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November 25, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 218

By Mark Sisson
42 Comments

Research of the Week

A new study pushes the actual reveal of the first stone-tipped spear back to 500,000 years ago (pushing it back from 300,000 years ago), right around the time our ancestors enjoyed their massive expansion in brain size. Coincidence? Perhaps, perhaps not.

Are some of the benefits of fish oil (and perhaps other PUFAs, even oxidized ones) explained by hormesis?

Interesting Blog Posts

If you’ve ever wanted to eat dairy (but have issues with tolerating the lactose), check out Chris Kresser’s latest post on how to cure lactose intolerance.

Sweat Science shows how positive feedback isn’t just empty praise; it actually helps you learn and makes training whatever’s being praised more effective.

Media, Schmedia

Did you know that, as a meat-eater, you are predisposed toward lying, cheating, and committing sex crimes? It’s true.

Demand for grass-fed meat is growing. I wonder if grass-fed beef causes more or fewer sex crimes than corn-fed beef.

Everything Else

If you’ve ever wondered just how much vitamin D you’re getting from the sun, here’s a very handy calculator that factors in time of day, time of year, elevation, location, and other variables.

It’s always the bacon, isn’t it?

Speaking of bacon, a Chinese hog farmer is convinced that giving his animals access to a high-dive over a pond makes for better meat. It’s unclear whether or not tossing your bacon in the pool will elicit similar results.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (November 25 – Dec 1)

  • Flatulence: Foes and Fixes – Why you’re farting so much and how to fix it. The only problem with fixing your flatulence is that now you have to figure out how to be funny.
  • How to Eat More Fat – Most people aren’t that cool with spooning pure fat into their mouths. Here’s how to incorporate it into your diet in an enjoyable manner.

Email of the Week

“Is it poison, or is it a gift?”

“Gift” is the German word for “poison.” Ach…

 Inadvertent (or is it?) wisdom is the best wisdom.

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Kim
Kim
3 years 10 months ago

Gift is also the Norwegian word for poison 🙂

Tanja Tr.
3 years 10 months ago

…and Danish;-)

Peacemaker
Peacemaker
3 years 10 months ago

So that’s why other countries think we’re wierd. We give gifts, so countries, that haven’t been here, are thinking we kill each other.

Martina
Martina
3 years 10 months ago

…and Swedish 😉

Petter R
Petter R
3 years 10 months ago

And as a side note, I’d like to point out that the word for poison (“gift”) is the same as marriage. Coincidence? Perhaps…

Lina
Lina
3 years 10 months ago

and Swedish… haven’t thought of that before but then Gift also means being married…

Elisa
Elisa
3 years 10 months ago

‘Gift’ is actually the word for married in Norwegian. ‘Giften’ is the word for poison. 😀

Dan
Dan
3 years 10 months ago

The Vit D calculator told me:

“minimum recommended exposure time(hours:minutes) 0:46”

Granted, that was for every other day.

Still, I thought Vit D production maxed out after 20 minutes full exposure per day? Would 46 minutes one day do it?

Dan
Dan
3 years 10 months ago

Well, it is November….

Whitefox999
Whitefox999
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah Winter + skin type (darker = less UV exposure = less vit D) + different longitude and latitude –> more time needed. As a darker caucasian, I hit 45mins, but if I were pale it would be 29mins, which is pretty close to that theoretical 20.

Patrice
3 years 10 months ago

London = 3.5 hours to get vitamin D on a clear day… lucky for supplements (taken in the morning of course to not confuse the body!)

Sophia
3 years 10 months ago

The Indian article about meat eaters being morally lax actually made me laugh out loud. I needed it.
Speaking of India, if you take a village of vegetarian Hindus and compare them to a village of meat-eaters (usually Muslim) you’d see a significant difference in height and strenght, advantaging the meat-eaters. As for ethical behaviour, I think that cuts across dietary proclivities.

Craig
Craig
3 years 10 months ago

According to the UV calculator, the minimum healthy exposure time today in Vancouver, Canada is 24.0 hours.

James
James
3 years 10 months ago

Same in London. Even without any clouds I’d need 3 hours…

Martina
Martina
3 years 10 months ago

Same in Umeå, Sweden with a clear sky. Cod liver oil it is then.

Grace
Grace
3 years 10 months ago

When I use that vit d calculator entering the uv index from the weather channel I get the same recommended minimum that Wolfram Alpha tells me is my time to sunburn.

Use the phrase “sun exposure” in Wolfram Alpha.

