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Random finding (plus pi)

Random finding (plus pi)

The best part of parenting (so far)? Helping your kids overcome things you struggled with. It’s at least in the top 5.

Last Saturday my daughter came home from dance class—something she normally loves—and seemed upset. A bit of prodding led to the cause: a girl in her dance class told her she was “as fat as a hippopotamus.”  My first reaction (note to self: probably not the right one) was to laugh out loud, given that my daughter is probably in ...

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I have an idea…

I have an idea…

You might not realize this from my dearth of blog posts over the past year, but I do miss blogging. I’ve got a few dozen ideas for great posts, in large part reflecting the ever-evolving nature of my understanding of nutrition and health, and a few other tie-in topics such as exercise, sleep, and hormones.

That said, the topics I want to cover aren’t amenable to short posts (or, as Mark Twain or Blaise Pascal might have pointed out—I don’t have ...

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My experience with exogenous ketones

My experience with exogenous ketones

Last year I wrote a couple of posts on the nuances and complexities of ketosis, with an emphasis on nutritional ketosis (but some discussion of other states of ketosis—starvation ketosis and diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA). To understand this post, you’ll want to at least be familiar with the ideas in those posts, which can be found here and here.

In the second of these posts I discuss the Delta G implications of the body using ketones (specifically, beta-hydroxybutyrate, or ...

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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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What I actually eat, part III (circa Q1 2014)

What I actually eat, part III (circa Q1 2014)

This week I had dinner at a great steakhouse in New York with a very good friend.  Like any two “normal” guys after a long day, all we could talk about was science, and on this particular night the topic du jour was NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease for the non-cognoscenti).  We ate, we drank, and we shook our heads in disbelief at the thought of 7 million children in the United States being ...

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