This month is the second anniversary of The Daring Gourmet. After just two wonderful years, The Daring Gourmet is averaging over 500,000 visits per month, thanks to you! Our growth rate has been phenomenal. Now, with over 300 kitchen-tested recipes and our addition of a travel section, I am excited to announce a brand new column: Daring Health with Dr. Killebrew!
Challenging popular notions, cutting against the grains of popular trends, and debunking widely held myths and misconceptions about health and nutrition, this new column will feature articles on a wide variety of health topics and cutting-edge research.
I encounter almost daily false and misleading information from all kinds of sources, including those purporting to know a lot about nutrition and health. Last week I saw a recipe from a health food blogger touting “Healthy cookies with ZERO butter!” As I scanned the list of ingredients the “heart healthy” substitute was canola oil – in fact one of the unhealthiest choices. A few days later in a discussion with some other food bloggers, many of them health conscious, participants listed the kinds of oils they use for cooking and baking. Not one said they used butter, and most said they use canola oil. I can’t really blame them, since the dominant wisdom is that butter is bad and canola oil is better. Even the dairy industry banks on this myth. A prominent brand of spreadable butter labels it’s product as infused with “the goodness of canola oil.” Most people don’t understand the problem of the dual misconception here. Recent research reveals that butter (and animal fat generally) does not pose the health hazard the medical industry typically decries. Worse is the perception that canola oil is safe or even beneficial. And that’s just one reason we are launching this new column: To strip the masks from mainstream myths and share facts that are backed by sound, fresh research. It will also offer helpful information to help you lead a healthier lifestyle.
While this isn’t exclusively a “health food” blog, health is very important to me and as I’ve read your comments over the past two years, it’s become apparent that it’s also very important to many of you.
I am pleased to announce that I have invited a new guest to our blog, Dr. Todd Killebrew, who will be periodically publishing health related posts in our new column, Daring Health with Dr. Killebrew. Dr. Killebrew not only happens to be a brilliant physician and an expert in the areas of nutrition, aging, and chronic illness, he is also my husband. You’ve seen him here and there on my blog in various travel posts and have heard him referred to many times. Now he is joining us in shirt and tie as a representative of the medical community. Let me introduce him to you!
Todd C. Killebrew, ND graduated from medical school at Bastyr University near Seattle Washington. Born in Alaska and later raised in Arizona where he graduated magna cum laude in his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, Dr. Killebrew now enjoys life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his wife and two children.
Dr. Killebrew has received extensive training from some of the nation’s leading physicians and is an expert in the areas of hormone replacement therapy, anti-aging, nutrition, and pain management. Dr. Killebrew has also worked as a research physician for Metagenics, an international leader in the field of nutritional science, where he participated in conducting research trials.
We are pleased Dr. Killebrew is joining us here at The Daring Gourmet and welcome him on board!
Dr. Killebrew will also be acting as moderator for all the comments you make on his articles. As time permits, he will be available to respond to questions about the articles and accept requests for articles on topics you would like to know more about.
Now, some information I need from YOU! I am thrilled that you have subscribed via email to The Daring Gourmet! This free subscription (found at the top right corner of my blog where you can enter your email address) serves to notify you when a new post has been added so you never miss out. No junk mail, ever. And while I know many of you will be interested in these health-related articles, there are some of you who may not. The same is true for my articles on travel and dining. And the last thing I want is for you to unsubscribe to The Daring Gourmet because you’re getting email notifications for articles that don’t interest you.
Depending on your feedback, I may be looking into an option where you can subscribe to only those topics that interest you. Currently The Daring Gourmet features the following: Original from-scratch Recipes; Travel Articles (incl. hotels and restaurants) with scenic pictures for your enjoyment and inspiration; and our latest addition, Daring Health with Dr. Killebrew. I’d greatly appreciate your feedback. Please leave a comment below letting us know your level of interest in these areas, and let me know how you feel about getting occasional email notifications when articles on each of these topics are published.
Thank you, each of you, for all your support and let’s hear it for another great year!
With Heartfelt Wishes,