The Roundup - Edition 16

The Roundup


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Here is The Roundup, Edition 16, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

A new study was published this week reminding us that sleeping in on the weekends doesn’t fix all the deficits caused by workweek sleep loss. This is a serious issue because as we know, inadequate sleep is linked to a variety of negative health outcomes, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, inflammation, ADHD, cancer, accelerated aging, anxiety, and more. And unfortunately, there are many people out there who skimp on sleep throughout the week, only to try to make up for it on the weekends. While this might make you feel better in the short term, the long term effects of a sleep schedule like this can lead to chronic disease, weight gain, and an overall decrease in health and wellness as time goes on.

I’ve written a few articles and recorded a few podcasts describing the importance of adequate sleep, since I believe it’s one of the biggest determinants of overall health and one that we often ignore in our modern society. I interviewed Dan Pardi of about the problems with sleep deprivation and how to get better quality sleep. I wrote an article on the effect of artificial light on sleep, and how to prevent the suppression of melatonin that comes with using electronics late at night.

In my new book, Your Personal Paleo Code (published in paperback as The Paleo Cure in December 2014), I’ve written an entire chapter on sleep, providing tips on how to improve your sleep quality using diet and lifestyle changes. Sleeping deeply is crucial to good health, and if you’re struggling with falling and/or staying asleep, I suggest you check out this chapter of my book when it publishes in December. Sleeping well should be one of the top priorities of anyone looking to optimize their health.

Research Report

  • A new study suggests a Paleolithic diet rich in fermentable fibers protects against obesity and inflammation.
  • There is now more evidence that migraines are linked to histamine intolerance (in some cases, at least).
  • Here is a nice paper reporting recent advances in understanding Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS).
  • Another study shows that fecal microbiota transplantation” can be used to support microbial recolonization of the gut of patients with chronic intestinal inflammation (ulcerative colitis).
  • A meta-analysis shows that statin drugs lower testosterone levels by 0.44 nM, on average.

Worth a Look

  • I’ve been nominated for best science-oriented blog in the Paleo world. Help me win for the 2nd year in a row! (And you can also vote for Laura, one of my staff nutritionists and blogger at Ancestralize Me, for “Best Up-and-Coming Young Paleo Blog”)
  • This is an amazing story of recovery and courage from a friend in the Paleo community. Check it out and get inspired.
  • Mark Sisson wrote a great article on the health consequences of being “hyperconnected” – a growing problem.
  • Move over fecal transplants—make room for poop pills!
  • Marion Nestle comments on the recent paper questioning the validity of NHANES data. (Though I would argue that Coca Cola is not the only negative corporate influence on the interpretation of scientific research.)

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