November 30, 2013

Three recent developments have inspired me to give you an update.

1. An article in last week’s New England Journal of Medicine, arguably the world’s most influential medical journal, says that people who eat nuts live longer, and the more nuts the … More

Margarine or butter?

February 16, 2013

An interesting paper came out last week, of interest to those of you who think that fats and oils made from plants (polyunsaturated fats) are healthier fats, or at least “less-unhealthy” than fats from animals (saturated fats). Those, even if quite tasty … More

The Real French Paradox

February 5, 2013

In 1991 Morley Safer did a 60 Minutes segment on the “French Paradox,” exploring how it could be that the French eat such high fat food (rich sauces and butter to start) and have lower rates of heart attacks than we Americans. Long story short, he concluded that it was the … More

Fido – Eat your vegetables!

December 7, 2012

What would your dog eat if he could make the decision himself? Would he eat meat, vegetables, rice or lard? I just read a most interesting article which addressed a version of those questions. More specifically, the researchers … More

Perhaps a little explanation would help

December 3, 2012

Thanks to all of you who watched “Feeding My Tumor.” Based on the very few comments received, it was not all that well received. Here is a short explanation to hopefully redeem the time you spent watching it.

People with cancer often lose weight. The fact I was trying to build on is that the cancer itself continues to grow, being very good at taking in what nourishment is available, while the rest of the body … More

Feeding my tumor

November 30, 2012

A little warning on this one – which I’ve added since posting the video and getting some feedback. You might find this a bit dark, not just visually but also a bit grim. The main point I was trying to make is … More

Information overload and the Prevnt philosophy

November 29, 2012

Here’s a short video we did describing information overload and our philosophy here at Prevnt. … More

The simple route to good health – part 2

November 23, 2012

Note: this posting continues from the previous post…

4. Habits are simple rules.

Habits are simple decision rules. If this, then that. If bedtime, then brush teeth. Only simple rules can be internalized as habits. Complex rules … More

The simple route to good health – part 1

November 21, 2012

It’s not so hard to be healthy. Most of we need to do has been shown over and over – and it’s simple and measurable. We need to be at our optimum … More

Uncle Lyle, epidemiology, and long division

November 16, 2012

Dr. Lyle Conrad was the director of the division in which I started my CDC years. He was a great boss and mentor, and a gentleman in the finest sense of the word. Uncle Lyle, as we sometimes (and always fondly) referred to him, had a way of putting things simply … More

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