May 21 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 453

By Mark Sisson
17 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Bright light in the morning leads to better sleep at night.

Using growls, “dogs may communicate honestly their size and inner state in a serious contest situation, while manipulatively in more uncertain defensive and playful contexts.”

UVA exposure and vitamin D3 levels, not sunburns or UVB, seem to mediate the risk of melanoma.

Genes that predict schizophrenia and bipolar disorder also predict creativity.

Why kids need dogs.

NEW PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PODCASTS

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Episode 169: Adam and Vanessa Lambert: Host Elle Russ chats with Bee the Wellness founders Adam and Vanessa, who use diet, fitness, and life coaching to expand their clients’ realities.

INTERESTING BLOG POSTS

Letter to the editor of the recent “gluten-free diets will kill you” paper.

Humans actually have a great sense of smell.

MEDIA, SEHMEDIA

UK moob jobs are way up.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been wearing a continuous glucose monitor.

EVERYTHING ELSE

The Apple Watch does a decent job at detecting heart irregularities.

This hedge fund’s only employee benefit is cryopreservation.

The insects are disappearing, and no one quite knows why.

That weird star is dimming again.

Not your Grandma’s home remedy for migraines.

Tragic.

THINGS I’M UP TO AND INTERESTED IN

Podcast I just appeared on: The Open Sky Fitness Podcast.

Discussion everyone should hear (or read): The one about who really influences a study’s results and release.

Question I’m pondering: Why’d this patient have brain activity for nearly 10 minutes after dying?

Cafe I’d visit: The one where you’re surrounded by friendly rats.

Podcast I enjoyed: Tim Ferriss interviews Art De Vany.

RECIPE CORNER

TIME CAPSULE

One year ago (May 21– May 27)

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

Ok time for me to learn knitting to make my compubody sock

– If you can wait a few months, wildgrok, I’ll release a gluten-free PB-branded version.

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  1. The insect article got to me, I remember as a kid that our car’s licence plate would always be full of squashed insects. I had noticed that now my own plates are never filled with insects. This article seems to give an explanation for this phenomenon. While we may hate the little critters, they play a vital role in our ecosystems. Here’s hoping to widespread bans on pesticides and insecticides.

  2. When we took long car trips in the 60s and 70s, our car would be plastered with insects, some pretty big. Every gasoline fill-up included a thorough scrubbing of the windshield. The front grill was loaded, too. Not anymore. The potential reasons in the article make sense from habitat loss to the relentless, untested spraying of chemicals in every direction. Another collapse in progress.

  3. Insects are disappearing for the same reason that everything else beneficial to planet Earth is disappearing and that is the ever growing human population…a subject no political leader dares to bring up. The world needs someone, somewhere with rock star charisma to take the lead on this.

    1. They don’t need to address the population problem. The planet will do it for them. Until then, they’re attempting to create ways for people to breed without actually breeding (probably because of fertility issues due to our crap food supply), and they’re working on a people replacement for the work force, in every industry. Even with the human contributions to climate change, the climate will still always change. We don’t live in a fairy tale bubble where everything is peachy keen. We live in a bubble that can literally run out of atmosphere because of human activity, where weather patterns change, water availability changes, and land masses drop into the ocean, separate, slam together or are flooded. We have been very privileged to live in the time and space that we have as a species, and we have been very naive in our lack of preparation as a species for the possibility of what’s to come. So ya know… the future should be fun given our mismanagement of just about everything we’ve ever managed to touch.

      1. Global family planning and contraception education as well as programs to empower women to make decisions about how many children they wish to have. Easy to type, hard to implement, but a vital objective for the survival of our planet.

        1. My question was addressed to Peter.

          But the solutions you suggest have been in operation for decades. And in China and India, as well as other parts of Asia, they have been effective to the degree that China in particular is concerned about the inability to support a vast aged population with a radically reduced number of younger people. Japan has discovered this also in recent years.

          The countries with the lowest natural birth rates are industrially advanced Western societies where population growth rates, without immigration, are often negative, and even if they’re positive, they are barely at replacement levels.

          No amount of contraception or education or empowering of women will reduce population if the productive capacity doesn’t grow to support that population, else large families will still be vital to support the large families that currently exist.

      2. Hi Ross,

        Yes it would be a difficult several decades with fewer young people supporting a larger aging population but is the alternative to do nothing and let population growth continue on a finite planet, thus accelerating regional conflicts and environmental degradation?

        1. Fortunately, your gloom is not the actual story.

          The world population growth rate peaked in the 1960s and is declining quite rapidly.

          http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/#growthrate

          Simply throwing condoms and pamphlets at people in India, Pakistan, Nigeria, etc. and expecting them to walk away from their religion and desperate economic situation will achieve nothing.

          Further, the predictions of mass famine and energy starvation predicted in the 60s and 70s proved untrue. Indeed food and energy production have exceeded demand as the decline and food and energy prices shows.

          More freedom. More capitalism. Less religious dogma. That’s the solution because that’s what we have in the parts of the world with low population growth. We have the opposite in areas with high population growth. To focus on anything else is to be part of the problem and not part of the solution.

          http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/

  4. My heart breaks for that poor little baby. What the hell was wrong with feeding him good old fashioned BREAST milk, I want to know? Agree, tragic.

  5. The authors of the letter to the editor objecting to the findings of the “gluten-free diets will kill you” paper must not have read Mark’s recent article extolling the virtues of wheat! 😉

  6. Mark, “Not your Grandma’s home remedy for migraines.” comes off as rather insensitive to people with mental health issues, and migraines for that matter.

  7. The melanoma and bright light studies were interesting, and I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. Getting outside in natural light every am for a long walk with my dog…totally agree that getting that light in the am helps me sleep at night. And I’ll continue to get some sun exposure w/out sunscreen to boost my vitamin D levels and just feel good. (Plus I look better tan!)

  8. My Fitbit helped diagnose my early preeclampsia. I had an extreme drop in resting heart rate (from the 70s to the 40s). Doctors wrote it off because preeclampsia doesn’t show up that early (and low resting heart rate is good!). I insisted something was wrong, and they found I had extremely high blood pressure, abnormal preeclampsia labs, and I was diagnosed with a molar pregnancy.

    I’m very excited about the new biohacking wearables coming out.

  9. Re the post-death brain activity. Highly-adept meditators can harness the death process and use it for a very special meditation. It’s called meditating in the ‘Clear Light’. Technically the body is dead, there is no coming back from this point, but the person is in a very deep state of meditation which can last for minutes right through to weeks, before they release and pass over. In Buddhism it’s called Thukhum and is something that the Dalai Lama would very much like Western scientists to study – see here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtA7BVLD5l8 – this would be one possible answer to the above – and it’s far more interesting than simple equipment malfunction.