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Predictions 2015: Into the Looking Glass

Resolutions? Put your mind to it.

2014 in Review: High-lights, dude!

Over The Edge

If I Could Turn Back Time: Over the Edge’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

High Cholesterol? Think It Through

2014 in Review: High-lights, dude!

Several stories about health and healing dominated news in 2014. The two biggest were the Ebola virus outbreak and the ongoing move to modernize American marijuana laws. The highlights:

Medical marijuana Whether most Americans realize it or not, expanded legalization of marijuana has been and will turn out to be the biggest story of 2014. We’ll mark the ongoing benefits and consequences of this return to sanity for...

Over The Edge

If I Could Turn Back Time: Over the Edge’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

In that this is among the last entries of this weekly column, I figure it's a good time to look back and reminisce — not just on the past year, but on Over the Edge's nearly three years of columns. So without further ado, here's a recap and update of the some of the most controversial of its more than 130 installments.  

The Circle of 300 — May 24, 2012 — The premise behind my most obtuse of theories: There's only...

High Cholesterol? Think It Through

Vince Gironda’s point of view wasn’t mainstream when he told me about eggs in 1985. In that era, eggs were vilified as a nutritional no-no. Vince preached differently, that eating eggs had nothing to do with serum cholesterol. That was in direct contradiction to what doctors were touting at the time. With heavy influence from the drug industry, the medical establishment had published serum cholesterol thresholds,...

Over The Edge

Climb Every Mountain

After a season like this, you have no choice but to look with admiration at the Iowa State sports fan. 

Life is, indeed, different for Cyclones. Unlike your typical Nebraska Cornhusker, there is no burning anxiety leading up to and following Saturdays in the fall. Iowa State fans seem satisfied merely fielding a team and are pleasantly surprised when that team walks off the grid iron with a win. Sure, there are...

Grab Your Nuts this Christmas

Holiday season swells with junk food treats. Sugar cookies, fudge, candy canes, fruitcakes and more. But amid the high-fructose corn syrup, chemical colorings and trans fats, there is a healthy option. It’s nuts.

Botanically speaking, true nuts are the fruit of the plant order known as Fagales, which includes most common trees. Most the nuts from that group of plants are correctly called tree nuts, including...

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