I’m just going to leave this here…

It’s the Foodbabe opining on body chemistry.

For several years, I’ve started my day with warm lemon water and cayenne pepper. Lemon water is very alkaline and can stimulate the liver. It can change your taste buds so you don’t crave sugary foods, and instead crave alkaline ones like fruits and vegetables. The cayenne pepper has been proven to boost your metabolism. But both of those ingredients together strengthen the immune system. I’ve gotten fewer colds because of following this habit. An acidic body promotes disease and inflammation. I try to make my diet mostly alkaline. And with water, you want to make sure it’s not contaminated. Unfortunately, our water is contaminated with everything from chlorine to fluoride.

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Maybe there aren’t any serious scientists questioning junk DNA?

The NY Times has a response to responses to Carl Zimmer’s article on junk DNA, and there I am, the first citation. One thing that’s interesting is that it mentions that there were mixed reactions from readers, with some pushback to the idea…but all the scientists they quote on the subject have no problem at all with the concept of junk in our genome. I looked hard for a link to someone levying a solid criticism, and it ain’t there.

Maybe they don’t exist?

Cancer coming to your television

The longer you live, the more likely you are to get cancer. Therefore, party hard and burn out young. Wait, no, that’s not the lesson: therefore, you should all learn about cancer, and a good starting point is The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. I’ve recommended it before, and I’ve used it as assigned reading in a biology of cancer course, so you know I think highly of it.

But, you say, it’s so long. It is a rather substantial text. But there is going to be an alternative.

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Why inequity and injustice ought to be a men’s rights issue

Men are also the victims. Read this analysis of a recent paper in human population genetics: coincident with the rise of agriculture, there was a drastic bottleneck in the effective population size of men, but not women — the interpretation is that there was a massive concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few men, who basically used that power to put all the reproductive rights in their hands, and the hands of their sons.

There is a nice infographic to explain the concept.

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