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16 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 207

Research of the Week

Triclosan, a common hand sanitizer, may impair muscle contractions. With triclosan showing up in human blood, milk, and urine, plus many of the waterways we use for public water, this isn’t very good news.

An ag-scientist takes a closer look at the Stanford study on organic and conventional produce (PDF) and comes to a slightly different conclusion than the original authors.

Interesting Blog Posts

Paleolithic MD required very few words to erect this powerful defense of Paleo.

What to do about shin splints.

Media, Schmedia

Whatever your opinion of his foreign and domestic policies, President Obama has a pretty effective policy on the amount of time his kids can spend glued to a screen.

Dr. Peter Attia and Gary Taubes have just launched NuSI, the Nutrition Science Initiative. The question at hand is “Can we trust anything we think we know about nutrition?” and NuSI aims to answer that by sponsoring extensive independent research, unencumbered by official policy, lobbyists, and entrenched interests. I can’t wait to see what they – and we – learn.

Everything Else

PrimalCon 2013 is officially SOLD OUT. Tickets went super fast this year, selling out in a matter of a weeks. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list call 888-774-6259.

Ever try the long-discontinued Schlitz beer with “Sunshine Vitamin D”? I imagine the elites in the upper echelons of the Vitamin D Council have hoarded cases of the stuff and break it out for their secret meetings.

Man, can you imagine the polyphenol content of this stuff? If only it were edible.

Finally, someone’s come up with a good use for wheat.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (September 17 – September 23)

Comment of the Week

Hey Mark- grape drink and purple stuff are the same thing… ;)

– Siren, I know this, but I had to include both to make sure everyone knew what I was talking about. Plus, as DarcieG put it,

Pretty sure “purple stuff” was a reference to a Sunny Delight commercial. :-)

-Yep. Those Sunny D commercials are iconic.

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. Pollia condensata, coming to a garden center near you.

    Please, oh please, oh please?!

    :-P wrote on September 16th, 2012
  2. Not related to anything posted, but I just drove across the country (Maine to Oregon!) for school. I think the line “…. and amber waves of grain” in ‘America the Beautiful’ used to refer to wheat. After driving through Nebraska, I think it now refers to corn.

    AlyieCat wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • Hey, did you come to Eugene?

      johngreenman wrote on September 16th, 2012
  3. Hooray! I got a shout-out (doing a little dance of glee…does that count as a moment of ‘intermittent euphoria’?):) Thanks for the link love, Cat

    Cat wrote on September 16th, 2012
  4. I’ve used the Swheat Scoop litter for some time now – works great!

    Cathi wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • i have found better options. i like the clumping pine litter best. the problem with the wheat is two-fold. i don’t want to eat wheat, nor do i want to inhale it (the dust). and i don’t want my cat to ingest it. while he doesn’t sidle up to the litter box for a snack, he does clean (lick) his paws regularly and would be inhaling the dust as well. i worked in a pet store and always found it amusing that people would buy grain-free foods for their cats but still buy swheatscoop.

      bog wrote on September 16th, 2012
      • Yeah, pine is the way to go. I use horse bedding pellets myself. It’s not clumping but it’s super cheap and really keeps the ammonia odor at bay.

        Trav wrote on September 16th, 2012
      • Or standing in the checkout line listening to people complain about high vet bills, then look down to see what’s in their carts–Purina Pet Poison!

        Wenchypoo wrote on September 17th, 2012
    • I used it once, unfortunately the dogs decided it was tasty. Ick.

      Teresa wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • The wheat litter used to inflame my wife’s gluten sensitivity, but your mileage may vary.

      Xenocles wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • I used SWheat Scoop years ago. It worked fine as cat litter, but it attracted mice into the house (yes, despite the cats). I’ll never use it again.

      I like World’s Best (ground corn cobs) and Cat Country (pelleted grass that is not attactive to rodents).

      Going to check into the horse bedding pellets though.

