Here is The Roundup, Edition 29, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
This week, Mark Sisson wrote an article called “Why Some Sun Exposure Will Protect You from Deadly Skin Cancer” which described why the relationship between sun exposure and skin cancer is far more complex than you’ve been led to believe. In fact, much of the research covered in this article suggest that smart sun exposure has beneficial, anti-cancer effects at the skin level, and that the vitamin D produced in response to UV radiation reduces carcinogenicity and induces tumor suppression in skin cells, protecting against deadly melanoma. It’s counterintuitive and goes against conventional wisdom, but more and more evidence supports the belief that regular, safe sun exposure is protective against the most deadly form of skin cancer.
This is something to consider as we (in the Northern Hemisphere) head into summer in the next few months. Don’t save all your sun exposure for your week-long vacation; make sure you’re taking advantage of the warmer weather and increased daylight hours to get some light sun exposure on a regular basis. Building a base tan is actually a healthy practice, compared to avoiding the sun during the week and getting burnt on weekends.
I cover a lot of my summer sun recommendations in an article called Tips for a Healthy Summer, where I describe how smart sun exposure is the most natural way to prevent sunburn or skin damage, and moderation is the key to getting the benefits of sun exposure without overdoing it. It’s smart to start considering getting regular sun exposure now, before you take that weekend beach trip in July and come home looking like a lobster.
For more information about healthy sun exposure, check out the chapter entitled “Go Outside” in my book Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life (published in paperback as The Paleo Cure in December 2014).
- Growing evidence suggests the bacteria in the digestive tract directly influence the onset of autoimmune disease.
- Increasing coffee intake is associated with a lower type 2 diabetes risk.
- Another study highlights the risk of sitting for long periods without taking standing breaks.
- A new study finds that 25% of Parkinson’s patients have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
- Research suggests that snacking increases liver and belly fat more than eating big meals, even when overall caloric intake is the same.
- This study shows that parental monitoring of children’s media use associated with positive academic, social and physical outcomes
- More evidence demonstrates that food variety plays a role in overeating and fat gain.
Worth a Look
- This is a great infographic explaining how to spot bad science.
- Mark Sisson explains that like any other healthy food we eat, there are caveats and limitations.
- Ancestralize Me describes 5 common Paleo diet mistakes that you don’t even know you’re making.
- A fascinating article from Dr. Stephan Guyenet exploring the (trick) question “Does overeating fat or carbohydrate lead to more weight gain?”
- A new Paleo documentary – “We Love Paleo” – is in production. Donate to the cause here!
- The New York Times asks: is “cooling down” after exercise really necessary?
- Listen to my interview with Dr. Kelly Brogan on Fearless Parent radio: The Transformative Power of Nutrition.
For the Foodies
- Mangia Paleo: Sausage and Sweets Breakfast Bowl
- To Live And Diet in L.A.: Three Mayo-Free, Healthy Deviled Egg Recipes
- Katrina Runs: Slow Cooker Paleo Chicken with Parsnip Puree
- My Life of Spice: Herb Roasted Parsnip Fries
- The Healthy Foodie: Slow Cooker Pork Stew with Oyster Mushrooms
- Paleo Fondue: Shrimp Callaloo and Parsnip Curry
- It’s A Love Love Thing: Acorn Squash Custard
- Healing and Eating: Asian Orange and Pomegranate Seed Salad
- Savory Lotus: Lemon Panna Cotta