Further Reading

Biswas, A., Oh, P. I., Faulkner, G. E., Bajaj, R. R., Silver, M. A., Mitchell, M. S., & Alter, D. A. (2015). Sedentary time and its association with risk for disease incidence, mortality, and hospitalization in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine, 162, 123–132.

David, L. A., Maurice, C. F., Carmody, R. N., Gootenberg, D. B., Button, J. E., Wolfe, B. E., Ling, A. V., Devlin, A. S., Varma, Y., Fischbach, M. A., & Biddinger, S. B. (2014). Diet rapidly and reproducibly alters the human gut microbiome. Nature505, 559–563.

Dulloo, A. G., & Montani, J. P. (2015). Pathways from dieting to weight regain, to obesity and to the metabolic syndrome: An overview. Obesity Reviews, 16, 1–6.

Hemmingsson, E., Johansson, K., & Reynisdottir, S. (2014). Effects of childhood abuse on adult obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 15, 882–93.

Higgins, G. A., Sellers, E. M., & Fletcher, P. J. (2013). From obesity to substance abuse: Therapeutic opportunities for 5-HT 2C receptor agonists. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 34, 560–570.

Ioannidis, J. P. A. (2013). Implausible results in human nutrition research. British Medical Journal, 347, f6698.

Warburton, D. E., Nicol, C. W., & Bredin, S. S. (2006). Prescribing exercise as preventive therapy. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 174, 961–974.

Irwin, M. R. (2015). Why sleep is important for health: A psychoneuroimmunology perspective. Annual Review of Psychology, 66, 143–172.

Mailing, L. J., Allen, J. M., Buford, T. W., Fields, C. J., & Woods, J. A. (2019). Exercise and the gut microbiome: A review of the evidence, potential mechanisms, and implications for human health. Exercise Sports Science Review, 47, 75–85.

Teicholz, N. (2014). The Big Fat Surprise: Why butter, milk and cheese belong in a healthy diet. Simon & Schuster.

The good old health food store. I wouldn’t typically recommend a newspaper or magazine article as a substitute for a scientific paper in relation to health practices. However, Michael Schulson has written a piece for The Daily Beast that is just wonderful. If you’re skeptical about some of the things I commented on in relation to pseudomedications, this funny (but also serious) article does a better job than I did.


A second article, this one by Larry Scwartz, in Salon magazine, is also very informative and scientifically credible.


A word on homeopathy. I can’t help but recommend that you read a blog I wrote on this topic (entitled the Flim Flam Man). It may not be the best blog written on the topic, but I’m recommending it because I get to do that as the author of this section.