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February 19, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 178

By Mark Sisson
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Ryan, fiance to the powerlifter from the recent success story, just released a self-titled Primal kids EP by The Cave Kids. Check it out on Amazon or iTunes. It’s really good, and both kids and parents will dig it. “Just Like Mom and Dad” is my favorite so far.

It seems raw-feeding one’s pets is really catching on. The NY Times recently did a write up.

It almost sounds like making your short workouts shorter and more intense might actually work.

Could kevlar socks replace Vibram Fivefingers? I’m not sure, but they’re available for purchase.

Mighty Men of Old: Being a Gallery of Pictures and Biographies of Outstanding Old Time Strongmen (PDF). Anyone who likes strength training, moustaches, and pristine male buttocks will enjoy this.

A new study found that 11% of doctors surveyed admitted they had lied to patients or parent-guardians in the past year.

How the NASA Biocapsule could help millions.

That’s not a heart attack. It’s just spin class. How an hour of spinning can trigger similar biochemical reactions as a genuine heart attack.

The exercise and (surprisingly somewhat Primal) diet habits of Marilyn Monroe.

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Hi Mark,

Thought you would get a kick out of my Valentine present from my girl.

– I gotta say, David. You’ve got a keeper.

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Sian
4 years 7 months ago

So Marilyn Monroe combined an ‘ice cream habit’ with her primalesque diet? What news!!

If it worked for her …

AmandaLP
4 years 7 months ago

Every article about “models” includes their “little indulgence.”. “oh, look, I only eat meat and carrots and eggs, but I’m still human, I eat ice cream.” the same pattern can be seen in beauty magazines today (or, at least until I stopped reading them a few years ago.)

I do have to say, the kevlar socks don’t seem nearly as ugly as the vibrams. If they come out with plain black ones and colorful ones, I might pick some up.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
Yep, and that’s even true about athletes. One of my “heros” is Dara Torres. I annoyed the whole household screaming in support for her during the 2008 Olympics. She is one heck of a female physical specimen. Talk about abs! Whew! But, Dara is not my idea for a nutritional role model. She was bulimic during her first two Olympics. So, her philosophy now is to indulge her cravings. “Women’s Health” magazine interview with Dara: “More often I wonder what other people think about when they see me in an airport or wherever, scarfing down a cheeseburger and some fries.… Read more »
PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
4 years 7 months ago
Well that makes 2 of us that are fans of hers! Being an “older” lady myself, I was always interested in her performance/progress and just general outcome. If you were wondering what that ethereal scream you heard in the background was – it was probably me yelling for her success as well! However, I wasn’t aware of the interview in “Women’s Health” magazine and her comments on the types of foods she eats or prefers to eat. I agree – it’s certainly not the best role model – primal or otherwise. Well, we are who we are, and I guess… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
What I shared was from two interviews – one from Women’s Health and one from Glamor – the Shape Up blog. I’d suggest that you read both interviews in their entirety and see what you think about context. Never ceases to amaze me how the media distorts things. That said, these direct quotes are sorta hard to dismiss out of hand. And, she does seem to feel that exercise counters any dietary mishaps. From BeautyTipToday: “It’s OK to have bites of food that probably aren’t the best for you because that way you won’t deprive yourself and then want more… Read more »
Tyler
Tyler
4 years 7 months ago

That NY Times article is as terrible as I expected it to be. I never cease to be amazed by the overwhelming fear people have towards raw meat.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe you would be less amazed if you saw first hand what can happen from parasites and diseases in raw meat. Eating raw means ~really~ knowing your sources. IMO, the reason that so many modernized people are so causal about raw meat is similar to why they are so casual about small pox, diphtheria, polio, and other diseases that most people in developed countries have little or no actual experience with. Then, there’s denial – it will never happen to me, until it does. Shame more people don’t watch “House, MD.”

