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2 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 285

weekend link loveEpisode #8 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. This time, I answer reader questions. To ask your own for future podcasts, click the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar to leave me a voicemail.

Research of the Week

Fermented food as ancient psychiatrist: the many links between probiotics, the gut, and mental health.

New research suggests that accentuating the “stretch” of your muscles when lifting heavy things increases strength, IGF-1 response, and muscular adaptations.

A new USDA report on GMO crops is less than positive.

Some of us may have the right gut flora to break up phytic acid and turn it into inositol.

Researchers have discovered a mechanism that could explain the links between low vitamin D levels and autism.

Interesting Blog Posts

How skin – not just muscles, connective tissue, and metabolic systems – adapts to training stressors.

An independent researchers asks a published author about the connection between omega-6 intake and fatty liver, receiving no response but outlining an impressive line of evidence in the process.

Media, Schmedia

The recent history of cannibalism.

“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.

Good news: the obesity rate among youngsters has plummeted by 43% over the past decade!

Bad news: maybe it hasn’t.

25-year twice-a-day pizza habit.

Stop (using modern technology), collaborate (on a barn-raising), and listen (to the roaring silence of simple farm life). Vanilla Ice has gone Amish.

Everything Else

Impressive video: 215 pound man doing multiple 1-arm pullups (with each arm).

Why we like hot sauce so much.

If you’ve got an hour, check out this interesting talk by Dr. Alessio Fasano, one of the foremost experts on gluten, celiac, gluten sensitivity, and other “gluten related disorders.”

“We ate them, and they tasted very good.” Scientists are fermenting sausages using the fecal bacteria from healthy babies’ dirty diapers.

Were early agriculturalists interested in bread or beer?

You know, I was just thinking we were overdue for an article from a smug, entirely uncurious skeptic proclaiming everything he refuses to research to be pseudoscience.

Recipe Corner

  • Everything you could ever hope to know about handling, cooking, and discussing chicken liver, including a great recipe for chopped chicken liver.
  • Mushrooms have the unique ability to soak up flavor, making them the perfect vehicle for garlic and butter.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 3 – Mar 9)

Comment of the Week

I guess we are ahead of the curve here in Venezuela. The tounge [sic] mesh has been used, at least for a few months. My girlfriend is an oral surgeon and people have been asking for it. She politely refuses but others are doing it. I’ve seen them and I had no appetite after, so clearly it works.

– I like this.

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. The pizza article- he’s fine “other than” his diabetes!?! Diabetes does not sound “fine” to me!

    Em wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • This one really got me too! But notice they put it in parentheses that diabetes runs in his family. Must be his genes and not his diet! Haha.

      Monica wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • exactly, i guarantee if he has diabetes and eats nothing but pizza that his bloodwork is not fine. Maybe if he is in a fasted state, but his blood sugar has to be all over the board after eating. Im sure he wont be ‘fine’ for too much longer if everything in that article is accurate.

      Shawn wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • The article states he’s 38, has eaten this pizza diet for about 25 years, and diabetes was diagnosed near the start of the diet, which means he would have been a teen. My guess is that it’s type 1, which as far as we know, is autoimmune and not really related to diet (although an auto-immune protocol may help him). If he’s type 1, he’s going to need insulin to control his blood sugar, regardless of diet.

      John wrote on March 3rd, 2014
  2. Thanks for your work on this website. It has been a significant source of help and information for me. I’m very grateful.

    Peter Whiting wrote on March 2nd, 2014
  3. It’s pretty scary that someone as bright as that kid who wrote the Wholefood’s article doesn’t look a little deeper. Sure there’s a lot of snake oil out there but the potential dangers of GMO foods and patented seeds along with being sold low quality cheap food billed as “healthy” by huge corporations is far more dangerous than a few hokey supplements from a couple of small companies being found on the shelves.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • I decided he needs a ‘citation citation’. Not one relevant source to back up his claims!

      Em wrote on March 2nd, 2014
      • As Mark said, “a smug, entirely uncurious skeptic…”

        Nocona wrote on March 2nd, 2014
  4. I’m noting a very strong trend towards emphasis on gut health. I like it.

    Bob Crason wrote on March 2nd, 2014
  5. So that article about Whole Foods was great…..

    Justin wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • We have a Heritage Health foods here in VA Beach, and they have an entire section devoted to homeopathy…or as I call it, “homeoPATHETIC.” I haven’t shopped there in years, and now there are cheaper sources of organic food in the area.

      Wenchypoo wrote on March 3rd, 2014
  6. Regarding the guy who’s eaten two pizzas a day for 25 years…..

