World’s Oldest Person Dies at 115

High-fat, high-carb

High-fat, high-carb

Gertrude Baines died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 115, according to the Associated Press.

She liked to eat fried chicken, bacon, and ice cream.

Steve Parker, M.D.


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2 responses to “World’s Oldest Person Dies at 115

  1. judith

    Hi Steve.
    There was an article in AARP, the magazine, last month, (I think) about the Med diet in a specific area of Greece.
    It started out with the story of a guy who was given a short time to live (in NYC) due to cancer. He then went back to his home (on this greek island) to die and be burried near his family.
    That was 39 years ago….

    So this is an article on longevity and there’s a list which includes partying and drinking, although it doesn’t specify the drink, I’ll make the assumption that there’s some wine due to the mountainous region and limited access.
    ‘Meat’ is the main protein since the sea is a day trip.
    Olive oil, of course (my college friend, who came from Greece said it was not only used in cooking but as a condiment on near everything).
    Goats milk
    Bread (they bake their own and I’m assuming they purchase flour, although, who knows).
    (Potatoes may have been on the list which wouldn’t surprise me in that region).

    I do not remember the entire list and have recycled the mag. I’m sure you can look it up online.

    But it certainly changed my view of the Med diet since we have been led to believe that fish is one of the reasons for the long, healthy lives. And, of course, whole grains (don’t know where that came from since ALL the peop I have known from Greece have grown up on white flour products).

    This article is worth reading and I’m sure it reflect the dietary patterns of many communities located away from ports.

    I’m loving your experiment. It’ll be interesting to see if it changes any of your eating habits for the long term.


  2. Thanks for the comments, Judith.

    The “healthy” Mediterranean diet is the one they ate at the midportion of the 20th century or earlier. From all I’ve read, whole grain breads were much more common, probably the norm, back then. What we call the healthy Mediterranean diet today is heavily influenced by the old patterns in Greece (esp. Crete) and southern Italy.

    Of course, what’s eaten in Mediterranean countries today has become increasingly Westernized, with more processed, refined foods, and fast foods.