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June 22, 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 301

By Mark Sisson
27 Comments

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #24 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live and I think you’re going to dig it. In this week’s podcast, I share my tips for removing a physiological feature with aesthetic and health implications: excess body fat.

Research of the Week

People who stare into computer screens for more than seven hours a day have dysfunctional tear fluid similar to the fluid of patients with clinical dry eye. I think I just felt a disturbance in the universe, as if millions of eyes suddenly blinked and were suddenly aware of how dry they actually are.

Cutting out snacks is a good way to lose body fat, but don’t forget to stock up on exercise snacks.

Broccoli consumption increases urinary excretion of airborne pollutants.

The Trail of Tears shortened Cherokee skulls. Talk about the epigenetic effects of chronic stress.

HFCS-sweetened beverages have even more free fructose floating around than previously assumed. Perhaps HFCS isn’t just the same as sugar.

In mice, pastured cream leads to better metabolic markers and lower intestinal permeability compared to conventional cream.

The best bang-for-your-buck hamstring exercises may be the romanian deadlift and the glute ham raise.

Interesting Blog Posts

Some of the five most important foods for building your kid’s brain.

Yes, barefoot running (not even mentioning barefoot walking) actually is safe and efficient.

Sir Mix-a-Lot recommends that you accentuate the eccentric portion of your glute exercises.

A man stopped sitting for an entire month. Here’s his story.

Media, Schmedia

Leslie Klenke has been busy. She had interviews with Examiner and Beverly Meyer. She wrote guest posts for The Smarter Science of Slim and Energy First. Oh, and she wrote a book.

Gluten-free eating is turning out to be a particularly long-lived, stubborn, persistent fad. Where have I heard that before? Side note: it’s fun to type “gluten free is” into Google. So much anger in the autofill.

National Geographic joins the fat exoneration party.

Walking isn’t always pedestrian.

Just cause you’re frail doesn’t mean you can’t lift (relatively) heavy things.

Everything Else

Even if they’re totally safe, nootropics and other forms of cognitive enhancement that actually work could pose other, deeper problems. What happens if you’re expected to pop modafinil with your coffee and walk around with a transcranial magnetic stimulation device attached to your head just to keep up with everyone else?

Man collects scraps of trash, constructs soccer balls. Three minute video.

It’s looking like the microbiome will be the next frontier in plant and crop health, too.

This looks cool: Steaklocker, a personal meat locker that allows dry aging at home.

Our infants may be able to beat crows some of the time, but chimps can outsmart our adults. Between this and their ability to manhandle large human males like they were kittens, it’s not looking good for us.

They’re trying to bring back Europe’s bison.

Recipe Corner

  • While I definitely prefer a good lamb shawarma, this chicken shawarma ain’t bad. Lime avocado mayo doesn’t hurt, either.
  • Top the shawarma off with some cashew paprika hummus and you’ve just furthered the Middle East peace process.

Time Capsule

One year ago (June 22 – June 28)

Comment of the Week

Not to mention electronics (as well as over-stuffed furniture) are the principal cause of “sitting disease.”

And in reply:

I read this article while sitting on the toilet, creating a black hole of irony that sucked in the entire known universe. Your continued existence is just an illusion. Sorry. :(

That reminds me of the old Bill Hicks joke.