Tyler
Tyler
4 years 7 months ago

I have seen and experienced, thanks.
You honestly think people are casual about raw meat? It’s hard enough to find someone who isn’t squeamish about blood, let alone someone who doesn’t think I’m crazy for not washing my hands a dozen times when preparing or cooking meat from animals I actually watched growing up.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
Yes, I do think that – but need to state my feelings more carefully. Mark was pointing out that raw food diets were “really catching on”. The article states there is a “burgeoning raw-pet-food market” that “It’s become hip.” So, its about those people – as well as those who eat a raw meet diet themselves – that I am making that statement. I feel that they are being “casual” if they don’t carefully assess both risks and benefits, and in my experience they tend not to do so. In your case, you may know the meat animals well but… Read more »
Wafaa
Wafaa
4 years 7 months ago
House MD. is based off strange medical cases reported in a newspaper column. Not exactly a meaningful source or statistically significant for medical advice 😉 I don’t know. I’m currently living in what you would call a “developing” country. Raw meat (red) and raw liver is a frequent part of the diet, and is deeply rooted in traditional cuisine. I have never heard of problems associated with that from either friends or doctors, nor had any problems myself. And trust me, people eat raw meat here with great frequency. But then, when we eat raw meat, we’re buy it freshly… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
I never said that “House, MD.” was a source for medical advice. What I meant to imply was that “House, MD.” might open eyes for people who have little or no awareness of risk factors associated with raw food (among other things). I tend to agree that life is generally risky. All anyone can do is their best. My issue is with people not really doing their best. And, even when we do, stuff still happens. So, we need to at least make the effort, IMO. I don’t know what country you are located in, but obviously you do have… Read more »
rob
rob
4 years 7 months ago

Imo the first step towards acceptance is bathing in a tub full of raw cuts of meat, once you are used to having it against your skin and surrounding you, then you will be much more accepting of eating it.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
So happy to see that kevlar socks are available and that they have spandex! I tried to buy a set of Vibram Fivefingers and couldn’t because my feet didn’t meet the criteria for a proper fit. Both feet need to have less than 1/16th of an inch difference in length. The difference between the big toe and the toe next it also has to be less than 1/16th of an inch. Given how common a difference between feet more than 1/16th of an inch, is I would suspect that a more stretchy kevlar sock could be the answer for many… Read more »
Sharyn
Sharyn
4 years 7 months ago

For a low cost alternative, try aqua shoes or whatever you call them. Like little wetsuits for your feet, with a thin rubber non-slip sole.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion. Do you mean like the shoes used in water aerobics? How well does a shoe with a “thin” rubber sole hold up on various terrains? Would it protect against issues like stone bruises?

Sharyn
Sharyn
4 years 7 months ago

Not sure about water aerobics – the ones I mean are mostly used by rafters and kayakers. Like neoprene slippers with rubber soles. Like most ‘barefoot shoe’ options, they’re more protection than bare feet but you do have to watch your footing. They’re a lot cheaper than VFFs and no-one looks at you funny for wearing them…

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks for the explanation, Sharyn. That might be a good option for me also in the sense that I had been thinking about taking up kayaking now that I’ve retired in the Great Lakes area. Used to canoe when I was young – and usually did it barefoot or in mocs. Would have liked a non-slip waterproof “barefoot” shoe like that I bet.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah
4 years 7 months ago

I love the logic in the raw diet article:

“Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, a spokeswoman for the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, said that she was not inclined to recommend a raw-food diet for her patients…“Dogs have been domesticated and living with us for, some of them, centuries. A raw food diet is not necessarily going to agree with these animals whom we’ve imposed our lifestyles on.”

Humans have been eating processed, nutritionally devoid junk for, some of them, centuries. A real food diet is not necessarily going to agree with these humans whom we’ve imposed our junk food on.

