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Blog Archive for January 2016

Does Obama’s “Cancer Moonshot” Miss the Mark?

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016   Dr. Neal Barnard   cancer


In his final State of the Union address, President Obama launched a “moonshot” to cure cancer. Today, he took the first step by creating a cancer task force. A serious, concerted effort to conquer cancer is a noble goal. But while the initial plan references breakthrough research, new therapies, and cutting-edge technology, it misses something important: We already have knowledge at our fingertips that can often halt it before it even begins.

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Countering Chocolate Milk Concussion Claims

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016   Dr. Neal Barnard   dairy


Chocolate milk doesn’t help concussions. But the dairy industry wants you to think it does. So it funded a study on high school football players that’s now being called into question. The university that conducted the study is even saying that people should not rely on results described in its recent new release. Dairy deception like this is nothing new. We’ve been debunking it for more than 20 years.

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Digesting the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

Thursday, Jan 07, 2016   Dr. Neal Barnard   government and food policy


Americans have endured a dietary dilemma that began with the February 2015 release of the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. What foods promote good health? Which cause disease? We’ve spent the last year trying to clear up the confusion. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that were released this morning also attempt to answer those questions. Here’s my breakdown of what the Guidelines get right and wrong.

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