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1 Sep

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveResearch of the Week

Chopping wood boosts testosterone more than playing sports.

This news fills me with confidence: 9 out of 10 new drugs are no more (or even less) effective than their predecessors.

When smokers quit, they often gain weight, but not because of increased calorie intake. It’s the change in gut flora, according to new research.

Interesting Blog Posts

How the future of psychiatry may lie inside our guts.

Next time you run your dishwasher, stick a filet of salmon in there.

Media, Schmedia

A familiar science journalist wonders whether it’s too many calories or the wrong kind of calories that’s making us fatter. Or could it be both? (Subscription only.)

Now that these ten celebrities have gone paleo, you can too!

Everything Else

That’s one way to get people to sprint once in awhile.

It’s looking as if babies actually aren’t born sterile after all.

Food scientists have an ingenious idea to get rid of trans-fats: replace them with a novel food grade “oleogel” made of cellulosic polymer, surfactant, and vegetable oil. Or, you could just, I dunno, put the saturated fat back in that you were trying to replace in the first place.

Here’s what high heels do to your feet, in excruciatingly revealing detail.

Forget adaptations for consuming grains. This is the kind of evolutionary change I want to see!

Scientists are growing a miniature human brain in a lab somewhere. I must confess: it’s not as cute as other tiny versions of things.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sept 1 – Sept 7)

  • How Common is Gluten Sensitivity? – Just because a person isn’t a full blown celiac doesn’t mean gluten is harmless. Learn how common such gluten sensitivity might be.
  • A Primal Primer: Candida – Is there really something to that mystery affliction to which some people attribute every symptom known to man? Find out.

Comment of the Week

It would be even more impressive if it was nighttime, and Mark was reading Hemingway on the paddleboard with sunglasses.

- That’s somewhat impressive, sure, but I’ve been known to read Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake on my paddleboard while wearing the blast shield helmet from Star Wars during a lunar eclipse.

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. Two posts about the gut microbiome! Too exciting for a Sunday morning! ( I overcame bipolar and extreme adrenal fatigue on the GAPS diet, every one thought I was crazy 3 years ago :) ).

    And I’m so glad Miley has started eating paleo.

    Debbie wrote on September 1st, 2013
    • Yeah, I don’t really like Miley, but I’m still glad she’s paleo.

      Amy wrote on September 2nd, 2013
      • Paleo Twerk = New Harlem Shake?

        Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on September 2nd, 2013
      • I saw her new video in jail. Wowzers! That came from Disney?
        Just drive right on into the magic castle.

        Animanarchy wrote on September 5th, 2013
  2. I’m gonna start chopping me some wood!

    Nocona wrote on September 1st, 2013
  3. Regarding the article about 10 celebrities eating paleo style: The writer mentioned lean protein. I wonder how the traditional Inuit feel about that. No nice fatty avacadoes, etc., just good old seal, walrus, and whale blubber. And no heart disease, cancer, and diabetes before adopting a Western diet. Also, the Native Americans of Northern Canada, who ate a lot caribou, always ate the muscle meat with the fat. They preferred the older animals because of the fat accumulation on their backs. Why are all these people, who claim to be paleo, still afraid of natural animal saturated fat?

    D. M. Mitchell wrote on September 1st, 2013
    • Because they are obviously pseudo Paleo folks…

      Nocona wrote on September 1st, 2013
  4. That story about the Chinese kid was incredible! If that is a real evolutionary step we are taking GREAT. I might live to see real life X men

    Lara wrote on September 1st, 2013
  5. It’s amazing that the food industry would rather play with another fake fat than just accept that nature knows best but then again I guess nature doesn’t have pockets to line.

    Jim Rendek wrote on September 1st, 2013
  6. I already told my wife I’m not paying for her bunion surgery.

    Just kidding (in case she ever reads this comment).

    Matt wrote on September 1st, 2013
    • Bunions for boobs. Everyone wins! Marriage is all about compromise.

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on September 2nd, 2013
  7. The chinese sees-in-the-dark kid is such bs. To see in perfectly dark room, the kid’s eyes would have to literally glow and produce light for him to see anything.

    Jason Bourne wrote on September 1st, 2013
  8. Chop wood one day, wake up with wood the next. Looks like a nice ancestral alternative to Viagra.

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on September 1st, 2013
  9. Interesting, two articles on probiotics — and the first states that babies are born sterile and the second one is all about how babies are not born sterile!

    dkd2001 wrote on September 1st, 2013
  10. I follow your site, and got a nice surprise today when I saw you shared the link to my sausage pesto meatza recipe. Thanks so much for the link love!

    Erica wrote on September 1st, 2013
  11. I discovered the ability to run like hell down a trail (with my boots on, no less) when a nest of aggressive hornets took umbrage at my presence and swarmed after me. Doesn’t have to be the size of a velociraptor to put wings on my heels!

    Doris wrote on September 1st, 2013
    • Once I reached into the wrong end of a hollow log. Instead of grabbing hold of my home-made hash pipe, I stuck my hand in a bees’ nest. Got stung a few times, waved my arms around maniacally, ran away.

      Animanarchy wrote on September 5th, 2013
  12. My thoughts on the raptor prank
    Once I hid behind a tree, and waited for a friend of mine to walk by. I then jumped out and scared the crap out of him. Fearing for his life he immediately produced a firearm. The lesson I learned is, making people fear for their life is dangerous.

    DRK wrote on September 1st, 2013
  13. i love chopping wood! i also have some hairs popping up on my chin…now i know why!

    melissa wrote on September 1st, 2013
    • Haha.
      Nice. Or not for a Melissa.
      Chopping wood builds much more than just testosterone though.

      Connor Bryant wrote on September 4th, 2013
      • I’ve sawed down some small trees, kicked/knocked over/ pulled down a bunch, but the small dead one (~6 inch diameter) I chopped down was the one I was most proud of. It took a really long time, I didn’t do it all at once, and I never used it for fire wood as intended, but the accomplishment is something to look back on repeatedly and remain proud of.

        Animanarchy wrote on September 5th, 2013
  14. chased by a dinosaur would get me to sprint too

    Tom T. wrote on September 2nd, 2013
  15. That chopping wood boosts testosterone comes as no big surprise.
    The hidden reasons behind it that the research unfortunately didn’t uncover would come as more of a surprise.

    Connor Bryant wrote on September 4th, 2013

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