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15 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 261

Weekend Link LoveThe 2013 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge begins tomorrow. Check back at 8 am PST for all the details and a chance to win a Primal prize.

We’ve got a couple of Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminars in Maryland coming up fast. If you’re near Annapolis on September 25 or Bethesda on September 28, sign up!

Due to a couple last-minute cancellations, a few spots just opened up for PrimalCon Lake Tahoe (September 26-29). Now’s your chance to bask in the awesome radiance of wild nature while hanging out with your global Primal tribe! They won’t last long, so grab them ASAP!

Research of the Week

Swearing – the language of life and of death – can improve pain tolerance.

Scientists have found the genetic bits that control how our circadian rhythm responds to changes in light and time zones. Improved anti-jet lag drugs are sure to follow, and maybe better solutions for shift workers?

Seniors who stay active retain the physical and mental capabilities of their youth. They also live longer and – most importantly – better.

Got candida? Try Gymnema.

Interesting Blog Posts

How to save your knees when hiking uphill or downhill. Great tips.

Speaking of hiking (and camping, and other outdoorsy activities), why do white people seemingly love it so much more than folks of other ethnicities?

Wellness FX discusses the eternal balance between performance and longevity. Which side of the fence do you prefer? Do you have to pick just one?

Media, Schmedia

Drug companies are hiding (some) clinical research that paints (some of) their products in an unfavorable light.

I was going to make a sugar joke, but this is actually a pretty horrific environmental disaster: a container ship just dumped 233,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu bay, triggering a massive wildlife die-off as the viscous black goo sank and carpeted every nook and cranny of the seafloor.

Everything Else

My friend John Wellbourn (of CrossFit Football fame) is holding the second annual fundraiser to battle neuroblastoma and pediatric cancer. Take a look and if you’re touched and have the means, give a few bucks. Neuroblastoma is a nasty cancer that targets almost exclusively young children and babies, and we need to learn more about it to fight it.

Just what everyone needs: a complete lack of reasons to go outside ever again.

Maybe “Read great literature” belongs on the list of Primal Laws.

Shipping US chickens over to China for processing and then shipping them right back to the US for eating doesn’t make much sense to me. But don’t worry, because they’ve “deemed China’s poultry processing equivalent to the process in the United States.” Not exactly filled with confidence here.

As much as I like feces in my meat, let’s just hope China’s meat processing plants aren’t emulating the latest USDA pilot program designed to ID meat contamination.

You just can’t remake The Breakfast Club.

Recipe Corner

  • If you’re on a ketogenic diet – or even if you’re not – you should try the autumn oxtail stew from KetoDiet.
  • Tarragon doesn’t get enough herb love, in my opinion. Try these apple tarragon meatballs and you’ll agree.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sept 15 – Sept 21)

Comment of the Week

Mark, you HAVE to give yourself comment of the week, even though it was in your article. “Execute a double decker…..” Brilliant.

– Thanks, Josh. Let me also use this opportunity to clarify my terminology. While an upper decker involves the toilet tank, a double decker involves both the tank and the bowl – so as to throw your victim off the scent of the tank.

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. Know what’s even better than reading great literature? Reading great literature TO another human. Spend some time reading a book to a child, a blind person, or someone who can’t read, you’ll never regret it. It’s a great way to “Use Your Brain”. See Mark, no need to add it to the Primal Laws, it was there the whole time.

    Geoff wrote on September 14th, 2013
  2. Great @&)&$!# article on cussing.

    Nocona wrote on September 14th, 2013
  3. When I first moved to San Diego I was always amazed by how many Mexico grown avacados were in stores, considering so hiw many were grown here.

    Sending chickens to china for processing…the politics of food never stop amazing me.

    Oh and we have New Zealand grass fed beaf at Von’s.

    How is shipping that to Von’s cheaper than getting it from the many farms in California?

    Maybe one of these companies can help me get a great deal on a plane ticket to Illinois to see the family they obviously know something I don’t!

    Luke wrote on September 14th, 2013
    • I’m never baffled by the politics of food. It’s a given that’s going to be crazy. :)

      What I can’t wrap my head around, though, is the economics.

      How could it possibly be cheaper to send live chickens over the Pacific ocean, slaughter and process them, and then send them back? Especially if they are up to the same standards as the US? And it’s only a truck drive away to processing plant stateside? It doesn’t make any sense.

      Reading between the lines of the article, it looks like China banned beef imports when we banned Chinese chicken. The article states that this might be a first step in lifting the ban on Chinese chicken and/or a way to give the Chinese a reason to life the beef ban.

      Amy wrote on September 14th, 2013
    • @Luke –

      I do somewhat understand the economics of imported food, just not the whole chicken processing thing. :)

      First, certain places on the planet are better at growing certain foods than others. You get an economy of scale in those places/with that food stuff that overcomes the cost of shipping.

