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February 23, 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 284

By Mark Sisson
22 Comments

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #7 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. In it I discuss the Primal Blueprint fitness paradigm – what it is, how to integrate it. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Speaking of the podcast, soon I’ll be answering your questions in podcasts. Click the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar to leave me a voicemail.

If you’re convenient to Newark, Delaware, don’t miss the Primal Blueprint Seminar coming to your area on Feb. 27.

Research of the Week

Among patients with IBS, eating bread, pasta, and crackers made from ancient kamut wheat resulted in lower inflammatory markers and less bloating, fatigue, and stomach pain than eating the same foods made with modern wheat. Is ancient wheat healthy? Or just better than modern wheat?

Regarding ancient/modern wheat, a new research paper emerges (PDF): “Gluten and wheat intolerance today: are modern wheat strains involved?”

A new study shows that jazz musicians trading fours use the same neural syntactical circuitry as people engaged in conversation. I imagine Jack Kerouac would agree with this research.

Interesting Blog Posts

Dr. Mike Eades just posted a fantastically thorough review of Denise Minger’s Death by Food Pyramid.

Lots of bad things happen to you when you don’t get enough sleep.

Eat lots of plants, sure, but be very careful about going full-on vegetarian or vegan.

Media, Schmedia

According to new research, Internet trolls really are terrible people.

“The glass was painful, but it didn’t do any real damage. With dog mess, I just wipe my feet on grass and then wash them at a tap.” One woman’s experience not wearing shoes for the past few years in urban Britain.

Everything Else

PrimalPalate.com just launched a Primal/paleo recipe website and app. Definitely worth a look, particularly the new myKitchen feature..

A new method of testing can detect gluten in food at concentrations of just 1 ppm.

Are residual traces of the common herbicide Roundup found throughout the food supply the true cause of gluten intolerance and celiac disease (PDF)?

Sad: almost no one likes going to work (worldwide). What about you?

Good luck charms can reduce anemia.

Are we meant to be sexual omnivores?

Gout may be an evolutionary tradeoff for the ability to efficiently turn fructose into fat.

Recipe Corner

  • Have you ever had Ukrainian borscht? You probably should. Now go make some.
  • The annoying planning, set-up, and clean-up that a party requires are worth it if you get to eat these paleo party meatballs.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 24 – Mar 2)

Comment of the Week

Green bananas are readily available at most gas stations, and speaking of that… most green bananas ARE gas stations. My sons affectionately refer to them as ‘rocket fuel’ in reference to their highly entertaining ability to induce mach 3 level farts. I’d try them out on a weekend before having your first one Monday morning before work and having to hide in the file room all day.

– Not much more to say about this comment. Just going to leave it here.

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Jaws76
Jaws76
2 years 9 months ago

These podcasts really are a significant upgrade to the site. They cover various subjects and answer questions that I did not even realize that I had. I also enjoy the moderators questions and input in addition to Marks. I will be submitting questions shortly. Hope everyone is enjoying the podcast as well.

Eileen
2 years 9 months ago

The coolest thing about those meatballs is that people on the autoimmune protocol can attend that party. Woot Woot! Yet another blogger proving that the AIP can be totally delicious. Thanks for highlighting an AIP recipe, Mark & Minions.

Anemone
2 years 9 months ago

Thank you for the article on the barefooter.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 9 months ago

After years of eating Paleo, then Atkins, and finally, ketogenic, I think I learned why my husband is finally losing weight: his gout meds. At least weight loss IS happening!!

JJ
JJ
2 years 9 months ago

Blown away by the article on ancient wheat and IBS. Now onto the podcast…

Love the weekend link love. Every time I find something fascinating.

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 9 months ago

A shout out to Jack Kerouac…man, this site is the bomb.

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 9 months ago

Oh, the podcast was great too. Even after 3 years, I always learn something.

