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March 24, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 235

By Mark Sisson
65 Comments

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

It seems that Victorian-era rural Englanders had pretty great life expectations (roughly equal to modern day Brits) thanks to their hearty (4k+ calories per day) whole foods diets and regular physical activity.

Humans have unique brain structures that are not found in monkeys, who also do not have any analogous structures that perform similar roles. Pretty cool.

In an observational study, skim and low-fat milk were associated with more childhood obesity than whole and 2% milk.

Interesting Blog Posts

It’s really not that hard, is it?

Other areas of life exist besides the gym, the toilet, and the bus stop where squatting can be helpful and biologically appropriate.

Media, Schmedia

Let them eat fat, they say. Does anyone else sense a shift?

Australia may have drop bears, poisonous spiders the size of your face, and murderous fauna lurking in every corner of the country, but they might also get the first paleo franchise restaurant chain.

Everything Else

This is one kind of paleo reenactment that I can probably get behind: The Primitive, a modern knife inspired by paleolithic design.

Your body on stress.

Are you a New Yorker who has had success on a paleo diet? Dr. Oz wants to hear from you. If you fill out the form, mention me and maybe we’ll end up on the show together.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 24 – Mar 30)

Comment of the Week

Okay Mark, you just got me to crawl around on my hands and knees for 10 minutes. I did not think there was a man alive who could make me do that!

– I’m just full of surprises.

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Dane
3 years 6 months ago

It’s well established that a low fat, zero cholesterol lifestyle is harmful to health, but does the paleo lifestyle tip the scales too far in the opposite direction? Healthy fats are good for us, but how much is too much?

Groktimus Primal
3 years 6 months ago

That’s the beauty if it. Satiety tells you how much.

Aria
Aria
3 years 6 months ago

Right. I find I can’t overeat fat the way I could carbs, I start feeling ill. And I get really gassy. 🙂

Cherice
Cherice
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t know… I CAN eat a whole stick of butter and still go back for more if I let myself. While I fully agree that fat is very health promoting, I’m not sure eating a whole stick falls under the “health promoting” category. A few tablespoons with scrambled eggs? Absolutely. But probably not a whole stick.

Dane Thorsen
3 years 5 months ago
Well, the reason I ask is that I have grave misgivings about the sheer amount of healthy fats people are eating in the belief that more is better and that no amount can do us any harm. But the truth is a little more complicated. Polyunsaturated fats such as cod liver oil are valued for their anti-inflammatory properties, yet, taken in large quantities, they can actually become inflammatory, causing skin damage, contributing to heart disease and, ironically, to arthritis. Butter may be better for us than margarine (to say the least), but many people are being given the erroneous impression… Read more »
Brad
Brad
3 years 6 months ago

I’m almost jealous! I know how hard it is running your own service business (I’ve owned a grocery store in a mountain community), but I love cooking Primal and have wondered how a Paleo or Primal cafe would go over in my town. With all the outdoor opportunities here and a burgeoning Crossfit community, I think it’d do well.

Maybe a catering service? Delivery to the trailhead? Hmmm.

Joe
3 years 6 months ago

Wow! CrossFit and a primal attitude are a natural combination. A Primal Cafe would be a great hang out for them. You’ve run a business so I don’t have to mention how difficult it is. It would be good to find a low cost way to test the idea (a point made in Ready, Fire, Aim). A food wagon before a restaurant?

James
James
3 years 5 months ago

I work at a gluten free cafe in Melbourne that’s very primal, and modestly paleo and we get lots of crossfitters coming in for brunch. They’re a great bunch who order massive meals, usually post-workout!

Groktimus Primal
3 years 6 months ago

Yep, Dr. Oz and Woman’s World magazine is where America gets it’s superb health knowledge. I learned this while managing a GNC where I also learned first hand how the public is fleeced!

Animanarchy
3 years 5 months ago

GNC is a place to get suspect performance enhancers and supplies to build a semi-synthetic, legal-roid controlled body.
Theoretically it would decrease a person’s ability to engage in geomancy and other grounded, terra-based activities.
It’s like throwing a lego block at the computer screen when you’re playing tetris.

