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8 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 172

In his introductory theory of obesity post, Paul Jaminet proposes a “lean tissue quality setpoint,” declaring the body fat setpoint to be “so 2011.” (Okay, that last part isn’t really true.)

It’s like the author of this paper had me in mind when he wrote it: “Play as a Foundation for Hunter-Gatherer Social Existence.” (PDF)

Legendary NBA power forward Karl Malone would surely appreciate Melany Vorass’ locally-procured, bushy-tailed fare.

First, umami threw traditional taste-bud science into disarray. Now, calcium, piquance, fat, and kokumi? How human taste buds may actually taste six distinct flavors – and perhaps a half dozen more. This is like finding out that Pluto isn’t actually a planet.

Overeating on a low protein diet led to lower body weight than overeating on a higher protein diet, but the latter’s weight gain was mostly lean body mass. Or, why the scale doesn’t really tell the complete story. Full PDF for interested parties.

In a recent interview, Gary Taubes recommended The Primal Blueprint, alongside traditional nutrition classics by greats like Weston A. Price, TL Cleave, and Vilhjalmur Stefansson. I’m honored.

These squat alternatives have been around for awhile, but they’re worth exploring. First, Mike Boyle explains why he thinks the squat is dead and the single leg split squat is superior (and safer). Then, Bryce Lane offers up the B-squat, an arguably more natural way to squat (especially for folks who didn’t grow up regularly sitting in full squats).

Karen De Coster, longtime friend of MDA, was fired by her doctor for bucking Conventional Wisdom. Here’s her story.

This animated GIF is pretty painful to watch.

Recipe Corner

  • Cinnamon parsnips, from the geniuses (genii?) at The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate.
  • Rack of lamb? Ha! Go grab yourself some goat and make rack of goat.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 2 – Jan 8)

Comment of the Week

Perhaps in another 100000 years or so humans (or whatever they call themselves by then) will have evolved to consume nothing but plastic – tasty tasty plastic in a variety of colors! Or be robots.

– We can only hope, Brian Clasby, we can only hope.

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. I invited Peter Gray to present at AHS12. He’s very interested in doing so!

    aaron blaisdell wrote on January 8th, 2012
  2. Mark, thank you SO much for linking to my Rack of Goat recipe! I’m honored!

    Jan wrote on January 8th, 2012
  3. Wow, that is frickin crazy about scaring people into taking the flu shot and a mammogram. Do they want fries with that?

    Caleigh wrote on January 8th, 2012
  4. It’s great to see the story of another person who refuses the flu shot. I’m nineteen, and my mother will not give up when it comes to me getting one. I made it through last year without it, and this year I even got the chance to prove to her that a fever can be beneficial: stuck in bed one day with a fever, and bounding around the next after refusing to take anything for it but water. I believe that listening to my body and fasting until I felt hungry also helped me heal.
    As for the lean body mass study, that’s a great clarifier. “Among persons living in a controlled setting, calories alone account for the increase in fat; protein affected energy expenditure and storage of lean body mass, but not body fat storage.” Awesome. Unfortunately, this probably won’t keep my mother from cringing at all the organ meats I keep in the freezer.

    Kate wrote on January 8th, 2012
  5. I can do it!!!!
    Sorry, I discovered you 9 months ago. I was 6 months pregnant. I’ve been trying to squat and it’s never worked. I can’t flat foot and my ankles were killing me. But I can “B Squat.” It works!

    T-Mag wrote on January 8th, 2012
  6. Way to go Karen!

    Kelly wrote on January 8th, 2012
  7. I’ve never gotten the flu shot and never will. If you work in healthcare and are around sick, weak patients, I can see how it would be beneficial for you to NOT get the flu, but even with the flu shot there’s no guarantee.

    Now if these healthcare workers all just ate primal in the first place…

    And regarding family doctors, my mother and I share the same doctor and he couldn’t tell her what caused her fatty liver or high iron levels, nor what to do about them! All he said was to lose weight and cut back on red meat!! I will continue to go to him for my yearly physical/blood testing and any referrals needed, but that’s about it.

    It’s a shame they spent all that time and money going through med school, just to end up virtually useless later.

    Unamused Mouse wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • As a medical student and scientist, I am disappointed to see what I perceive as the “doctor bashing” that goes on around MDA.

      It’s true that the evidence base for the Primal and Paleo lifestyle has not yet made its way into the mainstream of biomedical science and is therefore not discussed in medical education. I agree that this is unfortunate and must change.

