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January 21 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 487

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Potential mechanisms behind the links between full-fat dairy and health.

Religious belief predicts compassionate love.

A close relative of ketamine treats the most resistant type of depression.

CBD helps those with schizophrenia..

High-dose vitamin D reduces PMS in teen girls. Indirect benefits for teen boys.

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Episode 211: Joel Jamieson: Host Brad Kearns chats with Joel Jamieson about what most people get wrong about training, recovery, rest, and energy.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Swedish tips for outdoor parenting.

Doctors, coaches, and athletes are finally realizing that female athletes who get enough rest, recovery, and calories to avoid the female athlete triad perform better.

Media, Schmedia

The UK now has a Ministry of Loneliness. This isn’t normal.

A nice overview of how fiber benefits health.

Everything Else

Putin shows the health benefits of certain traditions.

Overlooked thanks to its propensity to degrade over time, the stick played a huge role in human evolution.

The boy who stayed awake for 11 days.

Make Lighting Great Again.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I’m liking: The Insight, a podcast all about human population genetics, ancient history, ancienter prehistory, and migration.

Video I’m digging: Central African pygmies building a bridge across croc-infested waters.

Area of research I’m eyeing: The interplay between the gut biome and physical performance.

Article I found fascinating: Is general anesthesia general amnesia? How we might consciously experience—but soon forget—surgery

Great AMA: A pair of CRISPR experts.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 21– Jan 27)

Comment of the Week

Making stainless steel pans non-stick: Heat up on the stove, like, really, really hot. Put in some oil (I prefer coconut), about a tablespoon and swirl it around till it smokes. Dump out the oil. Turn off heat, and sprinkle kosher salt in the pan, a nice layer on the bottom. Using a handful of paper towels, rub the salt around, including the sides, like you are scouring the pan. Be careful not to burn yourself. After a minute or two, dump out the salt and wipe pan clean, It is no seasoned! You’ll note that the surface seems much smoother and slicker than before.

The key is to then use some fat in an already-heated pan. Like The Frugal Gourmet on PBS used to say, “Cold Oil, Hot Pan, Food Won’t stick.” For scrambled eggs (Mark!) or an omelet, I take a stick of butter and manually rub it all around the pan after it’s heated, to coat it well. Let it heat another moment, you want it hot enough that a water drop will ‘roll’ around. Then put in the eggs. Voila. Scrambled are a piece of cake and if you make an omelet, or fired eggs, they won’t won’t stick.

I clean the pan just with a paper towel, not soapy water (treat it like you would a seasoned cast iron pan) and it will stay non-stick for a good while. I repeat the seasoning process every couple months, depending on use.

– Great comment, Pcskier.

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  1. You may want to write “CBD helps people with schizophrenia” in lieu of “CBD helps schizophrenics.” Similarly, I’ve read on here the word “diabetics,” when you could have used “people with diabetes.” It’s a very small change, and it takes up more space/text, but it prevents you from reducing a human being to a disease process 🙂

    1. +1.
      The American Medical Association has this as a style rule. I think “schizophrenics” in particular is dehumanizing.

    2. Thanks for putting it in words, Doc. I’ve always felt referring to someone as a diabetic or a celiac, etc., is no different than saying a person is a bloody nose or a sore throat. A health issue is what you have, not what you are.

  2. that was a super-helpful comment of the week, Mark. Many of us don’t always get to reading all the reader comments. So I’m wondering if on Sundays you can have *two* categories of comments–your usual clever reader’s Comment of the Week, and add a reader’s TOW (tip of the week)

    1. Great idea! I’m sure lots of us have figured out a few things along this journey that would be helpful for others.

  3. “The UK now has a Ministry of Loneliness. This isn’t normal.”

    But it is. The governments of the world are full of such agencies, ministries and endless state-funded community organisations.

    Even the relatively normal-sounding ones are bizarre when considered objectively. Most countries have government bodies responsible for culture, sport and women. Those are no more the responsibility of the state than is the treatment or measurement of loneliness.

    And it’s how we end up with the state dictating nutrition guidelines which has resulted in so much harm.

  4. The fiber article seems based first on weak epidemiology, then on mouse studies that may relate poorly, if at all, to humans. There’s a lot of other info out there on fiber being not so great for us. Is there really a good reason to eat something that is “indigestible”? What ever happened to nutrient density? The thicker mucus lining might be because the indigestible plant fiber scratches and inflames our intestinal walls and digestive tissues.
    Fiber may just not be so great. Really, a lot of the conventional wisdom on eating fiber did not come from research, it’s just someone’s opinion. This paper muddies the water, if anything.

    1. Agree completely. A diet high in vegetables and sufficient fresh fruit, along with good hydration, should provide all the fiber necessary for gut health without resorting to indigestibles. Unfortunately, people who habitually eat SAD foods, particularly wheat products, probably do need extra help.

  5. Nice very nice, one of the best articles I have read here, the

    “Swedish tips for outdoor parenting.”