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7 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 237

Weekend Link Love

The Primal Life Kit is still available. If you enjoy obtaining reams of valuable ($485 worth) knowledge (including a month’s subscription to my own Primal Blueprint Meal Plan service) for cut-rate prices (just $39), you will like the Kit. Buy it.

Research of the Week

Got brain drain? Go for a walk in the park.

Is “salt-sensitive” hypertension just glucose intolerance in disguise?

Three whole eggs a day is just what the cardiologist ordered.

Interesting Blog Posts

How America’s oldest living person – until recently – lived so long.

BoingBoing picked up my Paleofantasy review.

Media, Schmedia

Genetically modified wheat (coming soon to a store near you!) may silence vital human genes, according to research by a professor of microbial genetics (PDF). Of course, to do that, the relevant compounds will have to make it through the gut wall and into the bloodstream to interact with our genes, which wheat has never, ever been shown to do. Right? Right?

When normal people are faced with the consequences of their decisions or actions, they have to own up to it. When Monsanto is faced with independent research that their actions might be killing the bees en masse, it simply buys the research firm that implicates them. And no, this is not an Onion article.

Everything Else

Is the Y chromosome doomed?

Recipe Corner

  • Tod man pla (no, that’s not a typo).
  • We all need more shellfish in our lives. Why not go all out and make some magic shrimp?

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 7 – Apr 13)

Comment of the Week

Had to laugh!
“A big paleofantasy. I could be making this entire world up in my head as I go along.”

……Being Mark Sissonvich…..

– I’d watch that.

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 just love all the emerging ‘eggs are safe’ research. Chicken coop will arrive shortly 😉 Wyandottes have extra large yolk! Yum.

    AndreasDK wrote on April 7th, 2013
  2. It’s unfortunate that the Monsanto situation is garnering so little public reaction. Terrible things are happening and will continue to get worse and there aren’t enough of us working to control it 😐

    Chris wrote on April 7th, 2013
  3. How do we kick Monsanto in the nuts??

    Kate wrote on April 7th, 2013
  4. Lovin’ the fresh new banner photos, Mark!

    Todd wrote on April 7th, 2013
  5. The only positive thing Monsanto does is illustrate our governments corruption so well.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on April 7th, 2013
  6. All the top people at Monsanto eat homegrown, organic, or primal food!!! Dubious…

    I think they’re working on a special form of wheat that just kills you instantly if you eat it more than three times.

    Monsanto will be crushed under the weight of it’s own corruption , unsustainability and their customers start dying faster than is profitable.

    Zenmooncow wrote on April 7th, 2013
  7. Monsanto is just following the leads of Big Tobacco. At some point, I hope that the public will become just as disgusted with Monsanto as they have with Tobacco.

    CrazyCatLady wrote on April 7th, 2013
  8. Agree that Monsanto is evil, etc., but I thought this link about GMO wheat was especially interesting as it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Monsanto (unless there’s something in the video, which I can’t watch right now, that says different). As described in the article the wheat is “a type developed by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).”

    Susan wrote on April 7th, 2013
  9. Man.. GMO stuff is scary as hell… makes me want to start growing my own food!

    bjjcaveman wrote on April 7th, 2013
  10. It sounds like they are trying to develop a “low-carb” wheat. They must have gotten the message about wheat spiking blood sugar and insulin.

    Suzie_B wrote on April 7th, 2013
    • Monsanto doesn’t care about blood sugar insulin or anything else even remotely related to health, humanity, the environment, planet earth, etc.

      Helga wrote on April 7th, 2013
  11. Does anyone know why they modified the wheat? It didn’t say it was increased yields, drought resistance, or better bread making – the usual stuff, just that it affects carbohydrates in some way?

    Suzie_B wrote on April 7th, 2013
    • Monsanto’s spin about increased yields, drought resistance, etc., are nonsense. See the above response regarding this company’s propensity for bullying and bribing, and then read Jeffrey Smith’s book, “Seeds of Deception”, and watch his documentary, “Genetic Roulette”.

      Monsanto’s latest goal is to genetically modify honey bees so it can control the act of pollination itself.

      But hell, as long as we’re all fat, happy, glutinated, and ENTERTAINED, who cares what Monsanto does?!?!

      Helga wrote on April 7th, 2013
      • If everyone just eats soy, wheat, canola, and corn, who needs bees? These crops don’t need bee pollination. Monsanto would probably prefer just to do away with these pesky (to them) bugs. No bees equates to more profits and less number of different crops to have to take control of. Bee pollinated crops could just go extinct.

        Suzie_B wrote on April 7th, 2013
        • But then they would miss out on the profits from bee products (honey, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax).

          Helga wrote on April 7th, 2013
        • Like they give a rats ass…

          Nocona wrote on April 8th, 2013
  12. AWESOME about eggs!

    Norma wrote on April 7th, 2013
    • Bilbo was right:

      “A box without hinges, key, or lid,
      Yet golden treasure inside is hid.”

