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5 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 277

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Research of the Week

According to new research, a genetic variant associated with a greater risk of type 2 diabetes comes from Neanderthals.

It was recently reported that resveratrol inhibits the benefits of exercise in older people, but those results have just been refuted.

Interesting Blog Posts

Did Anderson Silva break his leg because of an undiagnosed vitamin D deficiency? Interesting hypothesis, but there’s no real evidence.

File this under “Avoid stupid mistakes”: dialing a cell phone is the most dangerous thing you can do while driving.

Media, Schmedia

Costco’s magazine, Costco Connection, is running a really well-done piece on Primal/paleo eating.

The World Health Organization is planning to cut its sugar recommendations in half to no more than 5% of your daily calories. I’m just surprised they were recommending 10%, which is higher than I was expecting.

Everything Else

It seems other animals of high intelligence also enjoy altered states of consciousness; dolphins “deliberately get high” on puffer fish toxins, employing a “chew chew pass” protocol.

Aeon Magazine thinks we should be excited about the eventual “optimization” of sleep by science, suggesting that our need for around 8 hours a night is the “greatest mistake the evolutionary process ever made.” I’m not so sure. Even if it were possible to cut sleep and maintain our mental edge, there’s a lot more to sleep than just alertness. And would that really translate into more free time, or just longer workdays?

How Primal has your day been? How Primal was it yesterday? Did you get good sleep, some sun, eat well, and lift something heavy? How about last week? Primal Days, the new habit tracker app for iPhone and iPad, helps you keep tabs on your Primalness by tracking your Primal/paleo activities by day, week, and month. Developed by an MDA reader, you can download it today for free.

If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out Cereal Killersa movie with the tagline “Let fat be thy medicine.”

Nom Nom Paleo’s new cookbook is fantastic, if you haven’t given it a look. Go grab a copy.

Recipe Corner

  • Carne adovada tastes best with a New Mexico sunset as the backdrop, but it still tastes pretty good when you make it at home.
  • Bang bang shrimp” is a fun name, isn’t it? Not a bad meal, either.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 5 – Jan 12)

Comment of the Week

Do you mean me? If so, I contend that though I fire off lots of my thoughts amusing myself and in an attempt to amuse others that may not be applicable to your primal life, I have certainly contributed to this blog and I am about as primal as pond scum. I’ve eaten roadkill raw, as well as living things for example.

I love Animanarchy so, so much.

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. I want that Primal app to be available on Android! Or even just a website with the same function..

    Melisssa wrote on January 5th, 2014
    • Me too! Android app + website + syncing between devices would be even better. I have an android phone and an iPad, but don’t always carry my ipad with me…

      Elliot wrote on January 5th, 2014
    • Howdy — I’m the guy who wrote the primal app — Primal Days.

      First — Thanks Mark for letting folks know about it!

      I’d love to bring it to Android and the Web, but I’m not set up to do that right now. If the app does well enough on iPhone and iPad, I’ll find a way to get it done!

      Also, I have to warn folks about a small bug. When you first use the app, be sure to drag at least two or more of the images (“petroglyphs”) in to your first day before closing out that day. If you don’t, you might get a crash.

      To those that saw the crash — Sorry! Everything should work fine afterwards, but that is no excuse.

      I already have a fix (new version) submitted to Apple, and am trying to expedite the review process — but it could easily be a week until the fix comes out.

      How Primal was your day?

      DT wrote on January 5th, 2014
  2. …wish that app was available on the Windows phone! Mind you, there are a lot of things I wish were available on the windows phone…😒

    Adam wrote on January 5th, 2014
    • lol. Our company built a Windows app….still waiting for users :)

      Doug wrote on January 6th, 2014
  3. I love the comments of Animanarchy too.

    2Rae wrote on January 5th, 2014
  4. Looking forward to the cereal killers movie! Although it seems that most people benefit from excluding grains from their diet it could be that changes to the human microbiome is to blame for the increased rates of gluten allergy and “grain intolerance”…

    Read my take on it here:

    Eirik wrote on January 5th, 2014
  5. Intelligent creatures wanting to get high? Go Dolphins. Almost all human cultures in the past used mind altering drugs WITHOUT abuse, and as tools for deeper connection and learning. How bout some thoughts on this Mark. So many people are either addicts or are so anti-drug paranoid, that it makes the subject controversial. I think it’s time to go there and write about it.