Lewis
Lewis
3 years 6 months ago
On the Mid-Victorian study, Mark: There’s a lot of references there, and these people have obviously put a lot of work in. However, I think it can be so difficult to obtain real knowledge of the past that there may be a fair amount of wishful thinking and kite-flying going on. Take this: “The imported canned meats were fatty …” That fat is bad — and that, therefore, it couldn’t have been in the diet in the earlier period — sounds to me like an assumption being brought to the study rather than anything that’s emerged from it. What do… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

Lewis – I read through it and I tend to agree with your analysis. It’s nice that the authors and are almost on the same page, but eating “fatty meats from can” is not all that much different to eating “salted fatty meats, fresh?”.

And yeah, everyone back then drank a lot. The “average” colonial Americans would put all but hard core modern drinkers under the table. It was a critical source of calories as well as a sanitary way to drink water. (Not that was imbued for those vitreous reasons, that was just their net nutritional effect.)

Drumroll
Drumroll
3 years 6 months ago

It’s actually true that Colonial Americans drank more tea (until certain obvious historical events) than their British counterparts by FAR. So much so that there are stories of Colonial Americans becoming “tea drunk” (probably due to the theanine in the tea).

This also owing to the fact that it was a much safer way to consume water likely to be rife with bacteria (though they probably didn’t make the connection). They just new that they felt bad after drinking plain water, but good after drinking tea.

So Colonial Americans got their antioxidants for sure!

Diane
Diane
3 years 5 months ago

The salted canned meats were a major contribution to scurvy on ships. When sailors could get on land to hunt fresh meat, they would halt the progression of scurvy. I don’t think it was a value judgement on salt and fat so much as an observation that health declined when potted meat became cheaper than fresh.

Samantha
Samantha
3 years 6 months ago

Without a doubt, How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died is one of your best links ever. Thank you!

Nick
3 years 6 months ago

There is definetly a shift occuring, along with a line up of people waiting to capitalize on the “new” information.

Aria
Aria
3 years 6 months ago

Where do you buy that knife, and how much is it? Because I’m searching the internet and coming up empty. 🙁

b2curious
b2curious
3 years 5 months ago

It may not be available for purchase yet. The article says a “product by Italian kitchenware maker Del Ben.” (In the article, the company name Del Ben is also a link to their site, but I could not find the Primative on it. I also searched for it and one article said that Del Ben will handle production. Most talked about it like it was already available for purchase…

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 6 months ago

I still can hardly believe that no one in the U.S. has started a chain of Paleo eats yet!

Ben
3 years 6 months ago
One problem I have with Dr. Oz is how he seems to switch his philosophies on many health subjects, especially weight loss, depending on what’s hot at the time and what sells. Although he is very subtle about this, I feel that if he truly has convictions on health he should not promote the “latest and greatest” unless it coincides with his personal beliefs and practices. Nothing wrong with introducing new findings and information but it should be billed as such and not hyped. Dr. Oz is Oprah’s homemade money machine for sure and his show is staring to reflect… Read more »
Luke DePron
3 years 6 months ago

Yea I would be concerned it would be misrepresented on his show. Whatever show his daughter is on she talked about paleo and summed it up to something that cuts out “entire healthy food groups like grains” never really dove into the concern of lectins or the idea that hey veggies would be a better choice then grains. Idk I hope dr oz gives it a bit more of a thorough explanation. Doubtful though . Mark would be awesome to see you on there! Have an “Ab off” with him!

BillP
BillP
3 years 6 months ago

A lipid panel comparison might be more pertinent.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

My philosophy is that half decent MDs, satisfied with their calling in life, have no need to have a TV show like “Dr. Oz”. It’s the modern day equivalent of selling snake oil. You just have to go to medical school now to have people not question what you’re selling.

