Q: Is aspartame in Diet Coke safe to consume? If so, in what amounts?

When the first artificial sweetener (now sold as Sweet’n Low) was discovered in 1878, the world became divided between those who embrace artificial sweeteners to reduce calorie intake and sugar intake and those who fear that these sweeteners cause health … Continue reading

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Q: Is it good to use antibacterial soap because it kills the bad bacteria? Or is it bad to use because it kills the good bacteria too?

Antibacterial soaps kill both good and bad bacteria equally because the antibacterial agents cannot differentiate between bad and good. However, antibacterial soaps are not any better than regular soaps at killing germs. In September 2016, the FDA banned the use … Continue reading

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Q: Do I need to drink milk to keep my bones strong and prevent osteoporosis, or is that a myth started by dairy farmers?

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If you grew up like me, you had milk several times each day: on your cereal at breakfast and in a glass with lunch and dinner. Your parents told you that milk is good for your bones and that you … Continue reading

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Q: I heard that dental fillings contain mercury. Are these fillings safe? Do I need to worry about mine?

Do you have silver-colored fillings in your teeth? This type of dental filling, called amalgam, contains 50% mercury. If you have one or more, you aren’t alone. Amalgam is the most common type of dental filling and is used by … Continue reading

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