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10 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 193

If you can, please support the Kickstarter campaign for “In Defense of Fat,” a new documentary examining how ancestral health could help counteract the “bad science eating at America’s health.” They’ve got a ways to go, but with your help, I think we can get this very important project off the ground!

Timothy, the Urban Primalist, shares his reflections on a year of lifting heavy things, plus the latest lecture from Shovelglove 201.

This kid took a stand. Will you?

The truck driver’s face: visceral photographic evidence of what a lifetime of UVA exposure (without UVB to balance it out) could do to your skin.

Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, those crazy smart folks responsible for the Whole9, are birthing their first book in a few days. Go grab a copy of It Starts with Food. It’s really, really good.

Anyone who’s ever been a caregiver for a loved one knows the difficulty of keeping on top of everything: doctor visits, medication histories, treatments, procedures, and all the rest. With The Medical Day Planner, the proactive caregiver or patient can stay abreast of that stuff so it doesn’t consume every waking moment, leaving them free to focus on actually living.

Northern Californians, if you’re looking for like-minded folks who will join you in asking the waiter questions like “what did the cows eat?” and “what kind of oil do you use to make your aioli?”, waste no time and join the Northern California Primal Meetup Group. Everyone else, find or start one in your area.

A stick figure grapples with the question every wearer of Vibram Fivefingers has had to tackle.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (June 10 – June 16)

Comment of the Week

Ok, Mark. Now, not only do I have to convince my boss to let me have a stand-up work station but now I have to ask for my stand-up work station to be outside? Wish me luck, everyone!

Don’t forget to convince your boss to let you traipse around barefoot and do pullups on the office door frames!

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. Thank you for the link love, Mark 😀

    Paul Halliday wrote on June 10th, 2012
  2. Comparing the pics of Timothy, it is easy to see that he has made tremendous progress – well done to him!

    Brad wrote on June 10th, 2012
    • Thank you, Brad! It’s all thanks to MDA for opening my eyes to the possibilities. If I can do it, just about anyone can!

      Timothy wrote on June 10th, 2012
      • Timothy, have you heard of Pavel’s work? His book on strength training called “Power to the People” was an huge eye opener for me. I LOVE the dead lift and after reading his book I threw away my lifting gloves, straps and lifting belt. Was surprised to find that all these things were actually hurting my form and keeping my grip weak, thus getting in the way of further strength gains and opening my back up for injury. Check the book out if you haven’t yet. Fascinating stuff!

        TokyoJarrett wrote on June 10th, 2012
        • Tstatsouline right? He’s definitely on my reading list. I love his greasing-the-groove insight. Definitely prefer raw lifting, although I do use chalk and shinguards for the deadlift only. Thanks for the referral!

          Timothy wrote on June 10th, 2012
  3. Meant to add… terms of sunscreen, i don’t you think can beat a zinc-based product along with natural ingredients.

    Although i like to take “sun baths”, if i am spending a lot of time in the sun, i will put some protection on, at least on my face.

    Brad wrote on June 10th, 2012
  4. Timothy TOTALLY INSPIRED me today! I’m setting up a spreadsheet. Awesome awesomeness!

    Joy Beer wrote on June 10th, 2012
    • So glad! If this helps you raise your game I will be thrilled!

      Timothy wrote on June 10th, 2012
  5. You gotta love a guy who prays to his ancestors as part of his workout!

    KTH wrote on June 10th, 2012
    • I look forward to joining them with a clear conscience some day!

      Timothy wrote on June 11th, 2012
  6. whoa… that truck driver’s face is scary. I can’t believe that can happen from years of truck driving! Fascinating!

    Burn wrote on June 10th, 2012
  7. I guess I’m lucky. I have a large desk I converted to a combo stand up/sit down desk, and the first thing I do when I get to the office is kick off my shoes.

    Dave, RN wrote on June 10th, 2012
  8. That stick figure cracked me up! 😀

    TokyoJarrett wrote on June 10th, 2012
  9. I saw the picture of the truck driver earlier this week. I drive a lot for my job (home health) and realized that the sun spots that have been bothering me lately are on the left side of my face! I never really made that connection until I saw that article. I am wondering what I should do about this? I wear a face moisturizer that has sunscreen and the make up I wear has a natural SPF in it. Hmmmm, this really bothers me!

