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4 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 167

A PBS Science Bytes video describes a ketone-rich “life-saving diet” for diabetics that ends up sounding eerily familiar, and halfway through I was pretty jazzed. By the end, though, it was clear that their ultimate goal is to put the effects of having a fat-burning metabolism into a pill so as to avoid all that dangerous meat and fat.

I like this video better: Dr. Terry Wahls gives a TEDx talk on how a Paleo diet cured her MS.

Christmas is coming, parents. From Wired’s Geek Dad, here are the top five toys of all time.

It’s winter in Malibu, but summer in New Zealand. That Paleo Guy Jamie breaks down a recent study showing that endogenous defense against UV damage corresponds with circadian rhythm, and he makes some recommendations about when to tan for the best – and safest – results.

42,000 years ago, humans were deep sea fishing for tuna, a particularly large and crafty fish that requires complex maritime technology, quality hooks, and lots of planning. How awesome were our ancestors?

It’s been a good week for fish. Eating baked or broiled (but not fried) fish once a week was linked to a reduction in Alzheimer’s in a study with well-controlled variables. Another study found that infants who eat fish early may enjoy better immune systems (while both infants who took broad spectrum antibiotics in the first of week life and whose mothers took paracetamol while pregnant had worse immune systems).

How food flavor scientists literally engineer processed food to be addictive, in their own words.

Soft (read: agriculturally-derived, industrial, processed) foods lead to poor lower jaw development, crowded teeth, and trips to the dentist for wisdom teeth removal.

If you wanted to feel weak and puny today, look no further than this video of a guy busting out one-arm, one-finger pullups.

Recipe Corner

  • Try to bite just a handful of these sweet potato bacon bites.
  • If there’s one traditional, down-home classic American dish I miss from my childhood, it’s aloo gobi. Well, PaleoMe just posted a great looking recipe for Paleo aloo gobi. I’m on it.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 29 – Dec 4)

Comment of the Week

“try to avoid excessive gasping.”

There are some situations where that just isn’t possible or desirable.

– Too true, oxide, too true.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Mark,

    Have you seen this guy?

    Ware wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • Wow. I love seeing what the human body is capable of doing. Seriously a beautiful thing!

      Kathleen wrote on December 5th, 2011
      • Yeah, that guy blows my mind. I would love to see what his regular training regimen looks like. It’s the same with Tony Jaa – I’d love to look like that, but I can’t devote 8 hours/day to training.

        Ware wrote on December 7th, 2011
  2. …while wearing glitter pants, a true badass.

    Jenny wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • LOL – my feelings exactly!!

      Jan wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • I-know-right!? The silver pants were awesome!

      gilliebean wrote on December 4th, 2011
  3. Aloo gobi is that cauliflower curry stuff? AMAZING. Can’t wait to read that article about circadian rhythms. Fantastic science stuff. LOVE it :)

    Meagan wrote on December 4th, 2011
  4. “We don’t want to put anyone on the diet itself. We just want to figure out how the diet works, so that we can replicate the effects of the diet IN A DRUG.”

    Wow. Wake up dude.

    Brad wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • Yeah, that’s what I zeroed in on too. How lame is that?
      Time to go cook up some bacon and eggs.

      Melissa wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • One of the ketones activates the niacin receptor in the liver to increase HDL-C and decrease LDL-C. So according to CW ketogenic diets are pretty damn good. (Not to mention the massive drop in triglycerides.)

      Steven wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • Yeah, we don’t want to treat something that you already have because you might get something else that you don’t have yet. Brilliant.

      oxide wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • way to ruin a great study, right?

      Milla wrote on December 5th, 2011
    • Ha. Yep, that made me larf. But then if everyone went primal drug companies would see profits nose dive and we can’t have that!
      I’ve been a type1 diabetic for 23 years and since going primal 3-4 months ago my blood sugars have stabilised completely, which i’ve not experienced since i became diabetic. So i’d say from personal experience don’t wait for the pill…

      greg wrote on December 5th, 2011
    • Yeah that line was horrifying, I mean – the diet already WORKS! What do you have to figure out still??

      Anna wrote on December 5th, 2011
    • unfortunately people turn to pills before they stop to think about changing their lifestyle. i’m sure the drug companies played a part in this.

      amarie84 wrote on December 7th, 2011
  5. The video from Dr. Wahls is dynamite!

    Harry Mossman wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • Wow. This is so awesome.

      Andrea wrote on December 4th, 2011
      • WOW! totally awesome!

