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August 19, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 203

By Mark Sisson
55 Comments

Research of the Week

A Washington state MD calls out for an end to the “war on pubic hair.”

The (sometimes deadly) power of the nocebo effect, revealed. Boy, our minds really are powerful, huh?

Interesting Blog Posts

Chris Masterjohn takes apart the infamous egg-yolk study in his own special fashion.

Lindsay Starke’s impressions of the Ancestral Health Symposium made it onto Boing Boing. Go read it, and weigh in on the comment section.

Media, Schmedia

With the drought ravaging corn crops across the country, some US beef ranchers are turning to an alternate food source that the cows actually love to eat. No, it’s not grass. It’s candy.

Food chemists have supposedly figured out how to replace half the fat in a chocolate bar with tiny droplets of fruit juice without sacrificing texture or mouth feel. Is there anything food chemists won’t try to ruin? CNN reports.

Everything Else

A low-carb, high-fat Paleo dieter just won the Western States 100, an ultramarathon through the Sierra Nevadas.

During AHS12, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt and I sat down for a chat. Here’s the video.

The Food Lovers (of Make it Paleo fame) have just released a free iPhone and Android app. Browse recipes and generate meal plans, menus, and shopping lists, all for free. There’s really no excuse not to check it out (well, unless you have neither an iPhone nor Android phone, I guess).

Recipe Corner

  • This has always been one of my favorite ways to prepare cauliflower: with whole cumin seeds.
  • You’ll probably want to make like an annoying aunt and pinch these cheeks. And by “pinching,” I mean chewing and swallowing them.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 19 – August 25)

Comment of the Week

I hear Popeye knows his Olive Oil :)

Hmm. There’s a filthy joke in there somewhere.

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lisa
lisa
4 years 11 months ago

oh FFS, leave my pubic hair or lack of it alone. I grew up in the age when no-one ever shaved and I’ll vote for clean–whetehr shaved, waxed, lasered or plucked—any time.

Maybe they could invent a better anti-hair method with all the time they spend fussing….

Primal_Libertarian
Primal_Libertarian
4 years 11 months ago

Gotta buzz

Peacemaker
Peacemaker
4 years 11 months ago
See that’s what I don’t understand. Why would you remove something from your body? It’s naturally there, but people still remove it. I haven’t removed anything from my body most people get rid of: wisdom teeth, tonsils, appendix, and gall bladder. To me if it’s on your body then it has a reason for it. Maybe I never have to get any of those removed because I actually use them. Wisdom teeth, I counted my teeth daily and measured the space, just in case because I didn’t want them removed. As for pubic hair, I don’t want to touch that… Read more »
Jeff
Jeff
4 years 11 months ago

If men did not remove hair we would all look like Zztop.

ryan
ryan
4 years 11 months ago

I agree you should never remove anything from your body. I’m still kicking myself for the letting the doctors remove my appendix that was about to burst…

Fiona
Fiona
4 years 11 months ago
Well I agree on the wisdom teeth thing… at least in part. I wish I’d left mine alone until/unless they caused problems (they hadn’t even erupted but I had an Xray done and they were all impacted… they may NEVER have moved and caused a problem!) I would certainly not have anything else removed UNLESS necessary. Errm appendix… well if it ruptured or something then I definitely would. Hair… well… I think, if we took that too far we’d never cut the hair on our heads either, or shave faces (for men). I don’t see anything really different between having… Read more »
pixel
pixel
4 years 11 months ago

as we evolve, parts get removed when we dont need them. we remove parts when we decide we (or someone else) decides we dont need them. or they get worn down etc. even rats wear their front teeth down to keep them manageable.

short nails -> easier cell phone use. the environment now favors short fingernails. you never clip yours?

Digger
4 years 11 months ago

My uncle invented the artificial appendix and made a fortune.

Mark
Mark
4 years 11 months ago

You know things are getting out of hand when your girlfriend books you in to be waxed – happened to me last week.

Peacemaker
Peacemaker
4 years 11 months ago

Ryan, was that during or after you decided to go Paleo? Luckily enough, I learned about it at a pretty young age. Appendix’s can burst, but is mainly because no one eats tons of vegetables anymore, and the appendix can’t digest much cellulose making it unstable.

Ryan
Ryan
4 years 11 months ago

It was waaaay before my primal days back when I was 14. I had a watermelon seed stuck in it 🙂

Michael C
Michael C
4 years 11 months ago

My wife (girlfriend at the time) told me that if I wanted her to wax I had to give it a try. I did and it was rather unpleasant. A nice trim is just fine with me.

