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2 Feb

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveMy PALEOCON talk – The New Low Carb Paradigm: The Future of Endurance Training – is almost here. Check it out for free this Wednesday the 5th.

Check out this preview video of the PALEOCON behind the scenes look at Hu Kitchen, the Primal/paleo NYC restaurant making waves in the industry.

I’m speaking at the February 7th LA premier of Cereal Killers, and I’m giving away two pairs of tickets: one pair to the February 7th showing and one pair to the February 4th showing (which I will not be attending). For a chance to win a pair of free tickets, leave a comment expressing interest. Winners will be randomly chosen.

Primal Blueprint Podcast News

Thanks to all the listeners for making The Primal Blueprint Podcast the #1 Health podcast on iTunes last week!

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Research of the Week

A new open-access review explains how manipulating carbohydrate and/or calorie intake can make radiation therapy more effective against tumors.

Have you eaten salmon spine lately? It’s better than just taking fish oil at reducing inflammation in colitis.

Even if you get enough sleep, messing with your circadian rhythm increases insulin resistance and inflammation.

Interesting Blog Posts

Before you take that pill to lower your risk of something or other by some impressive sounding percentage, let Dr. Eades explain to you the difference between relative risk and absolute risk.

These paleo kids lunches make me wish I was in 2nd grade.

Media, Schmedia

It’s good to see someone (especially a dietitian) change their tune when presented with undeniable evidence.

Zoo elephants are fat. To combat this, an elephant conservation group is planning a “near-wild” preserve to, well, preserve the elephants’ ancestral ways of life.

Everything Else

I wonder how much of this is driven by our nation’s collective, insatiable desire for Sriracha.

The majority of antibiotics used in animal feed are likely contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections in humans.

Other than pinpointing weaknesses in the Death Star, this is maybe the best use of hologram technology I’ve ever seen.

Lipitor tore up my tendon that was no damn good…”

Humans can smell fat.

A New Zealand school’s decision to instate unstructured playground play without any rules eliminated bullying and resulted in a “surprising” lack of bedlam and broken bones.

This is a cool challenge: Squat 30 minutes a day for 30 days.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 3 – Feb 9)

Comment of the Week

I successfully managed all 5 tests simply by falling down the stairs.

- That’s one way to do it.

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. Paleo diet is now cropping up in so many places. Diet for ME (CFS) is based on Paleo principles. Makes sense

    Sally wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  2. Even American elephants have too much junk in the trunk!

    Now that we know humans can smell fat I know why my deodorant hasn’t been working :)

    Groktimus Primal wrote on February 2nd, 2014
    • Trim or shave your armpit hair–commercial deodorants are meant to come in contact with the skin to work.

      Wenchypoo wrote on February 3rd, 2014
  3. Love the kids trays – I would eat them! Funny (sad) about the elephants – report out today that UK cows are over weight due to too much sweet grass over summer. Thanks for some great love links to keep me motivated and challenged (squats!).

    Grokesque wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  4. I loved the New Zealand study. I hope this catches on.

    Anemone wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  5. The ability to smell fat and sugar is well known to all Army Ranger School students.

    JGW wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  6. Hey Mark!

    Great post today; What can I do to get those premiere tickets from you? I mean, I could hook you up with some olive garden breadsticks from my work, but if you’re like me, when one of those things brushes up against your skin you immediately run to the sink to wash it off as if you just touched a rat in Medieval Europe..

    Logan Pendergrast wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  7. Great Loudon Wainwright song. I fell outta my chair!

    Nocona wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  8. Thank you so much about the New Zealand School link. I spent 16 hours last weekend gettign certified in Wilderness First Aid to help my sons Boy scout troop be in compliance with BSA policy for backcountry adult supervision/readiness for backpacking in the Sierra.

    I have been on 4 of these trips now, the longest was 70 miles, and each year I am slightly anxious about all the things that can go wrong so far away from “definitive care”. But in actual fact, in the troops’ 30 plus year history of backcounty travel, the worst things are mostly: blisters.

    Maybe it is because the boys, gowing up thru the scout ranks, have been allowed to roughhouse and be kids in the natural environment. So, for the most part, even though they can be goofballs, they have good self preservation instincts. And to be fair, there are trained adults within eye/earshot, to make sure they are not totally being crazy.

    So, I can live with the anxiety and the hours and hours of volunteer work, because I know how valuable the experience is for the kids. I only wish more parents saw the value of it and would volunteer/support/encourage these type of activities as well.

    Mimulus wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  9. Thanks for the link to the NZ schools article. I live in NZ but hadn’t seen it yet. It’s great to see more of Grant Schofield’s research. I started a primal lifestyle after reading an article he wrote about why fat is good. It was a real eye-opener for me and I feel like I’ve been tumbling down the rabbit hole for the past 4 months!

    Keep up the good work Mark, this website has helped me out so, so, so much.

    Janine wrote on February 2nd, 2014
    • I was just recently (moved now) living walking distance from Swanson School (I had one in Waitakere) and I keep an eye on this site, That’s it, my claim to fame. Not many people understand ancestral eating in the part of the world where Swanson School is. Mostly grass fed in NZ though (sometimes with a bit of orang-utan hair in It). NZ has a big problem with obesity and diabetes. On the schools, if people are interested in interesting schooling techniques, google Summerhill in Leiston UK; just down the road from my mum and dad! And a couple of nuclear power stations – swings and roundabouts for you other NZ UK dual nationals.

      Kit wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  10. I am leaving a comment expressing interest in winning those tickets! :)

    WarriorWolf wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  11. Our sense of smell fascinates me! Not just what we smell as we enter a restaurant for example, but a smell like a wood burning fireplace, cinnamon, a hayfield, a lake, something that you smell that immediately, unconsciously brings back memories.

    I can be jogging down a road and a car passes me with an open window…I smell the air and can tell right away scents of cigarettes, McDonalds fries, perfumes etc.

    I’m pretty sure I was a dog or wolf in my past life LOL!

    Jade wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  12. The “fat” article made it all about calories, and not one word about essential nutrients. How pathetic. :(

    Jen K wrote on February 2nd, 2014
  13. Link love indeed! Thanks for all of the links. I especially love the one about the New Zealand study.

    Michelle Trenholm wrote on February 3rd, 2014
  14. So the converted dietician says: ” If the bulk of your diet is meat, meat, and more meat, you’re still going to run into health problems.”

    Really? What are they? Calorically speaking, the bulk of my diet is definitely made up of meat and fish.

    Ed wrote on February 3rd, 2014
  15. Hi Mark! I’m very interested in attending the premier of Cereal Killers (especially the Feb. 7th date when you’ll be speaking). Winning tix would be great…!

    Annie wrote on February 3rd, 2014
  16. I love how the school article stated the obvious and that scientists call ‘play’ …’active play’ makes me seriously consider if they know what it means!

    Play is ‘active’ by definition…. are these scientists trying to make ‘play’ sound more qualified or ‘respectable’ or tolerable for the dimwit masses?

    nit picking yes but why do so many people (read: CW Western world) need scientific studies stating the obvious???

    Peter wrote on February 3rd, 2014

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