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    May 1, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

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    :: 1 ::

    I’ve almost finished Super Human by Dave Asprey. I think I’m on the last chapter. The question, of course, is would I recommend it? I’m going to give this a mixed review and say yes and no. It’s your call.

    Pros: The main thing I like about Asprey is that he talks about things other people don’t usually touch. He takes health hacks to a whole ‘nother level. I guess that is why some say he invented biohacking. While others are still discussing the merits of cordyceps mushrooms, he’s talking ozone injections and specialty peptides. Like I do with many books like this, I make notes on the most doable ideas and experiment with them when and if I get around to it.

    Cons: My biggest pet peeve is that he’ll tell the same story twice and not really give you any additional information on the second telling. I found this highly annoying; the guy needs a better editor. I also find it a little disturbing that his goal is to live to be 180 but he doesn’t seem to consider the amount of pain that will bring — everyone else will still max out around 100, tops. With that said, a person can read a biohacking book without embracing its defiance of death. I know death is the last enemy (and I’m not the one who will defeat it), but I also know a guy like this will have some workable ideas. We can eat the fruit and spit out the seeds.

    :: 2 ::

    Quarantine without additional screentime has been amazing lately. My 15-year-old has read about 1500 extra pages over her usual for the 42 days of lockdown that have passed thus far. I never thought she’d run through my whole library, but I’m starting to wonder.

    My 11-year-old took more convincing, but a few days ago he started on the Signature biography shelf and tells me the Asimov science shelf is next. He seems to have finally pushed through the I’m bored, please entertain me stage, which is promising. It takes some people longer than others.

    Reading isn’t all they are doing, of course, but it’s what’s notable to me right now.

    :: 3 ::

    The latest from Scholé Sisters features the decidedly likeable Andrew Pudewa:

    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2018:

    I wrote this right before he turned 16. He’ll be 18 in just a few weeks. I have so many feels. This post expresses some of them.

    :: 5 ::

    Podcast episode of the week:

    :: 6 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • New York Required Nursing Homes To Admit ‘Medically Stable’ Coronavirus Patients. The Results Were Deadly. from The Daily Wire.
      • Don’t worry: they sent body bags along, too. What I find interesting is that they sent two patients and five body bags … it’s easy to assume this meant they knew they were killing other residents by doing this.
    • Kern County Fair board warns it may have to close for good from Bakersfield.com
      • We’re just losing our culture and traditions over here, don’t mind us. Latest victim is (possibly) our county fair, which is in danger of not pulling through. It’s tough to stay in business when you aren’t allowed to do business. Collateral damage will be 4-H and FFA, I predict.
      • “‘It’s not a no fair for (2020), it’s a no fair again,’ Chairwoman Blodgie Rodriguez said during the nearly 90-minute meeting. ‘We are very much in dire straights right now without the ability to support ourselves and create our own revenue.'” This could have been said by almost any small business owner deemed nonessential.
    • Seneca: Slowing Down Time from Medium
      • “Seneca challenges anybody who feels life passes too quickly to make the most of the hours we are blessed with, to not squander them, and also put them to the service of your self-betterment and the benefit of society.”
      • Seneca’s advice is pertinent, I think, during a time when many are tempted to waste away the valuable extra hours they have been given.
      • This reminds me of something I said in my post from earlier this week: “Distilled and compressed in the pages of books are years, decades and even centuries of knowledge and wisdom. If you read a good book, you are concentrating the time you have.”
    • Explosive New Flynn Documents Show FBI Goal Was To ‘Get Him Fired’ from The Federalist
      • It probably pays to realize that the 1799 Logan Act has never been successfully prosecuted in its 200+ years of existence. I’m not saying it’s a bad law, I’m just saying no one has ever been found guilt of violating it.
      • Illegally withholding evidence, seeming to frame a three-star general … ugh.

    :: 7 ::

    Corona Reads:

    I read a lot of stuff about this virus. I’ve also taken a lot of classes. I had someone challenge me to share what I’ve learned, but here’s the deal: I’m not a licensed anything, and I have to be careful about these things, especially in a climate of fear like this one.

    I always encourage you to do your own research, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share some of mine. Did I mention I’m not a doctor? I’m just sharing.

    • Transmission routes of Covid-19 virus in the Diamond Princess Cruise ship
      • Note: this is a preprint. This means it hasn’t yet been peer reviewed.
      • From the abstract: “Infections in crew members peaked on Feb 7, suggesting significant transmission among crew members after quarantine on Feb 5. Conclusions: We infer that the ship central air conditioning system did not play a role, i.e. the long-range airborne route was absent in the outbreak.”
      • Chris Masterjohn did a decent post on this.
    • Speaking of Chris Masterjohn, he changed his opinion on Vitamin D use for Covid-19.
      • I never stopped using Vitamin D, even when he came out against it … because it didn’t make any sense to me. I thought he was over analyzing. Of course, a good over analyzer can sometimes analyze more data and make his way back to common sense, which seems to be the case here.
      • The important thing to note is that vitamin D status matters. It seems to matter for who ends up in the hospital and for who ends up dead, which is why I think a noble thing to do during quarantine is … work on your tan.
    • Selenium, Selenoproteins and Viral Infection
      • I have everyone in my house on selenium all the time, and especially during flu season. We use Body Bio selenium drops.

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    4 Comments

  • Reply Katie May 2, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    I just read (listened to) Seneca On the Shortness of Life actually (part of my 5×5!). My main takeaway was that there isn’t really any point in not dying if you don’t spend the time you have _living_.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 4, 2020 at 6:59 am

      Ooh! You know, I’ve never read any Seneca, but I have read a number of books quoting him lately. Do you think this is a good one to start with?

  • Reply Renee May 1, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Brandy, I love reading your Friday posts! I enjoy your health links and current event links very much! I’m thankful that you share your research! Thank you!

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