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11 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 295

Weekend Link LoveJordan Reasoner and Steven Wright of 
and authors of the book Surviving to Thriving are holding the second and final free webinar on how to heal leaky gut this coming Tuesday night, May 13, at 9 pm EDT. Register here to attend.

The Reversing Diabetes World Summit is on through May 16, so there’s still time to register and get six days of presentations for free.

Episode #18 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. I continue the thread from last week’s discussion of human performance by exploring the realities, controversies, and motivations behind the use of performance enhancing drugs. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let me know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

Research of the Week

Kids who play 5-10 hours outdoors each week are more likely to report having a spiritual connection to nature. Imagine what’d happen if everyone spent most of their time outside.

Average lifespan shot up in Europe following the Black Death, suggesting that the plague may have been a natural selection event that weeded out the less healthy and selected for the more robust.

Low-dose psilocybin inhibits the processing of negative emotions like anxiety and fear in the brain, a finding that could have clinical significance for depressed patients with excessive and debilitating processing of these negative emotions.

Experienced meditators can consciously control their sympathetic nervous system and immune response.

CLA-enriched dairy fat (also known as grass-fed butter in some circles) improves the metabolic profile of healthy young adults.

Interesting Blog Posts

The doctor who coined the term RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate) back in the late 70s now recommends that injuries instead be treated with MCE (move, compress, elevate).

Why red meat might appear to be unhealthy in studies.

Why fear of saturated fat is so hard to shake.

Media, Schmedia

If it was directed to MDA readers, the article would be called “Everything you know about fat is right.”

The new “eat the whole animal” trend in high-end dining has a problem: many diners just want steak.

Everything Else

Vampire mice (sorta).

Should women be taking so many statins?

The lunch break is dying in America.

Pricier food tastes better, or at least we think it does. Is there a difference?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 11 – May 17)

Comment of the Week

I don’t have intestines. Just a sieve.

– That doesn’t sound very healthy.

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. After the black plague, the price of grain fell and wages rose. The survivors were less likely to starve to death.

    Abijah L. wrote on May 11th, 2014
  2. When you look at just a smidge of the statistics they play with when looking at the health effects of red meat it becomes obvious to me they might as well just use a Magic 8 Ball (or convenient funding source) to obtain the answer of the day.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on May 11th, 2014
  3. The saturated fat article has a link to the video where Dr. Oz actually admits he was wrong, but I’m guessing that he must have sounded pretty foolish when he and Gary Taubes were debating on his show, because I’m unable to find the link to that segment. Does anybody know where to find that video?

    dragonmamma wrote on May 11th, 2014
    • I would love to see that too. I’m surprised it would go to air if he looked too foolish.

      Stephen wrote on May 11th, 2014
      • What I’m thinking is that at the time it probably looked like he was winning the debate, but now in retrospect he looks foolish.

        dragonmamma wrote on May 11th, 2014
    • There was an episode of Larry King Live in 2007 in which Gary Taubes and Dr. Oz were debating the conclusions of Taubes’s book. They beam in Dr. Weil to adjudicate and he comes down heavily in favor of Taubes. There is one scene where Oz actually puts his hand over Taubes’s mouth so Gary can’t get a word in edgewise. It is absolutely hilarious. It used to be on youtube and now it isn’t. If anyone knows where to find it please tell me because I have used it in one of my class lectures and would like it back again!

      Ann wrote on May 11th, 2014
    • Dr. Oz is a self-promoter who embraces all sorts of quackery. I’m not sure you want him endorsing your favorite theory.

      Abijah L. wrote on May 12th, 2014
  4. be honest, who was waiting for mark to post about Vibram!?

    brandon wrote on May 11th, 2014
    • I thought there may be a little blerb about it but maybe that’s next Sunday? It’s funny that a lot of good information can’t be published because of rules about the way it’s said, conveyed…….. oh well, I’m still walking around bare foot and happy even if there isn’t a study funded by some government authority to prove that it’s good for me or not. 😛

      2Rae wrote on May 11th, 2014

        Brandon wrote on May 11th, 2014
    • I was

      Ion Freeman wrote on May 12th, 2014
  5. Another reason red meat may look bad in studies – they use sick animals. Sick animals make sick people.

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on May 11th, 2014
    • Very true. All red meats are NOT created equal.

      Stephen wrote on May 11th, 2014
  6. I’d be super wary of blood Infusions to reverse aging, since you could build up an excess of iron rather quickly, which is one of the most pro-aging substances there is. Couple that with all the diseases associated with excess iron (from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and on and on), and the fact that blood donors live longer, AND that the iron hypothesis could be the reason that women suffer fewer heart attacks than men and live longer, I’m gonna stick with routine blood donation.