      Thus cheap soy and corn from Iowa. Beef would be cheaper in places that naturally supports grassland without irrigation (New Zealand, I presume). As a semi-arid place, with cheap water, CA is better growing the fruits/nuts/etc rather than trying to muster enough water to grow acres of grass.

      The second issue is that of national tariffs and subsidies. For instance, China has become a world manufacturing center in part because it subsidies it by the yen peg. (They do pay a real price for not letting the yen float because it makes them sensitive to our inflation, etc.) China also does not have the same labor laws, taxes, or social safety nets which drive up stateside cost.

      Between the social setup and the yen the cost difference become so great that the shipping is negligible. Thus Chinese goods produced cheaper than down the road. Those same economic principles apply to food. If a country subsidies a certain food and/or has lower labor costs it will easily overcome the shipping issue to make it cheaper than local food.

      The labor costs/social standards issue is why I tend to be very skeptical of cheap “organic” food coming in from outside the US. If we’re not on top of inspections here, what’s to stop people in other countries from slapping an organic label on conventional food and reaping a huge profit margin. Ironically, I tend to trust the label a bit more when there’s a reasonable gap between organic and conventional.

      Amy wrote on September 14th, 2013
      • Thanks for the reply, makes sense. Still amazes me how it all works!

        Luke wrote on September 15th, 2013
    • You live in San Diego too? Head to the outskirts of San Diego (Fallbook area) and you can pick up bags of avocados directly from the farmers – cheaper than you could from the Farmer’s Markets in town.

      Matt wrote on September 15th, 2013
      • Yep I’m in San Diego, extremely spoiled with all the farmers markets here! Can’t beat it.

        Luke wrote on September 15th, 2013
    • Go to the Paleo Nurse facebook page and Watch this and see what will happen to the chickens and other animals.

      Annakay wrote on September 15th, 2013
  4. WOW my second recipe feature on MDA! Those Apple & Tarragon Meatballs are mine :). Thanks for the feature!

    Naz wrote on September 14th, 2013
    • I really enjoyed reading your blog all day today.

      Thanks for all that you do in keeping us sugar free in our Primal way of eating!

      NMCynthia wrote on September 15th, 2013
    • This looks like an excellent recipe. Just picked apples this weekend and will certainly makes these this week.

      Tom T. wrote on September 16th, 2013
  5. If white people really are more Neanderthal than other ethnicities, then perhaps the lack of intense sociality is part of what drives us to be fine with hiking and camping. I know many people who are so intensely social that the idea of being or feeling alone is a threat.

    Knifey wrote on September 14th, 2013
    • I’m an introvert, and sometimes I think Marks views don’t necessarily appreciate the nuances of our personality type.

      Kevin wrote on September 16th, 2013
  6. Thanks so much for the feature of my Autumn Oxtail Stew! :-)

    Martina wrote on September 14th, 2013
  7. That molasses thing is insane!

    Donnie Law wrote on September 14th, 2013
  8. Time and money are major factors for any leisure activity. We tend to be historically myopic and forget that wealth has slowly spread to all ethnicities in the US. The author missed the legal issues, too. Not sure if there were many colored-only parks 50 years ago. That means grandparents didn’t take your parents or you for fear of more than just bears.

    Julian wrote on September 14th, 2013
  9. I’m guessing that the swearing works because it increases adrenal hormones? They’re natural pain inhibitors to get you through a crisis.

    Debbie wrote on September 15th, 2013
  10. The white people hiking thing reminds me of a post on a hiking forum a while back where a white person living temporarily in Africa decided he wanted to hike up a local mountain. The locals thought he was a little daft, but decided to make a day of it, dressed up in their best clothes, and went with him. They had a good time even though they weren’t dressed for it.

    I think part of it is that white people grow up in a culture steeped in Rousseau’s idolization of nature. I suspect in many places in the world, the bush is that buggy swampy place that needs to be avoided, not conquered or worshipped. And let’s face it, a lot of it is really buggy. And boggy. Or dangerously hot and dry. But we’re conditioned to find it beautiful.

    Anemone wrote on September 15th, 2013
  11. Wow I knew sugar was toxic but even I didn’t expect it to nuke all the marine life!

    Jim Rendek wrote on September 15th, 2013
  12. Action Item #4 is actually linking to Action Item #1 right now….

    Josh P wrote on September 15th, 2013
  13. Shift workers have it rough with the constant jet lag feeling. Even if a medication comes out reducing those effects they’re still put at an increased risk for diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

    Matt wrote on September 15th, 2013
  14. I love these link loves :) P.s. To anyone who hasn’t tried the Apple Tarragon Meatballs from Cinnamon Eats, GO DO IT NOW! They are DELISH. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

    Venus wrote on September 15th, 2013
  15. Guilty as charged on the camping. I grew up going camping 60+ days a year and still camp and fish and backpack as often as I can. My parents grew up dirt poor(no plumbing in the house poor) but their favorite thing to do was camp from when I was a kid up until the time my mom passed away. I just enjoy the peace and quiet and seeing the wildlife, plants and scenery. I do live in the Pacific Northwest where we have wonderful outdoor opportunities from ocean kayaking and island hopping to backpacking, snowshoeing and skiing. I live 1/4 mile from the local river and salmon fishing :)

    ingvildr wrote on September 15th, 2013
  16. How the eff do you spill 233,000 gallons of molasses?!