    Nocona wrote on January 5th, 2014
    • Mark’s mentioned drugs a number of times (and even said once that not all of them are bad, though in an interview recently that he doesn’t partake) and apparently he lives exclusively on dark chocolate and red wine, so my guess is that he doesn’t disapprove of responsible drug use. I would like to read a post by him about that as well. I think it would have to be very objective though because a famous educator of health could get some backlash from seeming to promote drugs and it might turn those who are heavily biased against drugs away from the excellent resource that is MDA/PB.

      Animanarchy wrote on January 5th, 2014
      • “Paging Joe Rogan. Please pick up the red mushroom curtesy phone.”

        Now wouldn’t that be an interesting guest blog.

        Karen wrote on January 5th, 2014
      • Drugs are not “high” on my list of what I would find enlightening to read about… be it responsible use or abuse.

        Rob wrote on January 5th, 2014
      • I too am interested in this topic from an anthropological and historical perspective. I’ve tried to read some of Carlos Castañeda’s stuff surrounding shamanism and spirituality in native cultures but the use of mind-altering drugs seemed to taint it for me. Isn’t it possible to gain knowledge and truth without these drugs? How did their use come about? It would be an interesting study, I think.

        Ara wrote on January 5th, 2014
        • Don Miguel Ruiz will show what Carlos Castaneda was saying in all those books, which are great, read The 4 Agreements. He gives you a great view of Toltec beliefs I believe you might have been looking for.

          Thomas wrote on January 7th, 2014
      • p.s. Not that it’s that important, but due to his references (“food is a drug of sorts” for example) and apparent lenient stance regarding substances (and possibly the fact that he prefers the “grassier varieties” of tea) I speculate that at least once the scribe has Tolkien.

        Animanarchy wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • actually, I think it was, “After all, isn’t food a drug of sorts?” because of how differently certain foods can affect us.

          Animanarchy wrote on January 12th, 2014
  6. I watched “Cereal Killers” and although it was a good film felt that it did not make it clear that there were good fats and bad fats.

    Annakay wrote on January 5th, 2014
  7. Whoopee another notch on the keyboard for Comment of the Week.
    I read about the dolphins and the pufferfish somewhere else the other day, which led me to read about some other dolphin behaviours. Some are quite despicable: dolphins beat other animals to death just for the hell of it and male dolphins group up and gang rape females. Regarding other animals and altered states of consciousness, I remember from high school biology that birds, deer, and rabbits have been observed eating “magic mushrooms” and it’s a well-known fact that many mammals get drunk on fermented fruit. I’ve known some cats and dogs to appear to enjoy cannabis. Apparently actor Nicolas Cage had a bag of shrooms in his fridge and left the door open and his cat started eating them so he ate the rest and they got high together.
    I’m surprised the WHO recommends any sugar, rather than just some foods with natural sugar.

    Animanarchy wrote on January 5th, 2014
    • Without ID, I can only use 15 minute time-out “express” computers at this library so I have to reply to finish this comment.
      My day, yesterday, and basically the last few weeks have been fairly primal. I’ve spent a good deal of time outdoors, including walking/biking through the snow, fought a dog, have been play-fighting/horsing around with friends, eating well (lots of meat and fish, not too many carbs) and in the last few weeks I’ve shed most of the extra body fat I accumulated in a two month stint in jail without trying too hard, and overall feel optimistic even with somewhat debilitating hand injuries from the dog whereas a few weeks ago when I was set free after two very un-primal months I was depressed, withdrawn, and pretty much antisocial. Primal is the cure. 10 seconds left, damn.

      Animanarchy wrote on January 5th, 2014
      • I’d love to know exactly what crap they fed you in Jail. Please let us know.

        Nocona wrote on January 6th, 2014
        • The meals come in compartmentalized trays. There are hot trays and cold trays. Cold trays always come with hot trays. Some meals are only cold trays.
          Breakfast always includes a cold tray of 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 small instant coffee packet, 1 cup milk and 1 cup juice (there are orange [from concentrate, the only “real” juice in the prison], apple, peach-mango, raspberry – these basically artificial juices have 100% added Vitamin C) in plastic bags. Usually the method of opening them is to bite the corner and pinch and pull.
          Cereal breakfasts include 2 packets sugar.


