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21 Jul

Weekend Link Love

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Research of the Week

Popular science authors often claim that hunter-gatherers were more warlike than modern humans and that our propensity for large-scale violence in the name of resource acquisition is an evolutionary adaptation – “mankind’s hereditary curse.” A new study of 21 “forager” societies – hunter-gatherers, in other words – undermines that popular view, finding that of 148 catalogued kills, just two were over “resources.” The vast majority were caused by “miscellaneous personal disputes” between individuals, not bands, tribes, or groups.

These side effects of artificial sweeteners might leave a weird aftertaste in your mouth, kind of like Sweet’N Low.

Interesting Blog Posts

How NomNom Paleo survives her night shift lifestyle.

Robb Wolf covers the latest omega-3 and prostate cancer study.

Media, Schmedia

According to Men’s Fitness, the Primal Blueprint is one of the six best new diets. My only quibbles would be with the words “new” and “diet,” but overall I’m pleasantly surprised.

Cholesterol levels have leveled off in Americans, but researchers (and, I’d wager, drug companies) aren’t satisfied. They want them even lower.

Everything Else

Enter to win a fantastic trip to Italy and get a great Everyday Paleo Italian cookbook (releasing July 23) from Sarah Fragoso in the process. Not a bad deal, I’d say.

I got a chance to read John Durant’s upcoming book, The Paleo Manifesto. It’s refreshing, hilarious, and informative, and I suggest you pre-order it.

Congratulations to Jamie for being the randomly selected winner of Thursday’s contest, and the lucky recipient of a copy of the new Primal Blueprint Publishing book Primal Cravings.

Recipe Corner

  • This kale walnut pesto works with just about any kind of meat you can imagine.
  • Whatever you do, don’t hand these lollipops out on Halloween (unless you get a lot of trick-or-treaters who are also dogs).

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 21 – July 27)

Comment(s) of the Week

Healthy deodorants can come in handy, but who in their right mind would use an antiperspirant? Clogging your pores from doing the job they were meant to do. It would be like putting a cork in your arse cuz you didn’t want to poop!

- Well, that’s certainly a powerful analogy.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. “[Some] authors often claim that hunter-gatherers were more warlike than modern humans …”

    Hmm …

    I don’t know about “more warlike”. It’s not a simple binary thing. It always amazes me how historically ignorant and conceptually limited some sociologists are.

    Life in modern urban societies certainly seems to demand a degree of peaceful co-existence, and the education (in a broad sense) of youth in modern society does, to some extent, bring that about. Nevertheless, come 1914, for example, young Frenchman who were not professional soldiers could be fairly rapidly accustomed to the conditions of war and the necessity to kill (although, doubtless, some shot to miss, as it seems many conscripts will). It’s a complex matter. It’s not a binary thing.

    As of the notion that “hunter gatherers” — WHICH hunter-gatherers? — are LESS warlike than others … well, it always amazes me how Americans can swallow this.

    How about a peek at Lowie?

    http://www.amazon.com/Indians-Plains-Robert-H-Lowie/dp/0803279078

    Or even at Parkman:

    http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-Trail-Francis-Parkman/dp/1470061198/

    The shocking truth of the matter is that most Americans don’t know their own anthropology — or even their own literature.

    Hunting peoples certainly can clash — and with horrific violence sometimes. Again, I’ll give American/Canadian references for the sake of a North American audience:

    http://www.amazon.com/Great-Scouts-Their-Pawnee-Battalion/dp/0803257759/

    http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Northern-Ocean-Samuel-Classics/dp/1894898605/

    Come on, why neglect these books? For, apparently, they’re not known. These books are worth reading anyway not to prove anything one way or another but simply for their own sake.

    Might any given band of a hunting people be “more violent” or “less violent” than any given group of herders, agriculturalists, industrial or post-industrial people? Is that even a sensible question? The whole thing is more complex than that. Neither is the matter simply determined by how a people gets its food. To be sure, for example, herding peoples have frequently swept though settled societies — c.f. the huns, the mongols, the tartars, the scythians — like a hot knife through butter. But does that mean they’re “more violent” in some simple sense?

    And what does collecting statistics on modern bands of “foragers” prove for Pete’s sake? This is trying to substitute mathematics for critical intelligence. It should be obvious to anyone with a functioning intellect that any of the few remaining modern bands of hunter-gatherers that has not worked out that clashes over “resources” with surrounding more technologically advanced societies won’t be around very long. People aren’t stupid. They’ve worked that out.

    But, in teh larger picture, what If one were consider the “clash” over “resources” between the Sioux and the Shoshone?

    Quote:

    “Very interesting, Cameahwait replied, “with his ferce eyes and lank jaws grown meager for the want of food. . . . `If we had guns, we could then live in the country of buffaloe and eat as our enemies do and not be compelled to hide ourselves in these mountains and live on roots and berries as the bears do.’”

    http://lewisandclarkjournals.unl.edu

    Americans need to start reading their own literature.

    Lewis wrote on July 21st, 2013
    • I assume Mark was getting at the fact that without governments, wars don’t happen. Yes, tribes do clash, but a few hundred Indians fighting a few hundred other Indians over who a sacred hunting ground is a far cry from what happens as the state grows more powerful.

      Joshua wrote on July 22nd, 2013
      • When you don’t have the grain harvest to protect, holding you in place from sowing season until the last grain from the storehouse is eaten, there’s probably less to fight over.