    John wrote on May 11th, 2014
  7. After ten years I started taking a lunch break, makes the afternoon go much smoother!

    Sarah wrote on May 11th, 2014
  8. It’s a shame that the meditation study involved cold water immersion together with mediation rather than as a separate intervention. Makes it hard to draw any conclusions about the effects of the meditation techniques on immune function.

    Henrik wrote on May 11th, 2014
  9. Sign me up for the low dose psilocybin. Higher dose is okay, too.

    JoanieL wrote on May 11th, 2014
    • Sign me up for any psilocybin clinical trials–I had such a good time on them as a 20-something.

      Wenchypoo wrote on May 12th, 2014
      • I still do now and then. I think it’s a very valuable experience that every (mentally stable, sufficiently mature) adult should have. The widespread use of entheogens in traditional cultures is no accident.

        Chris wrote on May 13th, 2014
        • My take-away here is that one day I should eat a steak with a small side of shrooms (but only if I’m a nervous wreck and can’t leave the cave without them). Actually psilocybin has the potential to really freak people out or screw up their brains for a while. They did it to me a couple times, I’m guessing from interactions probably triggering minor serotonin syndrome or some other overload. The one time I could barely form a sentence for about a whole math class and it took me a whole page to fail at one simple routine problem with a calculator that normally would have taken me a few lines to do properly. Then I got home from school and felt weird and uncomfortable physically and sketched out. It was bad. I don’t think I’ve even eaten half an ounce of them so far and would jump at the chance for more though.. most of the time they have felt for me more like a pleasurable “entheogen” than a “trip”.

          Animanarchy wrote on June 12th, 2014
  10. Oregon rib eye oh yeah!

    Danielle Thalman wrote on May 11th, 2014
  11. I think I have to start moving towards grass fed butter already after finding out about the latest benefits of consuming it … and how sad is it that corporatism is killing lunch?! Unreal…

    Dan wrote on May 12th, 2014
    • Corporatism is killing lunch? What if the low-carb way of eating is killing lunchtime appetites, so people are putting the time to use?

      Wenchypoo wrote on May 12th, 2014
  12. Its really advisable that the kids will always play outside. Not to play always in front of the computer.

    Ervin wrote on May 12th, 2014
  13. Two weeks ago I got the chance to hang out with a group of neuroscientist in Moab who are researching the effect of nature on the human brain. It’s not just children who benefit from getting outside 5-7 hours a week, it’s everyone. They talked about increases in cognition and creativity for people who get out in nature on a weekly basis. Look for the article they are working on in National Geographic in 2016.

    Paul wrote on May 12th, 2014
  14. Just got back from a week in France. A tour guide took us to his favorite restaurant in Reims ( smaller town in the champagne region) and told us that businesses close at lunch for up to 2 hrs so people can go home for lunch or go to a leisurely restaurant lunch. The pharmacy across the street was run by a friend of his and was closing as we got to the restaurant and still wasn’t open when we came out 1.5 hrs later. He said that no one would eat at their desk and consider it unproductive as they believe your quality of work declines if you have not taken a break. He said they would then work until 6 instead of 5pm to make up an 8 hr day.
    They then ate lighter meals for dinner, breakfast was also a light meal with no snacking between. Unfortunately I did not head the light breakfast and dinner advice and came home needing bigger pants.

    Pamela wrote on May 12th, 2014
  15. The Black Plague was a “natural selection event”? As opposed to what, exactly? An UNnatural selection event? A plague that occurred as a result of some pestilence from Mars (which actually, technically would also be a natural selection event – since Mars is part of the natural world). Yes, the Black Plague favored the death of the weaker. All threats favor the weaker. That’s the point of being strong. So now it turns out that because it was a threat to life that turned out to function how all threats to life do, and therefore it’s “natural.” Okay… so? Simply because something is “natural”, us primal people are supposed to regard it as a good thing? To accept it as “just how the way it is”? To “serenely” welcome it, and feel good about being “in synch with nature”?

    What? wrote on May 12th, 2014
    • “Natural Selection” is a phrase in itself with a specific meaning, not Mark saying that the plague was a natural and therefore good event. Here’s the wikipedia page that explains what the phrase means:

      Vanessa wrote on May 12th, 2014
      • He was insinuating that it was a good event, even if unintentionally. What, if not what I said, is the point in pointing this out? This study is completely worthless. It’s like announcing that a study was done, and that “ropes with higher tensile strength take more force to break – when they’re pulled from either end – than those with lower tensile strengths do.” Duh.

        What? wrote on May 12th, 2014
  16. There’s a Ranch-To-Table trend? Where can I get on it in Brooklyn?

    Ion Freeman wrote on May 12th, 2014

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