Kathy
Kathy
2 years 9 months ago
Thanks for the pointer awhile back on “Death by Food Pyramid.” It’s available on Kindle, a fascinating and an enjoyable read. I read the part about the dentist finding all the author’s cavities and pointing out that her low-fat diet was cheating teeth and bones of fat soluble vitamins. It made me think. My stepmom often recommended and diligently stuck to a “healthy low fat diet.” Now she has severe osteoporosis of the spine with so much pain that she has to be doped on opiates to bear it. After reading Mingus I wonder if her diligent adherence to a… Read more »
bill
2 years 9 months ago
The Central Coast Nutrition Conference is next Saturday, March 1st in San Luis Obispo, California. Come hear and talk with: Eric Westman, MD: The Latest Science on the Low Carb, High Fat Diet Jay Wortman, MD: The Ketogenic Diet for Diabetes and Other Chronic Conditions Steve Phinney, MD. PhD: Inflammation and the Low Carb, High Fat Diet Jeff Volek, PhD, RD: How your Blood Panel Values Respond to a Ketogenic Diet The conference is next Saturday. Here’s the link to our website: http://www.ccnutritionconference.com/Home.html
Groktimus Primal
2 years 9 months ago

Since I have no children perhaps all these bad genes such as gout, easy fat storage and insulin resistance will stop here!

Colleen
Colleen
2 years 9 months ago
Thanks for the article on gluten intolerance & roundup/glyphosate. A scary but very interesting study. It could explain why I inexplicably have reactions even when I am eating clean. This whole subject of celiac and gluten intolerance is a big black whole of no one knows anything for sure. So frustrating and debilitating for so many people. I think anyone suffering from this can attest to the scorn and eye rolling you often receive. The idea that this is all just better diagnosis, and not a rapidly expanding phenomenon is laughable. Cranky this morning after eating out last night, picking… Read more »
Colleen
Colleen
2 years 9 months ago

Some other glyphosate links

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10878512.htm

http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416

I had no idea about any of this!! This is scary stuff.

George
George
2 years 9 months ago
“With care and attention, I think it’s possible to meet nutrient needs with a vegetarian diet that includes liberal amounts of pasture-raised, full-fat dairy and eggs, with one exception: EPA and DHA. These long-chain omega fats are found exclusively in marine algae and fish and shellfish, so the only way to get them on a vegetarian diet would be to take a microalgae supplement … Vegan diets are low in B12, biovailable iron and zinc, choline, vitamin A & D, calcium, and EPA and DHA. So if you’re intent on following a vegan diet, make sure you are supplementing with… Read more »
Krissy
Krissy
2 years 9 months ago

He also follows that up saying genetic differences result in different people being able to hold out for longer periods of time than others. 4 years for me before becoming horrendously ill and looking down the barrel of 2 years for (hopefully) full recovery… so be careful, be vigilant, be aware and hopefully catch it early.

George
George
2 years 9 months ago

I eat lots of veggies, salad, fruit, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, goat cheese, free range eggs, a little brown rice and quinoa, dark chocolate, raw coconut, sweet potatoes, drink whey protein drinks, take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement and a number of herbs and adaptogens … I feel great and have felt great for many years. Not sure what you were doing wrong. That “said”, I fully understand that eating meat is part of our DNA and has benefits, it’s a sacrifice I make for ethical reasons.

Krissy
Krissy
2 years 9 months ago
So did I, and I felt great right up until the point I didn’t. It’s obviously not an exact science, hence my point of bringing up the genetic differences thing. It seems to work for some people great (as being a vegan makes some people feel amazing and made me feel like rat shit almost instantly). I understand your ethical reasons, same reason I gave meat up. I just thought it was a very interesting article from many perspectives. (Admittedly as someone who is heavily involved in the animal welfare movement as a lawyer here in Australia including re-writing laws… Read more »
Shary
Shary
2 years 9 months ago

Regarding job dissatisfaction… Could it be that most people go after the money out of necessity, rather than opt for a job they might like or be better suited for but is lower paying? I don’t know about elsewhere in the world, but it seems to be pretty common in the US.

Borscht… The color can be offputting, like eating a bowl of blood. If you’re squeamish, try the recipe using golden beets. They taste the same and won’t stain everything they come in contact with.

Justin
2 years 9 months ago

Durian Rider must have been trolling the survey on trolls

shannon
shannon
2 years 9 months ago

I have one caveat to make about the great TED talk about us being sexual omnivores. I agreed with everything except the part about human females being always sexually receptive. Nope: not during breast feeding, and not always during menopause. Just a tip.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
2 years 9 months ago

Not being sexually receptive = “just a tip”. I hear ya, message received.

Dr. Anthony Gustin
2 years 9 months ago

The new strains of wheat article reminds me a lot of Wheat Belly by Dr. D! Love it.

Jade
Jade
2 years 9 months ago

Re: Sexual Omnivores link…just WOW he really spoke to me !!

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