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August 26, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 204

By Mark Sisson
62 Comments

Research of the Week

Early usage of antibiotics appears to predispose kids to obesity later on in life.

Does a low-carb diet simulate the beneficial effects of exercise? Michael Eades weighs in on a new study.

Interesting Blog Posts

Eating healthy, even organic stuff from Whole Foods, doesn’t have to be expensive. It just takes a little effort.

Beth over at Weight Maven has a nice roundup of AHS-related posts and pics.

Andrew Badenoch of Evolvify talks about building an intentional paleo community. What do you think? Would you join?

Media, Schmedia

Look who’s decided to start promoting the use of lard!

Sauerkraut is dangerous stuff.

Everything Else

Should you be icing your injured tissues? First, hear what K-Starr has to say, then head over to 70’s Big for Justin Lascek’s take on it. Oh, and be sure to seriously, seriously consider pre-ordering the upcoming MWOD book, Becoming a Supple Leopard, for a chance to win some sweet raffle prizes.

Are you a budding “watermelon student”? I know I am. Learn how to eat a watermelon in this video tutorial by Tom Willett.

Recipe Corner

  • Here’s my blatant attempt to attract followers of Ray Peat: sour gummy stars. Reduce the honey if you’re Primal, sub orange juice and powdered aspirin if Peat-inspired.
  • Gazpacho with gusto. To be honest, though, the gusto is optional.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 26 – September 1)

Comment of the Week

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.

Decaf Debi, I’d love to try their eggs.

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Thomas Rudmin
Thomas Rudmin
4 years 1 month ago

The sauerkraut link is the same link for the sour gummy stars…

Alison Golden
4 years 1 month ago

Ah, not just me then. I am working on liking sauerkraut and was hoping for some inspiration (or justification :-))

Diane
Diane
4 years 1 month ago

sauerkraut, sour stars — which to put on my pastured pork chop???

Galina L.
Galina L.
4 years 1 month ago
I am from the culture where sauerkraut is a staple, I always have at least i/2 of gallon of it in mine fridge. Reading advises about making own fermented cabbage here, I keep thinking I wouldn’t like to eat it as well. First of all it is normally advised to ferment it for too long , like 10 days on a counter-top, which is ridiculous. I keep it on a counter-top often no longer than 3 days(however I use a starter, so it speeds-up the start of fermenting) until it tastes pleasantly sour, remove in a fridge and start eating… Read more »
Shannon
Shannon
4 years 1 month ago
John
John
4 years 1 month ago

If you do a google search for “woman’s homemade sauerkraut highlights” you can find the intended article.

It is in a website named “foodsafetynews”, with appropriate pre- and post- letters.

Well worth reading for paleo folks, most of whom do a lot of cooking by necessity.

Gift Clumsywarrior
4 years 1 month ago

Yeap. Was just gonna click on that to see what they say about Sauerkraut. But now I might have to make gummy stars. lol

Emily Mekeel
Emily Mekeel
4 years 1 month ago

Sundays are just the best! The whole routine looks like this: Workout – Breakfast – Weekend Link Love – Everything else that has to be done for the day. I seriously love MDA! Mark, you rock 🙂

Patrice
4 years 1 month ago

+1… fully agree

Takuan
Takuan
4 years 1 month ago

Your “Sauerkraut is dangerous stuff” link appears to be incorrect – it leads to the sour gummy stars article.

Some of the other links are pretty interesting, thanks 😀

Issabeau
Issabeau
4 years 1 month ago

Our friendly bacteria in our gut has something to do with our bone density?

Hmmm….

I need to read that article again…

Diane
Diane
4 years 1 month ago

I found the bone density relationship really interesting. Anecdotal — but I was on penicillin for years after having rheumatic fever — and I have very high bone density. (Of course, I was on birth control pills in the 60s and 70s as well.) Still, an interesting correlation.

Primal_Libertarian
Primal_Libertarian
4 years 1 month ago

A big NO to the paleo community. Like the diet and all, but that is just… cultish.

LM
LM
4 years 1 month ago

Yeah, same here. I don’t think that fanaticism of any kind is all that healthy, and I don’t want to live with fanatics.

Stacie
Stacie
4 years 1 month ago
Andrew Badenoch is too abrasive a reactionary to have any type of intentional community with. Sociopolitically situated well within SWPL boundaries, his rants aren’t even unique enough to be cringeworthy, but are instead merely dull. With his fist-shaking at the litany of crimes that every hedge-fund sophomore at Barnard equally rails against (e.g. “racism”, “patriarchy”, etc…), he proves himself as immune to evolutionary reality as any of the monotheism crowd he’s so eager to condemn. His outlined principles are merely a wish list of someone who’s been affected by modern ideas more than they realize. From Clermont County in Ohio… Read more »
John
John
4 years 1 month ago

+1 – couldn’t have said it better myself.

