On quitting a club I never wanted to join; and is it better when a nurse feels sorry for you, or not?

A few years ago, I had a truly dreadful battle with some kind of gastrointestinal virus. It attacked me suddenly and within a few hours I found myself puking up blood into a garbage can at the triage desk of my local emergency room. It provided rather dramatic evidence that something was very wrong. I received some … Continue reading On quitting a club I never wanted to join; and is it better when a nurse feels sorry for you, or not?

The double edged sword of being able to reverse chronic disease with diet

Everybody knows that lung cancer patients with cirrhosis of the liver rank lower on the disease hierarchy scale than little kids with genetic illnesses like cystic fibrosis. There's an unspoken rule that the more self-inflicted your sickness is, the less sympathy you get from society at large. You've got the flu? Poor you. The clap? … Continue reading The double edged sword of being able to reverse chronic disease with diet

How you can donate your body to science, right now

Pity the nutrition scientist. Everyone lies when they tell them what they ate. Even registered dieticians can't accurately recount what they ate for a week. People are just terrible at it.¹  So when scientists try to compare the effects of various dietary patterns to health outcomes they often get a foggy picture. Sometimes scientists don't just … Continue reading How you can donate your body to science, right now

Why the best time to eat plant-based is now, especially if you feel fine.

Maybe you’ve read some of the great success stories of people who have turned their health around by eating a whole food, plant-based (wfpb) diet. Maybe you even feel like you might try it if you are ever diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes, but for now it seems far too austere. http://www.forksoverknives.com/category/success-stories/ I’m afraid I … Continue reading Why the best time to eat plant-based is now, especially if you feel fine.

Well, I don’t eat that much meat anyway, and other conversation enders

Have you ever had a conversation about whole food plant-based eating and the health benefits with someone who has a serious chronic health issue? By which I mean anyone in middle age or older, pretty much. DIY Plant-Based Cardiology for Women They’ll usually start off with something like “Well, it’s obviously easy for you, but … Continue reading Well, I don’t eat that much meat anyway, and other conversation enders