Primalisms: Booze, Menopause, Fluoride & More

October 27, 2012

(Photo by [ jRa7 ])

1) Moderate Drinking Decreases Number of New Brain Cell

“Drinking a couple of glasses of wine each day has generally been considered a good way to promote cardiovascular and brain health. But a new Rutgers University study indicates that there is a fine line between moderate and binge drinking — a risky behavior that can decrease the making of adult brain cells by as much as 40 percent.”

2) When it comes to food safety, why is Ottawa letting us fend for ourselves?

“Consumers should not be responsible for cooking their meat to death to kill E.coli any more than they should be responsible for pasteurizing their own milk or boiling their tap water before drinking it.”

3) Make-up ‘triggers early menopause’

4)  We’re all guinea pigs: Film explores effects of living among untested chemicals

5) Anti-fluoride group will submit more than 35,000 signatures to Portland in ‘confident’ bid to force vote

6) The cities of the future could be built out of animal blood

7)  Geoengineering: ‘Chemotherapy’ for the planet, only riskier (how on Earth is this allowed?)

8) A food trend that I’m excited about: Non-Bacon (sorry!).

“…bacon’s pervasiveness has gotten a bit much. Fortunately, chefs are crisping up cracklings from a menagerie of other animals: chicken (the fried skins are called gribenes in traditional Yiddish cooking), duck, salmon, lamb, Mexican-style chicharrón (crisped pork fat), even scallops.”

9) Get Your Garden Soil Tested for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

“Houses built prior to 1978 are likely to contain lead-based paint. This paint can chip and peel and deposit in garden soil. Lead dust can travel in the air and accumulate in your garden. Lead from gasoline and other industrial sources is a serious concern for urban gardeners reclaiming vacant lots.”

10) The Most Spectacular Mutation in Recent Human History. How did milk help found Western civilization?

11) Exercise Trumps Brain Games in Keeping Our Minds Intact

12) Italy court ruling links mobile phone use to tumor

13) The Island Where People Forget to Die

“If you pay careful attention to the way Ikarians have lived their lives, it appears that a dozen subtly powerful, mutually enhancing and pervasive factors are at work. It’s easy to get enough rest if no one else wakes up early and the village goes dead during afternoon naptime. It helps that the cheapest, most accessible foods are also the most healthful — and that your ancestors have spent centuries developing ways to make them taste good. It’s hard to get through the day in Ikaria without walking up 20 hills. You’re not likely to ever feel the existential pain of not belonging or even the simple stress of arriving late. Your community makes sure you’ll always have something to eat, but peer pressure will get you to contribute something too. You’re going to grow a garden, because that’s what your parents did, and that’s what your neighbors are doing. You’re less likely to be a victim of crime because everyone at once is a busybody and feels as if he’s being watched. At day’s end, you’ll share a cup of the seasonal herbal tea with your neighbor because that’s what he’s serving. Several glasses of wine may follow the tea, but you’ll drink them in the company of good friends. On Sunday, you’ll attend church, and you’ll fast before Orthodox feast days. Even if you’re antisocial, you’ll never be entirely alone. Your neighbors will cajole you out of your house for the village festival to eat your portion of goat meat.”

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