        Pamela wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • I had already guessed Dr. Wahl’s theories about the effects of the paleo diet on MS. How awesome to hear her tell the medical establishment the real path to health.

      Lina wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • It was so incredibly inspirational… I needed that! I watched it as soon as I clicked on the link.

      Primal Toad wrote on December 4th, 2011
  6. I know primal readers are generally pretty smart, but does everybody really know that paracetamol is acetaminophen (aka Tylenol)?

    funder wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • Woohoo, I knew that one. But only because I was raised in Germany.

      Arty wrote on December 4th, 2011
  7. I’m getting my cousin a stick for christmas. Tired of seeing her on that itouch >:( shes 6!

    Steffo wrote on December 4th, 2011
  8. That video is amazing!

    Dan wrote on December 4th, 2011
  9. LOL

    We know how to cure all these diseases through diet, but we don’t actually want to change people’s diets.

    We want to make a pill instead.


    Chris wrote on December 4th, 2011
  10. That guy doing the pullups should wear different pants. The sparkly thing isn’t flattering to his shaved head. 😉

    Looking forward to the TED talk.

    Justin wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • I want to buy those pants and go do some pull-ups in the playground here in Chicago!

      I’d be scared to death to do it but doing things you are scared to death to do if you aren’t going to die is… cool :)

      Primal Toad wrote on December 6th, 2011
  11. I had a chat once with a dental hygenist about wisdom teeth. His idea (which I thought completely relevant) was that humans’ teeth were like animal teeth – those wisdom teeth were there to move down into position when the front ones wore down and fell out. Seems to make sense. We wouldn’t have them if we hadn’t needed them at one time.

    Shelli wrote on December 4th, 2011
  12. The TED talk was wonderful, I shared it with my parents and they loved it.

    Acacia wrote on December 4th, 2011
  13. Thank you for posting the TEDx talk. I just sent it to my parents and siblings, and then called them to ensure they watch it. They’re sick of me talking about primal, but I think I’m just not explaining it well enough for it to catch… If seeing the dramatic changes in my health and well being in 6 months since going primal is not enough to convince them, then maybe seeing someone who was cured of MS will! I like how the video fuses such a great explanation of why paleo/primal eating works and is the ideal way for humans to eat, with an undeniable real-life example of the effects of the diet.

    Hopefully this video can also serve as a wake-up call for everyone to stop putting so much credence in modern medical “experts”. If a modern medical doctor acknowledged the failings of her profession and ended up back at the beginning (ancestral health models) then hopefully it will be easier for us lay people to do the same.

    shannybadger wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • Yes, Dr. Wahls’ TEDx talk is extraordinary. I emailed the link around today as well, to people who just haven’t quite caught onto what I’m doing. I hope that talk goes completely viral – that and a few others like it just might help push the PB into the mainstream (and the bread off the table!).

      Susan Alexander wrote on December 4th, 2011
      • it’s possible that it will! I’ll have to post a link to my facebook wall… NOW!

        Primal Toad wrote on December 6th, 2011
  14. Ahhhh, bummer, I’m sure I took Tylenol at some point in my pregnancy. Well, at least my 10 month old has eaten fish!

    Allison wrote on December 4th, 2011
  15. When I was a kid we had an unofficial grapevine — whenever anyone in the neighborhood got a new appliance, we knew. We immediately went over and commandeered the BOX. We once used a washing machine box for an entire summer — as a fort, as a house, as a boat or just as a place to hide from our parents.

    Diane wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • We did the EXACT same thing!!

      oxide wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • I had castles and cabins. I painted them! I loved boxes!!

      gilliebean wrote on December 4th, 2011
  16. The bacon wrapped sweet potatoes leave me drooling. Those look amazing.

    CatCouch wrote on December 4th, 2011
  17. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the TEDx video.

    J @ Ess and Jae V2.0 wrote on December 4th, 2011
  18. I am SO going to make those sweet-potato bacon bites!

    Beowulf wrote on December 4th, 2011
  19. Check out Magnus Midtbø – and his workout priming him for climbing

    Sungrazer wrote on December 4th, 2011
  20. That food flavour scientist piece was very interesting – and damn scary. Dr Kessler (“Dr No”) wrote a fascinating book called “The End of Overeating” in which he revealed how all kinds of food products are engineered to be literally addictive – hitting the same centres in the brain as opioids – and it is just jaw dropping stuff. I don’t agree with all his concluding recommendations, but it’s definitely worth a read.

    Sigi wrote on December 4th, 2011
  21. Love the Tedx talk too. Thanks for posting!

