Bike Helmets: It’s Cool Not To Hurt Your Brain Comment

2:53 pm on December 31, 2015

aianfThe first thing you probably look for when buying a helmet is a seal of approval from either or both the ANSI Z90.4 standard or the Snell Memorial Foundation standard. But how much protection do these two labels really give you?

According to a newly released study conducted at the Biomechanics Laboratory at Wayne State University in Detroit, which put ANSI-and Snell-approved helmets through a series of rigorous tests, a lot.

“The study confirms that the two standards are very valid when it comes to reducing the risk of head injury,” says Jack Thrush, chief of the health surveillance section for the Michigan Department of Public Health in Lansing, which commissioned the study through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.

It also shows …

Eat Right, Or Don’t! Comment

11:43 am on January 3, 2015

cnfcPromise, which claims to have less saturated fat than margarine because “it’s made from sunflower oil,” has the same amount as every leading brand of margarine. Go figure. With our increasingly processed diet, the need has never been greater for food labels that spell out fat, sugar, sodium, cholesterol and fiber content in a simple way. Instead we’re given too much information we don’t need and not enough of the information we do need.


Most product labels make only token efforts, if any, to address the needs of consumers trying to make healthy food choices. Many products aren’t required to give any information beyond an ingredient list, and even that can be misleading. Ingredients are listed in order by weight, with the most …