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18 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 169

weekend link loveWhat is the single best thing you can do for your health?

Why letting a fever run its course might be the best plan of action when you get one: elevated body temperatures (fevers) make certain immune cells work better.

The NY Times beats a drum that we’ve been pounding for years – the drum that, when struck, sounds remarkably like “feeding your kids sugar-encrusted cereal is a lot like giving them cookies for breakfast.”

Wired reports how and why sugar makes us sleepy and protein wakes us up.

First honey, now olive oil?

How to make liquid stevia extract at home (and finally find a use for that bottle of cheap vodka you have laying around).

How to make magnesium oil at home (and finally find a use for that big bag of magnesium flakes we all have laying around collecting dust).

Through midnight tonight, enter the coupon code “rudolph” at checkout and get free shipping from PrimalPacs. Grass-fed/finished beef, dried fruit, and raw nuts on demand… what’s not to like?

Okay, so this guy can do single arm levers and handstands and displays insane body control in some incredibly mechanically disadvantaged positions, all impressive stuff, but how much can he curl? And at least I have better taste in music.

Move over, “texting while driving,” and make way for “texting while in open heart surgery.” A recent survey of 439 medical technicians who monitor bypass machines found that over half regularly text during surgery.

Recipe Corner

  • Finally, a fruit cake that will incur resentment not intestinal perforation in the people who receive it.
  • Robb Wolf held a Christmas recipe contest, and there are over a hundred entries. Go try a few.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 12 – Dec 18)

Comment of the Week

last night I dreamt of celery and awoke in a cold sweat!

There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.
here’s tom with the weather.
-Bill Hicks

Alex, in this week’s post on dreaming, with a quote from the great (and late) comic.

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. Get off your ass and move. Walk. It’s that simple and it will do wonders for your health.

    I love those types of videos…

    It’s Sunday. Football is on. It’s Sunny with a high of 41 degrees. I think playing some 2 on 2 football is a must.

    Happy Sunday everyone… 1 more week!

    Primal Toad wrote on December 18th, 2011
  2. Thanks for the links!

    The best thing you can do for your health is sleep well and eat well and avoid unnatural things.

    Meagan wrote on December 18th, 2011
  3. Wow the guy in the video is amazing, incredible …

    WildGrok wrote on December 18th, 2011
  4. The fruitcake looks interesting, but…blanched almond flour??

    Unamused Mouse wrote on December 18th, 2011
  5. …and this is why Russian circuses are so awesome. Or is it a chicken-and-egg kind of thing? I’m never sure if the circuses are so awesome because they have these kinds of dedicated athletes, or if the athletes are there because the circus/physical performance is such an important part of the culture. Either way, that guy is amazing.

    Also, what a beautiful practice space! I would love to know if there’s any research/data on the serenity and beauty of your space affecting physical/athletic performance.

    Ware wrote on December 18th, 2011
    • space organisation, interior design, etc…affects mood and thus performance, whether in fitness or anything else you’re doing in the room! The less clutter, the less stress, and a beautiful design acts on one of your senses – sight – and affects your emotions. Emotions affect everything.

      Milla wrote on December 18th, 2011
  6. I bet a lot of children ARE given cookies for breakfast!

    Suz @ PaleoConnect wrote on December 18th, 2011
  7. good to know about fevers! I’ve always had a hunch that it’s best to let it play out, it’s just your body’s natural response to fight off infection, it seems wrong to mess with that

    Burn wrote on December 18th, 2011
  8. Loved the video about walking!

    Andrea wrote on December 18th, 2011
  9. The fever is actually the body’s way to kill the bugs invading your system, so skip the panadol or whatever. My gran always put cold vinegar compressed on my forehead when I had a fever. It makes the whole thing less unpleasant but doesn’t try to strangle your body’s own defenses, which is what most medicines do.

    The thing about surgeons texting is absolutely terrifying. As if I needed another reason to be terrified of surgery, hospitals and doctors…I think this is going to escalate into a phobia! “sry for the typos got a liver in my hand!” holy crap!

    Btw, Mark, some of us have been doing deep breathing! *sulks* I absolutely love it. Works wonders for everything, stress to soreness.

    The video on exercise is awesome, beautiful drawings and very precise.

    Ah, olive oil. Well done, food processing industry. You’ve just about ruined everything on the planet. You know, I really really miss the farm I grew up on. We had our own cows, made our own butter, grew our own fruit & veg, got our eggs and chicken from Mr. chicken-owner down the road…we didn’t have anyone stamping on olives but hey, we had everything we needed, and it was real.

    Milla wrote on December 18th, 2011
  10. I could go for some fruit cake! But keep me away from these damn almond flour recipes. Coconut flour – fine. Almond flour – no way in hell. Dozens of grams of rancid, oxidized omega 6 linoleic acid is not healthy. Stick to coconut flour or a mix of white rice flour, tapioca flour and potato starch to make an all purpose flour. Yes, it’s carbier than almond meal but it’s not a rancid, inflammatory caloric explosion. If you can’t handle the carbs, you shouldn’t be baking treats anyway.

