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18 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 257

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

Adding an officially recognized as safe amount of sugar to mice’s daily diets didn’t make them fat, but it did render the males a bit more impotent and the females somewhat more dead. In human terms, it’d be like adding three cans of soda to your diet.

The world’s oldest gaming tokens have been uncovered, further confirming that people really, really like to play.

Interesting Blog Posts

What’s the point of a perfect diet and exercise routine if it detracts from a full life?

Chris Kresser lays out some health lessons to be gleaned from the French.

Media, Schmedia

This article on coconut oil is a prime example of the worst kind of conventional wisdom.

Are we killing the athletic prospects of millions of kids with the “sports gene” (which is linked to a powerful, dopamine-driven need to be constantly moving) with widespread administration of ADHD drugs?

Bill Clinton explains why he’s a vegan (who eats eggs and salmon every week). That’s the kind of veganism I can get behind.

Everything Else

Carrots may not improve your vision, but they will help you defeat fascist regimes.

This article laments the “sleep texting epidemic” destroying sleep quality among college students, but I have a feeling it’s spreading to other demographics, too.

Soon, we’ll all be able to take a test that uses a laser to determine the precise date of our death. I can’t wait to rush out and grab that one!

Something to keep in mind when reading studies or science reporting.

Recipe Corner

  • Here’s something you’ve probably never thought to try: cantaloupe soup. It even rhymes.
  • Ground beef can get kinda boring, no matter how grass-fed it is. Thai ground beef curry is a nice way to switch things up.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 18 – Aug 24)

Comment of the Week

Don’t be.

I posted up above, but we’re all survivors. If you look back and thought, I did my best in a stressful circumstance, it’s enough. As far as I can tell, babies are somewhat parasitic beings (really) and tend to sap their mother’s nutritional base if the immediate food stuffs are less than ideal. (I’ve seen young women not eating right who look, well aged too fast, after multiple pregnancies.) If everyone seems in good health now, do what you can right now to improve everyone’s nutrition and let it go. I’ve heard rumors that the past is pretty well unchangable. ;)

– Extremely wise words that should be heeded by all.

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. I LOL’d at this quote from the sugar article: “The 156 mice in the U. study got a nutritious chow made of wheat, corn and soybeans with vitamins and minerals.” Not that I know what mice normally eat, but that the authors are so brainwashed that they couldn’t not put the word “nutritious” in front of wheat, corn and soybeans.

    Dulcimina wrote on August 18th, 2013
    • Oh my goodness! No wonder they died.

      Debbie wrote on August 18th, 2013
    • actually wheat, corn and soybeans may be a nutritious diet for mice, but that doesn’t mean it is for humans, something researchers in the lab tend to forget

      Joanna wrote on August 18th, 2013
      • If they have to add vitamins and minerals it’s not nutritious.

        Sofie wrote on August 19th, 2013
    • The control group got corn starch!


      Anna wrote on August 18th, 2013
  2. Love these links! Going through all of them as I enjoy my morning cup of jo! Thanks!

    Meg wrote on August 18th, 2013
  3. My son went to a Waldorf school. In the morning, when they were all jazzed, the teacher might send them out to run and play, then they came in and did some more physical activities. When the energy level was a little lower, they would do some academics. In the public school he attended for a couple of years, kids were not allowed to run. It was deemed too dangerous. They had a strict schedule that did not reflect the kids’ needs, but the school’s. If you can’t find a school that works for your kid, just keep him home and do it yourself.

    Janice James wrote on August 18th, 2013
  4. Thanks once again for “off the charts” great reading. I feel the Link Love.

    Nocona wrote on August 18th, 2013
  5. Goodness! That laser death test sounds crazy! No thanks. How accurate is that really going to be anyway? It’s not like they can predict if you’ll ever get in a head on collision. Anyway, the world is one step closer to that movie Gattaca

    Matt wrote on August 18th, 2013
  6. I’m not a fan of coconut oil for the simple reason that I just don’t care for the taste. I prefer butter or olive oil. I do like SO brand unsweetened coconut milk, however, which is very similar in taste, color and consistency to cow’s milk. As for the referenced article, which does (maybe) contain a few facts, I tend to discount information written by anyone with “Registered Dietitian” appended to their name. Invariably they preach CW that is both outdated and often wrong.

    Shary wrote on August 18th, 2013
    • She at least acknowledges that the conventional wisdom regarding saturated fat is increasingly being questioned. Of course, her advice nevertheless falls right in line with the conventional wisdom anyway.

      Brad wrote on August 18th, 2013
    • Ouch- I’m a Registered Dietitian and a long-time fan of this website and other advocates of primal-type diets. The author stated facts as far as nutrient content of different fats and where the claims for coconut oil came from. I don’t see what’s so wrong with that. She also admitted that the view of sat fats is changing. Change takes time! Be patient and let the research build up more before bashing ALL dietitians for teaching what we’ve all been taught.