Trav
Trav
4 years 1 month ago

His criticism of property rights are tired and inconsistent. Think he’d be cool with me setting up camp and squatting in his yard? I bet his “egalitarian” ideals would fly out the window after a couple nights of some friends and I passing a jug o’ hooch and peace pipe around our drum circle.

Andrew
4 years 1 month ago

I’ve mostly lived on a sailboat since 2008. You’re welcome to squat in my yard, but bring good rain gear.

My criticism of property rights is absolutely consistent: hunter-gatherers do not recognize land rights. This is not even disputed in academia. I guess the fact that that’s been true for over a million years could accurately be considered ‘tired’, but it’s likely true that you just don’t like it, or fear the full implications.

I’d recommend spending some time reading the work of Henry George, or even American revolutionary, Thomas Paine’s, critique in “Agrarian Justice”.

Andrew
4 years 1 month ago

+5 – That Andrew dude should just keep quiet and embrace cynicism. We already have the answers, and they are apathy.

I heard he’s spent two years reading and writing about E.O. Wilson, David Sloan Wilson, and Richard Wrangham. And now he’s actually trying to apply what they’ve written to a real world situation? Pish posh I say. Pish. Posh.

Joshua
Joshua
4 years 1 month ago

Hunter-gatherers didn’t respect land rights because land wasn’t scarce at the time. When the white man came along to these shores and started making it scarce, they respected their own land rights enough to fight for it.
It’s like saying we today don’t recognize property rights because we don’t cordon off the air we breathe. We don’t because it isn’t scarce. Only things that are affected by scarcity are economic goods and thus derive a property right.

Andrew
4 years 1 month ago
Cute narrative, but shallow — to the point of being factually incorrect. Exclusive enclosure (whether of land, or breathable air) induces synthetic scarcity. Until petroleum agriculture artificially inflated human population, there was always “frontier” available to humans. Legal enclosure of all landed areas on the planet is a novel development of the 20th century. Your North American example relies on a circular argument, as the problem for the indigenous peoples was that the colonizers demanded exclusive enclosure to their own benefit. The notion that the continent was already at carrying capacity is simply wrong. References are provided in the post… Read more »
Joshua
Joshua
4 years 1 month ago
Then your problem is with the governments that considered it their manifest destiny to commandeer all land that their guns could enforce. As you saw in your trek north, there is still plenty of frontier available. Overpopulation is a myth and regardless, who are you to determine that population is inflated? Every natural resource, land included, must be subject to property rights. When scarce resources are communally held, they are quickly spoiled as each member takes as much as he can as quickly as he can before someone else beats him to the punch. Thus, fauna is defoliated, animals are… Read more »
ravi
4 years 1 month ago
“Only when resources are owned, either by homesteading or by non-aggressive purchasing from ultimate or proximate homesteaders, does ecology flourish.” am i the only one who finds this level of arrogance and inanity repulsive? (re:joshua comments) i guess the only reason people come to MDA to comment is so they feel good stuffing a fat tbone in their face, but never consider the horrific ramifications that agriculture has perpetrated on our species (nay, on all species) and the planet. i look forward to seeing the comments here when Nestle succeeds in ongoing aggressive privatizing all the water on the planet… Read more »
Stacie
Stacie
4 years 1 month ago
You’re not applying what these men say to any real world situation but to a very specific place in your head, where the members of the diverse sub-species of homo sapiens, whether viewed prosographically or individually, are all – amazingly – exactly equal in sensorial and spatial cognition, reproductive rates and strategies, testosterone levels, evolutionary strategies, access to technology, amygdala volume, and a host of other metrics that out here in the false world ensure eternal conflict over finite resources. Exciting as it might be to play the role of far-seeing savior to the myopic non-believers, simply because others view… Read more »
Sondra Rose
4 years 1 month ago

+1

Tim
4 years 1 month ago

Excellent comment. Dense, deep and thoughtful but also mellifluous.

ravi
4 years 1 month ago

don’t lean quite so hard on “evolution” Stacie – t’aint a given as there have been no definitive fossils found proving one species ever “evolving” into another. in fact, genetic diversity events after massive die-offs of record defy darwins comfy little box. natural selection may well have made us paleolithic eaters, but no provable “linear” character of evolution is to be nailed down – no matter how easy it would make your criticism of Andrew’s innovative idealism–

BillP
BillP
4 years 1 month ago

“…a host of others who make clear how the world is and why it is, and with that completed, go from there.”

