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Sugar’s Sweet Consequences

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

March 4, 2016

Nearly everyone you know is likely a caffeine addict, craving it as soon as they wake up in the morning and rarely letting a day go by without a cup of coffee or tea to satisfy their addiction. Disturbingly enough, they are largely unapologetic, blissfully enjoying a substance that in reality is their captor. However, most adults have another dietary monkey on their backs: sugar. Sugar addiction has recently come squarely into the public eye. Americans were once led to believe that fat was the most abominable nutrient enemy, but the hegemonic health powers have since wised up and begun to seriously scrutinize sugar’s severe side-effects. The Ameri­can Heart Association recommends eating no more than six teaspoons...

In the Locker Room with Kazim Ali

In the Locker Room with Kazim Ali

March 4, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with yoga instructor and Creative Writing Professor Kazim Ali to discuss the mental and physical benefits of yoga, the yoga scene at Oberlin and why yoga is important for athletes to practice. For people who are unfamiliar with yoga, can you summarize what it is? It’s a whole set of practices that draw from ancient Indian phi­losophy, [which] is almost 2,000 years old now. It is a set of prac­tices, whether they be meditative, devotion[al] or karma yoga; for ex...

Western Yoga Practices Prove Problematic

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

May 8, 2015

If you’ve ever wandered into a mat exercise class thinking you were in for something easy and left in extreme pain, you are not alone. Low-impact exercise classes like yoga and pilates have gained major popularity, and their benefits include but are not limited to: being easy on the joints (no jumping), promoting stretching and flexibility and the employment of isometric holds. Pilates is a style of exercise that emphasizes alignment and core strength to help train the body. It was dreamed up by the illustrious Joseph Pilates, who was born in Germany in 1883. He developed an interest in exercise in his youth and began truly refining his craft when he was confined in a British internment camp during World War I. During...

Fats, Oils Have Benefits Too

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

April 11, 2015

This week’s column is devoted to two very special oils in my life. One is a superfood sensation, known to the world over for its crazy benefits and uses, and the other is a personal favorite that I lovingly grab at every opportunity. The first and most vital thing I have to say is that fats and oils are dope. We are currently blessed to be living in an age when the benefits of fat are revered instead of feared. This modern outlook is due to a dramatic cultural shift. From 1980 through the mid- 2000s, fat was public enemy number one. Facing the enormous heart disease crisis, many national agencies responded by pointing their collective finger at dietary cholesterol. The prevailing wisdom at the time was that cutting fa...

The Power of the Sweet Potato

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

February 27, 2015

Welcome to the hottest new column in the sports section. I have a degree from Internet University in health fads with a minor in home remedies, and I want to put my hard-earned knowledge to use to provide some commentary on all the big and little issues affecting student health. Of course, it’s important to mention that the concept of “health” is personal, relative, and completely culturally determined. Standards of what is healthy change all the time, and many things are unnecessarily pathologized or go unacknowledged by the medical community. Basically, all mass medical advice is pretty suspect, and this column aims to remind everyone that there isn’t any one proper conceptualization of health. Now let’s move on...

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