      Jodis wrote on September 17th, 2012
  5. From what I gathered about the Pollia Condensata it uses optical tricks, rather than nutritional content, to produce its intense coloration. It’s pretty much devoid of nutrition but uses its color to entice birds to eat the berries and spread them around. It basically mimics the presence of antioxidants to appear more appealing.

    Mark M. wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • Right. The article says that it has no pigments, just fibrous structures shaped in such a way that the berries selectively reflect blue light waves. No polyphenols.

      Brandon Berg wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • Yup, it’s pretty but the colour is produced by the way its cellulose is layered!!

      I’d love to have some growing in my garden though :).

      Fiona wrote on September 17th, 2012
  6. Gotta love healthy beer. Some day we will look back and realize how ignorant we still are.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • Homebrew is about as healthy as beer can get. You can get organic ingredients, and not filtering out the yeast like big commercial breweries leaves the necessary vitamin B your liver will need to process the alcohol. Do an IXQuick search for Charlie Papazian. He is the Godfather of homebrew.

      Kenny wrote on September 18th, 2012
  7. Haha, absolutely LOVE old Schlitz/PBR/Hamms etc print ads. Priceless. And effective, because now I’m thirsty!

    Mr. Mark wrote on September 16th, 2012
  8. To be a contrarian, I have a real problem with hunting (via shooting or trapping) of predators like coyotes. Large steel traps and rifles have extended hunting to these animals who paleolithic man would have generally left alone (bear, wolf, large cat, eagle, etc.), either out of respect for their skills, a mystical reverence, or lack of technology. I think the wholesale killing of predators is one of the bad things that came with the agricultural revolution, wherein the former fellow-hunters morphed into ‘varmints’ (vermin), the dread enemy of the herder-farmer.

    And don’t get me started on leg-hold trapping, and the lack of morality and skill involved in sport rifle hunting. As a biologist and bowhunter, I see a lot of things in the hunting scene that I would rather not, mainly this hate-filled carryover from the ag mentality, and a complete lack of understanding of the benefits of having a lot of unmolested predators around for the good of the ecology (which includes us.)

    …end of rant..

    BillP wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • +1

      Agi wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • The recipe was for road kill.

      C wrote on September 16th, 2012
      • +1, I wondered if anyone else noted the recipe calls the coyote ‘scavenged meat’ and says to freeze it for 30 days to kill bacteria, cook it well done to kill any possible chance of RABIES, and to wear gloves when handling the raw meat….. um, i’ll pass on that one.

        Allie wrote on September 17th, 2012
    • In case your wondering about Indian headdresses. Indians located eagles that wanted to trade their wing feathers for wampum.

      DRK wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • As a producer of pastured pork I object to your use of “ag mentality”. When you’ve seen coyotes carrying off baby pigs and groups of coyotes ganging up on much larger hogs you might have a different view of “unmolested predators”. After all it is our income being taken!

      Donna wrote on September 16th, 2012
      • No, you moved into coyote habitat and dangle unprotected baby pigs in front of them. Duh, guess what? Try putting up a fence or getting some guard dogs. Otherwise, assuming you kill the coyotes, your land is a perennial death sink for them. Just like the rest of agricultural practices (except permaculture), it spoils the earth. If your dream is a monoculture of farm animals covering the earth, go head on.

        BillP wrote on September 16th, 2012
        • Once again, I haven’t commented in a while but have to show support for BillP. Hear hear! The point is well made but to agree one must be willing to entertain the idea that animals/ecology/land might have rights just like (we like to think) we do.


          Tim wrote on September 17th, 2012
      • Also, unless you completely eradicate all of the coyotes you may well end up with even more. Research has shown that when the population is threatened their reproductive strategies change, breeding at a younger age, larger litters and more of them surviving. I agree with getting some guard dogs, which may take longer to establish but will be more successful in the long run. Great Pyranese dogs are well known flock guardians.

        Sandy wrote on September 17th, 2012
    • While I agree 100% on your take on the necessity to have predators to keep herds healthy and productive, and the cruelty of leg traps, I’m gonna buy a ‘Wolf Ticket’ on your rifle/bow skill/morality comment.

