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5 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 241

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

New archaeological evidence suggests that 2.6 million year-old hominin scavenging strategy was characterized by “a strong focus on acquiring and exploiting fatty, nutrient-rich, energy-dense within-head food resources (e.g., brain matter, mandibular nerve and marrow, etc.).” And still somehow we lack the genetic adaptations for eating animals, apparently, and animal fat is still bad for us. Oh well, at least we have a great new genre of food: “energy-dense within-head.”

Researchers may have discovered an important factor in bee die-off: giving bees HFCS instead of honey impairs their natural ability to detoxify substances and activate their immune systems, thereby leaving them vulnerable to certain pesticides. Not a big surprise, really, but it’s still nice to have it confirmed.

Interesting Blog Posts

Ned Kock explores the potentially genetic proclivity toward belief in the supernatural among humans, as well as the beneficial effects on “self-healing” that it appears to mediate.

The definitive guide to the brain and body health benefits of being naked.

According to Peter Gray, the “play researcher,” the most basic and fundamental human right is the freedom to quit.

Media, Schmedia

Did a grade school science fair project just determine that celiac disease is more prevalent than previously thought?

Everything Else

Check out this gorgeous photograph of kids from the USSR getting their vitamin D in an interesting way.

Here is today.

Recipe Corner

  • Next time you’ve got a grill, some meat, a few pairs of swim trunks/bikinis, friends to wear them, and a body of swimmable water, make the watermelon mojito salad. Rum optional.
  • Pesto’s good, but it’s real easy to burn those pine nuts when you toast them. For a more robust – and less omega-6-intensive – pesto, use macadamia nuts.

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 5 – May 11)

Comment of the Week

“A new study finds that markers of long-term stress (hair cortisol) correlate just as strongly to cardiovascular disease as traditional CHD risk factors.”

So, conventional wisdom would dictate that cutting our hair will help us avoid heart disease… !

– And in truly dire situations, cardiologists will place heart disease patients on radiation therapy.

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 want to thank MDA for the weekend Link Love. It’s always one of my favorite days on here along with the Friday Success Stories. Keep up the fantastic work…and keep those helper bees off the HFCS.

    Nocona wrote on May 5th, 2013
  2. Woo hoo! Thanks for the comment check. : )
    And… first to post?

    Scott UK wrote on May 5th, 2013
    • Doh!

      Scott UK wrote on May 5th, 2013
  3. Pesto can be made with any green herb and any nut. In northern Italy walnuts are common and in Sicily pistachios are the nut of choice. I use good California pistachios, myself. They cost about 1/4 the price of pine nuts.

    Stella B wrote on May 5th, 2013
  4. I, too, enjoy the Weekend Link love the most, behind friday success stories. The articles are great reads and always lift the mood. Except today’s, “Here it Today” haha. Kinda daunting. But the Right To Quit, definitely something I agree with and explains fantastically so many principles I love to live by. Institutions suck. Let me live my life. Sheesh. Thanks Mark! Enjoy Malibu today (some of us aren’t as lucky =P )

    Justin wrote on May 5th, 2013
  5. I actually really liked the “Here is Today.” Something about the vastness of earth is just fascinating. To think me and my life are such a small piece of it all.

    Okay off to go rollerblade naked! Jk

    Luke wrote on May 5th, 2013
  6. Rum optional….hahahahahaha

    Graham wrote on May 5th, 2013
  7. I figure that folks here would be interested in this link:

    Dan wrote on May 5th, 2013
    • That was fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

      Chelsea wrote on May 6th, 2013
    • Wow – that’s a real eye-opener! I’m surprised how many cultures are buying large quantities of drink (soda/squash/fruit juice) and the ‘developed’ countries groceries are SO full of packets of processed food!

      I wish I could see bigger pictures though, it’s hard to tell what’s what.

      Prinal V wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • thank you for sharing!

      Erin wrote on May 7th, 2013
  8. Bwwwaaanz!

    Harry Mossman wrote on May 5th, 2013
  9. “Did a grade school science fair project just determine that celiac disease is more prevalent than previously thought?” No. Saying that statistically 1 in 133 people have it and trying to prove or disprove it by testing exactly 133 people is okay science for an elementary student, but even assuming they were a representative random group of people it is not a large enough to be statistically relevant.

    Dan wrote on May 5th, 2013
    • It also doesn’t take into account false positives that occur when you’re testing people that are asymptomatic.

      Phil wrote on May 5th, 2013
    • No, it didn’t prove anything. But I enjoyed the story. The young lady has a bright future in science if that’s the direction she goes.

      Harry Mossman wrote on May 5th, 2013
      • It did prove one thing – that her friend has it and didn’t know it. I think that alone made the whole endeavor very worthwhile. That, and I’m sure it brought a little more awareness to the disease considering it was featured on the news.
        I enjoyed the story as well. I like seeing kids think creatively and scientifically, and turning something that could be a hardship for them into a positive learning experience.

        Casey wrote on May 7th, 2013
  10. The latest zombie movie with the fiends shuffling forward murmuring “energy-dense within-head food resourrrrrrcesssss”? I just don’t see it catching on.

    PeterB wrote on May 5th, 2013
  11. Why in the hell would anyone feed HFCS to bees? That’s as crazy as feeding our kids pasta and cake…oh wait…

    And thanks for the naked link. Since going Primal I’ve been way more inclined to wear less…this may be why?

    Tom B-D wrote on May 5th, 2013
  12. It’s scary, but more than four out of those 133 people would have gluten problems. The standard blood test for celiac very rarely gives false positives, but because it is a very specific test it most certainly does give false negatives. So there will be folk who now think ‘I have been tested, I can eat wheat with adbandon’, who in later life will still show up with celiac or symptoms of gluten sensitivity.

    Lyn wrote on May 5th, 2013
  13. Haha, the naked article reminds me of my fiance’s first American Sign Language class in college. His professor asked in the class dialogue what his favorite sport was (in ASL, it was a total-immersion class) and he thought he signed “hockey,” but when his professor finally stopped laughing he realized he’d signed “naked” instead. So his favorite sport is being naked. I’ll neither confirm nor deny.

    Kristina wrote on May 5th, 2013
  14. Anyone else notice that in the naked race picture every one is wearing shoes and socks? Ironically amusing. You’d think at least one pair of vibrams.

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on May 6th, 2013

    anyone in for nakedpaleocooking? 😀

    Andreas wrote on May 6th, 2013
  16. Amazing pic of those kids from the USSR. I think that’s a genius idea for people living in a place with such bitter winters!

    Ally Porwal wrote on May 7th, 2013

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