Fasting: Healthy or Harmful? A TrueNorth Experience

Fasting has become popular in recent years and many claims have been made about its benefits. However, there are two issues. First, “fasting” comes in many forms— intermittent fasting, water-only fasting, time-restricted eating. We need to be specific about what kind of fasting we mean. Second, many claims have been made about each form, but which of these claims are scientific and which are merely story? And even of the scientific— which are based on substantial evidence in humans, and which are hopeful speculation? In short, what do we actually know about fasting?

Golf and Life: Lessons From My Brother

[Semicolon count: 4] “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – But you have to play the ball where it lies.” ~Bobby Jones “Gold jacket, green jacket, who gives a shit.” Happy Gimore   It was one of the most interesting things … Read More

What My Mom Gave To Me (And Continues To Give)

There’s a story that my mom loves to tell about me to just about anyone who will listen. It reflects my valor, independence, and intelligence. Or so the legend goes.. The story goes like this: we were on a skiing trip, I was about seven or eight, I believe, maybe a bit younger. I was one of these kids who … Read More

How To Marry Your Sister (I Mean…Officiate Her Wedding)

“The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.” John Steinbeck to his newly in-love son “I now pronounce you man and wife, you may now change your Facebook status.” Random internet person   “So, I heard you married your sister?” Multiple Jewish mothers to me following the wedding “Well, no, I just … Read More

Freak to Geek Part II: The Results

[Reading Time: 25-30 minutes]   Now well into my fourth decade (I recently turned 32), I’ve come to a realization: I really don’t know that much. On a yearly basis, I’ve come across new information that either wholly dispels, or calls into serious question, the beliefs I previously had, the stories I told, and the narratives in which I lived. … Read More