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24 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 310

Weekend Link LoveI did a few podcasts recently. First, I talked about the basics of Primal living on the Low Carb Paleo Show. I also chatted with Sam Feltham of Smash the Fat and Chris Martenson of the Peak Prosperity podcast about the primacy of diet in determining our health and genetic destiny.

Research of the Week

Long term (5 year) ketosis has no negative effect on bone density and body composition in adults with GLUT-1 deficiency.

Those fMRI studies should be taken with a grain of salt. Active neurons don’t always show increased blood flow.

Yep, extra virgin olive oil is still really good for you. A new study finds that it increases antioxidant levels in healthy humans.

Eight weeks of hatha yoga improves memory and quick thinking.

Interesting Blog Posts

We are puppets whose masters demand unmodified potato starch as tribute.

Yes, the previous link was satire.

A man recounts his 30 days spent eating Soylent, the liquid “superfood.”

The evolutionary context of ketosis in humans.

Media, Schmedia

Look at all the polysyllabic ingredients in these natural foods.

NBA players are really getting serious about their food (and cutting unnecessary carbs in the off-season).

The ten sexiest TED talks.

This guy didn’t fare as well on his liquid diet as the guy I mentioned above.

Everything Else

The recently passed, arguably greatest squash player to ever live learned to play the sport in bare feet.

Snails are paleo.

I’m not sure what this means for the politics of Primal Blueprinters.

Select Whole Foods locations are beginning to roll out rabbit meat, and rabbit activists (yep, those exist) are up in arms.

Now let’s try this for the human zoo.

Is it bad that I find this dystopian vision of the future slightly believable?

Recipe Corner

  • Simple to make but impressive to those who weren’t there for the preparation: lamb boulettes.
  • It’s fig season, so go grab some kale, some walnuts, some prosciutto and make kale salad with figs, walnuts, and prosciutto.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 24 – Aug 30)

Comment of the Week


I had a big one too. One day a woman at the park commented on his portly size and asked, “What size diapers does he wear?” I replied, “He does not wear diapers, he wears Petite Depends.”

Excellent response to a nosey interloper.

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. Roundup is the one weapon humanity has to free itself of it’s microbial overlords

    Ion Freeman wrote on August 24th, 2014
  2. Roundup is a herbicide. It has no direct effect on microbes.

    Steve wrote on August 24th, 2014
    • The active ingredient in Roundup (glyphosate) impairs the shikimate pathway present in microbes, so yes, it does hurt your gut biome. Another reason to avoid pesticides….I am compelled to protect my lil buddies roaming my gut. When they’re not happy, you’re not happy!

      Gregabob wrote on August 24th, 2014
      • Great, more Joker Theory. Tell people the most carcinogenic thing they’ll deal with on a daily basis is car exhaust and nobody cares. Tell people there’s a microscopic chance of glyphosate from agricultural use causing measurable damage and everybody losses their minds.

        More glyphosate and synthetic fertilizer is used per acre on people’s yards than on crops. In large urban areas, the rates dwarf agricultural use.

        You’re more likely to ingest glyphosate from your neighbors yard than from your actual food.

        Which is separate from the long list of Restricted Use Pesticides approved for use on organic crops. RUP’s are pesticides so dangerous you have to a license to apply them.

        I’m a farmer. I’m tired of people simply taking the word of catastrophising bloggers with monetary incentive to lie over taking the time to learn things for themselves.

        That’s what I like about Mark. He doesn’t take anybody’s word for anything. He always views the evidence from both sides before making up his mind for himself.

        Steven wrote on August 24th, 2014
        • The tide is against this way of thinking unfortunately for you.

          John wrote on August 25th, 2014
        • Roundup does kill the soil, and does wind up in your body –

          Try reading “Cows Save the Planet”, which is well researched. You may learn a thing or two about the ground you work.

          Sorry, but the fact that you farm does not make you a more credible expert.

          MC wrote on August 25th, 2014
  3. Interesting about Whole Foods carrying rabbit. Skinned, cut-up rabbit was readily available at the grocery store when I was growing up. My mom breaded and fried it for Sunday dinners. It was good, very much like breaded, fried chicken. Then it seems like it disappeared totally, and I haven’t seen it since. Possibly there was a fear of getting infected with rabbit fever (tularemia). Whatever the reason, I haven’t seen rabbit in the grocery stores in decades. We have a lot of wild ones in the neighborhood, but the city has found some of them to be infected with tularemia so they are best avoided.

    Shary wrote on August 24th, 2014
    • I have a good local supplier — same farm that brings the chicken, pork, beef, duck, etc. also has a pretty regular supply of whole rabbits. I really like it. The liver is terrific, too. And it comes to me just astonishingly fresh. Tasty.

      Martha wrote on August 24th, 2014
    • Rabbit has disappeared to the freezer section, and is now sold in boxes (as is quail, duck, and other “exotic” meat)–look in the same section they carry frozen fish sticks, liver, and/or chitterling buckets.

