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 .