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February 17, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 230

By Mark Sisson
51 Comments

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

When energy expenditure is matched, “minimal intensity”, long-duration “walking and standing” had more beneficial effects on insulin action and blood lipids than “moderate to vigorous” cycling, according to a new study. Didn’t I tell you to move around a lot at a slow pace?

Exposure to “urban lighting” made birds reach sexual maturity faster. This study is highly interesting and relevant to our pursuit of health, but I was also happy to include the following quote: “City birds’ testicles were ready for action about 26 days earlier than those of their country-dwelling counterparts.”

Circulating levels of trans-palmitoleate, a fatty acid found in dairy – particularly grass-fed dairy – were associated with higher LDL but lower triglycerides, fasting insulin, blood pressure, and less diabetes. I know which bunch of biomarkers I’d rather have.

Interesting Blog Posts

How to train your mind to “scan” for the good stuff in our lives as a default, instead of the bad stuff. Also, something about Tetris.

Media, Schmedia

Does this article on barefoot horses sound eerily similar to anyone else?

In my new book The Primal Connection, I bemoan the fact that we no longer eat dirt. This guy has done something about that (albeit with pasteurized, homogenized dirt).

Everything Else

How do you feel about this picture of lotus seeds? If you suffer from trypophobia (which, from what I can tell, describes the “fear of holes with stuff inside them” and, according to some researchers, may have some evolutionary basis) you might be recoiling in disgust. I’m all for the evincing of disgust at the sight of a crumpet, but my only response to the inside of an uncleaned cantaloupe half is hunger.

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One year ago (Feb 17 – Feb 23)

Comment of the Week

Wouldn’t this be funny to try to explain to our great-great-grandparents: “I have a device in my back pocket that can access the collective knowledge of all mankind. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with people I don’t know.” :)

Indeed. But let’s be honest: who doesn’t love cat pictures?

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J-me
J-me
3 years 7 months ago

After knowing nothing but looking at the negative side of everything pretty much my whole life, I decided to change my outlook entirely with the turn of the new year…and it’s no accident that 2013 has been a stellar year for me so far. It’s easy to slip back into old (negative) thought patterns, but it’s not taking much for me to turn them around again. The power of the mind never ceases to amaze…and that article reminds me, I should go brush up on my Tetris skills 🙂

Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, that stuff about trypophobia is crazy! (For the record, my computer doesn’t think ‘trypophobia’ is a word.) It’s amazing how influential the power of suggestion can be, especially when combined with social media!

Also, re: the bird article, do you think that’s part of the reason humans are reaching puberty sooner? I was always told it was the growth hormones in milk, but I haven’t seen any research on it. Interesting study.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago
I don’t know of any studies that back up this observation but… America’s general love affair with carbohydrates is part of the answer, I think. When I see overweight girls, especially, I assume that they will probably hit puberty early, as I did. PCOS is known to respond to lowering carbohydrate amounts in the diet. I know that that amount of carbohydrates I consume has a profound impact on my reproductive hormones. When I was on a carbohydrate heavy vegetarian diet, my period returned at about 9 months despite on-demand nursing with baby #2. Baby #3, paleo and my period… Read more »
Zahira
Zahira
3 years 7 months ago

I was taught puberty is set off by a specific weight (around 42 kg). Which sounds about right to me – you need some weight to become fertile, and it explains why children today are hitting puberty earlier than years ago – they are heavier at an earlier age. Which, of course, could well be related to the carbohydrates in their food as well.

Sofie
Sofie
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve read it’s weight for moose at least.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve noticed interesting bird activity lately. Flocks flying in formation to make the illusions of tunnels and such. I have some guesses as to why they do that:
– to warm up
– to practice flocking
– to solidify social bonds
And maybe they are trying to exhibit harmony.

mars
mars
3 years 7 months ago

oh those carnitas sound heavenly…but with farmers market, playground, hiking, gardening, and housework on today’s agenda…we’re going with the scramble lol

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

+1

Moshen
Moshen
3 years 7 months ago

I get slightly anxious from that lotus seed picture but that’s because I watched Star Trek and I know that a bad smoke comes out of the holes.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
3 years 7 months ago

I guess I must have trypophilia; all of those photo’s look very appealing to me. Gets me in the mood to carve a jack-o’-lantern!

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
3 years 7 months ago

I just showed my husband the photo of the lotus seeds without “priming” him about what his response might be. He said it looked sexual to him, and I agree. Surprised that the researchers didn’t have anything to say about that.

Sandy
Sandy
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I think I have a mild case of trypophobia. Stuff inside of holes definitely squicks me out. Look up the pipa pipa frog.

