Research of the Week
“Molecular mimicry” (a la autoimmune disease) may lie at the heart of COVID-related pathology.
Early domesticated cats dined on rodents who followed human agricultural settlements.
“The recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50% in a community with modest infection rates, some degree of social distancing, and uncommon general mask use. The data were compatible with lesser degrees of self-protection.”
A megadose of vitamin D3 in severe COVID patients was safe but ineffective.
Gobekli Tepe inhabitants were using huge stone troughs to cook porridge.
New Primal Blueprint Podcasts
Episode 456: John Gray PhD: Host Elle Russ welcomes John Gray of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus fame.
Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 85: Laura and Erin chat with Tony Horton of P90X fame.
The Iroquois hope to compete in Olympic lacrosse as a separate nation.
Interesting Blog Posts
An ancient epidemic brought COVID-relevant adaptations in East Asian populations.
Giving kids beef, whole milk, butter, and green veggies reduces the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections.
Things I’m Up to and Interested In
Instrument I’d never encountered: The Japanese shamisen.
Interesting hypothesis: Micro-filtered raw cow milk for COVID protection.
Good day: A day in the life of Brad Kearns.
Treatment just keeps getting better: Ivermectin, zinc, vitamin D3, and doxycycline appear effective against COVID.
Important detail: Dopamine does not contribute to felt pleasure.
Question I’m Asking
Why is there a petroglyph of a Phoenician-style sailing boat at a Michigan copper mining site from 1600 BC?
One year ago (Nov 14 – Nov 20)
Comment of the Week
“I never bought the idea that stoicism and epicureanism are rival philosophies. While the largesse of the stereotypical epicurean is at odds with stoicism, so is it at odds with truly embracing life’s pleasures – decadence without temper becomes cloying and, ultimately, unsatisfying. Constant orgies (of any flavor) act counter to the actual epicurean ideal.
A true stoic, guided by discerning taste, can grasp Epicurus’s goal of modest and sustained pleasure more than anyone who just heaps indulgence upon indulgence as they become stale.”
-Nicely said, hate_me.