Scientific American – going low-carb?

One more bit of evidence that we may yet see the worm turn as it regards the complex of misconceptions and falsehoods surrounding diet. None other than Scientific American has published in its May issue an article entitled: Carbs against Cardio: More Evidence that Refined Carbohydrates, not Fats, Threaten the Heart. The central study cited […]

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ANDI wants to be your friend

So I’m swinging by the Whole Foods Market picking up a quick morning bite of bacon … lots of bacon (see, the ‘by weight’ pricing of the buffet skews seriously well for our carnivores – not so much for the potato and bread eaters). There I come across this display touting this new system for […]

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Spirited exchange about caloric balance

A little over a month ago I began an exchange with a blogger (James Krieger) who saw fit to award Gary Taubes with a mocking BullS*#tter of the day award. You see, James is an unwaveringly committed to the principle of caloric balance: the principal cause of fat storage is that we simply consume more […]

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HFCS – has the worm turned?

Finding reports that demand for high-fructose corn syrup is declining precipitously around the world. Just one look at this Forbes article (Sourced from Associated Press) and they appear to be doomed, I tell you, doomed! While I’m all for less consumption of corn syrup in all its form (high-fructose or otherwise), I wonder if we’re […]

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Diet list – should be simple, right?

I’ve been getting lots of encouraging comments from friends and acquaintances recently now that I’ve committed to posting more often. One of the comments I’ve been getting though is to have a simple, one-pager that lists the ‘foods to seek out’ and ‘foods to avoid’ and includes a few general meal selections as well. Seems […]

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Why We Get Fat: Central Premises

In the first of several posts on Gary Taubes’ new book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, I focus on the very brief introduction to the book where he sets out his central premises that explain the central issue raised in the title: why *do* we get fat? They are stated […]

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Don’t Believe This (DBT) – Obesity Myths

Starting a recurring post: the DBT (Don’t Believe This) Files. You know, the stuff that’s out there that may (or may not) be commonly believed, but is so not to be believed it warrants its own little corner of the world. In this installment, I highlight Obesity Myths dot com (by the way, I’ll typically […]

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‘Aerobic’ exercise – another chink in the armor

An article on the NPR blog caught my eye today: Americans Exercise More, But Still Get Fatter Well, the headline got it right, but when you read the post, you get the same yadda, yadda about ‘lowering caloric input,’ ‘avoiding fat,’ and ‘exercising more.’ Just another reminder to look the other way when you hear […]

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New Year – Broadened Focus

Over the months I have been publishing my thoughts here, I have decided to limit my focus to strictly the issues pertinent to maintaining and improving one’s personal health (with just a few exceptions here and there). My hope is you have been exposed to a few things that have been helpful. That’s about to […]

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Berwick at CMS – couldn’t be better!

Somehow I let several days go by without commenting on President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to lead the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). When this news was telegraphed a few weeks ago, it was like I was a tween who had just learned her favorite boy band was coming to […]

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Support Lierre Keith

Readers of this space will recall my recent recommendation of The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith. I’m writing about it again because I wanted to inform you that Lierre was a victim of a punk attack last week – apparently by those who were threatened by her message. Never mind Lierre lives with a severe […]

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Best Care Anywhere? The VA?

You better believe it. The second edition of Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care I Better Than Yours just hit the bookstore shelves and I just lapped it up. I was offered the first edition of this book back in 2007 when I was new to working in health care and so very uninformed […]

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