Aria
Aria
3 years 7 months ago

*looks up* OK, I must have a mild case too. SERIOUSLY squicked out now.

Sofie
Sofie
3 years 7 months ago

Me too. And it’s not from suggestion or something, I’ve always found bell pepper and lotus seeds somewhat icky.

mister worms
mister worms
3 years 7 months ago

If that is the frog I think you’re talking about then I have a mild case caused by the sight of that frog.

I saw it on a nature program of weird animals years ago and the image is burned into my brain as one of the most repulsive, revolting things I have ever seen. And I am not one to be grossed out easily.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

Great news about the grass fed cheese. I love me that stuff!

Andrea
Andrea
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve had my horses barefoot trimmed for years, along with caring for them in more ‘natural’ ways – no covers, plenty of roughage in their diets, letting them live as a herd etc. They keep extremely well, with no hoof or health problems. I guess they’re kind of living a Primal lifestyle for horses :-). Great to see it’s becoming more mainstream to let horses be horses.

Elisa
Elisa
3 years 7 months ago
Hey Andrea! I have a OTT that I have competed with in the past in the jumpers. He has good feet-not superb- but we have never had any problems with them. He has regular turn-out, but also has a stall. I have never felt that he would be good living outside and we went barefoot for a winter and his feet got all out of whack. I have had to keep shoes on him since he is still jumping, but am interested in looking at options for when he gets a little older. What do you think? Do you think… Read more »
Andrea
Andrea
3 years 7 months ago
Hi Elisa. I have my horses hooves trimmed by a professional barefoot trimmer. One of my horses came to me with shoes on a couple of years ago. My trimmer has progressively reshaped his hooves back into a natural shape and they are now great. Most farriers just trim hooves the way they would if they were going to shoe the horse, which is completely wrong for barefoot, so it’s really important to get a specialist barefoot trimmer, if you can. I live in New Zealand and we are lucky to have some good trimmers who are prepared to travel.… Read more »
ashley
ashley
3 years 7 months ago
Hey I also have my horses barefoot! And yes I do think all horses can go barefoot, however you have to look at all horses individually – as with your OTT (an ex racehorse, Off The Track Throughbred for those who dont know) he has probably had any good feet genes bred out of him and also been shod since the age of 2 so it is a lot harder for his feet to return to a natural form than say my partbred kaimanawa pony who has rock hard feet but has probably never been shod in his life. I… Read more »
Elisa
Elisa
3 years 7 months ago
Excellent advice! I would be interested to see how horses jumping 3’9″+ would handle being barefoot. I know that there are some grand prix dressage horses that go barefoot, but they also don’t have the weight crashing down on them after a 4ft oxer. Many horses in the jumper rings in the upper levels use studs, which would be difficult to do barefoot. I would be intersted to see someone try and find a solution! And sadly, yes, being an exracehorse, his hoof walls are on the thin side. I think what happened last time we tried barefoot (granted, I… Read more »
ashley
ashley
3 years 7 months ago

Elisa I reckon the jumpers would go just as well 🙂 (assuming they had either had sufficient time and training to harden up their feet or had never been shod in their life) IMO it would be harder on them having shoes on due to the added shock hitting the ground? Grip wise horses actually have great grip without shoes or studs! Nature made them that way after all 🙂

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 7 months ago

Mmmm, primal horse. (It is the French in me).

Sharon
Sharon
3 years 7 months ago

For the most part, I look on the positive side of things. I have noticed it annoys the people around me. Make me happy though.

trakan
trakan
3 years 7 months ago

Heh you guys are silly

ladycopper5
ladycopper5
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve had horses for years now and my research into and experiences with barefoot horses and natural care are actually what led to me going Primal myself! There is so much fascinating research available now about the effects of grains (bad) on horse physiology and how grasses have been bred to contain WAY too much sugar, and about how horses are designed to walk around casually for hours a day, that when I started reading Paleo/Primal stuff it was all quite familiar. I had seen the effects already on my horses, it just made sense to do it for myself.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

I remember reading an article about horses when they were fed too many grains. The result: a few horses with hard to control,ADD type behavior problems. The rest got fat and lethargic. Hmmm, yes that all sounds vaguely familiar in another animal, too … 😉

Elisa
Elisa
3 years 7 months ago

I guess the question would be then to find something that would adequately fuel horses in competition virtually year-round. They just burn too many calories to survive on hay alone!

ladycopper5
ladycopper5
3 years 7 months ago

What about root vegetables, as they used to do in the old days?

Elisa
Elisa
3 years 7 months ago

That is a good question! It would be interesting to try it out and see how they react health and performance-wise. 🙂

Aria
Aria
3 years 7 months ago

Strange. Cantelopes don’t bother me but I actually find those lotus seeds off putting. I can’t say why, but they just creep me out a bit.

Primal Wanderer
Primal Wanderer
3 years 7 months ago

yeah… me too, it’s something about their particular shape, it gives me a mildly unpleasant feeling the longer I look at them… Weird stuff!

George
George
3 years 7 months ago

Thanks for the link “Rewire Your Brain for Positivity and Happiness Using the Tetris Effect” Mark. As someone who tends to be a cynic and a little depressed despite my good diet and health, this looks like a very promising technique and something I am going to give a try.

erik
erik
3 years 7 months ago

The lotus seed pod felt like facing a loaded revolver, bullets lurking in the dark recesses of the cylinder.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 7 months ago

Salvilotus, Egyptian Delight. I used some of that incense recently. It was interesting.

Animanarchy
3 years 7 months ago

I think Temple of the Screaming Electron might be interesting to some. It is a website consisting of lots of BBS files covering various topics.

Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 7 months ago

The seed pod photo is beautiful. It’s structural and yet diverse because the seeds themselves seem to have different levels of “health.” Maybe they are at different stages.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 7 months ago

Looks similar to a pomegranite. Pomegranites are decent.

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
3 years 7 months ago

Re: Lotus seeds: looks maternal to me, all those little seeds protected in their cozy pods. Plus, I love purple and green together.

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[…] Research of the Week When energy expenditure is matched, “minimal intensity”, long-duration “walking and standing” had more beneficial effects on insulin action and blood lipids than “moderate to vigorous” cycling, according to a new study. Didn’t I tell you to move around a lot at a slow pace? Exposure to … Mark’s Daily Apple […]

Rene R
Rene R
3 years 7 months ago
Re : Bird article. I’m pretty sure light has quite an effect on many species. I have chickens, and for most of the winter they don’t lay many eggs, but if you put a bit of light on them, effectively lengthening the day, they will keep laying. They sometimes put lights in the paddocks of brood mares to encourage them to come into heat for breeding. We also used to put lights in the stalls of show horses (a couple extra hours, to mimic the longer days of summer), to prevent them from growing a long winter coat. Apparently the… Read more »
swizzly
swizzly
3 years 7 months ago
I’m in my mid-40s and looking at things like lotus seed pods (long before I knew what they were called — they started turning up in dried flower arrangements in the ’70s) cracked desert mud, larvae holes, etc., have been freaking me out and making my hair stand on end for as long as I can remember. I’d long given up telling anyone about it cos they look at me like I’m completely mental. I even had an incidental bit of phobia therapy specifically about lotus seed pods cos it was causing issues. I’ve only just recently heard the term… Read more »
s. l.
s. l.
3 years 7 months ago

Me too – I’ve always been creeped out by holes in things, and the first time I saw a lotus pod I wanted to run screaming from it. We’re not alone! 🙂

Anna
Anna
3 years 7 months ago

It’s comforting for me too! Just hearing the phrase “l.s. pods” makes me feel nauseous and gives me the shivers. I have never known how to describe it to people and, like you, at this point I just don’t. I did not know there was a name for it, but now I’m afraid to research it because I know there will be a bunch of images that will make me sick and I won’t be able to close my eyes without seeing them.

greg grok
greg grok
3 years 7 months ago
Over the last couple of weeks ive decided to walk to work in the morning (and sometimes home too) as i wasn’t doing enough slow moving. I’m a type 1 diabetic and a lot of diabetics experience a rise in blood sugar (myself included) after waking up in the morning. My blood sugar recently has been good after waking but without a little help from a dose of short acting insulin would rise as the morning went on. Since ive started walking the 1.5 miles it’s been falling when it would usaully rise, rapidly, to the point of hypoglacemia about… Read more »
Evelyn
Evelyn
3 years 7 months ago

Regarding Lotus pods, It would be nice to know that in India, those seed pods are eaten raw!!! Actually they are very tasty even stir fried, sauteed and made into spicy curries. They are cute little ones. The edible pods are actually green in color. They look beautiful:)

swiss chard
3 years 7 months ago

Keeping barefoot ponies has taught us about sugar and starch in equine nutrition. Our trimming hero is Pete Ramey – and Dr.Kellon’s online courses on nutrition are great!
And then, with our minds wide open, we got into primal ourselves. And switched our dogs to raw.
Thank you for the link!

Dave
Dave
3 years 7 months ago

Comment of the week plagiarized from reddit 🙁

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Melanie Legaspi
3 years 7 months ago

I clicked into this article because the pretty bracelet caught my attention. Then I looked at the picture of the lotus seed and thought it was really interesting! Its actually quite pretty because of its colors 🙂

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