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2 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 219

weekend link loveResearch 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.

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. GMO wheat? Eeek! As if the regular wheat wasn’t doing harm enough… And there must be better ways to deal with population growth than to make people even more obese and disease-ridden. I’m so glad I ditched grain.

    Claire wrote on December 2nd, 2012
    • Me too. That first link is scary.

      Jordan Tuwiner wrote on December 2nd, 2012
    • Maybe they can engineer the bad stuff out

      Dalton K. wrote on December 3rd, 2012
  2. That picture…*shudder*

    Alyssa wrote on December 2nd, 2012
    • I agree, terrifying

      wildgrok wrote on December 2nd, 2012
    • ‘gluey’ gluten, fried… I wonder if they bounce?
      Speaking of which, I think I’d rather eat an ounce of rubber than of that. At least that would be bioinactive and not mistaken for food.

      Bill C wrote on December 3rd, 2012
  3. Perhaps the can genetically modify wheat to remove the gluten.

    Wayne Atwell wrote on December 2nd, 2012
    • Perhaps they can genetically modify wheat to remove the wheat.

      whistler wrote on December 2nd, 2012
      • : D

        Madama Butterfry wrote on December 2nd, 2012
  4. “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.”

    Yep. I have a friend is the poster child of Chronic Cardio. She is working on the process, marathon by marathon, of making sure that age 60 pretty well sucks. She’s only 36, but she’s already: had a surgery for a mild cancer, had trouble conceiving her daughter, and had hip surgery. The hip surgery was for an injury that could have only come from chronic overuse of her hip and was only required if she wanted to run more marathons.

    I’ll grant you the health issues behind cancer and fertility issues are complex, but in no way did she ever connect overtraining (and carb over consumption) to making them worse. The hip surgery was God/the universe practically knocking on her door and politely saying “Stop Running So Much. No, really, stop it.”

    The worst bit of it is that she was an anthropology major and has even read “Paleo for Athletes” (at my suggestion). She’s ignoring all that information and is currently on a vegan kick (plant power! *sigh*) Presumably the vegans are not suggesting to her that marathon running might be unnatural, as their understanding of human biochemstry makes a person eating SAD look like an experienced nutritionist.

    Kids, if you can avoid it, don’t mess with endorphin (and carb) addiction. It’s not as bad as some other drug addictions, but it will mess with your life. There’s nothing magical about running 26 miles in row. Go have some fun instead.

    Amy wrote on December 2nd, 2012
    • I see this type of people everywhere, ruining their health and making sure they will have at 35 the knees of a (bad) 80 years old. You can show them articles, research, but in my experience it is a waste of time … sigh

      wildgrok wrote on December 2nd, 2012
      • Wildgrok – I know, it is a waste of time. I’ve even made predictions about her health that came true. I still have no idea what I’m doing. :( I just keep quiet about it now and attempt to avoid discussions about the topic.

        Amy wrote on December 2nd, 2012
    • There is actually something magic about running 26 miles and just like she can’t knock your experience with Paleo because she hasn’t tried it, you can’t knock running that far if you’ve never done it. My marathons have been what psychologists call “peak experiences.”

      AlyieCat wrote on December 2nd, 2012
      • My opinion in no way takes your good experiences from you. :) However, there are a ton of potentially addictive and unhealthy experiences, including marathoning, that I don’t need to try to knock. It’s been painful to watch my friend become consumed by marathoning. If anything positive comes from that, it can be at least not repeating the mistake.

        Amy wrote on December 2nd, 2012
        • I also know a marathon-addict, he looks way older than his age and most of all, does not really seem to interact much with his family (wife and kids). When I ask his kids innocent questions about their dad, I get invariably the same answer: “we don’t know, he is always training outside” …

          I myself wanted to run a marathon back in the days … only to find out that I was NOT HAVING FUN at all. And I love running, so it quickly became pointless …

          Your mileage may vary …

          DO wrote on December 3rd, 2012
        • I appreciate your not getting into a internet tug-of-war fight. Reading your post again I hear the pain of seeing a friend go through surgeries… it’s hard to watch friends in pain, no matter what the cause.

          AlyieCat wrote on December 3rd, 2012
  5. Best review of Forks Over Knives I’ve ever read- Feigning interest in it may help you get a lovely veg*n girlfriend that you can then convert to paleo, at which point she’ll become even more attractive.

    John wrote on December 2nd, 2012
  6. Interesting how the wheat article never once mentions what EXACTLY they found about the wheat genome… I wonder what it says about how humans can digest it. I think they might keep that part out of it…

    PrimalSailor wrote on December 2nd, 2012
  7. Wow, thank you so much for mentioning my recipe in this post. I find it so amazing that a website I go to nearly every day mentioned my blog. I really appreciate it and I’m super honored that you like my recipe! :)

    Joshua wrote on December 2nd, 2012
    • It says on your blog that you are 16?! Whaa?

