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August 17, 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 309

By Mark Sisson
19 Comments

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #32 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live, and I’m answering reader questions about statins, CoQ10 depletion, the nature of hunger, and much more. 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

Most French wines contain plasticizers.

When it comes to polyunsaturated fats, the animal-based ones – DHA, EPA, and AA – are far more oxidatively stable than the plant-based ALA and linoleic acid.

Interesting Blog Posts

Science-Based Medicine admits that antibiotics are a big problem.

The effect of varying your walking speed on type 2 diabetes.

Media, Schmedia

Antiperspirants change your pit flora and probably make you smell even worse.

Also, go ahead and avoid antibacterial soaps while you’re at it. They cross the placenta, show up in fetal blood, produce antibiotic resistant bacteria, and just make things worse overall.

Everything Else

We should totally hang more.

Why, specifically, are Americans so stressed out?

Seven hours of sleep a night isn’t going to cut it if you’re active.

The value of shopping at farmer’s markets.

Man leaves lucrative career, becomes surfing, photographing, paleo-eating nomad. “If it was hard, I wouldn’t be doing it.”

Take a break. A real one.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 17 – Aug 23)

Comment of the Week

The cold, dead hand of Puritanism still hovers over America.

– Get back to work, Harry.

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Joseph T. Farmer
Joseph T. Farmer
2 years 3 months ago

Have read all about the oils and still don’t understand which of the oils can be used safely in cooking. We have changed and gone more to a grain-free diet, but still are confused about what is a good cooking oil. We are currently using organic canola oil, because of the Omega 3 composition. Is this acceptable? What oil or oils do you suggest for cooking?

His Dudeness
His Dudeness
2 years 3 months ago

Coconut, ghee, avocado, or animal fat/tallow are best.

Of those avocado is the most neutral, in my experience.

Primal17yearold
Primal17yearold
2 years 3 months ago

Canola Oil is not primal, the polyunsaturated fat content also makes it unsuitable for cooking, as the heat will oxidised the fat and make them unstable, and you don’t want to put those nasty things in your body.

Use saturated fats, such us butter or coconut oil, for cooking, these are much more stable and won’t oxidise even at high temperatures.

Eugenia
2 years 3 months ago

No, canola is not Paleo/Primal. It has been explained elsewhere that its o-3 are not useful, especially when cooked. Use the suggestions others gave here.

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 3 months ago

Red Palm oil is also fantastic to use.

Diane
Diane
2 years 3 months ago

That’s going to be me in the van someday. I’m saving up for it.

2Rae
2Rae
2 years 3 months ago

Well, I have completely stopped using antibacterial soap, deodorant and tooth paste due to all the yuckie stuff in them. Discontinuing that type of soap reduced my need for deodorant. Now it’s Dr Bronners (cut with water) for the soap and coconut oil for the deodorant, and activated charcoal for tooth paste, with a follow up polish with coconut oil.
One of the biggest benefits to the charcoal is that I get to look like a zombie and make my son think I’m way too strange. Muwahahahahaha.

Groktimus Primal
2 years 3 months ago

God I’d love to leave corporate America far behind. I’d need a lot more guts, far fewer ties and much better health to make that practical.

Amy
2 years 3 months ago
Well, I’m in pretty great health and have few ties, but I am terrified to chuck my day job nonetheless. I guess that means I need *three times* as much guts! (And possibly a cattle prod to the rear end, at the rate I go…) :-/ It’s very scary, and I admire anyone who’s made the leap — especially if it’s someone who just *did it,* and wasn’t someone who made a fortune in Silicon Valley or on Wall Street before the economy tanked and whose courage to walk away might have been bolstered by the kind of gigantic financial… Read more »
John Peter
2 years 3 months ago

Canola Oil isn’t primal, the fat content additionally makes it unsuitable for preparation

Linda
Linda
2 years 3 months ago
A resounding YES on antipersirants making you smell worse. I used to have pretty bad B.O., so I bought stronger and stronger antiperspirants, even ones that looked more like medication than a deodorant, and my B.O. just got worse and worse. It got so bad that I had to carry a bottle around with me and re-apply throughout the day – yet I still smelled – , and my clothes were still smelly when they came out of the wash. At some point I realised there was something going wrong there and switched to natural deodorants, now I make my… Read more »
Mark
2 years 3 months ago

Come to think of it, a year a go when I ate a standard diet I was a bit of a sweaty beast. Now I’m very much normal. Your natural deo sounds cool, a nice bridge between the obligation of living like a caveman but not smelling like one.

Ara
Ara
2 years 3 months ago
Mark
2 years 3 months ago

I read that “taking a break” article and it really resonated with me. Anybody else find that in their free time they decide to watch a film? Before changing to a different film and worrying about whether they’ve made the right choice? Whilst also reading a book? Whilst maintaining a conversation over Facebook? Before deciding to work for a bit?

I think we get so much more out of just picking something to do quickly and committing solely to that.

Tina Muir
2 years 3 months ago

Great links, I have a few of them saved to read. I am dreading the sleep one…..as an elite I know I should be getting at least 8 if not 8-10 with naps, but I really struggle to fall asleep, and wake up early too, hard to shut my brain off! I will be interested to see what they say! Thanks for the links.

Missy
2 years 3 months ago

There are so many harmful chemicals in antiperspirants and deodorants, thank you for making this known. Definitely going to keep these links on hand for research. Thank you!

Jacob
2 years 3 months ago

Enjoyed the hanging videos. I’ve been really focusing of my back and forearm strength lately. Doing the 7 minutes of hanging per day would be an interesting experiment to try.

Jack Lea Mason
Jack Lea Mason
2 years 3 months ago

The hanging link made me think of traveling rings. The activity involves all the basic hanging techniques/benefit described but it is way more fun. Find a set of rings and channel your inner Tarzan.

LizinOregon
LizinOregon
2 years 3 months ago

When I read the abstract about the study on French wines it made me wonder if the same plasticizers might be present in American wines that are fermented in french barrels since the liner is the culprit. Any thoughts?

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