Remember when Mojeaux posted this? I do. It such good, simple, straightforward advice.



I have been thinking about food quite a bit lately. My weight has been creeping back up. Part of it has been due to very odd hours and inconsistent workouts. My dear sweet chocolate lab, Moe, is twelve years old. His schedule, food, and medicine hasn’t changed. His need to get up between 2 and 4 am to poop has. Evening walks haven’t helped. It’s like having a baby in the house again. I’m too old for this shit. If any of you has a brilliant idea on how to get an old dog to sleep through the night without having to poop, then please share it in the comments. Kindly skip the snark and clever comments. I’m way too tired for it.


Anyway, in my weaker moments I wonder if some of the claims about foods having nearly magical health benefits is true. I’m not talking about the obvious, noncontroversial claims like the benefits of eating whole, unprocessed food. I’m referring to claims of foods that promote weight loss, prevent or cure cancer, and the like. Apparently, I’m not alone. The Journal of Medicinal Food is here to answer your questions. If I were a doctor or biologist this would be a good source of information. I’m not qualified to understand the papers cited.


Withania somnifera, known commonly as ashwagandha.


I have been interested in whether Ashwagandha works. It purportedly helps relieve stress, reduce cortisol levels, and increase energy levels. I looked on WebMd but all they do is state conclusions. They don’t cite to primary sources. So, thumbs down on that. Healthline is much better. They have numerous citations to what I believe are reputable scientific publications. The problem is most of these cited studies are based on small numbers of test subjects.


The more I dig into this stuff the more it reminds me of the X-Files. I want to believe. But should I?


This week’s music.