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Read Early and Often

Read Early and Often

People often ask how I keep current with health news and the latest in the science that underpins Jetson. My better half swears that I have a computer implanted in my brain (not yet!), but alas the reality is I just read – a lot.  

So many people have asked about what books and publications I’ve loved as I’ve gone down my journey to bring health a little closer to people around the world – so I thought I’d give you all a reading list that you can knock out over the holidays when you’ve had enough of Christmas carols and Uncle Jed’s conspiracy theories. This is in no way comprehensive…but 

Books

  • Brain Food – Dr. Lisa Mosconi: I love this book because it gives me practical advice on what to eat to maximize the only thing I really have going for me – my noggin. Best part? The advice isn’t based on some current fad – it’s based on her years of clinical research as the former director of the Nutrition & Brain Fitness Lab at NYU School of Medicine. It’s a must read.
  • The 10-Day Detox Diet – Dr. Mark Hyman: It’s billed as a weight loss book, but that’s not why I like it. This was one of the first books I picked up after working with Dr. Hyman on my health issues. It’s focused on practical things you can do and eat that focus on nutrient density and keeping your toxin load low. A lot of it isn’t rocket science – which is sort of the point – this doesn’t have to be that hard.  
  • The Rational Optimist – Matt Ridley: So much of your overall health comes from your mind (and, of course by connection, your gut). Obsessing over all the ways the world is seemingly worse off than when you were hanging out in arcades in the 80s (ok, that’s me) is a leading cause of stress. Grounding yourself in the facts around how we’re actually living in the best time in history can help!
  • Gut – Inside our Body’s Most Underrated Organ – Dr. Giula Enders: Dr. Enders is a phenomenal writer that really explores the connection between the gut and the brain. She helps answer the burning questions like “is gluten really bad for you, or is this a big con by Big Rice Flour?” and “what are psychobiotics?”.  Awesome book and also a great TED Talk.
  • A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz: An oldie but a goodie. Nothing to do with health – but sometimes you need a slow read that wanders beautifully and helps you breathe.  

Blogs

  • Futurism: Want to ALWAYS have something to talk about that makes you sound well-read?  This blog will do just that.  
  • The Atlantic/Qz: Both news blogs let stories breathe and they get into the detail in ways most other publications can’t or don’t.  
  • Minimalist Baker: Feel like cooking something healthy and simple? Just go here.  
  • Healthline: Sometimes they can be a little clickbaity (welcome to 2019!), but their articles are often well sourced and cited, so you can get some pretty practical tips for better health. They can be a little long and overwhelming and some of their citations are weak, but it’s better than most.  
  • PubMed: NERD ALERT. Seriously, only go here if a) you know what you are looking for, b) you enjoy reading long, dry scientific studies that – in many cases after you’ve spent significant amounts of time reading – you realize the results were “inconclusive”.  
  • News.google.com – honestly, just make sure you’re logged in with the same account you use to search, and you’ll be amazed what gets presented to you!

Newsletters

  • Abundance Insider: How would you like a Friday afternoon full of amazing science and tech stories that you can’t wait to read? Subscribe to Peter Diamandis’ newsletter and you will get just that.
  • Next Draft: Here is what Dave does every morning – fuels up with massive amounts of caffeine, opens 100 tabs in his browser, combs through the news of the day, and summarizes it in 10 themes by 1pm PST. Basically, it’s the internet, summarized.
  • Weekend Reads: The site is objectively terrible, but the newsletter is great. Comes out Saturday morning so you actually have time to read it. It’s a good mix of trivia, long-reads, and things you should probably know.  

So there you have it – a selection of places to head to get smarter every day. People are sometimes surprised that they aren’t just pure health sources that I spend time reading; the reality is health is multi-disciplinary these days. Gone are the days of a magic pill to make things better – getting and being healthy is a combination of many things – many of which fall outside the traditional health system. So read early and often – or just subscribe to Jetson and let us do the work for you!

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