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May 06 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 502

By Mark Sisson
26 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Someone was butchering rhinoceros in the Philippines 700,000 years ago.

A study finds that Koreans tend to prefer harder rice and Americans prefer softer rice. It’d be interesting to gauge the nature/nurture influence by looking at the preferences of Korean-Americans and biracial children of Korean and American parents.

Compared to those raised in rural settings with animals around, young healthy adults raised in urban settings without animals exhibit an exaggerated immune response to social stress and take longer to quell to resultant inflammation.

Among a group of 104 patients admitted to a mental health facility in the UK, just 8.7% were vitamin D-sufficient.

Type 2 diabetics who went keto for a year enjoyed lower inflammation, higher HDL, fewer small-dense LDL particles, and an improved HDL:triglyceride ratio.

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Episode 241: Max Lugavere: Max is an expert on the interplay between nutrition and cognitive health.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Carnivore Shawn Baker explores his “elevated” blood sugar numbers.

Sugar, not salt, is a likely cause of kidney stones.

Media, Schmedia

An incredibly rare form of eye cancer strikes two groups in two states.

Wrestler faces.

Everything Else

Have you seen a worse attempt at intermittent fasting?

Roundup is in just about every food.

The dystopian sci-fi future we’ve all read about is slowly unfolding before our very eyes.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Article I’m pondering: Is depression a physical illness?

Reality we’ll have to grapple with in the near future: Lab-grown meat is getting cheap enough to make economic sense.

I’m always impressed when I read about this stuff: Why medieval antibiotics worked (and still work).

I can notice a difference among peers who train and don’t: Aging brain correlates with aging brawn.

I think I know one reason why obesity was so rare in China: “Prior to the last decade, there was essentially no snacking in China except for hot water or green tea.”

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 29 – May 5)

Comment of the Week

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

– Stop exaggerating, His Dudeness.

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  1. Really appreciate the kidney stone + sugar link! I’m working with a patient who eats primal these days…but has maintained super-high sugar intake for decades…and suffered from kidney stones this past winter. They are the worst! And finally convinced him the high sugar had to go.

  2. Hyperbolic chamber: is that where you put people who say, “If you eat a keto diet you’re gonna DIE!” so that you don’t have to listen to them?

  3. Roundup is in just about every food… yes it is… it’s also in 75% of the air samples studied in North America. It’s an air born molecule (glyphosate) so it gets picked up in our rain cycles and redistributes decimation of life. There’s an elegant solution to this problem.

      1. It’s hard to argue that there’s anything more primal than dino DNA… 50 million year old dirt is that elegant solution. There’s also a supplement called “Restore” that’s evidence based. In full disclosure, I have no affiliation whatsoever.

        1. So you’re saying a supplement can counter the harmful effects of glyphosate? Your elegant solution is intriguing but a bit vague since all dirt is old. Could you clarify?

          1. Yes, that’s what I am saying that the literature says. All dirt is not created equal…

            I shared a link in a previous post that is “awaiting moderation.” See
            “Protective Effects of Lignite Extract Supplement on Intestinal Barrier Function in Glyphosate-Mediated Tight Junction Injury.” — Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, August 29, 2016

          2. Ok, I’ve read the abstract of the article. I am curious if your post was a reply to my question. This sounds like an improved version of geophagy (eating clay), which is exciting.

    1. It’s interesting to notice that the promoters of Roundup always say that glysophate is not toxic. Not that Roundup is not toxic, but that glysophate is not toxic. I’ve read somewhere (that i forget) that glysophate itself is pretty weak and ineffectual as a herbicide; glysophate alone is probably non-toxic. If you sprayed just glysophate on your lawn, you might see little to no effect. Roundup, on the other hand, is a concoction of many adjuvants to glysophate that disrupt cell walls so that glysophate can enter the cell and kill the vegetation. Always check to see if the person is defending glysophate by itself, or Roundup, the entire concoction. If they’re just defending glysophate they might be trying to confuse the issue.

  4. I have oxtail in the slow cooker right now. It’s a great start to the week because as the article says, you start with water and it leaves a thick gelatinous beef broth that you can use for the next several dishes. There’s no need to go buy broth.

  5. I’m really curious about the fat profiles of grown meat. If they can make it similar to grass feed rather than grain fed, I’m all for it!

    Depression and inflammation. Fascinating! I hope further research helps quickly.

    It’s so cool that people are actually trying out old medicinal recipes to see if they work rather than assuming they don’t especially since many of these recipes are easy for us to make at home and cost less than pharmaceutical versions.

    1. People have always used home remedies. Some work but many don’t. It’s strictly trial and error, and meanwhile you have to learn enough about plants, herbs, etc. so as not to poison yourself (which is surprisingly easy to do).

    2. When mankind attempts to displace nature, it is always to their own downfall. I’m sure once man-made meat hijacks naturally raised meat, humanity will be even worse off – how high will rates of neurological and mitochondrial disease be then? Eventually, we won’t have to worry about the future because there won’t be any, as long a scientists have their way with the world.

  6. Faces of wrestlers should be in the toolbox as motivation to hit the gym.

  7. I’m always interested in the rural/urban studies. I grew up on a dairy farm in the idyllic 1970s, playing outside and eating meat & veg … and I still ended up with two autoimmune diseases. I wonder if it has anything to do with the “creek” (aka pesticide-laden irrigation ditch) I spent my childhood playing in.

  8. The “South China Morning Post” is Hong Kong propaganda against China. There is no such thing as Neuro Cap. Be more careful with the information you disseminate, Mark.

  9. Lab grown meat would be no different than any other industrially produced so-called food: Cheetos, Oreos, Lucky Charms….”making economic sense” means finding cheap enough (nutritionally worthless) ingredients to reap astronomical profits.

  10. Depression as an illness – makes more sense than blaming the parents, blaming the schools, blaming ACEs, etc. Let’s get over the stigma of all mental health patients being “mental” and get on with the healing!

  11. You better not pout, you better not cry… because the thought police will come get you and there’s no hiding when you’re implanted with a NWO microchip!