Let Them Eat Flax!: 70 All-New Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Food & Life
The bestselling popular science author of A Grain of Salt serves up “interesting factoids about the way that science has helped shape our everyday lives” (Joe Culotti, PhD, professor of molecular and medical genetics, University of Toronto).
In Let Them Eat Flax, award-winning author Dr. Joe Schwarcz continues his crusade against purveyors of poppycock as he investigates the surprising and sometimes sinister science of everyday food and life. What difference does an atom make? It could mean life or death! Get the lowdown on oxygenated water, the healing powers of prayer, and the health benefits of chocolate. Could there be a link between McGill University and Jack the Ripper? Find out how cinnamon helps to counter high cholesterol, and learn just how sweet sugar alternatives can be.
In the tradition of Schwarcz’s five previous bestsellers, Let Them Eat Flax fries scientific baloney with humor, wit, and information. From food poisoning to the secret of the Stradivarius violin, fertilizers to spontaneous human combustion, Schwarcz investigates explosive subjects and delivers the unbiased, scientific facts readers need to make informed decisions in their everyday lives.
“Dr. Schwarcz . . . has a knack for translating science into a language that anyone can understand and actually enjoy.” —Toronto Sun
“Joe Schwarcz’s magic is in convincing us that there is verve and value in real chemistry.” —Roald Hoffman, Nobel Laureate
“Dr. Joe blends intelligence, scientific expertise, critical thinking, humor, and a healthy dose of skepticism in a prescription for good reading.” —Leon Jaroff, former senior editor, Time magazine, and founder of Discover magazine
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Obsessions and Compulsions
Water Bottle Confusion
A Toxicological Nuance
Some Crooked Chemistry
The Cryonic Quest for Immortality
The Cold Facts About Antifreeze
Would You Like to See My Etchings?
Spare Me the Wheatgrass Enzymes
Functional FoodsFrom Cod Liver Oil to Vitaballs
The French Paradox
Jittery Goats and Coffee Beans
To Label or Not to Label that Is the Question
The Saga of Golden Rice
Bringing Piggies to Market
Calcium and Weight Loss
Learning from the Bushmen of the Kalahari
The Cheesecake Factory
A Bump for the Antioxidant Bandwagon
Vitamin E Doesnt Deliver Either
The Cold Facts about Vitamin C
A Cancer Treatment on Trial
The Cure for All Cancers
Praying for Health
Germs Germs Everywhere
Music and the Savage Breast
A Stink about Antiperspirants
The Dangers of Betel Beauties and FruitEating Bats
Murder by Toxin
The Prickly Problem of Acupuncture
Does She or Doesnt She?
It May Be an AlcoholBut Dont Drink the Methanol
Citius Altius Fortius
It Was the Strychnine
MercuryPretty but Nasty
Feeding the Soil
Ammonium NitrateMore than a Fertilizer
Chlorate and the Exploding Trousers
The Music of Copper Sulfate
Flying High with Aluminum
Blue Garlic and Gold Smudge
A Stable Mass of Bubbles
A Paper Trail
The Birth of the Pill
The Greatest Inventor
Stradivarius or Nagyvaryus?
The PoxBoth Cow and Small
Firebombs Bedpans and a Moldy Cantaloupe
Radar and Hot Coffee
Spontaneous Human Combustion
Forceful Sole Searching
Natural Cures They Dont Want You to Know About
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Page 11 - Mississippi will be only a mile and threequarters long, and Cairo and New Orleans will have joined their streets together, and be plodding comfortably along under a single mayor and a mutual board of aldermen. There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.