Is it the end of the American diet? The bad and the good about food, cancer, and longevity

This past week has been full of controversy about the dangers of bacon and processed meats.

Secrets of Long Life: Are Cookies Okay After All?

As I paged through the second edition of Dan Buettner's "The Blue Zones," pondering the benefits of goat's milk, beans, garden vegetables and the like, I suddenly noticed a sentence with the word "cookies" in it! His personal interviews with the centenarians from the Sardinian mountain regions were most revealing and interesting.

The Island Where People Forget to Die: Is Eating "Real Food" the Reason?

In the October 28, 2012 issue of the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Dan Buettner discusses "The Blue Zones": places in the world where an unexpectedly high percentage of people live to be over 100 years old (or close).