In the past half-century or so, the average American lifespan has pushed out from sixty-plus years to eighty-plus. And yet, as a recent piece in The New Yorker described, the buzz in research circles is about radically extending longevity with hi-tech interventions using stem cells or gene therapies. If we’re not thinking about how we can live as long as possible, in good health, then we’re missing the boat.
The best rule of thumb when it comes to cookware may be this: look for materials that have been proven safe and effective over hundreds - if not thousands - of years. This means choosing pots and pans made of cast iron, stainless steel, glass, enamel, or ceramic.
You’ve probably seen the TV ads for Roundup, the popular pesticide/herbicide, with a Mr. All-American homeowner mowing down weeds like a killer who’s stepped out of the Wild West. That’s actually a pretty apt image because the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is in my opinion one of the most dangerous killers out there – of our health!
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