And?

ravi
4 years 1 month ago
yet another committed agriculturalist in hunter-gatherer disguise. Stacie – your rant belies a closed mind and even more closed heart – sad to say. Although Andrew can be intellectually polarizing (maybe why you can’t “grok” him), he has the courage and imagination to dream and offer something new. “evolutionary reality” is a poor catchphrase for overpopulation-due-to-insane-oppressive-hierarchical agricultural society. you want your cake and to eat it too – this is not rocket science and for all his intellectual ramblings, i would rather be caught on a continent with Andrew than any of your other eggheads smoking their cigars and trying… Read more »
ravi
4 years 1 month ago

let’s edit that last claim – in retrospect, i would rather Andrew be on the other end of said continent than i, however, i do still support a different paradigm and and HG world view is a good start–

ChocoTaco369
4 years 1 month ago

This is the definitive guide on How to Eat a Watermelon.

youtube.com/watch?v=2-eitsutpOc&feature=related

Robert
Robert
4 years 1 month ago

Another strange watermelon video. But I have to say, one of the funniest clips out there!

Zen Presence
4 years 1 month ago

I particularly enjoyed “Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive So Stop Whining About It” on Paleo Lifestyle. Thanks for the links.

DSG
zenpresence.com

Robert
Robert
4 years 1 month ago

The watermelon video was probably one of the weirdest things I have seen on Youtube!

Joseph S.
Joseph S.
4 years 1 month ago

I couldn’t stop watching. The man speaks from experience.

BillP
BillP
4 years 1 month ago

OK, I definitely like the Petey Greene watermelon method. Was Tom Willett joking or not? Kept wondering if he was going to say, “Ah, the hell with it!” and just smash his face into the watermelon.

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ravi
4 years 1 month ago

thanks again for a great set of links – eades article is more bias-confirmation (my bias that is) and evolvify’s new discussion is very interesting (if a big hard to imagine as possible) –

as for lardy-weil, he’s hard to stomach so to speak – a mixed bag of advice over the course of his ramblings-

treborix
treborix
4 years 1 month ago
Comment is about the link about healthy eating not being expensive. The first point is completely mute for some of us. Not all of us are paying loads every month for health care, or ever were. For the time being I still have the NHS. If I were to move to scotland or wales then I wouldn’t even have prescription costs. Rant over. Sorry, but I needed to say that. I do pay more now for my food than I used to. From a couple of slices of homemade bread plus butter to coconut fried eggs for breakfast. From cheese… Read more »
Galina L.
Galina L.
4 years 1 month ago

I buy more expensive food now, but less of it,because I eat twice a day, no snacks, first meal is eggs and butter. I can even afford more often organic veggies because I eat less of it, also organ meat is cheep ,even grass-fed.

Bob Baxter
Bob Baxter
4 years 1 month ago

For the sauerkraut story try here
http://tinyurl.com/blbm8vy

Heather
4 years 1 month ago

Wahooo! Thanks for linking over to my gummy stars!

Spencer
Spencer
4 years 1 month ago

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/opinion/sunday/immune-disorders-and-autism.html?_r=1

Here’s a link I just stumbled upon which should be of interest.

Mamachibi
Mamachibi
4 years 1 month ago

Well, the antibiotic post was interesting. I had near constant ear infections as a kid always treated with antibiotics. As a teen I was hospitalized with one of the very first “antibiotic resistant” strains of strep the doctors had ever seen. That one required IV antibiotics and a loooooong course of steroids. My kids have been spared, except for the one child who had (what they didn’t know was) RSV at two weeks of age, and nearly died from it. She received several rounds of antibiotics before they figured out it was viral.

Juan
Juan
4 years 1 month ago

I´m with Andrew.
We need to take “Paleo” not only into diet and fitness but also -and most esentially- into politics and philosopy. That´s when “paleo” really begins to make sense.
Please think about it (Mark, have you ever thought about it?)

:-P
:-P
4 years 1 month ago

Re: OCPD Watermelon video (:-P:”Maybe I want to make my tunnels two inches wide.” TW:”NOOOO you can’t do that! 15/16s! Fork Cartel!”)

This video lost me after 5 minutes in. Or are you saying marshmellows are primal now? How about peanut butter, ice cream and chocolate milk? ‘Cause that is what he’s eating with the watermelon.

Tsk, tsk, somebody didn’t watch the whole video before they posted it on their blog…

TW:”This will actually be quite tasty when you try it.”

I don’t think so! :-X

Moshen
Moshen
4 years 1 month ago

Wow, the icing thing is going to take a while to get my head around. Talk about a cherished belief!

TK
TK
4 years 1 month ago

The link about antibiotics is interesting, especially when you also read Dr K’s latest blog about gut flora. After being born with a hole in my heart I had antibiotics for every sniffle, enough that is has affected my teeth, it is no surprise that they are another piece in the puzzle. Until I went paleo it was almost as if I just had to mention the word antibiotics and I would get a yeast outbreak.