    Erin wrote on September 15th, 2013
    • It is transfered to shipping via a pipeline and the pipe sprung a leak.

      Diane wrote on September 15th, 2013
  17. Does reading the Comment of the Week count towards my Great Literature merit badge?

    Moshen wrote on September 15th, 2013
  18. I disagree that white people like camping more than other ethnicities. Where I live the national forest campgrounds and day use areas are mostly full of Latinos enjoying barbecues and long weekends in huge family gatherings. I lead hikes for the Sierra Club and while most of the attendees are local white people (most people in our city are white), a significant quantity of the attendees come from India, China, Japan and European countries. It seems hiking is very popular in India and Japan and I have even been quoted in a Japanese handbook on hiking.

    Diane wrote on September 15th, 2013
    • I agree with your comment and have noticed the same thing in my area. I personally know a number of Hispanic persons who love to camp, hike, and fish, and I’ve seen quite a few Asians and Americans of Asian extraction in the national parks. Actually, I found the referenced article to be mildly if unintentionally offensive in its assumptions and generalizations regarding “whites” versus other colors.

      Shary wrote on September 15th, 2013
    • The statistics the Times article raised were from the National Parks Service not the author. I think the Parks Service is very worried, because of the majority of their users are dying off…so to speak

      Doug wrote on September 16th, 2013
  19. I read Mark’s blog every day and really don’t understand what you are driving at. There are some people who have viewpoints that differ from yours, so you are recommending censorship? I admire Mark for allowing dissenting opinions, and aside from really over-the-top insults and name-calling that might require moderation / deletion, it tends to be self-policing as more reasonable folks tend to respond to and call out (usually in a polite way) the really “out there” posts. There is always the option to read the articles and skip the comments, although I’m sure you have some good advice and viewpoints to share.

    George wrote on September 15th, 2013
    • Not at all. I just don’t get someone following the Ray Peat diet and the promotion of it on the PB forum. I wasn’t referring to the comments as I don’t normally read any of those.

      It would be like going to the 30 bananas a day diet site and promoting the PB or Atkins and promoting the SAD.

      The forum is full of bad advise and tit for tat nonsense. I guess if one is bored it can provide some cheap entertainment.

      Lisa wrote on September 15th, 2013
  20. OK, you’re talking about the forums. Yeah, the Ray Peat guy and the obscenity-laced posts are bad. The all sugar diet thing perhaps is tongue-in-cheek and someone is attempting to, and failing miserably at, be clever. I’m thinking dropping the F bomb in posts is something I’d block using moderation settings, and maybe let it pass after reviewing considering the context.

    George wrote on September 15th, 2013
  21. The American meat industry amazes me. But then so does the fact that it is supported by the majority of the populace.

    Ben wrote on September 15th, 2013
  22. The advice about saving your knees while walking up or downhill is just what I needed! I got back from a backpacking trip that had a lot of downhill work the second day, and my knee started complaining- which is highly unusual for me. Great info!

    Elisa wrote on September 16th, 2013
  23. Woah, how have I never seen KatySays before? Treasure trove of natural movement info there. Thanks MDA!

    katieCHI wrote on September 16th, 2013
  24. Screaming, groaning, and growling can increase pain tolerance. So can flexing or tensing especially if you include your face and taking a deep breath or holding your breath or hiss-breathing (really depends on circumstance).
    I save my knees by using momentum and flexibility. Sometimes I bob. The body is a unit.
    A few things that work for skin infections: urine (I’m guessing the ammonia), hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, salt water (saline solution).
    I get cheap processed canned meat from the local food bank sometimes and it kind of tastes like shit. On the other hand, I’ve been eating crayfish raw lately and they taste good. The legs, antennae, and meat are chewable, as are the shells of some of the young small prawns.

    Aimanarchy wrote on September 16th, 2013
  25. Anyone want to carpool from Baltimore to Annapolis or Bethesda? Bethesda would probably be better. I’ll chip for gas.

    Robin wrote on September 16th, 2013
  26. I grew up dirt poor and have been camping all my life, so the socio-economic roots of camping/hiking just doesn’t fly with me.

    I also hike on weekends with a big group of people, most of whom are Asian or Indian (we’re computer guys & gals, mostly).

    michael wrote on September 16th, 2013
  27. Really great links, especially the research ones. Thanks for sharing!

    Matt Lopez wrote on September 16th, 2013

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