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August 24, 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 310

By Mark Sisson
30 Comments

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

Leslie,

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.

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Ion Freeman
2 years 1 month ago

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

Ion Freeman
2 years 1 month ago

its

Steve
Steve
2 years 1 month ago

Roundup is a herbicide. It has no direct effect on microbes.

Gregabob
Gregabob
2 years 1 month ago

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!

Steven
Steven
2 years 1 month ago
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… Read more »
John
John
2 years 1 month ago

The tide is against this way of thinking unfortunately for you.

MC
MC
2 years 1 month ago

Roundup does kill the soil, and does wind up in your body – http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2013/06/13/study-youre-in-trouble-roundup/

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.

Shary
Shary
2 years 1 month ago
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… Read more »
Martha
Martha
2 years 1 month ago

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.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 1 month ago

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.

Groktimus Primal
2 years 1 month ago

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 🙂

Cherenkov
Cherenkov
2 years 1 month ago
Jacob
Jacob
2 years 1 month ago

I’m a kale leaning baconist

jack
jack
2 years 1 month ago

If elected I promise legislation loaded with pork. I’ll cut the fat from government and put it on the American dinner table!

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 1 month ago

1 VOTE!

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 1 month ago

Impeach the anti-fat brigade.

Karl
Karl
2 years 1 month ago
“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) and b) the low-fat gurus may actually not be completely full of… Read more »
j
j
2 years 1 month ago

Lol!

Gregabob
Gregabob
2 years 1 month ago

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.

His Dudeness
His Dudeness
2 years 1 month ago

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?

Susan
Susan
2 years 1 month ago

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.

Jackson
Jackson
2 years 1 month ago

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.

Stephanie
2 years 1 month ago

So glad to finally see some long-term research coming out on ketosis. Thanks for the great links!

KD
KD
2 years 1 month ago

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!

Ray
Ray
2 years 1 month ago

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.

oxide
oxide
2 years 1 month ago

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.

Jacob
2 years 1 month ago

The juice cleanse spoof(?) was pretty humorous.

Commentguerir
2 years 1 month ago

I confirm that olive oil is a great booster for our health, our region (Algeria) contains an oil of superior quality

Zach Rusk
Zach Rusk
2 years 1 month ago

At first gance, I was prepared to hear a story about how snails refrained from eating grains, oils, and sugar… bummer.

Erok
Erok
2 years 1 month ago
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… Read more »
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