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6 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 224

weekend link loveResearch of the Week

Another reason to work out in nature: training outdoors in an urban (read: polluted) environment elicits fewer cognitive improvements than training in a rural (read: fresh air-abundant) environment.

Selecting for big-brained guppies subsequently reduced gut and litter size (yes, I know that fish don’t technically have “litters,” but you know what I mean), appearing to confirm the expensive tissue hypothesis and mirroring what happened to big-brained hominids (Duggar family notwithstanding).

Interesting Blog Posts

Dr. Emily Deans explores the difference – in your brain – between drinking fructose and drinking glucose.

Media, Schmedia

Some caveman diet guy sat down with Los Angeles Magazine to talk about mastodon ribeyes, loincloths, and Channing Tatum (or is it Tanning Chatum?).

Can chronic, low-level lead exposure explain the varying rates of crime? Yeah, yeah, correlation does not equal causation, but an extremely plausible mechanism (lead adversely affects the brain) exists to potentially explain the astonishing levels of correlation.

Everything Else

Cavemen’s cave paintings were better at depicting correct quadruped ambulation than modern artists.

As of this typing, CJ Hunt’s The Perfect Human Diet is the sixth most rented and ninth most purchased movie on iTunes. It’s the number 1 documentary, too. Let’s see if we can push this baby up to number 1 overall!

Recipe Corner

  • How awesome does this look: purple sweet potato stegosaurus plates and breakfast sandwich.
  • Nothing better than meat on a stick. Try these Moroccan-esque lamb skewers (with cauliflower tabbouleh) and attempt to contradict the claim.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 6 – Jan 12)

Comment of the Week

I had a lamb tongue stew in Belgium once. It was delicious! I called it Silence of the Lamb stew.

That’s… that’s absolutely genius. I approve.

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. I agree, there is absolutely nothing better than meat on a stick

    Scratch wrote on January 6th, 2013
    • Stuff on a stick makes me laugh.

      Madama Butterfry wrote on January 6th, 2013
      • Out loud.

        Madama Butterfry wrote on January 6th, 2013
        • Madama Butterfry laughing loudly at meat sticks.

          That is hara-kiri to a man’s ego.

          Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on January 7th, 2013
  2. That’s very interesting about training in an urban vs. rural environment.

    I live in a city and walking outside during high traffic hours has that heavy air and polluted smell. Luckily I live pretty close to a secluded area and forest near the ocean, air is fresh over there.

    I can only speak for myself, but exercising in the fresh air makes me feel a lot better afterwards.

    Gonna watch CJ Hunt’s movie some time this week, pretty excited about it.

    Kris Gunnars wrote on January 6th, 2013
  3. Perfect! I was just now needing some great ideas for kid-friendly Paleo recipes and Three Diets, One Dinner provides beautifully with Purple Sweet Potato Stegosaurus Plates. Ask and you shall receive!

    Shamra wrote on January 6th, 2013
    • Thanks! My son asked for more this morning. You could get super creative with this. I made a pulled pork sandwich with them last night.
      Renaming anything in dinosaur lingo gets my kid to eat it. Ribs=Dinosaur bones, brisket=brontosaurus, chicken=comsagnauthus, fish=ichthyosaurus, etc.
      Also, I’ve convinced him that broccoli makes you see through walls.

      Brittanie Duncan wrote on January 6th, 2013
      • I had to laugh just reading this. This is brilliant!

        Shamra wrote on January 6th, 2013
      • +1… Genius! Oh the tales they will be sharing at school!

        Paleo App wrote on January 6th, 2013
    • Look no further than the book “How to Eat Like A Dinosaur”.

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on January 7th, 2013
  4. Love the purple steggy plates! Our 5-yr old will too!

    mars wrote on January 6th, 2013
  5. The lead article is disturbingly fascinating.

    mars wrote on January 6th, 2013
  6. Cool stuff, as usual.

    Hey Mark, I just pre-ordered your new book on Amazon. Looking forward to it.

