Research of the Week
Scythians made leather out of their enemies’ skin.
5 liters of alkaline water a day is too much.
Neanderthals were morning people.
Caffeine gum increases deadlift.
New Primal Kitchen Podcasts
Primal Kitchen Podcast: Get to Know Your Inner Parts with Richard Schwartz, PhD
Primal Health Coach Radio: Judson Brandeis
Do fertility-enhancing genes lower lifespan?
Interesting Blog Posts
A doctor shortage doesn’t cause a rise in mortality.
Things I’m Up to and Interested In
Interesting: Low-carb might reduce the risk of gestational diabetes.
Unpopular but true: BMI is still accurate for most people.
We know: Meat and dairy are good.
Would be cool: Is AI leading to new math discovery?
Question I’m Asking
What are you having for Christmas dinner?
One year ago (Dec 9 – Dec 15)
Comment of the Week
“Basic technologies such as bicycles, clean burning wood stoves and even the humble apple corer seem to provide much benefit with fewer downsides. The more sophisticated world changing technologies not only have the most downsides but they tend to create their own need. Consider cars as an example. They allowed us initially to get places faster but the end result was that the places people needed to go tended to get further apart. Now we can’t live without them.
Some technologies deliver the opposite of what they promise. Social media for example is supposed to bring us together yet loneliness has become pervasive in our society. A recent survey reveals that 61 percent of Americans, 3 out of 5 describe themselves as lonely. The Plains Indians of the 19th century likely suffered little from loneliness. They lived in tribes of 300 or so and the lines between family and community were quite blurred. Basically the entire tribe was one’s family.
Choose your technologies wisely. I live in Maine where snow is plentiful. My neighbor’s snowblower needs gas, maintenance and sometimes clogs or breaks down. My snow shovel has never broken down and helps me maintain 6 pack abs at age 65!”