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What I actually eat, part II – “IFIK” (circa Q3 2012)

What I actually eat, part II – “IFIK” (circa Q3 2012)

Note to readers: This post was written in September of 2012.  PLEASE do not ask me why I eat ‘this’ or why I don’t eat ‘that’ — as what is shown here does not necessarily reflect what or how I eat today (or more importantly, how you should eat).  My diet evolves constantly, due to my constant tweaking and self-experimentation. Over time, I’ll share it here and there, but what I eat is not at all the focus of this ...

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What would Richard Feynman do?

What would Richard Feynman do?

Today we officially launch the Nutrition Science Initiative, or NuSI (pronounced “new see”).  What started out as a crazy idea in a tiny café in Oakland a year and a half ago has finally begun. When I left clinical medicine over 6 years ago, not once did I ever imagine I’d be back in the thick of things, working on the biggest healthcare crisis of our generation.  At the time I was frustrated with healthcare, for ...

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Coming soon!

Coming soon!

At 6:00am PDT on Wednesday, September 12 we will be officially, or least publicly, launching the Nutrition Science Initiative, or NuSI (pronounced “new see”). The timing of the launch, one day after we all pause to remember one of the worst days in our nation’s history, is not a coincidence. On September 11 we will all stop to think about what happened in the past. On the 12th, we look forward to what we hope will be one of the ...

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Hey Peter, what does your daughter eat?

Hey Peter, what does your daughter eat?

If there’s one question I get asked often, it’s this one.  And I understand why.  Anyone who knows me, and knows how obsessed I am with everything I do, knows there is one thing on earth I cherish more than anything else – my daughter.

Any of you reading this post who are parents know exactly what I’m talking about.  My daughter, and I know the same is true for Gary with his boys, is one of the greatest driving forces ...

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What does lower back pain have in common with low carb eating?

What does lower back pain have in common with low carb eating?

Strange question, huh? Before you get too excited, I’m not about to tell you that a low carbohydrate diet is a remedy for back pain.  Instead, I am going to explain a remarkably parallel experience I’ve had. I never made the connection until this week when a reader asked an unrelated question about lower back pain.

The best, worst experience of my life

As my third year of medical school was winding down, and I was just about to embark on a ...

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How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us?

How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us?

There aren’t too many topics that really get me riled up anymore.  I’m too old and too busy to care about debating the merits of stem cell research, the legalization of marijuana, or Proposition 8.  Sure, I have strong opinions on all of these topics and more, but they are just that – opinions.  Furthermore, there are enough other people out there, some reasonable, most irrational, already fighting those fights.  So what does get me riled up?  Every time I ...

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