The Roundup - Edition 39
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The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 39, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

Joy and play are essential to wellness, and it’s not something we often talk about in the Paleo community. It can make a huge difference in our overall health and wellbeing Beyond simple nutrition and exercise, we should always infuse joy into our food and play into our exercise.. We can do this with dancing—it’s been shown to boost happiness!

I’ve written before about the role of stress management, sleep, play, and a general sense of happiness and joy in the maintenance of our health and happiness. It’s a mistake to assume that food is the only consideration that matters when it comes to health, and that all health problems can be solved simply by making dietary changes. Unfortunately, this seems to be an increasingly common assumption in the Paleo/Primal nutrition world these days.

I always incorporate these crucial factors into my work with patients. Even if someone has their diet and exercise routine dialed in, they can often derail their health because of limited attention to play and having fun, or a consistent negative attitude about their life. In many ways, a positive attitude and a regular commitment to joy can be one of the most important things for our health, and should be a major component of any health improvement program that will provide long-term benefits. So get out there and dance!

Research Report

Worth A Look

For the Foodies

  1. Using Mind-Body practices as part of the a bigger picture in one’s healing can bring transformative results. Specializing heart-mind-body work for the Paleo movement can be even better! I say go beyond stress reduction and change the whole approach of how we integrate our definition of ‘health’ through self-compassion, clearing held-beliefs and learning how to stop judging disease as ‘bad’. It can be difficult for people who are sick to “just be happy” and “get more sleep” although those are crucial pieces like diet.
    http://aiplifestyle.com/really-heal-gut/

  2. Hi Chris,

    Did you go through the study on cannabis & sperm morphology per chance? (http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/06/03/humrep.deu116.short)

    1) It’s an epidemiological prospective study using self-reported questionnaires on lifestyle factors, like for example, questions about illicit drug use; reporting on which is highly unreliable and also does not distinguish between various drugs (or typical contaminants).
    2) “tobacco, alcohol and/or street drugs) were coded positive if they occurred during the 3-month window prior to enrolment” meaning that tobacco/alcohol/street drugs used before the last 3 months of the study are not controlled for. Seems like this could confound results significantly.
    3) Absolute risk is not given & only Relative Risk is reported.
    4) Table III (adjusted for clustering & other risk factors – http://goo.gl/dkLi9t) could provide the title “Over 40? There is a 3% chance Cannabis may positively (or negatively) impact your sperm”. This title is meaningless, obviously.
    5) The main find of this study was that “for cannabis use the effect was age related with the most marked increase in risk in men aged ≤30 years.”

    Points 4 & 5 exemplify selective reporting. In both cases, the results are not meaningful in the practical or statistical sense.

    Maybe you will reconsider the negative slant on cannabis reported in this study when sharing it? Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the mention, Chris! I appreciate being included on your site as I’m focused on good health and nutritious eating 90% of the time. I used to sell blood pressure medications and after the training, I was amazed how a positive change in diet and exercise can completely change a persons blood chemistry. Powerful stuff! Hail to kale!

  4. Chris, thanks for round up mention. Over the past several years, your site has helped me to wade through the dogma to find a real food eating template that works for me. I appreciate all the work you do and that you share it with us!

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