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April 29 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 501

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineThe fiber content of control diets in mouse studies often throws off the results.

Dark chocolate reduces stress and inflammation, improves mood and cognitive function. In humans.

The probiotic L. rhamnosus GG protects mouse livers against acetaminophen damage.

Baking soda could protect against autoimmune disease.

A novel form of CoQ10 designed to target mitochondria makes blood vessels appear and act younger.

Discoveries on Crete suggest that ancient humans and/or Neanderthals were faring the seas over 130,000 years ago.

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Episode 239: Ken Berry, MD: Host Elle Russ chats with the good doctor about ADD, sleep, Parkinson’s, and the carnivore diet.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Urban wildlife are evolving faster than other wildlife.

Why you should say “no” to the news.

Media, Schmedia

Sometimes (most times), letting nature do its thing really works well.

Nutritional heretic Gary Taubes recounts his embattled journey to vindication.

Everything Else

To deal with pain and inflammation, athletes are swapping ibuprofen for CBD.

The Penn State “Outing Club” is no longer allowed to go outside. Too unsafe.

Bad gut health is bad for your knees.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

How could this be?: When top cardiologists are out of town at conferences, fewer heart attack patients at their hospitals die.

Research finding I enjoyed: Children are about as fit as elite endurance athletes.

Concept I’m pondering: Stress is contagious.

Announcement I’m pleased to, well, announce: Time Traveler wins last week’s contest. Congrats!

Old study worth considering: Exposure to vapors from stir-fried seed oils increases lung cancer risk.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 22– Apr 28)

Comment of the Week

I consumed a bunch of nutmeg a couple times in an attempt to get high back when I was 16 or so. The first time a friend and I choked back a bunch of powder with Coke over our high school lunch, which didn’t seem to do anything. Although I like nutmeg its taste can be very overpowering in large amounts and for a long time after that I could “taste” it every time I drank Coke, which at least made me stop drinking Coke for a while.
The second time was with the same friend and we boiled whole nuts with some crude grade dark chocolate and leaves from at least one type of wild plant that we thought might be hemp or a relative because it looks fairly similar. We were like why not, let’s just throw in anything that we think could make it more of a mind altering potion. It basically turned into a gross tasting muddy brew. Although I didn’t really feel “high” I was kind of out of it, even somewhat through the next day (which was kind of interesting because it was my first tackle football game (a scrimmage before the actual season games started, but same thing – I did alright at least)). At one point my mom called home and asked me to take a Delissio/whatever pizza out of the freezer and then cook it so dinner would be ready when my parents got home. I remember going to the freezer and taking out the pizza, but then when my mom got home she wondered why I had just left it on the floor outside the freezer, which I did not remember doing. That’s basically my experience with nutmeg, so in both cases it was pretty much pointless.

– Vintage Animanarchy.

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  1. We might have added coffee or other stuff to the aforementioned nutmeg concoction; I cannot remember for sure and thus only mentioned the ingredients I am sure of.
    Would like to stick around and read and write, but I could use some rest – rough night, hah.

    1. Additionally, saying that we boiled whole nuts was not entirely accurate. We bought them whole from a grocery store bulk section (and if we mixed them into some trail mix and went through the self check-out in order to save a little money, I’m not admitting it) and then we broke them into small pieces by putting them in a ziplock bag and smashing them with a hammer, thereby increasing surface area and thus theoretically the amount of myristicin absorbed in the water.

  2. The baking soda link astounds me. It’s so simple and cheap… I wonder how far before eating you would need to take it to not offset the digestive process….

    1. I thought that myself. And what would the dose need to be? A teaspoon in a small glass of water?

      For int. fasters, taking it first thing in the morning or before bed would be a good time since the next meal is quite some time away.

      1. I’m trying to imagine what a hyperbolic chamber would look and sound like.
        I think you meant “hyperbaric “. 😉

    2. I have been interested in this question too for a while, since discovering that baking soda makes sour fruit dishes much nicer than adding sugar (because by the time you have covered up the excess sour flavour, the dish will be way too sweet). It would be very convenient if it was healthy too. At least, I have not noticed any special digestive upset – but then again my digestion is usually not quite perfect anyway. I wonder what the primal take on this is?

  3. The Taube link leads to an article that’s a year and a half old. Is there some context missing? Why is this relevant now?

  4. I find myself skipping the news more and more these days. My own reasons? It’s often biased instead of presenting both sides of an issue; it often raises more questions than it answers; and it often invades personal privacy on the pretext that “the people have a right to know.” Do we really have that right? Not necessarily.

  5. I was kind of excited by the “novel form of CoQ10” that makes blood vessels appear younger. Who doesnt want younger looking blood vessels? Maybe its great but to take 10mg of the stuff (recommended dosage) is about $60 a month. That might be worth it to many until you consider that in the study that found the benefit participants were talking 20mg a day. So to improve my heart disease risk by 13% Id have to spend $120 a month. Living long is expensive.