      However, what most people don’t realize is that medical school is light on ANY information about nutrition. We have just 2 years in the classroom to learn to recognize and treat the many, many thousands of human diseases that we will see in the course of our careers. My conclusion: if you want nutrition advice, don’t go to a primary care doctor! This is not why physicians exist or what they are trained to do.

      Now, as for the influenza vaccine, it’s very disappointing to hear the attitudes espoused about it by those on this board and by Karen De Coster (linked above). While any individual patient – particularly a healthy one who exercises and follows a Paleo diet – may just get a mild illness, that does not mean that they can’t transmit the virus even if they are not symptomatic! When they’re out in the community, they can transmit it to people who have elderly parents, immunocompromised children, are healthcare workers, etc. The promise of vaccines is that it’s not simply a selfish act to get vaccinated, it’s something you also do for the broader community and world that you live in.

      MSII wrote on January 8th, 2012
      • However, what most people don’t realize is that medical school is light on ANY information about about nutrition.

        That’s not necessarily true – I’ve known this for years – but even so, if we’re not to get nutritional advice from doctors, why do they insist on doling it out? I’ve sat in a doctors office and have been asked about my diet – when I told her that I had lost 30 pounds eating local, organic, grass-fed, pastured, etc, she told me to stop eating pork, beef and butter and handed me a list of highly processed, low-fat “foods” that I should eat instead. And that’s one of the more positive experiences I’ve had in the doctor’s office.

        Sorry – sometimes the bashing is more than justified. In fact, in my 49 years of experience, is more often than not.

        Jan wrote on January 8th, 2012
        • I think that this attitude is a shame. I hope that the point of the MDA community is not to congratulate ourselves about how smart we all are compared to everyone else, but to figure out how to extend this lifestyle to the maximum number of people and to halt the tragic epidemic of obesity and diabetes in this country.

          Bashing health professionals for their ignorance is not the way to get them to come around to our side, and having the Paleo community appear anti-science and anti-medicine will certainly not help the primal diet and lifestyle enter the mainstream.

          MSII wrote on January 8th, 2012
        • +1!

          Hopeless Dreamer wrote on January 8th, 2012
        • @MSII,

          One of the ways to bring light is to explain the great contrast between being Primal and Conventional Wisdom. Unfortunately doctors today dole out Conventional Wisdom, and I think it’s important to call them out.

          As far as being “Mainstream,” chances are Primal will never be mainstream because too many large lobbies benefit from grain sales and sickness.

          Consider that our Food Pyramid sits on top of a BASE of grain. That’s no mistake.

          When an industry as a whole prefers to fix or mediate the side effects of health as opposed to resolving the causing factors, then you can bet they’re doing it for money, then you can bet they’re corrupt.

          I’m not saying doctors are corrupt – just the people who decide what doctors need to know to be a doctor.

          Bruno wrote on January 9th, 2012
      • me getting the flu vaccine doesn’t protect the community. the vaccine is for last years strain, so if you are capable of building an immunity you did already. It doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get the flu. ie of the 9 people in my office 7 of them got the shot, 3 of them have had the flu (so far this year) I haven’t had the flu or even a cold.

        bbuddha wrote on January 8th, 2012
      • Are you suggesting that if I don’t get a Flu vaccine, I’ll infect those who get vaccinated ?

        Larry wrote on January 8th, 2012
        • You might. Vaccine effectiveness is sometimes lower In high risk individuals (e.g., the immunocompromised). So even if they have received the vaccine, they are at a higher risk of community transmission from an unvaccinated person like you.

          MSII wrote on January 8th, 2012
      • Agreed. I have a doctor who doesn’t necessarily agree with what I do, but she can’t argue with my bloodwork. I will continue to be primal, get flu vaccines, and get mammograms.

        Steph wrote on January 8th, 2012
      • I think it’s a shame that while the “training” on nutrition is sparce, the people in the health care profession continue to “bleat” out the standard conventional advice. I would think that as a professional who is not adverse to risk in order to LEARN (as they had to do when they became residents,) they would look into the diet first. Instead, the “health care professionals” seem to tow the CW line, BUFFing their asses, and hey- if anything else, TURFing their problems to another department when a problem arises. (See the excellent novel The House Of God to know what I am talking about here.)

