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This program explores the psychology of eating and food as a cultural attribute. It also discusses various alternative diets and cautions dieters to thoroughly investigate any diet before subscribing to it. Part of the "Human Nutrition" series.
Nutritional disorders include any of the nutrient-related diseases and conditions that cause illness in humans. They may include deficiencies or excesses in the diet. Exercise and a healthy diet can help combat these disorders. Part of the "Human Nutrition" series.
Sea otters, the ultimate surf bum, are the crucial element for kelp forests and their diverse ecology. Reviews the history of otters on the Pacific coast and their near extermination. Describes the otters' habitat, physical characteristics, behaviors, diet, and use of "tools." This member of the weasel family has the lushest fur in the world.
Demonstrates how a heart actually functions as two pumps in one. Scenes at an amusement park show the effects of activity on the heart. Scenes of the internal heart are matched with still drawings and animations that depict the heart's valves, muscle, and pacemaker. The effects of diet and exercise on the heart are mentioned.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, Peter Ungar is revealing more details about the lives of human ancestors, and he’s doing it through dentistry. The University of Arkansas anthropologist uses high tech dental scans to find out more about the diets of hominids, a technique that sometimes leads to new and very different conclusions. While anthropologists traditionally determine the diets of our ancestors by examining the size and shape of teeth and jaws, Ungar's powerful microscopes paint a more detailed picture by looking at wear patterns on teeth.
Dr. Ronald Evans describes how fat communicates with muscle and how diet and exercise influence that relationship. Part of the 2004 Howard Hughes Holiday Lecture Series.
Marli Lintner, an avian veterinarian, shares her expertise on choosing a pet bird, common species, bringing a bird home, proper housing, nutrition and diet, health matters, trimming wings and nails, and taming a bird.
A community of sea lions annually visits an island in the Gulf of California, where the babies are born and must be taught to swim. Compares seals and sea lions. Details physical characteristics, diet, behaviors, and enemies. The only enemy this "grizzly bear of the sea" cannot fight is fishing boats.
It's the most common food in the world and subject to thousands of years of culinary evolution. It has changed everything from diet to the way civilization has developed. In this episode, Dr. Joe Schwarcz delves into the history and ingredients of bread. Part of the "Science to Go With Dr. Joe Schwarcz" series.
Ann Childers, an animal behaviorist, shares her knowledge of cat development, diet, grooming, common behavior problems, training and exercising, and health. She also discusses special concerns for working owners, coping with grief following the death of a pet, and reactions (allergic, fearful) that visitors may have and how to deal with these.
The nutrition label on packaged food has undergone some changes. The FDA designed the new label to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label has been simplified for the consumer and modernized based on current nutrition science.
Tessa, a brown capuchin monkey, joins the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Florida. She has been diagnosed with diabetes, and her owners are no longer able to care for her. At the sanctuary, Tessa learns to make new friends and follow a strict diet. Segment of video from Wild Chronicles Series.
They are a staple of the Western diet and a great source of protein. Hamburgers are also a potential breeding ground of E. coli and a receptor of dangerous carcinogens. This episode looks at hamburger production, from cattle breeding and butchering methods, to cooking on the barbecue. Part of the "Science to Go With Dr. Joe Schwarcz" series.
Scientists are using a hummingbird robot to explore places that drones can't reach. Other segments include a new genomic resource for improving tomatoes, a promising new battery to store clean energy, and new evidence that adding carbohydrates to mammal's diet changed their genes and saliva. Part of the "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week" series.
Explores the world of butterflies and bees. Segment 1, The Lives of Butterflies and Moths. Describes the four stages of the life cycle of the butterfly and moth: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa, and adult butterfly or moth. Shows how their diet and defense systems are necessary for survival. Segment 2, Bees and Plants. Explains pollination and why plants depend on bees for survival. Suggested classroom activities follow each segment.
Millions of monarch butterflies from the United States and Canada fly five thousand kilometers each year to hibernate in the forests of California and Mexico. This documentary explains their diet, as well as their protection against their predators, their migratory routes, the dangers they face due to deforestation, the effects of the ecotourism, and much more. Close-ups accompany descriptions of the metamorphosis and the life cycles of these curious insects. NOTE: Brief copulation scene.
The parakeet starts with a monologue about the pleasure of eating. The first guest, the pork, says he can't sleep because the sloth wakes him up every night with phone calls at indecent hours. The sloth says that since he changed his diet he has so much energy that he can't sleep. The fleas present a documentary about the way humans eats. The celebrity guest, a burger commercial clown, tells us how the pressure of fame took him to an eating disorder.
The evolution of the uses of corn coincides with some significant historical events. Throughout history, it has been a staple in the human diet, but in the 1950’s, it became the main ingredient in the meat industry. Farmers used corn to shrink the growth periods of cattle to meet the demand of the consumer. Corn syrup was born from the Cuban Embargo. Today, genetically engineered corn is seen in nonfood products.
Polar bears are living on borrowed time. They are the descendants of grizzlies, long ago evolved to live and hunt on the frozen ice of the Arctic, eating a specialized diet of seal meat. But the winters have become increasingly warmer, the ice is disappearing, and raising a family becomes a much more difficult proposition when hunting time is short and food is scarce. Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham narrates.
Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients because they perform hundreds of roles in the body. There is a fine line between getting enough of these nutrients and getting too much. Eating a healthy diet remains the best way to get sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals. In addition to vitamins and minerals, water is also essential for the optimal performance and regulation of the human body. Part of the "Human Nutrition" series.
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