Meet Mark

Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

Tell Me More
Stay Connected
May 22, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 143

By Mark Sisson
41 Comments

Did you know Denmark has levied a tax on saturated fat, with Finland considering enacting a similar tax? Shameful. The vikings are rolling in their funeral pyres.

The EU is banning certain herbal remedies. I wonder what else is next – and where?

For pro athletes, positive tests are usually bad news. Not Novak Djokovic; the number two tennis player in the world credits much of his success to giving up “bread, pasta, and pizza” after testing positive for gluten sensitivity.

Political scientist James Scott has been delivering a series of lectures on the domestication of man via grain and government. Though Scott’s aren’t available for download yet, hundreds from previous lecture series are available.

A study of US college students found that children of Asian immigrants were likely to avoid eating traditional foods – feet, eyes, bones, and faces – out of embarrassment and a desire to fit in.

Food producers overhype and exaggerate their “functional food” products’ health benefits. I can’t say I’m surprised… remember magic yogurt?

Primal gamers and LARPers might consider joining the upcoming beta for City of Epic, a new browser-based exercise RPG where doing real-world workouts earns you in-game points and power-ups. Here’s a shorter video.

Boing Boing highlights a sweet, stylish stand-up workstation.

And finally, how to chop wood without messing around.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 17 – May 23)

Comment of the Week

I’ve begun telling people, “Alcohol is an even more preferred fuel than glucose. So when are you switching to a beertarian diet?”

– Commenter Dana, from earlier this week.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

If you'd like to add an avatar to all of your comments click here!

Leave a Reply

41 Comments on "Weekend Link Love – Edition 143"

avatar

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Bill
5 years 4 months ago

Really nice editing on the omelet video! I’m looking forward to seeing what his forthcoming blog looks like.

barb
barb
5 years 4 months ago

from the article on Novak “His change in attitude is not just down to hard work and dietary modifications, however, with the Serb stating he has “matured as a player and person” that has resulted in him feeling “more confident” as well as “more consistent” on court.”

For me, the mental clarity and improvement from going Primal has been huge – i’d wager his dietary modifications are very much connected to his confidence and consistency.

speno
5 years 4 months ago

There’s already an “RPG” site for fitness call Fitocracy.
http://www.fitocracy.com/

There’s Primal and Paleo groups there also.

If anyone wants an invite, send your email address to me on Twitter via @speno.

Rikke
5 years 4 months ago

No, no, no! It’s decided – I can’t stay in Denmark! It’s humiliating our ancestors!

Rikke
5 years 4 months ago

However… this may make it cheaper to obtain the good, fatty cuts from private people to a better price, because no-one wants it! Let’s hope that; would be huge bonus!

Jesper
Jesper
5 years 4 months ago

I am already keeping some of my ancestors proud by taking the monthly trip to Germany to shop. They also have better meat down there. Hopefully this will not become an EU thing. Damn politicians and their medeling.

Allison
Allison
5 years 4 months ago
I’m not terribly familiar with the laws regarding drug safety in the EU, but it seems to me a law banning the advertisement of unproven herbal “remedies” is a good thing. It is completely ridiculous that a company might be allowed to market some magic pill as a cure for the common cold when they can’t show it to be effective. The article does say that… “Only those products that have been “assessed” by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will be available for purchase.” I’m not familiar with this agency, but it certainly seems like a reasonable… Read more »
Hal
5 years 4 months ago

The MHRA: Read all about them on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Medicines_Agency

One of the most telling pieces of the explanation is the following “…European Medicines Agency was set up in 1995 with funding from the European Union and the pharmaceutical industry…”

Weird, it was funded by Big Pharma, who did it to reduce costs of bringing new medicines into the EU, and now they’ve turned their attention to something that by all accounts reduces the amount of profit they can make by offering alternatives to people that don’t care for the side effects of prescription medicines? How bizarre and unexpected…

Peggy The Primal Parent
5 years 4 months ago

What people need protection from is the pharmaceutical companies who will erode your health and bind you to a lifelong drug addiction. I would worry much less about some annoying haggler selling bunk herbs.

evelyn
evelyn
5 years 4 months ago
Herbal Medicines – I think its a wonderful sign that the EU is taking people’s health seriously. Producers of herbal medicine make huge profits, sheltering themselves from the lack of scientific evidence of efficacy by using just enough vagueness in their claims. And aside from whether they work or not, the lack of regulation means you don’t even know what it is that you’re getting (yes people have tested herbal medicines and found that they often don’t match the label in terms of dose or ingredients). The article linked to is scaremongering. The herbs themselves aren’t being banned. But commercial… Read more »
tai haku
5 years 4 months ago

Yep – totally agree with Allison and Evelyn on the “herbal remedies”. Its a great law to protect the gullible from shysters.

