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October 30, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 162

By Mark Sisson
42 Comments

The ever-elusive barefoot dress shoe may soon be upon us – with your help. The folks behind the Primal Professional are trying to raise capital for the project through pre-orders. Go grab one today (for tomorrow) and help this stuff hit the corporate world!

Are you ready for Super Broccoli?

Sean Croxton and I just can’t quit each other. I appeared on his Underground Wellness radio show and answered a ton of questions from his readers, live. Go give it a listen.

Even BPA-free plastics contain chemicals with estrogenic activity that leach into food and liquid, Chris Kresser explains in a recent post. And they may be making you fat, sick, and infertile (you won’t catch that tagline on a Tupperware ad anytime soon).

Richard Nikoley asks a simple question. What’s your answer?

From the Sock Doc, learn how connective tissue repairs itself – and how we can provide the tools it needs.

NPR’s take on the Paleo diet was perhaps one of the weakest I’ve ever seen. Luckily, folks represented in the comment section. Go join in on the fun.

What’s this, you say? Giving kids stand-up desks leads to increased calorie expenditure? Pretty obvious, you might say, but I’m just glad they’re doing studies on stand-up desks. Now let’s figure out what it does to learning and productivity.

In a recent two-week study, an enzyme-activator designed to boost mitochondrial function extended the life of mice, protected them from diet-induced obesity, and doubled their wheel running endurance. How ’bout them mitochondria?

I thought this was pretty clever.

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Comment of the Week

Getting rid of the cell phone is like silencing a screaming monkey for good. I ditched mine years ago. Even if you don’t live near nature, getting rid of the phone helps you become a little more human again.

– Commenter knifegill on the “Spiritual Encounters in Nature” post. I appreciated the figurative language and the call for a break from the cell phone, but then again, I’m a sucker for monkeys. Even screaming ones.

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Ware
4 years 11 months ago

Thanks for the link love, Mark!

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
4 years 11 months ago

The billboard – oh my. It’s as if the message is “come in and binge on ice cream and sugar.”

Don’t even CW people look at that and go “huh” ? Who came up with that ad?!

Dave
Dave
4 years 11 months ago

Just poor advertising all around.

skink531
4 years 11 months ago

That billboard was great! The NPR article was disappointing but not surprising. If they are going to report on something, they should at least look like they have done some real research on it. The author was obviously biased. “Largely, but not 100 percent, a vegetarian, I don’t tell others what to eat.” This quote made it all clear to me. And the old “Not Sustainable” line doesn’t fly with me. If all the wasted land used for growing grain, corn, and soy were converted to something useful, that is.

greensleeves
greensleeves
4 years 11 months ago
The difficulty is that so many well-meaning vegetarians and vegans haven’t thought through the value chain. Most soy is GMO. The admirable desire to feed the poor and stop animal suffering by paving the planet with soy, however, only benefits Monsanto and would harm fragile third-world environments. Non-GMO soy and grains, on the other hand, are often not suitable for current third-world climates, and require a lot of water to grow. So widespread modern veganism would just destroy third-world forests, increase water shortages, and raise food prices for the poor. Modern veganism may be even less sustainable than modern meat-eating.… Read more »
falcon
falcon
4 years 10 months ago

>If they are going to report on something, they should at least look like they have done some real research on it

The author is apparently a biological anthropologist at a good university. She specifically says that “judging from clues in teeth and bones,” “the more genuine ‘paleo’ diet was vegetarian.”

She is making an actual argument. What’s your counter argument?

How is she obviously biased? I’m at least curious to know what makes it obvious? The fact that she mentions upfront, without being prompted, that she is basically a vegetarian?

Primal Toad
4 years 11 months ago
Super broccoli? Absolutely ridiculous. Can we call this real food? It sounds like its just broccoli fortified with nutrients. We all know vitamins and minerals work synergistically. Barefoot dress shoe?!?!?!? What timing Mark! My sisters wedding was last night and I literally haver never had a better time in my life. I was a groomsmen which was a blast. I was the show on the dance floor as always and was dancing barefoot. But, after someone dropped their wine glass that shattered I had to be careful! “Barefoot” dress shoes would have been perfect! Hundreds of pictures were taken and… Read more »
Chase
Chase
4 years 11 months ago

Another issue I had with the super broccoli article was how the author explained the mechanism of Glucoraphanin:

“Glucoraphanin works by breaking fat down in the body, preventing it from clogging the arteries.”

Here we go with more of the “fat clogs the arteries” myth…

jakey
jakey
4 years 11 months ago

i was ready to rant and rave about this one too, but then i read the linked article. this aint too controversial, really. it’s not a genetically modified food. it’s just a cross between British broccoli with a wild, bitter Sicilian variety. that’s it.

we’ve been cross-breeding veggies since… god, i don’t know. every fruit and vegetable out there today is a cross.

Primal Toad
4 years 10 months ago

Excellent point. I did not read the entire article. I guess I was more interested in the barefoot dress shoe.

As far as I know we completely created the banana.

Mountain
4 years 10 months ago

Todd, so glad to see your interest in our shoe! =) I like to break it down at weddings too: http://bit.ly/vvA3YO. We would be honored to have you tear up the dance floor at the next wedding in Primal Professionals, haha. I just posted up a video update answering some FAQ’s http://youtu.be/lqN9drfock0 You can also follow us on http://www.facebook.com/thePrimalProfessional or on twitter @killerabsmtn

Arty
Arty
4 years 11 months ago

Okay, so what do I use to store my water in? I have 5 gallon jugs on a water cooling system that the entire family drinks from.
This is disturbing news … how much and how many different estrogenic toxins do we consume on a dialy basis?

Right when I thought I’m doing everything right…

Jason
Jason
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, I’m with you. We’re hauling and storing water in “BPA Free” Wal Mart containers, then filtering but I have no confidence in that. It would be good to find an alternative. Guess we need to go back to wooden barrels…..

MamaLovey
MamaLovey
4 years 10 months ago

Hinckley springs sells glass ones. Yes they are heavy too.

Sara
Sara
4 years 11 months ago

The paleo dress shoe is a wonderful idea! Unfortunately, I’d love to support Mountain’s idea (by pre-ordering a pair for my husband) but man $300 is steep. I would pre-order for $100 or $150, but as a grad student can’t afford $300 for a pair of shoes. Bummer!

Erik
4 years 11 months ago

Wow I would love to get a pair of Primal Professional shoes since I have dress shoes everyday.

Mountain
4 years 10 months ago

That’s awesome! You can pre-order them now, completely risk-free, at http://www.theprimalprofessional.com =)

blank stare
blank stare
4 years 11 months ago
Malthusian logic seems to under pin many of the arguments for and against Paleo. The shoes need to be “sustainable”, eating more animals is not “sustainable”. We already have a near perfect mechanism for determining sustainability… Prices. By spending $300 dollars on shoes that are Made in America all that means is that I’m not spending $200 dollars at my local grocery store and that some Asian firm is not spending $100 on American capital goods and we are all worse off. Trade is one of our most valuable evolutionary adaptations, it facilitates progress and staves off famine. Buying “local… Read more »
apa
apa
4 years 11 months ago

…I was thinking the exact same thing!

Mountain
4 years 10 months ago

Hey folks,

Our choice to produce in USA was not made from any “us versus them” jingoism. I mean, look at me, I’m Asian-American =P Rather, we wanted the assurance that these shoes were made with environmental and labor standards, which are stricter by law here. You bring up great points, though. It would be foolish to artifically create a rainforest in Utah for the sake of growing “local coffee,” when you can buy it fair-trade/organic from places that coffee naturally thrives in, and support the small farmers there.

blank stare
blank stare
4 years 11 months ago

*back steps

jhc
jhc
4 years 11 months ago

I would love to see the primal professionals become a reality, but for the amount I wear dress shoes (three times a year tops) I can’t justify the $300. =/

tess
tess
4 years 11 months ago

and the ladies, as usual, are SOL.

Ingvildr
Ingvildr
4 years 11 months ago

Yup, I’m usually out of luck on women’s dress shoes anyway because I have wide feet(since I had my kids). I think it would be easier in many ways to convert womens’ shoes because in many ways they are less solidly structured. I usually wear solid black flat dress shoe-very generic looking. I would wear ballet flats if I could get away with it.

Cherry
Cherry
4 years 10 months ago

Hi Ingvildr! This is Cherry, from The Primal Professional team.

I’m seeing similar requests from the ladies and I’m curious, what do your shoes look like?

