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September 08, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 260

By Mark Sisson
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Weekend Link LoveI’ve just launched a new Facebook page for Primal Blueprint Publishing, where you can find photos, videos, book reviews, and recipes from your favorite Primal books. Stay tuned for constant updates to the page to keep you guys up to speed with the latest news from our Primal authors – what books we’re getting ready to release, when we’re releasing them, and fun, random info about our authors. Make sure to “Like” it, too! Thanks!

Research of the Week

We’ve all heard of the hygiene hypothesis, which posits that excessive sterility is responsible for the increase in allergies and autoimmune diseases. New research suggests that it may extend to Alzheimer’s disease, too.

Strength training has been dubbed safe for kids and teens. Good to have it confirmed.

Interesting Blog Posts

How to check your leg muscle function – and your general preparedness for life – with a simple physical test.

Okay, you’ve got a treadmill desk, and that’s great and all, but can you use it to scroll through a web page or control your Internet speed? (Side note: Check back next Wednesday when I’ll be publishing a video on the standup workstations at both my home and office.)

Media, Schmedia

This is a great story of how the son of an American anthropologist and Yanomami tribeswoman returned to the Amazon in search of his mother, twenty years after she got sick of America and hightailed it back to the jungle.

C-sections are big moneymakers. Is that why they’re on the rise?

Everything Else

Looks like Vibram Fivefingers aren’t so new after all.

Here’s what happens when you stop going outside. It ain’t pretty. Well, the video is actually quite pretty, but the ramifications of avoiding the outdoors are not.

Boy, inadequate sleep really, really messes with the hormones responsible for keeping you lean and healthy.

Recipe Corner

  • Good dense winter squash is finally beginning to appear in markets around here, so it’s the perfect time to make spicy cocoa-dusted kabocha squash.
  • Most lamb tagines I’ve had were made with apricots or raisins. Those were good, but I’m really interested in making this one using dates.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sept 8 – Sept 14)

Comment of the Week

Cynics/skeptics bring the same utility to any discussion about health as a eunuch would bring to an orgy.

– Illustratively (and well!) said, Laurie.

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ATM
ATM
3 years 18 days ago

Not sure I agree with the quote above. Skepticism often provokes a search for truth and hopefully with that, the ability to see things from a neutral (emotionless) perceptive. A healthy dose of skepticism is good every now and then; one must not live in that realm though.

ATM
ATM
3 years 18 days ago

*edit: persPective

Amy
Amy
3 years 18 days ago

I agree with you. Out of all the quotes from last week, it’s not the one I would have highlighted. The quotes was funny and relevant in context. Out of it — not so much The whole site rests on healthy skepticism of conventional wisdom. Seems odd to call out skeptics.

Tim
Tim
3 years 18 days ago

Agree 100%! Skepticism is the engine of scientific inquiry and is neither “wrong” nor “right” in and of itself. Dogma and belief is all you have in the absence of skeptical inquiry. If this is what’s being selected as a comment of the week, I’m concerned about where this collective primal mind is right now. Sheesh. 🙁

Paleon Bon Rurgundy
3 years 18 days ago

A eunuch at an orgy would make an ideal camera man…

Amy
Amy
3 years 18 days ago

As I recall, that was very close to their original job. 😉

Connor Bryant
3 years 17 days ago

Hey man. You ever watch Parks and Rec?
Ron Swanson seems like a character you might be into.

Connor

Connor Bryant
3 years 17 days ago

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Debbie
3 years 18 days ago
Of course I immediately had to see if I could step up onto a dining room chair :). Yep. I feel successful for the day now. I had seen that story about David Good and his mom. I felt horrible because his mom left (since I AM a mom). But it changed the way I lived this week. We’re definitely a family that spends time in separate rooms on separate screens a lot of the time. I think if I had to spend that much time with my “tribe” I would feel stifled until I got used to that different… Read more »
Anemone
3 years 18 days ago

I don’t have any chairs anymore, thanks to the paleo lifestyle :p but I managed both the edge of the tub (30 cm) and the toilet seat (42 cm), both legs, with a bit of practice for the coordination aspect. It’s hard not pushing up with the other foot. Unfortunately, I’m still not that fit by my standards.