          Monday (cold tray): cereal (cornflakes)

          Tuesday (hot tray): 3 pancakes with maple-flavoured corn syrup and applesauce.

          Wednesday (cold tray): Same as Monday but with Bran Flakes and a Jif peanut butter packet and jam packet.

          Thursday (hot tray): Processed cheese omelette, potatoes (cubed), sugary porridge, ketchup packet, salt and pepper

          Friday (cold tray): Rice Crispies, peanut butter and jam

          Saturday (cold tray): Whole wheat bagel, Rice Crispies, 1 packet Philadelphia cream cheese.

          Sunday (hot tray): Scrambled eggs, 3 small processed sausages, side of potato cubes, ketchup packet, salt and pepper


          I don’t remember the menu and schedule exactly. Cold trays or hot trays.With hot trays comes bread in the cold trays. With just cold trays comes white bun, 2 partially whole wheat wraps, or glutinous mostly white pita.

          Cold tray variations:
          – chicken salad, coleslaw, potato salad,
          -egg salad, bean salad, carrot-slaw
          – tuna salad, vegetable salad (tomato, lettuce, spinach, celery)
          Sometimes there is corn salad in some sort of vinegar/oil mix.
          I will finish this later.

          Animanarchy wrote on January 6th, 2014
        • The eggs, if I know my eggs, are reconstituted or come as liquid.
          There’s also processed ham or salami sometimes at lunch.
          The whole meal plan is on a 4 week cycle.
          Most of the food is steamed.
          Keep in mind some of the food sounds good and some actually is decent but the portions are all wrong and there is not enough protein and fat and too many carbs, plus a lot of the meat and gravy is too processed and full of additives, as are most of the sauces, which include barbeque, pineapple, . Sides are peas, carrots, corn, lentil soup, minestrone soup, chunky tomato soup, mashed potatoes onion (I accepted lots of people’s unwanted onions), veggie mix (broccoli, red and green pepper, water chestnuts)

          Lunch and dinner hot trays: mac ‘n cheese, pasta and sausage, chicken stirfry on rice, burger meat and potatoes, beef stew, chicken and potatoes, corned beef and potatoes, beans and hotdogs, lasagna, pasta and tiny amount of ground beef, chicken burger, salmon or tuna slop (small amount of stale fish once a week), breaded fish on rice, 2 sausages in gravy .. those are some examples. I’m running out of time on the computer again. If you want more details reply and I will continue.

          Animanarchy wrote on January 6th, 2014
  8. Thanks for the heads up on Cereal Killers. Just purchased and will be watching with the family later today.

    Leigh wrote on January 5th, 2014
  9. Aeon Magazine thinks we should be excited about the eventual “optimization” of sleep by science, suggesting that our need for around 8 hours a night is the “greatest mistake the evolutionary process ever made.”

    How very, very Western. We have such a narrow view of what is “productive and beneficial.” *ugh*

    Fritzy wrote on January 5th, 2014
    • This is but an amusing stop on the road to a total robot workforce–robots don’t need pay or benefits, no sleep, no personal life, and when not needed, they can be packed away in the basement somewhere. I’m surprised we haven’t gone there already!

      But we ARE headed there–if you ordered anything from Amazon lately, your order wasn’t picked by some snot-nosed kid on a scooter (like in the old ads), but rather by a high-tech robot. This is how Jeff Bezos can afford to bring his warehouses and stores off the west coast and into the rest of America.

      So how do employers side-step the issues of minimum wage, Obamacare, and productivity? With robots.

      Wenchypoo wrote on January 6th, 2014
  10. I definitely needed that Time Capsule link on time management. I’m not the type to get sucked into internet cat photos, but Pinterest is definitely my kryptonite. I was actually thinking of doing a brief no-data-package challenge on my phone this year to keep me from always getting distracted on the go or when I’m spending time with others… it could be enlightening!