SusynK
SusynK
4 years 11 months ago

I used to shave my pubic hair (WAY before it was popular) between my legs and just trimmed the mound. Now I just keep it all trimmed to about 1/4 inch. Less irritation, zero yeast infections & the hubby likes it better. He keeps trimmed, too.

William
William
4 years 11 months ago

I’d say your relationship going up a notch! Any girl that wants to wax you thinks you’re a keeper!

William
William
4 years 11 months ago

I agree. But it’s also okay to leave all the hair if you play the part, i.e. old burlap patatosack on, club in hand, etc…; what I don’t get is how it could be good to have a Gucci-handbag, shoes, shirtsleeve top and braided armpit hair, or a sexy high-cut bikini with pubic hair flairing out. Guys with eyebrows that could strangle you! Or back hair that makes you wonder if they are walking towards you or away. We just need to play the part correctly that’s all.

BrassyDel
BrassyDel
4 years 11 months ago
What about the possibility that nocebo side effects are things people are really experiencing, but reporting as side effects because they assume that’s where they come from when it isn’t? I get migraines sometimes, and if you tell me a new medicine MIGHT cause migraines, and I get one (caused by something else entirely), I’m going to assume it was the new med, probably because I desperately want a concrete cause and solution. I would bet money on some of the ED cases in that article being men who were in denial that they were developing a problem, and the… Read more »
Ellie
Ellie
4 years 11 months ago

The new app for paleo food just made my life so easy!!! I absolutely love it. You can plan out your week in advance and then it gives you a grocery list

Decaf Debi
4 years 11 months ago

I’ve been discussing the “dumbocity” of the egg study with our hens this week to reassure them that they are doing a good job. They were getting a little paranoid there for a while, but once I explained to them that their brains were bigger than the brains of the scientists, they relaxed and went back to chasing bugs.

Joanne
Joanne
4 years 11 months ago

+1

mars
mars
4 years 11 months ago

tim olson is an incredible athlete! he pulled ahead 15 mins from the next runner.. at mile 85…amazing!

Kristina
Kristina
4 years 11 months ago
Okay. So my fiance works at a feed store to pay for college, right? He sells this lady a bag of chicken feed and she brings it back a week later because it has bugs in it. “My chickens can’t eat this,” she says, “it has bugs in it.” He goes, “Lady, where do you keep your chickens?” “I keep them outside in a little fenced area with their coop in it.” “And do they run around outside?” “Well, yeah.” “And what do they eat when they’re not in the coop?” “Well, they peck around and eat bugs.” “So tell… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 11 months ago

pwned.

Kitty
Kitty
4 years 11 months ago

He should have charged extra with all those bugs. Like having sprinkles on top…

Siri
4 years 11 months ago

Thanks so much for including my roasted cauliflower recipe 🙂

Siri

Agi
Agi
4 years 11 months ago

It looks delicious. Will be trying it today 🙂

Kristina
Kristina
4 years 11 months ago
Okay. So my fiance works at a feed store to pay for college, right? He sells this lady a bag of chicken feed and she brings it back a week later because it has bugs in it. “My chickens can’t eat this,” she says, “it has bugs in it.” (Ignore the fact that she couldn’t have returned it anyway because she admitted to leaving it open for a week.) He goes, “Lady, where do you keep your chickens?” “I keep them outside in a little fenced area with their coop in it.” “And do they run around outside?” “Well, yeah.… Read more »
Gift Clumsywarrior
4 years 11 months ago

I just downloaded MyKitchen app. Thanks for the introduction! and that beef cheek recipe looks so delicious.

alex
alex
4 years 11 months ago

I always had a feeling bush was good for you.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 11 months ago

That vein in Mark’s arm looks like it’s going to crack this computer screen!
(more incentive to stick with primal)

Dakotah M
Dakotah M
4 years 11 months ago

Thanks, Mark, for another great Weekend Link Love post. It’s too bad these apps are rarely made for Windows Phone!

