science

No, we don't know how much protein "cavemen" ate

 How hard it is to read a scientific study? Should you bother to learn? I recently commented on a blog post on that subject. 

Evolution is True, Evolution is Important

 I want to explore the evolution of the evolutionary nutrition concept and how evolution was lost from it.

Uses and misuses of evolutionary biology 2

 In my last post, I wrote about how it's impossible for epigenetic changes from very cold environments 3-4 billion years ago to have been conserved. Somehow people thought I was accusing Dr. Kruse of making up cold-adapted monkey ancestors or something. 

Uses and misuses of evolutionary biology 1

 In my last post on the subject of Dr. Jack Kruse, AKA, The Quilt, I briefly touched on the misuse of the ideas of quantum theory. Not long after, the WSJ had an excellent article on the mis-use of that subject. 

Science Journalism Meat Fail

 I saw this interesting study on the energetics of cooking meat and tubers on NPR this morning. But I was aghast at the differences between the NPR reporting and the actual study. According to NPR:

Soylovers

 I was poking around papers citing this paper that showed an association between soy intake and low sperm concentrations. Two reviews popped out.

IBS: Bran is bad... when will doctors catch up?

 In the next few months I hope to write a couple of posts on irritable bowel syndrome. It's interesting because so many (including myself) get relief from IBS by following a low-carb low-fiber grain-free fructose-free diet with probiotic supplementation. There are many reasons this works, but in the long term people following it might want to wean away from probiotic dependence, since probiotics in pills cannot become part of the permanant microbiome of most adult guts. In addition, there are real benefits from short chain fatty acids produced in the colon by fermentation.

Babies need their mothers, science confirms this, but medicine lags behind

 Some of my readers might be interested in The Atlantic's debate on "alternative medicine." Reading it, what amused me is that opponents of alternative medicine accuse it of not being "evidence-based." Unfortunately our "normal medicine" isn't really evidence-based either. What doctors and hospitals do often seems more about the status quo than science. That explains why my sister (a biologist) and I are not exactly our doctor's favorite patients.

Zen Habits: stupid about soy

Isn't it cute when scientifically ignorant people accuse other people of being scientifically ignorant? You know they are scientifically ignorant because they blather on about "peer reviewed research" while obviously never having read any.

I don't know when or why I subscribed to the mindless platitude drivel blog Zen Habits, but their recent post about soy caught my eye.

The Animals We Eat: What's really important?

 The Elephant or the Hungry? 

Great blog post by a local farmer. Some of you may have heard about GoDaddy CEO's canned elephant hunt. On one hand the dude is clearly an asshole (with company whose web interface sucks) and elephants are very intelligent. On the other hand this is a single elephant. How many companies have policies that destroy the environment for millions of animals? Where is the outrage for that?