Author Archives: Dana

Someone Is Pretending To Be Me

A friend has informed me she received an email from the address Dana.Carpender67@wpi-world.com. That is NOT ME. I have a call in to my attorney. In the meanwhile, please either ignore any email from this address or heap upon them the scorn due a liar. Thank you.

Get Undoctored!

Six years ago, Dr. William Davis changed the national conversation about diet with Wheat Belly. I was lucky enough to score a review copy. I was blown away. Having been low carb for well over a decade, wheat had not been a major player in my diet for a long time. But by happenstance I had, shortly…

Guess What “Cane Sugar” Is?

“Cane sugar” is having a little moment, especially in the beverage market. Several “health food store” brands of soda — the sort of thing that makes a mockery of the very term “health food” — proudly list cane sugar on their labels. And now the behemoth of the soda market, Coca-Cola, is getting in on…

HAH! Don’t Want To Be an I-Told-You-So…

At the beginning of the year, I posted about telomeres, their importance to longevity, and the new promise of telomerase activators, which appear to be able to quite literally reverse aging. That is, of course, an alluring idea. This long-time health geek could not resist. So when my very generous father-in-law gave me a big…

How To Say This Without Being Political?

I have for nearly 20 years now resolutely kept my politics out of my writing regarding low carb diets and health. So I need to say this without taking sides. Bear with me. We in the US are currently in a huge, acrimonious debate about health care — the cost of it, how to pay…

What I’ve Learned About Pressure Cooking

I’ve been working on low carb/keto pressure cooker recipes. To be honest, I started doing this because I was getting requests for low carbohydrate, LCHF pressure cooker recipes at an increasing pace. I’d seen the infomercial about the Power Pressure Cooker XL — who hasn’t? — and I confess I was not drawn in. What…

Truth In Advertising

As you know, I am acutely aware of food ads, the weasel words and the bait-and-switch they so often use. But I just now saw an ad that told a home truth. It asked “Why do you snack? Because you have nothing better to do?” It turned out to be an ad for almonds, a…

On Sugar and Slavery

    Steeped as we are in Civil War history, not to mention Hollywood images of the Old South, when Americans think of slavery we tend to think of cotton plantations. But the majority of people stolen from Africa and enslaved were not brought to North America, but to the Caribbean and Brazil. And they…

“Clean” and Other Buzz Words

Long-time readers know that I pay close attention to food advertising, partly because I write about food, and partly because my daddy was Don Draper. (Mad Men fans: Really a cross between Don Draper and Pete Campbell.) The buzz words leap out at me, in all their meaningless grandeur. Panera is currently assuring us that…

Valentine’s Day

The longer I do this, the more I feel I write about the same things over and over. But then, so does everyone else — how many of the “women’s magazines” have had articles re Valentine’s Day this month? Anyway, there are always newbies looking for help and folks who need a little encouragement. So here goes….