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jane brody on healthy aging

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Healthy Aging, With Nary a Supplement

By JANE E. BRODY
Published: January 11, 2010

The Great Recession, so I’m told, has been great for one segment of the economy — the makers of pills and potions that offer the promise of keeping people healthy. A middle-aged woman remarked as she perused the supplement shelves in my local health food store (I was buying bulgur): “I can’t afford to get sick. I lost my job and I have nohealth insurance.”

Each year millions of people fall prey to false promises that this, that or the other formula or fortified food can protect their hearts, prevent cancer, improve memory, strengthen their bones, uncreak their joints, build their muscles, even enable them to burn extracalories without moving.

The desire to achieve a healthy old age is laudable indeed, and will be even more so in the future. According to a projection of the century-long rise in life expectancypublished in The Lancet in October, more than half the children born since 2000 in wealthy countries can expect to celebrate their 100th birthday.

If so many of us are destined to become centenarians, it is all the more important to be able to enjoy those years unencumbered by chronic disease and disability. There is no virtue in simply living long; the goal should be to live long and well.

But while much is known about how to raise the odds of a healthy old age, only a minority of Americans incorporate into their lives what is likely to give them the biggest bang for their buck. Like the woman in the health food store, they’d rather rely on supplements of vitamins and minerals, fish oils and herbs, perhaps washed down with pricey antioxidant juices.

click here for the whole article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/health/12brod.html

Red Meat and Flesh

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Red Meat. Chicken. Pork. Fish. Whether it flaps a wing, wiggles a fin, paws a hoof, or closes a clam, if it has flesh and muscle it contains the demonic trinity of western diseases; artery-clogging saturated fat, plaque-promoting dietary cholesterol, and tumor and cancer-promoting animal protein. And yet America and other industrialized countries have been gobbling up red meat and other animal based products like there is no tomorrow.

Here is an article by Jane Brody which ran in the April 17, 2009 New York Times. Click here to read the whole article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/health/28brod.html

Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat

There was a time when red meat was a luxury for ordinary Americans, or was at least something special: cooking a roast for Sunday dinner, ordering a steak at a restaurant. Not anymore. Meat consumption has more than doubled in the United States in the last 50 years.

Now a new study of more than 500,000 Americans has provided the best evidence yet that our affinity for red meat has exacted a hefty price on our health and limited our longevity.

The study found that, other things being equal, the men and women who consumed the most red and processed meat were likely to die sooner, especially from one of our two leading killers, heart disease and cancer, than people who consumed much smaller amounts of these foods.