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4 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 254

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

Despite health officials being worried about the “increase in meat intake in Asian countries,” a recent study actually found an inverse association between mortality and red meat, fish, and poultry intake.

Forget melatonin supplements, blue blocking goggles, and f.lux – going camping is the best way to normalize your circadian rhythm.

Even though tests of individual chemicals may proclaim them as “safe,” combining “safe” doses of two potential carcinogens – estrogen and arsenic – doubles the cancer risk to prostate cells. This study seems relevant in a world where “we are getting exposed to many chemicals at once,” doesn’t it?

Interesting Blog Posts

Ned Kock explains why he thinks grain-fed beef liver might be even more nutritious than grass-fed beef liver.

Everyone should learn at least a couple helpful tips from this list of 25 food prep techniques.

Media, Schmedia

Famously gluten-free tennis star Novak Djokovic expands on his regimen. Suffice it to say, he’s an interesting dude.

Health experts are recommending the instatement of a new saturated fat tax in New Zealand to curb the dangerous national pastime of consuming grass-fed butter and promote a greater intake of vegetable oil. I’m sure this will go swimmingly.

This success story from a Montreal man made my day.

Everything Else

Does evolution actually punish selfishness?

Even though his adamantium-laced spinal column is nigh indestructible, Hugh Jackman still insists on deadlifting with proper form (and in VFFs, no less).

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 4 – Aug 10)

Comment of the Week

This post bugs me.

– Even though your comment got *crickets* as a response, I liked it.

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. …Huh. He makes a good point about the fat in a grain fed liver… but what about the omega 6 to omega 3 ratio? Although I don’t think beef is a good source of omega 3’s anyway. Interesting.

    Aria wrote on August 4th, 2013
  2. 1) Here to here to camping!

    2) So Djokovic drinks “pea protein concentrate while UFC fighter Lyoto Machida drinks pee. Machida is Brazilian and gets hit in the head for a living, perhaps Machida’s regimen was lost in translation.

    3) Recently an over weight chef applied for a New Zealand visa and was denied because his “health” was viewed as a negative drain to social services.

    4) Fun cooking technique list, I learned a few new things. (Your Saturday posts get so little love).

    Hooray for Sundays

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on August 4th, 2013
    • I wonder if the apartment manager would frown upon me camping by the man made lake on the grounds.. Hmm.

      Sharon T wrote on August 4th, 2013
      • Do it.

        Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on August 5th, 2013
  3. Great article by a heart surgeon reiterating what Mark has been sharing with us:

    Bob Burrows wrote on August 4th, 2013
  4. Novak Djokovic was a solid #3 in the world for a few years, but it was generally known that his poor stamina and respiratory problems were holding him back. When he enlisted the services of a holistic thinking scientist (with much initial resistance from his inner circle) who put him on a gluten free diet, the turnaround was short of amazing. In 2011 he had one of the greatest years in the history of tennis, he was undefeated at the half way mark of the season and ended up winning 3 out of the 4 grand slams. The guy is ripped and can now go toe-to-toe with Rafa Nadal condition-wise and is the undisputed #1 in the world. Andy Murray is now trying to close the gap, a guy who really trains hard himself and recently won Wimbledon.

    George wrote on August 4th, 2013
  5. Either the government/scientists in New Zealand are full of ignorant asses or they just want an excuse to raise taxes. I’m betting on both! The one thing other than natural beauty the country has going for it is grass-fed beef and they are trying to kill it.

    Jim Rendek wrote on August 4th, 2013
    • When it starts off by saying, “health experts recommend”…I just know it’s gonna be filled with a bunch of caca. Come on New Zealand, don’t stoop to our pathetic level.

      Nocona wrote on August 4th, 2013
  6. Wait until American culture infiltrates New Zealand and there is a a McDonald’s on every corner and cheap carbs for every meal. Then they will see true obesity in all it’s glory.

    Jim Rendek wrote on August 4th, 2013
    • There already is! Punctuated by Subway and KFC, we are well on way to catching up with the states. Unfortunately.

      Debbie wrote on August 4th, 2013
    • Oh, Jim, I’m sorry to say that McD’s are already on every corner in NZ and cheap carbs are a bit hit in NZ. We’re not No.1 in the world for obesity but we’re pretty close to the US and the gap is closing. It’s not butter making Kiwis fat, its the processed carbs, when will we learn? One primal meal at a time.

      Julie wrote on August 4th, 2013
  7. That New Zealand article is horrifying.