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Tyrannocaster
Tyrannocaster
2 years 5 months ago
Re: the article in the NYT about gluten – I wish journalists would stop quoting Marion “Let them eat cake” Nestle on things like this because she has to twist in the wind so hard to avoid running into Gary Taubes that she’s getting pretty bent out of shape. I get that she disagrees with him (without ever saying so) but from my point of view, Marion – if he’s wrong, what’s so hard about showing the rest of us Great Unwashed WHY he is wrong? Because otherwise, it looks like you are the one who is wrong but can’t… Read more »
Aki
Aki
2 years 5 months ago
The problem with Gary Taubes is that, ironically, he appears to be just as fond of cherry-picking/jumping the gun on the basis of ambiguous data as the low-fat proponents he holds responsible for the obesity epidemic; several obesity researchers/bloggers have provided extensive write-ups on the myriad (potential) flaws in his line of reasoning since “Good Calories, Bad Calories” was first published – I especially recommend “The Carbohydrate Hypothesis of Obesity:a Critical Examination” and other posts/presentations by Stephan Guyenet, which do a pretty good job of “showing the rest of us Great Unwashed WHY” the Taubesian “unified field theory of nutrition”… Read more »
Tyrannocaster
Tyrannocaster
2 years 5 months ago
You raise several points, but none of them convince me, although I’m not going to spend as much time as you did on them. First of all, you said nothing at all about the main point of my comment; Marion Nestle. It would be nice if you adressed that rather than my personal experiences, because your response seems to imply that she is in the right here and Taubes is not, but it doesn’t actually say so. It’s rather like Nestle’s own response to Taubes in that respect. Guyenet has a PhD but that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily right; like… Read more »
Aki
Aki
2 years 5 months ago
Congratulations- you have managed to spectacularly miss most of the points I was trying to make. I “said nothing at all about the main point of” your “comment; Marion Nestle”? Really? What do you think was the point of me citing Gary Taubes` (relatively) recent admission in the NYT (Have you actually read that article?) that all the various and sundry pet theories with regard to the obesity epidemic favoured by the numerous factions in the “diet wars”- including his own – don`t have a solid scientific leg to stand on as of yet (thus acknowledging his belief in the… Read more »
Karl
Karl
2 years 5 months ago

PS: It should be noted that Gary Taubes specifically indicts “refined grains” – not grains per se – in the (relatively recent) NYT article I cited; I forgot to stress that point.

Karl
Karl
2 years 5 months ago

Huh. Looks like my main comment got lost in the ether. Oh, well. I mostly just seconded Aki`s points anyway.

Karl
Karl
2 years 5 months ago

“…It should be noted that……in the (relatively recent) NYT article Aki and I cited…”

Eirik
2 years 5 months ago

Weekend Link Love are some of my favorite posts. Always something interesting. Thanks Mark 🙂

Dr. Anthony Gustin
2 years 5 months ago

Gluten free article is entertaining – about time we switch the “fad” to grain free 🙂

Groktimus Primal
2 years 5 months ago

I guess the squatty potty could cure at least 5 minutes of daily sitting 🙂

Travis
Travis
2 years 5 months ago
Chimps did not “outsmart” humans in this study.The way the study is being portrayed is inaccurate and is actually much more interesting. First of all, chimps were never pitted against humans (it was chimp vs. chimp, human vs. human). Secondly, Nash equilibrium does not necessarily result in optimized payoff. Take a look in the original paper at the payoffs for chimps and humans in Figure 4A vs Figure 4B. Human “matchers” received a significantly higher payoff (1.16) than chimps (0.85) while the “mismatchers” had about the same payoff between chimps and humans (1 vs 1.03). Overall, humans were better at… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
2 years 5 months ago

3 cheers for pastured cream.

shtove
shtove
2 years 5 months ago

Comment of the week is LOL – like a reverse of the Chuck Pal story, Guts: http://chuckpalahniuk.net/features/shorts/guts

Paleo-curious
2 years 5 months ago

As a somewhat frail person (much younger than 77, but suffering the after-effects of years of vegetarianism, chronic cardio & undiagnosed Celiac Disease) I was encouraged by the post about Mr. Addo & his protegées.

I’ve recently suffered yet another exercise-related injury that made my heavier weights impossible, & was feeling very despondent about my future prospects. So thank you for the uplifting reminder that there is always hope!!

