Monday, April 26, 2010


By Diana Hsieh

  • Alternatives to BPA containers not easy for U.S. foodmakers to find. It's interesting to read about the work going into solving the problem, but I wish that food manufacturers would be more open about what they're doing. Go capitalism, go! [Christian W's note: Trader Joe's asserts that their canned wild Alaskan salmon comes in BPA free cans. Same goes for Trident (a manufacturer) and their canned salmon product.]

  • F.lux is a nifty little program for Mac or PC that "makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day." I rather like it: the computer screen seems easier on my eyes at night. Mostly though, I've experienced a dramatic improvement in the quality of my sleep over the past few weeks due to wearing a sleep mask. It blocks out all the small lights from various gadgets in our bedroom at night, and it allows me to sleep beyond daylight, if needed. [Christian W's note: I've been running F.lux for some time, and it feels very soothing. I'm also using a sleep mask at night, but I always wake up with it around my neck...]

  • Michigan Governor Says "Go Vegan". Ugh. We need a separation of food and state.

  • Speaking of vegans, here's an interview ex-vegan Kaleigh Mason. I love her last answer. [Christian W's note: Another great ex-vegan interview here (Melissa McEwen).]

  • Three killer posts on the metabolic advantage of low-carb from Dr. Eades: Thermodynamics and the metabolic advantage, AC Fat Loss Bible critique part II, and More on the thermodynamics of weight loss.

  • Dr. Kurt Harris has another post showing pretty remarkable damage to the heart in long-distance runners: Still Not Born to Run. It's a follow-up to Cardio Causes Heart Disease. I wonder: (1) Is the damage done just by long-distance running alone? Or does the high-carb junk diet that most such runners eat also a factor, perhaps a major factor? And (2) What's the dose-response curve here? Is some running beneficial -- or is it all bad? I don't think we've got answers to those questions ... yet.
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