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January 22, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 174

By Mark Sisson
47 Comments

Both Robb Wolf and I made yet another Greatist list, this time for two of the “must-read” health and fitness blogs for 2012. I would tend to agree.

Vibram Five Fingers popped up at a recent award show. Or, in old timey gossip rag speak: Sassy Starlet Sports Showstopping Simian Shoes!

My good friend Richard Nikoley has just released his book, and it’s a great no-holds-barred introduction to the paleo lifestyle. Go pick up a copy.

The top ten reasons why you should(n’t) run barefoot, an exhaustive list of the most popular excuses for never trying, including my personal favorite: the mythical piles of broken glass, rusty nails, and perpetually-ripe dog poop that apparently litter every square inch of every city.

The FDA acknowledges the dangers of continuing to feed buckets of antibiotics to livestock in this country, yet refuses to do anything about it. What are we paying them for, again?

PaleoFX is the inaugural “who’s who” gathering of the paleo, Primal and Physical Culture worlds, encompassing a theory-to-practice look at Ancestral Wellness and features more than 40 industry experts. I happen to be one of them. The event will occur March 14th to 17th at the University of Texas Austin. Take a peek.

Did a group of scientists just simulate the evolution of multicellular life from unicellular life in a lab dish?

Scientists revisit “The Carnivore Connection.”

The difference between an active 40-year old, an active 70-year old, and a sedentary 74-year old, in pictures (of cross-sections of quadricep muscle mass). It doesn’t get much more visceral than that. Excuse me while I go lift something heavy.

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One week ago I got my first tattoo. I’m 39 years old. I’d been wanting one for a few years but could never settle on something I’d want on my body forever. And then I saw all the tattoos of Grok and I knew that’s what I wanted. So I did it. Tattooed Grok on my arm!

It was suggested to me to send you a link of the pic, so here it is.

Thank you Mark, for writing the book and putting the information out there, and helping SO many people find True Health and Happiness.

– Longtime reader Kimelah got some work done. I approve.

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Richard Nikoley
4 years 8 months ago

Thank you so very kindly, Mark, for all you have done to help advance my efforts and continue to do. What a class act!

BTW, let me mention to those checking comments that the book is also on Amazon Kindle (US only so far, international sites hopefully soon) and B&N Nook. There will also be a print version available from Amazon soon.

Thanks again.

Nancy
Nancy
4 years 8 months ago

Richard: I’m glad there will be a print version available. I like having “real” books to loan to people when they express an interest in Primal/Paleo diets and exercise. I have two copies of the Primal Blueprint and they have been loaned out several times.

Montie
Montie
4 years 8 months ago

Richard,

I couldn’t wait for the print version (which I WILL buy), so I bought the Kindle version as soon as it was released and finally started it last night. I was sitting on my porch in lounge pants and a t-shirt (mid-40’s temperatures) while reading it, doing a little cold weather adaptation self-experiment. Your book made the time highly enjoyable, what a great read!

Lisa
Lisa
4 years 8 months ago

Sorry to ask a potentially dumb question but if you are in the UK and have a kindle app on your iPhone, can you purchase the book?

Thanks
Lisa

Richard Nikoley
4 years 8 months ago

Lisa:

Word is that it’s supposed to be available soon on all the international Amazon sites in Kindle and eventually, print. Some folks have said they were able to change to the US store in their settings, get it, then change their store back to their home country. But I’m not sure how that’s done.

The PDF version can also be read within the Kindle app in iPhone, iPad, etc.

Abel James
4 years 8 months ago

Richard’s book is a great read – highly recommended!

kimelah
kimelah
4 years 8 months ago

I am honoured to be included. Thank you! 😀

DH
DH
4 years 8 months ago

Looks like we should keep racing trathlons after all.

Primal Toad
4 years 8 months ago

No. I think it shows that no one should be sedentary. Just move folks.

Milla
4 years 8 months ago

true. I work out because I like to sprint, but it’s really enough to just skip the lift, walk instead of tube/bus, etc. Judging by the amount of fat on the sedentary guy’s scan, he wasn’t moving an inch and living on concentrated rancid vegetable oils. Move te butt and you’ll be fine.

Alessandra
Alessandra
4 years 8 months ago

Today, in the Panhandle of Texas, being outdoors in the high winds isn’t looking so good. Maybe when it dies down a bit later on. The sky is slightly brown right now. On the upside, I did manage to get a small dose of dirt while trying to leave church and get into my truck! I also managed a small workout with my kid holding on so she didn’t get blown away. There’s always an opportunity somewhere!

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
4 years 8 months ago

Love those comparative photos of the leg muscles. Anatomy fascinates me. Does anyone know of a good website that has more photos like this?

Christine
Christine
4 years 8 months ago
dragonmamma
dragonmamma
4 years 8 months ago

Wow, you can see how most of the internal organs are encased in fat. No wonder being overweight makes you feel sluggish!

Alana
4 years 8 months ago

Hi Mark-
Love your blog! It has so much great information. What do you think about the five finger, near-barefoot, running shoes? Do you think they’re just as bad?

Thanks!
Alana

Anna
Anna
4 years 8 months ago

He approves of them and wears them himself all the time!

Audry
Audry
4 years 8 months ago

Do a search. Mark has tons of posts about VFFs and how much he likes them.

Primal Toad
4 years 8 months ago

I love that tattoo. It’s about time someone got a real one!

Joe
Joe
4 years 8 months ago

Liver with Sweet potato floor looks good. Where can one buy sweet potato floor and does anyone use it here?

Anne
4 years 8 months ago

WHAT a tattoo. Nice!

Milla
4 years 8 months ago
Man, I love liver so much just fried with onions. I have a whole lot of liver – duck liver, lamb liver, pork liver, chicken liver, venison liver, goat liver (!) – stashed in the freezer & fridge. I live at student accommodation and my flatmates think I’m crazy. Lol, its funny, one freezer case is stuffed full of ready meals and pizza, and one is full of meat and organs. Hahaha! The barefoot list is absolutely hilarious. Makes me think of the fact that there are some things nowadays that seem to highlight human incompetence. When did we get… Read more »
Animanarchy
4 years 8 months ago
I was in prison for two and a half months at the end of last year, due to someone getting caught trying to steal drugs from a vet clinic at night and saying that I had been there with him (ok, maybe a few weeks earlier I might have biked there with him yet stayed outside while he snatched some stuff.. plea bargain deals destroy friendships). In “yard” in prison (yard is a concrete room with chain link for the ceiling and a basketball net), provided it wasn’t too crowded or cold, I jogged around in socks and a lot… Read more »
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dasbutch
dasbutch
4 years 8 months ago

the difference between active and sedentary life styles… MF@SP & LHT, when you reach your numbers, move on, it’s taht simple. Oh yea, EAT RIGHT!!!

Shining
Shining
4 years 8 months ago

I am printing off that picture of the active/sedentary muscles and posting it on every mirror in my house! That should be adequate motivation to move.

KentH
KentH
4 years 8 months ago

The scans show that putting stress on your muscles and bones will maintain muscularity and bone density into the later years.

What I would like to see is a similar scan of a sedentary 40-year-old quad. I bet it’s not a pretty sight.

Esmerelda
4 years 8 months ago

I used to love running around barefoot when I was a kid, but I can think of one good reason for shoes: deep snow. I was visiting my parents in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last month, and having just seen some Vibrams for sale in Houghton, was enthusing about all the stuff I’ve learned on this blog while we trudged through the snow on a nature walk. After a while I said, “Yeah, the barefoot thing wouldn’t work right now, though. I bet our ancestors in northern lands wore animal skins on their feet!”

rrustad
rrustad
4 years 8 months ago
LOL! Here in SE Michigan – in not such deep snow but pretty cold anyway – I just had the same thought (about our ancestor’s feet in winter)! I guess I’m a 59 yo kid-at-heart because I have always gone barefoot year round, at least inside. My daughter’s the same way. We just are odd women who just don’t like shoes – except that I like my Birkenstocks. When I lived in the South the summers could make the pavement too hot for even walking the dogs without burning their feet – not to mention mine. On went the Birkenstocks.… Read more »
Violet
Violet
4 years 6 months ago

A little late here, but in case anyone else is reading previous posts: I love VFF. I also appreciate Vivo Barefoot shoes. They do several versions of boots (women’s and men’s) with a thin but lugged soles good for snow. I bought one size larger than my usual to accommodate wool socks. Worked for me.

Meagan
4 years 8 months ago

Wow. Tattoo’s are a bit much.

Sarah
4 years 8 months ago

Thank you so much for the link love Mark!

pixel
pixel
4 years 8 months ago

http://theprimalparent.com/ should have been on the parenting list. its one of the best blogs out there!

Sarah
4 years 8 months ago

greek meatballs…..my mouth is watering!!! Loved the read about the carnivores connection….and those pics are worth a thousand words….just goes to show we gotta stay active!

Lya
Lya
4 years 8 months ago

Regarding running bare feet. I absolutely LOVE running bare feet, it’s the best way of running to my opinion, but it does destroy my feet, I went for a run 2 days ago and mostly I was running on the grass and occasional concrete and now my feet are absolutely dying of blisters and skin coming off and my feet look horrible… I know I should buy 5 finger ones, but always postpone it for the later date as they are really expensive…

Isabel
Isabel
4 years 8 months ago

Every now and then I also work out barefoot, but I can’t do it on a regular basis because my left leg is 1cm shorter than my right leg. Doesn’t sound much, but for the body it is and my hips start hurting like crazy if I don’t wear my insoles very often 🙁 Anyone else got this problem?

rrustad
rrustad
4 years 8 months ago
I was told for years that my left leg was shorter due to a knee injury when I was 14. Seemed legit. Tried insoles and they helped a little but I really don’t like shoes so mostly I just lived with it. Turns out that it was actually a pelvic issue, probably related in part to that same accident. Had PT – spinal traction – and started Pilates – and voila! No more hip, low back pain. So, I don’t know what caused your leg to be shorter but it might be worth checking out the possibility of other alignment… Read more »
Isabel
Isabel
4 years 8 months ago
Thank you for your reply! I think I was born this way. At least I can’t think of anything which could have caused it. I always noticed my left shoulder was a little lower than my right one. I had to pull the straps of backpacks, e.g., to different levels for the backpack to be even on my back. When I was 17 or so, I felt a sharp pain in my hips when I was playing badminton. The pain worsened and I also felt it in my everyday life. After having been diagnosed, my insoles have actually relieved me… Read more »
Richard Nikoley
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks to the several dozens of you who got yourself a copy of the book yesterday (as of noon, yesterday).

Amazon reviews are at 10, all 5-star so I’m really gratified how it’s being received as a concise entry into Paleo. Also, it’s work and grandma safe, unlike my blog. 🙂

mommaofmany
4 years 8 months ago

Richard, thanks for stating that. I will take a peek now! I stay away from your blog due to the language but I love your message!

gilliebean
4 years 8 months ago

Too much good stuff in this post. Yumminess all over! Including Richard’s book!

Animanarchy
4 years 8 months ago

You were born with headlights. Dim maybe, but they’re there. Your eyes produce some light.
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/240503-Confirmed-The-Eye-Emits-Actual-Light-Biophotons-

Erin
Erin
4 years 8 months ago

Ah Yes. Shutting down the FDA. Another Paleo/Primal reason to vote Ron Paul (he’s not just a fighter for raw milk righs, folks).

TokyoJarrett
4 years 7 months ago

Hear, hear!

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Colleen Lalonde
4 years 8 months ago

Is there a way or will there be a way in the near future to buy the PDF of your book (I am in Canada and use Kobo so that is my best option I think) with paypal?

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