Debbie
3 years 18 days ago

Hahaha! I’m glad you haven’t gone TOO primal and gotten rid of your tub!

Amanda Jones
3 years 18 days ago

The research of the week piece definitely sounds interesting- I’ll be looking more into that! Great post, can’t wait to take a look at the other things on your site.

Jim Rendek
3 years 18 days ago

I’m looking forward to Denise Minger’s Death by Food Pyramid book!

Tangytam
Tangytam
3 years 18 days ago

Me too! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Denise!

Cat
3 years 18 days ago

Honoured to have my lamb tagine make the list – thanks Mark! Happy Sunday (and happy eating) to all 🙂

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Beccolina
Beccolina
3 years 18 days ago
The c-sec. rate has been on my mind, since I had a baby two weeks ago. I think it’s more complicated than just the extra money. Obviously, a doctor that does a c-sec. does more work than a doctor who just catches after a vaginal delivery. Quite often, I think it’s the doctors’ or hospitals’ way of covering their collective patooties. Better to do a c-sec. than risk waiting, having a bad outcome, and being sued. I the case of our local hospital, it’s too small and isolated to handle certain emergencies, and too far away to safely transfer an… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 18 days ago
Becca – If you read the comments of the article, the issue of lawsuit comes up as an alternative to the money. I think it’s safe to say that some Docs going into the profession for the money, but hopefully it’s not their mind in the moment. The fear of lawsuit, however is now omnipresent. (And not just for the money – I suspect it’s a huge stress on the MDs) At any rate, the bar has been set by everyone at perfection for every birth. (Sadly, I think MDs have bought into this as well. Somehow they must save… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 18 days ago
PS – If you’ve just read this and are just itching to write out how your wife, friend, etc had a baby and thank goodness surgery was right down the hall, please detail the situation. What lead up to it, what the staff did, the actual immediate issue that sent everyone to surgery etc. I’m tired of “generic” fear — that is I’m going to scare you because a stranger had an unnamed issue in an unnamed place, so you should go to the hospital, too as soon as you get pregnant. *At least* give me the specifics if you’re… Read more »
Diane
Diane
3 years 18 days ago
I had both my kids at home with a midwife! My son had shoulder dystorcia and if I had been in a hospital they would have put me on my back and cut an episiotomy – not because it would help the baby come out but because it would be easier for the doctor to see! But thanks to my midwife she got mr in a squat, put her hands up and got my son out! I trusted my midwife because she knew normal birth (most hospital births are NOT normal births). And yes, I did tons of research before… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 18 days ago
Diane – Hi! Nice to meet you!! 🙂 I can’t tell you how much reading I did before deciding to have my first at home. The stereotype for home birth is that we’re all “hippies” (or deeply religious) and acting totally on emotion. It doesn’t seem to occur to some people that a woman choosing a home birth might have done a ton of research and decided it was the least risky course/best choice for their low risk pregnancy. It’s really too bad that home birth or even births at stand alone birth centers get so little consideration. I understand… Read more »
Beccolina
Beccolina
3 years 12 days ago
I’ve been on both ends. Baby 1 had to be induced early due to pre-eclampsia. I have some thoughts on how a better lifestyle on my part might have prevented that, but I can’t go inform my past self. Afterward, I hemorrhaged from an unrelated and unforeseen problem. I almost didn’t make it to the next floor down for emergency surgery. I needed to be in a hospital. My other three births were as easy and uncomplicated as a birth could be, I would have liked to have them at home, but there is no midwife close enough to make… Read more »
MC
MC
3 years 18 days ago
Even though it might be safe for kids to do strength training, doesn’t mean you should send them to the gym to lift weights. Exercise is not only a stress, it’s also damaging your muscles on purpose so you’ll produce adaptation. That stress and damage is fine for someone who is mostly grown, but take a young kid, yet to grow, and that increase in muscle mass from exercise will probably come at the expense of growth. Not saying they should be sedentary. They should work with their body weight and enjoy recreational activities. I just wouldn’t suggest hitting the… Read more »
Donnie Law
3 years 18 days ago

Seems like I hear less and less about the Vibram 5 fingers. Anyone wear them for 2 plus years start to experience any problems?

