Archive for 'Nutrition & Health'

Success versus Failure: A stark juxtaposition

Success versus Failure: A stark juxtaposition

In April I was part of a panel at the Milken Global Conference, the title of which was something like, “Keys to a healthier and more prosperous society.”  The panel was moderated by Michael Milken, and it was great to meet him and his rock-star staff (especially Shawn Simmons, Paul Irving, and Nancy Ozeas). The other panel members were seasoned vets of the obesity discussion: Troy Brennan (Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark), Tom Frieden (Director of ...

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Why we’re not wired to think scientifically (and what can be done about it)

Why we’re not wired to think scientifically (and what can be done about it)

Two years ago I was having dinner with a good friend, Rik Ganju. Rik is one of the smartest people I know. And one of the most talented, too—a brilliant engineer, a savant-like jazz musician, a comedic writer, and he makes the best coffee I’ve ever had (I may even share the recipe). As usual I was whining to him about something. This time it was my frustration with what I perceived to be a lack of scientific literacy among ...

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Is there a way to exploit the metabolic quirk of cancer?

Is there a way to exploit the metabolic quirk of cancer?

One night, as I alluded to in this post, Tim and I were having dinner and the topic of cancer came up.  Personally and professionally I have a great interest in cancer, so when Tim asked if I could write something about cancer that was: (i) interesting to a broad audience, (ii) not technically over the top, (iii) not my typical 5,000 word dissertation, (iv) yet nuanced enough for his readers, I agreed ...

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A podcast to ring in the New Year

A podcast to ring in the New Year

Last month I did a podcast with Vinnie Tortorich and Anna Vocino. It went up today on Vinnie’s website and here is a link to it.

The interview doesn’t start until about minute 17 or 18 of the podcast, so you’ll probably want to start there, if not a bit later (say, minute 20 or so) once the intro is over.  We talk about a lot of things, in particular, physical performance and fat ...

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Got grit?

Got grit?

Last week a reader posted a link to this short talk from TED Talks Education. (You’ll want to watch it to understand the rest of the post.) I found the talk interesting, and in the talk Ms. Duckworth makes a reference to a Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, who has been very influential in my thinking about children and childhood learning.  In ...

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The War on Cancer

The War on Cancer

A couple of weeks ago Tim Ferriss and I were having dinner and the topic of cancer came up. As some of you may know my background is in oncology, specifically in exploring immune-based therapies for cancer by exploiting the properties of regulator T-cells.  But that was a long time ago.  Like many of you, I expect, I’ve also been personally impacted by cancer having lost a friend to Continue Reading

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