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3 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 268

weekend link loveThe Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar is coming to Michigan next month. Come out and meet fellow Grok stars at this 2 1/2 hour event.

Research of the Week

Eating full-fat and full-fat fermented dairy makes for better cardiovascular biomarkers than eating low-fat dairy in overweight adults.

Did Neandertals actually eat daily salads full of medicinal herbs and wild vegetation, or were they eating the fermented stomach contents of their herbivorous prey?

Interesting Blog Posts

It’s possible to get inventive and come up with ways to stay active and energized while stuck in an airport (terminal to terminal sprint intervals, anyone?) on your own, but this post giving 12 examples of airports with health and fitness bents for travelers sure makes it easy.

Media, Schmedia

A (formerly) overweight Kentucky grandfather goes from walkers and canes to performing human flags on vertical poles. Pretty incredible story.

At Harvard later this month, Dr. Mat Lalonde and Allan Savory are giving a talk on how Primal eating and holistic grass-fed livestock management can quite possibly save the planet. If you’re in the area on November 21, go check it out.

Nothing like a big whopping serving of fear to keep the public from hearing an alternative, arguably more sensible position on a cherished pharmaceutical cash cow that could be hurting more people than it helps.

Everything Else

Part 2 of the Oz piece featuring Dr. Eades on cholesterol and heart disease – this time focusing on the overstated benefits and understated dangers of statins – has been released. Check it out here. This is the one the “experts” mentioned in the previous link were freaking out about, so you know it’s a good one.

You no longer have to spurn the entreaties from cookie-hawking Girl Scouts: they’ve gone gluten-free. Although please continue to ignore the overbearing Girl Scout parents in your office who try to guilt everyone into buying boxes of cookies.

Or, you could just use actual butter. Crazy, right?

Recipe Corner

  • In case you’re supplying the chow for a reenactment of the (perhaps embellished by the rosy hue of conventional history) original Thanksgiving dinner, here are 33 recipes for a paleo Thanksgiving.
  • This herring salad recipe leaves a lot to the imagination, but that’s part of the fun. Plus, we could all use more herring in our lives.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 3 – Nov 9)

Comment of the Week

Actually it would if you eat it instead of injecting it. Heroin was sold as an oral cough medicine for a long time with very few people getting addicted until someone had the idea of injecting the stuff. As I understand it, the slower onset and lower peak effect greatly limit the addictive potential.

I still agree that “everything in moderation” is bad as a general principle.

- I rather enjoyed this surprisingly informative response. Thank you.

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. Those cookies will still be full of other junk, though.

    Helen Edgeworth wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • D’oh! Missed the nutritional information link the first time. Not too bad – but still too sugary.

      Helen Edgeworth wrote on November 3rd, 2013
  2. Did I catch a Portlandia reference at the end?

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on November 3rd, 2013
  3. Not sure the ideas of “healthy eating” in that airport article are the best ever (tofu burritos? veggie burgers?) but the exercise info is good to know!

    Kathy S. wrote on November 3rd, 2013
  4. I can tell you right now, Neanderthals did NOT eat the content of stomachs.
    I bring home wild prey to my dogs all the time and they ditch the stomach and intestine. Once the stomach or intestine spills the content over the organs or meat, they will not touch that carcass again, it rots in the yard til the birds get it.

    That part of the animal was used for crafting useful items like a water bladder.

    Issabeau wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • Yeah…but you’re dogs aren’t hominids. And you can’t tell anyone that Neanderthals did NOT eat the stomach contents with the kind of certainty you appear to be voicing…because you weren’t there. Read the article again; it clearly states that current day humans such as the Inuit consume animal stomachs and their contents. So the evidence at hand appears to suggest at least the possibility that Neanderthals were indeed consuming stomach contents of their kill.

      Fritzy wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • Hadza eat the fermented gut contents of their kill, too

      Graham wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • Plus, there are lots of traditional dishes prepared with tripe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripe#Dishes_prepared_with_tripe

      Adam wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • I once had a female Welsh Terrier that loved snacking on fresh horse plop. Which was funny, because she was the picky eater, while our male, who was the real chow hound, wouldn’t touch them.

      BillP wrote on November 4th, 2013
  5. Regarding paleo Thanksgiving meals, I just saw for order a heritage “Turkhetta” (Turkey porchetta) for order at my local butcher shop yesterday. Sold.

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on November 3rd, 2013
  6. Just put those statins in a Pez dispenser and be done with it :)

    Jim Rendek wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • You revealed your identity ;)

      Erin wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • Years ago, Sanjay Gupta wanted to put them into the drinking water supply!

      Wenchypoo wrote on November 4th, 2013
  7. That 64 year old who turned his life around is really inspiring.
    Sill, when you hear he is only 4 years older than Mark you know it’s worth it to start a healthy life when you’re young, although it’s always great to hear how you can always greatly improve your life no matter how bad off you are. Congratulations to him.

    PrimeTime wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • You are so right: such transformation stories are so inspiring! It’s good to know that you can change your life/health, even if you are not super young anymore. LOVE success stories! :)

      Celeb Bodies wrote on November 3rd, 2013
      • It would be crazy to underestimate how quickly the human body can fix itself with the proper direction.

        Nocona wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • The crazy inspiring part is that he was using a walker and just a short time later he is doing a ‘flag’. The visual transformation is great but the physical ability to be able to go from assisted walking to doing things that the average person half his age can’t even do is awesome.

      Captain Comptition wrote on November 4th, 2013
  8. Glad to see the herring recipe. We have a fresh water herring fishery. Currently there is no demand for fresh water herring filets. The eggs are harvested and some processors are just throwing the bodies in the landfill. This is a terrible waste of natural resources. Someday I hope the herring fillets are marketable as a sustainable local food source.

    Pamela wrote on November 3rd, 2013
    • Thanks, Pamela – I absolutely adore herring. For this dish, I filleted a herring and soused the flesh in cider vinegar and lemon juice for about an hour in the fridge. Pickled herring or lightly fried off fillets would do equally well.

      Breakfast this morning was more herring, filleted and lightly fried with cottled eggs. It’ll be on the website shortly.

      Paul Halliday wrote on November 3rd, 2013
  9. The talk by Allan Savory on TED gave me a lot of hope.
    ( Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change )
    Reminded me of the confort I got after watching Hans Rosling which I also highly recommend. ( Hans Rosling: Religions and babies )
    It the planet has half the healing capabilities as humans have on a paleo diets, there is hope for us yet.

    Suzi wrote on November 3rd, 2013
  10. No paleofied Thanksgiving dessert recipes for me. Thanksgiving is definitely a time to exercise the 80/20 ;)

    Erin wrote on November 3rd, 2013
  11. The “Part 2 of the Oz piece featuring Dr. Eades on cholesterol and heart disease…” video was awesome!

    Erik wrote on November 3rd, 2013
  12. COME TO OAKLAND!!!!!

    MizFit wrote on November 4th, 2013
  13. Wow, how terribly written is that cholesterol article? Can we stop interchanging serum cholesterol and dietary cholesterol?

    Ginny Pickles wrote on November 4th, 2013
  14. I’m not planning on eating the fermented stomach contents any time soon, grok girl or not! :-)

    Cajungrokgirl wrote on November 7th, 2013

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