Weekend Link Love – Edition 219

Research of the Week

Scientists have just cracked wheat’s genetic code, which means GMO wheat is coming soon, folks. Get ready for even “more robust,” even amberer waves of grain. I for one can’t wait for new wheat to save the world once again.

Social isolation causes adult mice to reduce production of myelin, the protein sheath that surrounds and protects the energy and information transmissions between neuronal cells. Reduced myelin is characteristic of most neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer’s. Luckily, letting the isolated mice back into the playpen restored their myelin production. One has to wonder how these results might transfer to humans, perhaps the most social animals of all.

Interesting Blog Posts

Andrew from Evolvify lists and links top 15 Paleo-“friendly” documentaries, most of which are free to watch.

I may have minor quibbles with a few of them and I’m always wary of inspiring quotes set against a nature photo backdrop, but this list of fifty ways to “achieve greatness” is generally quite solid.

Media, Schmedia

What’s safer: watching TV or cycling in traffic?

Famous British cricketeer Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff turned to the “caveman diet” to drop weight in preparation for his first boxing match. Looks like it worked out for him. I expect the Flintstones jokes will be commencing henceforth, especially given his nickname.

Everything Else

It was a big week for MovNat, which released the very first episode of their podcast and a new revamped version of the website.

You may be sick of Kickstarter projects, but this one’s really cool: a modern take on the traditional Amazonian practice of dipping one’s foot in natural latex rubber from the hevea tree and smoking it to form a well-fitting ultra-minimalist shoe.

Although I’m not holding my breath, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t hope this Bigfoot DNA “discovery” passes peer review and something actually comes of it for once.

Recipe Corner

  • What to do with all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey and sweet potato, you might be wondering? Make some turkey and sweet potato hash, of course.
  • People love them some Nutella, that’s for sure. Here’s how to make a reasonably healthy version of it, using just Primal ingredients. To “make up” for the bread you might have slathered this upon in your youth, microwave discs of peeled sweet potato and spread the stuff on them. Microwave for longer to get a drier disc. #8020

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 2 ? Dec 8)

  • How to Fuel a Marathon ? If you simply can’t fight the bug that compels you to run yourself into the ground, here’s how to eat in order to make it work the best.
  • The Power of Ritual ? Although chants and mantras and spells may not directly affect physical reality, there’s something about having rituals that’s intrinsic (and perhaps essential) to being human.

Image of the Week

The perfect antithesis of Primal nutrition, served up in a (likely BPA-rich) can.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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