Quote for Today – 11.09.21

While researching home blood pressure monitors…

Doctor recommended purchasing a home BP monitor. The cuff gets entirely too tight. But more important, this monitor is grossly inaccurate. Never matches or even comes close to the readings I get in the doctor’s office. I had one reading of 297/182. I’d be dead if that was accurate. Don’t waste your money.

Online anonymous reviewer

Diet Matters – You Studied What?

When the researchers looked at the functions of the genes in the three sample types, they found that the ancient and non-industrial groups contained a diverse array of genes linked with the breakdown of starches. This indicates that the diets of the ancient and non-industrialised populations were high in complex carbohydrates, like vegetables and grains.

What 2,000-year-old poo says about our gut bugs – https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-05-13/what-two-thousand-year-old-poo-says-about-our-gut-bugs/100131336

I’m not quite sure what this research tells us other than eat more complex carbohydrates, the Paleo Diet and low-carb people are wrong, and the vegans of the world just might be onto something.

AND I think I missed my calling in life. Studying and researching ancient shit sounds like cool work.

HT – https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/05/links-5-13-2021.html

Update:

Here’s the mortality aspect from a different research study.

Salosensaari, A., Laitinen, V., Havulinna, A.S. et al. Taxonomic signatures of cause-specific mortality risk in human gut microbiome. Nat Commun 12, 2671 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-22962-y

Barry Lopez: On Art and Living Well — BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

The author Barry Lopez passed away on Christmas Day, and we will truly miss him. His sentences were beautiful, and he was as well: setting an example as an artist, a citizen, and a human being. Thankfully, he left us with so much of his wisdom and heart, including this passage, on the subject of […]

Barry Lopez: On Art and Living Well — BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog