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November 01 2015

Weekend Link Love – Edition 372

By Mark Sisson

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Replacing fructose with starch helps obese kids improve metabolic health.

Traditional societies have more positive views on aging than modern societies.

Melatonin before bed improves circadian rhythm and sleep efficiency in strength athletes.

Good dates.

Your genes got rhythm.

By second grade, kids who had taken academic pre-K classes were performing worse in school than kids who hadn’t.

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Interesting Blog Posts

23andMe lays out their new services.

One blogger’s take on the fructose children’s study mentioned above.

Media, Schmedia

Is Silicon Valley bad for your health?

South Korean women are embracing fitness.

2% of hot dogs in a recent study contained human DNA. Why this might not matter.

Everything Else

These 10,000 year-old frozen cave lion cubs, amazingly, still look pretty cuddly.

Chimpanzee drumming. Check out that roar at about 1:20 in.

Though I’m not sure it qualifies as a bonafide “food craze,” putting butter on sushi sounds delicious.

This new desk lets you lie down on the job.

How the wild Atlantic salmon was decimated and Alaska has remained a viable wild salmon fishery for so long.

On Black Friday (November 27), REI is closing its stores and paying its employees to get outside.

This is one of the better applications of genetic engineering I’ve seen.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now says iPads and smartphones are appropriate for developing toddlers.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 3 – Nov 9)

Comment of the Week

A whole head of garlic? I bet viruses aren’t the only thing you’re warding off after that concoction, Mark. ????

– Ha! You’re probably right.

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  1. “2% of hot dogs in a recent study contained human DNA.”

    High gross out factor for this line. I did not click on the link!

    1. Meanwhile, nearly 100% contain lips, udders, and sphincters.

  2. Regarding the melatonin study. A typical dose is 1-3 mg. Isn’t 100mg a little extreme?

    1. 100mg of melatonin is probably a typo. If it isn’t, it should be. I use 1-1/2mg (one and a half mg) when I need it for occasional insomnia. Anything more than that has the opposite effect. It makes me feel like I want to jump out of my skin.

      1. I took 4 mg (liquid) once and it wiped me out the whole next day. My normal dose is 1-2 mg. My doctor said it was probably psychological and that she would prescribe 10 mg if writing a prescription. I don’t think it was because I just thought my sleep might be a little deeper. Never again.

  3. Screw the American Academy of Pediatrics. There must have been a good chunk of money behind that article release!

  4. To be quite honest I’m surprised the hot dogs only have that little bit of human DNA, we could at least get some Corgi or Hamster DNA in the mix, surely!!

  5. I, for one, am glad to see REI dispensing with Black Friday. I’m sick of seeing corporate greed hijack our holidays.

    1. Blame the consumer, not “corporate greed.” If nobody shopped on Black Friday, the doors wouldn’t be open.

      1. You have it backwards. The doors have to be open in order for people to be able to shop. Years ago nobody shopped on Thanksgiving because no place was open.

  6. I have to put in a plug for the “CSF” (community supported fishery) I belong to: . My CSA (I get eggs and meat from the farm – I travel too much for work to consume all the veggies) helped introduce them in my area. I LOVE them, although it is a bit expensive. I think voting with one’s dollars is the optimal way to operate and I feel great for supporting small fishermen.

    I’m in the Midwest, but they have a local site and deliver the fish. Their delivery area is limited, but if anyone is interested, I strongly recommend them.

  7. on “Good Dates”, that study rather looks like it was principally designed to promote date sales in Oman.

    For an actually interesting recent paper on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), see:

    Back at the date study, if I were going to run a trial to see if diet alterations could reduce the incidence of the mouse model AD in transgenic mice predisposed to get AD, dates aren’t the first thing I’d think of. I suspect any number of random changes might produce significant results.

    The paper didn’t specify the exact Harlan mouse chow used, but all their standard products appear to be loaded with grain, including wheat. Nutrition science is so clueless about this that Harlan didn’t even bother to specify the carb content in the comparative data sheet I looked at; just protein & fat.

    Had the trial included an arm with, say, control and transgenic mice on a diet that was grain-free, LCHF (low PUFA), and included prebiotic fiber and probiotics, now that might have generated some interesting results. But even that is hard to do, because standard mouse LC/keto diets are also junk (basically Crisco). When D’Agostino runs KD rodent trials, he has to get a custom formulation.

    1. The Alzheimer’s Disease paper is very good. It should be highlighted, perhaps in another Weekend Love Link. (Presumably, ancestral diets with low carbs, no sugar would help reduce fungal infections?)

  8. I love the American Academy of Pediatrics! Some of my family really likes to hold those standards over our heads during debates on child-rearing. I can’t wait until I hear, “See, the AAP says ipads and smartphones are good for developing children!” Good grief. They could also say something helpful to our cause like, “Playing outside is appropriate for developing toddlers.” I suspect that for the short-term, ipads/smartphones might be safer. I mean, you can’t fall off one or trip on it and fall when you’re learning to walk and climb.