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July 10, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 150

By Mark Sisson
27 Comments

Have you ditched the Purel yet? Studies show that carpet-bombing your microbial passengers with antibiotic soaps and hand sanitizers is counterproductive and even dangerous, while simple soap works best.

The United States Army banned Vibram Fivefingers (and, if anyone actually has a pair, those Fila knockoffs). To be fair, they do allow other minimalist offerings.

Longtime reader Alex Shalman went strictly Primal and lost a bunch of weight and inches. Check his blog post for detailed stat and food porn.

In pleasantly surprising news, the USDA concluded that grass-fed cows are more environmentally friendly than feedlot cows.

My favorite research of the week: tennis match grunting proven to negatively affect opponent’s performance. Of course, grunting positively affects other types of performance.

Second favorite: better sleep improves athletic performance.

Have you been eating deep-fried wood pulp?

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i don’t know, isn’t Glee on then?

– Reader Dasbutch, in the comment section from “Expedition Impossible Team Goes Primal”

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Anne
5 years 2 months ago

That reduction sauce looks amazing!

Never thought I’d be cheering on the USDA. Love me some grass-fed beef regardless of what they say, but glad to see it all the same.

Casey P
5 years 2 months ago

Thanks for the link love again this weekend! That’s interesting on the Army and VFF’s. I wouldn’t give mine up for a lot of things, but I can also see where the unified appearance of your fighting force is important. And I can also see the advantages of the “single compartment” argument in terms of safety and protection.

Matt Berry
Matt Berry
5 years 2 months ago

Interesting that the Army bans VFFs, but the Air Force is allowing them (so long as injinis are worn).

Primal Toad
5 years 2 months ago

Amen to grass-fed beef and sleep!

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 2 months ago

Deep-fried wood pulp! That sounds so yummi.
If I eat enough will I grow beaver teeth?

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
5 years 2 months ago

Not sure about the beaver teeth, but you’ll definitely sprout leaves—-do you look good in green? LOL

Karen P.
5 years 2 months ago

I am so disturbed by the cellulose article, obviously the food system is irreparably broken. I felt like an alien from a different planet clicking through the slideshow of “foods”. I mean, really? Frozen cream cheese-jalapeno bread bowl bites?

Hal
5 years 2 months ago

“Frozen Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bread Bowl Bites”… Haha, if what you’re eating takes longer to say than it takes to actually eat a bite of it, or if it has a brand name, that’s the first sign you’re doing something wrong with your life.

Alex Shalman
5 years 2 months ago
Thanks for the shout out Mark! Will continue to stay on the path and hope to inspire people along the way. Two weeks ago I had a conversation with my girlfriends grandparents and their elderly friend, and told them the whole story of what Primal is, and our results (they’ve got 240 years of life and experience on me combined). They called yesterday to say they’ve been Primal since our conversation and have already seen great results. Also, I’ve been posting pictures of all my meals on facebook, and a number of friends have converted to Primal. I tell you… Read more »
Tim
5 years 2 months ago

Congrats Alex!!! You are doing awesome man!! And to Mark, wow, you have made such an impression on me, and like Alex, follow your principals and am on my way to curing my t2 diabetes!! You have made such a huge difference in so many lives that I will be forever grateful that I came across your fabulous blog!!

Thank you!!
Tim

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M
5 years 2 months ago

Re: the silly article about wood pulp.

Don’t get excited, folks! Cellulose = plant fiber = wood fiber. Fiber = fiber. What do healthywholegrain purveyors and diners think makes their healthywholegrain “healty?”

“It’s the wood pulp, stupid!”

Dasbutch
Dasbutch
5 years 2 months ago

Triclosan safety is currently under review by the FDA. And all the antibiotic use too. just stay healthy!!! eat your veggies, and of course…relax.

Steve Scarfia
5 years 2 months ago

Hey, I like the Fila knockoffs! lol

I have both, so I can make a comparison. I like them better than VFFs actually.

John D. Pilla
John D. Pilla
5 years 2 months ago
I could not afford them, but after envying the VFF te shoes and stopping by our local EMS store one Sunday after church, i did pick out a mdel, and a size and tried them on. but, sadl, had to leave empty-handed because of their rice. Then, a couple of hours later our two boys called and asked what I wanted for father’s day. Glad you asked, LOL! Ben wearing my VFF toe shoes for 4 weeks, now, except for a couple of days and when I kayak, do not want the awful river-water smell. Luv em! . I have… Read more »
Jeremy
Jeremy
5 years 2 months ago

VFFs are perfect for water sports! If you get that river water smell just rinse off any mud and throw ’em in the washer with your laundry (make sure the velcro is covered). After that stick ’em in the sun to dry out. That’s what I love about my VFFs, they don’t ever get completely saturated with “foot” smell because I can wash them easily whenever I want. Try doing that with most other expensive running shoes.

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
5 years 2 months ago
Thanks for the heads up on the wood pulp issue. Wayaaayyyy back when, I used to eat those low-fat tortillas and thought I was doing a good thing for myself – just like lots of folks did or still do. After going Primal, while at the grocery store, I started re-reading the ingredient lists of items I used to eat and was literally appalled at the junk in them. A while back, I found an article that opened my eyes even more. This isn’t a Primal/Paleo site, but there’s some stuff that’s definitely worth reading including this article on celluose:… Read more »
PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
5 years 2 months ago

Oh, BTW, it’s “virgin” wood pulp that’s being used in prepared foods – what more could we possible ask for?

The Real Food Mama
5 years 2 months ago

WOW! The USDA got smart, at least on one thing!!

bbuddha
bbuddha
5 years 2 months ago

Mark, I saw the article on the army banning vff yesterday and thought of you. A portion of the reasoning was aesthetics, that is silly for the army to be more concerned with how they look than how they perform
On wood pulp in processed food, I’m glad I gave up processed foods.

Peter@themensdomain
5 years 2 months ago

Bad luck for our US Army brethren. I’ve had no problems here (Australian army) with wearing VFFs for PT sessions or fitness tests thankfully. In fact I see more and more army guys giving them a shot.

Bootneck
Bootneck
5 years 2 months ago

US army ban vffs???? Take a look at that pic!!! Ffs!! They can’t be that bothered about PT as that bunch are a bunch of fat bastards. In the British Royal Marines if you looked like that you would be given a warning and if nothing happened you would be binned back to civvie street!!! I think they should get their priorities right!! As the soldiers who bought vffs are obviously serious about their fitness.

Mary Hone
5 years 2 months ago

I got my VFF in April for hiking. We hiked Buckskin Gulch, here in Utah, barefoot one day and it was awesome. The VFF give the same grounding feel with some protection. I wear mine all the time.

bradley
5 years 2 months ago

I am not sure if you meant to answer my qestion with a link path to this topic, but it worked and you did it. Thanks Mark

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Coyote Vick
5 years 2 months ago

I don’t know about wood pulp, but I’ve seen “ester of wood rosin” on many a label in my day… YUM! @.@

John Pilla
John Pilla
5 years 2 months ago

Next time I have a all the saw-dust up, add some milk, and I’ve got a full meal: Protein, Carbs, Fat, and Fiber – and I’d be recylcing, no waste. Kellogg’s sawdust anyone?

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