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April 23, 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 449

By Mark Sisson
17 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Nuts are good snacks.

Sleeping pills linked to death, even after controlling for pre-existing poor health.

Meanwhile, despite all the warnings to the contrary, supplements are not.

Intense exercise inhibits muscle aging.

Psychedelics really do open up your mind.

Active commuters die less.

Men who strength trained on a ketogenic diet saw increased testosterone compared to those who trained on a standard diet.

Both men and women influence men [to exercise], while only women influence other women.”

The appendix: not so vestigial, after all.

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INTERESTING BLOG POSTS

Athletic options for kids uninterested in traditional team sports.

Amsterdam has a simple and effective strategy for fighting obesity: eliminating fruit juice and promoting more sleep.

How meal planning can help you lose weight.

MEDIA, SCHMEDIA

Researchers are scouring old medieval texts for clues to new antibiotics.

An Italian court rules that cell phone use caused a brain tumor. 

EVERYTHING ELSE

This is another reason to let your kids out to play.

Study data found in basement challenges old claims about dietary fat. A key quote: “Instead, he said, his discovery and analysis of long-lost data underline how the failure to publish the results of clinical trials can undermine truth.”

This is how you age, folks.

AI better than human doctors at gauging heart attack risk.

Techies mess up on food yet again.

Though I still love Thailand, there goes one big reason to visit.

THINGS I’M UP TO AND INTERESTED IN

Editorial I enjoyed: Living longer isn’t the only reason to ride your bike.

How I know the kids are all right: A six-year-old with a science podcast.

Blog post I’m pondering: What Elon Musk’s up to.

Short info bite I liked: Good experiences can block epigenetic trauma.

New Zealand news that didn’t surprise me: A registered dietitian opens up an inquiry into the circumstances of Dr. Schofield’s recent appointment as the new Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor, citing his interest into “areas of nutritional controversy.” Here we go.

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COMMENT OF THE WEEK

All I have to say Sisson is your wife must be really good looking.

Jokes aside, Devyn seems like an amazing individual, mature and wise beyond her years and the book looks awesome.

– Ha! She is, HealthyHombre, and she is, and it is.

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eatsleepswim
eatsleepswim
1 month 5 days ago
I had an appendicitis in Nov 2014. By the time they got me into the ER I had already gotten better and had even had time to do a little research online. 3 doctors took turns trying to convince me that I needed to have it removed. When I said to 1 of them “In England they would just send me home with antibiotics” he replied, “Well they may do that in England but we’re not England!” That sealed the deal for me and I was finally able to talk my way out. I also kept using the word vestigial… Read more »
Shary
Shary
1 month 5 days ago

Melatonin works well for occasional insomnia with none of the side effects or the “hungover” feeling associated with pharmaceutical sleeping pills. The trick is not to take too much or it can sometimes have the opposite effect. One and a half mg. is usually sufficient. Also works well for jet lag.

Coccinelle
Coccinelle
1 month 3 days ago

Thanks! I’ll store that information in case the need arise once more. I hated taking sleeping pills so much!

Ruth
Ruth
1 month 5 days ago

My children’s private school has an archery team for the middle schoolers. My sixth grader has never been interested in traditional sports, although he loves biking, so when he wanted to join the team, I said absolutely! It’s definitely not a traditional sport with cardio, but it is a sport where girls can oppose boys and, more often than not, can beat them. It encourages focus, deliberation and patience. He’s getting better every practice.

Matt
1 month 5 days ago

I’m really interested to see where AI will take the world of medicine. Some hospitals are starting to use AI based off the IBM models that beat humans at Jeopardy. They’re having some success at using AI to diagnose uncommon diseases by scanning the thousands of articles of case studies and literature out there. The big question I have is how will AI affect the job market?

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
1 month 5 days ago

I wonder who’s paying Helen Gibbs the “concerned” dietician?

I also like Amsterdam approach on dealing with children’s obesity. Tap water is all we had growing up, with the occasional soda with fruit syrup every now and then.

