and start swiping left through the mini-slides! https://www.instagram.com/thebodyofevidence/  

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