Food allergies from tap water…really?

Recently published research by Dr. Elina Jerschow and associates found a correlation between food allergies and dichlorophenols, a commonly used pesticide and chemical used to chlorinate tap water. In the study, which utilized data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, those with high levels of urinary dichlorophenols were also seen to have either [...]

News Drops: Some schools in Brick, NJ found to have high lead levels in drinking water.

On Friday, this notice was sent out to residents of Brick, NJ due to elevated lead levels being found in 5 school’s drinking water. The Brick school district decided to test sources of potable water due to the aging buildings and potential for lead-related problems. Our own Marc Edwards knows all too well how lead [...]

What plays a larger role in obesity? Genetics or Economic Conditions?

Over the past thirty years, the cost of fattening foods has decreased while the rates of obesity have heightened. It has been found that both genetics and the environment can have an effect on obesity, but which plays a larger role?

Dr. George Davis from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Dr. Deborah Good from the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise have joined forces to investigate this problem.

The investigators concluded that cost of food — rather than one’s genetic makeup — is a major factor in the decisions that lead to eating high fat foods.

“People get the impression that if something is in their genes, there is nothing they can do about it,” Davis said. “This gives us hope that people who are predisposed to certain types of behavior can overcome those impulses by using economic incentives.”

Read the full articles here:

VT News Article: Economic conditions may trump genetics when battling obesity

Published Manuscript: Effects of Incentives and Genetics on Food Choices and Weight Phenotypes in the Neuroendocrine Gene Tubby Mutant Mice