      Helga wrote on April 7th, 2013
  13. Clicking on my name takes you to a study reported at NBC indicating that eating red meat leads to a greater blood concentration of a chemical called TPAO for short. Apparently gut bacteria have something to do with it; they convert the carnitine in red meat into this other chemical. And apparently TPAO is an independent risk factor for heart disease.

    I was interested to learn, looking TPAO up on Wikipedia, that TPAO is *also* made from choline, an at least conditionally essential nutrient in the human diet. We can’t just stop eating choline so I’m not sure what these fun people think we’re supposed to do. (And of course, veganism is nutritionally inadequate without supplements, no matter what you’re eating under vegan dietary rules.)

    Heard anything about this? I have my own quibbles with it, obviously, but I’d love to see some commentary on various blogs, including yours. Thanks!

    Dana wrote on April 7th, 2013
    • Where has it been demonstrated that TMAO is ‘an independent risk factor for heart disease’ in humans? It seems more like conjecture.

      BillP wrote on April 7th, 2013
    • Besides its use by body builders L-carnitine is sold as a supplement for heart health and is promoted by at least one cardiologist, Dr Stephen Sinatra, who has written and bloged about it as a useful nutrient for the heart muscle so this study raises lots of questions. And choline is found in eggs so what does that say about the study Mark just linked to?

      Also, the poor study participants then had their gut bacteria wiped out by antibiotics (on purpose) so they could take another set of measurements!!

      Joanna wrote on April 7th, 2013
      • Article re L-carnitine:
        “A study published in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine found that a compound in red meat called L-carnitine is associated with the build up of plaque in arteries which causes heart attacks, strokes and vascular disease.”

        DarkMan wrote on April 8th, 2013
      • They had mice’s gut bacteria wiped out, not people’s.

        There is a huge number of articles commenting on this paper. In one of them, Hazen comments: “a heart-healthy probiotic or yogurt might be a way of modifying the carnitine-TMAO pathway and reducing heart disease risk”.
        So there’s tha bad gut flora which converts carnitine and, in another study, lecithin to TMAO and there’s the good gut flora which doesn’t and which vegetarians and vegans seem to have. But wait! According to Hazen himself, is it enough to consume yogurt or probiotics and your gut flora might become good? So, what kind of omnivores did they include in their research? Propably, the kind that eat starch, sugar, trans fat and vegetable oils and apparently not enough yogurt!! Most vegans and vegetarians are rather health conscious but that definitely isn’t the case for the majority of the population. I don’t like research which accepts and tests three groups-vegans, vegetarians and all the rest. If they wanted to check if and why red meat causes atheromatosis, they should have involved the infamous meat eating group of paleo or, better yet, primal eaters (the ones who eat yogurt!), and see what kind of gut flora they have.

        Katerina wrote on April 8th, 2013
        • +1!

          BillP wrote on April 8th, 2013
        • The article states that the “meat eaters” gut bacteria was then wiped out with antibiotics before further testing, it doesn’t state whether it was human or mice but I just assumed human. Will have to see what else has been written about this study – as usual the media are already quoting it in sound bites – the Chicago Tribune had a one line reference to it this morning.

          Joanna wrote on April 8th, 2013
  14. Oh and my parenthetical crack about veganism will make sense if y’all go read the article. I’m still a bit head-desky.

    Dana wrote on April 7th, 2013
  15. I like that scientist article. It’s awesome how she euphemistically refers to the remaining 45 genes of the Y chromosome as mostly “junk.”

    I know, I’m “such a guy.” 😀

    Jeff wrote on April 7th, 2013
  16. WOW! Cool beans! Thank you for sharing my recipe. BIG FAN! :)

    DJFoodie wrote on April 7th, 2013
  17. All the big corporates manipulate results to their advantage and tell you what they think you want to hear. Fortunately there will always be a need for bees. they are part of a much greater eco system

    Jill wrote on April 8th, 2013
  18. Eggs are better for you than a synthetic yolk-free egg substitute? Mind = blown.

    Southy wrote on April 8th, 2013
  19. No comments about the Primal Life Kit? I am surprised. I just ordered it, and I am beyond excited. Thank you, Mark, and everyone else involved, for such an amazing offer!

    Nikki wrote on April 9th, 2013
  20. I attended a health seminar and I learned a lot, that I became a vegetarian. Interesting because animals are fed with hormones to make them grow faster

    Marlyn wrote on April 9th, 2013
  21. Fauja Singh’s marathon time is about the same as mine, maybe a little less even (I normally ruck them, or ruck them with handbags of food/supplies, and so far only to get from one place to another, not primarily for exercise.) I think I better start working on my speed if a 100 year old can beat me at persistent hunting treks!

    Animanarchy wrote on April 11th, 2013
  22. Sounds like you had an amazing time. Thanks for taking the time to share it on here with us.

    Richard wrote on April 15th, 2013

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