Twitter: @billgifford

BILL GIFFORD┬áis a contributing editor for Outside Magazine and has written extensively on science, sports, health and fitness for Wired, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Slate, The New Republic, and Bicycling, among many other publications.

He has been features editor of Men’s Journal and executive editor of Philadelphia Magazine, and his work has been anthologized in Best American Sportswriting.

He is the author of “Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying),” a personal investigation of the science of aging.

He is also the author of Ledyard: In Search of the First American Explorer,” a biography of John Ledyard, the 18th-century explorer, traveler, and bon vivant.

An avid cyclist, skier, runner and eater, he lives in New York City and central Pennsylvania.

His grandmother, Doris, is nearly 100 years old, and he intends to get there, too. Or die trying.


  1. jane
    April 26, 2015

    Thanks for writing this. I hope it gets picked up on other sites. No one seems to mention HealthCorps, the organization with an incredible mission he created with his wife. I admire that he is not afraid to continue to try to change the world for the better.

  2. Elliot
    April 27, 2015

    I just finished reading your opinion piece in the NY times regarding Dr. Oz. it’s probably the first sane writing piece about him that I’ve seen. Congratulations! While I admit I’ve never watched an entire episode I have an idea of what his show is like. Probably some over the top claims that maybe the doctor should tone down but the rest is probably just sensible advice. Eat healty, exercise and rest. Apparently doctors aren’t (and don’t) allowed to talk about these things. I’ve read many of the comments on articles about Dr. Oz and they are definitely negative. Too bad, hopefully your article will put some sanity back in the conversation.

  3. kathy moritz
    April 27, 2015

    Many, many kudos for the Dr Oz editorial….finally, a bit of sanity sprinkled amid all of the “foaming at the mouth”!

  4. Andrew L. Rubman, ND
    April 28, 2015

    As with all professions where general exposure does not confer reliable expertise in specialty areas, it is important to realize that the well-intentioned Oz is somewhat akin to Weil in this regard. To master the ability to leverage non-surgical non-drug interventions to upregulate physiology perhaps denying or certainly inhibiting pathology, requires not only didactic content, but more importantly residency / internship akin to in-hospital exposures, with masters of this art.
    I witness this first hand at my first job after naturopathic medical school working for Bob Atkins and overseeing Carlton Fredericks for a year and a half.
    So the “take away” with all of these MDs gone holistic is to admire their interest and encourage them to “refer out”.
    Thanks for the engaging piece Bill,
    Andrew L. Rubman, ND
    Southbury, CT


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