Can the Placebo Effect be Extended to Education?

Medical studies have proven the placebo effect is real. Patients who are treated with a placebo often have a change in symptoms for the better. When a patient develops the side effects of the treatment they think they are receiving, it is the opposite - the nocebo effect. While reading The contageous thought that could [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:02:02+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How I Accidentally “Cured” My Allergies

For most of my adult life my coat pockets were full of Kleenex in various states of use. When I went to a friend's or family member's house I immediately scoped out the tissue boxes. It was worse when I lived in St. Joe, MO. My husband and I were newly married and renting a [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:02:03+00:00 January 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Much Does Piracy Cost?

The Interview, a 2014 Sony political satire has been in the news recently. Several North American cinema chains cancelled screenings due to potential terrorism in response to its content regarding a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. As a result, Sony pictures released the film for online and digital purchase. In a New [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:02:03+00:00 January 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Why Are We Losing the Obesity Battle?

If sugar and added sweeteners are the culprits, we should be making some strides at curbing obesity based on the data plotted below. Total Caloric Sweeteners in US in pounds of consumption per capita Per capita refined sugar consumption in pounds Pounds of high fructose corn syrup consumed per capita [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:02:03+00:00 December 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

The American Appetite for Sugar

There are countless articles about food and nutrition. When reading anything, it is important to consider the source, the expertise of the author, any biases or agendas, as well as whether the statistics are being manipulated to make a point. It is also important to learn how to use the data to form your own conclusions. [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:02:04+00:00 November 9th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments