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Weekend Link Love – Edition 285

Episode #8 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast [1] 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 [2].

New research [3] 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 [4].

Some of us may have the right gut flora to break up phytic acid [5] and turn it into inositol.

Researchers have discovered a mechanism [6] 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 [7].

An independent researchers asks [8] 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 [9].

“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 [10] not wearing shoes for the past few years in urban Britain.

Good news: the obesity rate among youngsters has plummeted [11] by 43% over the past decade!

Bad news: maybe it hasn’t [12].

25-year twice-a-day pizza habit [13].

Stop (using modern technology), collaborate (on a barn-raising), and listen (to the roaring silence of simple farm life). Vanilla Ice has gone Amish [14].

Everything Else

Impressive video [15]: 215 pound man doing multiple 1-arm pullups (with each arm).

Why we like hot sauce [16] so much.

If you’ve got an hour, check out this interesting talk [17] 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 [18] from healthy babies’ dirty diapers.

Were early agriculturalists interested in bread or beer [19]?

You know, I was just thinking we were overdue for an article [20] from a smug, entirely uncurious skeptic proclaiming everything he refuses to research to be pseudoscience.

Recipe Corner

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 [25].