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Science-Based Nutritional Advice

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It’s all dreck. It’s a couple of dopes sitting in an apartment who’ve come up with a plan to collect money by extracting yours from your pocket or purse. They’ve just read the latest self-help guru’s book about Internet marketing and they are out to make their millions, and they believe wholeheartedly that you are as stupid as they are.

Why do these products always have Oriental names? And why do they sell a thirty-day supply when you only need three days to drop thirteen pounds? If you ask these questions when thinking about health and nutrition, then you might be looking for something even more elusive: science-based nutritional advice. It’s rarely flashy, makes few promises, won’t sell many books, but it works.

There are several people I follow who practice this kind of weird science. One of my favorites is Dr. David Katz from Yale. He has an impeccable CV but, more than that, works hard to funnel seriously good, science-based, nutritional advice down to users who might not know or care how soluble and insoluble fiber differ. Another is the great bearded guru, Dr. Weil, who has his inflammation calming diet. I mix this with Dr. Amen’s Healthy Brain diet and get along just fine. I’ve never been on long-term medication, and doctors call me a modern medical miracle. “A sixty-year-old White American male whose not taking about 15 pills a day?” they ask. “You’re lying or you’re a miracle.”

Another is my favorite for down-to-earth advice: The Nutrition Diva.

A book I’ve reviewed before  – A Short Guide to a Long Life – has a whole raft of health advice.

Two sites I trust for proven and reliable advice, bereft of whatever is popular this week, are the Mayo Clinic and WebMD.

Note that the amount of diet information available on the Internet is overwhelming, and I mean overwhelming. I just did an Internet search for ‘best diet’ and returned OVER 1.5 billion – billion with a b – hits on Goggle, so I have some research advice for you:

Stick with the tried and true. Ignore salespeople touting superfoods, toxic chemicals, and – good gawd! – the dangers of grain. The folks and centers I’ve listed here avoid scaremongering and mostly reject the idea that any food is dangerously toxic or magically nutritious.



By David Katz: Disease Proof
By Dr. Weil; Healthy Aging
By Dr. Amen: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
The Nutrition Diva: Secrets for a Healthy Diet
By Dr. David Agus: A Short Guide to a Long Life