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8 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 273

Weekend Link LoveDeath by Food Pyramid, the long-awaited title from Denise Minger, will be released on Mark’s Daily Apple later this week, and with it a special offer with a bunch of free gifts. Check back on Wednesday for all the details. It’s a book and offer you won’t want to miss.

People of Newark, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: we’ve got Primal Blueprint seminars coming your way on February 27, and March 20, 2014, respectively. Come join us!

In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, registration for PrimalCon Oxnard 2014 is now open. Join us in southern California next September for a weekend retreat you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

For those of you that have been waiting, The Hidden Plague is now available on Kindle!

Research of the Week

After they suffer a spinal cord injury, ketogenic dieting helps mice regain forelimb motor function.

It’s looking like the “obese or overweight but metabolically healthy” human isn’t actually all that healthy.

How exercise and physical movement – even just walking – promotes creativity.

Interesting Blog Posts

Poop pills are a thing, and they might replace fecal transplants (which, yes, are also a thing).

Forest kindergarten” is exactly what it sounds like.

Media, Schmedia

Is it really possible to waste time, or is it all just a state of mind (and misplaced priorities)?

If we think we’re drinking “eco-friendly” coffee, it tastes better.

Everything Else

Neanderthals: apex predators, skilled craftsmen, neat freaks?

Check out this great review for The Hidden Plague over at PaleoNonPaleo.

Babies have an innate mistrust of all plants, probably an evolutionary defense mechanism that arose because it’s difficult to tell which ones are obviously toxic.

If you can’t (or won’t) squat to poop, this toilet might be the next best thing.

I’m not quite sure if this guy was lucky or unlucky.

Recipe Corner

  • It’s a crispy, briny, fatty celebration of pork flesh, a porcine supernova, a roast hunk of mammal that you can cut with a fork: porchetta.
  • Head on down to the local grocer who’s trying to figure out what to do with all the delicata squash he bought for Thanksgiving and make some baked delicata moons.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 8 – Dec 14)

Comment of the Week

Tell it to the Masai.


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. The toilet looks neat, but I can’t help but wonder how a man under 6’5 is supposed to go #1 in it.

    His Dudeness wrote on December 8th, 2013
    • Agreed.

      Last sentence on the Wellbum article:

      “We talked about putting it into a health environment–like a spa or a gym–so it fits in with other health equipment.”

      ……………like underneath the squat rack?

      Warren wrote on December 8th, 2013
    • “Today’s toilets force users to perch upright at a 90-degree angle”

      Ummm…. no they don’t. Lean forward, rest your elbows on your knees, and now you’re in the exact same position as the person using this toilet. Only difference is A) your whole body is rotated forward, and B) you can actually go #1. Makes me wonder if the designers have actually ever used a regular toilet.

      Steve wrote on December 8th, 2013
      • As much as I respect the idea of trying to reinvent the scourge of the west, the sit-down toilet, the position forced upon the sitter by this new toilet seems far inferior to a proper squat toilet/ hole in the floor.

        I recommend that, if you’re unfortunate enough to be in a country with no proper squat toilets, just use a normal toilet and remember to wipe the vibram- marks from the seat for the next user!

        Jack S wrote on December 8th, 2013
  2. I heard about the cave areas part on the radio show “Wait, wait–don;t tell me!”, and wondered if the women wove laundry hampers out of plant fiber so the men wouldn’t throw their stinky, sticky furs everywhere. :)

    Also, about the toilet: it may be ergonomic and high-tech, yes, but how does one go about CLEANING it? Did the engineer geeks think of that? I’d say no, because it never occurs to inventive men to consider MAINTENANCE of the thing! :)

    If they wanted to really invent a better toilet, why not just invent a porcelain “log” to go in front of a hole in the floor–more closely resembling third-world squat toilets without actually coming into contact with the actual ground. No wasted water flushing, no worries about plugging up pipes, and easy to clean the “log” part. They should go to a third world country (or some dive bar in Italy)–they got them there for the experiencing.

