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June 09, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 246

By Mark Sisson
43 Comments

Weekend Link LoveBefore the usual links, some Primal Blueprint Publishing news. First, check this out. The Primal Connection just won the Eric Hoffer award for best self-published book in 2013!

Second, the recipe for Paleo Pizza from Primal Cravings just got first place in the PaleoNonPaleo Great Paleo Pizza Smackdown.

And finally, for those of you who’ve picked up a copy of Primal Cravings, please consider writing a review on Amazon. Eternal gratitude is yours from me and the Keatleys. Thanks in advance!

Research of the Week

In case you needed another reason to have that glass of red wine, a new study suggests that it can help prevent kidney stones.

New isotope studies confirm that right around the time our human ancestors began growing bigger brains they either switched to a diet made up of lots of grass and cellulose, or lots of grass and cellulose-eating ruminants. Guess which one Discover Magazine went with. Guess which one I think is more realistic (and supportive of said bigger brains).

Interesting Blog Posts

How a New Zealand triathlete rendered his formerly severe osteoarthritis nearly nonexistent with a paleo diet rich in bone broth.

Why fire makes us human.

Science-based Medicine takes on coconut oil. What do you think of their take?

Media, Schmedia

PopSci “unearths” 8 ridiculous, commonly-held views of nutrition. Prepare yourself for a serious bout of deja-vu.

Boy, we’re really ruffling some feathers, aren’t we? Yet another “debunking” of ancestral health rears its head (and gets summarily shot down in the comment section).

Everything Else

Have a Paleo heart? Mike O’Brien doesn’t at the moment, but he desperately needs – and deserves – one. Consider donating a buck or ten to his fund so that he can afford the heart transplant he needs.

Your brain on coffee.

Monsanto is giving up on marketing GMO crops in Europe, at least for the time being.

Recipe Corner

  • The weather may be warming up, but I’d never turn down a plate of Caribbean oxtail stew.
  • Hey, you, Primal eater who’s vowed to “get more adventurous” and try more seafood. Go on and make some squid adobo.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 9 – Jun 15)

Comment of the Week

I knew listening to loud overbearing Conventional Wisdom could make you go deaf (and dumb)!

Amen!

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Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 3 months ago

If my local fishmonger has squid today, consider the adobo “done and done”.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 3 months ago
I was unsure about “Primal Cravings” and was hesitant to purchase it. I decided to buy and if I didn’t care for it I’d gift it away. This morning I read the entire cookbook while catching some rays at the beach. The book is well written [like including proper internal temperatures to cook meats to (unlike “Gather”)], the recipes are creative, and as a kitchen minimalist I agree with their essential equipment selections. Not all recipes are for everyday eating but the majority can be. I can see how many of the recipes would be great for kids, like the… Read more »
Aria
Aria
3 years 3 months ago

Really? I might have to get it then. I didn’t see the point of recreating old classics but that could be interesting.

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Jim Rendek
3 years 3 months ago

Since there’s no money in coconut oil I guess we’ll never have to worry about “real science” checking into the possible benefits of coconut oil. After all money, not health is all that matters. If I attach a buck to my pecker I bet they’d pull it though!

Petra
3 years 3 months ago

for the coconut oil ink, did I read the assessment is NOT about the virgin version of the oil, but the processed one? That is a different thing.

Christine
Christine
3 years 3 months ago

I had a tooth infection & didn’t want to take antibiotics, so I tried a mouthwash using a few drops of organic virgin coconut oil in water. I swished it round & held it in my mouth for as long as I could a few times until all the solution was used up. The next day, there was no sign of an infection & all the pain had gone.

michael
michael
3 years 3 months ago

I had cancer and ate a donut, and then I was cancer free! Donuts must cure cancer!!

gibson
gibson
3 years 3 months ago

Don’t be hasty, Michael. It has antibacterial properties and is soothing. My husband’s ENT recommended it for certain things. Hubby’s jaw dropped, but it worked. Also, it keeps my eczema under control as well as any drug cream. All winter. Every winter.

I’m not being defensive, just reporting my experience. 😉

Sheri
Sheri
3 years 3 months ago

Christine is right on says Mercola. Coconut oil can be used for “oil pulling” in the oral cavity.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/03/minimally-invasive-dentistry.aspx

Sophia
3 years 3 months ago

I love reading the incisive and intelligent commenters on articles “debunking” the paleo/primal diet, like the ones in Scientific American, as the quality of the comments probably does more to get new people interested in the diet than the original article did in repelling potential interest.

Jim Rendek
3 years 3 months ago

Don’t believe that Monsanto is backing off from Europe. What they say is likely just to turn down the protesting heat. They will quietly position their people and resources in key places like they did in the U.S. and soon GMOs will be shoved down European throats too. The people be damned.

Jsnyd
3 years 3 months ago

They would legitimize it faster than you could say “buck to your pecker”!

Brian Kozmo
3 years 3 months ago

Agreed. I read a German article recently and if I recall correctly, Monsanto intended on entering German markets when the public (or farmers) come to accept it. They are not backing away from all of Europe, though. Even the article Mark listed mentioned them being interested in Spain and Portugal.

George
George
3 years 3 months ago

Interesting in this age of skyrocketing obesity and health care costs that people take the time to write snarky articles about a group of people who focus on eliminating simple carbohydrates and grains and eat unprocessed, whole foods such as grass fed meat, fish, veggies, fruit, olive oil etc. etc. and strive to get fresh air, exercise, sunshine and recreation. Not eating grains is what really seems to blow their minds, it’s an addiction and defies the conventional “wisdom” of needing to have x number of servings of “multi-grain” foods per day.

