Woody Allen Predicted This Week’s News Story about Red Meat, 46 Years Ago

Bradley Johnston, an epidemiologist at Dalhousie University in Canada, is the lead author of a new study that is challenging the near-universal recommendation to cut back on red meat for health reasons. The research was published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine and contained a controversial accompanying recommendation from scientists, suggesting that adults continue eating … Continue reading Woody Allen Predicted This Week’s News Story about Red Meat, 46 Years Ago

Hey Kids! If Your Parents Start Stealing Your Veggies, Don’t Fall for That Old Trick!

Some of my long-time readers (i.e., my wife and three sons) might know what today is - it's every other Saturday, which means it highly likely that today's blog has something to do with behavioral economist Dan Ariely. For people new to my blog, it's every other Saturday, which means it highly likely that today's … Continue reading Hey Kids! If Your Parents Start Stealing Your Veggies, Don’t Fall for That Old Trick!

22,000 Per Week; 131 Per Hour; More Than 2 Per Minute

When I first saw the 22,000 number, I thought it was an annual amount, and even then I thought it seemed quite high. But boy, was I off. On average, the Federal Bureau of Investigation receives about 22,000 tips about potential threats of violence weekly. 22,000... Weekly... And if that doesn't seem high enough, that … Continue reading 22,000 Per Week; 131 Per Hour; More Than 2 Per Minute

A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

We use apps to play games. We use apps to check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. We use apps to read the news. None of these apps makes us a better person or improves our relationships with those we are close to. In fact, it might be argued that if we are using these … Continue reading A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

You May Want to Hold Your Nose While You Read This Post

David Whitlock has not showered or bathed for 15 years, yet he does not have body odor. “If I get a specific part of my body dirty, then I’ll wash that specific part” – but never with soap. Sarah Ballantyne uses only water to wash, even though she is “at the gym sweating buckets six … Continue reading You May Want to Hold Your Nose While You Read This Post

These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants, Part Two

Last week I mentioned the autobiographies of Scott Jurek and Rich Roll, two incredible endurance athletes who realized their success while eating a plant-based, vegan diet. Their books were two of the five books that I had reviewed as part of my first attempt at blogging, Sportsographies. Part One from last week featured my original … Continue reading These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants, Part Two

Hug Mobsters Aim to Satisfy Skin Hunger

This past weekend I was lucky to catch a local radio show, Flashpoint, while driving in my car. The show is hosted by Cherri Gregg and features debates on hot topics in the news and newsmaker interviews. The story that caught my attention was the segment, "Change Maker of the week". This week's Change Maker … Continue reading Hug Mobsters Aim to Satisfy Skin Hunger

These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants

According to Wikipedia, confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that affirms one's prior beliefs or hypotheses. It's something we're all guilty of, and this post is an example of me indulging in confirmation bias. I've been a vegan for nearly 13 years, and I'll admit … Continue reading These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants

Birthday Savant Sends 5,000 Birthday Cards Every Year, Using Just Her Memory

I n the July 2009 issue of Reader's Digest, Beth Catlin was named "Best Birthday Wisher" in RD's "Best of America" feature. Back then, Beth was sending birthday cards each year to 3,834 people. Today, that number is greater than 5,000. Beth's extraordinary mission began sometime in 1972: She sends hand-made birthday greetings to every … Continue reading Birthday Savant Sends 5,000 Birthday Cards Every Year, Using Just Her Memory

The 18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Amazing Soap

This is not the post I had planned to write tonight. We were watching Jeopardy earlier, and one of the clues involved Q-Tips and how its web site had a list of Life Hacks. So I thought that sounded interesting. My first guess was that it truly was a list of clever life hacks, but … Continue reading The 18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Amazing Soap