    Are you happy? ;-)

    Gabriele wrote on January 6th, 2013
  7. I was interested to read the blog post from one year ago on Inflammation markers. My CRP markers are normal but my ESR marker is constantly around 25 (normal is 1-15) over the last 6 months. I have gone off dairy and taken other natural products to try to reduce that figure but it doesn’t change. Can anyone explain why CRP is normal but ESR it constantly high? What could cause that? Thanks

    Sandra from NZ wrote on January 6th, 2013
  8. I remember reading a backpacking article on huge cognitive performance increases after a week long backpacking trip. Think it was in backpacker magazine.

    landon wrote on January 6th, 2013
  9. If he was I don’t think he meant any offence by it. He probably just meant that unlike the majority of humans who no longer have such large amounts of children they are an exception to the rule and instead have had a great deal of children. And that’s assuming he was referring to them at all.

    Jason wrote on January 6th, 2013
    • Yep, I was saying the Duggars are an example of a big-brained hominid that contradicted (in a humorous way) the expensive tissue hypothesis.

      Mark Sisson wrote on January 6th, 2013
      • Living as I do in Arkansas, I’ve been aware of the Duggar family and their expansive brood a bit longer than the rest of the country. When I read the comment about them, I had to slap my hand over my mouth, lest I giggle a bit too loud at the office. Thank you for the laugh.

        b2curious wrote on January 7th, 2013
  10. Since hiking the Pacific Crest Trail I notice a definite cognitive degredation in my ability to do computer programming. It’s not as interesting anymore.

    Diane wrote on January 6th, 2013
    • Haha…I believe this to be true with most indoor activities. Especially maintaining supplier relations for corporate companies. Ugh…

      zgurl wrote on January 8th, 2013
  11. Thanks for the link love, Mark. I was particularly proud of my steggy sandwich.

    Brittanie Duncan wrote on January 6th, 2013
  12. Remarkably balanced LAT article. It started out shaky, but straightened out toward the end. The last line is the kicker. 40,000 year fad. How did you draw a writer who didn’t just parrot the party line?

    Keith wrote on January 6th, 2013
  13. Wow, I ended up in the MDA Link Love Recipe Corner!
    Thanks so much for this, really appreciate it! :)

    Have a great week!
    Best Regards
    // Peter (Strictly Paleo…ish!)

    PS. Top visits record got upped by about 300% thanks to this post, that’s awesome! haha :)

    Peter wrote on January 6th, 2013
  14. Am I the only one wondering why Los Angeles Magazine included a photo of breaded chicken drumsticks in the article about Primal eating?

    Peace Karen wrote on January 6th, 2013
  15. And speaking of cave paintings of animals, what is the interpretation vegans give to them? No disrespect intended. Just curious.

    Txomin wrote on January 6th, 2013
  16. The cognitive benefits from exercising outdoors may have more to do with the scenery than the fresh air.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22464936

    There were better studies on this, but I’m in a rush right now.

    Angela wrote on January 7th, 2013
  17. Fascinating about training in fresh air! I also read that article earlier about fructose vs glucose, I hope more and more independent research starts coming out and we can begin to expose high fructose corn syrup for the addicting obesity magnet that it is.

    Deanna - Coach Calorie wrote on January 7th, 2013
  18. Mark, I don’t understand LA Magazine. First, they associate you with the “Paleo” Diet. I think they should have credited you for “Primal Blueprint” and talked more primal than paleo. I realize folks tend to lump the two together but in my humble opinion, Paleo and Primal are just as similar and different as boot camp and crossfit (they are based on the same principles, but one seems more sensible & less “fad-like” than the other). Also, why the photo of fried chicken, for Pete’s sake? (grumble, grumble). I realize you have no control over this, just my beefs with an otherwise good article.
    Mary

    Mary wrote on January 7th, 2013
  19. I think the lead-crime finding is interesting, but I’d be wary of drawing any conclusions from it given the perfect overlap–that is, there’s no lag in between lead levels and criminal behavior. Unless lead is “criminogenic”, you’d expect lead to increase crime by affecting brain development in children, so you’d expect a 10-20 year lag between lead levels and crime levels.

    Ben wrote on January 7th, 2013
  20. They’re breeding guppies with bigger brains? We’re doomed I tell you. All doomed! Have these people never seen a horror movie?

    PeterB wrote on January 10th, 2013

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