Weekend Link Love – Edition 409

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

New evidence from China is changing the story of human evolution.

Vets with PTSD may have traumatic damage to their pituitary glands.

Some criticisms of the latest epidemiology from Harvard indicting saturated fat.

A new meta-analysis concludes that taking probiotics can improve weight loss.

Nail-biters and thumb-suckers may have better immune systems and fewer allergies.

Is autism a disorder of high intelligence?

Plants can, like, totally sense electric fields.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Why pregnant ladies walk like that.

Good sleep tips (that no one [but us] follows).

Sorry, sashimi fans: you’re probably a cultural appropriator and a terrible person.

Lessons we learn from training.

Media, Schmedia

This gives me some ideas for the office.

An Alaskan adventure.

Good news: major diseases are on the decline.

Everything Else

Broccoli pickers may soon be replaced by robots.

Everyone knows exercise is good for the brain. But which exercises work best?

Stress-induced cortisol spikes show up in mother’s milk, and this could be a necessary evil.

A free new database of cultural, linguistic, environmental, and geographical information for over 1400 human societies.

Some no-name is proposing sick days for poor mental health.

If you’re gonna eat insulin-spiking foods, they might as well be nutrient-dense.

Pokemon Go is making people go outside more than ever before.

Kale is the new frontier of competitive eating. “But 25 bowls of kale was not enough to fill him up. ‘I’m still hungry, I’m going to go eat some real food,’ he said, before wandering off with his shiny Kale Cup.”

Wild bulls are returning to Croatia.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 17 – Jul 23)

Pic of the Week

Be careful with genetic testing.

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. Re: Lena Dunham and cultural appropriation: Now I feel bad about my paleo diet. I’d hate to think I’m offending the Neanderthals.

  2. That recipe… considering that hummus means chickpeas in Arabic, the least I could say is that it is grotesque (and all for what? To honour the dogma that cavemen didn’t eat pulses?). Have the decency to change the name and call it emulsion of bacon and cauliflower.

    1. Replace the chick peas with roasted and cooled eggplant. I use the small narrower Japanese eggplant and the grease from the bacon.

      1. In that case it is called moutabal, another excellent arabic recipe. Just please, not the grease from bacon.

  3. I am totally confused on the Lena Dunham thing. Are college kids just looking for things to be offended at?

    Maybe someone can let them know there are actual problems worth putting that kind of energy into.

    I think that article gave me diabetes.

    1. What’s weird to me is that instead of just saying “this is bad sushi”, they need to find some reason to be morally indignant about it. College cafeterias make bad any food, including “American” food (if there’s such a thing).

    2. Some people use their offense as a reason to feel important or special.

    3. This “cultural appropriation” thing is far worse than you may imagine. At another large university a fraternity, as I recall, was going to have a party and the food was going to be “Mexican” and costumes were going to be sombreros, etc. The whole thing was shut down due to this cultural appropriation phenomenon.

      Google “trigglypuff.” It is an interesting epithet concerning the insanity of some college students. The video went viral for a few weeks.

      1. I’m too lazy to search for it, but a few months back there was a yoga course at a university in Canada that had to shut down because students had complained that it was cultural appropriation. I hate to break this to the kids at Oberlin, but everything has been appropriated from some prior or current culture.

    4. Oberlin was a school for special snowflakes before special snowflakes became a thing.

  4. “This gives me some ideas for the office.”

    Could your staff really give up their Primal Chocolate bars for 36 hours? 😉

  5. The Autism article it true if you search and replace the word Autism with Asperger’s Syndrome. Spectrum “disorders” are like any spectrum of measurement. For example, visible light, ROYGBIV, would be considered normal. Infrared would be sub-spectrum and ultraviolet would be supra-spectrum. Autism in the sub spectrum or infrared is like teaching a canine to understand a normal English vocabulary. Asperger’s or supra-spectrum, ultraviolet is like teaching cetaceans to speak English. Dolphins and Orcas have evolved a higher level of communication and don’t need English. What is sad is that the professionals that study and treat these “disorders” only think in normal spectrum and therefore try to force thought and behavior into the “normal” box instead of developing a latent superpower.

    1. I won’t disagree completely because, well, I’ve seen some pretty incompetent persons, especially in schools, who work with persons on the spectrum. I like to think that I do take the time to consider everyone as an individual and help find a life that is satisfying for them.

      It’s tricky and sometimes philosophically so. I have a handful of teens with ASD who prefer being alone to socializing with others. I tell them that if I were the sole neurotypical in a world of ASD, I would probably take offense to someone telling me that I should spend more time in front of a computer to be truly happy. Yet here I am pushing a little to get them to interact more with others.

      1. We all have a specific frequency. Professionals need to be able to tune in or there is no connection. It takes one to know one.

  6. Cultural appropriation? “And the Lord sayeth ye shall be forced to suffer liberals all your days.”

  7. Not to nudge but Hummus it’s not. Just as liquid from soy, almonds, rice or coconut is not milk and cashew spread isn’t cheese. Why not call it Bacon Jalapeño spread? It sounds tasty on it’s on.

    Make sure you stay alert when following your Pokemon Go 🙂

  8. So much good info here…I wish I had time to read everything! I had to check out the pregnancy post, since I was always teased about my waddle when I was pregnant. So happy to know there is a perfectly good explanation for it. And also glad that I no longer waddle!

  9. Pokomon Go-ing with my 19 year old – mother/son bonding! I have always walked but I have to admit, I’m taking two walks a day now! More importantly I’ve never seen so many teens out walking and riding their bikes. I love it.

  10. I used to have a boss that had a policy on mental health days. if you called in and just needed a day off for stress reduction, as long as you weren’t sorely need for work, you could take the day off. no excuse necessary. And because we all knew we could take it any time, nobody abused the privilege. I really miss that!

  11. So why aren’t college kids offended by ramen noodles or spaghetti~0’s? Just saying…

  12. Every good business should appreciate the fact that sometimes people just need a day off to rest their soul.