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  1. Yeah, this definitely looks cool and like something I would love to try. It's a bit pricey for my budget, but we'll see. One question I have is how loud it is. If this is sending auditory cues to you throughout the night, is it loud enough that it might bother a partner in the same bed? There is a lot of useful content on their website. I searched for an answer to this question but couldn't find one. The product videos make it look like it might be loud enough to bother someone else trying to sleep next to you.
  2. This is an old study (2013) but news to me: https://www.livescience.com/28770-tylenol-eases-existential-dread.html
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    Anyone for tennis?

    Interesting. It seems like the social element is the key ingredient here. I'd believe that.
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    Studies like the one I linked to above: Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 As well as this one by Jennie Connor: Alcohol consumption as a cause of cancer And this one: No Benefit of Light to Moderate Drinking for Mortality From Coronary Heart Disease When Better Comparison Groups and Controls Included: A Commentary on Zhao et al. (2017) My current position is that whatever minor health benefits for cardiovascular disease are gained by drinking moderate amounts of red wine are outweighed by the increased risk of cancer. I see no reason to prefer drinking a glass of wine over eating a handful of grapes.
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    When I first started practicing CR seriously, I was drinking 6 oz of red wine a day. I didn't do that every day, or even most days, but I did it on a semi-regular basis. I changed my mind as a result of studies like these. I have no ideological stakes against alcohol and I am willing to change my mind again, but the recent studies seem pretty solid to me and I'm going with them for the time being.
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    A new study, published yesterday: Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 Here is a report on the study in the Guardian: No healthy level of alcohol consumption, says major study I find these studies highly persuasive.
  7. I don't want to distract from my original question, but I have thought quite a bit about this comment about CR: What I find striking about this comment is that I think many people would say the same thing about exercise. Exercise is often unpleasant in the kind of way that makes time seem to slow down. Yet the larger society regards marathoners and triathletes with admiration for their dedication and discipline. Why not view the practice of CR in a similar way? It is taking nutrition as seriously as many people already take exercise. Just to plug my earlier question in case anyone has any leads on an answer, for the sake of moderate iron deficiency would it be better to lose two units of blood every 16 weeks or one unit every 8 weeks?
  8. When it comes to longevity, some people think moderate iron deficiency has benefits. Here are Dr Greger's videos on the health benefits of blood donation on the reduction of cancer: Considered strictly from a health/longevity statepoint, does anyone know if it is preferable to donate double red (two units once every 16 weeks) or a single unit every 8 weeks? I don't know for sure, but I assume that it doesn't take the body too long to replenish iron levels. If you donate double red it probably takes longer to replenish them, but does it really take twice as long? And then you have to wait 16 weeks before you can do it again. Might it be better to donate every eight weeks in order to moderately deplete iron every eight weeks, even if the body recovers faster each time?
  9. Wow this is so cool. Congratulations to him for this find!
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    People really, really, really want to believe that moderate drinking is healthy. I would include myself in this category. And there is an entire industry backing studies designed to tell us what we want to hear. I find this study persuasive that the balance of evidence suggest moderate drinking increaces the risk for cancer: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/add.13477 But what if I am wrong about this? I'm I really giving up some significant health benefit by giving up one glass of red wine a day? It doesn't seem like I'm losing anything I can't get more effectively by other methods.
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    Alchohol a potent medicine?

    As a lay person, I've felt pretty confused trying to navigate all of the studies claiming health risks and benefits of moderate drinking. This is the study that convinced me that even moderate alcohol consumption increases your risk of cancer for pretty much every part of your body that the alcohol touches. As a matter of public health policy, the author of this study says we should be focusing our efforts on convincing moderate drinkers to abstain completely rather than focusing on convincing heavy drinkers to drink more moderately. I think she is right about that. Although the risk of heavy drinking is much greater, it is also much more difficult to change behavior of people who have a drinking problem. It is much easier to convince moderate drinkers to think differently and reduce their risk of cancer, and if all moderate drinkers stopped drinking, the reduction in cancer would be significant. Better to spend our resources there.
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    Human Chow - CR-Friendly Meal Replacements?

    Instead of a human chow (ala Soylent or primate chow) I would be very interested in a whole foods/CR version of blue apron, or a CSA style system that delivered one well designed large salad with (almost) everything that you would need. A more modest version of Dean's daily meal. Could be designed taking both nutrition and price into consideration.
  13. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/business/coffee-cancer-warning.html This is the first I've heard about acrylamide. I'm really not sure how to make sense of this. It must be difficult for judges to try to wrap their heads around the science and make the correct ruling. I'd be interested in seeing some disinterested medical takes on the issue.