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Archive for 'Nutrition & Health'

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 adaptation. Vinnie and Anna were very ...

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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 fact, when I became a father one of the first books I read (and have ...

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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 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). I often describe GBM ...

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Ketones and Carbohydrates: Can they co-exist?

Ketones and Carbohydrates: Can they co-exist?

For reasons I’m still struggling to understand, the idea of “nutritional ketosis” (NK, to be distinguished from starvation ketosis, SK or diabetic ketoacidosis, DKA) is often discussed and debated in much the same way as religion or politics. Perhaps this can be said of all nutrition, which is a shame.  Nevertheless, in my continued defiance of such sensitive topics, I’d like to add another layer of complexity and nuance to this discussion.

As I’ve written about before, I’ve spent much of ...

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My Quantified Self, Part I

My Quantified Self, Part I

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, Florida.  Ken Ford, the CEO and Founder of IHMC, is a remarkable person and I could not wait to meet his team and see their research.  IHMC does cutting edge work, primarily for the Department of Defense (DoD). I had an exhilarating day which culminated with a presentation I gave to the team and also the public.

The ...

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Is sugar toxic?

Is sugar toxic?

I remember one of my mentors in surgical residency made a very important distinction for me.  He said, “Peter, never forget what you are getting paid to do, and what you are doing for free.”  You see, there are some aspects of being a surgeon that are not particularly enjoyable.  The hours are long.  Sometimes you’re asked to intervene in a situation where there is no hope, and you feel you may only make things worse.  A lawsuit is just ...

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