Andrew
Andrew
3 years 6 months ago

Dang! I was hoping I could be the one to start the Paleo resteraunt business. Well maybe now that it’s a reality it will be easier for others (possibly myself) to successfully do so!

BillP
BillP
3 years 6 months ago

Running a restaurant is an iffy proposition under the best of circumstances. It’s the last business an entrepreneur should enter, unless he wants a 98% chance of losing money and going out of business within 3 years.

And I would advise not stressing the ‘paleo’ aspects of the menu, but rather call it something else (hip and avant-garde) and stressing the whole foods angle with a side of gourmet.

PriamlGrandma
PriamlGrandma
3 years 6 months ago
Well, I’m sticking my 2 cents in here as a potential customer since I’ve never ran a restaurant of any kind before— It seems to me that maybe having a “regular” restaurant with a separate Paleo menu available might be the way to go. Since I’m not a professional cook/restaurateur I don’t know how the $$$ part of that would work, but I would think that an eating establishment that advertised/specialized in a particular way of eating (in this case Paleo) would not do well because potential customers would perceive it as being “specialized” and may be turned off and… Read more »
primitiverenaissance
3 years 6 months ago

My girlfriend’s dad was recently in Australia, sent me a picture from Paleo Cafe. He said the food was really good. If we start one here, I’ll work at it!

And I agree with Samantha – the Victorians article was incredible. Actually, this was a particularly awesome link love. Victorians was the highlight, but the childbirth article and the stress article were a tie for super-close second. Keep it up, Mark!

Jessica
Jessica
3 years 6 months ago

I want to marry the writer of the “Let Them Eat Fat” article. I mean, if I weren’t already married, that is.

Andrea
Andrea
3 years 6 months ago

I just read an article on Dr. Oz that said he eats a Paleolithic hunter-gatherer diet. If that’s the case, I don’t know he can in good conscious advocate anything else.

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Alexandra suntrup
3 years 6 months ago

Is anyone else problems with formatting on the iPhone??? I always check this website on my phone and today it’s all new and very hard to use.

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Thanks 😉

Alta
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks for sharing my balsamic lamb heart recipe! It’s one of our favs.

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[…] Research of the Week It seems that Victorian-era rural Englanders had pretty great life expectations (roughly equal to modern day Brits) thanks to their hearty (4k+ calories per day) whole foods diets and regular physical activity. Humans have unique brain structures that are not found in monkeys, who also do not have any analogous structures […]… Mark’s Daily Apple […]

bjjcaveman
3 years 6 months ago

Must have that knife! It almost looks like a superhero weapon!

BobG
BobG
3 years 5 months ago

Victorians had long lives? Nonsense! “Everybody Knows” that until the 1950’s or so, everybody died in their forties! (:-))

Heather
Heather
3 years 5 months ago

No, that’s not true. It was a high infant mortality rate that knocked down the average age. The AVERAGE age in 1900 was 40. Combine that with people living into their 70s and 80s and you can get an average age of 40. It is only in the last century that medicine has wiped out diseases that take our infants. And medicine has also helped more children survive birth. Comparing an average age is only comparing the hostility of the environments.

Sabine
Sabine
3 years 5 months ago

I delivered my second and third babies from a semi-squat, and aside from the (relative)ease, the best part was that I got to see them right away! I’ll never forget the sight of them looking back up at me(they were both born sunny-side up) , while part of them was still inside.

Animanarchy
3 years 5 months ago

That seems like such a strange thing to imagine.. another human popping out of you.. hello!

Emily
Emily
3 years 5 months ago

This Weekend Link Love rocked! Awesome selection of articles! I’m absolutely in love with the “Let them Eat Fat” article! I think the argument on squatting for child birth is incredibly interested. This is another topic where I assumed conventional thinking was the best/only way to go about it (reclined birthing). Squatting makes so much more sense! Thank you Mark for always exposing me to new topics and constantly reminding me to question conventional wisdom. I’m in the mood for goose now after that Let them Eat Fat article 🙂

Rhonda the Red
Rhonda the Red
3 years 5 months ago

My daughter and I both love Jane Austen and the Regency period and have been talking about how many primal elements there were in that society — lots of walks, quality socialization with neighbors on short visits, fresh country food, dances that include some serious sprint time (polka anyone?). The Victorian article just drove it all home. I am seriously going to up my intake of cabbage and offal and do my darndest to start walking over to visit my neighbors. Anyone up for a country dance?

