“Based on the aggregation of billions of search queries people typed into Google this year, Zeitgeist captures the spirit of 2010,” announced Google last week.
At DietsInReview, we make it our business to keep our readers up-to-date with the latest diet, nutrition and health trends. Here’s our rundown on 2010 in health searches.
1. HGC Diet
HCG is a pregnancy hormone that recently has been incorporated into one of the hottest fad diets of the year. Our review of the dangerous and controversial diet has remained one of the most popular articles on our site for many months.
Related Article: HCG: Look Elsewhere for Weight Loss
2. Dr. Oz
Once a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz has become a celebrity in his own right, with The Dr. Oz Show. He is also the author of many books, including YOU: On a Diet, YOU: Being Beautiful and You: The Smart Patient.
Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that does not typically affect linguistic and cognitive abilities, but rather inhibits normal social interaction.
Related Article: Can Asperger’s Syndrome Be Helped by a Gluten-Free Diet?
4. McDonalds Nutrition
This Goliath of the food industry has come under fire for the nutritional value–or lack thereof–as obesity becomes a national epidemic.
5. Vitamin D Deficiency
As researchers explore the link between the body’s ability to metabolize vitamin D and sunlight, more and more evidence is showing the importance of this nutrient.
6. Appendicitis Symptoms
Appendicitis refers to the condition when the appendix becomes inflamed and fills with pus. This condition can affect anyone, but usually occurs in people between the ages of 10 and 30.
Related Article: Symptoms of Appendicitis: Not Just Food Poisoning
The massive outbreak of cholera in Haiti, which may have originated among UN peacekeeping forces, has brought global attention to this potentially deadly yet treatable disease.
Related Article: How to Prevent Cholera while Traveling
Natural Family Planning, or NFP, is the only form of birth control acceptable to the Catholic Church. This search term is particularly concentrated in Brazil and Spanish-speaking countries in South America.
Related Article: Natural Family Planning: a Better Option for Obese Women?
9. Vacina H1N1
Although fears about h1n1, or swine flu, subsided in the US after last winter, Brazilians are still seeking information about vaccinations.
Related Article: Obese at Higher Risk for Swine Flu
10. Whooping Cough
Whooping cough, or pertussis, has reached epidemic levels in California and several other states. Many wonder if our current immunization practices against this infection are sufficient.