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September 2006


No Saunas for Dads

It appears that human sperm, which take about 10 weeks to develop are acutely sensitive to temperature. I recently read a study in Science News that showed that would-be fathers who expose themselves to excessive heat in the weeks before they conceive children place their future offspring at unnecessary risk of brain cancer. How big …

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Is the use Mercury Amalgams Quackery?

The first generation of dentists using mercury amalgams fillings were derided as quacks, because quacksilver was the German word for quicksilver (mercury). As mercury amalgams soon became the norm, dentists were no longer accused of practicing “quackery.” Instead, they became the respected majority. The term did not go out of vogue. While no longer associated …

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Beta-Carotene is Bad for Smokers

Recently there has been reports stating that supplementation with synthetic beta-carotene caused an increase in lung cancer in women who had ever smoked (including current and former smokers). It is possible that chemicals in cigarette smoke reacts with beta-carotene, causing the formation of compounds that have deleterious effects on human health. Such a toxic interaction …

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