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8 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 299

Weekend Link LoveI am an investor in an exciting new gym in West Los Angeles called Sirens and Titans. I will be giving a talk there on performance and ideal body composition on Sunday, June 22. It’s limited to 60 participants. I’ll give my talk and then it will be followed immediately by a HIIT workout that anyone can do…on the VersaClimber. Learn more here and get your tickets here.

The South Asian Health Solution, the first book to provide an ancestral health-based wellness plan culturally tailored for those of South Asian ancestry, can now be had in audiobook format. Listen at your leisure!

Leslie Klenke’s Paleo Girl is due for official release on June 10th. Leslie recently hung out with Sam Feltham of Smash the Fat fame to talk about her book, a sort of “junior version” of The Primal Blueprint designed for teen girls. If you know someone who fits that description, they need this book. Check back here on MDA on the 10th for more details and giveaways.

Episode #22 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live, and I’m answering reader questions. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

Research of the Week

Blue light exposure at night increases hunger, induces insulin resistance, and keeps you awake.

Note takers who use laptops tend to transcribe lectures verbatim and subsequently perform worse than pen-and-paper users on tests about the material.

So it turns out that Hadza hunter gatherers do expend more energy than sedentary Westerners.

Added sugar from liquids, but not solids, is associated with insulin resistance and disrupted glucose homeostasis in kids.

A single night of sleep deprivation blunts the normal morning decrease of a pro-Alzheimer’s brain protein.

Interesting Blog Posts

Higher potency statins are linked to higher incidences of diabetes. Another winner from Dr. Briffa.

Applying evolutionary principles to gardening.

Media, Schmedia

A NY Times columnist visits Colorado to sample the local fare and bites off more than she can chew.

Monsanto isn’t very pleased with Vermont’s new GMO label law.

Another doctor questions the “statins for all” orthodoxy. I’m sure he’ll be savaged for it in the coming days.

Everything Else

President Obama works out in a Polish hotel gym. Nice to see he avoided the Smith Machine.

Dr. Aaron Blaisdell (a good friend of mine) sat down at the Not Just Paleo podcast to talk about chimp strength, the effect of stress on the brain, and happiness.

Turns out that everyone loves the running wheel.

What and how much do people eat around the world? Photographic evidence.

Washington DC is feeding the homeless by culling deer and serving them up.

Whales sure do know how to play.

Dogs, too. This video might represent the purest vision of unbridled joy.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (June 8 – June 14)

Comment of the Week

I remember eating milky ways in my back yard…

I’m pretty sure that’s not what Nocona had in mind…

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 article looking at different people’s calorie consumptions is interesting! I guess it’s no surprise the American trucker came out on top – not a whole lot of time to cook and not much else to do than eat!

    Mark wrote on June 8th, 2014
  2. I wonder if hormones associated with breastfeeding negate the Alzheimer’s effect. I nursed my kids a long, long time and had years of disrupted sleep during it. Evolutionarily speaking, that is what women would have done back before formula.

    Ruth wrote on June 8th, 2014
  3. Actually, Mark, I was standing and walking about in bare feet during the whole interview with Evan Brand. :)

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on June 8th, 2014
  4. Definitely well past time to stick it to Monsanto!

    Groktimus Primal wrote on June 8th, 2014
  5. The “eating around the world” piece is fascinating, not only for the information, but also for the photography!

    granny gibson wrote on June 8th, 2014
  6. I’m looking forward to trying the chicken pasta. I wonder if it woul work with fish or shrimp?

    Becky wrote on June 8th, 2014
  7. How is that trucker eating so much and not totally obese?

    Also like the Inuit dude, eating nearly 5K a day, still totally lean. Some cold thermogenesis and lots of NEAT, no doubt.

