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Weekend Link Love – Edition 249

The Primal Blueprint Recipe page here [1] on Mark’s Daily Apple has had a makeover. Recipe category sorting is coming soon, so you can search for recipes by ingredients and meal types. Bon appetit!

Many thanks to everyone the joined the conversation in recent weeks around the idea of a Primal Blueprint movie. You feedback has been incredibly helpful. You’ve given me and my team a lot to think about! Here’s the latest news on the movie [2]. Stay tuned for updates.

Research of the Week

Among older adults, higher levels of urinary polyphenols (a direct measure of polyphenol intake and an indirect measure of fruit and vegetable intake) are associated with lower mortality [3].

Why men over 40 should probably reconsider their desire to run triathlons [4]. I’m just glad I got out when I did.

Around two million years ago [5], the development of the unique elastic energy storage unit known as the human shoulder allowed the accurate and powerful throwing of projectile weapons and coincided with the intensification of hunting. But no, I’m sure we were just using our throwing ability to spear errant grass seeds and out-of-reach tree fruit.

Interesting Blog Posts

Balance training isn’t just for fun and looking cool. It can actually improve your ability [6] to generate power, move quickly, and lift heavy.

Does caffeine cramp creativity? [7]

Media, Schmedia

Sadly, Argentina is no longer the king of beef [8]. Pasture-based ranch land is being replaced with soybean sprawl and grass-fed burgers are being replaced with “patties made from yamani rice and adzuki beans.” What a damn shame.

Nope, fast food still isn’t good for you [9]: a good response to last week’s [10] Atlantic piece condemning those who promote full-fat “real food.”

Paleo’s latest converts? Top endurance athletes [11], believe it or not (I didn’t always).

Minimalist shoes are starting to infiltrate sports other than running [12], like tennis, football, and even basketball. I give it five years before point guards are breaking (defenders’) ankles in zero-drop shoes.

Everything Else

An interesting photography trend [13] from the 1800’s.

Steve Cooksey, the paleo blogger threatened with legal action for “dispensing unlicensed health advice,” was just given the go-ahead on his First Amendment lawsuit [14]. This reverses a previous ruling that had dismissed Cooksey’s case. Fantastic!

Go check out Peter Attia’s extremely touching TED talk [15].

“If, on the other hand, there is more to obesity than simple thermodynamics, some of the billions spent on individual-centred policies and products may be being wasted. Time, in that case, to try some alternative policies based on alternative theories, and see how they fare.” If increased caloric intake (even just a couple dozen calories over “maintenance”) is the only reason anyone gains weight, David Berreby wonders [16] why everyone and everything – humans who count calories, pets eating the same scoop of kibble every day, lab animals with carefully curated diets – are getting fatter and fatter with no end in sight.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 30 – July 6)

Comment of the Week

To be fair, the article didn’t specify whether the car was made of bacon.

-That’s true, Dan [21]. The presence of a car made of bacon can justify a whole lot of otherwise egregious, unpardonable offenses.