Tribal Rob
Tribal Rob
3 years 10 months ago

I’d have to stand outstide for about 4 hours a day here in Yorkshire, I imagine if it dit it buck nakid that would reduce the time needed and count as cold thermogenisis to burn fat too :p

Jim
Jim
3 years 10 months ago

That book is kind of right about the Inuit though, at least from my experiences living in Alaska. I’d say it has more to do with their adoption of Western foods and alcohol than their traditional diet.

Nelly
3 years 10 months ago

I have a friend who raises hogs. I’m going to show him the article about diving and report back. This could really be a thing. Keep your eyes out for news about the Diving Pigs of Durham, NC.

Graham
Graham
3 years 10 months ago

I think the need for paleo sriracha arises more from the fact that sugar is something like ingredient #2 than xanthan gum…it is amazing stuff though.

Bill C
Bill C
3 years 10 months ago

Specifically HFCS if I recall correctly.

Jo
Jo
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, I got 24 hours too…and I’m pale Caucasian, live in Scotland and it’s November…grim. Hello, supplements…

…though to be honest, I think I’d need to take supplements even if I lived in California, since I’m burned to a crisp with my pathetic Celtic skin within 10 mins of stepping outside the door when it’s sunny?! I know we’re not supposed to use sunscreen so as to get enough vit D but some of us really seriously have lobster issues after a few minutes!

Jelena
Jelena
3 years 10 months ago

I did that Vitamin D calculator, and at the end it said: Minimum recommended exposure time,(hours:minutes) 999:0

Does that mean nine hundred and ninety nine hours??!

anna5
3 years 10 months ago

Yes, a day.

Bill
Bill
3 years 10 months ago

As near as I can tell, the Vitamin D calculator will only work for those in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. Not good for those of us in North America, South America or Australia. Bummer, dude.

Moshen
Moshen
3 years 10 months ago

?! Use a negative sign for the longitude. It works fine.

Harry Mossman
3 years 10 months ago

Since the most sriracha I can eat on anything is about 3 drops, I’m gonna go right on buying the stuff with the green cap.

Amy
Amy
3 years 10 months ago

I live in Maine, and the calculator said 46 minutes every other day. Seems about right.

Beth
Beth
3 years 10 months ago

Yay a fellow Mainer! I was starting to think I was the only one

anna5
3 years 10 months ago

I think that this calculator is a meat-eater.

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
3 years 10 months ago

I know that as a meat-eater, I now surely have more life force available for crimes.

CrazyCatLady
CrazyCatLady
3 years 10 months ago

Interesting. On this calculator, I need one hour and 29 minutes for today. But another calculator that someone had earlier this week (Navy?) basically said that I would not be able to get enough Vit D at this time of year to amount to anything, because the sun was too low, from basically Sept 10 to April 10 or so.

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 10 months ago

Haha about bacon as a “gateway” meat so true. Aparently about the only place in the southern hemisphere is Cape Town so guess I wont be getting any sun in New Zealand, probably just as well, think I got bit burnt yesterday, with block on too I might add…

Carly
Carly
3 years 10 months ago

On this calculator i need 2 minutes a day at midday? cripes. go townsville: skin cancer capital of the world.
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9808527)

Paul
Paul
3 years 10 months ago

Cool i only need 24 hours exposure time to get my Vitamin d 😀 But then i am in Sunny England!

Maree
Maree
3 years 10 months ago

Wow, put in the co-ordinates of Brisbane (using negative latitude) and it’s 3 minutes minimum every other day. I’m absolutely rolling in Vitamin D at my 10mins a day!

luke depron
luke depron
3 years 10 months ago

I know it’s probably the least interesting tid bit on here but thanks for the Omelette tip. I really like omelettes but mine always turn out flat so I usually just do a scramble. No more!

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Fiona
Fiona
3 years 10 months ago

Hmm apparently I need 2 minutes of sunlight to get enough Vitamin D lol… not sure if I’m doing it right though as the calculator doesn’t seem to allow me to put in the right coordinates (errm I’m at S and W not N and E… so I used – and I’m not sure if it works okay to do that!)

Mary
Mary
3 years 10 months ago

I’m so confused about fish oil. I stopped taking regular fish oil capsules when I started the Green Pasture FCLO/BO blend. Was that a mistake? Does FCLO provide sufficient EPA/DHA? (I dislike seafood and am only able to choke down about one can of sockeye a week.)

Kristina
Kristina
3 years 10 months ago

Given the rampant religiously motivated antagonism here in the US right now, regarding everything from birth control to monitoring student attendance in schools, I’d expect that book here before I’d expect it anywhere else.

I’d love to see the sex education chapter.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 9 months ago

Careful with the oysters. Or maybe it’s a good excuse? “Your honour, I wasn’t in control of my own behaviour, I ate at least twice the RDA of zinc!”

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