Animanarchy
3 years 5 months ago

Apparently hunter/gatherers smoked tobacco and other plants. (Not that we should too.)
Also pipes were found during an excavation of William Shakespeare’s garden that contained residue of cannabis, cocaine, and myristicin (a chemical in nutmeg).
http://www.sott.net/article/259989-UC-Davis-researchers-uncover-earliest-tobacco-use-in-the-Pacific-Northwest

Animanarchy
3 years 5 months ago
Ham-Bone
Ham-Bone
3 years 5 months ago
I think the fact that Dr. Oz is looking for Paleo Success Stories shows a shift as well. Looking through his website I found the following quotes from him and fellow users. A shift is in order… “What’s more, it’s worth remembering that cavemen tended to be much shorter than modern people and often died in their 40s, in part because they weren’t eating a diet that left them with much ability to fight off infection (or saber-toothed tigers).” – yeah, add some wheat and I’m sure I can take on a tiger (maybe Tony the tiger) “it is impossible… Read more »
hawthorn
hawthorn
3 years 5 months ago
Some interesting information in the Victorians article. But they seemed to cherry pick the food groups they talked about in detail, and didn’t seem to want to talk about the details of where the calories came from. What I wanted to know was how much refined sugar they ate. I always imagine the diet of that period to be full of traditional British cakes and puddings, and would love to know how often people actually ate these things before mass produced confectionery. This is the first time I’ve been moved to comment here – so I should say what a… Read more »
Gayle
Gayle
3 years 5 months ago

That article about the Victorians is SOOO interesting! I just got thru reading Tess d’ Uberville which is set in this time period and it talks about how much they walked (6 miles a day sometimes 12 miles) and laboured so hard. How easy we have it these days 🙂

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 5 months ago
On days when I have the energy and capacity and the weather is enjoyable long, unhurried bouts of cardio for travel or recreation can make me feel a lot more positive. I hope to get a bike this year. I plan to camp somewhere new near where I’m already staying but where I don’t expect I’d be found. If I get a bike I’ll regularly use it to make trips into town. If not, I’ll walk, but with a bike I could stay farther away more conveniently. I’ve been stocking water for a day or two at a time and… Read more »
JMA
JMA
3 years 5 months ago

The information in the “…Unique Brain Structure” article shows more evidence for an Intelligent Designer rather than evolutionary giving.
Humans are different because they were created different.

Ulfric M Douglas
Ulfric M Douglas
3 years 5 months ago

I’m another one to comment on the Victorians article : there’s a HUGE load of misinformation and simply wrong stuff in there.
Don’t touch it with a ten-foot pole.
The authors seem also to be totally clueless on earlier social organisation and food behaviour in Britain, making dubious comparisions to elevate their take on the ‘especially healty’ mid-Victorian period.
Mostly bollocks.

Joseph Fetz
3 years 5 months ago
Regarding the WSJ article, it was decent and had some good points. However, if one were to read the comments section of the article it becomes plainly visible that the author is not only arrogant, but ignorantly so. He makes many statements such as there is link between obesity and diet, as well as stating that there is no link between diet and things such as heart disease and diabetes. However, the part that I really took notice to is when he says that the brain exclusively runs on carbs (yes, he said carbs, not glucose). Obviously, this is wrong.… Read more »
Joseph Fetz
3 years 5 months ago

* Sorry, type. I meant to say that he stated that there is NO link between obesity and diet.

When asked to back his claims he reverts to the tired old excuse that the science is too complex for us to understand, implying that we are all just dullards and he is some sort of genius.

Sad
3 years 5 months ago

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