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Commonwealth Club does food addiction, again

Pitching, helping to populate, and then participating in a Commonwealth Club of California forum on food addiction four years ago was a signal experience.

The return of the entire panel last week for "Food Addiction 2.0," an update, was better than anything I remembered from before.

My fellow panelists are personable, incredibly accomplished, and, to me, unnaturally well versed, citing not only studies by their provenance. The moderator, Patty James, was very well prepared. And the audience asked knowledgable questions. I was happy with my contributions as well.


When the bomb explodes near you

Visiting family in Jerusalem, we were less than 2 miles from where a bomb destroyed two buses and a car yesterday, injuring almost two dozen people. The experience definitely put a different face on life in Israel for me.

To be clear, we were never personally in danger. Our personal experience of the incident was to see a cloud of smoke rise to the south of us, and to see and hear dozens of responders whiz and screech past us.


Alex Beam, defending cultural orthodoxy

Alex Beam, columnist for the Boston Globe, is not only a friend and former colleague, but one of the only columnists I've followed over time because he's deft at carving out niches that others never conceive.

But in his nutrition niche, he's not nearly as counterintuitive as he strives to be. He is a clueless wanker, repeatedly and again, just like everyone else.


Al Lewis: "I [was] a team player until I got blacklisted by the wellness industry for actually doing math."

Welcome to another episode of “10 Words or Less,” in which I ask brief questions of interesting people and request brief answers in return. I’m Michael Prager, an author, professional speaker, and lifestyle and wellbeing coach. I began this interview series in 2002 while working at the Boston Globe, so today’s guest joins a long and distinguished list. He’s an outspoken leader on corporate wellness programs who holds undergrad and law degrees from Harvard, and in 2013, Forbes Magazine named him one of “13 To Watch” in health care.


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