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 5 months ago
I think upping your gelatin consumption should help you toughen your connective tissue. Maybe you already eat enough of it. I appreciate Carrie for mentioning in a post that vitamin C is crucial for collagen building. Vitamin C is one of the few reasons I eat fruit fairly regularly. An orange a day apparently provides enough vitamin C for an adult. I’ve been wanting to get some Knox gelatin for a while after reading that Edgar Cayce recommended it to be eaten with vegetables to enhance the body’s glands’ abilities to utilize nutrients. Not sure why Knox was the brand… Read more »
Paleo-curious
2 years 5 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions– I do have some gelatin daily, as well as weekly bone broth, & I feel it helps for sure, but it may not be enough. Also I don’t eat as much fruit as I used to, so it’s possible that upping the vitamin C would make a difference. This time of year I crave fruit & tomatoes, so it won’t be hard to up my intake!

I hope your foraging leads to more healthy discoveries. I always admire your fortitude!

Heather
Heather
2 years 5 months ago

As far as Vitamin C goes, Kale covers that pretty well, too. 🙂

100g Kale, raw – 200% RDA
100g orange, all commercial varieties – 89%. This comes 9g sugar
1 large (3-1/16″ diameter) (184g) – 163%. This is the closest I could get to 200%. This comes with 17g of sugar.
(nutritiondata.self.com)

His Dudeness
His Dudeness
2 years 5 months ago

Great Lakes brand collagen and gelatin are both good and fairly cheap. Your local hippy grocer may have it.
I find the collagen (green container) mixes best with cold water. This, along with a few drops of trace minerals is my post-dinner drink.
I’ve noticed over the last couple months that my skin heals faster when I cut it or burn it. I took the tip of my thumb off peeling a sweet potato last week, and it was healed up in a couple days. It used to take a solid week to close cuts like that.

Serena
2 years 5 months ago

A few small thoughts:
I didn’t try “gluten free is” but I tried “vegans are” and it filled in some pretty mean stuff too.
Nicotine is a nootropic. I wouldn’t smoke again, but if the competition gets too intense I might need the patch or a vape.
East African children routinely make soccer balls out of trash, and use them to become excellent competitors.

Jacob
2 years 5 months ago
Agreed that nicotine is probably a bad source of nootropics. I’m curious about any negative side effects of the vape cigs. Certainly seem to be a better alternative that traditional cigs. It’s amazing the list of foods with nootropics that we have easy access too and are even healthy for you: Choline in eggs Creatine Caffeine Asian Ginseng Those are a few that come to mind. I’ve heard of other sites mention Modafinil, but am a little hesitant to give that a shot. Has anyone had any experience with it? Perhaps make a nootropic smoothie containing eggs, creatine, caffeine, and… Read more »
Serena
2 years 5 months ago

Sounds like what I used to have for breakfast: caffeine, eggs, and a smoke. But it didn’t make me very smart.

bubbajank
bubbajank
2 years 5 months ago

SJS turned me away from Modafinil. Not worth it.

Four Seasons
Four Seasons
2 years 5 months ago

The article about the guy from Ghana made me tear up. I love that his culture teaches respect for elders. It’s so awesome to help people like that. Preventing falls will make their remaining years so much better.

Jacob
2 years 5 months ago

Really liked the article about the guy who stood for a month. I converted my work station to a standing station back in December (made from cardboard boxes no less) and haven’t looked back!

The only problem is recently I’ve been suffering from some tendonitis in my right ankle that I need to address. Anyone got any tricks to getting it taken care of?

Wildrose
Wildrose
2 years 5 months ago

My eyes didn’t feel dry until I read this. Damn you! XD

Jeffrey Dumonte
2 years 5 months ago

I make sure I get enough fruit, but I suddenly have a powerful craving for gelatin. Come to think of it….my eyes are feeling a bit parched too..:/

David
David
2 years 5 months ago

Dear Mark,

Awesome links this week! Thank you!
Especially the articles on nootropics and the microbiome are amazing.

Cheers,
David

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