SCIENCE SALON # 32
Nina Teicholz — The Big Fat Surprise About Diet and Nutrition
In this fascinating conversation with Michael Shermer, the investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reviews the scientific literature on diet and nutrition, the link (or lack thereof) between dietary cholesterol and heart disease, the history of the government’s recommendation of what constitutes a healthy diet and why they got it so wrong, statins and heart disease, exercise and nutrition, an update on what has happened since her book, The Big Fat Surprise, was published in 2014, and most importantly what you should eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomorrow (hint: it’s okay to have meat, butter and cheese without feeling guilty).
Nina Teicholz is an investigative science journalist and author. Her international bestseller, The Big Fat Surprisehas upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat—especially saturated fat. The executive editor of The Lancetwrote, “this is a disquieting book about…ruthless silencing of dissent that has shaped our lives for decades…researchers, clinicians, and health policy advisors should read this provocative book.” The Big Fat Surprise was named a 2014 Best Book by The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mother Jones, and Library Journal. Teicholz is also the Executive Director of The Nutrition Coalition, a non-profit group that promotes evidence-based nutrition policy. She is a graduate of Stanford and Oxford Universities and previously served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Teicholz now lives in New York city with her husband and two sons.
This remote Science Salon was recorded on July 19, 2018.
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THE GREAT DEBATE ON THE NATURE OF REALITY
Michael Shermer vs. Frank Turek
Does belief in God make sense of the world? Or does reality itself point to God’s absence? Is God real or is he a product of human minds? On Friday, August 24, watch Michael Shermer and Frank Turek debate “What better explains reality: Atheism or Theism?
MICHAEL SHERMER’S “SKEPTIC” COLUMN IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
23 and We: Limitations of Personal Genome Service Testing
Like a lot of baby boomers, I find myself gravitating to newspaper obits, cross-checking ages and causes of death with my current health parameters, most notably heart disease (which felled my father and grandfather) and cancer (which slew my mother). And then there is Alzheimer’s disease, which a 2015 report by the Alzheimer’s Association projects will destroy the brains of more than 28 million baby boomers. Given the importance of family history and genetics for longevity, I plunked down $199 for a 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service kit, spit into the little plastic vial, opted in for every test available for disease gene variants and anxiously awaited my reports. How’d they do?
First, the company captured my ancestry well at 99.7 percent European, primarily French/German (29.9 percent), British/Irish (21.6 percent), Balkan/Greece (16.4 percent) and Scandinavian/ Sweden (5.5 percent). My maternal grandmother is German and grandfather Greek; my fraternal great-grandparents were from Sweden and Denmark. […]
Did you know…
… that today is Odie’s Birthday? Odie the dog, Garfield’s best friend, first appeared on August 8, 1978, in the Jim Davis comic strip Garfield. Trivia buffs: Odie was based on a car dealership commercial written by Jim Davis, which featured Odie the Village Idiot. Davis liked the name Odie and decided to use it again.
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“I’m not messy. I’m organizationally challenged!”
— Garfield the Cat
“For me work is great fun. I love what I do. And, it’s much more interesting than sitting around with a bunch of dopey dames.”
Iris Apfel | 1921 – | American fashion icon
Picked that one up from the HBO documentary, ‘If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.’ It’s an inspiring reminder that life can be a happy thing for far longer than some might think.
Apfel will be 97 at the end of this month. Another reminder from her is below.
“The day I grew up was the day I realized there is no free lunch. You pay for everything — not only in money — but you pay with time, with experience, with love, with pain, you pay some way. You don’t get away free. If you do, you get something for nothing, and it’s worth nothing.”
MENTOR Humor (don’t these sound familiar to some famous Quotes?
Progress does not happen without change, and change doesn’t happen without an open mind. – Jay Parkhe
When no one challenges your ideas; it is even more important to closely evaluate them. – Jay Parkhe
You can’t discover new places if you never leave the comfort of your home. – Jay Parkhe
The more you like yourself, and the less you’re likely to be like others and THAT makes you truly unique. Jay Parkhe
GIVE it Everything You’ve Got, even in you smallest steps and you’ll be on the path to success, surely and certainly – Jay Parkhe
Go out of your way to thank someone today!
Make someone a cup of coffee
Who will be making dinner for your family today? Tag, you’re it!
Buy someone a coffee
Go the day without complaining
Help someone struggling with heavy bags
Pay for someone else’s meal today
Remember that friend you haven’t seen for ages? Give them a call
Good servicing requires a lot of effort; tip them!