        Jason Sandeman wrote on January 9th, 2012
    • My old neighbour got the flu shot one year and it paralyzed him from the waist down for six months. Now one of his legs is permanently partially crippled.
      I used to take the flu shot until reading about it. It’s like Russian roulette.
      I went primal about a year ago and haven’t even gotten sick since, even though in that time I’ve been through periods of malnourishment, literal poisoning from drugs, and living in harsh, stressful conditions. I used to get sick a lot, especially in the winter. About half of every winter I would have a cold. Not so anymore, and I spend a lot of time outside and in the snow. I can’t remember the percentage but according to a statistic even most nurses refuse to get the flu shot.
      “Let food be thy medicine & let thy medicine be food” – Hippocrates

      Animanarchy wrote on January 9th, 2012
      • My girlfriend is an X-Ray Tech at a hospital. I refuse to get the Flu shot, but she gets it because it’s more convenient than wearing a mask around during flu season.

        I wish she would just wear the mask. It’s an unnecessary risk if you ask me. It’s the fluoride in the water.

        The sheer volume of marketing for Flu shots in every single store is enough to let me know that this is a GIANT money maker for companies that make and sell the serum.

        Bruno wrote on January 9th, 2012
  8. My only problem I have Karen De Coster’s story is her bashing of mammograms. The average yearly total effective dose (which takes into account radiation exposure, type and susceptibility of tissue) is 70 mrem. In the US someone living on the coast will get about 300 mrem per year. But moving to Denver will increase that by 68 mrem per year (or one mammogram) 21 from extra cosmic radiation of living at higher elevation and 47 from living on the Colorado plateau. Or its the same as taking 20 airline flights a year.

    Oh and just for extra information you get more radiation from living within 50 miles of a coal power plant than a nuclear one.

    Ben wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • I too reject flu vaccine and mammograms. I’ve done the research and for me it isn’t about the radiation (however, her reasons are valid for her) I’m not willing to take on the risks for the dubious rewards. It has a high incidence of false positives and even so didn’t find a lump that was found in a self exam. I won’t go into all my reasons as I don’t want to use up all Mark’s space

      bbuddha wrote on January 8th, 2012
  9. Love to see The Primal Blueprint getting the Gary Taubes love, but can’t say I’m surprised!

    Although I WAS surprised to see Why We Get Fat prominently displayed in my Kroger checkout lane this weekend–right by the candy bars, too! Hope some people pick up the former and not the latter. :)

    Anne wrote on January 8th, 2012
  10. That was a good interview with Gary Taubes. Definitely recommend everyone read it.

    Jay wrote on January 8th, 2012
  11. It appears 1998 was the tipping point of obesity in America. Wonder why that year?

    Joe wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • It’s because they reset the BMI parameters for overweight and obesity in that year. People discovered that they fell into these risk categories virtually overnight. It just goes to show that these parameters are also subject to change and contestation. See: http://www.bigfatblog.com/bmi-change-1998

      Ann wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • It was the 1996 Farm Bill the increased the subsidy for corn production, leading to an explosion of HFCS in the food supply. Altho’ Coke started using HFCS in the 80s, the 96 farm bill opened the floodgates. 3 years later, everybody’s fat. Srsly.

      greensleeves wrote on January 8th, 2012
  12. Beautiful recipe for cinnamon parsnips – changing my menu for dinner!

    And the animated obesity map was mind-boggling. I wish there was a way to share just the picture on FB.

    JennF wrote on January 8th, 2012
  13. Oh God, that’s not worse than blackmail! So, unless you help big Pharma make plenty of cash, you can’t have access to a doctor? I mean, he was a pretty useless doctor, but the principle of it is still outrageous! what about the hippocrates oath? I guess its become the hypocritical oath.

    And flu jabs are the most useless thing ever to a healthy person (I mean, perhaps someone immune-compromised may benefit). The immune system should be able to get over flu. Besides, those critters mutate all the time. Ah, I forgot, big Pharma pushes antibiotics for every little ouch and sniffle, so most people don’t even have an immune system.

    I’m pretty sure that such a letter would have warranted a human rights denial accusation here in the UK…

    Milla wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • You could potentially get around the flu shot by saying that you got one from a mobile unit or a local pharmacy or at work. There isn’t paperwork tracking this stuff.

      As far as the mammogram — I’ve been written up for one, and I honestly just forgot to get it. When I went to a new doc, she said I shouldn’t have one until I’m 40 anyway, so there went that.