      Because it is now pre-packaged, quantity has shrunk, while the price has soared. You’re better off getting it from a farmer.

      If you do a keto diet, avoid rabbit–it’s very VERY lean.

      Wenchypoo wrote on August 25th, 2014
  4. Wholefoods selling rabbit reminds me of the time down on the farm that I once fed an unknowing girlfriend rabbit my dad had shot in the backyard. Needless to say that relationship was short lived :)

    Groktimus Primal wrote on August 24th, 2014
  5. Cherenkov wrote on August 24th, 2014
  6. I’m a kale leaning baconist

    Jacob wrote on August 24th, 2014
    • If elected I promise legislation loaded with pork. I’ll cut the fat from government and put it on the American dinner table!

      jack wrote on August 24th, 2014
      • 1 VOTE!

        Wenchypoo wrote on August 25th, 2014
        • Impeach the anti-fat brigade.

          Nocona wrote on August 25th, 2014
        • “Impeach the anti-fat brigade.”

          Great idea…if it weren`t for the facts that

          a) the majority of the US population never substantially reduced fat intake in response to the government recommendations, and thus never genuinely followed said recommendations – by and large, people kept eating their fat; they just added a ton of low-fat junk food on top of it (which is not exactly what good old Ancel Benjamin K. and his ilk had in mind – they wanted people to replace fat with naturally low-fat foods like vegetables)


          b) the low-fat gurus may actually not be completely full of it, as Denise Minger has pointed out quite pithily in her AHS 2014 presentation.

          I am pretty much the opposite of a fan of low-fat dieting myself, but holding the “low-fat fiends” responsible for the obesity epidemic and everything else that is wrong with the world/US healthwise seems a tad far-fetched to me.

          Karl wrote on August 25th, 2014
      • Lol!

        j wrote on August 25th, 2014
  7. A former neighbor raised rabbits for show and meat, and shared some with me. BBQ rabbit leg and thigh were very much like chicken in size, with it’s own tasty flavor.

    Gregabob wrote on August 24th, 2014
  8. The bacon v. Kale thing ins sort of interesting, however it doesn’t seem to correlate well in my state. We’re one of the reddest of the red (85% or so of our state legislature is R), and we were solidly on team kale.

    Personally, I like my kale tossed in bacon grease and sprinkled with bacon bits. Does that make me a moderate?

    His Dudeness wrote on August 24th, 2014
  9. I also recall when rabbit was readily available at the local market. Similar to chicken, but richer flavor.

    The satire on the microbiome study is way less amusing than the original NYT article. The abstract from the actual study reads like the expository of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Without the pods, of course.

    Susan wrote on August 24th, 2014
  10. RAPTITUDE! David Cain is awesome. Glad to see him mentioned here. I hope some of the people reading this go on to read his other posts. Reading his blog changed my life.

    Jackson wrote on August 24th, 2014
  11. So glad to finally see some long-term research coming out on ketosis. Thanks for the great links!

    Stephanie wrote on August 25th, 2014
  12. Does anyone have a link to an article about the fMRI study that is not behind a paywall? I teach about fMRI to my biology classes and I would love to share this with them!

    KD wrote on August 25th, 2014
  13. pro athletes are reducing carbs to lose weight and get in shape….smh. These dudes need glycogen and Voleks research is absolute crap. Lebron thinks he wont cramp wait until season begins.

    Ray wrote on August 25th, 2014
    • The comments to the article made a good point that the NBA will start testing for a growth hormone, and that James and other players may have lost the “weight” if/when they discontined a growth hormone to stay legal. The picture seems to bear this out. Low carb makes you lose weight as tummy fat, but James appears to have lost weight as shoulder muscle.(?) Hard to tell, because he’s wearing a shirt.

      That said, I agree that these players will need carbs. Grok didn’t play basketball for six months straight.

      oxide wrote on August 25th, 2014
  14. The juice cleanse spoof(?) was pretty humorous.

    Jacob wrote on August 25th, 2014
  15. I confirm that olive oil is a great booster for our health, our region (Algeria) contains an oil of superior quality

    Commentguerir wrote on August 25th, 2014
  16. At first gance, I was prepared to hear a story about how snails refrained from eating grains, oils, and sugar… bummer.

    Zach Rusk wrote on August 26th, 2014
  17. I love rabbit meat. We raised many rabbits when I was growing up, for food, fur & fun (and 4-H). My favorite recipe was what we called ‘Chislik’, which was essentially bite-size pieces of rabbit quickly deep-fried. My father remembered eating lots of rabbit while in the Army in the 60s.

    Fast forward to many years later, and there’s a rabbit problem in our backyard & garden. I promised my dog that if she ever caught one of those pesky buggers, I’d cook it for her. Sure enough, one day, she dropped a rabbit at my feet. She loved the stew I made for her.

    This last winter, we had a red fox move into our neighborhood. Almost no rabbits have been seen this summer.

    Erok wrote on August 27th, 2014

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