Sleep Part I: Long-Term Health Benefits of Sleeping 7 Hours per Night

After posting about the natural experiment that showed everybody is more productive if everybody sleeps more together, I read the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, a professor at UC Berkeley. It’s an exciting read and I decided to track down the original studies behind the parts of the book about living a longer … Continue reading Sleep Part I: Long-Term Health Benefits of Sleeping 7 Hours per Night

Potato Chips Are the New Olive Oil

How can we know what food is healthy? Proving any causal relationship in nutrition is nearly impossible. I highly recommend this Freakonomics episode about how unreliable nutrition studies are. It’s not that the people studying nutrition aren’t smart, it’s just impractical to conduct the kinds of experiments we’d need to prove anything. What we need are … Continue reading Potato Chips Are the New Olive Oil

2,335 Pages of SI Say Moderate Drinking In America Is Safe

In this post, I’ll attempt to calculate the correlation between consuming two alcoholic drinks per day and total mortality based on the recent paper that claimed any level of drinking is unsafe. Their main result was a dose response curve where the “response” was diagnosis with any one of 28 conditions that have been found … Continue reading 2,335 Pages of SI Say Moderate Drinking In America Is Safe