Weekend Link Love – Edition 258

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

Let’s add green tea (that you drink) to the list of safe and effective oral sunblocks.

The use of antipsychotic medications in kids with ADHD and depression are associated with an increased risk of diabetes. I almost typed “meditations” instead, which in retrospect probably would have had a different effect on diabetes risk.

Interesting Blog Posts

The newly (and heck, even the experienced) Primal are often at a loss when it comes to packing a healthy lunch. This series at NomNom Paleo addresses the issue head-on.

Here’s what happened to a writer when he abstained from alcohol for forty days.

Navigating the complex world of sustainable seafood.

Media, Schmedia

I like the sentiment and message in this story of a former diet consultant who realized the error of her ways and is now apologizing to former clients for putting them on unsustainably low-calorie diets laden with processed, gluten-rich fare, but I just can’t overlook the egregious “loose/lose” spelling error in the 14th paragraph.

What does a (as yet unverified) 123 year-old coca-chewing, mutton-eating Bolivian man owe to his longevity? Lots of walking.

Everything Else

Could a pill replace exercise? Maybe, at least in mice.

Get better sleep with Beddit, a cool gadget that links up with your phone and attaches to your mattress to track your sleep quality. Resist the urge to wake up in the middle of the night to check your progress, because, well, that kinda defeats the purpose.

This wouldn’t have happened if she had just opted for the lettuce wrap.

It looks like spicy food isn’t just a recent fad: over 6,000 years ago, ancient humans were spicing their food with (at least) mustard garlic seeds, a spice with a wasabi-esque kick.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 25 – Aug 31)

Comment of the Week

No, no, no–I want him to do a Jack LaLanne-esque swim across the channel (or somewhere) with a flotilla of boats chained together in his mouth. :)

Wenchypoo, make it a standup paddling across the Auau channel (between Lanai and Maui) and I’ll consider it!

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Ok, Mark–no flotilla of boats. 🙁 I was so looking forward to seeing you in wet spandex on TV.

    Speaking of anti-psychotic meditations…I thought pretty much ALL meditations were anti-psychotic! 🙂

  2. Wow 123 years old. I’ll never make it anywhere close to that. The best I can hope for is not to add insult to injury and minimize my suffering on this short ride.

    1. My husband is from Bolivia and while I cook fairly primal, God knows how much he loves his potatoes!! Although before we were eating home cooked whole foods, gluten or carbs in general doesn’t seem to affect him and he never got sick as I did and all this makes it much harder to convince him!!!

      However, I believe the fresh water definitely is a factor in his longevity!!!

  3. I loved the blog about the guy who quit alcohol for 40 days.

    My favorite part was when he explained how alcohol affects gut bacteria. I’m kind of a freak about the gut microbiome since I did the GAPS protocol.
    (Completely changed my life, by the way.)

  4. Oh, and the post about the former nutritional consultant, so sad! I eat at LEAST 2000 to 2500 calories a day (5′ 9″, 133 lbs) and I would go mental if I ate 1200 calories a day.

    I do realize everyone is different, but my friends who I’ve introduced to primal say they can’t believe how much food they can eat and still lose weight.

  5. I had a marine biologist friend who worked for the WWF. He quit in disgust after a year or so, there is no such thing as “sustainable” seafood he said. If everyone in the world wanted to eat it, there will be none left period, according to him. It is a marketing method to help slow the inevitable and assuage the conscious of welathy people who eat it.

  6. Many anti-psychotic medications have metabolic side effects; not just for children, and not just when treating certain illnesses. And this is nothing new, we’ve known about these since the meds were approved for use. However, many of the ‘newer’ third-generation atypical antipsychotics have little to no metabolic side effects…

  7. I’m with Mark regarding spelling errors in what’s supposed to a professional or quasi-professional article. I quickly lose interest in the article, wondering if the writer lacks credibility as well as a dictionary.

  8. If you are giving antipsychotic meds for states you have diagnosed as ADHD and/or depression, something is seriously wrong with your diagnostics or values or something. Still, at least your drug reps are working.

  9. On the one hand, what’s even wrong with ‘ADHD’, outside of giving proper nutrition etc. so as to help make that energy useful.

    I do NOT believe that what people call ADHD is really ADHD half of the time. Eg. behavioural problems such as oppositional defiance is NOT ADHD imo. I know plenty of people who really do have ADHD and were not rude, mean or oppositional. They might have blurted out/spoken out when ‘not appropriate’, but it was more of an excitement and not to ‘talk back’. Btw, things such as karate and meditation really help. (Regarding kids).

    Using anti-psychotics is basically metabolic euthanasia then…

    Just my 2 cents.

  10. I will give a further example of a kid with true ADHD. This kid participated in the after school program. He had the most happy-go-lucky attitude ever. He was super kind, had friends and everyone loved him. He totally bounced off the walls. He was all over the place, but he tried and he was a really genuine character. It was the first time I really decided for myself that people mis-understand and/or mis-label bad behaviour as ADHD.

    I know another example of a person who was always thought of as having ADHD. I always knew something worse was a miss. This person today does not have a quality of life and is quite anti-social (but thank god the kind like they are stuck at being 10 yrs old), b/c outside of that this person is (could be)/was very dangerous.

