Popular Diets Debunked

There are many popular diets which promise rapid weight loss and health benefits. Some of these diets, however, such as the Atkins and Dukan diet – while they may offer rapid weight loss – do not really offer any substantial health benefits. In fact, rapid weight loss can be regarded as an unhealthy change in…

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Understanding and Reducing the Effects of a Hangover

What is a hangover? Well, part of what makes a hangover feel so horrible comes down to dehydration (although it probably isn’t responsible for the majority of the hangover). Dehydration is what gives you the headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, confusion and fatigue. Excess alcohol consumption causes dehydration due to excessive urination. Alcohol is a diuretic,…

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Questions I Always Get Asked as a Vegan (#1): “But Where Do You Get Your Protein?”

I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this. There seems to be an assumption that the only source of protein in a diet is from animal-based foods (i.e. meat, dairy and eggs). But there are clearly animals which don’t eat other animals or their by-products, which means that they must get their…

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Warning Labels for Cigarettes, Alcohol, and Junk Food: Is There Any Point?

John Stuart Mill in On Liberty argued that individuals should have the personal liberty to harm themselves, so long as their actions did not harm others. He was all for the free availability of harmful substances, such as alcohol and other drugs, but urged for the “labelling the drug with some word of expressive of…

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Chief Constable Mike Barton Says the War on Drugs Must End

Durham’s chief constable, Mike Barton, has recently come out and said that the war on drugs is wasteful and ineffective. Mike Barton is not the first top police official to make such a daring statement against laws which are his duty to uphold. A small minority have called for a major review of existing drug…

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