The Roundup - Edition 2

The Roundup


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Here is The Roundup, Edition 2, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! I hope you’re enjoying this new feature on the blog, and I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions so feel free to post them below.

The Roundup: featuring the hygiene hypothesis, antibiotic resistance, a breath test for obesity, and more.

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Blast from the Past

I’ve written before about the hygiene hypothesis, which holds that the disappearance of “old friends” (relatively benign microbes and helminths) that we co-evolved with has increased the prevalence of autoimmune and inflammatory disease. This will be the subject of my talk at AHS ’13, so it’s exciting to see this fascinating topic coming up more frequently in mass media. For example, a recent article in the Smithsonian Magazine discussed how an inadequate exposure to dirt could explain why some of the wealthiest countries suffer from afflictions rarely seen in less-developed nations. And a new study suggests that genes that predispose to modern, inflammatory diseases like Crohn’s and rheumatoid arthritis have been positively selected for because they conferred greater protection against infectious disease, consistent with the  hygiene hypothesis.

Research Report

  • An article at the Smithsonian blog explains how Daylight Savings Time and other sleep losses can negatively impact your body. (I just did a seminar on this topic for the Healthy Life Summit)
  • A new study determined that doctors need to give antibiotics to more than 12,000 people with acute respiratory infections to prevent just one of them from being hospitalized with pneumonia.
  • The New York Times discusses how the crisis of antibiotic resistance is getting worse, thanks to 80% of all antibiotics being used for livestock.
  • A recent study suggests that a breath test profile of microorganisms inhabiting the gut may be able to tell doctors how susceptible a person is to developing obesity.
  • A new study finds that over-diagnosis of reflux in infants leads to needless medication, which is generally ineffective and could have long term implications.

Worth a Look

  • Mark’s Daily Apple: Mark Sisson explains how health integrity can make a huge difference in your feelings of empowerment over your health.
  • Wellness Mama: Have you noticed you tan better now that you’ve switched to a real food diet? You’re not the only one.
  • Butter Believer: Think skim milk is healthy? Think again. Here’s 6 reasons to ditch the skim milk.
  • Nourished Kitchen: If you’re trying to get your kids to eat fermented foods for better gut health, here are 10 different fermented foods that kids love.

For the Foodies

  1. Chris, I tried to post a comment on your huffpost article, because it gave me SO much validation and joy! I wanted to show you my before-and-after pictures from when I went gluten/dairy free, but HP won’t allow blog postings. 🙂 I lost 65 pounds, my eczema disappeared, my appetite went to a QUARTER of what it used to be, and the hyperemesis I suffered through my pregnancies went away…..and my doctor doesn’t believe me. She’s willing to accept ANY explanation besides NCGS. I’m accused of following a diet fad, or even developing an eating disorder, by well-meaning friends and strangers. So, here’s my pics and my story, and THANK YOU for sharing the information about the OTHER proteins us non-celiacs may be sensitive to. It’s good to be believed. 🙂 Sincerely, Dotty Young
    My story:

  2. Couldn’t agree more – the roundup is a fantastic resource/one-stop shop of all of the best Paleo articles. Love it. Especially the foodie links. Thanks Chris and keep the great work 🙂

  3. What a treasure this “roundup” is! Thank you Chris for the amazing and helpful work that you do, and a big FAT CONGRATULATIONS on your Huff Post column. Tweeting it every week:)

  4. So nice to meet you last week Chris! Funny you shared that granola today, all of the other bloggers were going nuts over it at PFx last weekend! 🙂 Thanks so much for including me in your roundup. Hope to run into you sometime around the bay!

  5. Thanks for this! Lots of great stuff to read! 🙂 I find the raw food/tan correlation pretty funny. I find that I tan better just by eating healthy, maybe it’s because my pigment has changed colors thanks to the beta carotene!

  6. I am not a foodie, but great links in the food category! (Which is something I want to work on more instead of the usual stand-bys — which are good, but who wouldn’t want to try sour pickles?)