Research of the Week
Kids whose parents sucked their pacifiers to clean them ended up with fewer allergies, lower rates of eczema and asthma, and lower levels of a blood marker that indicates the presence of allergies. I figure the squeamish among us can still give the same benefits by sucking it after it’s been cleaned by hand.
Up to 40% of all chronic back pain may be caused by a bacterial infection – and could be cured by antibiotics.
Interesting Blog Posts
What causes elevated LDL particle number? Chris Kresser weighs in.
An Amsterdam woman has pledged to document her attempt to live like a cavewoman for 100 days (except for the blogging, photos, and videos, of course). Here are her rules. They’re pretty strict.
“Among endocrinologists, Brown stands almost alone in believing that endurance athletics can induce early onset of a hormonal imbalance called hypothyroidism.”
In some respects, this heeding-the-health-lessons-of-those-who-came-before-us stuff isn’t so new.
Plants are, like, talking to each other, man.
The secret to one 105 year-old woman’s long life? Bacon.
Why parents might want to just leave their kids alone.
Researches have identified 23 “ultraconserved words,” or words that have remained largely unchanged for 15,000 years. One – “thou” – even has cognates that appear in all seven Euroasiatic language families.
- Chocolate cake, schmocolate cake. I prefer curried mango tuna cakes, myself.
- Itching for a reason to use the word “piquant”? Me too, which is why I chose to include “cod fillets in a piquant sauce” this week.
One year ago (May 12 – May 18)
- Nuts and Phytic Acid: Should You Be Concerned? – Do the negatives of phytic acid outweigh the benefits of nuts?
- How Bad is Peanut Butter, Really? – Is one of the most addictive foods on the planet really as bad as some people say?
Comment of the Week
– Ha! Fair question.