Circadian Rhythms in Modern Life

By?Vladimir Heiskanen This paper discusses the Western human circadian rhythm and its relation to health. 1. The circadian rhythm of a modern man “In 1910, the average American slept nine hours a night, disturbed only by the occasional Model T backfiring. We now average 7.5 and declining.” – Robert Sapolsky (Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers) The typical Western person’s...

Everyone Knows What’s Best for a Fat Person

By Matt Stone Girl: I need to lose?40 pounds?in the next 3 months. Anybody have any ideas? Random Internet?Guy: Exercise fasted. You’ll thank me later. I’saw a conversation on Facebook recently that went almost exactly like’that. At the post office, I overheard a postal worker telling a guy that eating more fruits and vegetables and exercising every day was a surefire ticket...

Transitioning Into Fall

By Julia Gumm While fall doesn’t officially begin here in the northern hemisphere until tomorrow, it’s influence has been laying claim to the landscape for some weeks now. The emerald green of summer has yellowed like old newspaper, the evening air is laced with frost, and the hickory nuts are being squirreled away as fast as they can fall. Night is winning it’s tug of war with...

Trapped in Negative Emotions?

By Bella Dodds This post is a follow up from last month’s Mental “Health Food” that raised the question: Why don’t we apply the same standards and value for filtering out unhealthy thoughts, as we do for filtering out unhealthy foods? I find many people logically understand that if they eat something unhealthy they get that it will make them feel awful, and therefore...

Backpacking Nutrition

By Matt Stone It’s that time of year again, and I’m up to my usual antics. I’ve got two big, 10-day backpacking trips coming up ? one in the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness Area in Colorado, and one in Coyote Gulch in Southern Utah. These trips are the longest I’ve been on in a while. I’m with my girlfriend and her 8-year old daughter as well. Those two factors equate to...

Why You Should Avoid Dihydrogen Monoxide

By Rob Archangel Recently, a trusted friend brought to my attention a dangerous substance many of us are exposed to on a daily basis. Obviously there are plenty of potential dangers out there, and generally I don’t think it’s a great idea to stress overly much about them. ?The best we can do is to live a generally low-stress life, eat well and heartily, engage in some fun physical...