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
4 years 7 months ago

Also, dogs have been domesticate for “centuries”? LOL. Try “since well before the invention of agriculture, several tens of thousands of years.” During 99% of which time, of course, they would have lived on scraps of human food (probably mostly meat and bones) and whatever they could find or catch around camp (mostly small animals, eggs, etc.). It’s not like the original dog-wolves walked into human encampments and started eating kibble, for dog’s sake.

fritzy
fritzy
4 years 7 months ago

Most vets are actually pretty ignorant of the domestication of dogs and their evolutionary history. My sister works for a vet clinic with several vets, none of whom advocate a raw food diet for animals, despite the fact that several of the office workers, including my sister have had nothing but success since switching their dogs to raw foods. “Don’t you know,” they say “you’re dog is going to get tapeworm.” Cause tapeworm is so much worse than a fat, sick, tumor ridden dog with no energy, right?

Primal Toad
4 years 7 months ago

HAHA! I love the sarcasm!

My poor Boston Terrier has been suffering through seizures recently. He had about 7 in just 10 days and then went 11 days without one. He then suffered through his worst one a few nights ago.

We bought the medication but have not given it to him yet. I think its possible that a raw food diet could help him but my parents are not up for it. I’ll show them the article nonetheless.

And, I want those socks. It’s worth trying them out I am sure!

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
I don’t know if ketogenic diets are as useful for dogs as they are for humans – but maybe. And, maybe your parents (and the vet) will be open to considering this approach, even if not to using a raw food diet. There is literature on the use of ketogenic diet not only to manage seizures but to prevent them in humans. The Mayo Clinic used this approach. There are low glycemic kibble diets available for dogs, including one (Orijen – my favorite) that (1) has been tested and awarded the “Low Glycemic” award by a certified research institute –… Read more »
Primal Toad
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks for your input and valuable information! It’s been 5 days since he has had one. He is alive and well right now but another could pop up at anytime.

I’ll always have real food, ketogenic diet for him in the back of my mind so its always nice for someone to layout their viewpoint on a ketogenic diet for a dog.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
You and your precious pup are more than welcome to any help that I can offer :-). Seriously. All you have to do is say the word and I’ll see what I can find on the subject, if you feel that you need support in presenting this option to your parents and your vet. I have a long term established collaborative research partnership with a vet – albeit more or less dormant lately. We often ventured into the esoteric and arcane areas of the literature and the lab in search of answers outside the conventional realm. And, she supports both… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
Having had the discussion about raw diets for dogs (and cats) with several vets – as well as doing a bit of inquiry myself – both feeding raw and reading the literature – I have a different take on what the quoted vet is saying. One issue is about dietary enzymes – which are in flux based on what the animal is accustomed to eating. Anyone who has a dog who has changed brands of kibble – let alone changed the feeding method radically from kibble to raw – knows that a gradual transition is recommended. If that advice is… Read more »
HillsideGina
4 years 7 months ago

Dr. Doofus, I presume. What an inane comment.
Imposed our lifestyles on? She’s one of those whack jobs who thinks pets are enslaved by humans.

Been feeding my dog raw meaty bones for ten years. He crunches the bones like they are doggy potato chips, then licks every drop of blood from the bowl. Yum, yum.

Hilda
Hilda
4 years 7 months ago

Those socks look very similar, but thicker in material to the “cut gloves” I use for food prep where I work.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Yep, I noticed that, too – and that makes me hopeful that they are more size adaptable than the Vibrams.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
“Cause tapeworm is so much worse than a fat, sick, tumor ridden dog with no energy, right?” Could be, Fritzy. And, don’t overlook the fact that humans can catch tape worm from their pets, too. From the “Stop the Insanity: Top 10 Craziest Diet Fads” here at MDA: “Eat, eat, eat and always stay thin – or so claims a promotional poster for The Tapeworm Diet. Under the plan, all you had to do is simply swallow a worm-laced pill and watch as the worm dined off your food. Besides the obvious ick factor associated with eating a worm, (not… Read more »
John
John
4 years 7 months ago
“and about 28 percent (of doctors surveyed) said they had ‘intentionally or unintentionally revealed to an unauthorized person health information about one of [their] patients.'” My friend had a stroke last week and it seems that 100% of the staff at this hospital is guilty of this. Also “In addition, about 35 percent of doctors did not agree with the statement that physicians should “disclose financial relationships with drug and device companies to heir patients.” How could this be? It seems so greedy and evil but I see this is so true. (Get new doctors people!)
Victor Venema
4 years 7 months ago

