Monthly Archives: January 2012

New video: Now you can watch the Steve Ritz talk that brought down the house at TEDx Manhattan 2012

TEDx Manhattan, Changing The Way We Eat, just posted Stephen Ritz’s talk that brought down the house last week.

These shorts will help you get to know Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine and the amazing work that he’s doing.

This is your gut on junk food: A mouth-2-anus adventure

Thanks to artist Stefani Bardin, TEDxManhattan 2011 Fellow, for creating this 4-minute video about her cool “smartpill” project on processed and unprocessed food.  The experiment works like this:

Subjects swallow a pill camera (called M2A for mouth to anus) that collects video


a smart pill that measures pressure and pH data from within the GI tract


a meal.

Along with her collaborator, gastroenterologist Dr. Braden Kuo of Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, Bardin observes and visually documents the difference between whole foods and processed foods in the digestive tract.  (Think Gatorade and gummy bears vs fruit and vegetables.)

Its a smart, brilliant, beautiful presentation—and, best of all, it’s funny. Bardin doesn’t take herself too seriously. Find out more about her work on her website, where she describes this project,  M2A™:The Fantastic Voyage, as “an installation built around the first ever clinical study to use wireless gastroenterology devices to look at how the human body responds to processed versus whole foods.”

When this clip was screened at TEDx Manhattan Changing the Way We Eat 2012, host Laurie David challenged audience members to take this viral.

I know! Let’s try putting the word anus in the title.  Did it get your attention?

Holistic Health: How to Make Great Decisions

Little feel-good things, like watching a sunrise or sunset, can help you make better health-related decisions, according to new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Read more, including the self-affirmation script used in the study, on newswise.

Watch the speaker who got a standing O at TEDx Manhattan Changing The Way We Eat


These shorts will help you get to know Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine and the amazing work that he’s doing.

Holistic Health: TEDx Manhattan shows Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk


Watch Jamie Oliver‘s TED talk, Teach every child about food, from a couple of years ago.

Holistic Health: Great sustainable eating advice from a kid

Check out 11-year-old Birke Baehr’s take on changing the way we eat.

What the new pollution standards will mean for your health

Found this info graphic from the White House on