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15 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 274

Weekend Link LoveSubmit a story about how your life would benefit if you won to Tara Grant, (possibly) win five copies of her smash hit The Hidden Plague!

New dates/locations have been added to the Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar series.

Have you seen the new book? Death by Food Pyramid is now available, and we’ve got a special offer running through Dec. 31.

Only 3 days remain on the Primal Blueprint Box Set limited-time offer. Learn all the details here.

Research of the Week

Paleolithic hunter-gatherers residing near the English Channel area of England and Northern France just so happened to select sites with the greatest availability and density of important macronutrients and micronutrients. This suggests that true Paleolithic diets were replete with desired nutrients; they weren’t scrounging on the outskirts of starvation just to get by.

Exercise is as effective as many leading pharmaceuticals at preventing death, according to a new analysis (the first of its kind to compare drugs to exercise). Seeing as how most typical exercise prescriptions involve chronic cardio and other inefficient methods, I’d wager that exercise has the potential to be even more effective than most medicines.

Well whadya know: hidradenitis supparativa has been linked to metabolic syndrome.

Interesting Blog Posts

How eating tofu – even the fermented kind – made Seth Roberts stupid.

The Diet Doctor explains what’s really going on with butter and heart disease in Sweden.

Creatine: not just for muscles.

Media, Schmedia

Speaking of butter, in the last Dear Mark, I misspoke. It turns out that US butter consumption has reached its highest level in 40 years. I like to think we have something to do with that.

Dr. Cate Shanahan, who is presenting at PrimalCon Vacation Tulum and hard at work preparing for our launch of a unique metabolic consulting program in early 2014, has made national news for her assistance with NBA All-Star Dwight Howard – helping him reduce his sugar consumption – and the Los Angeles Lakers:

Wheat avoidance isn’t just about gluten. Wheat germ agglutinin (a lectin) might be an even bigger problem for more people.

A school in Melbourne is now offering a “standing classroom” where students can stand or sit at height-adjustable desks.

Everything Else

What the new cholesterol guidelines should really focus on.

If you’re gonna drink milk, drink organic milk. It has more beneficial fatty acids than conventional milk.

From Melicious comes a great list of Christmas gifts from the kitchen – that you make yourself.

A bison family farm has run into some unforeseeable issues; their well has just died and they need a new one (or expensive repairs) before their herd dies, too. Check out their Indie Gogo campaign to see if you’d like to contribute.

If you’ve got an hour and a half to spare (and even if you don’t, you should make time), check out Vanishing Point, a great documentary about what happens when a group of Inuit reject “gas and sugar” culture in favor of traditional ways.

A cubic foot of space in a Cape Town public park contains 30 different plant species and 70 different insect species. The same space in a Costa Rican strangler fig tree 100 feet off the ground entertains more than 150 different species of plants and animals. How about a cubic foot placed in an Iowa corn field? What did it contain? One mushroom, one tiny ant, a red mite, several grasshoppers, and a ton of corn.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 15 – Dec 21)

  • 15 Primal Ways to Savor the Holiday Season – The holiday season is frequently a manic period of rushing about at breakneck speed, elevated blood pressure readings, and cortisol spikes. Here are fifteen ways to relax and savor what should be a rejuvenating time.
  • Should You Get Your Genome Sequenced? – Does personal genetic sequencing provide actionable, evidence-based data that we can utilize right here, right today?

Comment of the Week

If I took a poo pill it would have to be one made by you Mark :)

– Actually, you’ve just blown the lid off an upcoming Primal Blueprint product: Primal Crapsules. Enteric-coated caps filled with fecal matter from healthy dieters. For a premium, we’ll even be offering restored coprolite samples from various paleolithic sites. Want Neanderthal gut flora? You’ll be able to! 😉

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. Not a fan of the “tofu made me stupid” article. The result is likely biased by a preexisting belief that tofu is not good for him. There are any number of variables not controlled for. Bad science.

    tigerchik wrote on December 15th, 2013
    • He actually tries to control for that kind of thing, but you wouldn’t know that unless you read him a lot. It’s just personal science, though.

