Weekend Link Love – Edition 269

Weekend Link LoveWe’ve got another Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar date lined up. Mike DiLandro will holding a 2 1/2 hour presentation in Huntington, NY on Saturday, January 18. You can learn all about the seminar and get your tickets here.

Research of the Week

Next time your baby is sick and you can’t sleep from worrying, know that this is a necessary byproduct of an infant immune system purposefully weakened in order to let good gut flora flourish. It’ll pay off in the long run, parents.

They’ve just discovered an extra ligament on the anterior portion of the human knee previously unbeknownst to scientists (except for a 19th century French surgeon who postulated its existence).

Interesting Blog Posts

Here are eight ways to run yourself into the ground (in a good way) using sprints. Exercise caution; these are some serious workouts.

Our kids are missing out on play en masse, and it’s destroying their (and our) creativity, inventiveness, and ability (and desire) to learn.

Media, Schmedia

Are humans natural polymaths? If so, maybe some of that play mentioned in the last article would help us realize our polymathic heritage.

I’m no trans-fat fan, but I believe this move by the FDA sets a dangerous precedent for other vilified nutrients.

Everything Else

This is a cool infographic about the health effects of grains to send around.

Mexican coke is no longer a health tonic: they’re switching out the cane sugar for high fructose corn syrup. 

People are attaching electrodes to their heads, running currents through their brains, and getting marked and measurable benefits to their cognition, depression, and cravings.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 10 – Nov 16)

Comment of the Week


To clear up any confusion, the point of my response was that if you’re losing muscle, you’re walking too much. Anytime you’re using walking as your only exercise and you’re sitting in a large chronic caloric deficit (the guy was down 7k calories a week), you’re going to burn lean mass.

Otherwise, walk all you want.

Just in case anyone was considering hanging up their Vibrams for good.

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. Would be great if the graphic included info about fiber- so many folks are convinced they have to get their fiber from grains. I can’t seem to convince them if they just ate more veggies they would get all the fiber they need!

      1. It does– it says any nutrients or fiber you get from whole grains you can get from fruits and veggies and in greater abundance. But yeah, might’ve been better if it was pulled out and emphasized with a visual.

  1. Play is essential for kids. When my kids were in preschool, I always chose the 3-day a week program (versus 4 or 5 days), so my kids had plenty of time to play. It’s that previous level of childhood play, ingenuity, being outdoors, etc. that helped us put a man on the moon. My brother-in-law (a teacher) went to a conference with a Chinese delegation who said they were now modeling their education programs after the US model from the 1950s and 1960s – meaning, no standardizing testing, less homework, more time for creativity and play, both at school and at home. The US is currently doing just the opposite.

    My kids are never bored when they have free time. It’s not filled with tv and game devices. They build, the invent games, they craft, we play board games together, etc. They even play with friends – but we can rarely find kids who aren’t so overscheduled that they can hang at our house for a few hours. Sad.

  2. “I’m no trans-fat fan, but I believe this move by the FDA sets a dangerous precedent for other vilified nutrients”.

    That’s right, let’s throw out all science, even when they get it right; after all, there’s nothing worse than a Government Regulation.

    Except maybe sitting on your hands for the sake of a Libertarian posture (the ultimate anti-Paleolithic social philosophy).

    1. In Mark’s defense, I think he may be referring to the possibility of the FDA picking up where Bloomberg left off–or maybe taking direction from Bloomberg. Sure, putting a limit on the size of soda you can buy in a grocery store wouldn’t affect you and me much, but what about everybody else? And what about that salt elimination thing?

      If this is the case (that Bloomberg becomes the impetus for a national nanny-state), then Bloomberg may as well become an ersatz Surgeon General–who died and made HIM a nutrition expert? Sure, we will rejoice about everything except the salt, but we’re such a small portion of the populace–and let’s not forget: the prime directive here seems to be (to me) to kill off enough of the population to balance the checks written for those New Deal benefits! They can’t seem to kill off welfare, Social Security, and Medicare/Medicaid, but they can go after the beneficiaries…by limiting their salt.

      Speaking of surgeon general, do we still have one? She’s been awful quiet and out of sight since she got sworn in. Maybe there is no real surgeon general, and Obama swore in a cardboard cutout. 🙂

    2. Whether trans-fats are unhealthy or not is not the issue. The issue is whether you want the government to have the ability what you do and don’t have the right to put in your body. Especially when they still demonize salt and sat. fats and use “science” to back it up. You really want them to have that power?

      And how is libertarianism anti-paleolithic, or even wrong? I don’t interfere with you, you don’t interfere with me and up and until the point where our actions interfere with another’s rights, it’s no one else’s business what we eat, watch, who we marry, or anything else. If you see something wrong with the most basic and biggest tenet of libertarianism, you really need to self-examine yourself.

      1. I totally agree. Maybe instead of banning things, we could work on educating the general public on what is actually in their food. I’m consistently shocked at the number of people who ask me about why I eat this way, and then truly have no idea what they are eating, nutrient-wise. Food related disease may become less of a problem if, as a society, we weren’t quite so ignorant about our food choices.

