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September 30, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 209

By Mark Sisson
26 Comments

Research of the Week

Rats fed a diet high in omega-6 fats – linoleic acid, to be exact – showed elevated levels of endogenous endocannabinoids, prompting overeating and the development of obesity. Corn oil-induced munchies? (PDF)

It appears that early hominids weren’t just desperate scavengers picking at bones and fighting over marrow after all.

Interesting Blog Posts

Ever wonder about inexpensive alternatives to minimalist shoes like Vibrams? J. Stanton did, and wrote all about it.

Chris Highcock explores the latest study suggesting that moderate exercise is better for fat loss than excessive exercise.

Media, Schmedia

Hey, that workout looks a little familiar, doesn’t it?

Should you go Paleo? (Yes.)

Lessons of 107 Birthdays: Don’t Exercise, Avoid Medicine and Never Look Back.” Oh, and having centenarian genes might help, too.

Everything Else

I recently contributed one of my own “Little Life Experiments” to this great free e-book project. Check out what I discovered, as well as what fourteen other experts learned by running their own experiments. You might just learn something that will change your life.

They say a cataclysmic bacon shortage is just around the corner. I say this is a good opportunity to find yourself a pastured pork provider that doesn’t rely on corn and soy for feed.

Bravado aside, I can’t help but be a little concerned.

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

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (September 31 – October 6)

Comment of the Week

“Steam is hot…. It’s steam.” Truer words have never been uttered.

-Knowledge is being dropped here, folks.

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Karen P.
4 years 7 months ago

I will never understand the obsession with longevity. I would happily trade 10-15 years of crap for high quality living. And without the familial systems we evolved with, getting old just seems scary as heck.

Allison
Allison
4 years 7 months ago

Amen, I don’t WANT to live to be that old. While I do want a good quality of life now (especially since I’m type 1 diabetic), I can’t imagine sticking around way longer than necessary! And I’d love to die in a healthy body… not one riddled with cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc…

CrazyCatLady
CrazyCatLady
4 years 7 months ago
Not everyone spends the last few years in a chair. My husband’s grandmother lived to 98, and was walking up and down the stairs, in full control of her senses, until the day before she died. Who knows, maybe her diet played a part. She lived with my husband’s family on the family farm. She was cook for Henry Ford, and apparently well recommended. Based on the cooking my husband does, (lots of meat, low on starches other than occasional cobblers) I suspect that she was pretty primal in her cooking. They grew the majority of their own food (garden,… Read more »
Tania
Tania
4 years 7 months ago

And lived through a time when there were no (or limited) vaccinations and no GMO’s!

John
John
4 years 7 months ago

To be fair Karen, I think most people who talk about longevity are thinking about adding some quality years to their life. Just like people who want to lose weight really want to lose fat. Most people who say they want to lose weight aren’t interested in losing muscle or bone density.

Team Oberg
4 years 7 months ago

I agree 100% getting that old just sounds sad and lonely to me. Your children have their own lives, your peers are dying, and you dont have the physical capacity to do much. It sounds like a lot of lonely time in front of the TV.

Monica/Gianna
4 years 7 months ago

FYI…the soy cat litter post made me think to share that we were using a wheat based cat litter and I discovered I was getting UBER gluten exposed…kept me sick for a long time before I figured it out…cats get that stuff EVERYWHERE…

soy is often cross contaminated…though I imagine it’s safer than wheat based litter…

Jeff
Jeff
4 years 7 months ago

A friend of mine uses sawdust and wood shavings that she gets from a lumber yard.

Girlfriend
Girlfriend
4 years 7 months ago

I’m glad you mentioned that! When my dad is out of town, I have to clean the cat box, and my eyes itch all day! gluten again?

J
J
4 years 7 months ago

Just a little bit of panic when I heard about the potential bacon shortage.

ravi
4 years 7 months ago

chill J – check out link few comments down…

P.J.
P.J.
4 years 7 months ago

Top “Related Story” from the “Should you go Paleo?” link: Grill a Cheese-Stuffed Meat Loaf Burger.

Also, those soy, wheat and corn litters are terrible compared to Feline Pine. It tracks less, smells less, and the cat does’t try to eat it.

Luke DePron
Luke DePron
4 years 7 months ago

Alway’s good to see a place like Men’s Health or publishing that article. I think for the average joe being exposed to new ideas like paleo/primal through a major publication goes a long way.

Rayann
Rayann
4 years 7 months ago

From the article on the 107 year old Mrs. Koo: “Somebody asked her the secret of long life… She said, ‘No exercise, eat as much butter as you like and never look backwards.’”

Interesting that no mention of butter was made in the headline.

ravi
4 years 7 months ago

seems like both Ms Koo and Butter are goddesses! 🙂

ravi
4 years 7 months ago

looooove these new findings about hunting and fire – more grist for the vegans to contort themselves into knots trying to disassemble!

and the bacon thing? Boooooogus! –

google (cut and paste) B-B-B-Bacon Sh-Shortage? and relax (but take Marks advice about the naturally raised pork anyway…)

Ravi – Daiasolgaia

Vaidehi
Vaidehi
4 years 7 months ago

Note how the butter part was conveniently left out by NYT!!

Sandy
Sandy
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I’m getting ready to order 1/2 a hog right now, so no problem there. And speaking of good uses for non-primal things, vegetable oil. I actually bought the cheapest, nastiest bottle I could find recently as I use it to grease concrete molds.

LindaG
LindaG
4 years 7 months ago

Ford Motor Company is using soy foam for head rests and seat cushions.
http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=35137

Clark
Clark
4 years 7 months ago

Comment of the week! Woohoo! That’s a good enough consolation prize for me. (3rd place in fitness video contest)

jake3_14
jake3_14
4 years 7 months ago

The great global bacon shortage is fear-mongering, at least in the U.S.: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Bacon-shortage-baloney-but-prices-to-rise-3907903.php

Lindsey
Lindsey
4 years 7 months ago

Haha, I wonder if the omega-6 thing is why I binge on nuts even though I am not hungry at all.

Primal Jordan
4 years 7 months ago

About living longer…

Why is it that the average lifespan continues to rise, yet we are, I guess, as unhealthy as ever?

I spent quite some time arguing with my roommate. I told him that I am primal not to lose weight, but because feel amazing since I made the switch and want to live as long as possible. He argued that people are living longer anyway. Why is that?

Bill C
Bill C
4 years 7 months ago

Sanitation, medicine, and hospitals. It takes more to kill someone because we have gotten very good at fighting death, and have developed excellent tools for the task.

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