      Tangytam wrote on December 15th, 2013
  2. I enjoyed reading about the NBA and the players associated with a Paleo diet. It kind of sums up how I felt when I was 100% paleo…..weak and devoid of energy. I needed more carbs.

    Matt wrote on December 15th, 2013
    • you can be paleo and not low carb :)

      Erin wrote on December 15th, 2013
  3. There’s so much to comment on in the post. You link to a kelp noodle dish. I must be doing something wrong because I just don’t like them. I might need to give it another go.

    And btw, I really think the primal movement has made a huge impact of butter sales increasing. I know that I didn’t touch the stuff 4 years ago. But I got smarter and now add a little extra! :-)

    Tamara (New Orleans) wrote on December 15th, 2013
  4. Just had to add that the *real* solution to perfect soft-boiled eggs has been found by Cook’s Illustrated. Quicker, and works every time, for almost any number of eggs. It’s at the end of this blog post:

    Susan wrote on December 15th, 2013
  5. So, can we call the Primal Crapsules a sh!tty product?

    Nocona wrote on December 15th, 2013
  6. …Irrigating pastureland? Is that normal? I asked my mom, who grew up raising cattle, and she says it’s absolutely not normal in Alberta. Is this a desert? I’m not sure raising anything on that land is practical.

    Aria Dreamcatcher wrote on December 15th, 2013
  7. “Primal Crapsules”! Love it. Laf!

    goldfish wrote on December 15th, 2013
  8. I laughed at the per capita butter consumption: 5.6 pounds a year! Ha! I go through about 30 or 40 pounds a year!

    SophieE wrote on December 15th, 2013
  9. Will creatine help me stay hydrated, then?

    JLB wrote on December 15th, 2013
  10. New tagline: Going Primal is a slam dunk!

    Groktimus Primal wrote on December 15th, 2013
  11. I loved the Christmas gift ideas–the lizard sauce sounds amazing and so do the spiced nuts. Great inclusion especially since I still need to think of something for my husband’s family next week!

    Carey Huyser wrote on December 15th, 2013
    • Although, your spiced nuts from your cookbook with the orange peel are completely amazing :)

      Carey Huyser wrote on December 15th, 2013
  12. The nutritional niche research article was fantastic, and free-to-access!

    I especially like this part:

    “… the high lipid content of brains including macaque and hominins is also a potential driving force for the crushing of skulls and consumption of brain grey and white matter.”

    At last, my hobby has been justified by evolutionary science!

    Jack Y wrote on December 15th, 2013
  13. I am so honored! Thank you so much for including my soft-boiled eggs, as part of the weekend link love!

    Arsy wrote on December 16th, 2013
  14. Loved Vanishing Point…..what a poignant and moving story of the changing life of the Inuit because of ‘civilization’, and the warming environment. Its was wonderful how this woman got to explore her ancestral link between Canada and Greenland.

    Judy G wrote on December 16th, 2013
  15. The tofu self-experiment is just silly.

    (a) The paleo community knows enough about “bad science” to reject small sample studies, like the saturated fat/heart disease study. A sample size of 1 is just outright invalid.

    (b) A self-experiment with the specific intention of seeing if something has a negative effect is just wrought with Hawthorne/nocebo effect–there’s a reason why good scientific studies use double-blind experiments to avoid subject/researcher biases.

    Ben wrote on December 16th, 2013
    • I agree for the most part. Take it for what it’s worth. The results of self-experiments aren’t designed to apply to or say much if anything about the broader population. Still, finding what works for you is important, and insights like this could be a good starting point for others.

      Mark Sisson wrote on December 17th, 2013
  16. Related to, “Vanishing Point”, check out “My Ancestors Were Rogues and Murderers” (

    Maybeme wrote on December 16th, 2013

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