        And you also don’t need the local thug to protect you in exchange for giving him an unearned share of your labour, which is the origin of government and still its basic methodology to this day.

        Patrick wrote on July 23rd, 2013
  2. I covered the article that Robb did in the Psychological Methods class I teach, they didn’t even administer omega 3′s, they just measured what omegas were present in the blood stream from a large group of individuals that just underwent a drug trial. The omega 3′s that indicated the highest risk were the type you get from fish and it’s also the type that most of your organs and brain are made from. EPA the omega 3 you would find in supplement form showed no increased risk and in their discussion they stated that in one of THEIR previous studies, when they supplemented DHA omega 3 there was no increase in risk. If epidemiology wasn’t quoted as scientific fact so often, it would be hilarious the stuff they get away with saying.

    Sean wrote on July 21st, 2013
    • Hang on, if I’m reading this stuff right – then this could be like saying “We’ve found more antibodies in the blood of people suffering from pneumonia – therefore, let’s nuke ‘em with everything we can to bring those pesky anti-body levels down!”

      In other words, maybe the higher levels are there as part of the body’s defemnce mechanism?

      We already know that treatments to remove cancers that would never have become terminal have created impotence and incontinence for tens of thousands of men, As many as 75% of men given surgery are effectively neutered, and that could all have been for nothing – link from my name below to the Daily Mail (not the world’s best paper, but a good concise summary of this story, googling “unecessary surgery prostate impotence” will get you better results).

      Patrick wrote on July 23rd, 2013
      • D’oh, wrong link pasted, though worth a read too, on the same topic from Time – Mail linky below. I don’t know how many men are aware of the issue of overscreening, and the cost is so goddamned high to any man given unecessary surgery, I think it’s worth being a bit pendantic and risk being a nuisance!

        Patrick wrote on July 23rd, 2013
  3. I wish there were more Primal/paleo docs than chiropractors and rehab specialists!

    Neal wrote on July 21st, 2013
  4. If fish oil is so bad wouldn’t eating fish be almost as bad, since that’s where it comes from. So we would see prostate cancer in societies that eat a lot of fish.

    This ranks with the “two eggs equals two cigarettes” study.

    We need a study on the financial benefits to scientists of panic headlines.

    jack wrote on July 21st, 2013
    • I would guess that there’s rarely a benefit to scientists, but a tremendous benefit to the various media writing the headlines.

      Susan wrote on July 21st, 2013
    • There’s a big difference between eating a fish and popping pills supposedly packed with fishy nutrients that went through an Acme factory line to get from the original product to your medicine cabinet.

      Ash Simmonds wrote on July 21st, 2013
  5. Come on guys, everything is a “fact” and correlation is always causation if your study is “funded” and you add “scientist” as your profession.

    Josh wrote on July 21st, 2013
  6. How did veganism end up in an article about the best “new” diets, right there next to Primal? HOW??!!

    Deanna wrote on July 21st, 2013
    • The media HATES the Paleo diet, and bashes it every chance they get, but throw a little dairy in with it, change the name to Primal, and suddenly the media’s IN LOVE!

      One day they’ll realize both diets are basically the same foods, dairy aside.

      Wenchypoo wrote on July 22nd, 2013
  7. I don’t understand the motivation for citing the NYT cholesterol article. All of their premises and recommendations seem to be opposed to those advocated by the Primal Blueprint. We’re all inundated on a daily basis with the conventional wisdom that has led to so many adverse health outcomes for so many people. Why highlight more of the same?

    Michael Weber wrote on July 21st, 2013
  8. I know that’s it’s best to avoid art sweeteners, but it is easier to do the low cal/low carb days with it. Gum or candy with the crap in them also help survive the dreadful Sunday nights; it’s either a few candies or half a jar of almond butter. The proper way of eating leaves a person continuously half-hungry, and VLC attaches shame to all attractive natural foods (fruit, nuts), plus awareness of the caloric content is not your friend when you want to eat and relax and don’t feel like you are either putting on another pound right now or like a dreadful failure for enjoying that nutrition-deficient, evil sugar containing apple. So, it sounds sometimes like those pointless threads in the RP world about Character X vs Character Y. Chose your poison kindda thing.

    leida wrote on July 22nd, 2013
  9. I quit following Primal Docs on Facebook and several so called “Primal Docs”. One dietitian I was following would post non-Primal/Paleo foods and I finally ask her about it and she responded that she did not prescribe to the Primal or Paleo lifestyle. Then when I asked about this on Primal Docs they defended her. I have even written a few of the docs privately to ask questions and not one response from any of them; not even an auto reply. What a waste!

    Larry wrote on July 22nd, 2013
  10. Theirs so much money in cholesterol med’s that it doesn’t suprise me one but that they’ll keep lowering the number on what “good” cholesterol is…

    Kevin wrote on July 22nd, 2013
  11. Can I take a moment to BEG any British NHS doctors reading this to consider registering, or somehow making a list where we can find you… my GP advocates a high-carb and grain-based diet that would be especially disastrous for me as a former alcohol addict, for whom those blood sugar highs and crashes turn into intense cravings, I seriously know if I followed the advice I got at my last check-in I’d have no life because I’d be battling the cravings non-stop, instead of getting on with life.

    Trying to find a doc who’s at least open to the idea wholewheat and snacking on fruit isn’t the cure-all from heaven is really hard work, and any info on finding a primal-friendly medic would be great! :)

    Patrick wrote on July 23rd, 2013

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