    Aoife wrote on December 4th, 2011
  22. Here’s a interesting link: High blood sugar ‘speeds up ageing’

    glycation = aging?

    Directm wrote on December 4th, 2011
  23. Wow, quote of the week. Thank you Mark!

    I’m on Week 5 of Primal and the classic skinny fat appears to be going away…

    oxide wrote on December 4th, 2011
  24. Argh!!! That PBS Video was promising and then became very frustrating at the end. Heaven forbid you put anyone on a high fat diet….just make a pill for it….these doctors are very smart people, but seriously misguided and ignorant. I can’t believe they know know the science behind low-carbs, good fats!

    Rebeccab wrote on December 4th, 2011
  25. Dr. Wahls mentions planning to present the findings from her research at the neuroscience conference. Has that been presented yet? Does anyone have a link to that info as well?

    Allison wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • Post it if you find it… Would love to see the results… I forwarded this post to a “CW” friend with MS…

      Lisa wrote on December 4th, 2011
  26. So typical of scientists, wanting to understand the mechanism of something so they can make a drug out of it. What’s wrong with implementing the ketogenic diet to reverse diabetes in the patience? Oh thats right, its too easy and you can’t make money that way.

    Erik wrote on December 4th, 2011
    • exactly right. its pretty hard to make money off a fairly easy diet change to Primal.

      $50 bucks a pill or so and then billed to your insurance provider sounds much better to the pharmaceutical companies.

      JoeH wrote on December 4th, 2011
  27. Dr. Wahls’ lecture is amazing. I’m a PT and I plan to share this video with all of my MS and Parkinson’s patients. I’ve recommended the Primal/Paleo lifestyle and given them book titles and blogs (MDA of course!), but maybe it will be easier to convince then to just watch a video!

    Marjorie wrote on December 4th, 2011
  28. Well, I am up late again. I can’t stop following all these fantastic and fascinating links. So much for the stress reduction factor of health and my circadian rhythm! At least the diet aspects are going well.

    Beth wrote on December 4th, 2011
  29. I can’t wait till the Paleo/Primal crowd gets big enough to make those processed food manufacturers start losing money…and go bankrupt! I know this sounds evil but seriously, it just makes me so annoyed to see them make it harder and harder to find clean, normal food.

    And I love the silver disco pants!

    Milla wrote on December 5th, 2011
  30. Whoa, I’m impressed by Terry Wahles and her TEDx…
    Everyone around me is mainly fueled by grains and is “very healthy and active”. Apparently. The problem is that the negative side-effects aren’t felt or visible today.

    Patrícia wrote on December 5th, 2011
  31. Thank you for posting the video by Terry Wahles. It’s very inspirational. It’s great to see more people coming to this knowledge. I’ve lost 145 pounds in the past 21 months and gained my health back thanks to this lifestyle. What FREEDOM I have now. I’ve put my story down in a blog. I enjoy your web site, keep up the good work.

    Dan Moffett wrote on December 5th, 2011
  32. Inspiring video. Every time I hear a story of recovery or triumph, I am struck at how it is often the result of an unwillingness to give in. Never give up…NEVER!

    don mcgrath wrote on December 5th, 2011
  33. the “toy” video reminds of the book The Secret Garden, where the housekeeper gives a girl a jump rope…jump ropes are great for sprints- just try it for a few minutes and you’ll see how intense it is!

    Hopeless Dreamer wrote on December 5th, 2011
  34. I just made the aloo gobi recipe for lunch… it is ridiculously, lick-the-bowl, awesome. Thanks!

    Lisa wrote on December 5th, 2011
  35. That CBS story about food flavorists is eye-opening. It is going to make me even more careful about eating processed foods.

    Jim Purdy wrote on December 5th, 2011
  36. Great Ted Talk

    Joe wrote on December 5th, 2011
  37. Feeding diabetic mice less sugar improved their blood sugar? Shocker.

    Daniel Dean wrote on December 5th, 2011
  38. Science Bytes: “We don’t want to put people on a high-fat diet…” Geez–why don’t they just talk to everybody on this site! There wouldn’t even be any liability and they’d have all the data they need. Sometimes these researchers really work in a vacuum…

    Tracy wrote on December 6th, 2011
  39. The TED talk was great, but there is no way my digestive system could handle the fiber from 9 cups of veggies per day. I also found it off that she didn’t include possibly the most nutrient-dense food in existence–eggs!

    Dan wrote on December 6th, 2011

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