Don’t DASH Your Hopes About the Zone Diet

Every year the U.S. News and World Report ranks diets in many categories, ranging from Best Overall Diet, to Best Weight Loss Diet, to Best Diabetes Diet, and so on. For some reason, the Zone Diet always gets ranked somewhere between the Drinking Man’s diet and Grapefruit diet. What did I possibly do to so… Read more »

Making Sense Out of Confusion: U.S. Dept. of Health Releases New Dietary Guidelines

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s 2016 already. What happened to 2015? It turns out that draft guidelines released in February 2015 ran into political reality with the food lobbies. In particular, the meat, poultry, and beverage industries cried foul and… Read more »

Is Tom Brady Really in the Zone?

I was reading a recent article in Business Insider about the New England Patriots’ quarterback, and his diet as explained by his personal chef: Here is what Tom Brady eats to stay in peak condition at an age most players retire. As far as I can gather from the limited information provided in the article, it… Read more »

One of the Few Diet Books I Would Ever Recommend

I very rarely recommend diet books because most of them are either rewrites of my basic ideas presented in The Zone (1) more than 20 years ago (i.e. excess insulin and excess inflammation make you fat, sick, and age faster) or are based on unsustainable ideas that are presented as “scientific facts” (i.e., gluten kills,… Read more »

Diets don’t work? Or does bad science generate bad data?

One of the problems with diets is their focus on weight loss, not improved health.  A recent study in Circulation states that it doesn’t matter what diet you follow for weight loss (1).  On the other hand, we have the American Heart Association diet, the American Cancer Association diet, and the American Diabetes Association diet. … Read more »

What if gluten sensitivity doesn’t exist?

How can I possibility make that statement?  Two recent best-selling diet books have maintained that gluten makes us fat and dumb (1,2). Billions of dollars are spent on gluten-free (but carbohydrate-rich) food products.  And people feel better when they don’t eat bread. Before explaining my statement, let me make two things very clear.  First, I… Read more »

Trying to Make Science Out of Sausage

Epidemiology is the study of associations and not causality. It essentially began in 1854 when John Snow noticed that there seemed to be a higher concentration of cholera patients in a certain area in London during one of its many cholera epidemics in the 19th century. That’s an association. The real breakthrough for John Snow… Read more »

Practical hints for helping to manage brain trauma

Since the recent story on CNN (“He’s going to be better than he was before,” Jan. 18, 2014,) about the extraordinary recovery of Grant Virgin from severe brain trauma, I have gotten a lot of requests for information. Since I have been doing this protocol for more than seven years after first working with Dr…. Read more »

The Real Facts about Metabolically Healthy Obesity

One of great paradoxes of our obesity epidemic is that many obese individuals appear to be quite healthy. This makes the true believers in the Holy Grail of BMI as the standard for good health quite livid. They know in their hearts that obesity is a mortal sin. Early this year the Centers for Disease… Read more »

More Cholesterol Madness

This week the American Heart Association announced a doubling down on its bet on cholesterol and heart disease.  It certainly wasn’t because there was a sudden epidemic of heart disease, because death rates have been falling since 1970 (20 years before statins were introduced).  Nor has there been any new clinical data showing the benefits… Read more »