    For purposes of economic comparison, Id be interested to learn how much my heart disease risk could be reduced by daily consumption of broccoli or spinach. By what percentage is my heart disease risk reduced not eating sugar and grains?

    1. Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a lot of expensive supplements!

    2. I would also be interested in the comparison with CoQ10 and indeed a healthy diet and exercise. The researchers seemed to imply that because most people eat SAD they needed this synthesised supplement. Alarm bells always start ringing for me when synthetics are promoted – they are a different form – like folic acid.

  6. Wow, that lung cancer seed oil study! My aunt died of lung cancer five years ago, she worked in Toronto and went to elderly people’s houses and cooked a lot of meals for them! My mom suspects that the aunt got the lung cancer because of all that cooking. It’s sad, she cooked a lot for people because she wanted to have enough money to retire early and go back home in China and take care of her mother. She left a lot of money and didn’t get to spend it. When dying, the aunt told my mom that her biggest regret was that she worked too hard.

  7. BS ALERT: “The lung cancer risk was especially associated with rapeseed oil, which is widely used in China and is only now becoming available in the United States, he said.” Canola IS rapeseed oil. It is more refined but it still has the offending constituents.

    1. The article appears to have been written in 1987. I think canola oil started getting popular in the US in the 80s. So maybe not so much BS, Another thought about the lung cancer in Chinese women: they may not have been smoking themselves, but they almost certainly were getting a lot of secondhand smoke from the men in their families.

  8. Been taking MitoQ for years, and I’m only 39 this week. Also take NAD+. There was a mouse study a few years ago that showed the same vascular reverse of aging done up at OHSU here in Portland.

  9. OMG. The baking soda thing makes me think of Kagen Water. Those expensive machines that claim to make water super basic. You can then drink it for health, or use it to sterilize things, not unlike baking soda. So, you’re saying that the anti-inflammatory benefits are because of the high pH, thus the water, in theory should work as well. I see the sale of high pH bottled water going up from this.

    1. Gotta love the Dyln bottles. High (9ish) ph water for much cheaper than the bottled stuff or Kangen. Let’s see, 400 fills at 25 oz a fill, about 10,000 oz or 78+ gallons from one diffuser. Makes more sense to me to do the Dyln.
      Tried the baking soda, my body didn’t like it. The Dyln water it likes,

  10. Mark, I did not catch the daily dose on that baking soda study–any way to find that out? Think there’s any harm in drinking a tsp/day of the aluminum-free stuff?

    1. You might want to do a little more research first. Copious and/or continuous use of baking soda is not without side effects.

    2. Baking soda does not have aluminum. You’re thinking of baking powder.

  11. My mouth has been open for about 5 minutes now since I read the first article. They don’t control fiber between the diets? Such foolishness. Such a waste of time, money and effort…

  12. The article concerning ” letting nature do its thing” was a very rewarding read. How good to be a part of that process.

  13. What a beautiful article about the rewinding of the farm in England. Such a pleasure to read.

  14. I wonder if drinking sparkling mineral water would have the same effect as the sodium bicarbonate. Does anyone know?

  15. All those benefits with 70% dark chocolate cacao. Just think what it could do with the 85%.

  16. The story on the knee inflammation in mice was interesting (though cause-and-effect are maybe not clear and an earlier story reminds us that mice make terrible animal models for humans). I have noticed that my joints are achy when I eat poorly for a few days (and I remember Mark noting the same thing in an earlier post), so it would be interesting for Mark to delve into this in a post sometime!

    I’m wondering whether one could study short-term effects that could sort out obesity causing wear-and-tear versus gut biome causing the knee issues, since you can modulate the gut biome faster than obesity!

  17. 1st, I would like to thank you and say how trilled I was to win last week’s contest.

    The baking soda link is interesting to say the least. The one about urban wildlife in particular, also caught my attention and reminded me of a movie that documents the adaptation of falcons and Red-Tailed Hawks to life in NY city. In the movie, one can see how those birds of prey swoops down from high rise buildings (their new version of tree tops) and pluck an unsuspected pigeon or small animal.

  18. I wonder how the baking soda link compares to the people who take apple cider vinnegar each day? You put the two together and all you really get is salt water and CO2 so I figure you wouldn’t want to take them together haha.

    Really though, Mark, if you have a chance to look into this and compare it to the ACV supplementation that would be awesome! I’m not sure where to stsrt looking myself.

  19. Reading that article on the re-wilding of the British farm was a joyous experience. Thank you.

  20. I had read the baking soda article when it came out and since I have MS thought I’d give it a try. I think I put less than a tsp. in a glass of water and drank it down. Felt fine until I woke up in the middle of the night with vertigo. Too much sodium for me I guess. I thought about trying it with even less baking soda but the thought of bringing on the vertigo again stops meS.

  21. I’ll be the journalist to argue the “say no to news” link. It’s pretty misleading, to say the least, considering the link is talking about investment news. News, especially newspaper and magazine journalism is a vital cog of our free society. I don’t read as much as you would think a trained journalist would, but it should not be taken for granted or slotted because this blog is talking about something to help improve his/your financial outlook.