Diet and the “Anthropologic Rule of Thumb”

Dietary recommendations seem to change year after year. The food industry sends us an endless stream of choices and provides reasons for why we should choose their products. They even invent new food categories and meal times. In an effort to simplify decision making and ignore the noise, we … [Read more...]

Bacteria: Friends or Foes?

Much of medicine, health, and the food industry focus on bacteria as a source of disease. The general message the public gets is more bugs are more problems. Kill the bugs, solve the problem. Unfortunately this message fails to inform us that without bugs we would not exist. Bacteria and viruses are … [Read more...]

Revisiting Insulin

Two very important diabetes research studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week, the ACCORD and ADVANCE studies. See this editorial reviewing this research or download both studies to read the complete articles. The message is clear. Higher insulin levels lead to … [Read more...]

Insulation from Insulin

Insulin is a member of the growth hormone family. Its primary purpose is to take up glucose, protein, and fat. Without insulin your glucose levels go up and we call this diabetes. However, the strongest stimulus for the release of insulin is NOT SUGAR or carbohydrates. PROTEIN is the most potent … [Read more...]

King Corn, King Acid

I saw a documentary titled King Corn on PBS this past weekend, produced by independent film makers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney. Their film is a personal experience with American agriculture, specifically the corn industry. They leased and acre of land and planted corn to sell for feed and corn syrup. … [Read more...]