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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’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
  2. LOL! My son just chose a biography to read today and he chose Vilhjalmur Stefansson. He didn’t know it was *the* Vilhjalmur Stefansson that I’ve spoken of before. Then I come here and read the paragraph that mentions him to my son and he said, “Even The Primal Blueprint Guy knows about Vilhjalmur Stefansson?”

    mommaofmany wrote on January 9th, 2012
  3. Typical Karen.

    Brutally honest, anti-establishment, and 1000% correct. I recently spoke with a co-worker about how she removed her child from medications to “help” with seizures. He began to improve AFTER BEING TAKEN OFF of the meds.

    The great naievty with which people (not at this site) approach their health is a shame. We’re fatter and sicker than ever yet the regime is becoming ever more of a burden.

    Thank God for sites like this as well as sites like where Karen’s article was posted and where I first stumbled upon this gem.


    JSnyd wrote on January 9th, 2012
  4. Nancy,

    If you stop mammograms, please remember that only about 10% of breast cancers are genetic. –A

    Abijah L. wrote on January 9th, 2012
  5. N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC) has been found to be pretty effective against the flu (De Flora, Grassi & Caratai 1997) I take this during the winter instead of having the flu jab as I have MS and can’t risk getting the flu but I have had unpleasant and prolonged reactions to the jab in the past.

    Agatha wrote on January 10th, 2012
  6. I have not vaccinated in years because it never prevented me getting it afterward, that was initially my thought many years ago before I learned about vaccines and I have heard of patients being fired refused for refusing to take them. My opinion they do not work and are filled with who knows what. I find it is vaccinated people who are the vectors in my experience. And our immune systems have improved from not taking any flu shot or any other for that matter. Vitamin c knocks out anything and echinacea but we rarely ever get sick. Interesting people don’t believe vitamin c can kick a cold instead of putting all that junk in your body. Having the flu does suck and I was lucky enough to get it this year, but you couldn’t pay me to put that poison in me or my kids bodies. Our bodies are meant to build up their own resistances and your immune system improves with this I believe. My personal view. My 2 cents.

    Angel wrote on January 12th, 2013

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