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Eat Bugs, Improve Health, Save the Planet, Says UN

By Kristen Schepker | Assistant Editor

Scientists project that by 2050, the world's population will reach a staggering 9 billion people. Our growing presence will undoubtedly impact the health of the planet in untold ways, raising significant questions regarding land use, agricultural production, and food security.

Fried water bugsExperts suggest that sooner rather than later, we need to identify creative solutions to these upcoming ecological challenges. One solution, proposed by the United Nations and other environmental advocates, may be hard for some to swallow. Their suggestion? Eat more insects!

Indeed, there has been a lot about insect-based foods lately, and while mainstream American palates may not quite be ready for edible bugs, products made with insect proteins have begun to enter the natural foods and healthy living markets in this country.

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Carotenoids May Prevent Macular Degeneration & Dementia

Written by Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

kale-smDaily supplementation with plant-derived carotenoids can reduce the risk of age-associated macular degeneration, and may also have a role in prevention of Alzheimer's disease, according to James Stringham, PhD, of the Nutritional Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Georgia, Atlanta.

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What to Do When Patients Demand Unnecessary Antibiotics

Written by Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

It's a common clinical scenario—especially this time of year.

A patient comes in with a respiratory infection---most probably viral—and requests--make that demands--a Z-Pak, saying that he cannot afford to be absent from work, and that antibiotics have "always worked" well in the past.

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