Mountain
4 years 10 months ago

How does $200 sound? We just started a new promotion. Get with some barefoot buddies to pre-order 3 pairs for the price of 2. Or give them as gifts, just in time for the holidays. It’s like cowpooling/meatsharing the Primal Professional. All backed by our 30-day, 105% satisfaction guarantee. This promotion is retroactive, meaning if you’ve already pre-ordered, just refer one more friend to do the same, and you’ll get an extra pair. For more details, check out our new FAQs http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lqN9drfock0#t=38s

Graham
Graham
4 years 11 months ago

Re: npr article—Yep, hard to even read it once I saw her statement about being pretty much vegetarian at the beginning. Poor, poor research to boot.

Mary E. Clark
Mary E. Clark
4 years 11 months ago

I suppose Barbara J. King expects us to have smaller, vegetarian, brains like australopithecines…our large brains relative to our size must be a cancerous anomaly caused by too much red meat and saturated fat!

bbuddha
bbuddha
4 years 11 months ago

I was skeptical of the “super broccoli” but it isn’t gmo, it’s a cross breed. That will happen in your backyard garden if you have two varieties of tomatoes. Bee’s do this naturally. That being said, regular broccoli is healthy enough for me.
@ the npr article, well you can’t expect anything different. The bias was blatant

Sock Doc
4 years 11 months ago

Thanks for the SockDoc site plug! Sweet.

Moggy
Moggy
4 years 11 months ago

Regarding the NPR piece, she raises a question I have wondered about myself. What if everybody ate this way? Would the price of meat sky-rocket out of my reach due to supply problems? Selfish of me I guess but there it is. It was an NPR interview with Art Devany that first informed me of the Paleo movement so I have to thank them for that.

Jen
Jen
4 years 10 months ago

For years I’ve been taking chairs away from students who repeatedly tip them. I just thought I was preventing cracked heads and all this time I’ve been helping them! Yay me!

Karin
Karin
4 years 10 months ago

+1 on this

Dan
Dan
4 years 10 months ago

The NPR article was rather weak. If the Paleo diet is not a way to get healthy, who do they explain the health benefits I have received while being on the diet?

Also, who cares if the diet is unsustainable on a global scale? Why should I eat unhealthy just because everyone else is not fortunate enough to eat meat and fresh vegetables three times a day? It seems counter-productive to me.

Russell (Primal U)
4 years 10 months ago

Yes I ran across the Primal Professional site earlier today. Unfortunately a $300 pre-order is much too steep for me as a grad student (echoing Sara’s sentiments above). Granted, there is a full-on money back guarantee if the $50,000 goal isn’t met, but I can’t pony up three bills like that regardless of whether I get it back in two, three months.

CommercialAnalysis
4 years 10 months ago
The commentary about the BK billboard says that BK uses the “classic” advertising trick of making a joke in order to get away with promoting an idea that is bad for the consumer. This certainly not a “classic” advertising tactic. It’s a recent one. It only occurs in the numbers it does today because companies aren’t able to ignore the short-term for the sake of the long-term. In fact, today’s economic/political climate practically demands the opposite – as this billboard is testament to. It is dishonest and unjust to indict advertising per se simply because advertising today employs this tactic.… Read more »
dee
dee
4 years 10 months ago

lol! Wow, lighten up dude…

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Emily Mekeel
Emily Mekeel
4 years 10 months ago

I lol’d so hard at the diabetes graffiti!

alley cat
alley cat
4 years 10 months ago

I think $300 is quite reasonable for such a beautiful shoe that made out of quality materials and guaranteed sweatshop free. I’m sure they could be much cheaper; mass produced in China from Ethiopian leather but at some point you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is, people. It’s like buying free range meat or organic vegetables. It’s going to cost more, get over it.

Mountain
4 years 10 months ago

alley cat, I just uploaded a video update answering some FAQ’s. Check it out, there’s a little shout out to you =) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lqN9drfock0#t=263s

Mainer
Mainer
4 years 10 months ago

Glad to see someone attacking the dress shoe issue and admire their design, unfortunately $300 is too steep in my opinion. When someone can offer an affordable shoe then we’ll see how successful they become. I spent half that on my Maine Hunting boots made in, yup, you guessed it……..Maine. They have lasted twenty plus years now. The “built in sweatshop” argument is just too convenient and not entirely accurate.

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