Just in case no one knows, I'm a big dude. 280 lbs. 6'1". My wife, however, dwarfs me. She didn't always -- when we were in high school, she was quite normal. But as she's grown older, unlike most people, she simply never stopped gaining weight. We've done everything to try to figure out why, but no one has had a single idea that has worked with the single exception of getting pregnant. For some reason, during a time when every other woman gains weight, my wife lost it -- 100 lbs in 9 months. Then she started gaining again -- no matter what she eats. I share all of this with you because something miraculous happened yesterday and I want you to understand why it's important to me. It's called the Nutrition Science Initiative, and it's the world's only nutrition research group that is independently funded (in other words, they're not beholden to anyone for their results.) Co-founded by researcher Gary Taubes, author of one of the most influential books in my life (Good Calories, Bad Calories) and with a board of advisors that includes iconoclast Tim Ferriss, author of two more (The 4-hour Workweek and The 4-hour Body), this group of scientists has many of the foremost nutritional researchers in the world working on it, and their stated goal is to use clean science to test some of the foundational assumptions our society has about what happens when we eat food. I've RSS's their Twitter accounts, signed up for their newsletter, Liked them on Facebook, and donated my nominal $5 to their cause. I'd like to encourage anyone interested in clean science, good eating, and long life to do a few of the same. The only thing that could make this any better is if they hired A.J. Jacobs to be their professional guinea pig.