    He said, “Other than Diabetes, he’s in remarkable health”. ( What ?)
    If he really wants to be healthy, he eats a bowl of raisin bran once a week.
    It also says he sees a nutritionist.
    But it’s all okay…his doctors all say he has good blood work. (What ?)
    It’s all good though….four years ago, he had a peach.

    That newspaper article reads like it’s out of The Onion.

    Larry wrote on March 2nd, 2014
  7. Fully agree with Larry here,

    The Baltimore Sun piece is damaging in all forms. Underplaying the seriousness of diabetes (as it stands this mans life expectancy is less than someone diagnosed with HIV), writing a caption of “new hero to men everywhere” underneath his picture and ending the piece on “You can eat two pizzas a day and be fine.”

    I’m hoping the Baltimore Sun is the American equivalent of the UK’s Daily Mail and is not taken seriously by anyone? If not, then this is a backward step in promoting health in all regards.

    Adi Kumar wrote on March 2nd, 2014
  8. The pizza article is distressing in so many ways, but not surprising in my eyes because it’s written by and for mainsteam media who can never report anything accurately anyway.

    The Whole Foods article completely misses the point. Yes, every time I enter a health food store I shake my head at the snake oils and damned lies that are on the shelf. But, that is ONLY 1% of what these stores stock.

    What is worse is a link that is within that article, to this:
    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/07/23/human-ancestors-were-nearly-all-vegetarians/

    Written by a supposed biologist. It seems he has fallen victim to some kind of bias as he makes increasingly hysterical arguments for why supposed paleolithic diets are incorrect. He goes further and further back in time to show that our ancestors didn’t eat meat, only to move further and further from the time we actually became human.

    Rich_B wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • I’m pretty sure that was all tongue-in-cheek. I doubt he was serious about eating our own poop…

      In spite of the sensationalist headline, I thought it all sounded very Primal if you consider that the Blueprint suggest the majority of your plate gets filled with veggies and some fruit and nuts — meat just provides the most calories, but not the most bulk.

      Deanna wrote on March 2nd, 2014
  9. Aw gee. Ancient beer samples contain flavorings that, nowadays, are considered to have medicinal benefit. Ergo…ancient brewers were medicine men?

    Beer contains alcohol which is a known carcinogen, in addition to all its other toxic properties. Ergo…ancient brewers were biological warfare experts?

    John the Drunkard wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • Grilled meat also contains known and suspected carcinogens.

      John wrote on March 3rd, 2014
  10. Regarding the muscle stretch study: is this from a greater range of motion during the workout or from stretching the quads pre-workout?

    Philip Karpiak wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • +1

      Deb wrote on March 10th, 2014
  11. the more fermenting i do, veggies and kefir currently, the healthier our family gets and the more i think these foods are one of the most important factors in maintaining good health.
    So far through the cold and flu season, the only person out of our family of 4 to get anything, cold or flu, is our 8 month old who cant eat fermented food anyways. compared to last year when we got everything under the sun.
    gotta like the extra attention these foods have been getting lately in the press!

    Shawn wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • Hey there – just wondering why an 8 month old can’t eat fermented food? I curious as to what age is appropriate to start kids on fermented food? I only ask because I have an 11 year old boy with 3 autoimmune diseases, (and I truly believe that his diseases have something to do with not eating enough dirt as a toddler!).

      alimack wrote on March 2nd, 2014
    • I looked into it, and everything said to wait until after 1 year. Infants younger than 1 are not able to digest some of the proteins and nutrients found in milk/kefir.

      Shawn wrote on March 3rd, 2014
  12. Yeah sure, you can do OKAY on the 2 pizza a day diet, but clearly, the 12 pack a day diet would be much, much healthier. Yay fermentation!

    John wrote on March 3rd, 2014
  13. the real reason we love sriracha is because it is 20-30% sugar

    G wrote on March 3rd, 2014
  14. The hot sauce thing is interesting. I love hot sauce but hate hot foods… hmmm.

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on March 4th, 2014
  15. Some great links there – sign of an open mind.

    Capers with mushrooms? Will try.

    shtove wrote on March 4th, 2014
  16. About the pizza man, this is from the original article about him first posted by Vice:

    “Everyone who knows Dan wonders how he’s still alive. Beyond the fact that his diet is completely horrifying, he also has diabetes and frequently gets low blood sugar. When his blood sugar dips into the danger zone, it sometimes results in his blacking out on the kitchen floor in his underwear with frozen food scattered around him. There was that one time he bought a new car and then blacked out on the drive home. He swerved off the road and totaled the vehicle, but besides from that isolated incident, his pizza diet seems to be working out for him. I recently spoke to Dan to hear more about how he came to subsist on gluten, tomato sauce, and cheese alone. “

    Liz wrote on March 13th, 2014

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