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29 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 302

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #25 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. Host Brad Kearns and I talk to Dr. Ron Sinha (author of The South Asian Health Solution) about his battle to change the position of the mainstream medical community on dietary fat and cholesterol and help them realize the roles of stress, inactivity, and high insulin in heart disease. It’s certainly hard fought, but he’s working from the inside and has as good a shot as anyone. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

If you know someone who could use a lifestyle overhaul but hasn’t the time or inclination to read, the perfect solution is now available: the Audible audiobook version of the bestselling The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation.

Research of the Week

Although we primarily tout it for its nutrient density, chicken liver also increases endogenous antioxidant capacities in those who eat it.

Fecal analysis confirms that Neanderthals ate a diet of mostly animals with some vegetation.

Some athletes may be eating so many carbohydrates that they inhibit the training effect.

Interesting Blog Posts

If you were to ask the human body, folic acid really isn’t the same as folate.

A fairly complete guide to storing produce of almost every kind.

Are we aging faster than we should? According to Dr. Ron, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

Media, Schmedia

Consumers are more interested in no- and low-sugar products than no- and low-fat products. A good sign.

Patients with multiple sclerosis are increasingly turning to “paleo-type” diets to manage their condition.

I recently gave my take on the healthiest, easiest way to lose weight and feel great.

Everything Else

The American continents once hosted an incredible number of indigenous tribes.

This video blew my mind and changed how I look at butter forever.

Tabless Thursdays sounds way better than Meatless Mondays.

How to make doctors irrelevant (it involves a Primal way of eating).

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (June 29 – July 5)

Comment of the Week

I get dirty every day in the garden, but I stopped having dirt smoothies b/c I found out that soil has giardias in it sometimes. I don’t know how common this is, but giardias are not just in lakes and streams.

– In case it wasn’t clear, I was kidding about the soil smoothies. Though I suspect it could be therapeutic or helpful in some cases to consciously eat dirt, it’s too risky for precisely this reason.

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. Nice to know even more about the benefits in the bacon/chicken liver/rosemary pate I made yesterday :)

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on June 29th, 2014
  2. Three minutes of butter melting at a warm room temperature; what am I missing here?

    Tyrannocaster wrote on June 29th, 2014
    • Maybe at 100F. I’ve left mine out at about 73-75F and it never looks like that.

      Brian wrote on June 29th, 2014
    • Only thing it made me think was “man I really want some eggs with butter right now.”


      Daniel wrote on June 29th, 2014
      • saturated fat doesn’t melt at room temperature

        bonita wrote on June 29th, 2014
        • If it’s warm enough it does.

          thepaleoscoop wrote on June 29th, 2014
        • What happens to YOUR coconut oil in the summer months? Mine melts just sitting in the cupboard.

          Wenchypoo wrote on June 30th, 2014
    • Three hours, actually

      Michael wrote on June 29th, 2014
      • You’re right, it’s actually a 3 hour video!?

        thepaleoscoop wrote on June 29th, 2014
    • My thoughts exactly. Not that I watched the whole three minutes, just skipped! Was that one a joke?

      thepaleoscoop wrote on June 29th, 2014
      • 😉

        Mark Sisson wrote on June 29th, 2014
        • I want the last 3 hours back!

          ugg wrote on June 30th, 2014
    • Mark is a practitioner of the humours arts.

      Zenmooncow wrote on June 29th, 2014
      • Now that he’s got enough loyal followers he can play practical jokes on us once in a while and know that we’ll come crawling back wagging our tails.

        Animanarchy wrote on June 29th, 2014
        • It’s more tongue-in-cheek hyperbole than practical joke.

          Zenmooncow wrote on June 29th, 2014
    • Well, I did notice something. I didn’t watch the whole 30 min., dragged ahead several times to get to the end. At the beginning, the butter was melting a bit. I don’t know when this actually happened [as I say I couldn’t watch the whole thing!!], but at some time or other the butter reabsorbed the melted butter, unless someone came along and slurped it up with a straw…

      Gayle wrote on June 29th, 2014
  3. The DailyBeast article with Terry Wahls is great. That’s one word I’d like to see get spread!

    Tyrannocaster wrote on June 29th, 2014
  4. That pizza for breakfast looks GOOD….. now if I only could find a sweet potato shredder, someone to share witty conversation while shredding the potato, maybe an 11 year old boy who is still sleeping?

    2Rae wrote on June 29th, 2014
  5. I haven’t eaten any chicken liver but I’m currently taking Beef Liver tablets. Seems to be helping me lose weight although I don’t have a reliable method to prove that.

    Also, I’m really intrigued about the study Mark linked about athletes training low carb. I’ve been eating pretty ketogenic the past week while still weightlifting and training and I feel great. I’m going to have to dig a little further into this study and one he linked last week about ketogenic training for different athletes.

    Jacob wrote on June 29th, 2014
  6. I too missed the point of the butter video.

