Newsletter Archive

If you missed a recent bi-weekly newsletter from Jon Barron, don't fret! We have archived all the health newsletters below for your convenience. Scroll topics or if you are looking for specific health information, use our search field above. More than likely, Jon covered your topic in one of these health newsletters!

  • 3/23/2013
    A recent study suggests that we might be genetically encoded to have heart disease as we age. But the truth may be more complicated than that.
  • 3/9/2013
    Despite what the medical community may feel about the practice, fasting is one of the cornerstones of many alternative health programs.
  • 2/23/2013
    This newsletter focuses on those aspects of skeletal anatomy that will make clear how you can optimize bone health.
  • 2/9/2013
    We conclude our series on the anatomy and physiology of human muscle by looking at how exercise builds muscle, and armed with this understanding, you will be better able to evaluate the countless exercise routines that are available to determine which one works best for you.
  • Human Anatomy Muscles
    In this newsletter, we continue our examination of the human muscle system by exploring both the physics of muscle movement and the code that underpins muscle anatomy.
  • Supplements That Build Muscle
    Exploring your muscles and bones is far more interesting than it first appears -- and properly taking care of them, far more involved than you might believe.
  • Toxins in your body
    In the past few weeks, there has been a flurry of studies published about the omnipresence of dangerous fire resistant chemicals in our furniture, our homes, and our bodies.
  • 12/1/2012
    Although a new study from Danish researchers has determined that there's little benefit to the routine annual physical exams for healthy people, that may not be entirely true.
  • Fish Farming Health
    The bottom line is that since fish farming, despite its major problems, is here to stay, we need to make it better rather than tilt at windmills hoping it will go away. It won't.
  • 10/22/2012
    We live in a world of absolutes. Everyone wants their health advice in black and white. Tell me what herb cures cancer. Does Echinacea cure colds? What drug should I take if I have diabetes? And everyone from the media to natural health practitioners to the medical community is only too happy to comply.
  • Is Organic Food Better For You
    Why are the differences in nutritional values in organic food VS conventional food, as presented in the Standord study, so much lower than most people expected? And why were the differences in pesticide contamination also less than expected?
  • Dangers of soy products
      The benefits of soy products are often over publicized and over stated. Meanwhile, soy protein dangers are nowhere near as pronounced as many of its detractors claim. On a good-bad scale, they probably come in at a 35:65 ratio, with the 65 lined up on the negative side.
  • 8/13/2012
    On August 2nd, The New England Journal of Medicine published a lead “perspective” article entitled, “Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation? And as it represents the evolving mainstream medical point of view on the obesity epidemic, I think it’s worth examining point by point, with my commentary following each quote.
  • L-Carnosine benefits and side affects
    Make no mistake; L-carnosine may no longer be "new" news. And it may no longer be trendy; but it still ranks as one of the most important anti-aging supplements available to us today.
  • q&a with jon barron
    We receive thousands of questions each month at the Baseline of Health Foundation and Baseline Nutritionals -- a handful of which open the door to broader issues related to health and nutrition. I've selected some of those questions to share with you today.
  • 7/9/2012
    Healthy people share their bodies with more than 10,000 species of microbes -- living on our skin, in the mucous membrane of our noses and mouths, and most notably, throughout the length and breadth of our intestinal tracts. These microbes are not just helpful; they are essential. Quite simply, we cannot live without a healthy microbial population living in and on our bodies. And yet, we are constantly attacking and destroying it.
  • 6/18/2012
    According to a study just published in the journal CANCER, aspirin and the other commonly used NSAIDS may help protect against skin cancer. But according to another study just published in JAMA, low-dose aspirin use is “significantly” associated with an increased risk of major gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding episodes.  Who is correct and what is the natural alternative?
  • 6/4/2012
    Epigenetics and methylation are normal parts of life. They are neither good nor bad; they just are. Some controls on gene expression are required so that you can form different cells as needed. Other forms, such as those that promote cancer, not so much.
  • 5/21/2012
    It seems there is a great deal of pent up anger in the alternative health community when it comes to the so-called professional skeptics like Bob Carroll and Stephen Barrett.
  • 5/7/2012
    Let's once and for all throw some light on some of the canards that self-appointed "skeptics" have relied on to bash the alternative health community. For too long, they've been allowed to get away with "strange beliefs and un-amusing deceptions" by claiming that science and logic support them.  As you will see in the case of Robert Carroll's Skeptic Dictionary, they don't.