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October 29 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 475

By Mark Sisson
16 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Muscle strength predicts health outcomes in older folks.

Women who are too skinny may risk early menopause.

A daily cold shower is good for your psychological health.

We intuitively know how many lay opinions it takes to outweigh an expert’s opinion.

Contrary to previous results, a new study finds no evidence that women’s preference for facial masculinity changes with their hormonal status.

Type 2 diabetics who restrict carbs and walk after meals see improved glucose tolerance and endothelial function.

Mild cold exposure lowers insulin.

A rosemary polyphenol increases muscle glucose uptake and activates AMPK.

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Episode 192: Mark Sisson and Joe De Sena: I chat with Joe De Sena, creator and founder of the world-famous Spartan Race.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Is there consciousness after death?

Lyme disease may trigger celiac.

Media, Schmedia

Recipe writers often lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions. Why?

Some NBA players are going vegan and vegetarian. Curious to see how it goes for them.

Everything Else

Amazon drones to deliver statins directly to gaping mouths.

CRISPR 2.0 is here, and it’s apparently better than ever.

Migraines may be a self-defense mechanism against oxidative stress.

42% of American kids under the age of 8 have tablets.

The US wastes about 50% of its healthcare spending.

Will you worship an AI god?

See? Sprinting can save your life.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I dug doing: The one with Thor Conklin where I discussed achieving mental clarity.

Podcast I dug listening to: Krista Tipett interviews physician Atul Gawande about what makes life worth living (and ending).

Study that didn’t surprise me: Patients who used statins were more likely to develop diabetes over ten years, even after controlling for baseline diabetic markers.

Article I’m reading: “How evolution designed your fear

News I did not enjoy: Roundup is showing up in people’s blood.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 29 – Nov 4)

Comment of the Week

I agree with the wolf in the cartoon, and I react like that regarding other things as well, such as babies in covered strollers. But coudn’t you also direct the ‘The hell is he doing?’ towards the guy doin 5 sprints at the beach with small breaks in between?

-Got me there, Troels.

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  1. Recipe writers lie about how long it takes to make a lot of things, not just caramelized onions. I have no idea why. They are also fond of the theory that very high heat equals shorter cooking times. Not true. In most cases, it just means a dried-out or burnt result. Most experienced cooks can scan a recipe and know exactly how long it will take, regardless of what the recipe indicates.

  2. I think it’s more that people don’t think that anyone could be right 99,99% of the time rather that it’s hard to process these high-number levels. Either I don’t think it’s possible, or I think there was in error somewhere or I just don’t trust it and I think they’ve made it up. Anyway, who decides who is right and when? It seems to me it’s a little bit like believing in god.

  3. Deciding to go vegan or vegetarian or any stripe of that modern religion is making a decision to have sub-optimal health and sub-optimal performance. It’s on par with following the government’s diet/health advice.

    1. Imagine how I felt when my GF and her mother went vegan to lose weight after watching me drop 60 lbs in 7 mos going keto!

    2. You’re painting with too broad a brush. A clean vegan or vegetarian diet (minus the grains, junk food, etc.) works quite well for some people. It doesn’t necessarily equate to poor health.

    3. You really need some new material, you appear to copy and paste this exact comment any time there is a link that references this topic. For one, a person may choose to do so for ethical reasons and that needs to be respected. Also, a vegan can be perfectly healthy if they avoid simple carbohydrates and make sure to get plenty of healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and they can take non-fish sourced DHA. They will also need to supplement with some vegetable source protein powder IMO, there are some good brands out there with a complete amino acid profile. A non-vegan vegetarian can go a step further by eating eggs and drinking whey protein shakes. It takes some effort to be 100% primal compliant also, and ancestral-based diet if far more than eating a massive amount of meat.

  4. It seems like most of the vegan success stories are really “I stopped eating fried foods and refined carbs” success stories. One thing I’ve noticed is that when someone goes vegan they tend to eliminate all the junk. So they are really just cleaning up and switching to a whole food diet – which is always going to make a huge difference. Kind of like someone quitting smoking, drinking and eating bread on the same day and then told everyone they feel so much better after going gluten free – even their bronchitis cleared up and their fatty liver disease went away. Gluten is so bad!

  5. “42% of American kids under the age of 8 have tablets”

    I initially thought that would have something to do with their own supplies of anti-anxiety medications.

  6. “Will you worship an AI god?”
    I personally do not worship any gods but do you wanna bet that if there’s a new religion of any kind, it will find followers? People will worship anything if they believe it can save them from reality.

  7. Deifying technology? That seems kind of stupid. Actually, no it does not. It seems incredibly stupid!
    That would be like God worshiping us. (hypothetically, that is – I don’t believe in a god, or at least I believe every religion is in error and it’s morally wrong and reprehensible to try to indoctrinate your kids with religion, like it is to make them believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy etc., though those examples could be even worse morally because in that case the parents know that they are brainwashing their children).
    Makes me think of Alcoholics Anonymous. I’ve been to some of those and Narcotics Anonymous meetings even though I didn’t want to. “What’s your higher power?” Try to tell them that you don’t have one and they say something like, “But you have to, it’s part of the program! How can you get clean without a Higher Power?”
    Maybe if this religion kicks off we’ll have people choosing their cell phone as a higher power. So maybe it won’t make much difference in the world…