Tales of the prowess and health effects of fish oil (or, more generically, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids) have flopped around over the years. We have been told that fish oil is all but a panacea; and we have heard it is entirely useless. But this flipping and flopping have suddenly probed w…

I just read that a former science editor at a major, global publication has concluded that science advocacy is boring, and that she would now prefer to “slaughter the sacred cows” of conviction. Leaving aside the somewhat brutal image, and the potential innocence and genuine sacredness of th…

The signature feature of Neverland, a hot commodity these days, is not, of course, the Hook. It’s not the crocodile, either, nor even Tinkerbell, pixie dust or Peter. The signature feature is the one great law of the land: You can never grow up. But one needn’t go nearly so far as Neverland …

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…