    Wenchypoo wrote on December 8th, 2013
  3. Skeptical about that toilet. At what point are you supposed to pull your pants down? If you do it after climbing up, you could lose your balance and wind up like that guy bashing into the cliff.

    dragonmamma wrote on December 8th, 2013
  4. Excellent Link Love today! With TWO links to bum-related topics?! You’re my favorite person today Mark!

    EmmyAM wrote on December 8th, 2013
  5. Huh, sounds like the Neanderthals were better housekeepers than I am!

    Dances with Bacon wrote on December 8th, 2013
  6. I’ve always said that it is impossible to waste time. Thanks for the link today.

    Nocona wrote on December 8th, 2013
  7. My delicata squash froze in the garage this week (disgusted at myself for not remembering to bring it in–I lost all my acorn squash too). Today is the first day in a week that the temp has gotten into double digits. Despite that, I’m tempted to fit in a walk to jump-start the creativity. I personally find that walking in the cold induces more creativity than walking in warmer weather.

    Beccolina wrote on December 8th, 2013
  8. If I took a poo pill it would have to be one made by you Mark :)

    goldfish wrote on December 8th, 2013
    • Is that a sh!t-eating grin…?

      Jeff wrote on December 8th, 2013
  9. I love the idea of forest kindergarten. I have a six year old that is scared to death of woods. We’re now making it a point to introduce nature in a fun way. I wish I had started soon though.

    Tamara Warren wrote on December 8th, 2013
    • As a retired kindergarten teacher, I wonder if your 6 yr old is scared of the woods from hearing all the scary fairy tales that take place, at least in part, in the woods… Such as Hansel and Gretel, little Red Riding Hood, etc. Never thought about it before, and I can tell you we read those stories often to our K classes, but the woods were always pictured as dark, scary places where bad things happened! Maybe we need some new fairy tales!

      Laurie wrote on December 8th, 2013
      • No, it’s just Grokish to be scared of the woods, because you can’t see potential threats as well as you can in open country. Totally natural.

        Becky wrote on December 8th, 2013
      • I grew up with fairy tales, and always loved exploring the woods as a kid, especially after dark. Though my first camping trip was when I was six months old (would have been sooner if I wasn’t born in the fall. My brother was one month). Meanwhile, I’ve had conversations with parents wondering if their 10 year old was old enough to take camping…. so it could very well depend on actual exposure to the environment. The sooner the better.

        To the woman with the six year old, just a thought…. but this could be a good time of the year for some positive forest exposure. Depending on where you live, lots of places still let you cut down your own Christmas tree. Here in BC it’s free, but you’re restricted to places like logging roads, and underneath power lines. Places where over-growth has to be maintained anyway. If they associate the forest with something happy like Christmas, it could help. Plus, what’s not primal about trudging through the woods, and chopping down a tree?

        Steve wrote on December 8th, 2013
  10. the obese or overweight but metabolically healthy article is a meta-analysis. I wouldn’t put too much weight in it 😉
    and really, there are people out there studying how babies react to plants? say whaaa??
    lastly, sounds like that cliff strike guy could benefit from a keto diet.

    Erin wrote on December 8th, 2013
    • I call shenanigans on the weight study. You’re telling me a 220lb football player who is obese based off the BMI who is also 6% body fat is unhealthy. Shenanigans.

      Matt wrote on December 9th, 2013
  11. OMG can’t stop laughing at that cliff jump video – only because I have a Pavlovian giggle response to the music from watching this one drunk too many times:

    Ash Simmonds wrote on December 8th, 2013
  12. Heart pumping…did anyone else start sweating profusely watching that guy plummet down the side of that cliff?? WHOA!!!

    NicoleK wrote on December 9th, 2013
  13. Funny. :)

    Niki Cutts wrote on December 10th, 2013

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