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January 29, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 175

By Mark Sisson
65 Comments

Traditionally-living Maasai and Hadzabe tribespeople – who spend plenty of time in the sun but avoid the hottest times – have average vitamin D levels of between 40 and 50 ng/mL.

Should you replace RICE with METH? 

“Extreme caution should be used when stopping or reducing bacon consumption.” Amen.

I love stories with happy endings. How a vegan left his job as a barista at a snobby coffee shop and journeyed halfway across the country to learn the ancient art of butchery.

Stops hereditary chronic nose-bleeds, cures depression, completes smiley faces on plates of eggs… what can’t bacon do?

Vin Cox is planning a bicycle tour around the UK in which he’ll subsist entirely on wild-caught and -foraged foods. That’s how you do Chronic Cardio, folks.

Two new studies found that calorie-burning “brown fat” can be created by exposure to cold and certain types of exercise.

In six states, the American Dietetic Association is nearing its ultimate goal of barring nutritionists from providing key nutritional services to clients. California nutritionists, for example, would be unable to practice without becoming registered dietitians if the proposed legislation goes through. See what’s happening in your state and what you can do about it.

A recent randomized controlled trial found that intake of oxidized fish oil did not negatively impact markers of inflammation or lipid peroxidation in humans. Not what I would have guessed.

Andrew Badenoch, quilted (and oft-quoted) scribe of Evolvify, is going to traverse the Arctic by foot, fatbike, and inflatable raft using zero fuel but what his body provides. He wants to document his journey in high definition, but he needs your help to do it. Visit his Kickstarter page if you’re interested.

Who’s up for a nice, leisurely mountain stroll?

Recipe Corner

  • Ground bison jerky? Sure, why not.
  • Ornery old rooster waking you up at the crack of dawn? Tricking chicken hawks into attacking your beloved pet dog? Make coq au vin.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 23 – Jan 29)

Comment of the Week

One of the nicest memories I have of my dad is standing out in the barnyard one night at our farm in Central Illinois nearly 50 years ago and the Milky Way blazed above us. He explained just how far that was from us and gave me some idea of just how awesomely big it was and WE were part of it. Farmers have a closer relationship to the night. He would stand in the field sometimes and just listen to the corn leaves rustle and spring always thrilled him when bits of green shot out of the ground. I miss him and the blazing Milky Way.

– Touching, poetic prose from reader Janet.

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rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
Wow, what a lot of wonderful information there is here to explore! And, I second that “comment of the week” – it really was beautiful and touching. Stories like this one also illustrate one happy face of agriculture. Many farmers are also hunters and gatherers – and do what they do for a living because the lifestyle keeps them in touch with the natural world. Those of us who are eating primally can be supportive of local family farms that are sources of humanely produced, healthy food sources. Although I’m sure that its been said here many times by now:… Read more »
Arty
Arty
4 years 10 months ago

Ground bison jerky, made on a flat cookie sheet…where does the fat go???
Would this not create a slimey mess?
I guess, time to find out!

And chronic nose bleeds: Those completely disappeared once I switched to a primal diet. Now even on the hottest days during summer (middle of hte day with activity) I am free from nose bleeds.

Bruce Berry
Bruce Berry
4 years 10 months ago

The bison we’ve had, there is *very* little fat coming out of it – but we haven’t tried making jerky with it…

PaleoDentist
4 years 10 months ago

Great info. I always look forward to Sunday’s wll

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

Yes, and what a great way to get people into a “rhythm” or “cycle” – which in turn supports all the other healthy cycles that are a way of (primal) life! Learning by doing.

Yocheved
4 years 10 months ago

Love the vegan!

Chris
Chris
4 years 10 months ago

What’s wrong with cooking bacon in the nude?

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

I don’t see an emoticon so I don’t know if that’s a serious question or a joke. If you’re serious – in a phrase, grease spatters. Bad burns in tender places. If you use uncured bacon that cooks well at lower temps, a spatter guard for the pan, and lots of caution, then maybe nude bacon fest is less risky.

Nannsi
Nannsi
4 years 10 months ago

Bake it in the oven. Clothing optional and perfectly safe.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

Well, now that’s a good idea. Thanks. I bet the bacon would be healthier baked rather than fried. Definitely have to try baking bacon.

Primal Toad
4 years 10 months ago

This is the best bacon.

Milla
4 years 10 months ago

Bacon consumption can lead to euphoria and exuberance, and it has been shown that inhalation of the bacon’s aroma has similar effects. Thus, cooking bacon in the nude could lead one to uncontrolled, impulsive actions one could later regret.

😉

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

yeah, that too! lol

Brooke
Brooke
4 years 10 months ago

ha!

Sarah
4 years 10 months ago

I’m actually NOT surprised that oxidized fish oil has limited (or no) negative effects – isn’t *cooked* fish still good for you? And doesn’t *cooking* oxidize the delicate o-3’s? I used to wonder at the apparent contradiction between the “OMG oxidation!” message and the “eat canned sardines!” message. I’m ok with it now. I guess the jury’s still out on oxidized o-6’s?

Milla
4 years 10 months ago

true, though I’ve always wondered if cooked oily fish is good for you because I thought perhaps those O3s got oxidised. But then again if you OVERcook oily fish, it smells horrid – like rancid O3.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
The abstract at that link does not specify sources/causes/methods of oxidation – including with regard to any temperature alterations. Could be a simple case of the fish oil being past shelf life under room temperature conditions. We’d have to see the full article – read the methods section – before we could make any inferences about heat based oxidation of in situ fish oil. I was also interested in the finding re sunflower oil in this same abstract. Seed oils are also regarded as potentially inflammatory. Thus, the abstract suggests that two sources of potential inflammation do not appear to… Read more »
Primal Toad
4 years 10 months ago

If you cook straight up polyunsaturated fats then they will oxidize quickly. This is why you should never cook with olive oil (most do it seems like).

But, I think a whole food is different. Since fish contains nutrients, I think this prevents the fats from oxidizing. Antioxidants are key.

I could be wrong…

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

I think you are probably right, although I’m still exploring this topic. I don’t heat olive oil just use it in salad dressing or something similar. Same for flax oil. Not sure (of all the reasons) why the natural oils in whole foods like fish react differently to heat than the derived oil – but surely the anti-oxidants are a part of the reason.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
OK, I’m about to nit-pick that “bacon stops nose bleeds” entry. No one likes nit-picking (well, mostly no one), so first a preface. 1. I am a huge fan of any form of pork, most especially bacon. 2. I have noticed that one of the many benefits of the primal lifestyle is that it is good for the sense of humor – mine and others. I have had plenty of side holding belly laughs since reading here and at the forum. You people are a riot! Some of you could do stand up for a living! Ok, that said –… Read more »
Milla
4 years 10 months ago

That comment had me teary-eyed! I sure miss my farm and the chorus of crickets at night…nothing gets you to sleep better!

And on that very farm, we had a very annoying rooster which is responsible for me still waking up, on reflex, at 5.30 am in the morning. In the end, someone did kill it (not surprising – COOKAREEKOOOOO every friggin morning) I hope that someone enjoyed the stew he made…or roast…lol!

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

As a hard core night owl who regards midnight as going to bed earlier these days, I get the “annoying” reference. But, as someone who is also striving for 100% primal, having a reliable announcer of the sunrise seems more like a blessing than a burden, no?

Jason
Jason
4 years 10 months ago

Wouldn’t it be nice if roosters actually crowed at dawn and only dawn? Alas, that is not true. Ours (named Mr. Handsomepants by the kids) crows in the middle of the night, randomly throughout the day, when he’s hungry and after copulating with the hens!

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
Well, yes, some roosters are real characters, aren’t they? As other comments have indicated, they can be mean, too. There is a reason for the existence of the sport of cock fighting. When I was raising chickens – Araucanas – the mean/rogue roosters were always the first into the stewpot. Time does not improve their temperament nor their flesh. The “reliable” dawn announcers were the ones who got to pass their genes along. I certainly wouldn’t consider a midnight crower as reliable. But, since your kids have already named him – and evidently he’s a looker, too – you may… Read more »
Milla
4 years 10 months ago

…true, to be honest, allthough I have rather annoying memories of that rooster, I’d love to live in the country again…ah, well, thats something to look forward to when I’m old. 🙂

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
As bacon appears to be perennially “on topic” here, I thought that I’d share a recent discovery. I’m still searching for pork products that are free of toxicity, including stress from inhumane handling. As there is no such thing as “Kosher Pork”, given that orthodox Jews don’t eat pigs, its proving to be a bit more demanding than finding proper beef. Meanwhile, I have at least found a source for bacon that is decent and readily available in most US markets. Hormel has a line of minimally processed, prepared meats called “Natural Choice”. This line includes uncured bacon (and uncured… Read more »
Chase
Chase
4 years 10 months ago

I’m definitely going to try the METH principle next time I get an injury (although, I don’t have injuries too much these days since primal exercise helps make my body more injury proof). It will definitely be hard to do it without thinking about Breaking Bad though!

Burn
4 years 10 months ago

I had the same thought about Breaking Bad! But seriously, I’ve had a few injuries lately and I’ve adhered to the RICE method with very very disappointing results. And ironically, I found that I recovered much faster when I just trained very light and easy even though the injury wasn’t fully recovered. METH it is!

Victoria
Victoria
4 years 10 months ago

Happy to see you gave some link-love to Andrew’s fatbiking the arctic adventure. Very cool project!

Anne
Anne
4 years 10 months ago

The North Carolina Board of Dietitians is going after Steve Cooksey who has been telling diabetics to eat as he does – low carb paleo. He was able to lose weight and go off all his diabetic medication by living this way. To read about this go to http://www.diabetes-warrior.net/2012/01/28/this-site-free-speech-are-being-investigated/ He has said that it was MDA that put him on this path.

Hayden Tompkins
Hayden Tompkins
4 years 10 months ago

I am very concerned about the American Dietetic Association story. I am tired of lobbyists running this country and relieved I do not live in any of the listed states…yet.

I wonder how they would approach people dispensing dietary related information/advice online. Mark, don’t you live in California?

Anne
4 years 10 months ago

LOVED the takeaway quote from the ex-vegan:
“My interest in [butchery and meat] is on the side of cultural and community nourishment rather than dietary satisfaction.”

Alana
4 years 10 months ago

Great soda post! I love that people are finally becoming more informed about it.

Sarah
4 years 10 months ago

Love the vitamin D post and always enjoy the recipes. Coq au vin is one of my favourite dishes to make in winter….although I can’t quite make it as good as my mom!!! Love the soda quitting post and interesting read on the bacon 🙂

Alex Good
Alex Good
4 years 10 months ago

So brown babies don’t shiver because of brown fat? That rocks because I don’t shiver either.

Alex Good
Alex Good
4 years 10 months ago

Err, babies, not brown babies. I reworded it but forgot remove the “brown”.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

Yeah, that article could explain a lot for me. It takes a lot to get me to shiver. The last time I can remembering having a really strong shiver response was surgery in a very cold OR with no heated blanket and with an epidural – in my 30’s. I had a super fast metabolism when I was younger. And, I would bet that some of my creeping weight gain in my 50’s can be explained by loss of brown fat – due to aging and also due to ineffective /insufficient exercise. Well, we’re going to correct that, too.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

P.S. I also have excellent bone density which might also point toward having decent brown fat stores. I bet researchers will eventually find a genetic contribution to an individual’s amount of brown fat stores. Anyway, something else that I won’t be taking for granted – preserving brown fat and bone density.

Andrew
4 years 10 months ago

Thank you for the link love, Mark!

I’m digging that Vin Cox project too. Planning my fueling strategy has been an interesting education on the difficult balance between laws and an optimal exploraging strategy.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

About the vitamin D link – the 25(OH)D ~ranges~ (23 to 68 ng/ml) of these healthy, functional individuals are as meaningful as the means. Suggests that there are significant individual differences as to what is optimal.

See Chris Kresser’s blog for a discussion on optimal vitamin D levels and the Vitamin D Council guidelines. Was written in relation to thyroid function but still generally applicable.

I find that for me around 37 ng/ml was good pre-primal. Corresponded with excellent bone density, good mood and high energy. Will monitor 25(OH)D to see if that level changes.

Diane
Diane
4 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the information, Mark. I have already acted by emailing my state representatives about the new anti-nutritionist law they are attempting to pass in Colorado.

LizS
LizS
4 years 10 months ago
The METH method, love it. It’s similar to the Whartons active isolated stretching. Check out their book, The Stretch Book. I was out jogging in the woods, for fun, last August and didn’t see a small, green, fallen apple in my path. My left foot landed on it, the ankle rolled and I came down hard on my other knee. This was a pretty bad sprain, as I couldn’t put any weight on that foot at all. I did the stretching the Wartons recommended, similar to METH, and I definitely think it helped a lot! The movement helps blood come… Read more »
Phillip
Phillip
4 years 10 months ago
One vote for METH over RICE. A few years ago I injured my ankle by jumping down from my barn rafters and landing on a chunk of concrete. By the time I got the sock and shoe off my foot it had bruised continuously from one ankle bone, around my foot, to the other ankle bone. The doc said it wasn’t broken and gave me an air cast which was so uncomfortable I removed it after 15 minutes. At first putting 10% of my weight on the foot was unbearable. I took a few ibuprofen and spent the evening moving… Read more »
Kari
Kari
4 years 10 months ago

Love Love Love all the articles this weekend! I DO happen to have a nasty mean rooster and he will make a very tasty Coq Au VIn! Thanks much!!

Tony Ingram
4 years 10 months ago
I have some issues with the METH article. Rest is still important in the first couple days. Moving an injury before enough scar tissue has formed to withstand tensile force of movement may disrupt healing, prolonging recovery. True atrophy takes weeks to begin. But yes, the earlier you start moving, the better the outcome. Ice also shouldn’t be thrown out so haphazardly. The idea that ice will slow blood flow and delay healing is silly. Decreasing swelling will improve blood flow as well. And you almost NEVER put heat on something inflamed. He makes bold claims about traction with little… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
As I indicated in my comment, I basically agree with you. However, I have seen some interesting things happen with traction. Maybe he didn’t have a substantial injury – but then again it may have felt like it when it happened. Sometimes when a slight but painful misalignment is set right via traction there can be an almost immediate reduction in pain and return of function. Sometimes even a major misalignment responds dramatically. I’ve seen it, I’ve experienced it in my own body, and its still a bit spooky. So, I’d like to know just what he did that he… Read more »
Tony Ingram
4 years 10 months ago
As a physical therapist, I have done traction on numerous patients, mainly for cervicogenic pain. It does offer almost immediate pain relief in some cases, but that’s most likely a simple ‘de-stressing’ of mechano-receptors. You’re certainly not ‘stretching’ ligaments with traction. If you are using that much force (which is impossible) you probably shouldn’t be touching an injury. Research has shown that those neurological effects are temporary, and patients usually tell me it lasts a couple hours. Not bad if you are in pain with something simple, but certainly not something that’s going to literally ‘speed healing’. <- which is… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
LOL Looks like I’m preaching to the choir! Just visited your webpage. Seems that you have a number of posts that cover related topics. Will read more soon. Meanwhile, I realize that PT’s differ on the subject of traction, among other things. You do have the professional training that I lack. However, I do have personal experience with both cervical and lumbar traction – under PT supervision – that was much more than a temporary fix – especially the lumbar. This PT approached worked for me where several others had failed. Moreover, traction is also something that can be done… Read more »
Melissa
Melissa
4 years 10 months ago

Niman Ranch Bacon is the best bacon I have been able to find so far. It’s a bit pricey but oh so tasty.
The hogs are allowed to run free, root and play in mud puddles and just be, well, pigs. There’s no nitrates or nitrites, and the pigs are not fed other pigs.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

Cool….will see if I can find that brand. Thanks for sharing!

I have to say, though – left to their own devices, pigs will eat other pigs from time to time. Still, I’d prefer they not be FED pig meal every day. ICK

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
I’d have to basically say “ditto” to Tony Ingram’s comment about METH – with a few additional remarks of my own. I’ve seen the recommendations re orthopedic injuries change over time, especially with regard to heat or ice and the timing of each. The method that worked best for me was something like a hybrid of RICE and METH. I tend to be a fast healer and don’t think that the RICE aspects of my method slowed me down. Ice the first 24 to 48 hours (depends on the grade of the injury). Alternating moist heat and ice for another… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
P.S. About METH – Sometimes the true test of ortho methods only comes with time. I’ve seen what happens to improperly treated injuries years later. I’m 59 and have lots of old injuries – most of my injuries happened when I was young and more risk prone. I have no restricted range of motion or arthritis in any of the injured joints – with the exception of specific movements with the grade 3 knee injury which was more than a simple injury. I was struck by a motorcycle going about 30 mph, pinned under it, dragged on pavement, and regained… Read more »
dasbutch
dasbutch
4 years 10 months ago

grandma was a RN for over thirty years at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, she always said, “stay healthy kid, you don’t want to get caught up in the AMA”. well now we should add ADA, or any organization that stands to profit from il-health. it’s sad to know profit is keeping people sick.

dasbutch
dasbutch
4 years 10 months ago

pubmed.gov, need we say more?… again if man made it, it’s poison.

Animanarchy
4 years 10 months ago
I did a little butchery last night. I was out for a walk to clear my head and found a dead squirrel on the road. It seems that a car ran over its head. I took it back to the shelter I’m staying at, got a knife to take off property because some of the people there objected to me cutting it up around them, and then I brought back its liver and heart in a bowl. I would have salvaged more but it was a sloppy ordeal so I took what remained in good condition. When I brought the… Read more »
Animanarchy
4 years 10 months ago
I think METH might work. A year and a half ago I broke my ankle dropping from a fence and went to a clinic because it was swollen huge and very painful. I was told it was only sprained and I limped on it for three days before deciding to get an x-ray done and finding out I had a minimal fracture in my distal fibula, then limped on it for about another day before getting a cast. (Walking was my only means of transportation so I had no choice). Once I had the cast on I still used the… Read more »
Primal Toad
4 years 10 months ago

Awesome bacon video!

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
So, OK now I’ve viewed the “medicinal grade bacon” video! Well, “Amen”, indeed! Works for me! While on uTube, I also watched a video on acupuncture for allergies, uploaded by the same guy (Doug) who did the bacon video. I tried his routine and it seemed to help open my sinuses, which are usually a little stuffy from allergies but not so that I can’t breath through my nose. Then I visited Doug’s website and he had an interesting case study about a method that he used for healing a bad wrist injury. His approach was not based on either… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

After reading Vin Cox’s list of tools/supplies, including a reference book on wild food (if he needs to carry this book is he really ready?) I have the same question as one of the readers – “is he not going to cook the rabbit”? Anyone ever heard of Tularemia aka rabbit fever? Hopefully, he knows enough to use the knife and string he’s carrying to start a friction fire. Sounds like he’s not going to get in enough bike time to qualify for “chronic cardio”.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago
ADA – BOOO!!!! My state(s) are not involved in the legislation, but if they were you can bet your boots that I’d be taking action! I have now come to believe that I can thank the ADA’s medical guidelines for lulling me into a false sense of security about my actual risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. My so-called normal glucose readings (both FBS and A1c) were brought up by my doctor when I tried recently to explain how my body has started to react to oats. It felt like my blood sugar spiked and then dropped too low leaving… Read more »
HillsideGina
HillsideGina
4 years 10 months ago
Another vote against absolute adherence to RICE. That mode needs to be updated, and doctors need to treat the individual and not just go by the book, but that ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. So if you find yourself with an injury, be proactive about your treatment. My brother badly sprained his ankle years ago, swelled up past grapefruit size and was put in a cast and given pain and anti-inflammatory meds. After a couple of days of discomfort and itching, he cut off the cast and went to a Chinese acupuncturist who was highly recommended. The acupuncturist drained a… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 10 months ago

“Western docs don’t put their hands on you, they don’t do massage, they want you to stay inactive. This will just prolong and exacerbate many soft-tissue injuries. You need the blood circulating for healing and toxin removal.”

BINGO! The same is true for post surgical care. The sooner we can be (safely) ambulatory, the fewer adhesions we tend to form. In addition to blood circulation, lymphatic circulation is important and will also respond to massage.

LizS
LizS
4 years 10 months ago

Thankfully, this is changing in the area of childbirth, as long as you’re using a midwife anyway. Even though I gave birth in a hospital, they had me up and moving asap after giving birth both times. I only wanted to sleep, but they nurses informed me that walking would help reduce bleeding and such, and despite not really being in the mood to walk, I definitely felt better after the walk from L&D to the Maternity floor.

Tim
Tim
4 years 10 months ago
Chris
4 years 3 months ago

I find myself getting lost in the archives Mark! Thanks for all the great posts

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