The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #135 – Tinted Glasses to Treat Autism and ADD, How to Get Better Sleep, and Paleo Vegetarian Recipes

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Irlen Institute – Treating The Brain’s Inability To Process Visual Information

I’ve been watching Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Life course from creativeLive over the weekend (it was airing for free), and people had questions about his tinted glasses. Dave’s glasses are designed specially for his body. He was tested by the Irlen Institute to determine which wavelengths of light are offensive to his brain function and which lens tint removes those wavelengths. This allows his brain to think more clearly and reduce the wasted brainpower he would need to process those offensive wavelengths. These types of lenses can also help people with autism, dyslexia, ADHD, headaches and head injuries. I wonder what color of lenses would work best for me.



Phenibut, Addictive Sleep Aid With Unhealthy Hangover? Dosages, Effects, Side Effects and Safety Concerns

I quickly mentioned Phenibut in one of my updates a few weeks ago, in which the author of the article I linked to, said to use it as a sleep aid twice per week at 600mg each night. I’ve done a lot of research of my own, mostly about the safety of the drug and 600mg seems reasonable enough. I actually bought some to try, but I’ve been a little hesitant to try it based on the potential dangers. I’m very interested in experiencing the benefits of Phenibut though, so I’ll get to it eventually.



Everything You Need to Know About Sleep

Most of us understand the benefits of sleep, but you might not know all of the reasons why poor sleep is so bad for you. If more people did, everyone would try harder to get more and higher quality sleep. This post goes through some neat methods of getting better sleep (red lighbulbs, blackout curtains, reading fiction, changing your mattress), how to get more sleep (turning off electronics, shifting schedule by 15 minutes at a time) and how to wake up better (skip snoozing, use a sleep cycle app, use a dawn-simulator alarm clock). There’s much more covered in the post than what I’ve mentioned here. Great post!



World War D: All Natural Deodorants Battle it Out

I’ve tried so many different natural and organic deodorants trying to find one that works for me and I’ve not had any luck at all. They either don’t work and I get really stinky, or they cause a rash, so I always end up back with Degree, which I absolutely hate because of the terrible company they are and the toxic ingredients they use. Natural deodorants are expensive and when trying to find one that works it can be really costly, but I think continuing the search is worth it in the long run. I’ll have to give some of the products in this post a try, but I’m expecting to add a few of them to my already large collection of slightly used deodorants under the counter.



10 Minutes of Exercise Yields Hour-Long Effects

I feel like I’ve mentioned this post in my weekly updates before, but I can’t seem to find it. I know for a fact that I’ve mentioned this same exercise protocol, although Dr. Mercola calls it “Peak 8.” This is a great post about HIIT training that can be done in about 20 minutes a day and only twice per week. I’ve done it a couple times and it absolutely kicked my ass, but I just love lifting weights so I can’t stick with it.



Paleo Vegetarians – Recipes & Resources

I would really like to start cleaning up my diet a little more, mostly be reducing the amount of the grains that I consume. I know some health circles believe that even just a little grain can create inflammation for up to 6 months or more, but I’m just not ready to remove it entirely yet, so I need to start slowly. I think vegan paleo recipes might be a good place to start.



How to Freeze Kale

I actually have some kale in my garden that needs to be packed up before it dies from the cold. I don’t know if I have enough to warrant blanching and freezing, but maybe. Next year I plan to grow much more kale than this year thought, so this tip will be very handy next winter.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #134 – Is Carrageenan Safe, Muscle Building for Hard-Gainers, and Lifting With a Herniated Disc

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Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan

I purchased the Artisan Vegan Cheese recipe book by Miyoko Schinner a few months ago and just recently decided to finally make something out of it. One of the common ingredients is carrageenan so I went to Natural Grocer’s Vitamin Cottage to see if they had it. The worker couldn’t find it so she looked it up on the computer. She came back and told me that they don’t carry it and that there have been claims of carrageenan being bad for the gut, which is probably why they don’t carry it. Interesting.



