Time for a weekend roundup to give some interesting things to look at and ponder as I work through a couple of substantive posts to get up in the next day or so (along with some long overdue responses to reader questions, food picks, and progress; nope, I didn’t forget any of you). Greg Davis at Modern Forager does a book review of Fat: An Appreciation of A Misunderstood Ingredient, along with an interview with Jennifer McLagan. Readers may recall that I recently also highlighted this wonderful book. Wow! Free the Animal came in fifth in referrers to Mark Sisson’s very excellent and popular Mark’s Daily Apple for the whole month of October. I’m glad my readers are getting over there from here. Truth is, Mark has so much great content that I’m actually remiss in not highlighting even more of it. We really appreciate the recognition. Diana Hsieh Gets Off That Treadmill and Kicks Her Own Ass. I’ll also draw your attention to the first comment (mine) that adds a tidbit or two. Dr. Michael Eades with a whopper of a post on the changing perceptions of obesity. Says the doc, “When I was a kid almost all kids…
Entries from November 2008
November 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments · No Particular Category
November 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments · Health & Fitness
Most phenomena in nature, i.e., those things that animals evolved to handle, are dominated by negative feedback mechanisms. For example, when a stone drops into a pond, energy is released in the form of a splash, along with concentric concussion waves that dissipate outwards until equilibrium is once again restored. That’s negative feedback. By contrast, a forrest fire, if it gets hot enough, can actually create its own high winds that make it increasingly hot, increasing wind even more, until such point as there’s no more fuel. That’s a rare positive feedback, and even still, it’s limited. A nuclear detonation is an example of a quite pronounced positive feedback: a chain reaction. A longtime friend of mine, Richard Wilson of Sentium Strategic Communications, recently sent out a newsletter, and while it’s focussed mainly on the financial crisis, I think it has broad application. I thought I’d share a relevant portion with you. The newspapers tell you everything is crashing. Television reports speak only of doom and gloom. The stock market reacts to this news and goes up and down like an out of control yo-yo. Don’t despair. There is something you can do about it. First, turn off the TV….
November 2nd, 2008 · 5 Comments · Health & Fitness
This was in my email box this morning.
November 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · No Particular Category
Even with some of the neglect that’s gone on here in the last couple of weeks — owing to a project I had to take on — things are still heading exactly in the right direction for moulding Free the Animal (FTA) into a mainstay in the area of nutrition and fitness from a strictly evolutionary perspective. It works, really benefits people, is simple and fun, and perhaps best of all: there are few completely right or wrong answers. It’s an approach, a mindset, a discipline; it’s a way of life or life-way with a lot of flexibility because nature exists on many planes in lots of varied environments from rain forests to arctic, and everything in between. And amazingly, humans, perhaps unique among all species but bacteria, have demonstrated an ability to survive and thrive almost anywhere on the face of the earth. And it’s all locked right up in your genes. It’s the Animal in you, and we’re here to help you free it. In terms of nutrition, that amounts to wide variation from a Kitavan-like diet high in starchy carbs (but with no fake-foods of civilization), to an Inuit style diet of virtually all meat and animal…
November 4th, 2008 · Comments Off · Politics & Culture
I suppose a post about politics once every national election might not be too cumbersome, and plus, perhaps some new readers are curious — perhaps not. Comments are closed, so this is simply a statement on an election day. Such diversions will be rare to non-existent in the future. I saw one popular health blogger mention that he had driven home a long distance to do his civic duty. Well, for me, I can imagine no civic duty higher than simply minding my own business. Besides, there’s evolutionary precedent. We’re descended from hominoids, not bees & ants. So; no, I didn’t vote. I won’t vote; not now, not ever. I can’t imagine an exercise more undeserving of my time, or so profoundly unhealthy considering all the feverish work up for what is, now, literally years prior to each one. The amount of time wasted that could go towards constructive rather than destructive and divisive things boggles the mind. Of course, contrary to my post on stress, some people apparently aren’t worried at all. Powerful things, “hope” & “change,” eh? I did perform one act of voting, however, and it was with my feet; last evening. I walked out on a…
November 5th, 2008 · 14 Comments · Health & Fitness
It was last April when I pointed to a study suggesting that Alzheimer’s might be linked to the whole sugar-insulin deal. That is: refined carbs and sugar, again. I pointed to this post at The IF Life in last weekend’s roundup, but here it is again for reference. This adds an interesting twist, in identifying an inflammatory omega-6 fat, arachidonic acid, as a potential culprit. And all this leads to speculation and hypotheses, now, that Alzheimer’s is actually a kind of third type of diabetes. Now scientists at Northwestern University have discovered why brain insulin signaling — crucial for memory formation — would stop working in Alzheimer’s disease. They have shown that a toxic protein found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s removes insulin receptors from nerve cells, rendering those neurons insulin resistant. (The protein, known to attack memory-forming synapses, is called an ADDL for “amyloid ß-derived diffusible ligand.”) With other research showing that levels of brain insulin and its related receptors are lower in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, the Northwestern study sheds light on the emerging idea of Alzheimer’s being a “type 3″ diabetes. As Mike O’Donnell says: Insulin and inflammation do run hand in hand. So could…
November 6th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Politics & Culture
I came across a great post from Robb Wolf of CrossFit NorCal. If you live anywhere near Chico, CA, this is definitely the place you want to be working out and training. The thing about Robb is that not only is he running quite a show out there in terms of physical conditioning, but he’s a biochemist as well. He knows his nutrition. You might have noticed that the nutrition approach we recommend at CrossFit NorCal is a bit…oh, shall I say, contrarian? Where the USDA, AMA and the rest of the Government sponsored entities recommend grains and legumes as the base of the diet, we recommend lean meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. That’s crazy, right? aren’t we going to die from heart disease and cancer if we eat meat? How will we ever get fiber if we don’t eat grains!? I mean, fruit and veggies…what have they got to offer?! I’m being fecetious here, I hope you get that. I do understand our recommendations fly in the face of what we are told to eat from nearly every source you can find…what’s the deal? Well…the deal is, our nutritional approach, a diet the attempts to emulate that of…