Those in Europe may want to try Fairtrade Vivo Barefoot shoes from Terra Plana. They have a thin sole of only 3 mm and Terra Plana has casual shoes as well as sport shoes. Especially the former are a good alternative to Vibrams.

Quinn
Quinn
4 years 7 months ago

They’re selling terra plana shoes in the US now too. I’ve had a pair, and although I enjoyed them while they lasted, they fell apart pretty quickly (about 6 months) and were reallyyy expensive. Not sure how highly I’d recommend them.

Ash
Ash
4 years 7 months ago

Put my dogs on a raw diet and haven’t looked back. My 13 year old acts like a puppy but her loss of hearing brings me back to reality.

I’m not sure the ketogenic state applies to dogs. Dogs are carnivores and never needed carbs as part of their diet. Never. We are omnivores and therefore need carbs. There’s a big difference between omnivores and carnivores in my mind.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
I’m not sure that the ketogenic state would apply either at least in the same sense that it does for humans. But, what I was thinking was this: While dogs are a member of the Order Carnivora, they are NOT obligate carnivores. They are facultative carnivores who do consume food other than meat. There are several classifications of carnivore beyond these two, based on the percentage of meat in the diet. To my mind, the biggest difference is between an obligate carnivore and all other carnivores and omnivores, btw. Dogs do have the requisite enzymes to digest starch in the… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
On further thought – following a good night’s sleep – I recalled that both dogs and cats develop diabetes – albeit with a different distribution for type. In fact diabetes is on the rise in both cats – who are more likely to develop Type II. So, I did a little digging around to see if diabetic ketoacidosis was metabolically similar in cats, dogs, and humans – and it is. That fact would suggest to me that nutritional ketosis aka the ketogenic diet would be a possible therapeutic approach for both cats and dogs. In fact, why wouldn’t the incidence… Read more »
Ash
Ash
4 years 7 months ago

Rarebird – Thanks for that info. We are on the same side of the fence here, for sure. Our pet carnivores (even though dogs aren’t obligate carnivores) have no need for carbs.

kiwilauren
kiwilauren
4 years 7 months ago

Our dog has been paleo (raw) since birth and couldn’t be healthier. The dog food he eats is made in NZ (K9 Naturals) but is now available world wide. It’s fantastic and easy. Here’s the link:
http://www.k9natural.com/retailers-and-wholesalers