    Sarah Redmon wrote on June 10th, 2012
    • Hey Sarah, check out this link, which has lots of information about treating age and sun spots:

      As for general skin health, i recommend the book Acne No More, which i read and reviewed.

      Brad wrote on June 10th, 2012
    • Hey Sarah, check out, and search for age/sun spots. There is plenty of good information there for dealing with sun spots.

      As for general skin health, i recommend the book Acne No More, which i read and reviewed.

      Brad wrote on June 10th, 2012
      • Wow, Earthclinic – what an amazing site! Thank you for sharing.

        debbie wrote on June 10th, 2012
        • Glad to help!

          Brad wrote on June 11th, 2012
  10. In for a c-note at Kickstarter as my way of saying thanks Mark for the education I got here.

    OneSingularPerson wrote on June 10th, 2012
  11. I guess what I’m having a problem with is why all of a sudden it comes to attention that having parts of your body in the sun all day long (and I mean for hours at a time) may not be the best thing?

    Those of us who spent our time driving for a living or just doing a lot of driving – probably without A/C so the window needed to be open – know that our left arm always got way more tan than the right arm – it was the arm that hung outside or rested on the door frame of the open window – duh. I’m talking circa 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980 and beyond – probably way before anybody who wrote this was even born!

    So now all of a sudden somebody comes up with this revelation that whatever part of our body is immersed in sunshine all day long may eventually give us grief. That fellow in the picture – what does his left arm look like? Maybe worse than his face?

    PrimalGrandma wrote on June 10th, 2012
  12. Hey Sarah, check out the earthclinic There is lots of information there.

    As for general skin health, i recommend the book Acne No More, which i read and reviewed.

    Brad wrote on June 10th, 2012
  13. Can we address the er, elephant in the room? The kickstarter documenterayist is overweight, if not obese. She seems to be interested in paleo but mentions nothing about her own weight / loss / experiences. Am I the only one bothered by this, or am I missing something?

    Andy wrote on June 11th, 2012
    • There’s an article with background that just recently came out in her hometown. I posted below with a link, so it’ll be a bit before that shows up.

      Joy Beer wrote on July 13th, 2012
  14. Great article, Timothy! I will add that to my link arsenal for the non-believers.

    Ed wrote on June 11th, 2012
    • Thanks, Ed! Entertaining fellow primalists is always good, but helping new people open their eyes is the most important thing of all. Best of luck setting an inspiring example.

      Timothy wrote on June 11th, 2012
  15. Gosh Mark, that is no mere stick figure drawing, that is the allmighty Randall Munroe, of XKCD fame, probably the second most popular comic in the geek world after Dillbert!

    uhhh, I think I’m giving myself away… I’m going to shut up now 😛

    erosan wrote on June 11th, 2012
    • Oh yeah, forgot to mention, while reading xkcd, all images have an alt text, so leave your mouse over the comic for a second or so.

      erosan wrote on June 11th, 2012
  16. No offense to the Kickstarter project but I would rather fund research. Independent, randomized, peer reviewed, bulletproof research. We don’t need more interviews with people when we know what they’re going to say (sorry Mark and Robb!). We believe it because we’ve lived it. We need data that will prove what we are doing is the healthiest and why. Convert the non-believers!

    Ham-Bone wrote on June 11th, 2012
  17. Thanks Mark. Great stuff, and i will definitely be showing support to the docu! Sounds great.

    Taylor Ryan wrote on June 11th, 2012
  18. So.. A little late, but how does the wearing of glasses affect the UV light reaching the eyes, and does this impact the development of cataracts, or other eyes diseases?

    Ian wrote on June 14th, 2012
  19. Did anybody seriously think the price was going to become greater?
    What a ludicrous thought, at times the rumors are
    just asinine. If something the value of iPad 2 will be lower at $399 along with the
    iPad 3 will slip in the old spot of $499.

    apple ipod 30-80gb classic 5th gen wrote on June 28th, 2012
  20. Hey! I know this will need to go to moderation for a bit, but this is a good article about the documentarian raising funds for her project “In Defense of Fat”:

    In it, it gives some background about how she lost weight starting 2 years ago, and how Paleo has made her feel “different” (better). This might help answer the concern of a poster above about the filmmaker’s weight.

    Joy Beer wrote on July 13th, 2012

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