Welcome to HealthBeet!

Posted on March 6, 2012

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HealthBeet aims to provide information on all things related to health & wellness, including everything from industry news and scientific findings to hot gadgets and relevant tips and ideas. The health industry is bigger than ever and it’s no surprise why: Americans spend more money on healthcare than ever and are still sicker than ever.

The twentieth century was an age of continuously advancing health science as Americans witnessed the introduction of vaccines and the invention of drugs to miraculously lower cholesterol. Yet, as much as we have learned about our health and with as many advances as we have made, we are still battling obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infertility and a host of other diseases. To find the answers, people are increasingly taking control of their personal health. They are reading books on nutrition, buying gadgets to track sleep and lobbying politicians on health insurance matters. A search for the term “diet book” on Amazon yields 69,311 results. People care about their health more than ever, but the science we rely on is constantly evolving and slow to catch up. If you had followed all the latest “scientifically proven” dietary guidelines of the past half century, you would have gone low-fat in the 1970’s, been living on aspartame in the 1980’s, traded butter for trans fats in the 1990’s, and by the new millennium you would be enjoying “Corn Sugar” in everything from ketchup to cranberry juice. Science has at one point demonstrated all of these things to be completely fine (or beneficial!) for your health and subsequently shown them to be harmful. One can neither rely entirely on the science of the day nor wait for it to prove what is common sense.

This blog will attempt to combine both interesting new findings with a healthy dose of common sense and debate. This blog will also keep tabs on wellness industry trends, public health policy and anything else the great minds of the field are discussing.  I hope you find it as enjoyable to read as I find to write.

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