June 25, 2004
It's been gnawing at me ever since I learned that Dr. Walford died long before making it to his 80th birthday. This was the guy whose research said that laying off chocolate chip cookies and burgers would buy 40 additional healthy (read sexually active!) mid-life years. Great trade-off! Plus, all that talk about second careers and fortunes generated by long-term compounding interest. I am not ready to accept that it was all a pipe dream cooked up to sell books. Walford's death does not invalidate his low calorie diet research any more than Jim Fixx's death proves that jogging kills.