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17 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 383

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Children exposed to bright light in the afternoon are slimmer than children exposed earlier. This one surprised me. I may have to chew on it a bit.

Saying “some other time” instead of “no, never” in response to temptation reduces consumption of said temptation in the immediate moment and over time.

Some mosquito species have evolved to love how we smell (and use us as their sole food source).

Obesity increases prostate tumor aggression.

Having more children could slow biological aging in women, according to a study. Or, women who age more slowly are healthier, more fertile, and better able to support the growth of multiple humans in their wombs.

“You know what would help that stroke? Another stroke.”

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Interesting Blog Posts

Release the IT band (no foam roller-induced agony necessary).

The coolest upcoming health and fitness tech Sid Shah saw at CES 2016.

Media, Schmedia

Slim but diabetic.

US national parks are free for 16 days this year, starting with tomorrow.

Everything Else

I made the Greatist 100 most influential health and fitness people (again), along with Robb Wolf, Abel James, Gary Taubes, K-Starr, and Michelle Tam. Great company.

The complete visual guide to pork cuts and bits.

Support psychedelic research, find out if magic mushrooms can fight depression.

5 minute squat battle: cyclist vs powerlifter vs strongman.

This standing desk costs $25. It’s cardboard, but so what?

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

The (non)evolution of the mortar and pestle.

Plants need blue light, and they’ll activate growth genes to find it.

Hark! The triumphant return of the incandescent bulb is upon us (and they’re more efficient than LEDs!).

That’s one way to ease the pressure of modern life.

12 year-olds on summer vacation everywhere beg to differ.

Recipe Corner

  • I’m gonna be honest here: I pretty much just chose this admittedly delicious salad because it contains “porkitos.”
  • Pork and cooked apples really do work well together. The walnut crust on the pig meat doesn’t hurt.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 19 – Jan 25)

Comment of the Week

nothing like a stomach flu to kick off a health challenge…

Sorry to hear that. On the bright side, it should help with the purging.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Congratulations, Mark, on making the 100 most influential health and fitness list again. You should have been at or near the top, But “great company”? A few of them. Mostly it is scary who we are looking to for health and fitness. The only ones I follow are Mercola and Axe. I sometimes use Tam’s recipes. That’s it.

    Harry Mossman wrote on January 17th, 2016
  2. Mark you should have been #1 on that list!

    Keep up the good work. You are changing lives every day. I’ve been primal since I read your book in ’09 and my family and I just wanted to say THANK YOU

    Andy wrote on January 17th, 2016
  3. Those so-called fitness products from the CES show are all bunk. What’s next, a device that tells us if we are breathing or not?

    Noconago wrote on January 17th, 2016
  4. The results section of the light and BMI article is confusing. Tough to understand which variables showed a significant association. Looks like the statistical significance of the associations of MLit and TAT with BMI occur only at one end or another of the spectrum (* in the graphs). Ie very high or low TAT and MLit correlate but no such association in mid range.

    In addition, MLit and TAT correlated with BMI while “controlling for activity, sleep duration and sleep midpoint.” But NO MENTION of controlling for anything related to nutrition. Timing of meals was not described. So if all kids eat late, the ones exposed to light later in the day might handle the metabolic effects of food better because the digestive system is more functional / awake. Kids getting all the AM light with sleep phase advancement might have a hard time with late PM meals. Actual diet of each kid is not discussed either.

    Overall a somewhat overly complex analysis in this study with conclusion contradicting other data that suggests early light is better for body weight. And we all know BMI is not a great indicator anyway. Still the more people out there studying this stuff the better off we will all be.

    Martin wrote on January 17th, 2016
  5. Re: slim with diabetes, the article points to white rice as a big culprit in Asian cultures. But it seems to me recent increasing rates of diabetes probably aren’t a result of a grain that’s been around for upwards of 10,000 years.

    Mark, I know you’re not as hard on white rice as many in the Paleo/primal community (especially parboiled or cooked and cooled), but curious to hear your thoughts. I’ve read a lot from Chris Masterjohn about starches like rice and the negligible glycemic index when added to a complete meal with protein and fat.

    Chris wrote on January 17th, 2016
  6. Most of the people on that ‘100 most influential’ list are liars, charlatans, and quacks.

    John Jacob Asterheimer wrote on January 17th, 2016
  7. Congrats on being named in the top 100 Mark!

    Vanessa wrote on January 17th, 2016
  8. $25 for a standing desk … looks like I don’t have an excuse to not adopt this routine any longer!

    Dan wrote on January 17th, 2016
  9. We’re trying to hack our 9 month old’s sleep issues right now and I read late afternoon bright natural light really helps regulate sleep rhythms… Very interesting that it could play a bigger role in children’s overall health.

    Maybe light exposure and purity will be the new health craze. It is already starting with limiting blue light and no phones in the room and all that, but who knows what else it is connected to!

    Maz wrote on January 17th, 2016
  10. Especially appreciate the mortar and pestle post (seeing as we use it to grind up certain herbs in Chinese Medicine…for medicinal formulas and healing foods).

    Truly “an elegant testament to the staying power of simple things.”

    Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons wrote on January 17th, 2016
  11. don’ t know why you value to be in the company of some of those people in the list! your work is superb much more than aving a prfect butt on instagram , to mention one

    paleozeta wrote on January 17th, 2016
  12. The “slim with diabetes” author seems to be less slim than in denial. A 34-inch waist is pushing it on a man, but for women, who tend to have less lean mass in the waist, it’s a several inches more than what could reasonably be called even borderline slim.

    Brandon Berg wrote on January 17th, 2016
    • Good point. Plus, I just feel like traditional medicine/dietitians are quick to point to anything with a high glycemic index to say that it’s a red flag for blood sugar imbalance. But everything is not eaten in a vacuum, and really, there’s a big difference between eating rice with a meal that contains meat, fat and vegetables, and having a pastry for breakfast.

      Chris wrote on January 18th, 2016
  13. Applauding Plautus. 😉 Hubby is still chuckling…

    Granny Gibson wrote on January 18th, 2016
  14. Whad’I miss about being surprised at the sunlight exposure and children’s slimness? I would think that afternoon to late afternoon sun is more “comprehensive” of an exposure to sunlight benefits. Not sure how the the complete mechanism works but wouldn’t the greater vitamin D synthesis allow for a more efficient metabolism?

    bigmyc wrote on January 18th, 2016
  15. A big congratulations from my side .A ll the best for the future .Cheers mate :)

    Smith Martin wrote on January 19th, 2016
  16. Tried to take the test at the bottom of the boredom article. I quit after the second screen. Got bored.

    Derek wrote on January 19th, 2016

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