Dark Chocolate Improves Athletic Endurance!

Sound too good to be true? Many of us work out so we can eat chocolate, but new research in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that dark chocolate can effortlessly enhance your workout. If only Lance Armstrong had known!

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Dr. H.
Running Is Cheaper Than Therapy

Have you seen this bumper sticker? If your end goal is happiness, new research proves it true. For those of us who work out, this is hardly groundbreaking news. Feeling happier after a workout is usually the reason we work out in the first place.

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Dr. H.
Relax, GMOs Are Harmless.

Remember science? As forward-thinking, health-minded individuals, we are often guilty of getting caught up in the hype trending on social media. Alkaline water, juice fasts, kombucha, the non-existent link between vaccines and autism, to name a few. In the age of Trumpism, let’s not forget about science.

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Dr. H.
Men Quit. Women Don’t.

Last week’s Boston Marathon results prove this statement true once again. In case you didn’t run this year or you missed the news coverage, the weather on Marathon Monday was horrendous – torrential rains, freezing temps and strong headwinds. And yet the women persevered toward the finish line, nearly eight times less likely to drop out.

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Dr. H.
Get Off Your Ass and Be More Productive. Really.

Sigmund Freud and Aristotle knew this long ago, but a study conducted at UCLA and published last week shows that standing up is good for your brain. The research found that sitting and sedentary behavior correlates with a thicker medial temporal lobe, a region that is crucial to learning and memory. To sum up the research, the more time you spend on your ass, the less likely you are to learn and remember.

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Dr. H.
Go the F*ck to Sleep!

Are you a night owl who loves staying up late? It could be killing you. According to a new study of nearly half a million participates over a six-and-a-half-year period, people who stay up late increase their risk of dying by 10 percent.

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Dr. H.
The 40-Billion-Dollar Con

I could easily write a long blogpost citing countless credible sources which themselves cite hard scientific studies to prove that vitamin supplements are not only a waste of money, but actually harmful and potentially deadly. I would summarize and cite numerous articles from The New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN, the BBC, The Guardian, Time Magazine and even Forbes, all of which would convince you to stop popping vitamin supplements immediately. But we all know you wouldn’t read a long article, so let me be brief.

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Dr. H.
Overweight? Don’t Blame the Booze.

Beer belly? Love handles? There’s a common assumption that drinking alcohol adds unnecessary pounds, and we’ve been told relentlessly that if we’re looking to lose weight, we need to lay off the booze. The problem is, this “universal truth” is not backed up by credible research. Scientific findings suggest no association between drinking and weight gain – in fact, there is some evidence that drinking is actually associated with a lower body weight, particularly in women.

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Dr. H.
Don’t Waste Your Money on Gatorade.

Instead, eat a banana and drink water. A new study published last month proves that bananas provide comparable or even greater benefits for athletes. In the race against empty, hyped-up carbohydrates, real food wins again.

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Dr. H.
Stop Demonizing Coffee.

If you thought we finally settled the coffee debate, a California court just added more white noise to the black liquid and consumers are confused once again. Under Proposition 65, businesses selling coffee would be required to post cancer warning labels due to minuscule amounts of acrylamide, a chemical formed when coffee beans are roasted. Once again, science and policy are at odds.

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Dr. H.
Just Freakin’ Move!

Notable news for anyone who happens to be busy: A new study published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that movement – any movement – increases longevity. This may not sound groundbreaking, but it is. What makes the findings revolutionary is that exercise does not have to be prolonged in order to be advantageous – the benefits are almost exactly the same.

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Dr. H.
United States of Fatties

It’s harsh but true: Americans keep getting fatter and there seems no end in sight. According to new government data published last week, nearly 40 percent of Americans are now obese…that is, fatter than fat. Nearly 8 percent of Americans are categorized as “severely obese,” meaning their body mass indexes are 40 percent over ideal weight. A BMI over 40 percent is categorized as “morbidly obese” with death on the not-so-distant horizon (choose your funeral options while you can).

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Dr. H.
This Cake is a Drug. It’s Also Poison.

The following statement is true: Sugar is the most addictive and widely used drug in the United States. Yet we willingly eat it and give it to our children multiple times a day hidden in packaged foods and overtly as deserts and treats. Happy birthday! Let’s celebrate by eating and drinking this drug together.

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Eddie Rose
No Sleep Till Brooklyn!

“Another plane, another train, another bottle in the brain.” Although the Beasties were never going to win a Pushcart Prize for Best American Poetry, many of us have lain awake countless nights with this rhyme in the mind. If you’re too young to know the Beastie Boys, I’m sure you’ve suffered insomnia with some sophomoric verse stuck in your head.

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Dr. H.
The Key to Happiness: Finland

Pack your warmest coats because you are moving north! Well, if you want to be happy that is. The World Happiness Report 2018 was released yesterday and Nordic nations – Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland – populate the top of the list. Switzerland and the Netherlands also rank among the blissful lands.

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Dr. H.
Sugar is Political.

Big Sugar, like Big Pharma, cares little for your health. After reading the information on this site, you surely understand the myriad ways the mouthwash companies profit off your health and trick you into swishing poison. The sugar companies are no better.

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Dr. H.
Are Blueberries Really All That?

If you’ve lazy to read this post, or too busy, or just have better things to do than read about blueberries, the short answer is yes, various research studies do point toward this conclusion. So, you can stop reading now and go to your over-priced health food market to buy berries.

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Dr. H.