Hal
5 years 4 months ago
“A fool and his money are soon parted”. – Thomas Tusser It’s ridiculous to think that a government policy – especially on food/supplements/dietary concerns – won’t be twisted by lobbying or kickbacks. Near as I can tell, these rules are being pushed not by consumers (who actually enjoy their freedom to choose from a large and open market and to make their own decisions about lifestyle and diet) but rather by supranational pharmaceutical corporations who see their profits eroded by people opting to instead take supplements to treat common ailments. So I don’t buy any of this “we’re looking out… Read more »
Robin
Robin
5 years 4 months ago

Amen to that Hal! I couldn’t have said it better myself! I can’t believe that, on a forum where people choose to follow a life style so completely opposite of government recommendations and policies, there would be so many people ready to BLINDLY follow that same governments “assessments” concerning their health in such an important way, and would be so willing to give up their freedom to choose to that same government.

tai haku
5 years 4 months ago

Freedom of choice is fine. Stopping people influencing other people into making the wrong choice by making vague anti-scientific claims is even better. One of the things I love about the paleo-community is its willingess to challenge conventional wisdom by getting stuck into genuine scientific research, reviewing the papers and forming good conclusions. This is not stopping that sort of behaviour. It’s stopping people making health claims without evidence.

Hal
5 years 4 months ago
There is another phrase in Latin that I feel applies to this situation: Caveat emptor – let the buyer beware. Who are you (or anyone else for that matter) to tell me what I can or cannot buy? If I CHOOSE to buy it, regardless of claims of efficacy or anything else, that should totally be my prerogative. If I do not do my due diligence on a supplement or a set of pots and pans or my knife set that can cut through cans, that is absolutely not the fault of the company selling those things, that is my… Read more »
Dave, RN
Dave, RN
5 years 4 months ago

It is NOT the government job to protect people from themselves! I don’t need the “nanny state” to protect me. Like the government knows so much about diet anyway. If they had thier way they’d tax saturated fat. Wait… some are already doing that. Or they’d ban raw milk. Wait… raids on raw milk distributors are increasing.
The farther they stay away from what I CHOOSE after my own careful research to put in my body, the better.

Robin
Robin
5 years 4 months ago

Again, Hal you took the words right out of my mouth! You too Dave! The government already has WAY too much control over my life and my health. I think this trend of governments banning supplements and natural remedies is Fing scary! We’re fighting it here in Canada and we’re losing.

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 4 months ago
About natural remedies in Europe. I grew up in Germany and Vitamins had been banned looooong ago. You cannot buy natural multi-vitamins anywhere, they are illegal. I sent my parents some vitamins from the U.S. and they opened them up at the Headquarters for the post office, they called my parents in for questioning. They had to drive hundreds of miles to get to that place. They were told they can’t have them and the multi-vitamin bottles were disgarded right in front of them. Hundreds of dollars worth of high quality vitamins…down the drain. And why the hell were they… Read more »
Mountain
5 years 4 months ago

Whoa, that’s pretty freakin’ nuts! Sigh…depressing week in links here. And I just came back from San Francisco and suffered their “fat tax.”

Dasbutch
Dasbutch
5 years 4 months ago

Ahh… Evolution. Gonna happin’

Andreas
Andreas
5 years 4 months ago
This Danish tax on fat is scandalous. (I’m Danish, so I feel I have to speak up.) It demonstrates a couple of interesting things, though. 1. Politicians want to be popular With all the latest talk about being fit and avoiding lifestyle decease, politicians feel they have to act in the interest of public health. 2. Politician’s knowledge is often not in sync with scientific knowledge All around society (also in Denmark with notable Danish scientist proving some of the central points of primal eating to be true (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8157312/Protein-rich-diets-best-at-keeping-weight-off.html)) there is a dawning understanding of the failings of CW. Central… Read more »
PHalsey
PHalsey
5 years 4 months ago

Impressive wood splitting demo, but I want to know what the ambient temperature is. For wood to split like that I’m guessing it’s REALLY cold.

shannon
shannon
5 years 4 months ago

I was wondering that too. Plus, that’s a mighty fine ax. But I’m going to try that method this winter.

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
5 years 4 months ago

Here in Texas the primary fire wood is Oak, and I can tell you Oak NEVER splits like that. That will only work with the right type of wood…

shannon
shannon
5 years 4 months ago

In reference to the lectures about farming and repressive states: I wonder if EATING grain also makes people more docile. I’ve noticed i’m less docile since I quit eating grain.

Robin
Robin
5 years 4 months ago

You’re really stirring the hornets nest this week Mark! 🙂 Some great controversial topics!

