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April 07, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 237

By Mark Sisson
37 Comments

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.

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AndreasDK
AndreasDK
3 years 5 months ago

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

Chris
Chris
3 years 5 months ago

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 😐

Kate
Kate
3 years 5 months ago

How do we kick Monsanto in the nuts??

Todd
Todd
3 years 5 months ago

Lovin’ the fresh new banner photos, Mark!

Groktimus Primal
3 years 5 months ago

The only positive thing Monsanto does is illustrate our governments corruption so well.

Zenmooncow
Zenmooncow
3 years 5 months ago

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.

CrazyCatLady
CrazyCatLady
3 years 5 months ago

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.

Susan
Susan
3 years 5 months ago

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).”

Helga
Helga
3 years 5 months ago

Australia’s CSIRO has direct financial connections with Monsanto!

http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/13325-csiro-in-bed-with-multinationals

The ironic thing is that developing countries don’t want GMO food, even when their citizens are facing food shortages! Monsanto bullies and bribes its way into these nations. And as for the FDA and EPA, they’re just pathetic and corrupt.

bjjcaveman
3 years 5 months ago

Man.. GMO stuff is scary as hell… makes me want to start growing my own food!

Suzie_B
Suzie_B
3 years 5 months ago

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.

Helga
Helga
3 years 5 months ago

Monsanto doesn’t care about blood sugar insulin or anything else even remotely related to health, humanity, the environment, planet earth, etc.

Suzie_B
Suzie_B
3 years 5 months ago

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?

Helga
Helga
3 years 5 months ago

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?!?!

Suzie_B
Suzie_B
3 years 5 months ago

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.

Helga
Helga
3 years 5 months ago

But then they would miss out on the profits from bee products (honey, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax).

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 5 months ago

Like they give a rats ass…

Norma
3 years 5 months ago

AWESOME about eggs!

Helga
Helga
3 years 5 months ago

Bilbo was right:

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

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[…] 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. […]… Mark’s Daily Apple […]

Dana
3 years 5 months ago
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… Read more »
BillP
BillP
3 years 5 months ago

Where has it been demonstrated that TMAO is ‘an independent risk factor for heart disease’ in humans? It seems more like conjecture.

Joanna
Joanna
3 years 5 months ago

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!!

DarkMan
DarkMan
3 years 5 months ago

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.”

http://www.theage.com.au/national/kangaroo-meat-not-as-healthy-as-you-think-20130408-2hgyx.html

Katerina
Katerina
3 years 5 months ago
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… Read more »
BillP
BillP
3 years 5 months ago

+1!

Joanna
Joanna
3 years 5 months ago

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.

Dana
Dana
3 years 5 months ago

Oh and my parenthetical crack about veganism will make sense if y’all go read the article. I’m still a bit head-desky.

Jeff
Jeff
3 years 5 months ago

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.” 😀

DJFoodie
3 years 5 months ago

WOW! Cool beans! Thank you for sharing my recipe. BIG FAN! 🙂

Jill
3 years 5 months ago

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

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Southy
Southy
3 years 5 months ago

Eggs are better for you than a synthetic yolk-free egg substitute? Mind = blown.

Nikki
Nikki
3 years 5 months ago

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!

Marlyn
3 years 5 months ago

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

Animanarchy
3 years 5 months ago

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!

Richard
3 years 5 months ago

Sounds like you had an amazing time. Thanks for taking the time to share it on here with us.

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