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July 11, 2010

Weekend Link Love

By Mark Sisson
25 Comments

The China Study. Yes, we’ve seen it belittled, but never in such amazing fashion. Raw Food SOS thoroughly discredits the China Study, and Richard Nikoley is there with a bullhorn to spread the word. Rob Wolf is all over this one as well. See The Protein Debate (PDF) between Cordain and Campbell.

I thought I had palmed my face for the final time on the “giving kids statins” issue. But nay, in recent groundbreaking news insanity, Lipitor now comes in kid-friendly chewables.

Here’s a little study you can hold over your friends’ heads the next time they chide you about the silly notion that you can “control your genes.”

There’s something suspicious about these clipper coupons

Not everyone will get this one, but I’m curious as to whether or not this soup is Primal.

If you enjoyed lasts week’s sleep posts (here, here, and here), you’ll find Scientific American‘s look at sleep habits and cancer intriguing.

And finally, this is the wrong way to open a coconut.

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Try drying dulse in the toaster oven for 5 minutes. It brings out a nice bacon flavor. In fact, wrap it in bacon!

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Tomasz T
Tomasz T
6 years 4 months ago

The first China Study critique is weakened by the fact that it’s a raw foodist making it.

Primal Toad
6 years 4 months ago
Why do you say this? I think it strengthens it. It’s as unbiased as you can get. She is being honest and upfront. I have not read the essay but will do so this week and write my own thoughts on it. This also makes me want to buy the book. I almost bought The China Study before buying The Primal Blueprint…. THANK GOD I DID NOT!!!!! Anyways… Thanks for the heart and bacon recipe. I purchased a half cow almost one month ago and it came with liver, heart, and some other weird stuff. I have never tried organs… Read more »
Jenny
Jenny
6 years 4 months ago

Adding bacon to anything makes it more appetizing! Not quite ready for organs yet, though. Baby steps.

Tomasz T
Tomasz T
6 years 4 months ago
How can you say she’s unbiased? The very fact that it’s a raw food site constitutes a bias. You might argue that it’s an insignificant bias, but raw foodism is not exactly independent of vegeterianism. Yes, you might imagine, or even encounter, raw food vegetarians, but it’s a good bit harder than meat-eating raw foodism. But it’s not the bias I have problem with, ultimately. I just think that scientific credibility of raw foodism is very low. Richard Wrangham, whose work Mark’s Daily Apple also cites, is quite conclusive in his book “Catching Fire”. It was cooking that enabled rapid… Read more »
Michael
6 years 4 months ago
But it’s not the bias I have problem with, ultimately. I just think that scientific credibility of raw foodism is very low. Which has no bearing on the soundness of her critique. Everyone is biased, there is no way around that. The question however isn’t about her, its about her argument. If the argument is sound, doesn’t matter what she personally believes. Her argument doesn’t disprove veganism, it simply blows holes in Campbell’s fraudulent interpretation of the data in attempt to support veganism. People who want to bypass the argument and use her own personal practice as reason to undermine… Read more »
musajen
musajen
6 years 4 months ago

Actually I think the gal at Raw Food SOS has issues with the raw food movement. She has been Raw and maybe still is in some regards, but she’s been expanding her diet.

Hense the “SOS” part of the blog name.

Michael
6 years 4 months ago

For sure she is certainly no longer vegan.

Tomasz T
Tomasz T
6 years 4 months ago

You’re right and my criticism was probably too harsh. I have read a couple more articles on her website and it’s definitely not a one-sided advocacy site.

Primal Toad
6 years 4 months ago

No problem. It seems like a lot of former vegans/vegetarians are becoming primal/paleo. I see it happening everyday.

We are involved in a LARGE, energetic movement that, well, makes sense!!

Michael
6 years 4 months ago

Not sure why that would weaken it. A sound argument stands on its own no matter who is making it.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
6 years 4 months ago

Bruce Campbell: The man who proves you can be dorky AND sexy simultaneously. Hail to the King, baby!

Rebecca
Rebecca
6 years 4 months ago

I seriously want that soup in my cupboard. Bruce Campbell is my hero!

“Gimme some sugar, baby!”

Kat
6 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the link love Mark! If anyone hasn’t tried heart yet you have to, much tastier and a better texture than other organ meats.

PrimalChat
6 years 4 months ago

Plus, Kat, heart doesn’t use poo either!

Michael
6 years 4 months ago

Kat, nothing beats my sweetbreads! 🙂 I have to hide heart in salad or ground beef.

cathyx
cathyx
6 years 4 months ago

I love the coupon for a free cheesecake just for meeting with a nutrition councilor.

Grol
Grol
6 years 4 months ago

Tomasz, The link to analysis of the China Study is nothing short of spectacular. Attacking detailed information over preconceived notions is not very useful.

Tomasz T
Tomasz T
6 years 4 months ago

The analysis itself indeed seems to be very nice and detailed. It’s the author’s association with a dubious cause that raises my doubts.

We all have preconceived notions and studies show that it guides what information we accept, and what we “attack”. I am aware of this bias and try to fight it. So it is BECAUSE I like the conclusions of this analysis, that I try to put it under greater scrutiny.

Katherine
6 years 4 months ago

wow I cannot believe the lipitor one

Chris
6 years 4 months ago

Awesome soup! LOL it is primal on a certain level! “Who wants to have a little!?”

frank
frank
6 years 4 months ago

yay for liptor

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yoursurprise-bellatio-5
5 years 3 days ago

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