Summarizing the Latest in Clinical Nutrition (2009-2010)

Being a health nut , I could sit for hours reading up on diet, nutrition, and fitness. Unfortunately for me, my time is very limited these days. Rather than try and keep up on the latest research and news for all of my interests, which would quickly deliver a debilitating dose of information overload, I find people who aggregate all of the important trends and deliver it in summary form. This is exactly what Dr. Michael Greger does in the world of clinical nutrition research. This weekend, I watched his 3 hour DVD entitled Latest in Clinical Nutrition Vol. 4, which summarizes the important studies from 2009 to the present (mid 2010).

Below are the notes I took on the  research that I felt was most applicable. My hope is that you can benefit from these notes I took. Continue Reading…

Evaluating Gladwell’s Outliers: Is Success Beyond Our Control?

“Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives. They persist, generation after generation, virtually intact, even as the economic and social and demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished, and they play such a role in directing attitudes and behavior that we cannot make sense of our world without them.”
—Malcolm Gladwell

This is a quote taken from Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, in which he gives case study after case study to demonstrate how very successful people arrive at that level. His conclusion is that individual merit alone is not what allows someone to be successful. Rather, a whole host of factors—including random luck, fortunate upbringing, and cultural legacy—all interplay with individual merit and hard work, propelling some people towards success and viciously holding others back. After reading through this book, I have to admit, he’s absolutely right.

The way you were brought up can have a gripping effect on how you perceive the world. And many people cannot break out of that perception. On top of this, the way things work for anything one might wish to participate in can be unfair to those who weren’t given a special advantage early in life. Gladwell explains: Continue Reading…

Suddenly Without Free Time: A Case Study on Productivity

TimeHonestly, I didn’t realize how easy I had it in college until I started my full time internship in NYC this past week. I wake up to get ready at 6:30am and oftentimes don’t get home until 7:30 or 8:00pm. And considering that I aim to be in bed by 9:30pm (I need at least 9 hours of sleep to feel rested, so I try to achieve that amount), I have very little time to do much of anything during the week outside of work. Compare this to the 3 hours of class I usually had on any given day in school, and it’s not hard to see that I’ve lost a considerable amount of free time. Continue Reading…