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    • When I was a teen, I got to caddy many times for Jack LaLanne, the famous TV star who was the Arnold Schwarzenegger of his day. He would lecture me and the other famous golfers in his foursome — like Rick Barry, one of the greatest basketball players in history — on diet and fitness. Many of the things he said are still burned in my brain.

      This is him at age 40:

      It launched me on a decades-long passion where I couldn't get enough of the science, and I got to see 30 of my friends & family transform themselves.

      Trouble is, I don't want to be the pushy one that spoils all the fun as we sit around the campfire eating smores. And I wouldn't want anyone thinking I judge them. So I started a YouTube channel to get my fix of watching more people transform themselves. saving the planet would be a bonus.

      Whew, YouTube is harder than it looks. Oh my God. Making it short enough, entertaining, and yet backed by solid science. Not easy. But it pushes me and I love it.

      Oh yeah, the drama behind food! It's as emotional as religion or politics. Let's see if the carnivore trolls try to take me down. 😀

      Now I'm working on an episode about the tricks food companies play. Holy. Crap. Little do most people even imagine...

      That flat-lay photography I was working on awhile back? It was for this episode.

    • Great video, Chris!! Very informative and entertaining! It seems like a lot of people aren’t sure what diet is best. Keep the great content coming! I just subscribed! 👍

    • I was shocked in my reading last night to hear that to get to 1,000 subscribers, you need 35 videos. WHAT?! If I hustled, maybe I could do one a week. You would think that it would be like most other content: quality is king. And to do better quality takes time.

    • Loved your video, and I am eagerly looking forward to more.

      Reputations are hard to build, and easy to lose - quality is always better in the long run.

      Much of the video on youtube is of pretty poor quality - whether measured by accuracy, video quality, sound quality, performance skills of participants, yada yada yada. And then sometimes you find a video that is technically poor but ourstanding nonetheless.

      Stand out, don't blend in by the quality of your offering.

    • I was there for that talk! Thanks for finding a recording. I was actually on the phone with the founder, Richard Saul Wurman, last year and we talked about maybe I could edit some of those talks for him that had aged well. He still has the tapes in his closet.

      One thing about Malcolm Gladwell is he’s a journalist with a great eye for a dramatic story, which has a dark side. I’ll give an example:

      In my video, I described Nina Teicholz and her book, and one of the things that launched her book into New York Times bestseller status was his breathless endorsement. She had, in my opinion, a big conflict of interest. If she wrote that steak and butter are good, she could become rich and famous. That’s a phenomenal story people want to read, and as storytellers, they are keenly aware of that.

      Think of Gladwell’s 10,000 hours thesis with Bill Gates: he became a great programmer because 10,000 hours. But people who knew his code said he wasn’t very good. What he became phenomenal at — twice — was business, which he didn’t have any hours in, and science-based philanthropy, again no background.

      I love Malcolm Gladwell. He’s phenomenally interesting. But I think journalists like Michael Pollan, a journalism professor at UC Berkeley, is more disciplined about not letting the story you’d like to tell tempt you to stray from reality.

    • This one was pretty shocking for me to make and took a TON of time because I just couldn't believe what I was seeing and that a journalist of Gary Taubes' stature would actually do this, but he seems to have: