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29 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 175

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.

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. 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: Thanks so much for all that you provide here to the community, Mark (and Worker Bees)! “Love” back atcha!

    rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
  2. 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.

    Arty wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • The bison we’ve had, there is *very* little fat coming out of it – but we haven’t tried making jerky with it…

      Bruce Berry wrote on February 1st, 2012
  3. Great info. I always look forward to Sunday’s wll

    PaleoDentist wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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.

      rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
  4. Love the vegan!

    Yocheved wrote on January 29th, 2012
  5. What’s wrong with cooking bacon in the nude?

    Chris wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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.

      rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
      • Bake it in the oven. Clothing optional and perfectly safe.

        Nannsi wrote on January 29th, 2012
        • 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.

          rarebird wrote on January 30th, 2012
        • This is the best bacon.

          Primal Toad wrote on January 30th, 2012
    • 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.


      Milla wrote on January 29th, 2012
      • yeah, that too! lol

        rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
      • ha!

        Brooke wrote on January 30th, 2012
  6. 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?

    Sarah wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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.

      Milla wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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 be causes (or correlations) of inflammation after all.

      I’m curious to see the full study. Not making any inferences from the abstract until I see the methods section.

      A note on heat and Omega 3. I don’t as yet know the exact temperature values, but there appears to be a range of temperature that works best for preserving Omega fatty acids in cooked foods.

      I’ve been looking at this issue with regard to high heat processing of pet foods and the legal loopholes that the industry has regarding the analysis (and other) reporting on the label/packaging. You might be surprised how many legal loopholes there are for ingredient and analysis reporting – for both pet and human foods. That’s why its important to know the integrity of the food producer.

      I found a company – Champion Petfoods (Alberta, Canada) (Orijen, Acana product lines) that makes a kibble with lower heat extrusion processes that they claim preserves the nutrients and doesn’t create toxic byproducts. Their food was given the 2012/2013 Low Glycemic award for the best overall pet food in the world by the Glycemic Research Institute (GRI) – based on feeding trials and lab testing.

      I’m in the process of communicating with Champion about issues such as temperature and oxidation of the fish oils in their products in particular. They seem to have a handle on the whole “biologically appropriate” food source concept – including range feeding, humane treatment, and so on – and I’d trust their information. They also make a point of knowing the producers of their pet food sources, which are all certified “fit for human consumption”. When I feel like I have a better handle on the Omega fatty acid and oxidation situation myself, I’d be happy to share here.

      rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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…

      Primal Toad wrote on January 30th, 2012
      • 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 wrote on January 30th, 2012
  7. 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 – that article was not about bacon, literally. Maybe Mark didn’t mean what he said literally; but, was doing a bit of “bacon humor”.

    The article was also not about eating bacon. It was about an old folk remedy that uses cured salt pork as a long term compress inserted into the nasal passage.

    The first thing that came to mind for me was wondering how that remedy worked – what made it work, since obviously it works well. If you know salt park, and if you read between the lines in that article about the caveat re bacterial infection leading to disuse of the remedy, you might surmise that only the (ample) fat of the salt pork is used.

    Also, if you know about the use of styptic to stop bleeding then you might wonder about the salt being an astringent like styptic – which also has a bit of a salty taste.

    So, maybe the active agent is salt and the pork fat is the delivery system – safely holding the salt in place for the five days that the article mentioned that the cure involves. Or, maybe there is an entirely different reason why the salt pork works.

    Now I’m really curious.

    rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
  8. 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!

    Milla wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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?

      rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
      • 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!

        Jason wrote on January 30th, 2012
        • 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 be stuck with him for awhile.

          rarebird wrote on January 30th, 2012
      • …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. :-)

        Milla wrote on January 31st, 2012
  9. 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 salami). The bacon is nitrite, nitrate, gluten, MSG, and hormone free. The ingredients are: Pork, water, salt, turbinado sugar, cultured celery power juice powder, and sea salt. Its too salty for my taste but again is a decent bacon until I find what I’m actually looking for.

    rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
  10. 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!

    Chase wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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!

      Burn wrote on January 29th, 2012
  11. Happy to see you gave some link-love to Andrew’s fatbiking the arctic adventure. Very cool project!

    Victoria wrote on January 29th, 2012
  12. 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 He has said that it was MDA that put him on this path.

    Anne wrote on January 29th, 2012
  13. 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?

    Hayden Tompkins wrote on January 29th, 2012
  14. 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.”

    Anne wrote on January 29th, 2012
  15. Great soda post! I love that people are finally becoming more informed about it.

    Alana wrote on January 29th, 2012
  16. 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 :)

    Sarah wrote on January 29th, 2012
  17. So brown babies don’t shiver because of brown fat? That rocks because I don’t shiver either.

    Alex Good wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • Err, babies, not brown babies. I reworded it but forgot remove the “brown”.

      Alex Good wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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 wrote on January 30th, 2012
      • 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.

        rarebird wrote on January 30th, 2012
  18. 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.

    Andrew wrote on January 29th, 2012
  19. 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.

    rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
  20. 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.

    Diane wrote on January 29th, 2012
  21. 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 to the area and clear out the inflammation and toxins. They do recommend some ice, but not immediately. Movement and light pressure and massage. Even with PBF, you can accidentally trip, roll an ankle, whatever, simply because you’re paying more attention to having fun playing than you are to your surroundings. I was playing with my German Shepherd in the woods and having little races with him for fun, not a serious training run. However, I was wearing typical running shoes, not VFFs. Hopefully once I get my VFFs my feet will feel the ground better, and this won’t happen as easily. Also, in running shoes, an ankle roll is very easy to do because of the way they’re designed. I’ll keep a better eye on my surroundings next time too. :)

    LizS wrote on January 29th, 2012
  22. 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 around as much as I could. By the end of the evening I could walk with almost my normal range of motion. I elevated my foot that night and the next day walking was stiff but relatively pain free.

    I don’t remember how long it was before i was running, maybe a week or two. The doc said 4-6 weeks. He would have been right if I’d used that cast.

    Phillip wrote on January 29th, 2012
  23. 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!!

    Kari wrote on January 29th, 2012
  24. 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 description of how to do it safely, and no evidence.

    He talks about how “advances are made” yet his references are articles from online magazines, and the few that are peer reviewed are from the 40’s…

    His arguments are based on his own anecdote, and how his injury healed so quickly using this method. How do we know the injury was even substantial? If it had full function in a day, how bad was it really? It probably wouldn’t have mattered what he did.

    Overall, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater over this article.

    Tony Ingram wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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 called “traction”. He may have intuitively stumbled onto something worth adding to our own “hands on” first aid kits. Could be especially useful if the injury occurs when we can’t get to ice and need to be mobile just to get back home or to a doctor. That’s when I get really “hands on” with an injury. If he would create a video demonstration that might help.

      rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
      • 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 the claim that I really have issue with in this article.

        Going to a therapist for traction is an awfully expensive treatment for something as powerful and temporal as a Tylenol.

        Self treatment videos would be a good idea, but it would be hard to get people to do that to themselves safely. Bad risk-reward ratio in my opinion.

        Tony Ingram wrote on January 30th, 2012
        • 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 more affordably but just as effectively at home.

          Yes, there is an immediate reduction of pain that can be temporary – but if traction is paired with the correct exercise improvement is maintained. Pain levels continue to decline and mobility increases. Basically, that’s how (some) inversion tables work – pairing graduated body weight traction with core strengthening exercise. Much more benefit than a Tylenol to be sure.

          I don’t see why what I experienced with gentle traction couldn’t be used to treat an ankle sprain, if its done correctly. But, I definitely agree that safety is an issue.

          I didn’t make my thinking about the video clear. I meant that a “picture’s worth a thousand words” when it comes to describing what he meant by traction. In other words, a way for others to evaluate the potential of the method.

          rarebird wrote on January 30th, 2012
  25. 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.

    Melissa wrote on January 29th, 2012
    • 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 wrote on January 29th, 2012
  26. 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 24 to 48 hours. Moist heat after that. None of these applications for more than 10 minutes. Massage, light movement, energy work (Reiki, TT), stretching several times a day from the beginning for grades 1 and 2 with a slower introduction of movement for grade 3.

    I never needed to elevate above the heart level – but rest and fully supported moderate elevation helped with pain and swelling in the first days. I never stay still for long so I was never a “good patient” that way.

    But, I did try to take care of myself enough to give it a rest every so often. Same for compression. I don’t take NSAID’s or other pain meds normally so if a little rest and compression help with pain and swelling, I’d prefer that.

    Grade 3 is outside the realm of METH anyway, according to the author – so you can pretty much count on an immobilizer of some kind for that for awhile. Didn’t keep me still anyway – but did help me continue to avoid surgery since the initial Grade 3 knee injury 45 years ago.

    I’d be interested to learn exactly what traction in the METH method entails. I may have used that form of traction in my stretching but I can’t be sure.

    At any rate, my view is that it doesn’t have to be an either/or choice. I know several PT’s who currently follow a method something like my hybrid with good results.

    rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
  27. 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 consciousness on my knees up against a curb under the motorcycle. Thank goodness I had jeans not shorts on. Among other things, the ACL was torn.

    If I want to improve the function of that knee I can have surgery – but since I am not a professional athlete, and it causes me no pain or impairment to my lifestyle, I don’t yet want to have surgery. I won’t say “never” but its very unlikely.

    rarebird wrote on January 29th, 2012
  28. 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 wrote on January 30th, 2012
  29., need we say more?… again if man made it, it’s poison.

    dasbutch wrote on January 30th, 2012
  30. 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 bowl back in the shelter someone took one look at it and puked in the garbage can, while other people were laughing. I boiled the meat slightly, enough so the exterior was cooked but there was still red blood inside the heart, and it tasted like the best chicken ever.

    Animanarchy wrote on January 30th, 2012
  31. 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 affected foot, just lightly, and I ended up recovering nicely in about three weeks. The doctor refused to take my cast off because I had forgotten to bring paperwork to the receptionist at the hospital the day I got the cast on (isn’t that their job anyway?) so I cut it off myself after the prescribed month was up using garden shears, then returned to the hospital for another reason and smugly announced I took the cast off myself when asked by one doctor in front of the doctor who wouldn’t do it. He looked unhappy. Maybe he missed out on a pay bonus.

    Animanarchy wrote on January 30th, 2012
  32. Awesome bacon video!

    Primal Toad wrote on January 30th, 2012
  33. 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 RICE or METH – mainly TCM and compression/stabilization – with a lot of support for bone health.

    Sharing the link to the article here this time, although the previous time I added a link to my comment it took over a day to be posted on the blog. That’s why I don’t usually share links here.’t-got-time-for-the-pain-a-case-study-in-speed-healing#more-248

    rarebird wrote on January 30th, 2012
  34. 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 wrote on January 30th, 2012
  35. 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 me ravishingly hungry about an hour and a half to two hours after eating that “healthy, hearty” bowl of slow cooked, steel cut organic oats with lots of added walnuts and a little dried fruit – no other sugars or fats.

    The reaction was persistent and pronounced so I just couldn’t accept my doctor’s dismissal of my concerns. That’s when I started reading the Primal Blueprint and doing my own research, including purchasing a blood sugar monitor and doing my own testing daily at home.

    I have confirmed that – yes – I was experiencing reactive hypoglycemia and probably did make the diagnostic criteria for dysglycemia and was heading into pre-diabetes territory. Now I test my blood sugar response to everything I eat, as well as the fasting state, and monitor the reversal of the former poor state of blood sugar health.

    I am convinced that (1) if I had continued down the path that I was on guided by the ADA medical guidelines that sometime within the next decade I would have developed diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease and (2) making the change to the PB lifestyle will not only save my life in the long run it has already improved the quality of my life in the short term.

    rarebird wrote on January 30th, 2012
  36. 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 load of blood and pus from the ankle, which was really painful I won’t lie, then did some massage on the leg to get the blood flowing. That was it. My brother didn’t want to drive the hour and a half back the acupuncturist, so he had his wife massage his leg frequently. He healed quickly and never babied his ankle.

    My husband broke a small toe with a tiny fracture and the bridge of that foot swelled and bruised. The primary care physician gave him anti-inflammatories and told him to stay off the foot for the time being. After a couple of weeks, the swelling had not gone down and the bruise was still there as well. I took over and made him go see the local Chinese acupuncturist in his hole-in-the-wall office. This acupuncturist did the needles, then massaged the leg, foot and toes. He told my husband to continue with usual activity but wear supportive shoes. So husband continued his regular table tennis schedule. After the first visit, the swelling was almost gone, and I got rid of the bruise with a couple of soaks in Epson salt water. Husband felt so great after the acupuncture visit that he went twice a week for a month just to get the massage.

    More anecdoted like that to tell but I’ll keep it at that. 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.

    HillsideGina wrote on January 30th, 2012
  37. “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.

    rarebird wrote on January 30th, 2012
    • 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.

      LizS wrote on January 31st, 2012
  38. I find myself getting lost in the archives Mark! Thanks for all the great posts

    Chris wrote on August 28th, 2012

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