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6 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 303

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #26 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live, and we’re talking to Dr. Cate Shanahan. As a practicing family physician who moonlights as a metabolic consultant to elite athletes like Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers, Dr. Shanahan has extensive experience working with people from all walks of life with every manner of metabolic dysfunction. She’s seen it all, and now she’s ready to see you – remotely. To learn more about what she’s offering with the new metabolic consulting service, The Primal Advantage, give it a listen. If you have any ideas or questions for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

Research of the Week

Tibetans picked up the ability to efficiently use oxygen at high altitudes by reproducing with a now-extinct line of ancient humans, the Denisovans.

In a new lifelong feeding study, water fleas (a model organism for toxicological research) fed a diet made up of Roundup-ready soybeans had the lowest growth and fertility rates and died soonest. Those on an organic soy diet fared the best.

Interesting Blog Posts

Don’t toss those strawberry tops.

GMO soybean oil bad (for DNA and inflammatory markers), extra virgin olive oil good: Dr. Andro digs into the latest study to confirm what we pretty much already know.

Media, Schmedia

Man, going paleo really hasn’t done much for Tim Howard’s reflexes, agility, reaction time, and overall athleticism.

Oh, wait.

The BBC takes a hard look or two at England’s sugar consumption.

Everything Else

How one Canadian veteran is treating his PTSD with standup paddle boarding. I definitely approve.

Who doesn’t love Thai food? Unfortunately, it can be tough to let loose and enjoy yourself at a Thai restaurant when half the time you’re craning your neck to see what kind of oil they’re using in the kitchen and wondering if those rice noodles are really just rice. With Sarah Fragoso’s new Everyday Paleo: Thai Cuisine, you can make the food yourself using quality ingredients. No more guesswork, just eating.

Pretty soon, anyone with a smartphone will be able to track their stress levels with a quick, easy, inexpensive cortisol testing app. I can see this doing more harm than good for some folks.

If people were more tolerant of ugly-looking produce, we’d waste far less food.

Scientists ran genetic tests on all the samples of “yeti fur” they’d received from around the world and found nothing out of the ordinary. It was all just a bunch of regular animal fur. I’m disappointed, but the abominable snowman lives on, if only in my dreams.

Most people prefer electric shocks to confronting the contents of their own minds.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 6 – July 12)

Comment of the Week

Walter Willett can kiss my entire basckside! I’ve got a stack of mammograms that say he’s DEAD WRONG about red meat and breast cancer.

That’s gonna tickle.

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. I have now discovered Bacon breading. I could care less that its fish but bacon breaded… okay now I have something new to try. (not with fish, but maybe veal thats bacon breaded)

    Steph wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • If you are pressed for time, using crushed pork rinds works just as well.

      Erin wrote on July 6th, 2014
      • Oh boy DOES it! I’ve been on a pork rind-breading bonanza lately. We’ve done bacon-wrapped bratwurst, squid rings, hot dogs, chicken chunks, chicken parts, and bacon strips. Now I’m on the lookout for something else to bread…

        Wenchypoo wrote on July 7th, 2014
        • Pacific codfish bits from Trader Joe’s. Inexpensive and already chopped up. Break out the chicarrones

          Jack Lea Mason wrote on July 7th, 2014
  2. As to the “Comment of the Week”:
    While I can get behind the sentiment, this remark isn`t exactly suggestive of a deep understanding of the whole “risk factor” concept on the part of its author …

    Karl wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • Exactly. Mammograms are very risky.

      Richie wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • From the author: when you have calcifications and a family history of cancers, monitoring is important. How else do you monitor breast cancer formation than with mammograms?

      Wenchypoo wrote on July 7th, 2014
      • I`m guessing Richie`s joking/making fun of my comment here (I think. I hope.).
        What I meant to say was that your not having breast cancer despite your (presumably high) red meat consumption doesn`t necessarily tell us anything about whether or not WW is wrong – if it did, the current understanding of the pathophysiology of lung cancer would also be in dire need of revision, seeing as several of my chain-smoking relatives have got stacks of chest X-rays/CT scans that say the medical establishment is DEAD WRONG about smoking and lung cancer.

        (I concur that WW is, in fact, wrong – I just don`t agree with your line of reasoning.)

        Karl wrote on July 7th, 2014
  3. That’s because the yeti are being held in a top secret government facility. Shhh!

    Groktimus Primal wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • As is Bigfoot.

      Wenchypoo wrote on July 7th, 2014
  4. I noticed that in the first of those two BBC articles on sugar, the sugar lobby was quoted as throwing up distraction rule #1 from the PR Playbook: “Let’s not demonize one ingredient”. I think we SHOULD demonize one ingredient and I’m really tired of having to listen to weaselly spin like this, especially because it often seems to work on people who don’t have the time to think in depth about all the news factoids that stream in and out of their lives.

    Don’t forget this was the industry that gave us the “Eat sugar to lose weight” campaign in the Fifties. No, I kid you not: check out the ad that is the first image in this article –

    Tyrannocaster wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • I remember the “doctors recommend Parliament cigarettes” ads.