    ChocoTaco369 wrote on December 18th, 2011
  11. It’s not only texting, but how freaking filthy cell phones are. Just thinking about the fact that your immediate surgical risks are amplified by a distracted surgeon gives me the heebie jeebies. The fact that medical staff just had to check in with their sweetie RIGHT NOW might be the reason a patient gets MRSA. Great.

    Lady Grok wrote on December 18th, 2011
    • I was upset enough with the texting but had not thought about the filthy phones.

      I hope I can stay out of hospitals. One nurse in an article I read says she leaves her work shoes outside the house because the hospital is so germ ridden even though they try to keep it clean.

      Yikes, yikes and more yikes.

      Sharon wrote on December 18th, 2011
  12. Studies have shown that kids who do not get measles and chicken pox are more likely to have a bout with cancer later in life. I’m glad you said what you did. It’s important to get sick, it makes us stronger!

    Justin wrote on December 18th, 2011
  13. My great aunt Lillian, and she was great, and an osteopath, advised our family way back in the 1950’s to let a fever alone to fight the infection.

    25 years later I heard the AMA agreed but never saw any evidence that the medical establishment took up the practice.

    Now here it is another 25 years and we read this again but with more evidence as to why.

    Will doctors still advise to hit every fever with meds? We shall see.

    Sharon wrote on December 18th, 2011
  14. I’ve been trying to find the right pre game nutrition since starting primal. I can’t play a full game of hockey on low carb, and I don’t get the regular rush from a can of red bull anymore, today I”ll make sure a protein shake is the last thing I drink before I hit the ice. I think it’s gonna work nicely, anybody have any advice for how to be fully primal and energized for 2 hours of interval sprints(hockey game)

    Rocket wrote on December 18th, 2011
    • Yes, eat like primal all the time and your body will adapt to it better. When you go back and forth, you cause more issues than if you just stuck with it. I agree; the adjustment is lousy sometimes, but once you get through the first month or so, it’s worth it. Oh, and make sure you’re getting enough calories. That’s usually the issue if you’re gassed on the ice – not enough fuel coupled with a not-long-enough transition period to full primal habits. Before I skate, bike, hike. lift, whatever, I have a good quality protein shake and some nuts. Always works for me.

      Josh wrote on December 19th, 2011
  15. Whenever I get a fever I bundle up and get lots of sleep, making sure to sleep very warm (by taking a hot bath and then wearing polar fleece to sleep, or sleeping with an electric blanket). It works wonders for me. (I should add, I have never gotten a very high temperature fever, so I consider myself not at high risk for overheating, and thus feel safe to do this.)

    Sara wrote on December 18th, 2011
  16. I think it’s a safe bet that the Russian guy is *not* a vegan.

    Alex wrote on December 18th, 2011
  17. I’ve given up on the idea of the US government ever effectively regulating the garbage that “food manufaturers” churn out (how bad is it that people aren’t put off by the idea of something that should not be “manufactured” being manufactured.) The pockets of those corporations is simply too deep and our representatives are lacking in anything resembling integrity. Besides, the government is large clueless about nutrition at any rate.

    Maybe it’s because I’m not a parent that the solutions seems so simple…just don’t buy the garbage. Just don’t. Unless your kid is footing the food bill, they will eat what you give them. How difficult is that? So they whine a little bit. Tough. If you want to ensure that they will continue to whine, give them what they want and fuel their irritable mood with corn syrup. We didn’t have that rubbish in my house when I grew up. I asked for Lucky Charms once, my mom said “no, it’s garbage,” and that was it. I took her word for it and never asked again. Parents can’t even use the excuse that sugary cereals are all they can afford because that shit is expensive (not even taking into account the secondary, long-term costs)–more so than real food.

    So it is our job–the grass roots; those who give a damn about nutrition, to get the word out about just how bad manufactured “food” is. You wouldn’t give your kid soda and a cheap vitamin pill for breakfast–don’t give them frosted flakes.

    fritzy wrote on December 18th, 2011
  18. As far as sugar and kids go…ever look at the school breakfasts (which most of the kids at Oregon elementary schools eat, funded by the federal government)? Sodexo has a monopoly on school food service around here, and it’s bad. Their profit margins are based upon cheap carbs.

    DThalman wrote on December 19th, 2011
  19. The News just confirmed that 55%+ of 20-30 year old medical professionals do Testing during open heart surgeries.
    That was just the 20-30 yr. olds…even the 61+ year olds do it.
    About 80% in the age group of 20-30 alone are busy either answering cell phones, texting to someone or checking up on their Facebook.

    I do expect this from the Nintendo generation, but didn’t expect it from professionals in their experienced 50’s or 60’s…that’s really sad.

    Arty wrote on December 19th, 2011
  20. A little late, but the cereal and cookies article reminded me of that old Bill Cosby stand up about all the good breakfast ingredients in chocolate cake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRmN4KnfPxQ

    Justin wrote on December 19th, 2011

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