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The Post-Parent Era?

I keep wondering, in what seems the new, emperor’s-new-clothes-like surreality: where have all the grown-ups gone? Where are the parents, and grandparents? Are we, somehow, in a post-parent as well as post-truth dystopia now?

8 days

My First Career Day at an Inner City School

I have recently participated in my first career day and OMG, what an awesome experience! I would highly recommend you seeing how you can get involved in participating in one of these near you, no matter your career. And if you can do it at a school that’s in a not so good neighborhood, even better. The school that invited me to participate in their event was filled with inner city kids, many who have seen their fair share of violence, drugs, and problems in their household, more than most Americans will in their lifetime, yet none of them was over the age of 9 years old.

9 days

An ER Doctor Speaks at a High School Graduation

Last week, I delivered the Baccalaureate address at my alma mater North Central High School in Indianapolis. This is what I said to the graduates.

9 days

Fitbit Launches An Activity Tracker For Kids

I guess the simple question is if we really need another activity tracker.  And to that point, do we need one for kids?

9 days

Fighting The Next World War With A Musket

We are vulnerable to invasion. Our enemies are not deterred by geopolitical boundaries or border walls, and that puts the entire world at risk—each and every one of us.

10 days

Truth and the Tribulations of Randomized Diet Trials

The volume of bad answers, bad questions, noise and nonsense conspiring to hide the simple, fundamental truths about diet and health seems to swell daily. The task of generating a signal to be heard over this din grows more challenging in tandem. Among the cries populating the cacophony of misinformation is the contention that we know nothing not directly demonstrated in a randomized controlled trial. Much as I like RCTs, having run and published the results of dozens over my career, I consider this view misguided surrender to the tyranny of trial design.

11 days

The Fasting and the Furious

I have yet to see any installments of the long-running Fast and Furious movie franchise, although my son and I recently agreed we probably should. There is, however, a much longer franchise that I’ve been watching closely throughout my career: the fad and folly franchise, devoted not to fast cars, but fast weight loss and promises of high-octane health, achieved magically and without effort.