Weekend Link Love – Edition 289

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Research of the Week

A recent systematic review of the literature found that, in subjects with poor glucose tolerance, high-fat diets have more favorable effects on various cardiometabolic risk factors than low-fat diets.

Despite having lower BMIs and drinking less alcohol, vegetarians have “poorer health (higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life.”

Organic milk is higher in omega-3s, and it may be enough to favorably impact the health of consumers.

Heated vegetable oils are, indeed, bad for you.

Interesting Blog Posts

Dr. Briffa asks a simple question: If statins are so safe, why aren’t the researchers tasked with proving the drugs’ safety offering up their raw data?

Why are doctors failing to prescribe a highly-effective therapy for depression?

Media, Schmedia

Kids are sports specialists these days, playing the same sports and doing the same repetitive movements on a daily basis, and it may be leading to an epidemic of ACL tears – and girls are at greater risk. The proposed solution is a “warm-up” that simulates “the movements that children used to do on playgrounds and in backyards.” Or, you know, kids could just play on playgrounds and in backyards.

A nice piece from the Guardian: “Why almost everything you’ve been told about unhealthy foods is wrong.”

Everything Else

Glenn Beck appears to have gone effectively Primal.

This is really cool, but I gotta wonder about BPA.

It’s true: happy workers are better workers.

Can’t squat? Try pooping like a samurai.

Do endurance athletes have health problems because of the food they eat to fuel the exercise, the endurance exercise itself, or both?

Mac users might get some use out of this screen-dimming Pomodoro timer called WorkBurst.

Recipe Corner

  • What to do when you’re in the mood for some “pulled” meat but pork isn’t appealing? Make pulled lamb.
  • In my experience, a good palak paneer can get anyone to eat spinach.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 31 – Apr 6)

Comment of the Week

Recumbo ergo sum…


About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Ha! My 8 year old son refuses to use the squatty potty, but naturally evacuates like a Samurai! Neat!

  2. *reads Glenn Beck’s list of restrictions* That’s more than primal, that’s strict paleo. Except it looks like he can have potatoes since they don’t mention nightshades. Why con’t he have condiments though? Mustard is usually acceptable. Maybe this is a bit simplified.

    1. I watched the video… Potatoes and all nightshades are off his list as well… Definitely strict paleo with nuts, eggs , nightshades, coffee not allowed….

  3. That video is hilarious, but very struct, no dairy at all.
    He’s dealt with deteriorating vision, weird growths on his skin and neuromuscular problems, but it was really typical: trash diet, insane work schedule, insane travel schedule. Modern life.
    But it’s similar to the way I had to start thinking about food the more I learned about being primal.

    1. I used to watch his show back when it was on Fox…and back when I had a TV. At the time, he was practically living on Mickey D’s pancake breakfast sandwiches. Now that he’s no longer at Fox, or HGTV, or any other major channel, who knows what he’s eating?

      Who cares, anyway?

  4. Samurai! Samurai! Samurai!

    First thing I thought of. May have to try this the next time the old 8:30 express leaves the station.

  5. Always look forward to the weekend links. The Australian study is interesting. As a vegetarian for over a decade, I recently started eating meat again, about three weeks ago. Even with eating eggs and drinking protein drinks, I was having some digestion problems (TOO much fiber I think). I started out eating some chicken, had some salmon one meal. In terms of links, here is one I stumbled across the other day. There have been some negative articles about fish oil recently, but this article summary by the American Journal of Physiology concludes “These findings support and extend the growing evidence that fish oil may have positive health benefits regarding neural cardiovascular control in humans.” The link is https://ajpregu.physiology.org/content/304/7/R523. If you do a browser search you can find articles that give you a synopsis of the article.

    1. Actually it was Austrian and all the results we user identified.The vegetarians didn’t necessarily not eat meat either. Less than three time per month was considered vegetarian. Basically the study points out the obvious – vegetarians living in Austria ( not a veg friendly place) complained more about their health than other groups. No kidding! One, people often become vegetarian to solve some kind of pre-existing health problem, and vegetarians are well know for being fussy about their health.I know, I live in Santa Cruz and I’ve been a vegetarian for over 25 years. No blood work was done, no medical records were reviewed, no fitness tests, no allergy test, etc.

      So the study found that vegetarian bitch more about their health. That’s it. Calling it a study at all is a stretch.

      1. Yes, Austrian, not Australian … need some reading glasses I guess, thanks for the correction Clay as well as your perspective on the study.

  6. I’m fairly certain the Samurai didn’t have Western-style commodes. And I’m absolutely certain that they didn’t wear sweatpants!

  7. I have a few friends who just announced they are going Vegetarian (I guess my blog hasn’t persuaded them to go primal)…I’m not happy about this. I’m considering sending this study to them…Thanks Mark!

    1. That article (or at lease the distribution of the article to slander vegetarianism) is kind of misleading. I don’t think a statement can be made by the conclusion because we don’t know whether the vegetarians poorer health is due to the diet or a pre-existing condition. I know I initially went vegetarian/vegan due to autoimmune conditions and allergies. So it’d be nice if the study could some how factor that into their data.

      1. They weren’t in poorer health. They complained more about their health. Big difference. They didn’t conduct any test at all. It was all subject identified.

  8. Joanna Blythman’s quote about cornflakes as a “heap of nutritional uselessness”, priceless!!! I’m going to work that one into a conversation today… 😀

    1. Remember why they were invented in the first place? Good old Kellogg was an uptight Christian who didn’t like the immoral goings-on in Victorian England, and somehow came upon the fact that fiber kills your libido, so off he went.

      1. Post was another–he combined raisins with bran flakes trying to do the same thing.

  9. The Austrian study is self-reported so probably about as accurate as all the anti-meat studies that go by. Also note the sample size was small (2%). I’m not a vegetarian but I also would prefer good data.

    1. I agree. Very small sample indeed – about 2% were “vegetarians”, including fish, eggs and milk in their diet, while only two people in the entire study were full-on vegans.

  10. Wow! I’m mostly a cardio kinda gal, but I started considering weight training recently, and this Bodyweight Bundle sounds like a great deal and just what I need right now!
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  11. My father went on the strict autoimmune protocol that Glenn Beck is on. Within two weeks, he had no pain in his hands and the pain in his back is much less. He is moving better, sleeping better, and off two of his three meds. It was suggested by his doctor at the VA.

  12. The article on heated vegetable oil was interesting. It focused not just on the bad health effects of heating vegetable oil, but on repeated heating (frying new food in the same oil many times over) and mentioned cost savings as a reason this is often done. Another reason that cooks know is that oil used several times actually produces better tasting food and a more reliable output. The third or fourth batch of french fries, for instance, comes out better than the first batch.

    Not that I’m making (or eating) french fries lately.

    1. I noticed that. So that info doesn’t really apply to me because I don’t deep-fry anything, or eat out at fast food places. But I do still wonder about sautéing my veggies in olive oil…I keep reading such differing opinions on that. Anyone have something definite?

  13. When are we going to hear from Carrie again? It’s been a while.

  14. I read that research report on vegetarian vs non-vegetarian diets. I have to wonder if not only what is being eaten, but the quality of the food has a part to play in that. The higher rates of cancer in vegetarians could be caused by eating more processed foods, such as pasta, rice, and bread.


    1. Very likely. Notwithstanding Weston Prices data regarding the non-existence of entirely vegetarian indigenous groups, I’d say that the verdict still is out whether or not some form of balanced paleo-vegetarianism (perhaps lacto-ovo) would approximate the healthfulness of “regular” paleo.