Great links for the weekend!

I know I’ve not been doing introductions to my links posts recently.  I’ve had a huge amount going on here and have barely been holding on to all my commitments.  You’ll have probably spotted other changes, like dropping down to 4 posts each week and two workouts each week.  I’m almost at the point where I can divulge to the world at large what is going on so watch this space.

I’m away walking Monday to Friday next week, but I’ve done a week of posts to keep everyone busy in the meantime.  Unfortunately I have had to put type 2 diabetes on hold again due to a lack of time to do the research but I promise that this will come to complete the diabetes set.

So, with all those cliff-hangers of things going on in life and still-to-be-written diabetes research, here’s the links for this weekend.  I hope you all have a lovely weekend and a great week next week.

  • A little while ago there was a great podcast from Robb Wolf when he interviewed Chris Kresser who does the Healthy Skeptic podcast.  Chris has written the Healthy Baby Code and in the podcast with Robb he divulges many of the things he has learned including how to improve chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy.
  • Staying on the baby/child theme, the BBC magazine had an interesting article recently by Alain de Botton explaining how molly-coddling children may actually be helping them develop valuable life skills for surviving in the modern world.  What do you think?
  • Since I seem to have a baby-theme here I’ll continue the trend with an article from Melissa McEwen highlighting an issue of how suddenly fertility levels fall with the increased age of the mother and, even more importantly, how the age of the mother impacts on the likelihood of a healthy baby at birth.  My only query is whether there are other issues impacting this other than just age, such as the fact that it is well-noted that people become less active as they get older, whether because their jobs demand more of them or they simply give up some of the activities that they used to do.
  • …and to finish off the baby theme, it seems that researchers have found that a series of movements in the egg in the first hours after fertilisation can predict which embryos have the best chance of survival.  This is invaluable for those who are proceeding with IVF since either a number of fertilised embryos are currently implanted (since about half usually stop developing before day 5 of development) which can lead to multiple pregnancies or implanting is left until after this 5 day point.  With this knowledge they can now implant embryos with the greatest chance of survival.
  • These 50 Commandments of Commercial Gym Etiquette from Bret Contreras gave me a good laugh and reminded me why I am thankful to have my own personal gym to work in, otherwise known as our garage.  Although I may retract that statement in a couple of months time as we are heading towards winter and our garage has already started dropping in temperature.
  • Some of you may have seen some information about canning tomatoes on Mark Sisson’s site some time ago.  Thanks to the Cottage Smallholder I’ve now found out that you can buy a pressure canner in the UK which means that food other than fruit and tomatoes (which are, technically, fruit) can be stored without using up freezer space (which is at a premium in our house).
  • The Olympia competitions are coming up in a week’s time (15-19 September) and Ironman Magazine have made some predictions for Figure, Bikini, Fitness and Ms Olympia.  Let’s see if they get it right!
  • Mistress Krista over at Stumptuous has done a great series on how to go primal without really trying, including how to dump sugar and a cheat sheet.
  • Calling all mountaineers in the UK – The Alpine Club is hosting a symposium on mountaineering in China at Shap Wells on 26 November if anyone is interested in going along.
  • For those of you who, like me, missed the first Ancestral Health Symposium, this article pulls together videos of 12 of the talks.  It’s almost like you were there but without the travel time or interaction.

Here’s a great video which Chris at Conditioning Research brought to everyone’s attention a little while ago.  I’m planning on still doing things like this when I’m much older – it’s why I started in the first place!


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