Nicolas Cole: How to Gain 80 lbs. of Muscle, Celiac Disease, and Why World of Warcraft Gets you Jacked

Being a hard-gainer myself, this is a really inspiring interview. I was so skinny growing up that I was often called “toothpick” and “chicken legs.” People don’t realize how hurtful those words are and what sort of psychological damage that can cause. I got so tired of being skinny that I “dirty bulked” like crazy for about a year. I ate everything I could think of, whether it was canned chili and hot dogs or $20 worth of Taco Bell and McDonalds. Every single day I ate to the point of feeling like throwing up. Finally when I got up to about 170 lbs. I learned about healthy eating and weight training. I cleaned up my diet and managed to keep my weight stable ever since. I would still like to be bigger though and that’s still a major challenge for me.



How to Lift and Live with a Herniated Disc

I was talking about back injuries with a coworker the other day and he told me that he’s had a bulging disk since 2011, which makes it difficult to do many things, even riding a bicycle. I mentioned that when I started lifting weights, my back problems almost completely went away, but he said that he can barely lift weights either. This got me interested in looking into what bodybuilders do when dealing with bulging discs and I came across this article. It’s pretty interesting and makes complete sense. Stretch your muscles (not just in the back), focus on single-leg exercises (squats & deadlifts) and reduce the weight if your body tells you to.



What methods help improve recovery?

It looks like all of the generally accepted methods of muscle recovery can be beneficial – massage therapy, foam rolling, electric stimulation, compression clothes and even several not-so-common methods – whole body vibration, water immersion and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the time and/or equipment to utilize all of these methods?



Fred Peterson 607 Dead Lift @ 75 ! – YouTube

I hope I can still lift heavy weight when I’m 75 years old. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do 600 lbs. though.



Foodpairing – Creativity for recipes

I discovered this site by reading Tim Ferris’ book, The Four Hour Chef. This site is designed to help mix and match foods based on similar characteristics. For example, if you run out of an herb such as sage, did you know that you can replace it with rosemary and the meal will come out mostly the same?

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #133 – Vaccination Myths, A DIY Weight Vest, and Replacing Your Lawn With a Garden

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Why we vaccinate–debunking flu vaccine myths in 25 easy steps

This is an excellent research piece, but I think one of the problems with evidence/science-based medicine bloggers is that they are often not willing to accept that it could be wrong. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t trust science-based medicine because that would be silly, but the issue is that while there may have been many studies that prove something as being safe, it doesn’t mean a study won’t be done in the future that will prove it unsafe. I generally trust science-based research, but I still do my own research and question everything.



If You Could Only Do One Lift…

When I saw the title of this article the first two exercises that came to my mind were the deadlift and the squat. When I started doing those exercises seriously I saw some big gains. If you want to build an awesome routine, check out the list of top 10 exercises at the end of this article.



Duct Tape Adjustable Weight Vest

The only reason I don’t have a weighted vest is because they are so expensive. I never thought about making my own before. I think I’d prefer to buy one anyway, but if you’re thrifty and really want a weight vest, give this a try.



7 Hazardous Home Cleaning Products and their Nontoxic Substitutions

The chemicals in your typical everyday commercial cleaning products can disrupt your hormone system, cause allergies, cause cancer and some can even be fatal if swallowed. These aren’t chemicals you want around your house. Instead make your own non-toxic cleaners using the recipes in this article.



Stupidity Spreads Like A Cold Sore At A Christmas Party: How To Avoid Programming Like A Jackass

I think the moral of this story is that when you’re training, you should have a goal in mind when setting up your routine and don’t stray from it. There are two great quotes in this post that really struck a chord with me: “Maybe it’s a sumo deadlift high pull and therefore, not even a real thing,” which is hilarious because I’ve had to look this up before when doing a Crossfit routine and the other quote is “when you ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?,” an intelligent coach will be able to give you an answer. If they cannot tell you why they program the way they do, then take your money elsewhere and find a coach who can.” I think that quote also applies to any routine you see online or in a magazine.



University physicists study urine splash-back and offer best tactics for men (w/ Video)

Must-read if you’re a guy. Urine splash-back sucks.



A Man Replaces His Lawn With a Giant Vegetable Garden and No Regrets

People are always telling me how they would never live in a community that is managed by an HOA because they want to be able to do whatever they want with their property. I totally understand, but I actually like living in an HOA-managed neighborhood because it keeps the community looking great. If there’s one thing I don’t like about it though, it’s that I can’t do a front yard garden like this. I would LOVE to be able to do this.