February 2015

a scam by any other name

A Scam by Any Other Name

What’s the difference between a pyramid scam and a multi-level marketing scheme? I occasionally check out supplements mentioned by clients or readers. It’s become a bit of a hobby because so much of the industry is inundated with overpriced, under-dosed supplements being peddled as part of various pyramid schemes. Wait, they’re not called pyramid schemes …

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The Fat Gene

The fat gene? What role does genetic heritability play in body composition? In his book, The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture, Matt Ridley explains the falsehood of the nature versus nurture debate: “…It is genes that allow the human mind to learn, to remember, to imitate, to imprint, to absorb culture, and to express …

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know your salmon

Know Your Salmon

Wild salmon consist of five distinct species. Each of those species has different characteristics for taste, texture, color and nutritional content. I once spent a summer in Bristol Bay Alaska working with Spearfish’s Corey Brost on his salmon fishing crew, and learned to quickly identify each species. Corey and Fisher Brost King, or Chinook salmon …

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food status

Food as Status

Stop buying stupid things. A common form of objection when it comes to eating healthy food is cost. Recently, eating quality food has been referred to as a form of elitism because it costs more than it does to eat comparable amounts of junk food. Does food as status really make sense? I must clarify …

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signaling and biases

Signaling and Biases

The appeal of a can of Red Bull does not lie in its materials. It did not become popular because it contains 80 milligrams caffeine plus some sugar and amino acids. It took off because the brand was associated with freefalling skydivers, cliff-dropping mountain bikers, weekend loonies launching homemade gliders off a pier and heavy-drinking partiers. Anyone …

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Two a days


How to create a two-a-day exercise program that keeps you out of the gym. A common request I get is for workout tips while traveling. Many people have a good routine going at home and are able to eat and train consistently in their familiar gyms and in their own kitchen or at the restaurants …

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healing power of lard

The Healing Power of Lard

The healing power of lard? If you’ve paid much attention to nutrition in the past few years, you’ll know that the saturated-fat is-evil-eat-more-wonderbread-food-pyramid lipid hypothesis has been pretty solidly disproven. Yes, there will always be a few diehards clinging to what the USDA taught them in grade school, but not too many people are still convinced that …

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implicit knowledge

Implicit Knowledge

Translating subconscious skill and implicit knowledge into conscious action A substantial portion of the knowledge one acquires over the course of a lifetime is implicit, meaning that is stored and recalled subconsciously. This includes most motor patterns used throughout the spectrum of physical activities, from pedaling a bicycle to shooting a basketball. In his book, Incognito: …

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