Amy
Amy
4 years 1 month ago
Yeah the part about it not being so expensive is true I think. I think my problem is the fact that while trying to cut my addiction to sweets, have managed to replace them with paleo and primal sweets, and all that raw organic honey, coconut butter, almond and coconut flour etc is Expensive! I also have had to buy a bunch of spices since I don’t used that packaged crap anymore, so that all at once was kind of alot. But I do find I have to actually force myself to eat less… because I am mentally used to… Read more »
Joshua
Joshua
4 years 1 month ago

For someone like me who never bought processed food and rarely went out to eat, eating organic and grass-fed this and raw that would triple my food costs. Before seeing the light I ate garbage but it was all garbage I made myself totally from scratch.
Hopefully eating CAFO meat is not the worst thing in the world. Maybe when the three babies aren’t babies anymore I’ll splurge on that stuff for a month and see what happens.

BillP
BillP
4 years 1 month ago

Honey may be better viewed as one of those foods that is only “paleo” if eaten once in a blue moon. It’s just sugar, no matter what the raw foodies say. And how many beehives are/were raided by H-Gs? Not many! And then they probably sat around holding their heads for days from the sugar-hangover, not to mention the overstressed pancreases.

Amy
Amy
4 years 1 month ago

Well, there are alot of benefits to raw honey, but I’d agree I’m definitely overdoing it. It was alot of work to get honey, that’s for sure. It’s not really healthy to eat cupcakes muffins and cookies everyday, no matter what version they are. :/

andre Chimene
4 years 1 month ago

Dammit Mark…I have spent the last 4 hours going over the “Ice or no Ice” arguement at Kstar and reading all the comments and further studies….Now tonight I have to read over the counter blog you posted. My whole day is shot, educating myself to be a better trainer and help my clients as well as myself. I was so looking forward to watching another episode of TRON on my I Pad…well…back to the “learnin”.

Leah
Leah
4 years 1 month ago

Go out and pull a muscle today and use ice. Then do the same next week and use no ice and compare the two. Self-experimentation is encouraged here. 🙂

Martin_B
Martin_B
4 years 1 month ago
Beware of spontaneous combustion. “If the body’s cells are starved (which can occur during chronic illness and even during a workout at the gym), acetyl-CoA in the liver is converted into acetoacetate, which can decarboxylate into acetone. And acetone is highly flammable. A range of conditions can produce ketosis, in which acetone is formed, including alcoholism, high-fat low-carbohydrate dieting, diabetes and even teething. So we marinaded pork tissue in acetone, rather than ethanol. “This was used to make scale models of humans, which we clothed and set alight. They burned to ash within half an hour. The remains – a… Read more »
Davie Pryor
Davie Pryor
4 years 1 month ago
The Evolify article contains very interesting ideas about alternate methods of organizing the politics and structure of human society. I too agree that agricultural systems have brought about problems for mankind which include not only those you mentioned, but also diseases we contracted by living in close quarters with domestic animals and just too dran mnay people! However, Andrew Badenoch would not be writing this article and sharing it with thousands, if not millions, if not for property rights, specialization, and patent laws generated and enforced by states / governments. All these structures came about because of agriculture and the… Read more »
BillP
BillP
4 years 1 month ago

And how to combine the best of the h-g way of life with the best of the modern.

Diane
Diane
4 years 1 month ago

It might be slightly more expensive to eat paleo/primal, but a lot of money is wasted buying too much food and throwing it away, too. Especially when you go to the farmer’s market and it’s all so pretty. I think it takes a while to get the hang of how little produce you actually need to buy and eat each day. Also, sharing produce with other people at work lets you get a lot of food for free. I feel like crying uncle at all the free tomatoes we’ve been getting lately.

Ed
4 years 1 month ago

Glad I read this…we just bought a watermelon and have yet to cut it open…I could of ate it all wrong!

Diane
Diane
4 years 1 month ago

Regarding intentional communities. I think this article points to another way.
http://www.ishmael.org/Education/Writings/wealth.cfm

Pam
Pam
4 years 1 month ago

I probably spend about $80 per person per week for food for my family at Whole Foods. We recently had to purchase our own health insurance, and I got a good-sized discount — I think because I go to the doctor so little. I’m 51 years old, I take no drugs (not even over-the-counter) and I can’t remember the last time I went to the doctor.

Jennie
Jennie
4 years 24 days ago

I don’t believe in all of the doctrines put forth by Andrew Badenoch; but even if I did, my libertarianism makes me quite unsuitable for such a community.

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