W. J. Purifoy
W. J. Purifoy
3 years 3 months ago

I suspect the “addictive” property of CW food is what makes so many “addicts” knee jerk react to those of us who have managed to overcome the “habit” by going primal/paleo.

Benn
Benn
3 years 3 months ago

I also find it interesting that these people assume that all the followers of Paleo are pure acolytes who do whatever Mark/Loren/Robb say and don’t adapt the principles to their own lives. Apparently they’ve never actually read the articles on this website or, for that matter, the comments sections.

Kathy
3 years 3 months ago

Super congratulations on winning your award!!!

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Khainag
Khainag
3 years 3 months ago

oi… I only have a BA in three-field anthropology with the bare requirements in biological anthropology, so I’m no expert on hominins, but it’s pretty funny that they forgot to mention that australopithecines basically have gorilla jaws…

Wonder what my prof would say, she was way into South Beach at least 😉

terrence chaplin
terrence chaplin
3 years 3 months ago

it is all about big agro, they want you eating, living and breathing their grains and foods not other healthy choices. bacon lovers unite! and grok on!

oxide
oxide
3 years 3 months ago

Yes. I read in “The End of Overeating that food companies, like all businesses, need to show profit growth. Problem is, the population isn’t growing as fast as they want their profit to grow. If you can’t increase customers fast enough, you need to increase the amount of food per existing customer. That’s why food is engineered to go down so easy — so the customers pack it in without realizing it.

julianne
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the link love 🙂

Ruth
Ruth
3 years 3 months ago

I’ve often wondered if dogs were helped along the path of domestication by eating cooked scraps back in the day.

Dan
Dan
3 years 3 months ago

I was satisfied I had the answer to this question the day I gave my dog a big ham bone.

Alison Golden
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the link-love, Mark and team. Huge congratulations on The Primal Connection winning the “Best Self-Published…” award – fantastically satisfying, I’ll bet!

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kate
3 years 3 months ago

Squid adobo? On the to make list for sure! Squid is a great way to introduce non fish eating people to fish-very meat-y. And just get all sponge bob references out of your head..it’s very good!!

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 3 months ago

Lovin’ me the link love. The healthier and bigger we get (Primal), the more CW comes at us with all they got. It won’t be enough. Keep up the great work Mark.

Dan
Dan
3 years 3 months ago

As for the Discover article, do they not realize that the title is unsupported by the content?

Dan
Dan
3 years 3 months ago

Scientific American article’s logic:

1. Meat today is not the same as meat 50,000 years ago, ergo it’s okay to eat bread and dairy.

2. Kung! at one paleo diet and Inuit ate another paleo diet, ergo it’s okay to eat bread and dairy.

Laura
Laura
3 years 3 months ago

very good point!

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Brian Kozmo
3 years 3 months ago

Even at first glance the isotope article seems to be BS. “Modern humans, on the other hand, rely much more on C4 plants, which include grains like wheat and corn.” What is the author’s definition of “modern humans”? What other kinds of plants are included in C4??? Can C4 be found without necessarily eating plants? I mean, seriously!

“”These hominins were thus already eating grain in an adaptation for life on the savannah..” WRONG! Obviously these scientists haven’t taken Logic 101.

Alba
Alba
3 years 3 months ago
As a researcher, I have to step forward and state that very often (oh, so very often!) it is the one “translating” science to the layman the one that gets too creative with conclusions, not the researcher actually writing science. We often get interviewed by the media and where we said “we can see a trend” or “significant differences on a statistical basis, but lack of biological significance” we then have to read “strong correlation” and “heavy biological implications”. Always take science that is not writtnen as a scientific paper with caution. Who knows how the real thing was actually… Read more »
Maya
Maya
3 years 3 months ago

I love how the Sci. Amer. writer’s basic argument (esp when the author responds in the comments) seems to be, “yes, the paleo diet is healthy, but there are other reasons to eat this healthy food than the idea that we are exactly mimicking the full lives of our paleolithic ancestors.”

Um, yeah… exactly!

Celestia
Celestia
3 years 3 months ago

“The eight ridiculous commonly-held beliefs about nutrition” is a FABULOUS link to give friends and family who doubt you – especially because of the great footnote links to peer-reviewed journal articles.

The one that I really hate is the myth that “a calorie is a calorie”. On a CW diet I kept dropping my calorie intake and was always starving, and NOT losing weight despite the calories-in-calories-out math equation (i.e. I was also doing chronic cardio) and yet am losing weight after going primal, am never hungry, and I am eating far more calories!

Elena
Elena
3 years 3 months ago

That Discover Magazine piece made me cringe.
Oh, yes. I can see it before me. Tha humaniods came out of the woods and walked along all day picking itty bitty little grasseeds. And the primitive tools they have found from that time surely must have been used to crush the itty bitty little grasseeds. Or something like that.

I. Feel. So. Tired. Sometimes.

Dan
Dan
3 years 3 months ago
For the Scientific American article in the links, I was reading through the comments section and I just wanted to flag up what I think is a very, very interesting comment: “A few quick observations since the work of my wife and I on the Hiwi is extensively cited here (as is our demographic documentation of hunter-gatherer lifespans). First, the Hiwi, like the other hunter-gatherers that we have worked with and visited, are much healthier in general than are Americans, but with the caveat that they suffer from maladies that we can cure with modern medicine (infections, parasites). They are… Read more »
Darcie
Darcie
3 years 3 months ago

I’d like to know how anyone even got to the comments after 1-10. I couldn’t get the links to work.

Dan
Dan
3 years 3 months ago

In that case, you also missed Robb Wolf’s comment… 🙂

Foggy dude
3 years 3 months ago

Now this I have to see…

Sharon
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the link love!! 😀

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