No less a magazine than Mother Jones recently published an account of an alternative medicine researcher claiming the truly horrifying: kale might be bad for you. His patients, otherwise healthy, started presenting with digestive problems, fatigue, and skin and hair problems. He found that a lot of them had elevated thallium levels — and that a lot of them ate significant amounts of brassicas, the plant family that includes kale and cabbage. When he had some patients remove these foods from their diet, their thallium levels dropped and their symptoms improved.
The world seemed to rejoice when dark chocolate was pronounced a “healthy” food. Finally, after decades of every edible pleasure being slapped with a “DO NOT EAT” sign, we have something that’s delicious, luxurious, has a little caffeine and might prevent heart attacks.
Did you know that black raspberries are having a moment in medical research? Multiple studies have shown that black raspberries have unique aspects that make them good little cancer-fighters.
Sitting is bad, and standing is good. That’s been the message of 2015 — that even if you go for a run after work, the amount of time you sat helped to increase your risk for diabetes and death. Yikes.
Patient satisfaction surveys and online reviews can be leveraged to enact change in health care and to help doctors improve. But like anything else, they’re a double-edged sword and shouldn’t be taken to an extreme or they may do more harm than good.