    Camille wrote on January 5th, 2014
  11. I just got the Nom Nom Paleo cookbook. I was worried that it would be full of sous vide recipes, since she’s rather into that on her website, but it isn’t. :) I think it’s excellent.

    Aria Dreamcatcher wrote on January 5th, 2014
  12. Any of you have Against All Grain’s cookbook? Debating between that and Nom Nom Paleo. I bought primal craving and I have made several recipes from it that I like.

    Pdawg wrote on January 5th, 2014
    • I have and love both, but I’d go for Nom Nom Paleo. Her book is definitely more paleo focused and everything I’ve tried is excellent (and I’ve worked my way through 1/3 of the recipes so far). Against All Grain is really good too, but there are A LOT of treat recipes. That said, she has a couple recipes that have become staples in our home–Korean Beef “Noodle” Bowl is awesome!

      Nicole wrote on January 6th, 2014
      • Thank you Nicole!! I was worried about NomNom because her recipes on her site seem like they use a lot of ingredients I just don’t keep on hand, but I will give it a try. I am over making paleo “treats”. I have a few staples I make for my kids and husband but I have found (took me almost a year) that there is a reason why I shouldn’t be eating that stuff anyways, paleo or not. My poor tummy!!! Lol. I just cannot process sugar and to me it’s just NOT worth it!!

        Pdawg wrote on January 7th, 2014
        • I have the Against Grain book, loved it so much that I put tabs in it to find the dishes I use the most. I didn’t notice the treats because we don’t do much of that. I have made a bit of the “jam” with fruit variations to use as flavor for my husband’s plain yogurt (as he goes slowly towards the primal eating life). Maybe I’ll look for Nom Nom’s book too.

          2Rae wrote on January 7th, 2014
  13. Lunch continued – There’s ham or salami sometimes, dessert item could be an apple, orange, banana, muffin (carrot or bran), glazed donut, “sticky bun” (like a glazed donut pastry, a cinnamon bun basically without much cinnamon)

    Hot Trays for Lunch or Dinner:

    There’s a bunch. The whole meal plan is a 4 week cycle. Keep in mind that some of this stuff might sound good, and some of it actually is decent, but the portions are all wrong and a lot of the meat is too processed or full of additives and most of the gravy is disodium inosinate/ guanylate MSG stuff.. there are different diets acquired by speaking to the doctor (I was on the diabetic diet, it’s healthier)

    Mac n’ cheese, beans and hotdogs with lentil soup, pasta and sausage with chunky tomato soup, sliced beef and gravy with mashed potatoes, chicken and rice with broccoli, water chestnuts, and red pepper, burger meat and potatoes with onions (I accepted lots of extra onions), chicken stirfry and rice.
    There’s not enough protein and fat and there’s too many carbs. I only have a minute left on this computer, gotta go.. if you want more details let me know.

    Animanarchy wrote on January 6th, 2014
    • Hmmmm, sounds like what most day care centers feed the kids.
      Sorry you had to eat that stuff for a while. Makes me wonder what our local jail feeds people.

      2Rae wrote on January 7th, 2014
      • It was my fault. I should have worn a mask.

        Animanarchy wrote on January 7th, 2014
        • Also forgot to mention that a bag of Mother Parkers orange pekoe tea comes in the lunch and dinner cold trays (there are styrofoam cups or canteen shampoo/bodywash bottles to use and a button at one sink for hot water). I made plenty of trades for the better food, for milk, and for coffee and tea.

          Animanarchy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. I find this frightening and depressing. The nuclear disaster at Fukushima has contaminated Pacific water life.

    Animanarchy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. The scariest thing in that “Don’t Dial And Drive” article wasn’t just the increased risk of accident while dialing a phone – it was the sheer number of *total* accidents in such a small study.

    They studied 151 drivers (42 newly-licensed teens, 109 more-experienced adults) for 12-18 months, and recorded SEVENTY-THREE collisions and SIX HUNDRED AND TWELVE near-collisions?! Among drivers who knew their cars were decked out with cameras and accelerometers, and so could maybe be expected to be on their best behavior?

    That’s at least three “incidents” per driver per year.

    Remind me to take the train the next time I’m in Southwestern Virginia.

    Bob Geary wrote on January 9th, 2014

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