Man, I am so backlogged with stuff that I've just got to give you a link dump at this point. I could literally blog for the next three months, twice per day, with what I've got already, and probably much longer. Keep it coming, folks. I'm now getting several emails per day with links to really great stuff. If you don't always get a reply or see me highlight what you send, please don't take it as anything other than I have to sometimes make choices.
– Diana blogs about "Food Neurosis" this morning and how so many parents are going about it all the wrong way with their kids. In the comments, I remark how it reminded me of the hyper-sanitized environments many parents are creating for their kids to the huge detriment of their developing immune systems. Here's a fascinating recent NYT article on lots of resent research demonstrating the importance of letting your kids eat dirt. You Cage the Animal to your and your childrens' own detriment.
– Researchers find that a low-carb diet is the way to deal with a fatty liver (but then fail to really connect all the dots). I note that the emphasis is always on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, when there's no clinical difference between a fatty liver caused by excess carbohydrate or alcohol (or both). Severe carbohydrate restriction (and, I would add: intermittent fasting) is the way to go for both, whether or not the alcoholic stops or learns to moderate their drinking. Of course, such suggestions don't go over well in Puritanical, repent & pay America.
– An 80% calories from fat diet cures a little girl completely of the symptoms of Myoclomic Astatic epilepsy, a rare, drug-resistant form of epilepsy that triggers scores of blackouts and seizures every day.
– Martin Berkhan of Leangains continues to deliver amazing results for his clients with an emphasis on intermittent fasting, along with carbohydrate restriction most of the time. Check out the amazing results photos he has posted.
– Do these mysterious stones mark the site of the Garden of Eden? An astoundingly fascinating look at Gobekli Tepe. "Carbon-dating shows that the complex is at least 12,000 years old, maybe even 13,000 years old.
That means it was built around 10,000BC. …By comparison, Stonehenge was built in 3,000 BC and the pyramids of Giza in 2,500 BC. …Gobekli is thus the oldest such site in the world, by a mind-numbing margin. It is so old that it predates settled human life. It is pre-pottery, pre-writing, pre-everything. Gobekli hails from a part of human history that is unimaginably distant, right back in our hunter-gatherer past."
– Newsweek's Sharon Begley explains Why Doctors Hate Science. "A Pap test screens for cervical cancer. No cervix, no cancer. Yet a 2004 study found that some 10 million women lacking a cervix were still getting Pap tests."
– The American Academy of Family Physicians comes down with a case of honesty and discusses the Atkins' Diet in rational, objective terms.
– Protein power is demonstrated in a study by Donald Layman, a University of Illinois professor emeritus of nutrition. The research was published in the March Journal of Nutrition. Even though both diets were high in carbohydrate, one was at 15% protein and the other at 30%. "Although the amount of weight lost in both groups was similar, at 4 months participants in the protein group had lost 22 percent more body fat than members of the food-pyramid group. At 12 months, the moderate-protein dieters had lost 38 percent more body fat." And, who better than the author of Protein Power himself, Dr. Michael Eades to explain the whole thing for you in a must read post on body recomposition.
I hope you enjoyed those. It represents the best I've seen over the last few days.