Ross
Ross
1 month 4 days ago
I don’t believe anyone has to be paying her, per se. But she’s a dietician, no doubt certified by the state with all the might of its great seal. The state promulgates an orthodoxy and it brooks little disagreement. It does this by various means like not certifying, not funding and not appointing. Yet Grant Schofield has snuck under the radar and been appointed. This is obviously a mistake. I’m semi-serious. How did this happen? It’s the equivalent of a skeptic of anthropogenic global warming being appointed to the IPCC. And Helen Gibbs–one whose professional reputation, income and funding depends… Read more »
Time Traveler
Time Traveler
1 month 4 days ago
It sure sounds like you are supporting her move, unless I grossly misinterpreted you word 🙂 Perhaps I should have put paying in quotation marks. One doesn’t need to get paid in order to raise opposition, in particular when it undermines their livelihood and profession. Grant Schofield Is an advocate of LCHF diet and is calling to flip the food pyramid, so it’s clear (to me at least) why the dietitian reacted the way she did. Nor do I think that it’s random but a calculated move by the dietitian association. Just like the move against an Australian surgeon who… Read more »
Shary
Shary
1 month 4 days ago

I stopped caring what the medical and dietitian communities espouse years ago. I do what works best for me, regardless of whether it’s sanctioned by those people or not. I cannot control how other people think or eat so I see no point in worrying about it.

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
1 month 4 days ago

Sherry, we have an expression that says “If I am not for myself then who”?

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
1 month 5 days ago

“No Deaths from Supplements. No Deaths from Minerals or Amino Acids. No Deaths from Homeopathics or Herbs.”

I’m bookmarking the link to that article.

Now the reverse side of the coin. How many deaths or permanent disabilities are caused by pharmaceuticals every year? How many deaths are caused by infections people receive during hospital stays every year? Enjoy your day folks before you research those statistics.

Mario
Mario
1 month 5 days ago
Great stuff Mark. I’ve been following the primal way of living (as close as I can) for 2 years now, going on 3. I went the whole nine yards on the diet, improving sleep, daily sun exposure, moving at a slow pace, and lifting heavy things at the gym when I have the time. I lost some fat and even gained a little lean mass along the way. Within the past year though I’ve started to feel kind of “off”. Long story short it turns out I’ve been under eating (yeah, weird). However according to the information I’ve gotten this… Read more »
Paleo Ron Burgundy
1 month 5 days ago

The second most influential book voted is “Atlas Shrugged”. While no Randian, she raised many great? points. The works of Frederick Bastiat are still as fresh ever given the modern Thai ban.

Ross
Ross
1 month 4 days ago
Supplements may cause no deaths not simply because they are not detrimental agents but because they are also not powerfully beneficial agents. You can take quite insane doses of most supplements with little more than a change in urine color. Or you must take very high doses for sustained periods to create side effects. Drinking excessive amounts of water has similar effects. Bloating, lots of pissing, loss of important minerals, etc. Something as innocuous as a mild antihistamine will carry the ominous warning, “Do not operate machinery or drive after taking.” Yet a herbal supplement to help you sleep will… Read more »
HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
1 month 4 days ago

There is extensive research on the efficacy of nutritional supplements and the assertion you can take “insane doses of most supplements” is simply not true, and in fact a dangerous comment to make.

Nocona
Nocona
1 month 4 days ago

I’d like to read just one article about LSD and Mushrooms that don’t mention they may be a great tool for some mental disorders, PTSD, etc. somewhere down the line. They must have to throw that in there to make it sound legitimate to the masses. Millions of people know the benefits of these tools when used properly.

Joanne
Joanne
28 days 21 hours ago

Call me a cynic from way back. After I got over my initial shock that Bangkok officials would seriously eradicate street food in their great city, I then started to wonder who was really behind such a destructive suggestion. Who would be able to pay the requisite decision-makers enough money – or promise to – to make them do this, despite local and global outrage.

I wonder how long it would be, after all the street stalls are gone, before shiny, polished, ‘sanitary’, ‘need-fulfilling’ global fast food ‘restaurants’ started popping up all over the city…

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