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 18 days ago

Not at all. Getting comfyer all the time.

Julian
Julian
3 years 18 days ago

lol @ the Egyptian One-Toe “Shoe”.

Sandra from NZ
Sandra from NZ
3 years 18 days ago
On the subject of caesarians, they are on the rise all around the world. Here in NZ childbirth is free whether you have a normal birth or high intervention so the money factor doesn’t come into it. My obstetrician told me his opinion of why there are more caesarians now: baby size is much bigger whereas women’s pelvic size hasn’t grown at all. You only have to look at the birth notices in the papers, it is common to see 8 or 9 or 10 pound babies. Forty years ago they would have been considered huge, a normal baby then… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 17 days ago
Weight isn’t such a big factor as head circumference for difficulty. Once the head is out, the shoulders are the next most difficult part and then it’s all done. The weight is only a very approximate correlation to the issue of relative baby/pelvis size. So in that sense, that’s a “cop out” an explanation. At any rate, the birth weight of an individual baby isn’t really known until it’s all over, regardless of trends. (And we don’t really have a good way of estimating birth weight pre-birth.) IMO, rising standards (to the point of perfection) around birth and the general… Read more »
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Christine
3 years 18 days ago

Really enjoyed reading back about starting at zero. I would love to read your thoughts on staying primal while on a road trip. In a couple of weeks we are going to be driving 2000 miles across the country, staying in hotel rooms and eating on the road. I hate the idea of fast food for every meal but cooking just won’t be an option!

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 17 days ago

You’re in luck. There’s already a post about this.
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/eating-healthy-food-travel/#axzz2ePuTW9sM

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 18 days ago

Just a beautiful story on the Yanomami. Brought tears to my eyes.

MizFit
3 years 17 days ago

OOOH
interesting “VFF” story!

Tom T.
3 years 17 days ago

The video about going outside was great. Quick and fact filled. I guess we always knew it was good to get outside, this just reinforces that.
Vitamin D from sun = better health …easy enough.

google +
google +
3 years 17 days ago

Hi

can you make a google+ page for The Primal Blueprint Publishing, not all of us wants to deal with Facebook …

thanks

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 17 days ago
Recently I read a book published in 1970 called In the Shadow of a Rainbow that mentioned Vibrams. That was a surprise. It’s a really good story. It’s embellished a bit and I’m not sure how much is true but it’s about a Native in British Colombia who befriends the chief wolf of a pack and then runs with the wolves for a while. I have a mouse friend – or more of an acquaintance – where I’m living. I first saw it in the winter. It was living in the same abandoned trailer as me, feeding off my scraps.… Read more »
Janice
Janice
3 years 17 days ago

Nice to hear from you Animanarchy. You are one with nature in spriit.

HopelessDreamer
HopelessDreamer
3 years 16 days ago
the article about Alzheimer’s only briefly mentions breastfeeding. I think lack of breastfeeding in Western countries has alot more to do with impaired immune function than hygiene. Our first dose of immune cells is supposed to come from our mother’s mature immune system. Research has been done to show so many benefits to breastfeeding, including better immune systems, that it’s a shame more focus on correlation of disease with formula-feeding isnt studied. Also, we know how important gut bacteria are to our immune function, and breastfeeding introduces friendly microbes to a baby’s gut too. Combine the lack of breastfeeding with… Read more »
Ron
3 years 16 days ago

Hi John – Congrats on completing your opus! Looking forward to reading it. I’ve been primal for 3 years now, & you’re certainly one of the good guys. After a few years of much needless rancor among the “paleo” troops, your book is a much-needed breath of fresh air. Experimentation (N=1) rules the roost. Enjoy the afterglow & don’t succumb to too many chips… or too many “paleo” groupies!

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