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Odds & Ends: March 1, 2023

Fitness Trackers Find New Symptom of Depression — Body Temperature. Researchers using data from the Oura Ring fitness tracker to see if it could detect early symptoms of COVID-19 (it could), made another unexpected finding: a link between body temperature and depression. On days when people’s body temperature was higher, they reported more depressive symptoms. It isn’t clear if a hot body temperature causes depression or is correlated with it, but there has been other preliminary research linking body temperature, as well as inflammation, with the disorder. There has also been preliminary research showing that using a sauna can help with depression. The lead author of this study points out that sauna use surprisingly leads to longer-term cooling of body temperature than doing ice baths. For more on body temperature, depression, and sauna use, check out this past episode of the podcast. 

The Warrior Monk Philosophy of Trainer Cus D’Amato: The 5 Strategic Principles That Turned Mike Tyson Into a World Champion. We published this short ebook several years ago. It’s a solid, inspiring read, if I do say so myself. You likely know about Mike Tyson, but you might not know about the cantankerous old trainer at a small boxing gym in the sleepy town of Catskill, New York who molded Tyson into one of the greatest boxers of all time: Cus D’Amato. We highlight the 5 principles that guided Cus’ training philosophy along with the books Cus gave Tyson to read and Tyson’s training routine. It’s available on Amazon Kindle or as a PDF from our online store

Vibes High Fidelity Earplugs. Ever since tinnitus became a part of my life, I’ve taken extra precautions with my ear health, and that means wearing earplugs when I attend rock concerts. The problem with most earplugs is that they muffle all noise and reduce the sound quality of a music performance. Vibes High Fidelity Earplugs lower the decibel levels of a rock show while maintaining a quality listening experience. They also make it easier to hear when people are talking to you at a concert. I wore the Vibes to a show last week at the historic Cain’s Ballroom here in Tulsa, and they worked like a charm.

Midland. A great country-rock band based out of Texas. Their sound can be described as traditional country combined with 1970s swagger. Their album On The Rocks is filled with bangers like “Make a Little” and “Burn Out.” Great to play when you’re cruising the open plains or desert. 

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Politeness is not always a sign of wisdom; but the want of it always leaves room for the suspicion of folly.

—Walter S. Landor

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