      But Karen clearly didn’t want to be disingenuous, and that’s her right. She shouldn’t have to dance around this stuff. If a patient wants to decline, they should be able to. It’s not my choice, but it’s clearly (and vocally) hers.

      Steph wrote on January 8th, 2012
  14. RE: Karen’s article — I’m 67 years old and have never had a flu shot in spite of being constantly bombarded by my doc to get one. BTW I’ve never had the flu either and very, very seldom get sick especially since following PB. I don’t remember the last time I caught a cold so I must be doing something right.

    However in 2002 I found out I had breast cancer and it was discovered through a mammogram. So while I certainly respect anyone’s decision to not get mammograms, at this point in my life I’m glad I did. It definitely needs to be an individual decision.

    PrimalGrandma wrote on January 8th, 2012
  15. The animated GIF which shows the obesity trend in the US is a compelling argument that shows a basic breakdown in Conventional Wisdom. How can any self-respecting health professional view this information and not start asking some core questions? It’s too bad there isn’t a correlating insurance premium graphic that shows how obesity impacts even those who aren’t obese. Sad, brutal truth.

    Jeff Pickett wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • I can’t find the source for the numbers. Does it use BMI? Does it take into account that the threshold for what’s considered “overweight” and “obese” has changed over the years? I’d like to know.

      Steph wrote on January 8th, 2012
      • Found it!

        1988-2008. “[…]Overweight is defined as a body mass index of 25 or greater but less than 30; obesity is BMI greater than or equal to 30; extreme obesity is a BMI greater than or equal to 40.”

        Yikes.

        Steph wrote on January 8th, 2012
  16. All I can say is true influenza is no joke even for a young healthy person. I was sick for 6 days over New Year’s, with five days of a 102 degree fever. Lost 5 pounds and was unable to work or even sit up because I had severe muscle pain as well as constant chills and sweating. I’ll always get a flu shot after this because I never want to get that sick again. I’m not saying everyone needs to be vaccinated, but a lot of people underestimate how bad the flu can be.

    superdeluxe wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • Once again….
      How will getting a Flu shot with last years strain, protect you from this years Flu ?

      Larry wrote on January 8th, 2012
      • Per the CDC,

        “Seasonal flu vaccines protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The viruses in the vaccine can change each year based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year.” – http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm?s_cid=cs_797

        Even though the strains change somewhat year-by-year, the cross-reactivity is often quite high and vaccinating against “last year’s strain” is still very effective. Of course, biology is unpredictable, and sometimes the yearly antigenic drift makes that year’s vaccine less effective. But, it’s the best we can do.

        MSII wrote on January 8th, 2012
        • A new study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reveals that the flu vaccine prevents lab confirmed type A or type B influenza in only 1.5 out of every 100 vaccinated adults … but the media is reporting this to mean “60 percent effective.”

          It is estimated that, annually, only about 2.7% of adults get type A or type B influenza in the first place. The study showed that the use of flu vaccines appear to drop this down to about 1.2%. This is a roughly 60% drop, but that ignores the fact that the vaccine has no protective health benefit for 97.5% of adults.

          Bren wrote on January 9th, 2012
      • It’s three strains, so I’m not sure where you get your information.

        Allison wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • But there’s nothing to say that you wouldn’t have gotten the flu even if you had gotten the shot.

      Influenza itself can be very dangerous. Most people mistake common colds for the flu, though it’s not as widespread. When you have the flu, you KNOW you have the flu. We just call everything “the flu.”

      So why, in its lack of overall presence, do we get so much advertising for the flu shot?

      Bruno wrote on January 9th, 2012
  17. Can’t wait to try that B-squat at the gym tomorrow!

    spincycle wrote on January 8th, 2012
  18. Earlier in December I saw G. Taubes speak at my University. He also talked about paleo very positively.

    Dave wrote on January 8th, 2012
  19. I came up with a squat variation that is like a cross between a regular squat, a lunge, and a single leg squat. Start in a wide stance, preferably in socks on a smooth floor or some other sort of slippery surface, and then turn to one side and lunge/squat in that direction while sliding/pivoting your feet to point in that direction or partially in that direction without changing their spot on the floor. Then do it the other way. You can also do this without turning your feet by squatting down to one side. The wider the stance, the more the inside of the quads seem to get worked.
    It’s a great leg workout. I greased the groove with these and regular squats until I felt too sore and then couldn’t work out my legs again for a week.

