October 2012

Living long and well has got a lot do with the foods we put into our bodies. After reading Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, I am dismayed. I am dismayed by meat. I am dismayed by eggs. I’m a bona fide, meat-eating omnivore. I fully […]

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I am alternately reading my way through two Gary Taubes’ books: Good Calories, Bad Calories, and Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It. As Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes says in his blurb on the back of Good Calories, Bad Calories, “ [This book] is easily the most important book on diet […]

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“Everyone knows that sugar isn’t good for you, but I didn’t know how dangerous it could truly be.”—-Crystal Matthews In Sugar Nation, Jeff O’Connell blends his personal quest to discover the reasons and cure for his own pre-diabetes with a portrait of his father as he is gruesomely whittled down by diabetes. In this case, […]

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My soda addiction took a turn for the worse while standing in front of a serve-yourself soda machine inside a Taco Bell. My sons wanted to know: “What’s Mountain Dew Code Red?” “Let’s find out,” I said. Mountain Dew Code Red is Mountain Dew with cherry-flavoring added. Something about that combination was irresistible to me. […]

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Do you love a truly epic villain? Darth Vader? Hannibal Lecter? Me, too, but only when I’m watching a movie or reading a book. In real life, villains stink. In response to a 2012 study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Beverage Association tells us that “The fact remains: sugar-sweetened beverages are […]

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Jennifer Livingston, a morning anchor with WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin, garnered national attention when she spent 4 minutes of air time responding to an email taking her to task for being overweight. She accused the email’s author, a man, of being a bully. “You don’t know me; you’re not my friend.” When I heard […]

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When I was a kid, we were made to take a daily vitamin. It wasn’t a gummi bear sprinkled with sour patch dust, or anything else remotely chewable, but a smallish red dot half the size of an M&M that was meant to be swallowed. I didn’t know how to swallow a pill, even a […]

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Ray Kurzweil is an inventor and futurist who wants to live forever. He used to take 250 pills a day to help achieve that goal. Now, he takes 150 pills a day. On the weekends, he spends his time getting intravenous transfusions of a chemical cocktail meant to help him last. That’s hardcore. If that’s […]

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