Reading Recommendations

 Posted by on 11 October 2008 at 6:51 am  Health
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I’m so exhausted from my week — with much more dissertation work to do today — so I can’t possibly write a substantial post of any kind on health issues. So instead, I’m just going to refer you to some good readings, enough to keep you well-occupied for a few hours, if you like. Let’s start with some delights from Gary Taubes:

  • What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? by Gary Taubes, New York Times Magazine, July 2002. The controversial article that started it all. (For the story behind the story, see Inside the Story.)

  • Do We Really Know What Makes Us Healthy? by Gary Taubes, New York Times Magazine, September 2007. A detailed examination of why medical studies often yield conflicting results — and how you can sort through the mess.
  • We can’t work it out by Gary Taubes, The Observer, October 2007. Will exercise help you lose weight? Likely not. (My own experience supports this view: I’ve only been able to lose weight in periods when I cut down my exercise to mere “maintenance” mode.)
  • Big Fat Lies” by Gary Taubes, Lecture to the Stevens Institute of Technolocy, February 2008. (I’ve not watched this video yet.)
  • All of the above sources are merely a teaser for Gary Taubes’ excellent book Good Calories, Bad Calories. If you’re interested in the science of nutrition, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

And now for some goodies from Stephan of Whole Health Source:

And finally, some good posts from Dr. Eades of “ProteinPower”:

That’s all for today. Happy reading!

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