    Animanarchy wrote on January 8th, 2012
  20. I believe the flu shot only compromises your immune system, not help it. My immune system is being barraged by enough toxins thank you. And anyone who believes that Big Pharma or Big Brother cares about the health of US citizens, you need to GROW UP! And open your eyes. CW= sick/disease, SAD=obese/unhealthy/sick. CW+SAD= $$$for Big Pharma/Medical Industrial Complex.
    This is why doctors today have 2 options to treat patients: Medication and/or surgery. Its not their fault, its what they are taught, admittedly crammed into their brains in 2 years.

    Doctors are great for emergency medicine like heart attack/aneurysm/trauma/gunshotwound,
    but for healthcare I’ll stick with naturopathic primalism.

    sorry for the rant Mark. :-)

    mikeyg wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • Amen :)

      bbuddha wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • I like this rant.
      Big Pharma meds don’t cure, they kill and attempt to control. There’s some people out there trying to get mothers to delay breastfeeding so that vaccinations are temporariliy more effective. http://www.sott.net/articles/show/239910-Researchers-Delay-Breastfeeding-to-Improve-Vaccination-
      I just read yesterday that antidepressants thicken the arteries 400% more than aging. http://www.sott.net/articles/show/239991-Antidepressants-Cause-Your-Arteries-to-Thicken-400-More-Than-Aging
      Also there was an instance where a bunch of Prozac got into the ocean (I think just through people’s urine!) and it made the shrimp go crazy. They were swimming around aimlessly and kept getting eaten. I told this to someone they other day and the next day she didn’t take her antidepressants. +1 Primal, -1 BP
      Even the pain meds are a huge conspiracy. THC pills seem to be really hard to get but it’s simple to get prescribed addictive opiates.
      Even just for complaining about having trouble sleeping my mom got prescribed hydrocodone syrup to take at bedtime.
      A little while ago when I was doing some dumb stuff I fell off my bike and got taken to the hospital, had phentanyl patches on me at the time that I guess the nurse or doctor removed (fuzzy memory there), and then requested painkillers for my injury from the fall. I got them under the condition that I got a CT scan that both the doctor and I knew I didn’t actually need. Shouldn’t have done that. He also prescribed an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic, the latter just because I had a very minor infection in some of my cuts. I only ended up getting the painkillers though. Artificial anti-imflammatories are bad for you and so are antibiotics. Apparently they can disrupt your intestinal bacteria for life.
      I saw something disturbing on the news a few weeks ago. I think it was CBC. They were talking about traveling during the holiday season and the reporter said that if you’re travelling with children certain products are “a must”, which she named and held up one at a time: Benadryl, Gravol, and Children’s Tylenol. That’s either product placement or very poor reporting.

      Animanarchy wrote on January 9th, 2012
      • The saddest thing is that all of these “Complexes” are tied together. They work off of one another. The Media complex is the voice for all of the other ones – be it the Prison Industrial Complex, the Medical Industrial Complex, the Military Industrial Complex, etc.

        I’ve found that talking Primal with people is a good way to open their mind’s flood gates to the reality that is our corrupt-ass government(s).

        It’s all dollars and tax dollars. The more problems people have, the more money people need to spend.

        Bruno wrote on January 9th, 2012
  21. Woohoo! Nevada in the 22s for obesity rate.

    Chris wrote on January 8th, 2012
  22. Reading Karens post just makes me so grateful for the Medicare system in Australia where no one is forced to receive treatment for anything and when we need treatment it is given without question…..Or payment..

    Rio wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • Oh my gosh me too. I am so grateful to live in Australia.

      Jane wrote on January 9th, 2012
      • I want to move to Australia. Or New Zealand.

        Someplace where things remotely make sense.

        I envy you.

        Bruno wrote on January 9th, 2012
  23. I’m surprised no one has commented on the squirrel article yet; it was fascinating and I’ll do some research into whether I can trap and kill* squirrels in my area…

    *On second thought: as of right now (as an 18-year-old girl) I’m too much of a wuss to kill anything bigger or cuter than a bug, so I’ll let my squirrel-hating father do it if I succeed! He really, really hates squirrels, so I reckon it’d be therapeutic. ;)

    Mari wrote on January 8th, 2012
  24. Longtime lurker, first time leaving comment. The link to Karen’s story about being “fired” by her doctor is what inspired me. I don’t blame her a bit for not wanting a flu shot or a mammogram, as I also refuse both. I used to have to get the flu shot when I was in the Army, and I always felt like crap for days afterwards, almost like I had the flu. I did want to say, however, that either her doctor is a real dictator (in which case she’s certainly better off finding another practice), or there’s more to the story than we were told. I have worked for doctors for over 10 years, and although I find the medical paradigm too limited, I have to say that “my” doctors (and I have worked for more than one practice) really do care about their patients and want to help people. But, between the idea that patients won’t help themselves and the constant presence of drug reps, yes, it’s good to do your own research and make your own decisions. But I did think her story sounded a little “off,” unless her doctor is the one who’s “off,” which is always possible, too.

