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August 09 2015

Weekend Link Love – Edition 360

By Mark Sisson
12 Comments

Weekend Link Love

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Research of the Week

Spicy food consumption is linked to longevity.

Are elevated serum levels of two fats associated with health benefits markers of dairy fat consumption or fat burning (PDF)?

Those shoe store employees who watch you walk and then recommend “the right shoe” are probably full of it.

Dogs have special brain areas dedicated to processing faces.

Muscle disuse and atrophy might actually cause cognitive degeneration.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Awe makes us generous.

Should wild native Alaskan traditional foods be commercialized?

Media, Schmedia

Sex with Neanderthals was so powerful it changed our DNA.

Now that’s a success story.

Everything Else

How much nature do you actually need to get the benefits?

This is a fun idea for homeschooled (or any-type-of-schooled) kids (or large mortgage-paying job-having kids).

This guy’s really feeling the burn.

A nice and easy way to improve shoulder mobility.

I have lung cancer. What’s the best cigarette for me?

Recipe Corner

  • You can eat bacon and beef-stuffed butternut squash for any meal of the day without looking like that crazy guy who has chili for breakfast. (I’ve been that crazy guy, to be fair.)
  • This ahi poke may not beat the best stuff in Hawaii, but it’s darn good.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 11 – Aug 17)

Comment of the Week

Well great post as usual. Anybody else read this then promptly skip your workout? I sure did!

– Glad to hear it!

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  1. On the running shoe link – I’m glad to see the conventional fears over pronation and force of impact overturned with a n=1000 study. Yet I remain skeptical of the claim that “comfort” should guide our footwear decisions. The padded shoe would probably trump the barefoot shoe in this category, and our arch muscles would atrophy. We need to buck our conditioned love of cushion. After all, what could be more comfortable than the naked foot?

    1. Shoes have always been uncomfortable for me. I prefer to be barefoot so I agree. To answer your question, the Merril trail series is so perfect for my odd shaped foot that I am capable sprinting uphill on trails.

  2. Regarding the shoulder mobility link, I couldn’t tell what Jesse Burdick was doing from the Instagram photo. Does anyone here know how to do this maneuver for shoulder mobility?

  3. What’s weird about chili for breakfast?? Two words:

    Huevos Rancheros

  4. I was actually curious to read the cigarette link as I come from a background in cancer care. However this article was even better! Through my newfound eyes I was just cringing! Thanks for the laugh 🙂

  5. Did I miss something, or did the article linked to by the “how much nature do you need” line not list actual times? The full article is behind a pay wall. 🙁

  6. For those of us who just plain can’t hack a low-carb diet, grains are a great convenience food. I need 150-200 g carbs per day, and while I like potatoes and sweet potatoes, I don’t like them THAT much. I don’t think getting that much sugar from fruit is likely to be a good idea, tropical tubers aren’t easily available in my area, and my ancestors have been eating grains for several thousand years.
    Given that the modern chronic diseases we are all trying to avoid only become a factor with the advent of sugar, white flour, and vegetable oil, I don’t see how treating all grains as poison makes sense.
    As it happens, I have observed no effect at all on my health between gluten containing and non gluten containing grains, so I eat whatever grains come to hand, sprouted when possible (if I’m at someone else’s house, I eat what’s put in front of me, and if I’m at a restaraunt I eat rice or potatoes).
    For those who can’t do gluten, rice and buckwheat are generally very well tolerated and provide a great lift in terms of convenience, normalcy, and dietary variety.
    Some people do well on a low carb diet, and more power to them, but not everyone does, and not everyone has access (physical or financial) to fancy alterative starches.
    Rice is not a potent neurotoxin. It is a perfectly safe food as long as it does not crowd out other more nutrient dense foods.

  7. It is not just about “inserting traits,” you have to consider the instabilities of gene expression in relation to environment, the whole science of epigenetics.

    And then there is the whole issue of loss of biodiversity. Do we really want to face climate change with a radically reduced number of options?

    As for the social justice issues, see the film Argentina’s Bad Seeds about the impact of growing GMO soy on human health.