Welcome to CenturyLife.Org (the name comes from the semi-serious goal of achieving 100 years of life). Franz works in economics and his undergrad included engineering physics, math, and statistics. He also took a science journalism course with the former science editor of The New York Times. Ann is a colon cancer survivor (she got it in her 30s and wasn’t genetically predisposed to it according to DNA tests) with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in food science. We enjoy cooking, traveling, and photography.
We started this site because we had a hard time finding good information about product safety, and figured that others might benefit from our subject matter expertise. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about carcinogens and food safety in particular, oftentimes from scaremongers who don’t have any science background.
The government is doing an inadequate job of educating and protecting people regarding nutrition, health, and consumer safety (for food as well as products). For instance, there are over 60,000 unregulated chemicals in use in the USA. Our decaying water infrastructure has led to contaminated tap water all across the country. The agricultural lobby continues to push the USDA nutritional guidelines to promote more grain consumption, even though we don’t necessarily need to eat that much grain–especially when a lot of it is highly-subsidized (via corn) and processed (without fiber, grains aren’t nearly as good for you). And the FDA seems unable to adequately police food quality.
Therefore it’s up to consumers to educate themselves and to fix things for themselves. We’ll be posting news and information to help fill the gaps left behind by Uncle Sam, like how you can get rid of plastic in your home and how you can purify your tap water affordably. But many “science news” articles are actually junk science. So we post only studies by legitimate sources.
If you wish to contact us, please use social media.
Lastly, we’re independent. We don’t have sponsors or get free/discounted stuff, so we don’t get pressure to say nice things about bad products. We buy and use stuff ourselves. To pay for website maintenance, we link to sites which pay us a small referral fee, at no cost to you.
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–Franz & Ann
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