    1. Researchers discovered that ADHD is caused by a deficiency of norepinephrine (or one of its building blocks, dopa or dopamine) through extensive analysis of spinal fluid, blood, and urine. Newer studies have used brain-imaging to clarify this connection.

      main problem is that these testings aren’t widely available and they just exclude other possible causes that can be tested for easily.

  11. Sorry to be redundant, I posted this a little while back, but the topic has surfaced again. Many people do not know that there are three types of ADHD, one type only is the high energy, almost manic state that is commonly associated with ADHD (ADD is no longer an official diagnosis and is folded into ADHD now). My daughter was clinically diagnosed in seventh grade as having ADHD by a PhD in Psychology after in depth testing at a children’s behavioral center. She was NOT a high energy, bounce of the walls kind of kid, just could not focus for more than a couple of minutes at a time. We resisted giving her medicine for several years. Finally, we relented and she started taking Adderal (not in the classification of drug in the article I believe). Her grades improved considerably. She only takes it during the week, not on the week ends and does not take it during the summer. She is now a junior in college (her high school counselors told her she was not college material) and is doing well. She exercises and eats well and wants to stop taking the pharmaceutical and replace with natural supplements (some of which she is doing now) and lifestyle changes after she gets her degree. It is sad how mean-spirited and misinformed folks are (not people here) about the topic of ADHD and how unwilling most teachers are to help. BTW … I am for the most part an “avoid pharmaceuticals at all costs” kind of guy so I know where people are coming from.

    1. BTW … my daughter takes among other supplements fish oil and a high quality multiple ingredients herb-based mental focus supplement … just in case people were going to suggest that. 🙂

  12. Beddit sounds awesome, but Sleep Cycle for the iPhone is pretty awesome too for just $1.99. (Not a sales pitch, just a review. I’m not a developer.). You place your phone face down on the mattress near your pillow (under the sheet so it can’t fall off.). The app uses your phone’s accelerometer to track your movements and your sleep cycles (hence the name.) You can set an alarm to wake you when you’re in the lightest phase of sleep during a time frame that you choose. I’ve really enjoyed it. I doubt it’s as accurate as a night in a sleep lab, but as an alarm clock and data collection tool it works very well.

    1. Yes, and I can recommend “Sleep as Android”, which does the same thing for Android users.

  13. Pre-paleo back in January 2013, i thought it maybe fun giving up bread & alcohol for the month- had never done so in my life. It was empowering, but that was it. No weightloss or other measurable benefit.Then in February decided to go paleo & love the life! Have done 1 Whole30 & plan another in September. These sessions feel good, but as in January, there is no “benefit” & no weight loss. Apart from making me feel good, am I doing something wrong?

    1. People have a tendency to focus on weight loss as a marker for healthy. BMI and ‘healthy weight’ are societal constructs from the 50’s and with unreasonable meaning added ever since. Maybe the questions you should ask yourself are, did you feel better when you did the Whole 30? How did it affect your sleep? How did it affect your mood, did you feel more positive? If those answers show some benefit, Isn’t that enough?

  14. Love the article by J.D Moyer about 40 days without alcohol. It is amazing the anecdotal evidence he was able to convey about the positive effects of abstaining from alcohol for a significant period of time. Great link!

  15. You commented on Beddit being a proactive way for people to tackle sleep issues. What I do not see is any information regarding mobile radiation and purported effects on the sleep cycle. I recommend you do some research into the effects of mobile phones near your head while sleeping prior to recommending this “sleep aid” with no thought to the side effects.

    1. Michael, the apps suggest that you put the device into “flight mode” so there is no radiation being emitted.

      Obviously, if you need to have your phone actually on so you can receive phone calls these apps probably aren’t too sensible.

    2. It appears that Beddit communicates with your phone via Bluetooth, so it is not necessary to have your phone right next to your bed to get the data. It looks interesting to me, so I have contributed and will give it a test when they start shipping later this year. Very interesting idea.

  16. Sharon,V- Thanks for your reply. I do feel better on paleo itself, Whole 30 is a kind of added bonus. I guess reading of others weight/fat loss from paleo or Whole30 adds to my expectation. As far as sleep goes- most of the time I work shifts that have no pattern to speak of unless you see a spreadsheet covering 20 weeks! Have been living/working as such over 7 years. Sometimes I get enough, others not so. Guess that’s life tho eh?

  17. Instead of antipsychotics causing ADHD, couldn’t something else (grains, food additives, etc.) just as plausibly cause both?

  18. Pharmaceutical drugs are certainly overprescribed today. Just look at how often doctors prescribe SSRIs and anti-anxiety meds to patients with mild symptoms.

  19. Nice catch on the “Loose/lose” in that article Mark.

    Slightly amusing that you pointed that out in the paragraph preceding this:
    “What does a (as yet unverified) 123 year-old coca-chewing, mutton-eating Bolivian man owe to his longevity?”

    Does he really owe lots of walking to his longevity. He might owe his longevity to lots of walking though 😀

    Should this not read “owe his longevity to?” instead? Or “To what does a (as yet unverified) 123 year-old coca-chewing, mutton-eating Bolivian man owe his longevity?”