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
Thank you for sharing this info. I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my pet’s diet. “NZ” caught my eye because I know how high quality their meats can be and how stringent the quality control – especially for export. A visit to the K9 Naturals website confirmed these aspects for me. However, the visit also raised a few questions and concerns. First of all, their approach to raw feeding is quite different than my experience with it as adjunctive. They seem to contradict a few tried and true methods for feeding dogs, including using raw plant… Read more »
Ash
Ash
4 years 7 months ago
You were addressing Kiwilauren, but let me answer it too. My dogs have been on the raw diet for a few months now and I have seen a positive change in them since I got them off kibble. I was feeding them Orijen, so it was the super premium kibble. My 13 year old Dalmatian (she does not suffer from hyperuricosuria) has made a huge turn around in her health. She’s like a puppy with bad hearing. My vet said, “She looks and feels like a 7 year old” during her annual check up. She also had terrible teeth. Since… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
Thanks, Ash. If there’s a better kibble than Orijen, I can’t find it. So, if I had a dog who wasn’t doing well on Orijen I’d consider raw feeding 100%, too. So fortunate that your Dalmatian isn’t uric prone. How does what you do differ from the Prey Model Raw? Did you follow the directions for a total switch rather than a gradual switch from kibble? I don’t find that adding adjunctive raw to Orijen is a problem. But, I’m only feeding a small amount of raw. I travel with three of my dogs – have a total of six… Read more »
Ash
Ash
4 years 7 months ago
Didn’t see a reply link under your post below. My Dalmatian gets low purine meats. That is what causes uric crystal build ups. I have a female, so they are less prone in general. I also feed her more BARF based than PMR and that also helps. My Border Collie is on complete PMR – Meat (80%), bones (10%) and organs (10%). You shouldn’t have a problem feeding Orijen and raw. I used to do that – Orijen for one meal, and raw for their second. I never fed them both in the same meal though. Quick searches told me… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
Thanks again, Ash. That’s how I feed now – Orijen for some meals and raw some meals – its just that most meals are Orijen at this time. I do that so if I ever want/need to feed only one or the other exclusively they have the enzymes and microbes already established for proper digestion. When we’re on the road they eat kibble only. Its a convenience/food safety issue for me but they seem to do best on a small amount of kibble while traveling. Glad that you’ve learned how to successfully control for uric issues. I find that dealing… Read more »
Sarah @ The Healthy Diva
4 years 7 months ago

Haha steak for valentines…that’s actually really sweet!!! I’m so going to try the pineapple pork..looks delish

Nate
4 years 7 months ago

I am not going to lie, there were more links in that post than I can count but the heart shaped steak was classic. Love it.

Marcela
Marcela
4 years 7 months ago

Hey MDA’s community. I am not very into advertising what I write, because it is just a crappy blog in broken english. But there is this one post that was inspired by MDA and the guy at Free the Animal. So if you have a few moments to spare from your precious time and would like to read, here it is: http://myglassceiling.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/animal/

Daniel Wallen
4 years 7 months ago

Enjoyed the article on HIIT. I just started treadmill hill sprints yesterday. Ten minutes of that was enough to make me hate my life.

Gayle
Gayle
4 years 7 months ago

Very interesting about Marilyn. It does seem she ate kind of primal most of the time with an ice cream indulgence. Seems to have worked well, she had a beautiful naturally curvaceous but slender figure without any surgical enhancement unlike many actresses today. People write about how she was a size 16 or whatever, but she was smaller than the average American woman today and sizes were different back then. Sizes were even smaller it seems back in the early 80s when i was in high school.

Gayle
Gayle
4 years 7 months ago

On the article about spinning being like a heart attack…
I spin once a week for about 45 minutes but it is not going ‘hard’ for most of that time. We do some sprinting intervals and the rest of the class i pedal at a comfortable pace. That is ok isn’t it?

Louise
Louise
4 years 7 months ago
I have some questions about that article too…. I do 45 mins of spinning 3x/week and while its fairly strenuous, it’s way easier for me than let’s say running, for which after about 20 mins i am passed out on the floor lol Only clicked through to read the news article and not the original paper, but i’d like to know what peoples’ baseline level of cardiovascular fitness was before being tested (they just state they were ‘healthy’ individuals). Additionally, only 2 out of 10 participants had enzyme levels that exceeded the threshold used to test for evidence of a… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I’d want to read the original study, with especial focus on the methods section, before making any inferences or changing any exercise habits that seem to be working.

gilliebean
4 years 7 months ago

Marilyn is a new hero. 🙂

Jenn
Jenn
4 years 7 months ago

Kinda crushin’ on Professor Attila on page 15…

JimPurdy.blogspot.com
4 years 7 months ago

Spin classes and heart attack-like symptoms?

Wow! Be careful, or a cardiologist might try to convince you that you need coronary artery bypasses.

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