      Can’t wait to try this recipe, as Nutella is my weeeeaaaknesss.

      Katie B wrote on December 2nd, 2012
      • Yes I am 16. I tend to get that “whattt??” response quite often. Its a rare thing but I am very passionate about health and food. And I’m glad your going to try the recipe, please let me know if you love it. And by the way this is way better than Nutella *wink*.

        Joshua wrote on December 2nd, 2012
        • Hello Joshua,

          I will give your recipe a try tonight. We have plenty of hazelnuts these days, and all the ingredients to process them into home-made chocolate-nut spread. I will probably call it NutUlla, my wife being called Ulla and having been a notorious past nutella addict :)

          DO wrote on December 3rd, 2012
  8. All I know is that since I began eating Primal my goiter is maybe 1/5 the size that it was before

    rob wrote on December 2nd, 2012
    • Hey, very interesting.

      My wife does not have a goiter but a relatively small bump (~ 1 inch in diameter) and has been clearly visible after her second pregnancy.

      Hypothyroidism is running in her family and she herself was not spared at some point in her life but according to the latest tests, her figures are within the normal range.

      We started eating primal 2 months ago (actually near ketogenic during short periods since I personally had about 25lbs to lose – I am at 20 lbs lost already!). I will tell her of your observation regarding the goiter.

      DO wrote on December 3rd, 2012
  9. I guess I can put this here…

    The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in DC just opened a new exhibit: FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000. In one display was all the various dietary guidance in history: Food Groups and Food Pyramids and MyPlates. There were like 20 of them! Several even put Exercise as the base of the pyramid — pushing Chronic Cardio?

    The only one which DIDN’T have grains as the base was the African Heritage Food Pyramid (easy to find on google images), which is based on greens. Looked like a cross between Healthy SAD to Primal.

    oxide wrote on December 2nd, 2012
  10. Yay! Primal Nutella….you guys rock!

    Judy wrote on December 2nd, 2012
  11. Mark, the correct term for a cricket player is cricketer, not ‘cricketeer’. Mr Flintoff looks amazing now that he is eating like a caveman! Thank you for including this story to inspire us Primal Cricket fans!

    Sabrina wrote on December 2nd, 2012
  12. I found this comment in the mouse article interesting
    “The team also identified changes in chromatin, the packing material for DNA, which prevented the oligodendrocytes being available for gene expression. (This presumably further reduced capacity to produce myelin).

    The team then re-introduced the socially isolated mice back into a social group. After four weeks, their social withdrawal symptoms had gone, and the tissue analysis showed the gene expression changes had reversed.”

    If that’s not proof positive that genes and DNA are changable/expressionable, and not locked in stone from birth, I don’t know what is. Mark’s been talking “gene expression” from jump. Ironically, that’s the part my friends and family have the hardest time with; most think that once DNA is set (and/or once a person has gone through puberty and is done growing) that it’s all “set in stone.” I think this study points to that mindset being hogwash!

    Dave wrote on December 3rd, 2012
  13. Andrew from Evolify is kind of a paleo freak to the point of coming off as a major a$$hole. His attitude may be doing more harm than good for the paleo movement. Sure, he may be right about the whole “vegan propaganda” thing, but I feel that there is some valuable knowledge involved in watching a few of those videos that he totally discounted and judged and labeled without giving a chance. Although vegetarians and vegans may have differing philosophies on nutrution, they can be our closest allies when it comes to the local, sustainable, real food movement. We should not alienate them or support anyone who does as I feel it is counteractive to the cause.

    Matt wrote on December 3rd, 2012
  14. Say what you will about wheat – there are millions alive today who would not be alive without it.

    I don’t understand all the fuss about GMO. The only difference between purposeful genetic engineering and breeding is the span of time involved.

    Joshua wrote on December 3rd, 2012
    • I think there’s a pretty clear difference between selecting for desirable traits over generations and inserting DNA sequences from a fish.

      em wrote on December 3rd, 2012
  15. Could GMO wheat? Be made healthier and easier digestable by humans by removing the anti nutrients from it like Gluten etc,

    Could this be a good thing?

    Hopefully they will not make a Wheat Fish Hybrid as sugested by “em” but maybe they can mix in other genes from say rice or other not so toxic plants to make wheat neutral for human consumption, can this be a good thing.

    As we humans evolve physically and technologically it can only lead to good, if this good = a wheat that enhances our life then it must be a good thing.

    Ive noticed in life and in history before prosperity there is always a s*** storm, current wheat coudl be the s*** storm the new wheat could be the prosperity?

    Goran wrote on December 10th, 2012

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