      Wenchypoo wrote on July 7th, 2014
  5. Maybe they would sell more imperfect produce if they marked it down? It has to be more cost effective than just throwing it away. Personally I’m not too bothered by odd shaped produce. It’s the stuff that is old and bruised up that I avoid mainly because I can’t always use them fast enough before they would go bad, especially if I have to pay a premium price for them. I do miss having a large garden and orchard. I do know what really fresh produce looks like and I seldom see it in grocery stores. The stores tend to stock the produce that travels well and is tasteless. Having grown up eating home grown varieties that are bred for good flavor is wonderful. I’ve heard in places like Japan where fresh tasty produce is highly valued they mark down the produce in the evenings because it isn’t quite as ‘fresh’ and college students are known for shopping the mark downs.

    Ingvildr wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • Pig farmers buy up the ugly produce at large discounts because they buy in volume.

      Wenchypoo wrote on July 7th, 2014
  6. Good article about Tim Howard. Nice reinforcement for us. He does everything we do.

    jack wrote on July 6th, 2014
  7. I have tried asking the produce guy if he has any defective produce that I can buy to feed my parrots and they refuse. Groceries would rather throw stuff away (into a locked dumpster, of course) than give it away to charity or sell it cheaper to regular folks.

    Diane wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • This is most likely due to health laws in your city or state. It’s also a question of liability. The produce guy doesn’t know whether you’re really going to feed your parrots or eat the produce yourself. They don’t want you getting sick, or even claiming you got sick, and then suing them–which is exactly what some people would do.

      Shary wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • I go in my chain supermarket late in the evenings, and see the butcher removing the meats that are ‘expiring’ the next day. I asked him where they go. He said “Into the dumpster.” I asked if is any way I can take them, I feed my dogs raw, and believe me, they could care less if their chicken thighs are one day from expiring. Plus, I make their meals in advance and freeze them at -5, which kills a lot of nasties.

      Anyway…his answer was…no, not allowed. So into the trash it goes, when I could be feeding my dogs with it rather than wasting it.

      PK wrote on July 6th, 2014
      • Two reasons: health code and tax code. They not only are required to throw it out, but write off the waste as a loss on their taxes. What do you think keeps Mickey D’s afloat?

        Wenchypoo wrote on July 7th, 2014
  8. I was truly shocked to see those sliced off strawberry tops. Who on earth does that? I just use fingernails to pinch off the green. Any trace of red removed is a sin. And it makes the strawberries look funny with sliced off ends.

    Now if you had a suggestion to use the pile of green bits then I would be interested…

    fifer wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • When fresh, strawberry sepals (the modified leaves at the base of flowers/fruit) are edible! I often eat strawberries whole. Suppose you could use the tops as an ingredient, too. Tea would be an experiment. Compost if you produce enough organic “waste”.

      BillC wrote on July 7th, 2014
  9. I love this quote from Tim Howard:
    “Sure, I like ice cream, but when you keep a healthy lifestyle, it’s: Do you prefer sweets and crappy food, or do you prefer to have a nice body? It depends on what you want more.”

    Warren wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • Meh. Considering that myriad (natural) bodybuilders successfully practise an “if it fits your macros” approach to nutrition, it seems pretty clear that this is a false dichotomy; while “clean eating” no doubt constitutes a wise endeavour from a health perspective, it is neither (universally) necessary nor (universally) sufficient for getting/being ripped . (Personally, my body composition was decidedly better on a steady diet of junk and protein shakes than it is on my current Primal regimen – probably because I am not paying as much attention to protein and overall energy intake as I used to).

      Karl wrote on July 6th, 2014
  10. Genetic testing of the so called yeti fur yielded nothing out of the ordinary…

    OH WAIT. Except for the probable previously unknown himalayan bear species with at least some genetic input from a long-extinct set of polar bears. As in, a large predatory mammal species in a populated area that remains undescribed by modern science.

    It’s not a yeti, but that’s still pretty big deal.

    Erik wrote on July 6th, 2014
  11. Interesting information about sugar consumption. I still believe that too sugar consumption is not optimal for the human body. Even too much high glycemic fruit can have negative effects on the human body. I am not stubborn but there is too much evidence suggesting that too sugar, no matter where it comes from, is no good.

    Rob A wrote on July 6th, 2014
    • This is just a thought though. I am going to read a lot more into this and see what I dig up on this topic. By the way, that post about ads for “sugar weight loss diet” in the fifties is mind blowing. However, they did not have nearly as much access to information as we do today. So I am not surprised. I have actually been doing this fat loss program ( I has been working for me. Could never add more sugar to my diet though.

      Rob A wrote on July 6th, 2014
  12. The strawberry infused water and the bacon fish sticks are brilliant! The whole family will love those!

    Jacob wrote on July 6th, 2014
  13. I just feed my strawberry tops to my box turtles. Win-win.

    Curtis wrote on July 6th, 2014
  14. Not sure of the facts, but I found several mentions online that strawberry leaves release cyanide if wilted. I’ve eaten a few fresh leaves from our organic garden, but am going to refrain until I can find out more info.

    Energy! wrote on July 7th, 2014
  15. Not a single comment on “people would prefer electric shocks than confronting the contents of their own minds”…hence the propensity to tweet, twitter, cellphone, google and gaggle ad infinitum.

    Nocona wrote on July 7th, 2014
  16. Mark, there are yetis

    Read very carefully

    “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, and this survey cannot refute the existence of anomalous primates,”

    The yetis are alive and well, they just don’t want to be in the public eye.

    wildgrok wrote on July 7th, 2014
  17. OH WAIT. aside from the probable antecedently unknown mountain range bear species with a minimum of some genetic input from a long-extinct set of polar bears

    John Peter wrote on July 8th, 2014

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