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They don’t eat meat, but they sure rock and roll!

Those of us old–or cool—enough to have listened to Deadeye Dick’s now-classic “New Age Girl” rock ditty know that the song’s main character Mary Moon is vegetarian. And that it is sung quite tongue-in-cheek, as if the vocalist is trying to say he can’t be one, but he’s still the star, period. Fast forward to …

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Double Helix

An open letter to those who believe their health destinies have been genetically set

“Genes load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger,” was what I remember most from a November 2007 interview with a naturopathic doctor. It wasn’t the first time I heard of this, but hearing it from someone who has been studying centenarians in one of the world’s “Blue Zones” really validated the line. This doctor from …

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A worse form of poverty is about to beset the Philippines, and here’s why we have to stop this now

In my almost 2 decades of being a health and science journalist for one of the country’s leading newspapers, I have noticed a rather worrisome trend in our lifestyles, involving something that goes to the very heart of our survival—our poor, uninformed decisions relating to our diets and food choices, which is leading us to …

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Shishir wielding arnis

My vegetarian arnis teacher was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle from Hollywood

Reed-thin Allan “Shishir” Inocalla gently laid his two arnis sticks down on the ground, stood upright, closed his eyes, and then backflipped. Then he flipped his wallet out of his back pocket, and showed me his senior citizen card. Allan, or “Shishir” (he prefers to be called the latter), is all of 60 summers. But he could still pass for a 40-year-old, both …

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Qorn meat substitute products

Mycoprotein at par with conventional protein

The protein found in Quorn meat-free foods may be just as good for muscles as any other protein sources, new research suggests. Food labelling usually lists protein as a simple number, but some proteins have better “bioavailability” than others – meaning more can be used by the body. Animal proteins like milk are known to …

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Suffering cow

Milk is murder. I ain’t got milk, and I’m alive because of it

Many vegetarians I know avoid all forms of meat—poultry, pork, beef, eggs, water-borne animals—but do consume another form of it: Dairy. There’s a reason why plant-based nutritionists call dairy its less-appealing moniker “liquid meat”. I’ll get to that later. First, let me tell you why I shunned taking all forms of dairy products (milk, cheese, …

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What to do when your doctor tells you to go easy on the meat, but you don’t intend to

So, you’ve been given a very unwanted Holiday gift of a diagnosis by your very concerned family doctor. He or she says your cholesterol is too high, and so is your blood sugar. You’re on the shortlist of those most likely to kick the bucket with a heart attack or a stroke anytime within this …

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