    Jason UnBorne wrote on June 8th, 2014
  8. I would use the ampersand: Sirens & Titans

    Tuba wrote on June 8th, 2014
  9. I like dogs, and the video is well done. But I loathe mountain bikes, the damage the do, the damned arrogance of the riders, their ugly intrusion, and the entire bad idea of missing the forest because you’re on a damned bike. Mountain bikes represent what is bad and shallow among the abusers of nature.

    tuba wrote on June 8th, 2014
    • Tell us how you really feel…

      Graham wrote on June 14th, 2014
  10. The idea of culling deer in order to bring them into balance with their habitat and feeding the needy with the meat is not a new idea. There is a non profit called hunters and farmers feeding the hungry , that has been doing this for years. The way it works is simple , hunters like myself donate meat from our hunts as well as money and farmers donate other food and in turn the local chapters of this non profit use it to provide the needy with meals. This non profit has been doing this for years and I encourage the visitors to this website to support this organization. Also for the purpose of full disclosure I am not involved with this organization in any form other than as a donor when I have a successful hunt.
    On the presidents workout I have to ask myself if he couldn’t find any lighter weights. Maybe he should have lifted some toothpicks , as a citizen of this country I think that workout video was embarrassing . Even if he wasn’t embarrassed by it I was.

    thinker wrote on June 8th, 2014
    • As someone who’s been homeless or drifting a long time, I think it’s great that you donate some of the meat you hunt to the needy. A while ago I read an article about some city that was feeding the homeless with very populous wild geese. That was the first time I heard of anyone giving hunted/culled wild food to the homeless and I loved the idea. If I lived in the city that was happening in I’d be on that like white on… umm cabbage (not really a rice fan here). I wish there was an organization or operation for that around here. Still there are a fair number of people who donate good food. One shelter I occasionally stay at is almost always stocked with cans of wild salmon and almost no one other than me eats it so I eat like a shark when I’m there. :)

      Animanarchy wrote on June 13th, 2014
  11. Wow, some really eye-opening stuff today!

    The pictures/ calorie per day thing is amazing; I always knew there were huge differences with how much people eat across cultures, and that the simple ‘calorie in- calorie out’ logic determining energy and body composition was flawed. But seeing it all crystallized in picture form made the situation both more clear (as it confirmed my skepticism about calorie expenditure) and more confusing! It made me realize that I still really don’t understand how the body uses energy. Some people really eat that much and aren’t hyper-obese? Some people really eat that little and are still alive and (in some cases) well?

    Did anyone else see Mr. Obama yawning in his workout? Over-stressed and not enough sleep, I guess, poor guy. Whats the use of being the most powerful guy in the world if you can’t get a good night’s sleep!

    Jack Yan wrote on June 8th, 2014
  12. Thanks for the recipe to that grilled bacon avocado and mushroom cheeseburger! Looks delicious!

    CoachWoot wrote on June 8th, 2014
  13. Does anyone know how projectors stack up in terms of blue light? We use one at home and I am having trouble finding any info on blue light and projectors.
    (We stream shows off the laptop when we want, but no ads and no turning it on because it’s the easy option – getting rid of the TV changed my life!)
    Should we start wearing the cool glasses at home to help?
    Thanks for any advice!

    Krista wrote on June 9th, 2014
  14. Who would have guessed that Mike Vandeman follows MDA.

    Dean wrote on June 9th, 2014
  15. As long as they stick to Rock Creek Park and not expand the program. Virginia’s Urban Archery program is just about the best thing ever… and if more folks new about it, they might see less of an over-population problem. I took 3 deer this year hunting in my backyard, inside the DC beltway. Looking forward to next season already.

    Steve wrote on June 10th, 2014
    I’m wondering about caloric restriction and how effective that is over time compared to fasting. I’ve been keeping calories fairly low with some day or so fasts but don’t want to go overboard because I need my protein and am an on a cacao kick. I’ve been living a little rough and listlessly, mostly primal, but kind of have to get it together and I find the cacao helps me.

    Animanarchy wrote on June 11th, 2014
  17. This is alright. It’s an anti-Coca Cola add made to look kind of like a public service announcement. Our North American version just isn’t as good as the original coca tea I presume.

    Animanarchy wrote on June 12th, 2014
  18. Thanks for sharing that podcast Mark, Aaron is an interesting dude!

    Evan Brand wrote on June 28th, 2014

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