Sugar and spice: the hilarious and serious about healthy eating

Two new books illustrate both the obsessions and confusion about food. In her book, “I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting,” Rebecca Harrington describes her adventures in celebrity dieting as she actually tries the diets of celebrities from Liz Taylor to Gwyneth Paltrow to Beyoncé and more. Robert H. Lustig, MD in contrast provides a very scientific and comprehensive review of the dangers of sugar and processed foods in Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease.

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.

Huge interest in toxic chemicals triggered by last week's blog: follow up notes

Last week's blog about the link between Agent Orange and the likelihood of developing MGUS and myeloma clearly struck an emotional chord: many are concerned especially about the broader implications. Were others exposed? Are many people exposed to toxic chemicals? Is that what is really causing MGUS and myeloma? Are other chemicals producing similar toxic effects? How long ago can the exposure occur? Can early exposure pose a lingering threat?

New York Longevity Feast: What Can We Learn?

Dan Buettner, the author of a book about the long-lived residents of the so-called “Blue Zones,” recently organized a small dinner party in New York, which was chronicled by the New York Times under the headline “My Dinner With Longevity Expert Dan Buettner (No Kale Required).” The idea for the feast was to replicate in New York the kind of dinner which might be served in Ikaria, a Greek island close to Turkey which is one of the iconic places where unexpectedly high number

Knowledge Is Power – Especially When Choosing What to Eat

There is always something in the news about what to eat or drink. Eat this. Don’t drink that. You will get cancer. You won’t get cancer. What is one to do?