How Sugar Fattens Your Liver Just Like Alcohol

Robert Lustig, M.D. is a terrific and insightful doctor who knows, and who has quantitatively proven, what the rest of us refuse to confess:  Sugar is killing us by fattening our livers from the inside.  We all know alcohol is bad for our bodies, and since alcohol is sugar, Dr. Lustig argues in his new book — “Fat Chance” — that the regular sugar we eat in our food can adversely affect our livers because of metabolic disease, just as if we were boozing it up all day long.

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Could Amy Winehouse's Death Have Been Prevented?

On occasion I am reminded of something that happened when I was in high school. I had a friend who was chronically late to class on account of the fact that he sometimes didn’t properly set his alarm clock. He was asked not to return to that school the following year — it was the Peddie School and they expected excellence from their students and that included showing up to class more often than not. I felt as though it was something that I could have helped prevent and that I failed him as a friend by not helping him get to his classes on time. A friend of mine at the time told me that this was not the case and that I could not be responsible for his choice to set his alarm properly.

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Bad Breathalyzers Imprisons Innocent

When I was a child, I was greatly moved by a couple of events — one involving something I saw on television and one more directly in my own life. On television, I watched an episode of Doogie Howser, MD in which young Doogie had a beer and then rushed to the hospital to attend to an emergency — only he got pulled over for driving erratically. He explained to the officer that he only had one drink and that he was okay but the officer found this not to be the case.

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When University Learning and Alcohol Mix

University learning is not cheap. The annual fee for attending Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is close to thirteen thousand dollars — for New Jersey residents who commute. For Princeton University students, it’s nearly forty thousand dollars per year. Why, then, would anyone even think about throwing away all that money for the purpose of getting drunk and in serious trouble when one can get drunk while not paying for every minute of every hour of every day through the nose?

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Conspiracy of False Hope: A Side of Statins with Your Big Mac

Trying to live a healthy life in a chemical world is tough — so I was delighted to read last week news that the American Journal of Cardiology was taking a stand against the high fat in fast food by countering the saturated fat intake with a side of statins at checkout:

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Lowering the Drinking Age to 18

There is a move afoot on some university campuses to lower the legal drinking age to 18 from 21.  We
fully support the effort — when we were in college the age to drink
was 18 — and having that legal limit sit at 21 now only indicates a
failed intention and false effort to curb college drinking.

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