Walking, Running and Staying Alive

Your weekly 5 things from the mind of Miles Lasater

Happy Saturday! Here are your 5 things from the mind of Miles for this week.

  1. Ban Killer Robots. Banning antipersonnel mines and chemical weapons did good. Banning nuclear weapons holds promise. Should we also ban or otherwise restrict autonomous weapons?  What’s your best argument for or against?

  2. Vitamin B12. Since we aren’t robots, we must ingest essential nutrients like vitamin B12. As I shift my diet to even more plant-based, I’ve started to take B12 supplements. I knew that most people get B12 from animal sources, but I did not know that its ultimate source in the food chain is bacteria. And, there is some evidence to suggest that clean drinking water eliminates another possible source of B12. Trade-offs everywhere.

  3. Evidence-Based Healthcare. I’m curious how you choose healing modalities. You wouldn’t do leeching or blood letting. But how do you choose from chiropractic, rolfing, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, acupuncture,  Ayurveda, or Chinese traditional medicine? For mainstream medicine, which interventions are really worth it? Number needed to treat seems like a good starting point.

  4. Pose Running. Speaking of evidence, what is the “best” form of running? And yes, I too got excited by reading Born to Run, but besides that. I’m practicing the Pose Method for running. Some may think that I look like I’m prancing but I find the running to be more comfortable. And my plantar fasciitis hurts less when I do it. If you have tried Pose or anything similar, let me know your experience.

  5. Walking to School. While they may not run there, I’m told that 5 year olds in Japan walk or take the train school alone. ~60 years ago Kindergarten students got themselves to and from school. In the US today, our son’s school doesn’t want him going home by himself until 6th grade. What has changed? The world or our attitudes?  How do we change back.

Until next week,

Miles