Jun, 29
2012

Surgery and Health Food Take-out

Michael Smith Blog - Know The Cause As I drive to work every day, I pass no less than ten billboards advertising surgery for weight loss. Most of these type surgeries involve restricting the amount of food that is allowed into the stomach. By making patients feel full after only a few bites of food, they are forced to consume fewer calories, therefore allowing them to shed pounds. 

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Jun, 29
2012

What's Going On July 5-9

Michael Smith Blog - Know The Cause A recent study says that certain diets may not only limit the amounts of carbs/fats/calories each dieter consumes, but also the amount of vitamins. When focusing on eliminating one food group over the other, certain vitamins inherent with that eliminated food group also get eliminated. 

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Jun, 29
2012

Diet Pills - Then and Now

Michael Smith Blog - Know The Cause The other day, I wrote about weight loss surgery and the "health food take-out" trend, but I made no mention of the other popular quick-fix for weight loss; pills. 

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Jun, 29
2012

 

msmith While the verdict isn't quite in, tiny mushrooms known as Little Whites are being blamed for deaths of 400 people in China. A syndrome known as Yunnan Sudden Death Syndrome manifests as inexplicable, sudden cardiac arrest. The cause was unknown for upwards of five years, but a team of investigators from China's equivalent to the CDC has implicated the mushrooms in the disease.  

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Jun, 29
2012

Pills - Capitalizing on Laziness

Michael Smith Blog - Know The Cause Yahoo News keeps giving me fodder for blogs. The other day, I posted on the drug Qnexa, that comes with the risk of heart and nerve complications & psychiatric side effects. Today, Yahoo posted this piece, talking about another weight loss drug under review by the FDA 

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Jun, 29
2012

Life Changes & Lots of Traveling

Michael Smith Blog - Know The Cause Hey KTC blog readers! I bet you thought I had disappeared for good; it has been quite a while since I visited the KTC blog. Well, I haven't jumped off the face of the earth or gone on a soul searching wander through the desert (although that sounds like it would be a good excuse for a camping trip…), but I have moved away from dear old Dallas. I'm now a resident of the Lone Star State's capitol city Austin; I have since returned to the University of Texas to finish up, although I'm not quite sure what my degree will be in. Nevertheless, my mother is ecstatic that I'm simply enrolled in school. 

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Jun, 29
2012

Avandia & Drew Carey

Michael Smith Blog - Know The Cause Has anyone else been following the Avandia story? In the last six weeks I've moved from Dallas to Austin to start school again, and I had lost track of the story, but I thought surely it would be a closed case by now. My logic follows that - diabetes drug causes serious complications>Diabetes drug immediately gets pulled from the market>end of story. So I was a little surprised to see Avandia included in a headline the other day. Apparently it is still available for type II diabetics. 

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