      Rifle hunting is not a skilless pursuit. I know many skilled rifle hunters, one of which used to bow hunt. Several slow or agonizing kills made him give up the bow. It takes an expert bow hunter to get a quick, clean kill and so many bow hunters fall woefully short. As an avid target shooter for decades, I know how long it takes to be competent with a bow. Although I’m very pro hunting, I choose not to hunt; Clean kill or nothing, and a bow is least likely to give a clean kill due to the short range and low relative energy. Before anyone attempts to take anything but varmints with a bow, they should nave no fewer than 300 carp under their belt.

      When you can make a 110 yard, downhill headshot on an elk, or a 400 yard brisket shot with your bow, I will then believe it is a more humane way to hunt than a rifle.

      Kenny wrote on September 18th, 2012
      • A friend told me he went fishing with a spear carved from a stick and threw it, stabbing the fish’s head on one side and poking out the other.

        Animanarchy wrote on September 18th, 2012
  9. That african fruit is really cool!

    Girlfriend wrote on September 16th, 2012
  10. The fruit has no polyphenols, the coloration is structural – read the article!

    The High Fat Hep C Diet wrote on September 16th, 2012
  11. I am definitely going to try the sweet potato fish cakes. I do primal and housemate can’t eat crab because of gout, but we both love crab cakes.

    Harry Mossman wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • I made the tuna/sweet potato cakes tonight. Very tasty.

      Harry Mossman wrote on September 20th, 2012
  12. I’m not so sure about the kitty litter, but wheat does have at least one very useful application: Wheatpaste! Useful around the house, even more useful for advancing your personal social or political agendas.

    Erik wrote on September 16th, 2012
  13. Incredibly pleased at the founding of NuSI! I can’t believe the lack of comments on this. I really hope that they are able to obtain and maintain the level of funding required for a project of this scope. Good luck to them and thanks to Mark and the worker bees for paying attention to these things!

    Mike wrote on September 16th, 2012
    • I am super excited about NuSCI! It looks like they have put a diverse group of researchers together. And my boy Tim Ferriss is on the board of directors : )

      Ben Hirshberg wrote on September 16th, 2012
  14. Kids and tablets… man… he’s wearing sunglasses to look at the thing!

    Khainag wrote on September 17th, 2012
  15. Mark, you’re funny, re: the cat litter. But it’s not new, it’s been around for years. We use it. It doesn’t produce the cloud of nasty clay dust and it reduces the odors so much better than other litters. So yes, a great use for wheat!

    Hilary H wrote on September 17th, 2012
  16. I just checked my hand soap, and interestingly, it’s triclosan free and biodegradable. I had no idea, I just bought it because it has an awesome nozzle that makes the soap foamy. Huh!

    Diane wrote on September 17th, 2012
  17. Luckily for me I usually only use soap to wash to the dishes when it’s my turn.

    Animanarchy wrote on September 19th, 2012
  18. I quit using Triclosan about 4 weeks ago and it has greatly helped me at the gym. I’ve improved my lift weight by about 20% and doubled my reps. Before I would get the shakes so bad for many things I was limited to one or two reps.

    Even my gym has Triclosan antibacterial soup in the dispensers! The stuff is everywhere. Now I just don’t use soap if I can’t read the ingredients. I tossed everything at home that contained and read all the labels.

    If this stuff effected major muscles this much imagine what it does to the heart. The long term damage isn’t known, but in the short term it weakens the heart muscle so it never gets a full exercise, its always pumping at 70-80% of what it would have been during a workout, run, etc. So over time it gets weaker and weaker.

    If you can’t get over your germ phobias then use alcohol based skin sanitizers. Personally when I’m not at home I just wash vigorously with warm water.

    Dump this stuff immediately! It truly is bad news.

    MN_John wrote on September 19th, 2012
  19. Animanarchy wrote on September 21st, 2012
  20. Good to know! Many don’t know that certain products that we use regularly can harm us in the long run.

    womens fitness program wrote on November 30th, 2012

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