      Alex wrote on August 19th, 2013
  7. Cantaloupe soup doesn’t rhyme unless you say “cantaloop” …

    Cantaloupe soap would rhyme

    tigerchik wrote on August 18th, 2013
    • Yeah, I had never heard of anyone pronouncing it cantaloop. Odd….

      Brad wrote on August 18th, 2013
      • EVERYONE in the UK calls it cantaloop :)

        Roz wrote on August 18th, 2013
        • Not just the UK. Always ‘known’ it’s pronounced like oop.

          Cody wrote on August 18th, 2013
      • It definitely is pronounced “cantaloop”. It’s French, derived from the name of region in Italy called Cantalupo, which roughly means “wolve’s song”.

        Chris wrote on August 18th, 2013
        • Pronunciation is usually a regional thing, with no “right” or “wrong”, yes? Personally, I’ve only ever heard it pronounced as “lope” in the Midwest and California.

          Allison wrote on August 18th, 2013
    • Yes, I thought that was odd as well. But, dirty little secret that this may hint at: Mark’s writers are not sitting next to him in some office in Malibu or even in this country. I suspect it’s outsourced like many things. I could care less as it’s great info and a good product but maybe where they are from, it does rhyme.

      embur7 wrote on August 19th, 2013
      • It’s just a little word play, everyone! I don’t actually pronounce it like “soup”. Just playing around…

        Mark Sisson wrote on August 19th, 2013
  8. I don’t bother with the main stream health sites. I tried Spark People. They were rich Ebay folks looking to give something back to humanity. I soon realized that parroting the conventional wisdom was actually doing more harm than good. Just like our food system, quantity is easy but quality is damn near impossible and that’s what we really need.

    Jim Rendek wrote on August 18th, 2013
    • I actually learned about Paleo through the community at Sparkpeople. I joined a science-related team and one girl tried it, then another, and then another, including myself. The dieticians on the site spout CW, yes, but the community ranges far and wide.

      Kristina wrote on August 18th, 2013
  9. I loved reading the coconut oil article. The best part: when she attempts to demonstrate coconut oil is not high in MCTs, then list the different fatty acids and their corresponding carbon numbers, most of which fit right in the MCT range!! Brilliant!

    Robert wrote on August 18th, 2013
  10. The other side of the coin regarding ADHD is that some people actually DO possess this learning disability. Most people don’t realize there are three categories of ADHD, only one of which hyperactivity is a symptom. My daughter was clinically diagnosed (several hours of testing by a PhD in Psychology who specializes in child behavior related issues) in 7th grade as having ADHD. We resisted putting her on medicine for years. Once she started taking Adderall (about her junior year in high school) her grades improved considerably. She only takes it on school days, not on the weekend or during the summer. Her high school counselors and teachers insinuated she was not “college material”. It was a non-stop battle trying to get teachers to help and not roll their eyes when we told them about her situation (in some cases teachers were insulting and showed resentment for asking how we could partner with them to help our daughter). She is now doing well in college, eats healthy and takes fish oil and a mental focus supplement. Her goal once she graduates is to stop taking her prescription and use a healthy diet and natural supplementation combined with good time management principles to do well in her career. If you go to any mainstream media site and there is a forum regarding ADHD it is amazing how ignorant and mean-spirited people are about the topic. ANYWAY … as usual Mark does a great job of compiling a lot of interesting articles.

    George wrote on August 18th, 2013
  11. Look up Becky Hand’s other articles on Spark People. She’s one of the biggest lipophobes around. Unfortunately, too many people rely on her advice on that site.

    Janknitz wrote on August 18th, 2013
  12. Mark,

    Thank you for the link to my ground beef curry! Honored that YOU saw my blog post and shared it with others!


    Ashley Thomas wrote on August 19th, 2013
  13. Her second source of information on her article about coconut oil is “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” from We all know nobody knows more about human health than the American government.

    Joe wrote on August 19th, 2013
  14. One of the most interesting quotes in that Clinton article is from Caldwell Essenstyn- “I’ll remind you one more time, I’ve treated a lot of vegans for heart disease.” Well, if that’s the case, why in the world would you continue to claim that a vegan diet can eliminate heart disease?

    John wrote on August 19th, 2013
    • Yeah, but I think that Esselstyn was referring to the uber processed starches that Clinton was still eating.

      bigmyc wrote on August 19th, 2013
  15. “This article on coconut oil is a prime example of the worst kind of conventional wisdom.”

    Could anyone explain to me what exactly makes this article “the worst kind of conventional wisdom”?

    Kevin wrote on August 20th, 2013
  16. Clinton is going to be a modern day Eisenhower.

    Clack_Attack wrote on August 22nd, 2013

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