Bill
4 years 11 months ago
Thanks for the link love guys!! As for the app, iphone & android users account for over 75% of the smartphone market (as of about 6 months ago). It’s really sad for us, too, that we can’t feasibly develop an app that would magically work on all devices. Believe us, the android development has been a giant, fermented, sour pickle. But we did it nonetheless! We currently have a fix submitted for the new Nexus 7 tablet (so those users, please hang tight). For anyone else with a smartphone that is not compatible – you can always use the same… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 11 months ago
I’m excited to be able to tweak with my diet again. I requested my food back, which was locked up in the youth shelter I’m in, to stash it outside so I can access it at will, rather than depending on whatever the shelter happens to serve up. The stashing felt like a nice primal/primitive activity. It’s in two cloth bags so I hid them within some bushes surrounded by long grass and tall weeds and stretched a green shirt over them for camouflage, then bent some weeds over them. Now I can eat canned fish, bee pollen, and copious… Read more »
Tom B-D
Tom B-D
4 years 11 months ago

Sounds like you need your own blog space there guy

Trav
Trav
4 years 11 months ago

Animanarchy’s comments are like a cross between Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy and a Monty Python character who goes way off topic during conversation. They’re usually totally unrelated to Mark’s blog post, but often entertaining.

Ma Flintstone
Ma Flintstone
4 years 11 months ago

Me likey.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 11 months ago
Thanks to those who show support. (note: this is just a general rant to anyone who wants to tell me to shut up, nothing personally directed). I thought about doing a success story in the making as a blog (still may) but figured it’s easier just to ramble on in the comments section. I like to think I’m telling a story to anyone who actually pays attention when I write about events in my life rather than the topics at hand or health and science info. But mostly I find it’s a good way to get out thoughts. I find… Read more »
yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 11 months ago

Pubes, Candy Eating Cows, Food Chemists (*shivers* what a job title! ugh!)

I love Sundays with Mark.

Xenocles
Xenocles
4 years 11 months ago

No adverse health effects, eh? How long are cows on this diet before they hit the slaughterhouse?

Catie
4 years 11 months ago

Woah. It was so hard to pick just one outrageous article to share on my FB wall – a week of anger/awe-inspiring primal news!

Juice-bubble chocolate? Madness. Pubic-hair palaver? Leave our grok-given shrubbery alone!

I went with candy-chowing cows. That is the dumbest thing since corn-fed cows. Which is the dumbest thing since hormone-infused cows. Which is….you get the picture.

If we dosed them up with soda and dressed them as people, I think we’d struggle to ascertain who was the smarter herd; bovines/humans.

PaleoDentist
4 years 11 months ago

I Love weekend link love!!! and you did not disappoint once again!!!! Thanks Mark!

Tom B-D
Tom B-D
4 years 11 months ago

The nocebo thing is incredible– 44% of men on the nocebo experienced erectile dysfunction … Compared to 15% on the actual drug … ?! What are they, looking for excuses? !

fouad
4 years 11 months ago

The person who attempted to commit suicide and took 26 placebo pills… honestly, should he have been part of an anti-depressant trial? At least give the guy the real thing or some psychiatric care. How much more irresponsible can the medical community get?

Tom B-D
Tom B-D
4 years 11 months ago

Hey Cornelius, check out the big thing at the top of the page that says “Subscribe,” that should work

Martin
Martin
4 years 11 months ago

For me, Tim Olson winning Western States 100 is the news of the year!

Digger
4 years 11 months ago

He just won the Where’s Waldo 100K this past weekend as well.

http://www.ultralive.net/waldo/webcast.php

Leah
Leah
4 years 11 months ago

Agree! So excited about this!

Guy Cambel
Guy Cambel
4 years 11 months ago
Ok, about the candy cows. “The packaged candy comes from various companies at a discounted rate since they are not fit for store shelves.” They don’t even take the candy out of the packages. Freeze the video at 1:01 ugh The farmer says that “It(candy)actually has a higher ratio of fat then actually feeding them straight corn,” because it’s fat that makes you fat, right? The only candy we see in the report is a pallet of what appears to be: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sour-Tape-Candy/165913843478341 – which is probably mostly HFCS or perhaps even sugar and comes on an inedible hard plastic spool.… Read more »
Guy Cambel
Guy Cambel
4 years 11 months ago

tape ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Wheat Flour, Corn Starch, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Malic Acid, Apple Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Mono & Di-Glycerides, Red 40.

Bella
4 years 11 months ago

We in sweden love your blog!

Evan
Evan
4 years 11 months ago

The nocebo thing means that when you eat your cake, you have to like it and believe it’s good for you. No guilt.

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 11 months ago

Tim Olson looks like a glorious Viking! Joy Beer-Approved.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 11 months ago
Michael
Michael
4 years 11 months ago

That’s very intersting about Timothy Olson’s win. Looks like people can rage ultras on a variety of whole food diets. His success points to paleo being best, but Scott Jurek’s 7 year win streak at WS100 points to vegan diet being optimal. Another one for the law of individual differences, eh?

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
4 years 11 months ago

Unfortunately, the whole feeding candy to cows is not new. It goes for pigs to. Candy, day old chips…

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