Weekly Health Quiz: Google, Arthritis and Cellphones

1 Which of the following fats has been identified as the most nutritious, being ranked No. 8 on a list of 100 top nutritious raw foods in a 2015 analysis?

  • Margarine
  • Pork lard

    A 2015 analysis supports the notion that animal fats are a healthy and important part of the human diet, ranking pork lard the eighth healthiest food out of 100. Learn more.

  • Butter
  • Cottonseed oil

2 Which of the following companies has, two years in a row, been named “the most polluting brand,” globally, in an audit of plastic trash conducted by the Break Free From Plastic global movement?

  • Starbucks
  • McDonalds
  • The Coca-Cola Co.

    For the second year in a row, The Coca-Cola Co. was found to be the most polluting brand in a global audit of plastic trash. Coca-Cola is responsible for more plastic litter than the next top three polluters combined. Learn more.

  • PepsiCo, Inc.

3 Which of the following treatments for arthritis and several other inflammation-based conditions has been shown to weaken bone, causing osteoporosis, in some cases after a very short amount of time?

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Acetaminophen
  • Opioids
  • Steroid injections

    Many studies have linked the use of steroids to reduced bone density and osteoporosis, in some cases after a very short amount of time. Learn more.

4 Which of the following types of dietary fat has been linked to a significantly increased risk for all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

  • Trans fat

    Recent research has found a strong link between trans fat consumption and incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. People in the highest quartile of trans fat levels were 74% more likely to develop dementia. Those in the second-highest quartile had a 52% higher risk. Learn more.

  • Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) such as omega-3 and omega-6
  • Saturated animal fats
  • Monounsaturated fats

5 Google’s June 2019 broad core algorithm update and its updated quality rater guidelines has effectively blocked access to:

  • Low-quality, biased health sites
  • High-quality, objective health news and information sites

    Google’s June 2019 broad core algorithm update and its updated quality rater guidelines have effectively blocked access to Mercola.com and many other high-quality websites providing independent health news. Learn more.

  • Fake news
  • Satire outlets

6 Which of the following strategies will guarantee your cellphone cannot track your whereabouts?

  • Enable airplane mode
  • Turn the phone off
  • Take out the battery

    The only way to ensure your cellphone will not be able to track your whereabouts is to remove the battery, which can only be done in older cellphones that have removable batteries. Most smartphones have nonremovable batteries. Learn more.

  • Disable GPS

7 Tissue destruction, chronic inflammation, poor gut function, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are all issues that can be related to this little-known dietary factor:

  • Potassium deficiency
  • Carnivore diet (animal-based diet with little to no plant food)
  • Biodynamic diet
  • Oxalate poisoning

    Oxalic acid or oxalate is a very tiny molecule found in a variety of plant foods, especially seeds. Oxalates can not only cause kidney stones (calcium oxalate kidney stones) but may also be responsible for a wide variety of other health problems, including inflammation, poor gut function, tissue destruction, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases. Learn more.