    Esmerelda wrote on January 8th, 2012
    • When I go to a doctor (once or twice a decade, for injuries) and they ask if I want a flu shot or mammogram or pap smear, I just say, “no”. They never try to argue with me nor pressure me. They accept my simple one word response and go on about their business. I have to wonder if Karen’s long responses are what got her doctor riled.

      W. J. Purifoy wrote on January 8th, 2012
      • Yeah, you have something there, I think. I get asked, but never bullied. I have a feeling that Karen’s personality (think religious convert mentality) had more to do with it than a refusal to do a mammogram or have a flue shot…

        Adam wrote on January 9th, 2012
  25. We have a German Shepherd puppy, 7 months old, who routinely brings home deceased (but still warm) squirrels to our front porch. If I had known they’d make a good risotto… and if I ate rice… hmm…

    Hilary wrote on January 8th, 2012
  26. Interesting how fat the nation became as soon as the “low fat” food craze of the early 90s took hold. Replacing fat with sugar in “low fat diet food” let the masses think they could eat that “food” with abandon.

    Too bad most people still haven’t been smart enough to notice the connection and stop buying it.

    Decaf Debi wrote on January 8th, 2012
  27. Awesome article with Gary!

    Primal Toad wrote on January 8th, 2012
  28. I would imagine that any doc who fires patients for failing to take their advice is pretty lonely. We fire patients for abusive (verbal or, uh, otherwise) behavior and recurrent no-shows. My day is full of pleading with people to just take a little walk once a day. They mostly don’t….

    That being said, the recommendation has been that everybody be vaccinated for the flu only for the past two years. We casually use the term “flu” for any bad cold, but the vaccination is really only for a specific virus called influenza. Most “flu” is simply a cold. Real flu is a horrible experience. You are in bed for a week or so and feeling pretty rotten for another week or two. However, if you are an otherwise healthy adult with no exposure to medically fragile family members or co-workers (and a couple of weeks to spare), then I can’t imagine that your doctor would care if you turned the vaccine down. Me, I had the real flu once and I have no desire to try it again. It sucked.

    Abijah L. wrote on January 8th, 2012
  29. Influenza is a dangerous virus. Thousands die every year from it. If you have ever had true influenza or had a kid or family member with it, the cost benefit of a flu shot may make sense. Thinking you are “invulnerable” due to your diet/lifestyle is a slippery slope. The 1918-1919 flu killed folks with the most robust immune systems. 20-40 million of them, almost 700,000 in the U.S. alone mostly aged 20-40.

    serveandvolley wrote on January 8th, 2012
  30. Interesting link on the squatting. He’s definitely a brave man for having challenged the idea of squatting being the best lift for legs. I remember how hard my gym/weight room teacher pushed squatting to get a good base.

    I personally moved away from free rack squats like a year ago because the hip sled is much less intimidating as you get into the heavier weights and you don’t need a spot to watch you. Plus, if you like to super-set with leg extensions like I do, it’s always next to the hip-sled :-)

    TokyoJarrett wrote on January 9th, 2012
    • If I understand the video correctly, he has his athletes do single-leg squats (not pistols, the other kind, sort of like a lunge). You’ve gone in the opposite direction and isolated your body parts.

      Moshen wrote on January 9th, 2012
      • Split squats, from what I’ve been told/read, are a great alternative with less knee strain. I could go up and down a million times doing bodyweight squats, but you feel the single-legged split squats working really well.

        Todd wrote on January 9th, 2012
  31. Just discovered this website through Gary Taubes’ theories. Very thankful! My family and I will be implementing the 21-Day Total Body Transformation soon and we are highly anticipatory!

    Anyway, I have now been a regular strength-trainer for about a year. Nothing compulsive, just regular physical activity for a mostly sedentary college student. I have always taken issue to some workouts like squats and lunges because they require so much tension on the joints just to hold us rigid and keep us stable at the same time.

