Weekend Link Love ? Edition 393

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Research of the Week

Sunbathing is good for you.

Lateral squats improve sprint performance.

People with intermittent explosive disorder (more common than bipolar and schizophrenia combined) are more likely to carry a toxoplasmosis infection.

The more readily available a food, the more you’re driven to consume it.

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Interesting Blog Posts

What makes mashed potatoes with butter more satiating than potatoes fried in canola oil?

The man without a cell phone.

Why celebrities are fasting.

What’s wrong with Science-Based Medicine (the blog)?

Media, Schmedia

Accidental deadlift world records are the best.

Time covers the benefits of skipping showers.

More fasting coverage, this time in the NY Post.

Everything Else

Maria Emmerich just released an excellent new ketogenic cookbook. If you thought keto dieting was boring and monotonous, think again.

Kids gone wild (SFW).

Pay attention.

Prairie dogs practice infanticide and manage to look really cute doing it.

Early Irish were scraping bear patellas during the Mesolithic almost 13,000 years ago. This pushes human presence in Ireland back about 2500 years.

Prozac probably isn’t very safe (or effective) for depressed children.

Bacteria that degrade plastic.

Istanbul farmers are fighting to keep their 1500 year-old urban gardens going.

Not your average house cat.

Simplifying childhood isn’t just easier for everyone, it may produce healthier and happier children with fewer mental health issues.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 30 ? Apr 5)

Comment of the Week

Better get several cases. You know, to make sure you get enough data points for statistical significance?

– I always appreciate your rigor, Paleo Bon Rurgundy.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. I have had a smart phone for about a year. It is kind of handy but I don’t use it much for anything but my rare phone calls. I do want to have a phone with me for, yes, emergencies. (I still carry my charged up flip phone for 911 in addition to my smart one.) Levinovitz might feel differently if he had health problems, especially heart trouble. Kind of sorry I bought the smart phone but I see no reason to not have a mobile phone at all unless you are trying to break an addiction.

    1. I agree. Mobile phones are handy, particularly in the event of an emergency. I still use an old flip phone. I make and receive phone calls on it, period. For me, a smart phone would be vastly superfluous. I have no need or desire to stay in constant touch with everyone I know, so even my dumb phone doesn’t get used all that much.

  2. Re: sun is good for you.

    YES! I’m glad there is science being done to show this. Sadly, most people are still terrified of the sun and avoid it at all costs, to their detriment..
    The other day I read an article about myopia, where they stated that kids who played outside a lot had far less myopia. However, they advised against letting children play outside, for fear of skin cancer.
    REALLY? Reading that made me so sad and angry. When I was a kid (and I’m only 31, so that’s not too long ago) I had to be kicked out of the house to play outside, because it was common knowledge that playing outside was good for kids (I preferred to stay inside and read – and have massive myopia). How quickly opinions can change when people are made afraid….

  3. I’d like to add (perhaps) a more nuanced view of the Prozac article. I’m a child psychologist (with a highly behavioral bent) and do not benefit in any way from increased use of medications. However, because I work primarily with children with ASD, I see a lot of kids who struggle with anxiety (and sometimes rage). In my practice I do see a large number of kids who appear to benefit from Prozac in the reduction of anxiety. Children and adolescents with ASD are almost uniformly anxious due to both neurological and social differences. Just last week I had a very clever and anxious 16-year-old tell me that this was the first time in his life that he can recall not feeling overwhelmed by anxiety (having just begun Prozac). For the record, I do think we overprescribe medications for children, but it would be a mistake to conclude that they don’t ever work.

  4. Thank you, Dr. Malcolm Kendrick! While I’ve never been an avid sun bather, I do enjoy being in the sunshine and never use sunscreen. They won’t admit it, of course, but the dermatology profession has likely harmed millions of people over the last several decades by preaching sun avoidance. What a stupid, misguided idea. Common sense alone should tell us that sunlight is essential for all living things, including human beings.

  5. That girl deadlifting is awesome, wish women would lift more! I have a phone from my work-its only on during work hours and even then I cringe everytime it rings! Further proof that cats are better than dogs-kidding, sort of-but what an amazing video!!!!!!Deadlfts cures wimpynest!!!!

  6. Loved the link to the Danish outdoor kindergarten. I showed it to my own 5 yo girl. She was mesmerized and asked how they learned math. I let it hang there for a bit, and she followed it up with, “I’ll bet they learn a lot about the forest.”

    I treat sooooo many boys in particular who could benefit from an outdoor environment. I recently talked to a client about supporting her bid to start one for her three clever, active boys.

  7. I’m not surprised about the sunbathing data,. After thirty plus years hiding from the sun, I did come down with breast cancer, and they are very much checking vitamin D levels in breast cancer patients as those with normal levels have less recurrence. I take vitamin D in the winter and make a point to sunbathe now. I wish I had discovered the primal/paleo theories earlier in life, but at least I hope they will help me for the rest of my life.

    I also loved the article on simplifying childhood. We feel we are giving our children so much more with soccer, gymnastics, ballet, math tutoring, and what we really need is to kick them outside. It aligns with my great memories of childhood which all seem to revolve around time spent outside, not inside.

  8. I really enjoyed Barry Lopez’s article- The Invitation. I know I’ll be reading it again and thinking about it for some time. Thanks for the link.

