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19 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 279

Weekend Link LoveIn case you missed the news, The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. Listen to the first episode and submit your voicemail questions for future podcasts here.

Research of the Week

Coffee is just as hydrating as water, new research confirms.

Recent analysis of frozen mammoth carcasses from over 40,000 years ago reveals ample amounts of subcutaneous and visceral fat, including plenty of saturated fat and omega-3s. Seems not all wild animals our ancestors hunted and ate were lean, starved things after all.

Interesting Blog Posts

Are the relatively meager cardiovascular benefits of statins in the elderly worth the risk of serious side effects?

Dopamine hacking: how breaking up goals into smaller tasks that you can easily complete helps you beat procrastination.

Media, Schmedia

Butter, bacon, and bone broth: a writer spends a week on the Laker’s new diet.

The monkeys at a UK zoo have switched from bananas to vegetables. Since the change, their coats and gut health have improved, and they’ve become more sociable and less aggressive.

Everything Else

Man do I wish I had access to the recipes behind some of these beauties.

Nine ways processed food makes us fat – another strong list from Business Insider.

How a researcher is using cheese made from human armpit, belly button, and foot bacteria to help people become more accepting of our microbial passengers.

Here’s why you need to sleep, guys.

A great talk from a doctor who used dietary modifications to completely eliminate her daughter’s symptoms of autism.

This guy did the no ‘poo thing before it was cool. Plus he smokes a pipe. What a hipster.

Although we aren’t the cyborgs of modern sci-fi (yet), we’ve nonetheless augmented our brains with technology. This appears to be causing atrophy to certain areas of our brain (memory and attention, namely), but does it matter?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 20 – Jan 26)

Comment of the Week

In regards to the hunter-gatherer population that experienced tooth decay … In the original article, the authors state that the acorns were possibly consumed raw due to the rarity of charred remains found. Raw acorns increases the tannic and phytic acid load in the diet, which can lead to mineral deficiencies, which can ultimately lead to tooth decay. Most wild food experts will tell you that acorns must be leached and cooked properly in order to remove the anti-nutrients. So to say that sweet acorns lead to tooth decay may be accurate … only if they are not processed in the proper way.

Great point that bears repeating, Adam. Thanks for the clarification.

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. In an episode of Swingtown (set in 1976), one of the characters made Rosy Perfection Salad for a party. It was a huge hit with the guests.

    Julie wrote on January 19th, 2014
  2. As for the Weight Watchers recipes, “Click click” and it looks like the recipes are right there! And a few of them look not too bad, perhaps with a little modification. Leave out the bread, put back the natural fat — Fluffy Mackerel Pudding, anyone?

    Hugh wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • The spinach and egg mold actually looks interesting. Good way to get your gelatine?

      Aria Dreamcatcher wrote on January 19th, 2014
  3. I can tell you what I think of the coffee-being-hydrating research withou even reading it. :(

    j wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • Ugh! Mark! I think you just helped me discover the most effective diet ON THE PLANET! …eeeeew

      j wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • I drink coffee all the time. It’s definitely hydrating since some days I drink primarily coffee and I think I might have actually gone at least one day drinking only coffee (I’ve gone days on end only drinking tea or tea and coffee with maybe a few mouthfuls of pure water here and there). Maybe very concentrated tea or coffee is dehydrating but I don’t get dehydrated from what I drink and my pee is usually closer to clear than yellow. That’s my proof.

      Animanarchy wrote on January 22nd, 2014
  4. Yep – all the recipes are there – just double click on the picture

    kent wrote on January 19th, 2014
  5. Thank you, Mark, for the mention :) Theoretically, it should be safe if you go for Spanish saffron it calls for.

    As to cavemen dentition – most of us have seen that picture with a ravaged maxilla but people forget that oral hygiene was non-existent in those times. Except perhaps for a small sliver off the spear for a toothpick.

    paleocrush wrote on January 19th, 2014
  6. 1974 recipes – I think I’ll pass on the crown roast of frankfurter.

    kent wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • I saw the beet and pineapple hello mould and grossed out, quitting right there…

      j wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • Substitute bratwurst!

      Wenchypoo wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • Yes, I think someone was into the funny mushrooms when they came up with that one! >P

      SumoFit wrote on January 19th, 2014
  7. “Women weren’t included in the study because menstrual cycles may cause fluid balance fluctuations.”

    Anybody else have one of those “Huh?!?!?!” moments when reading this?

    Siobhan wrote on January 19th, 2014
  8. Interesting stuff from Mark as always. Coffee is something most of us should stay away from IMHO, it is VERY acidic. Green tea is a MUCH better choice (to supplement filtered water as your primary source of fluids).

