Our perennial pseudo-confusion about diet — and pseudo-confusion, it is — is fueled by two parallel delusions, running in opposite directions. The first is that every opinion about diet changes the facts about diet; it does not. This delusion operates as if bias, preconceived notion, having …

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I am not much for joining groups or jumping on other people’s bandwagons but words from the president of the Connecticut chapter of the NAACP have me cheering.

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As this Memorial Day rolls around, my neighborhood looks like a war zone.* My neighbors and I were assaulted by rogue tornadoes, very wayward in this region — but perhaps apt to become less so in a radically changing global climate. Maybe we are all in Kansas now. So it is that even as I loo…

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My wife and I are recently back from co-hosting an Oldways-sponsored culinary travel adventure through Sicily. We ate, we drank, we toured, we made friends, we saw the dual beauties of nature and ancient civilization, and then — inevitably — we ate and drank some more. The trip and the cuisi…

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The CDC issued a report this past week highlighting dramatic increases in the rates of infectious diseases spread by ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes — otherwise known as “vector-borne diseases.” That list includes some long-familiar scourges, such as Lyme disease; some rather new to our lexicon…

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A new study has put the health — or at least weight — benefits of pasta in the headlines. That study, published in the British Medical Journal, is a meta-analysis of prior studies examining the effects of pasta consumption on weight, and related measures of body composition. All of these int…

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This past Sunday,I was privileged to speak on a panel, addressing the fundamental importance of diet to heart health, at a session of the American College of Cardiology conference in Orlando, Fla. The ACC is a large organization, and its annual conference is a big draw. The result is a rathe…

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Readers of a certain age will recall, and perhaps still find themselves singing from time to time, the song: He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother. The sad, simple reality of modern life, though, is that our brother is probably both — and quite possibly diabetic as well. So, too, our sisters, and …

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There has been widespread media attention over the past week, some of it my own, to a study published in JAMA that compared low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss and health improvement. Significant weight loss, and health improvement measured in all the usual ways, occurred in b…