    3. I agree with BillP as this move is likely to improve the health of many Americans.

      While some people might be concerned that saturated fat or salt will be next, bear in mind:

      That it took Fred Kummerow a bit of effort to get this to happen

      With saturated fat* and salt there is a debate, whereas there isn’t really a debate as to whether artificial trans fats are bad. Besides, the view of the mainstream is not that saturated fat is bad, but that polyunsaturated fats are better

      * https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/324749

      1. Agreed. I see a number of people using the disingenuous “slippery slope” argument.

        1. It is a slippery slope, and it is not a “disingenuous” argument.

        2. It’s not a slippery slope argument, it’s the whole slope. What is disingenuous is to say that certainly government will stop with this. It doesn’t take a tin hat to observe how government works.

    4. You’re the fella putting your trust in the same group that OK’d aspartame (among countless other unnecessary and harmful pharmaceuticals and food additives). Now who is really posturing for the sake of some bogus idea or group?

    5. Yeah I’m a non-trans fat ban either but I too take the libertarian approach here – in the same way that I don’t think ultra size sodas should be banned either. People are going to buy what they’re going to buy and eat what they’re going to eat.

      As the market tends to dictate, some companies have started marketing non trans-fat options simply because the market is asking for it – just like the current organic foods movement you see in the shelves of supermarkets.

      The problem with banning trans fat is: what are they going to replace it with that’s “healthier” and do you really want micro-mangement of a government? I don’t. Look what the UK is doing by attempting to have saturated fat removed from restaurants and food makers.

      Sitting on your but doesn’t have to mean the government needs to get involved – take it up with the people making it and let the government worry about more important things – like how to make a website.

  3. There’s an update at the end of the Coke article: Only the Coke sold in Mexico will be switched to HFCS. Mexican Coke sold in the US will be the same health-tonic it is right now.

  4. Loved the sprint info. I’ve found I’m doing just about the same sprint every week. Gonna be switching it up every once in awhile now. Thanks.

  5. I think you are adding a little much to the meaning of the information.. there is no right or wrong per se just a clarification of exactly what you get from what.. and “billions” of people.. can eat whatever there is locally to eat.. the fact that grains are the cheap and plentiful solution is not right wrong either.. but if you are basing your nutrition on the perceived goodness of grains and ignoring the benefits of vegies instead.. ( that is about 80 % of the western world ) you will be and have been sadly misled.

  6. Reading about the schools that offer learning through play and interest was wonderful. I wish there was one near us. I hate having so much “home work” for kids. There is no time to play outside let alone create, explore and just run around after the school work is finished, especially during the dark days of winter here. I plan to set a hour limit and if it’s not done during that time it’s not done. Nothing can replace play and what it does to the little brains. I love hearing my son in his room or the bathroom (for the light) making movies with his Lego blocks. Or cutting up paper making Star Wars characters or their space ships for hours. He comes up with some really fun things. Now and then Mom gets involved (he knows I LOVE to laminate…) and we’ll make that creation encased in plastic. One time we got some iron on paper, copied his drawing onto it, iron it onto a shirt and Viola, art on a shirt. What fun is that!!! He could be an animator by 12? Or maybe finally build that rocket ship? One of his (now discarded) ideas was to build a tunnel to Disneyland.

    1. That is a reason why I am ‘unschooling’ my kids. I want them to have the freedom to learn what, when, and how they want. School is a soul sucking prison. How is it we all forget that when we are adults?

  7. I agree formal education is overrated. If we had exercised our creative sides more as adolescents, we’d probably all be CEO billionaires. Or so one could hope. 😉
    unfortunately, the current biz calls for several initials after your name to get any kind of respect and a decent income.

  8. I don’t understand the FDA and trans fat. What about “everything in moderation?” *being sarcastic*

  9. The author of the polymaths article argues that we should try many things yet asserts “For a year I studied an hour a day three days a week and made minimal progress. For a further year I switched to an intensive course of five hours a day five days a week. The gains were dramatic and permanent …”. So, try many things but focus really intently on one thing at a time???

    1. I think you’ve got it, focus really intently on one thing at a time but don’t be stuck there. Makes me want to learn Chinese or Swahili, learn to dance and sing well. Now, to carve some time out to do it…. hmmmmm

  10. I think the point with the trans fat is that there is no level of it that is safe for consumption. None at all. They would not be able to make the same claim for saturated fat, salt or sugar and for that reason a ban is not going to be coming down the pike any time soon. The FDA does not ban things that have safe levels of consumption.

  11. RE: trans-fat….
    let’s not forget the lovely times of prohibition when no one drank any alcohol and how good that was for the country (yes that was sarcasm). or how about the war on drugs? banning any substances just creates more criminals and violence.

    i personally try to keep as healthy as possible, but that is my choice alone. no one has the authority to impose their values on anyone, even if they are harmful (unless of course they harm others). yay libertarianism / non-aggression principle! (which is totally in line with paleo – it was always survival of the fittest and those who make the right decisions are more likely to survive).

    this also goes for education. why should the govt steal money from citizens just to impose their educational values/methods on everyone? this is a total violation of freedom and a completely inefficient use(waste) of wealth.

    watch the movie “idiocracy” – dumb movie with a great message.

  12. I really liked the article about the “new” ligament in the knee. I used to coordinate medical care for Army National Guard Soldiers in my state, with Line of Duty (LOD) injuries, and over the years, we’ve had a few Soldiers with torn ACL’s that just never really healed right and had istability issues. If we’d known about the ALL (and had a surgical technique to fix it), maybe the knees could have been properly repaired. I’ll have to pass on the info to the lady that does the LOD’s now.