1. Tanning is associated with optimal Vitamin D status and higher bone mineral density.  (NOTE: But as one commenter pointed out, most tanning salons try to sell you UVA, when this paper is talking about UVB.  Don’t rush to the solarium.)  And this:

"There is increased concern about skin cancer, which has created a fear of causative sunlight exposure (9 –12). Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It should be recognized that most melanomas occur in areas that are not exposed to the sun (13) and that it is the number of lifetime sunburn experiences, the number of moles, and red hair that increase the risk of this deadly disease (12)."

2. Melissa McEwen’s poetic description of learning to hunt, dress, butcher, and eat deer

"We carved the body cavity through and through, leaving bare ribs skinless so the light could shine through. The digestive system we left for the vultures, as it belongs to them. I read recently about one of the earliest religious sites, Göbekli Tepe, a marvel considering that hunter-gatherers had no cities, but they bothered to build this temple carved with vultures, lions, and other predators of humans dead…and alive. Some theorize that the hunter-gatherers left their dead here to be eaten by these fierce flesh eating creatures. The word for this is "excarnate," which is very beautiful to me, the idea of sharing your body with other carnivores. I think of then as a time when none owned another, except in death when it was an honor to be consumed and melded with others."

3. Tyler Cowen responds to fears that food markets will be turbulent in years ahead

4. Reasons for optimism: perch in downtown Milwaukee and tilapia in Colorado

5. I’ll be in DC this weekend, and I’m looking forward to the well-regarded Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian. 

"Mitsitam (pronounced Mit-see-tum) means “let’s eat” in the Piscataway and Delaware language. The 350-seat restaurant is essentially an extension of the museum, specializing in authentic Native American cuisine. The seasonal menu changes on each equinox and solstice and is divided among five Native American regions: Northern Woodlands, Northwest Coast, Great Plains, Meso America and South America."

7 Responses to “Assorted links”

  1. Jenn says:

     Oooh, tell me how Mitsitam is.  I’ve tried to go a couple times, but it’s always been too busy to feel worth it to wait (since I live in the area).  Also, you might enjoy Dino — my husband and I are probably going there for dinner Sunday night since it’s our favorite restaurant.

    • miked says:

       I think you might be a little disappointed by what you find at the museum dining hall. If I can remember right, I saw over priced buffalo tacos. 

  2. Alishahndra says:

    I was reading the two articles referenced in point #4 and it reminded me of an amazing article that I read a while ago, about Will Allen of Growing Power in Milwaukee: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/magazine/05allen-t.html?_r=1

  3. David Csonka says:

    Re: turbulent food markets –

    Sometimes I wonder if the world will end up like Soylent Green – it’s scary to think about.

  4. Nick Hamilton says:

    Enjoy the weekend in DC.  Mitsitam Cafe is highly enjoyable!  Slow Food DC also has a good list of places to eat.  There are also a couple of decent restaurants around to grab some fresh oysters.

    I enjoyed your write up on the "solarium."  I think people automatically jump to conclusions about sun exposure so it is nice to see someone applying logic, reasoning, research and common sense to the topic.  Conventional wisdom is not questioned regularly enough.

  5. A says:

    As always I greatly enjoy your posts, and i hope you enjoy the weekend in DC. I love the National Museum of the American Indian, and have visited it many times (living right outside of DC), but the food court/restaurant area may be vary disappointing. Every time I’ve visited it’s incredibly packed with people, making it very hard to see what the food choices are. And when I finally fought my way through the crowds to get my bison burger, it was good, but not the best I’ve ever had and it was sorta expensive (which is typical for museum foods…).  But maybe you’ll have better luck. Anyways enjoy the wonderful museum!

  6. Ned Kock says:

    Good point on the UVA-B difference John.

    I would also like to add that the the idea that seniors (or even people over 40) cannot produce vitamin D from sunlight doesn’t seem to be supported by research.

    Seniors (> 65 yo) seem to be able to produce over 8,000 IU of vitamin D after pre-sunburn exposure:


    This makes sense, considering that the only significant source of vitamin D available to our ancestors was sunlight. And is plenty; a lot more than fortified food provides.

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