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July 21, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 252

By Mark Sisson
21 Comments

Weekend Link LoveIf you’re an ancestral health-minded physician, make sure to sign up for the Primal Docs network and Paleo Physicians Network. People need you!

Like farmers who do things the right way? Enjoy bacon from pastured pigs? Interested in protecting the former’s ability to provide you the latter? Check out this giveaway.

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.

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Lewis
Lewis
3 years 4 months ago
“[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… Read more »
Joshua
Joshua
3 years 4 months ago

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.

Patrick
Patrick
3 years 4 months ago

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.

Sean
Sean
3 years 4 months ago
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,… Read more »
Patrick
3 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
Patrick
3 years 4 months ago

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!

Neal
3 years 4 months ago

I wish there were more Primal/paleo docs than chiropractors and rehab specialists!

jack
jack
3 years 4 months ago

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.

Susan
Susan
3 years 4 months ago

I would guess that there’s rarely a benefit to scientists, but a tremendous benefit to the various media writing the headlines.

Ash Simmonds
3 years 4 months ago

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.

Josh
3 years 4 months ago

Come on guys, everything is a “fact” and correlation is always causation if your study is “funded” and you add “scientist” as your profession.

Deanna
Deanna
3 years 4 months ago

How did veganism end up in an article about the best “new” diets, right there next to Primal? HOW??!!

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
3 years 4 months ago

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.

Michael Weber
Michael Weber
3 years 4 months ago

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?

leida
leida
3 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
Larry
Larry
3 years 4 months ago

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!

Kevin
Kevin
3 years 4 months ago

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…

Patrick
Patrick
3 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
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