Digestable #14: Zero to One, The Self Educating Child, 2 Meals A Day, COVID Vaccines, True Fasting

Hello everybody!

Thanks for reading Digestable, the short, weekly email where I share information, ideas, and what’s new with me. This email was sent to subscribers on April 26th, 2021.

Here’s what’s up this week:

  • Book Review: Zero to One by Peter ThielYou’ve thought about it, because its what we do. Bring new creations into life. From Zero to One. Get practical insights and inspiration for bringing your ideas to life from this Stanford University course-turned-book taught by PayPal co-founder, Peter Thiel. Not sure if this book is right for you? Read my study notes on it here. Thoughts based on Peter’s experience as a serial entrepreneur on things like job interview questions, remote work, CEO salary, ideal Board size, identifying a winning business idea or investment, the 4 characteristics of a valuable company, and the dangers of Measurement Mania.
  • The Self Educating Child – by Mr. Money Mustache: If you have kids you have recently thought deeply about homeschooling or unschooling your kid. This blog post by finance/F.I.R.E/early-retirement guru, Mr. Money Mustache, includes a long list of alternative education resources to help you on your homeschooling journey. Or even to shore up weaknesses in the education of your traditionally-schooled kid. If you need more curriculum ideas I hope you’ll check in with my homeschool guru/wife, Amanda.
  • 2 Meals A Day – Podcast interview with Mark Sisson and Joe Rogan: I have followed Mark Sisson‘s health, fitness, and nutrition material for over a decade. For his newest book, Two Meals a Day: The simple, sustainable strategy to lose fat, reverse aging, & break free from diet frustration forever, Mark connects with Joe Rogan to talk about keto vs metabolic flexibility, his experience having COVID as a 67-year old, and fat biking on sand. Mark has a strong opinion that the government’s response to COVID is the most mismanaged event in world history. There is an intriguing piece about outdoor transmission of COVID and viral load, with Mark surmising that there could even be benefit to encountering COVID outdoors and having your immune system respond to the low-viral load exposure. Listen on Spotify here. Like all Joe Rogan podcasts, the language is colorful.
  • Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.: Evolution of the anti-vaccine movement, the causes of autism, and COVID-19 vaccine state of affairs: With iatrogenics (when a treatment causes more harm than benefit) being the 3rd leading cause of death in the US by some estimates, I approach medical interventions with skepticism – especially fast-tracked vaccines influenced by profit motives.To investigate the pro-COVID vaccine argument, I can’t think of a better resource than a 2-hour podcast discussion between Peter Attia, M.D. and Peter Hotez. M.D. Examples of poor resources: social media, mainstream media, and short-form sound-bite journalism that lacks nuance and presents a black & white scenario. One interesting tidbit I gleaned from this episode: at least 1/3 of the cancers in Africa are the result of infectious disease agents, and these numbers are going up as we get better at discovering infectious diseases that cause cancer. In a previous interview, when asked if he would be vaccinated, Peter Hotez answered: Yes. But not during the first 6 months.
  • Quote I’m Pondering: True Fasting. “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear . . .” – Isaiah 58: 6-8

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Yours truly,

P.S. The FREE weekly MovNat outdoor fitness meetup has moved to Sundays, 8:15 AM, meeting at Ritchie Market. They are so much fun. And you are still invited. (Thank you Elijah Stauth – Little Wolf Picture Co. for the top two images.)

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