    Anyone care to enlighten us?

    bill wrote on June 29th, 2014
  7. I think we concluded it was a Mark weekend joke! Had us going! Next will be watching veggies ferment over 3 weeks.

    mary paleoscoop wrote on June 29th, 2014
    • Setting up my camera in front of my kraut fermenting jar as we speak-I’m thinking of a Youtube channel dedicated to real-time fermentation–should be a real ‘hit getter’! Or maybe ‘sleep generator’—–

      Gregabob wrote on June 29th, 2014
  8. There’s a (extended Canada day celebration I guess) fair going on around here downtown and there are some donkeys kept as prisoners and used for entertainment there. Yesterday I fed two of them a bit of carrot. The one clearly gave me an appreciative look.
    Some overweight girl with the support of her overweight mother then fed one of them nut pieces from her hand from the top of a drumstick ice cream cone. I said to them I don’t want to ruin the fun but I think that’s probably a bit bad for it. The mom said, “Well they sell it”. I said they would never eat sugar in nature… and biked away because that seemed to be my best course of action in dealing with that walking talking bacon.
    What a dumb dumpling she was.
    I went to my helpful local homeless shelter last night and got more carrots so I’m going to go to feed the donkeys some more good food if they’re still there.

    Animanarchy wrote on June 29th, 2014
    • Donkeys don’t eat carrots in nature either, since they’re root vegetables. They do eat thistles though so you could hand fed them some of those. But still, good for you to point out that sugar isn’t a very good thing.

      Alice wrote on June 29th, 2014
    • That SAD food is likely not any better for donkeys than it is for humans; however your hostility is definitely not good for anybody.

      Lisa Wolfe wrote on June 29th, 2014
      • Then why does hostility exist?

        Kit wrote on June 30th, 2014
        • It is a maladaptive form of the instinctual fight response to a perceived threat which is addictive, in that there is immediate gratification. Animanarchy no doubt got a nice little dopamine fix upon venting hostility toward the people feeding the donkey. This creates a positive feedback loop that reinforces such behavior, despite the longer term negative side effects and the fact that it accomplishes nothing toward solving real problems.

          Lisa Wolfe wrote on June 30th, 2014
      • Where is there any indication of hostility?

        Vince G wrote on June 30th, 2014
        • Calling a human being “a walking, talking bacon” and then “What a dumb dumpling she was.”

          Lisa Wolfe wrote on June 30th, 2014
        • That’s like kid’s cartoon cut downs… not hostility. Sheesh, lighten up.

          Vince G wrote on June 30th, 2014
      • Good point Alice. They did really seem to like them though. Hopefully it did them no harm. Today I gave them a bunch of leafy greens from a community garden and that made me think that carrots probably are an unnatural thing for them to eat.
        Lisa, I may have insulted the woman here, venting and amusing myself but I was definitely not hostile towards her. I was civil and in no way impolite. By the look she gave me and her tone she seemed on the verge of being hostile.
        In my defense she will likely never read what I said about her, she clearly was dumb, probably eats a lot of dumplings or something similar, and I bet she would make tasty bacon, if much too high in toxins and omega 6.
        And you seem to know exactly what’s going on inside my brain. Good for you, you must be psychic.

        Animanarchy wrote on June 30th, 2014
        • I once heard a saying about South African apartheid, that I think can put things in perspective when someone is looking at the world from their, usually protected, Western positions: “It only takes good people to do nothing for bad to prosper”. An opinion of society is mainly learnt and a ‘snapshot’ in time. Think of the extra omega 6 as part of your 80/20 rule.

          Kit wrote on July 2nd, 2014
  9. That butter thing would never happen in my house. It’s generally too cold for it to melt and any unprotected butter gets eaten by the cat.

    Wildrose wrote on June 29th, 2014
  10. I have been curious about the health benefits of chicken hearts, as I purchase some of them from a local farmer whenever I can and love to eat them raw.

    Lisa Wolfe wrote on June 29th, 2014
  11. Here is a better, science based explanation of folates:

    Stella B. wrote on June 29th, 2014
  12. Thank you, Mark, for adding my recipe for breakfast pizzas to the list!

    Tess wrote on June 30th, 2014
  13. The butter video is the Primal version of watching paint dry. I think I’ll add “watching butter melt” to my lexicon. Funny stuff, Mark.

    I just bought grass-fed beef liver over the weekend for the first time and cut up and froze to take as “pills.” I guess I’m fully on the Primal bandwagon now that I’m consuming organ meat.

    Curtis wrote on June 30th, 2014
    • I have a beef liver in my freezer. Still working up the courage..

      Mikel wrote on June 30th, 2014
      • If you have a food processor, just throw it in there until its a small chunk consistency and mix it in with your burgers, meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, anything with ground meat. You seriously can’t taste it. Or I guess you could use a knife and coarsely chop it.

        Erin wrote on July 1st, 2014
        • Thanks, Erin. That’s a good tip. I’ll give that a try. I make ground beef or ground turkey mixed with bell peppers, mushrooms and onions for our lunches, so I’ll try adding some copped liver to it.

          Curtis wrote on July 1st, 2014
  14. Hey, that was me who mentioned the giardias in dirt smoothies. Thanks for the clarification about dirt smoothies being a joke. For a while I really was eating about 1/4 tsp of compost/day and a few times I really did put it in a smoothie, although not b/c of anything Mark said. Then I found out about giardias in dirt.

    shannon wrote on July 2nd, 2014

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