This is my longest episode I have done so far. In it I discuss my favorite polyphenol, resveratrol. It is commonly found in wine and for a long time was thought to be the primary contributor to many of the health benefits of wine. This episode is actually the main episode, which is only a little bit longer than normal, and then a bonus section where I focus a bit more technically on three of the proposed cellular mechanisms for resveratrol. In it I discuss a paper I wrote, and if you would like to read the paper you can find it in the Scientific Nutrition Group on Facebook. Without further ado, see why this is my favorite polyphenol, and why I continue to quixotically yell about how we are not mice.
Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 39: Resveratrol”
Today we get to talk about my favorite liquor, tequila. Actually we are going to talk about how the vast majority of science reporting is absolutely worthless, but we are going to use the fact that people keep saying tequila helps with weight loss to accomplish that. Now in episode 8 I previously discussed the health effects of alcohol and I am not going to be rehashing that here.
Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 38: Tequila and Weight Loss (Science Reporting Sucks)”
Been a long time since I have done a review, but I am back today with one for Four Sigmatic Mushroom Matcha Drink Mix with Lion’s Mane and Ginger. I have covered the science of Lion’s Mane before and I would recommend you look at that if you’re curious. Continue reading “Four Sigmatic Mushroom Matcha Drink Mix with Lion’s Mane Review”
Yesterday we got to discuss one of my favorite effects in health the placebo effect. It is a fascinating window into the effect that our psychology and our mindset has on our health. Today we are looking at the opposite effect, which is called the nocebo effect. The nocebo effect is when you actually get worse or develop side effects from a substance that should be inert and it is a really cool effect.
Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 37: The Nocebo Effect”
This is one of the best recipes I have come up with guys. Super simple and it is delicious too. I know some of you may be worried about the MSG but you really shouldn’t be. It is safe and delicious. Continue reading “Sous Vide Chuck Roast (Discount Prime Rib)”
In this episode I get to rant about something I have always found very interesting, the placebo effect. This effect is so much larger and more important than is often realized. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 36: The Placebo Effect”
this is going to be a controversial episode. I am talking about the science of a spice I have grown to quite like MSG (monosodium glutamate). It has a beautiful umami flavor, and for the vast majority of people is safe. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 35: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)”
Inspired by some of the profiles in Tim Ferriss’ book The Tool’s of Titans who used saunas to improve athletic performance I looked at what the literature suggested and found that this is a pretty well supported tactic. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 34: Sauna’s”
I have come to the inescapable conclusion that most Americans are stupid. Actually I take that back as it is technically inaccurate. I have come to the inescapable conclusion that many Americans are shockingly ignorant. Basically we seem to not know anything about anything, and many seem to relish in their lack of knowledge.
A recent study by the Claims Conference looked at Americans’ knowledge level about the holocaust and found some disturbing statistics. Approximately 22% of Millennials haven’t heard or are not sure if they have heard about the Holocaust. That is 1 out of 5 people who have not heard about one of the singularly most important and well-known historical events in the past century. Four out of ten Millenials believe the number of Jews that were killed in the Holocaust is 2 million or less. Approximately 4 million less than the actual number. Half of all Millenials cannot name a single concentration camp, and 41% of Americans as a whole could not correctly identify Auschwitz. Worse than that two thirds of Millenials failed to correctly identify Auschwitz. This is entirely disheartening that so many Americans are missing even basic knowledge about such an important period of recent history suggests to me that there are broad, underlying problems that are causing this shocking lacking of knowledge.
In the fall of 2017 a survey was performed by Annenberg Public Policy Center that found that 37% of adults could not a name a single right guaranteed by the first amendment. Even more shocking was that only 26% or about 1 in 4 adults could successfully name the three branches of the government. That means approximately 3 out 4 adults cannot correctly name the three branches of the executive branch. I’m starting to get the idea that these statistics clearly show that Americans are shockingly dumb.
Curious as to how bad this problem really was I decided to look into the educational system and I discovered that the numbers are quite disappointing. The Nation’s Report Card suggests that among high school seniors only 24% of students are at or above proficient in civics, with only 12% proficient in US History. This blew my mind. This means that the vast majority of students are never reaching proficiency in these topics. I was wondering if perhaps there was a huge graduation issue, wherein many students are failing to graduate high school because of this obvious failure to teach basic skills, and well that story is interesting. It turns out the high school graduation rate is approximately 83 percent. This suggests that there are a huge number of students who do not even have basic proficiency in skills they are supposed to develop in High School, and yet they are receiving a degree that claims they do have these skills.
I have ranted in the past about how I feel that grade inflation is damaging our educational system, and I think is further proof of a fundamental flaw in our educational system. The degrees given out our both meaningless and important. They are meaningless because they fail to represent any real level of achievement or knowledge, but are important because they are necessary for employment. There needs to be more people who fail. If you fail to reach the proficiency levels that the degree is meant to represent you should fail to receive the degree.
And here we go again. Liars on the internet are trying to take advantage of people again. I won’t bury the lede, magnetized water has no demonstrated health effects in humans and is a waste of your money. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 33: Magnetized Water”