May 20 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 504

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Healthy food rules at home stick outside of the home.

CBD (marijuana compound that doesn’t get you high) reduces seizures.

Smart people’s neurons have fewer connections.

People who live in small towns and rural areas are happiest, at least in Canada.

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Interesting Blog Posts

What’s the most vegan item in the supermarket?

Interesting research findings regarding the psychology of combat sports.

Media, Schmedia

Get ready for drug-resistant fungal infections.

Everything Else

This explains why ancient European hunter-gatherers never got around to planting things.

Back when China regulated that every apartment receive at least one hour of sunlight per day.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I can see this being a kitschy product or gag gift available in the next ten years: Miniature (living) neanderthal brains in jars.

I have to wonder: Did he get to choose which one he got?

I’m curious: Does the same thing happen in other species?

I wasn’t expecting this: People with more extreme political views are happier (and have more sex).

I’m sadly not surprised: Even the world’s remotest ocean has microplastics.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 13– May 19)

Comment of the Week

I am very proud of myself, through many years of self-reflection and meditation I’m sure I have the least Ego of anyone … possible ever. #myEgoIsLessThanYours

– Exactly, HealthyHombre.

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  1. Years ago steak was much better. Even grocery store ribeyes were tender, juicy and full of beefy flavor. It really didn’t matter how you cooked them; they were always delicious. Now the way they are aged has changed, and even the cattle themselves aren’t the same. Sure, you can still get a really tender steak, but there’s not nearly as much flavor.

    I still love steak, however, and have found that the fattiest ones usually taste the best. You don’t need to spring for prime; just look for steaks that are well marbled. Costco’s steaks are usually quite good and a little less pricey. We either grill them outside or cook them in a cast iron skillet, followed up with a pat of compound butter or a dollop of chimichurri for additional flavor. (Both are easy to make.)

  2. That’s some cheeky links this week, Mark. Dude, you’re turning my world upside down.

  3. So with all the news about microplastics in the ocean, should we avoid eating wild fish/seafood? I’m kind of worried because I give my 18 month old wild Alaskan salmon and wild sardines.

    1. At that age, Tiffany, I find it just best to be in a constant state of panic about everything so you have all your bases covered. When my eldest was that age, phthalate fear was at a fever pitch, so we frantically removed any trace of plastic from our house. I’m pretty sure that despite her drinking occasionally from plastic water bottles, she’ll be fine. As will your child. Especially since Alaskan salmon is one of the cleanest fish you could possibly find.

  4. Thanks for the oxtail stew recipe. I’m so making this. I’ve been using oxtail for bone broth, but I’ll make this and then use the bones after for broth. Love the most vegan food in the grocery story blog. Will be sharing on FB much to the chagrin of my vegan friends.

  5. The article on “vegan” grass-fed beef is fabulous, but misses pointing out the next step to being even more “vegan” (or at least concious of your food source and respectful of the Earth and how you obtain nutrition). Which is hunting, fishing, gathering, foraging, etc. Find it (or grow it, carefully) yourself and it’s even better.

    I fully agree that we as a society have lost touch with the Earth as a provider and lost a respect for our Earth as our life source. Grabbing another sack of fishless filets from the Whole Foods freezer section then tossing a few vegan lollipops into the cart because they are so cute does not beat (in any way) pulling a striper out of your local river or ocean and grilling it at home. You can’t even argue about the gas of the fishing boat, as I doubt many people are biking to Whole Foods (I’ve yet to see a bike at ours.).

    It’s also interesting to note that the part on the field going fallow is a perfect analogy or parallel to the arguments for a free upbringing and education for children where they play and explore and learn their way, with the adults trusting in their natural instincts and curiosity. Overall, the best choice is to let nature do what it knows is best.

    1. Hi Becky – I am the author of the vegan article – thanks for your input! I fully agree – the next step is hunting, fishing, gathering, foraging. That is where we get a real impactful connection to nature and the wild. At this point, thought, a full 99.9% of all people on the planet get most of their foodstuffs from farmers, and everybody needs baby steps to get to their ideal, right?

  6. Suggestion: teach us about tissue salts? I only read the term fairly recently and just skimmed through some of a summary on them. Sounds complex but maybe worth looking into.
    Speaking of cannabinoids, I’ve been on the computer for almost an hour and a half. I think I’m going to get back to the nice weather outside and hide behind the church across the street for a little while..