    After studying pretty basic physics, we learn about the importance of the pyramid structures, ones with wide bases. We also learn about tension and what it has to do with earthquake-proof buildings! So Bryce Lane stakes the claim that his “new” way of squatting is counter-intuitive. Actually, it is perfectly intuitive. It is just anti-institutional.

    Kara wrote on January 9th, 2012
  32. F#*k’n AMA, don’t even et me started. Stay heathy people.

    dasbutch wrote on January 9th, 2012
  33. About that woman that got fired from her doctor: One point was that she wanted to go the chiropractic and her doctor didn’t want to let her. I would argue that a chiropractic is not only very strongly “common sense” and decisively anti-evidence-based-medicine, but decisively anti-paleo (as in not evolutionary justifiable).

    http://darryl-cunningham.blogspot.com/2011/08/chiropractic.html

    http://scienceblogs.com/denialism/2012/01/think_like_a_doctor_dont_let_t.php

    So I doubt this was the victory of a smart woman over a dumb “common sense” doctor.

    Tony Mach wrote on January 9th, 2012
  34. Not so sure I’ll be making squirrel risotto, but definitely the cinnamon parsnips!!! Have some in the fridge atm so that will be a lovely treat for the fam. Interesting article about low vs high protein overfeeding as well.

    Sarah wrote on January 9th, 2012
  35. As to the commenter that thinks we would evolve to eat plastic, I say this: If Ray Kurzweil has his way, we would indeed all be robots…or some similar synthetic/human hybrid that would live indefinitely due to the nano “repair bots” floating freely in our blood streams.

    As for flu shots, I’m nearly 50, and have never had a single flu shot. I’ve also never had the flu.

    As for the squirrels, I’ll just say what I said in my blog after posting this same story: I’m going to go look for the Beverly Hillbillies “Granny” character’s recipe for Stuffed Gopher–maybe she wrote an entire cookbook! Likely neither, but still fun to try.

    There ARE recipes for cooking wildlife of all sorts–go Google them. If you’d rather, there are book links on my blog post at the bottom: http://wenchwisdom.blogspot.com/2011/12/this-just-in-dinner-gets-very-local-for.html

    Wenchypoo wrote on January 9th, 2012
  36. MS* (Sorry I can’t see your last initial.) Last time I was at the doc’s office, he told me that if I wouldn’t agree to take statin drugs, he wouldn’t help me with my blood pressure. That was 6 months ago and since then I’ve joined MDA and have no idea how I’m doing since I won’t go back to his office. However, I did point out to him that I’ve had cholesterol in the mid-300’s for nearly 30 years that I know about and no telling how many years before that, which hasn’t killed me yet. So keep your flu and penumonia shots, your mamograms, your puny advice about how to be healthy. I’m doing fine.

    annakay wrote on January 9th, 2012
  37. I found this on the Taubes link. Perhaps this could be the next contest/internet meme. except nix the chick peas for meat!
    http://b.rw/tmi3pD
    If you don’t trust the link go to the taubes article and to the right there should be an article called “salad bar strategy”.

    Looking forward to BAS monuments in public restaurants.

    dave wrote on January 9th, 2012
  38. I think I’ll give that b-squat a try as today is a squat day. We’ll see if it makes it easier or harder at the same weight.

    Ryan wrote on January 9th, 2012
  39. I would love to be fired by my doctor…but I would need to go there first I suppose :P

    EZ wrote on January 9th, 2012
  40. I’ll second the “get the flu shot” folks. I couldn’t get one back in 2000/2001 when there was a shortage and got the real flu in January, followed by pneumonia, followed by pleurisy, none of which I would recommend. I took to snarling at that TV ad with the woman in the rain coat standing under her dripping umbrella and telling us that she had the flu and was miserable: “You don’t have the flu lady, you can stand up!” Yes, the flu shot sometimes makes me feel a bit off for a day or two, but I’ll take that over greatly lessening my chances of repeating January 2001.

    As another commenter pointed out, the 1918-19 flu killed millions, and most of them were the supposedly the healthiest.

    There was a study in Japan some years back which found that the best way to prevent ‘flu deaths in the elderly was to vaccinate the children. Presumably they were the primary virus vector for their elderly family members.

    On the other hand I understand the concerns with mammograms, and only get them every other year now. I should probably start refusing completely, since there is absolutely no history of any cancers in my family.

    Nancy wrote on January 9th, 2012

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