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Miscellaneous / Friends dying in their 50s
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:29:04 PM »
An acquaintance - a friend from a while back that I'd mostly lost touch with - died last week at 56 of cancer.  Another friend in this social group died a few years ago, also in his 50s, though I think that was of a heart attack.

The one that died of cancer went to the doctor two weeks before complaining of feeling bad.  They scheduled some tests for the following week.  When he came back for the tests, he had lost 40 or 50 points on his blood pressure due to, they discovered, internal bleeding.  They gave him a blood transfusion, discovered he had esophogeal cancer and scheduled him for an operation the next week - then sent him home.  He died over the weekend from continued internal bleeding.

The fact that he was sent home rather than kept in the hospital for observation illustrates the extent to which the focus on health care here in Massachusetts has switched from the best possible care to saving money.  This is unsurprising given the state government's threats to have government bureaucrats dictate health decisions to cut health care costs, but it's a warning sign of the way things are going, and of how we're more and more on our own to take care of our own health.

Obviously it helps to have discovered paleo, but I'll take it as a warning to stick with it, and especially to take my vitamin D to help prevent cancer.

The guy who died of a heart attack, by the way, was a vegetarian.  Both were overweight and perhaps obese.

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Research / Hunting for hippo and horse 1.78 million years ago
« on: March 12, 2013, 12:05:53 AM »
A new article has been published showing that humans butchered large animals 1.78 million years ago at El Kherba in north Africa.  You can see the abstract and figures, including cut marks on hippon and equid bones, here:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047248412001868

What I find particularly interesting is that both of the major finds in Africa included hippo bones, even though they were on nearly opposite sides of Africa.  It's like we were somehow especially good at killing hippo, at least as compared to other predators.

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Parenting / No pizza
« on: March 11, 2013, 11:59:15 PM »
As I've mentioned before, it's been a struggle to wean our daughter off of carby foods, especially wheat.

Last friday, her preschool served cheese pizza for lunch - not even any meat or vegetable toppings - in addition to whatever the children brought in.  When I saw the email, I figured she'd taken advantage of it for sure.

When my wife picked her up, though, the teacher said she's refused the pizza and just eaten her own lunch instead.  That's progress!

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Miscellaneous / Feel like running
« on: February 19, 2013, 11:10:01 AM »
With the cold weather, I find myself naturally running between my office and the parking lot.  Of course, then I feel weird because no one else does it.  Does anyone else here ever have that problem since going paleo?

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Research / Obligate meat eating in humans 1.5 million years ago
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:12:09 PM »
By 1.5 million years ago, if we weren't eating meat by the time we weaned, we died:

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0046414

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Parenting / Shoveling snow
« on: February 09, 2013, 07:25:13 PM »
After a two year break from snow, my wife and I spent most of the last day digging out from our snowstorm.  My left arm is sore along the entire length now - but not my right arm.  I also noticed that both my forearm and bicep measurements are almost half an inch bigger on my right arm than on my left arm.

This didn't used to be the case, and I'm pretty sure it happened because when I carry a kid, I do it with my right arm.  My wife, however, often carries two kids at once - and her arms aren't sore at all.

I guess I should spend more time carrying two kids instead of just one - or at least switch the one kid back and forth betwen the two sides.

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Miscellaneous / What did you have for Thanksgiving?
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:20:16 PM »
What are you having, or did you have, for Thanksgiving?  How paleo did you manage to stay?

My father visited the weekend before Thanksgiving, so we had our big dinner then.  I made a nice rib roast.  I did relax the paleo rules some - I made some simplified hollandaise sauce using butter for the asparagus, and we also had squash that incorporated some butter.  The meat was the best part, though!

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Miscellaneous / Voegtlin: The Stone Age Diet
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:28:27 PM »
This early (1975) book on the paleolithic diet is now available at:

http://low-hi.com/literature/the-stone-age-diet-walter-l-voegtlin-1975/

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Research / Early human hunting
« on: September 27, 2012, 01:23:01 PM »
More evidence that humans hunted very early on, at least 1.8 million years ago:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/sep/23/human-hunting-evolution-2million-years

Basically, the age distribution of animals in human middens was different from the distribution for the prey of other carnivores, so we weren't just scavenging from them.

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Miscellaneous / Another way to reduce triglycerides
« on: September 04, 2012, 01:14:48 PM »
Apparently for people with high triglycerides, liposuction reduced them twice as much as medication:

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/22/news/la-heb-liposuction-triglycerides-20110922

Not that any of us need this, but I thought it was amusing.

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Parenting / New cavebaby
« on: September 01, 2012, 07:16:41 AM »

P1030343 by greyautumnrain, on Flickr

Martin cannot hold up his head by himself yet, so the fact that Duncan could do it at birth wasn't just an effect of paleo.

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Miscellaneous / Breathing with the diaphragm
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:06:59 AM »
When I was a little kid, I was taught that we breathed with the diaphragm, with the lungs expanding downward and compressing upward.  That should have implied that breathing would result in expansion and contraction of the belly.  That always seemed strange to me since for me, and for the other people I observed, was that it was my chest which expanded and contracted when I breathed.

Within the last couple of years, though, I've noticed that it's now my belly that expands and contracts when I breathe - I really am breathing with my diaphragm.  I assume that I wasn't able to before because of excessive gas or constipation in the intestines.

Has anyone else noticed this change?

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Parenting / Happy story
« on: August 11, 2012, 01:53:47 AM »
I got home late and was a bit tired, so I instead of cooking, I was thinking of asking my wife to order barbecue.  So, I asked Margaret, "would you like hamburgers or ribs for dinner?"

She thought for a long five seconds, then said, "amburglar".

Woohoo!  My daughter thinks my hamburgers are better than the best barbecue in town!  I had plenty of energy to cook dinner after that.

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Research / Agriculture shrinks brains!
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:00:29 PM »
Okay, silly thread title - but serious research.  During the paleolithic, humans evolved towards larger brains.  Since the end of the paleolithic, humans have evolved towards smaller brains - 36 times as fast as we were evolving towards larger brains during the paleolithic.

Free full text available at link from:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1102.5604

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