    George wrote on January 19th, 2014
  9. I’m not going to watch the autism “cure” video because I don’t think I can handle the stress, but

    1. Sure, a poor diet is going to affect a child’s development. And it may even enduce autistic-like symptoms (not the same thing as autism per se). Fixing the diet =/= cure for autism. (Does she say that???)

    2. Autism =/= mindblindness. (Does she say that??? It sure looks like it from the title, and nothing enduces rage in me master than citing one of Simon Baron-Cohen’s theories – they are all either bad science or cribbed from someone else. Possibly both.)


    Anemone wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • faster, not master

      Anemone wrote on January 19th, 2014
      • Rather than get stressed thinking about it, I suggest watching it – she’s a mum of 5, using her bio/medical knowledge to help her daughter and then sharing her findings. If autism can be cured /improved surely it’s worth a look?!

        Grokesque wrote on January 19th, 2014
        • The reason it upset me, other than the “mindblind” reference (which refers to a particularly nasty, pervasive, and inaccurate theory about autism, and is therefore a red flag), is

          1. We’ve heard it all before. Autism is still around, and diagnoses more common than ever. So not a cure.

          2. Focussing on a cure focusses on the “saviours” who are trying to save us from ourselves (look at that heroic mom!) instead of focussing on what autistic people want. Yes, diet can be an issue for some of us, but that is not the same thing as curing autism. And our priorities may be vastly different from the priorities of people who are not disabled. (True for all disabled groups, I suspect.)

          3. Curing autism may be about as likely as curing homosexuality or left-handedness. We seem to be be born that way. Helping us with the things we want help with is not the same thing as eradicating autism.

          4. This is not science. Children get higher functioning as they get older, no matter what, including autistic children (with some exceptions). You need a control group and random assignment to conditions. You need a sample size of more than one or two. You need to compare autistic and non-autistic kids. What this is is anecdotal evidence, and therefore interesting, but so what? We’ve had anecdotal evidence before, and much of it does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.

          I have no problems talking about healthy eating for kids, and even special diets for those who benefit from them. But I really really really wish that people would stop harping on a cure for autism. It actually undermines the results that people get from diet. It makes them look like amateurs, and it pisses off the people with the disability.

          Don’t forget: we’ve heard it all before.

          Anemone wrote on January 21st, 2014
    • No, she didn’t say that. The speaker (who is a biochemist) talked about how a gluten/casein-free diet reduced her autistic daughter’s obsessive behaviors and made her more able to communicate, but the little girl still had episodes where she got stuck in a “loop,” spending hours trying to decide simple things, such as whether or not she wanted a blanket on her bed. The speaker did more research and ultimately decided to go a step further and minimize the sources of free glutamic acid in the diet. That did the trick and the loop episodes stopped, the girl’s communications skills improved, and she became more sociable. By kindergarten, she was able to be mainstreamed.

      ZFMD wrote on January 19th, 2014
      • Another woman who cured her daughter’s autism with diet + a DAN doctor:

        Wenchypoo wrote on January 19th, 2014
      • Wow… I understand how you feel, but sharing what works even on a small personal level can help find the big answers to what does work for many on a larger scale. There really is no such thing as a cure all and the video and never implys such. Perhaps you should watch it…

        We are all unique and what works for one doesn’t always work for another yet, it doesn’t make the information wothless. A cure is also perspective. I often find that people say that such and such cant be cured because you have to keep with a process for life.

        Well, that’s kinda like saying I’m not cured because I can no longer go back to the abuse; jelly donuts or whatever else I like. With this line of logic yes you are right there is no cure.

        If you mend someones head after they slammed it in a car door and they come back and say hey what you did didn’t work cause everytime I slam my head in a car door it breaks. It’s not that your treatment for the physical head injury wasn”t effective. It’s that something is broken on a much deeper and emotional level and this person will most continue until it that issue is resolved.

        Anyhoo just a though…

        Firefly wrote on February 2nd, 2014
    • I was a good video. She did her own research and found what worked for her child. I watched it again and my husband copied it to show his cousin. There are a lot of kids who are not the ordinary “follow the crowd” types that may benefit from doing some food adjustments. Don’t be afraid to watch it, it was nice to see a caring mommy/doctor do her research to see what would help her child.

      2Rae wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • The doctor actually went through a process, eliminating various foods, but very little helped until she did more research and eliminated all sources of glutamate/free glutamic acid. And that’s basically what cured her child of autism.

      D. M. Mitchell wrote on January 23rd, 2014
  10. Give me bacon, butter and bone broth…or give me death!

    Nocona wrote on January 19th, 2014
  11. Reading the Weekend Link Love post is always a high point of my week, but this week’s post is unusually brilliant.

