Wheatless in Los Angeles: Why Does the New York Times Hate the Gluten-Free?

Readers of this blog know that Steve and I keep a mostly raw food diet, which was spurred in part (for Steve especially) by giving up wheat. That happened a few years back when I taught a research methods class that used Michael Pollan‘s book, In Defense of Food, as its core text. During the course, … Continue reading Wheatless in Los Angeles: Why Does the New York Times Hate the Gluten-Free?

Counterpost: Your gluten-free, wheat-free, paleo, whatever diet is horrible

In the interest of balance — like a balanced meal, maybe — I’ll point you to this Q&A with a guy — who happens to be a  religion professor at James Madison University– who thinks all our fad diets are pretty stupid: Food rituals, food taboos, dietary demons, dietary myths, magic diets, guilt, sin: why … Continue reading Counterpost: Your gluten-free, wheat-free, paleo, whatever diet is horrible

Your brain on psychedelics and meditation

This one’s from a couple issues ago in The New Yorker, which mainly goes to show how far behind on my reading. Journalist Michael Pollan explores the resurgence of medical/psychological investigation into psychedelic drugs — for decades now a difficult, if not verboten, area of research. In particular, researchers are looking at how carefully guided … Continue reading Your brain on psychedelics and meditation

Gluten-free: Cultural or dietary choice?

The New Yorker in its next issue dives deep into the tasty dough of the gluten-free movement. It’s rightly skeptical (and that coming from someone who avoids wheat, and who knows when I do eat it that it is a luxury). A few highlights: While there are no scientific data to demonstrate that millions of … Continue reading Gluten-free: Cultural or dietary choice?

Yogi Diet: This is Your Brain on Wheat

We’ve written before on this site about diet. Quite a lot about it, actually—including eating raw, giving up wheat, eating mostly raw, continuing to give up wheat, etc. We’ve also talked about the stages of a yogi diet. I’ve got a friend who’s just started Ashtanga. He said to me, “I don’t like beer anymore.” … Continue reading Yogi Diet: This is Your Brain on Wheat

Yogi Diet: The Smoothie Gap

In one of those TV show motifs that I often wish I could more efficiently do as a writer, I’ll begin by saying, “Previously on the Confluence Countdown…” About six years ago, after suffering from mounting health problems I won’t go into because it’s tedious even for me to talk about, I tried (at the … Continue reading Yogi Diet: The Smoothie Gap

Of Wheat, Research, and the Hundred Breath Headstand

A while back, Steve and I gave up wheat. We didn’t do this because we were particularly unhappy with our diets. We were curious, after reading a review of Dr. William Davis’s book, Wheat Belly. I’d been mostly raw for a few years, and Steve had moved that way as well. But both of us … Continue reading Of Wheat, Research, and the Hundred Breath Headstand