Food addiction can be just as serious as drug addiction and should be treated through detox and recovery, says University of Maryland assistant professor Pam Peeke, author of "The Hunger Fix." She says a majority of people show signs of food addiction and that while stress is a big contributor, exercise can help fight the urge to raid the refrigerator.
Around the world, warm soups and teas are used to treat common colds. An Italian tea with horseradish, lemon juice and honey "opens you all up," says chef Lidia Bastianich, while in China, a soup with mustard greens is said to restore balance because "the Chinese feel that your organs get very dried and parched," cookbook author Grace Young says.
The debate over whether a North Carolina blogger overstepped legal boundaries when writing about nutrition has led the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to reassert its position that licensure for dietitians is needed to protect the public and ensure that people giving advice are qualified. Critics says licensure laws inhibit competition and free speech.
Democrats will not consider reducing Medicare benefits as part of a deal to avoid sequestration, party leaders said. "The moment you want to privatize Social Security or voucherize Medicare or block-grant Medicaid -– that's where you lose us," said Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. Democrats said they would consider ways to reduce waste and inefficiencies in the system.
Bid farewell to summer vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants and say hello to winter's prime produce: beets, turnips and radishes. These hearty vegetables are easy to find during the colder months, and their roots and greens can be used to accompany main courses as a side dish or in a nutritious and economical salad.