    Until Primal, I lived in what I self-diagnose as mild Asperger’s (“aka autism”). Trying to look at someone’s face would make me feel like running away screaming. Now, looking into people’s eyes is very enjoyable. I credit the Primal diet.

    Despite being a Sacramento Kings fan, I no longer hate the Lakers and even Kobe.

    More ammo for the inevitable 5 minutes of every doctor’s appointment wasted as the doc tries to convince me to take statins. And ammo for every time (frequently) when someone tries to sell me the old wives tale that we have to drink 8 glasses of water (not coffee, not tea, not red wine, not broth) every day, no matter the weather or what we are doing.


    Harry Mossman wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • Dr. Mercola has a great article on his site “What Drove Us to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day?” I even sent it to my girlfriend as she was having health issues from drinking too much water.

      Perhaps you could use the article as more ammo for your CW friends – I did.

      PrimalGrandma wrote on January 19th, 2014
  12. 60 years without a bath? I think I’d rather consume some of those Weight Watcher’s

    Groktimus Primal wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • It gives the description of “crusty old man” a whole new meaning!

      Kathryn wrote on January 20th, 2014
  13. I’ve never understood the 8-glasses of water thing. It’s just another example of how the West is so obsessed with numbers and formulas. Nothing beats gut feeling (or primal instinct, if you prefer).

    SumoFit wrote on January 19th, 2014
  14. Here’s the original Weight Watchers program of the 60’s–with a few minor tweaks, it could be the Paleo diet!

    Wenchypoo wrote on January 19th, 2014
  15. I’ve maintained for a long time that coffee, tea, milk, juice, and almost all other beverages are well over 90% water.

    Bill C wrote on January 19th, 2014
  16. The Autism video was quite interesting. It lead me to conduct some independent research on free glutamate consumption and the possibility of negative effects on the brain. It is actually quite concerning considering anything Umami is high in glutamate content (mushrooms, tomatoes, gelatin in bone broth). So many things that I love!

    Lara wrote on January 19th, 2014
    • The BOUND glutamate in WHOLE foods is completely different than the FREE glutamate used in PROCESSED foods, and does NOT have the same effect. Watch the video again and keep enjoying those WHOLE foods that you love! 😉

      Jen K wrote on January 20th, 2014
      • I’m not about to give up the “umami” factor of my food! 😉

        Jen K wrote on January 20th, 2014
      • Yes it seems that I’ll keep sticking to bound glutamates and shunning additives (which is actually easy if you eat Paleo).

        Lara wrote on January 23rd, 2014
  17. Ironic that I am reading about Dopamine to beat procrastination, when I really should be doing some work!

    WelshGrok wrote on January 20th, 2014
    • That’s so weird, I’m doing the same thing. Wow!! “Great minds something something, something…”

      Marti wrote on January 22nd, 2014
  18. Thanks, Mark!

    Great links this week!

    Adam wrote on January 20th, 2014
  19. About the connection between human body bacteria and cheese, it occurred to me that quite likely many known cheese cultures started out from the hands or feet of those who handled the milk, or from the body of the cows or goats that gave the milk…

    Sigmoid wrote on January 20th, 2014
    • Rennet (what makes milk separate into curds and whey) is stomach linings of cows and goats. Humans used to put their milk in a cows stomach as an early days camelback bottle. Whalla, Cheese!

      Marti wrote on January 22nd, 2014
  20. I won a fight last night.. one punch! But that’s not the punchline. The fact that I was the one who was punched is. Some dufus man who’s 40 or so was freaking out on me in a boarding house hallway for no logical reason, seemingly just because he felt like it, and then he sucker-punched me in the left cheek by the jawline. I started forward thinking it’d be nice to start knocking the guy’s head and he backed up quick in fright and said he didn’t want to fight so I let him retreat back into his room.

    Animanarchy wrote on January 22nd, 2014
  21. The TEDx talk about how a mother/doctor cured her child of autism was great. But the real key to the cure was to remove all sources of glutamate/free glutamic acid (FGA). Now, we all know that many, probably most processed foods contain FGA, and there are 40 or more names for it. It’s not just MSG. The TEDx talk sent me on a 2 to 3 hour web search of glutamte and FGA. And I came across this site ( which talks about FGA being in lacto-fermented foods and bone broths. The question then is how much? Is it enough to be concerned about considering the overall health benefits of those foods? Does anyone know the answer to that? I make lacto-fermented cabbage and beet kvass on a regular basis, as well as bone broth and eat some nearly every day.

    D. M. Mitchell wrote on January 23rd, 2014

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