The 2021 annual conference of U.S. Mayors adopted a resolution to create the community “Blue Zones,” a Well-Being Initiative to Combat Disease and Comorbidities. Blue Zones are a program based upon National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner's work in identifying blue zones regions around the world where people purportedly live extraordinarily long and happy lives.
Ah, the influencer. A new job category of an individual who can move markets, at least for goods, by sharing their love of them. It used to be only celebrity endorsements, but social media has changed that, at least in terms of the platforms they use. So here is the question: are they using their influence for good or bad nutritionally?
It's time for another installment of the "Health Ranger Chronicles," where we critically examine the strange ideas promoted by Mike Adams' wildly popular website Natural News. This time we investigate a story about Monster Energy's "Satanic" plot to poison our children with sugar and caffeine.
A recent study quantifies some of the previously undocumented benefits of the Green Revolution. The results are nothing short of stunning.
Are "ultra-processed" foods addictive? Some scientists say yes, pointing to experiments with sugar-craving rats and the difficulty many people have losing weight and keeping it off. Taken in isolation, these observations lend themselves to a food addiction model, but there's actually little evidence to support the theory.
Can avoiding certain foods reduce your dementia risk? One nutritional psychiatrist seems to think so, but the evidence is much messier than it looks at first glance.
Social workers, forgotten members of the care team. Can music really soothe us physiologically? A pill that results in 15% weight loss, and what we eat has more to do with our values than nutrition.
Pregnancy and pediatric "advice" comes from all directions when you're a soon-to-be parent, and most of it is scientifically dubious. In part one, I examined the potentially harmful suggestions my wife and I received from friends and family. This time, I'll cover the less deadly but still ridiculous recommendations.
America eats a lot of potatoes, well over 100 pounds per person annually. According to Harvard’s School of Public Health, a potato is not to be considered a vegetable. What up with that?
Can nudging consumers to make more nutritious grocery choices work? Can discounts and coupons alter our choices? A new study looks at personalized grocery shopping, with an eye towards nutrition and a gentle push motivated by savings. 
There’s a new diet that’s the talk of the town. It advocates eating more calories, not less. So is it all fad, or is there a grain of truth to it?
Dr. Mark Hyman, who pushes alternative medicine and nutrition pseudoscience, compares processed food to the Holocaust, fabricates statistics, and takes a swipe at the American Council on Science and Health. That was inadvisable.