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Miscellaneous / No endometriosis
« on: May 25, 2013, 06:40:20 PM »
My wife just said to me, "I guess you noticed the blood stain on the sheet.  I'm still getting used to this 'no endometriosis' thing".  No warning is still better than a week of painful cramps each month, though!

John Hawks discusses a site of hunting remains from 2 million years go:

"This is John Speth's scenario for fat acquisition from lean animals. The brain is the last part of the body to become fat-depleted during times of stress. If hunters are energy-limited, further lean meat is not going to be valuable to them because protein takes energy to digest. What they need most is fat, and the most ready source of fat is the brain. Accumulation of head elements, whether from hunted or scavenged sources, is an effective behavioral strategy in those circumstances."

Research / Honey contains antibiotic component
« on: May 06, 2013, 04:57:30 PM »
"The study, authored by Canadian researchers at the University of Ottawa, found that in eleven isolates of three separate biofilms (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and methicicillin-resistant and -suseptible Staphylococcus aureus), honey was significantly more effective in killing both planktonic and biofilm-grown forms of the bacteria, compared with the rate of bactericide by antibiotics commonly used against the bacteria."


So it's not basically the same thing as corn syrup, after all.  Perhaps the antibiotic effects help make up for the negative effects on the immune system from the sugar.

Parenting / Jared Diamond on hunter gatherer child rearing
« on: April 02, 2013, 09:07:26 PM »
Interesting take on hunter gatherer style child rearing from Jared Diamond:

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.

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:

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.

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!

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?

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:

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.

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!

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:

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:

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.

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:

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

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