James Hamblin

James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic.

Meats: A Health Hierarchy

The biggest reason to eat chicken instead of beef has nothing to do with saturated fat.

Healthcare, Meet Capitalism

If transparent competition can drive the reinvention of U.S. healthcare, some creative thinkers stand to become unabashedly wealthy—and improve the quality of care in the process.

Why We Can't Talk About Gun Control

When one writer suggested that guns can be regulated without anyone's rights being infringed, he lost his job. Dick Metcalf told his story this morning to a skeptical crowd.

Art Is Vital

The best education enables artistic voice and creative habits of mind.

Senators to Dr. Oz: Stop Promising Weight-Loss Miracles

A Senate subcommittee told Dr. Mehmet Oz to quit making unfounded claims about "miracle" dietary supplements—because he is feeding a sordid, under-regulated industry and a misguided culture of shortcuts. 

Broccoli Loves Us

New cancer-prevention research says that consuming broccoli sprouts makes people excrete benzene in their urine, mitigating effects of breathing polluted air. 

Forget Calories

Counting calories is misguided. The focus belongs on real food.

Let's Talk About Female Orgasms

It doesn't have to be awkward. James Hamblin and Dr. Lauren Streicher, author of Love Sex Again, discuss how to bring up sexual issues with your doctor, partner, and friends.

Being Happy With Sugar

Popular media are full of claims that sugar is toxic. And there’s intense disagreement about recommendations to replace table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup with “natural” sweeteners like agave nectar or fruit juice.
What to make of it all?

Dead or Meditating?

A court has been called to rule on whether a wealthy guru is dead or in a transcendental meditative state.

The Ice Diet

Eating ice actually burns calories because it requires energy for the body to melt the cube. One curious doctor suggests this can be used as a legitimate weight-loss tool. 

The Doctor Used to Know Best

Inside a physician's 50-year-old journals, from a time when doctors made decisions for patients, not with them