    Alyssa wrote on August 4th, 2013
  8. Hugh Jackman

    Cassandra wrote on August 4th, 2013
    • +1 😉

      Susan wrote on August 4th, 2013
  9. Enjoyed the 25 cooking tips. I loved the tip for quickly separating a head of garlic and peeling the cloves all at once. Sucking up the a raw egg yolk with an empty plastic bottle in order to separate it from the egg white was more of a parlor trick, but interesting just the same. Thanks Mark.

    Shary wrote on August 4th, 2013
  10. i’m just discovering the pitfall of mycotoxins in food and that’s what bugs me about the grain fed beef liver. grains have mycotoxins which can be transfered into the meat of the animal. he doesn’t address that at all.

    paola wrote on August 4th, 2013
  11. ok so maybe grain fed liver has more vitamins and fat soluble ones at that, but the majority of grain fed animals are not raised humanely. Neither are geese raised for the purpose of producing foie gras. that is something important to consider as well.

    Erin wrote on August 4th, 2013
  12. I grew up eating grain fed beef liver. yay!

    PaleoDentist wrote on August 4th, 2013
  13. Oh heck. I live in New Zealand. :(

    Traveller wrote on August 4th, 2013
  14. The New Zealand supermarket top ten: Coca-Cola 1.5l, Wattie’s spaghetti 420g, Coca-Cola 2.25l, QB Nature’s Fresh white toast 700g, Wattie’s baked beans 420g, Dole bobby bananas (850g), Tip Top super soft white toast 700g, Sprite lemonade 1.5l, QB Molenberg original toast 700g, Coke Zero 1.5l – does anyone see butter and cheese in this list? It’s sugar and wheat and pulses. And bananas. Don’t forget your bananas.

    Julie wrote on August 4th, 2013
  15. Eye-witnesses in Asia have also noted many of the youth being a full head taller than their parents’ or grand-parents’ generation.

    Brian wrote on August 4th, 2013
    • Oh yes! I lived here, in Seoul Korea, 10 years ago. The people were shorter and thinner. Today the younger generations are taller, but many of them are heavier; thin American vs waif thin. Sadly, many of youngsters are obese, probably because of the explosion of bakeries and American junk/fast food restaurants. Very sad to see.

      JP wrote on August 6th, 2013
  16. But grass-fed beef liver tastes so much better that grain-fed liver — sweeter, less metallic. Experts can say whatever they want, but my palate is the final arbiter in these matters — I’m sticking with grass-fed liver.

    Dances with Bacon wrote on August 5th, 2013
  17. I think there is a trojan or something on the Ned Kock page as I got a dubious Java error saying that my Java has serious bugs and needs to be upgraded. Be careful and don’t click on it!

    Chris wrote on August 5th, 2013
  18. I doubt very much that the fat tax will ever get off the ground in NZ. The dairy industry is biggest export earner for the country so no government will want to mess with them!

    Sandra from NZ wrote on August 5th, 2013
  19. I have been to New Zealand for some time and I must say – comparing to US or Canada – their habits are still pretty good. We in Canada and US eat way to much of “garbage” food. I have a friend of mine that will actually not eat anything that is not from a can! He will eat only canned or ready-to-heat foods only.
    I wonder if fat-tax will ever become reality in NZ.

    Barten wrote on August 6th, 2013
  20. I wonder what his diet actually looks like. Ok so he doesn’t eat gluten but does he eat rice and other “bad” paleo foods? I would love to see a meal plan for someone like him. Although being as skinny and “ripped” as he is, is not a look I am going for. Hes too thin in my opinion. But then again I am nobody. So theres that

    Ray wrote on August 6th, 2013
  21. Dude… no one is ever going to convince me to eat grain fed beef liver. That stuff is NASTY and slimy like leeches, in comparison to grass fed that really just seems like a particularly rich cut of actual meat. Interestingly I don’t have the same reaction to pastured vs. grain fed chicken livers, both are pretty good. But grain fed beef liver is just atrocious & gross.

    jj wrote on August 6th, 2013
  22. Read a good article on Fukishima, including this:
    Bananas contain potassium, some portion of potassium is always radioactive, thus bananas contain some radioactivity. This gets into the human body as we digest the lovely fruit (OK, bananas are an herb but still…):

    Since a typical banana contains about half a gram of potassium, it will have an activity of roughly 15 Bq. [becquerels of radiation]
    Made me think of the 30 bananas a day guy… Wonder how HE feels about radioactivity?!

    (My web client, who is a risk communication consultant (Peter M. Sandman) wrote me: “Nice risk comparisons in this article — I find the last one, the comparison to a normally operating coal plant — the most effective.”)

    Elenor wrote on August 11th, 2013

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