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“Wheat Belly” by William Davis

  This is another book that talks about the low-carb diet, wheat in particular. Did you know that wheat impacts your blood sugar even more than table sugar? One of his main points is that the wheat we eat today is simply not the same wheat we were eating even 50 years ago. Davis’s writing […]


“Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubes

If you wanted to read Taubes’s book Good Calories, Bad Calories (GCBC) but were put off by the 500 pages of small print, then immediately go out and get this book. This is a distillation of GCBC crammed into just over 200 pages of normal-sized print. The core message is the same and delivered just […]


“Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes

This book is required reading. If you care at all about your health, if you are diabetic or obese, if you just need to decide what to make for dinner, you absolutely owe it to yourself to read this book. It requires some effort, but anything worthwhile does. This is a dense, 500-page tome that explores the history of our scientific understanding (and misunderstanding) of nutrition, obesity, and disease. He explores in detail the various scientific studies, the conclusions they drew, and the mistakes made. His main point is that the “fat is evil” hypothesis is erroneous. The cause of obesity and the diseases that go with it are the refined, easily digestible carbohydrates we consume in such huge quantities.


“The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith

Everyone should read this book. Don’t let the title fool you. It’s not a book just for vegetarians. Nor is it some brutal tirade against vegetarianism. Keith was a vegan for 20 years, and her appeal to vegetarians—nay, everyone—is empathetic and heartfelt. Her writing style is so direct and immediate that you can’t help but […]

  • Who am I?

    My name is Aaron Dalton. See the "About Me" link for more information. The name Perlkönig is a combination of my favourite programming language (Perl) and the title of one of Franz Schubert's most famous lied (Erlkönig).

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