The holidays are coming in hot (figuratively, and courtesy of climate change, literally as well), with Thanksgiving now under two weeks away. So, of course, all thoughts turn to…weight control.

For years I have been writing — most recently in a dedicated entry in The Truth about Food — that despite my general enthusiasm for organic food, and the environmental benefits of organic farming, direct evidence of human health benefit from organic food is very scarce and quite elusive. Tha…

Ordinarily at this time of year I say you should get your flu vaccine, and let you know I’ve just gotten mine. Due to an intense flurry of recent travel, I am obligated to say I am about to get mine — but the rest of the narrative is quite perennial.

I spoke this past week at the Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan — both at a community forum, and in grand rounds for the medical staff — on my usual topics: the fundamental truths and luminous potential of diet and lifestyle as our medicines of choice.

Tales of the prowess and health effects of fish oil (or, more generically, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids) have flopped around over the years. We have been told that fish oil is all but a panacea; and we have heard it is entirely useless. But this flipping and flopping have suddenly probed w…

I just read that a former science editor at a major, global publication has concluded that science advocacy is boring, and that she would now prefer to “slaughter the sacred cows” of conviction. Leaving aside the somewhat brutal image, and the potential innocence and genuine sacredness of th…

The issue: For five years, the Justice Department has fought to block a Texas-based company called Defense Distributed from posting on the internet blueprints for 3D printable guns. The legal argument was that the plans would violate federal export controls. But anyone with a modicum of conc…

The signature feature of Neverland, a hot commodity these days, is not, of course, the Hook. It’s not the crocodile, either, nor even Tinkerbell, pixie dust or Peter. The signature feature is the one great law of the land: You can never grow up. But one needn’t go nearly so far as Neverland …

Our perennial pseudo-confusion about diet — and pseudo-confusion, it is — is fueled by two parallel delusions, running in opposite directions. The first is that every opinion about diet changes the facts about diet; it does not. This delusion operates as if bias, preconceived notion, having …

I am not much for joining groups or jumping on other people’s bandwagons but words from the president of the Connecticut chapter of the NAACP have me cheering.

As this Memorial Day rolls around, my neighborhood looks like a war zone.* My neighbors and I were assaulted by rogue tornadoes, very wayward in this region — but perhaps apt to become less so in a radically changing global climate. Maybe we are all in Kansas now. So it is that even as I loo…