      1. So much great stuff on today’s LINK Love. Check out Barry’s book, Arctic
        Dreams. A mind blower.

  9. I don’t have a cell phone either or an ipod just this desktop computer. Extra gadgets consume time and money.

    1. Outside work, rolling with an iPod touch most the time. Love the music and podcasts, plus a nice everything camera and wifi to buy stuff on Amazon (I live in a state with high sales tax and no Amazon physical presence, e.g. no sales tax… For now). My Verizon voicemail explains my minimal phone usage, but all voicemails are forwarded to google voice. Can text online. Basically all these actions are a trial balloon to gauge an instant everything commodity. So far I think I can do it. I converted an old 20lbs, analog rotary house phone to work on a digital network. Old meets new. Plus a hang up receiver slam is so empowering!

  10. The sunbathing stuff doesn’t surprise me at all. Where I grew up, (northern Canada, far far from the US border), we’re too far north to get vitamin d from the sun during winter, and I’d imagine the levels are pretty low in summer too. (Canola is a major commodity in the area, and is heavily used in the cooking- and that just exacerbates things.) We also have some of the highest rates of M.S. and parkinson’s in the world. It wouldn’t surprise me if lack of sunshine + manufactured oils + very low fish intake (we’re about as far from an ocean as you can get) contributes in massive ways to some of the particular health problems my province faces.

  11. Your “Big Ass Salad” may benefit greatly from a strategically-placed hyphen.

  12. Loved the Science-Based medicine article. SO many times I’ve read “science-based” criticisms of alternative medicine and wanted to scream in frustration. Now I know why.

    Deadlift article: awesome!

    The Invitation: Lovely, lovely article. Funny, made me realize that I have always perceived things in the “indigenous people” manner. The observation that they understand that an event is ongoing, and represents what came before and will come after, puts it nicely. I have never been able to explain this to anyone…perhaps a function of not finding it necessary to apply language constructs to events as I see them, again ´å la “indigenous people.” Great insight here.

  13. The NordicLab is an eye opener! My initial thought was, “this must be René Redzepi’s work”. Visually searching through the cast I didn’t see his name. Doesn’t matter! Cool stuff! Thank you Sisson and Worker Bees

  14. Gorski is a pharma astroturfer, an attack dog for the government/medical industry.

  15. The forest kindergartens are marvelous; real learning this is. How stupid we are trying to shove book learning into our kids when they should be outside. Love watching the tiny ones wielding very sharp knives! The nanny-state watchdogs here would have a fit!

  16. LOVE the forest Kindergartens! Wish we could go back in time for my son. He was in a preschool that was pretty wild and crazy because they made all the food from real food not prepared and warmed up. They didn’t observe any holidays and let the kids play outside in all weather and made them clean up their messes. It was better than the preschool that he attended later – very micro managed and sterile. ew. but it was the only choice at the time.

    Sun bathing? Yes!!!! I have always loved to sit in the sun. It was invigorating for me and in the Pacific Northwest we don’t have consistent sun so some of the tanning salons were helpful. It worried me about skin cancer but I try to limit my time to the middle of the day for optimal vit-D production. Not dead yet so that’s good…. going on 62 this year….. fwew!

  17. Good stuff here! Love the sunbathing article…I protect my face, but I’ve never been afraid of the sun. I’m more afraid of the scary stuff people are spraying all over their bodies to “protect” themselves. Also love the fat burning or big ass salad. This is a typical lunch (or dinner) for me. Sardines are my protein of choice! And I throw in leftover roasted veggies from the night before. So easy and good!

  18. I don’t have a phone either and I get the same 8 steps of reactions: Shock, disbelief, denial, and whatever the other five are. And I also get the secretive, ‘that’s kind of cool’ thing too. Its not that I’m technology averse or anti gadget, I really just find that I don’t need it, so why bother. My wife needs hers for work. I don’t. I use a garmin watch and heartbeat montitor when I run, and she doesn’t. Its just a tool she doesn’t want or need, just like the phone is for me. And, obviously, I use the internet…

    1. There are many of us out here that don’t want or need a cell phone. I love not having one. When you see the average times people check their phones (221) times a day, it’s shocking. That is an addiction!

  19. I’m really surprised to see that people can’t live without a mobile phone without being questioned by others. I don’t have a mobile phone as does my husband and we never get any questions or strange look ever. And it’s not like it’s the norm around here, I only know 3 other people without mobile phone and 2 of them are older than 90 years old.

    About the kindergarten, it’s really amazing, fabulous and many other superlatives, but it’s really sad that it stops once the kid hits 6 years old.

  20. At the prairie dog article: Adorable animals killing other adorable animals seems to be a part of life we forget exists. It makes me think of my dog playing with a squeaky toy. It’s like we say, “Awwww…look at her imagining killing a smaller creature as it squeaks in agony. How cute!”

  21. I only bathe my twins once per week unless they are exceptionally dirty from an activity. People always remark on how good they smell – and considering they are bathed so infrequently with unscented castile soap, I think it’s just their natural “human” smell.

    I’m a shower-every-day type of person. Maybe it’s too late for me, but not for them!

    I also really enjoyed the article on simplifying childhood – I understand the merits of avoiding overstimulation for my little ones. But, have they ever heard of grandparents??? Any efforts I make towards simplicity, our parents’ generosity moves us back toward chaos!

  22. Funny how the forest kindergarten, simplicity parenting, and the bear issue all come together for me. When we insist that young children narrow down their focus and interpret the world through the signs and symbols (reading, writing, numbers) that we put so much value on, we interfere with their larger, multi-sensory perception that is so much closer to that described in the bear article.