Bookstorecowboy
Bookstorecowboy
5 years 4 months ago
Years ago I was biking through Germany and ran out of Vitamin C. I was quite the vitamin nut then, so Iooked for some locally. Not available. Finally, I was referred to a pharmacy. They had vitamin C, all right. They had, in fact, Sandoz pharmaceutical quality vitamin C. A woman in white took it out of a tiny drawer in little packets. The problem? The price was at least ten times higher than U.S. prices — it may have been 50 times higher. It was essentially unaffordable. As far as advertising herbal “remedies,” various people are correct in saying… Read more »
Dave, RN
Dave, RN
5 years 4 months ago

I second that. How many drugs has the FDA approved that have maimed and killed thousands before finally being pulled from the market? They need to keep their hands off the herbs.

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 4 months ago
If you have nutritional deficiencies in Germany you’re pretty much f…..! I grew up there and all my mother bought me 1x a year was 1 tiny bottle of a multi-vitamin drink (it was a juice but advertised as vitamins). The only way to make up for nutrition deficiency in germany is by eating liver and blood sausage, and buying bones to make bone broth for minerals. Fortunately, the government hasn’t banned liver and other organ meats in Germany yet. But people born since the 1960’s pretty much eat packaged crap and drink sodas like americans do…they just seem to… Read more »
Jane
5 years 4 months ago

Some danes, including myself, are severely embarrassed by the upcoming fat tax. Wish they would put it on sugar and starch instead.

/Jane

Majken
Majken
5 years 4 months ago

Agree with you Jane! Its an embarassement. But what can we do? All the parties wants to push it through one way or another 🙁
Thinking of moving as we speak.

John Allmark
5 years 4 months ago
Hi Folks, it was I who stirred the hornets nest on herbal remedies last week. And Mark, thankfully, has brought it to the attention of the collective. I noticed this week that even Arnika, a soothing natural herbal skin cream has been removed from the shelves. The important point amongst all this is that the Big Pharma corps are testing the water here. There is rumour among the Natural Therapy practictioners here in the UK, that the spotlight may soon come down on what we can put into our food in the way of herbs, or even what we may… Read more »
Robin
Robin
5 years 4 months ago

Thank you John for bringing it to Mark’s attention, and thank you Mark for creating such an informative and free-thinking blog/forum for discussion!
We are having similar troubles here in Canada with the government banning herbs, requiring expensive registration of natural remedies and generally putting alternative healthcare professionals out of business. because of this, my favorite health food store now carries mainly protein shakes :S
it makes me sad, and scared, to hear of this happening in other parts of the world. And here I was thinking Europe was more enlightened than us North Americans!

Primal Toad
Primal Toad
5 years 4 months ago

I wish tht tennis player never loses another match in his life.

Demize
Demize
5 years 4 months ago

The article on Novak is written very poorly(and i’m no writer myself), and in no way suggests anything other than gluten insensitivity about his current diet. Why do I say this? Because I really wanted to know how he made the change, what he eats now, and what he has noticed specifically about his change in performance. The article seems like it was written off the back of another article.

Demize
Demize
5 years 4 months ago
Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 4 months ago

What you need to understand about Denmark and the fat tax is this: EVERYTHING is taxed in Denmark. We have a huge income tax (the biggest in the world), a 25 % sales tax, a gigantic car tax (tribbling the price of a car compared to other places), capital gains taxes, and taxes on cigarettes, wine, sugar, on alcohol and, now, on fat.
Politicians call it a health measure, but the case is, that they have to finance the worlds largest wellfare state.

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 4 months ago

In Germany you get radio and TV tax (seperate from your bill) and DOG TAX !

When I bought my first car I had to register my car radio and start paying taxes for having it in my car, because it’s considered a crime since WW II that when you have a communication device that tells you the news and don’t report it, you get a hefty penalty.

Majken
Majken
5 years 4 months ago

A small hello from one of the vikings opposing the tax on saturated fats.

I would love to see the so-called proof that minimizing saturated fat will help the danes at all. But its probably just another case of “everybody knows”.

But as Ulla points out in her comment. Its not about health anymore. Its about getting more money to support a (flawed) wellfare system.

Depressing!!!

Jesper
Jesper
5 years 4 months ago

Nice to see so many from Denmark on this site. I was almost thinking I was the only one who practise a primal lifestyle around here.

Paul
Paul
5 years 4 months ago
Well, Danes and basically all Europeans are socialist nuts! I’m saying this as a German myself. The issue is much bigger than it seems to be. It’s not just a tax on saturated fat or politicians knowing better and messing with your health. In Europe you belong to the state, you should only do whats good for society and not what’s good for yourself. It’s always society first. Just listen to any politician speech. This time it just happens to be fat!! If MDA would be a blog about something else (insert anything you could think of), the author would… Read more »
wpDiscuz