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December 28, 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 328

By Mark Sisson
22 Comments

Weekend Link Love

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Research of the Week

In a middle-aged Japanese population, coffee intake was protective against colon cancer. Green tea had no relationship to colon cancer risk.

Farming gave us weaker bones.

If there’s any white crystalline substance that directly causes hypertension, sugar’s the more likely culprit than salt (PDF).

It’s not all about butyrate. Supplementing with propionate, another short chain fatty acid produced by the fermentation of fiber in the gut, lowered belly and liver fat in humans.

iPads are really bad for sleep.

In adults at risk of type 2 diabetes, a lower-carb, higher-fat diet reduces abdominal and intramuscular fat and increases insulin sensitivity.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why you should make more of your workouts look (and feel) easy.

Dr. Ron explores how the lifestyle factors that increase heart disease risk probably also increase cancer risk.

Media, Schmedia

Actually, (properly grazed) cows are good for the environment.

It turns out that the dire warnings against parent/infant co-sleeping have been exaggerated — and they probably put more babies at risk.

Everything Else

Dr. Ron Sinha sat down with That Paleo Show to talk about a culturally-tailored approach to living Primal.

In Argentina, an organgutan was just granted “non-human personhood.”

How Americans die (in beautiful graph form).

What 2,000 calories looks like in chain restaurant fare.

Sparks literally fly when an egg meets sperm. Zinc sparks.

What happens when an office eliminates sitting altogether by removing all the chairs?

Kangaroo 1, drone 0.

20 ways to see the light.

There are limitations to blinded studies.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 28 – Jan 3)

Comment of the Week

I think he was just WAXING poetic.

Indeed I was.

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Clay
Clay
2 years 5 months ago
This is how insane the American Diabetes Association is. This is a quote from their October 2013 press release on nutritional guidelines “Just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes does not mean you can no longer enjoy the foods you love or your cultural traditions,” said Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, Coordinator of Diabetes Education Programs – University of Washington Medical Center, Diabetes Care Center. Ummm, yes, that’s exactly what it means. Type 2 diabetes is 100% lifestyle related. So if your current “foods you love” and “cultural traditions” gave you diabetes, then yes, you can’t do that anymore.… Read more »
caroline
caroline
2 years 5 months ago

I totally agree.

Shary
Shary
2 years 5 months ago

Clay, I agree with all but your last paragraph. Anyone with functioning intelligence and a little common sense has, or should have, the ability to recognize that the goal of these outside entities is usually profit, not optimal health. As thinking individuals, we DO bear the bottom-line responsibility for the health of our minds and bodies, regardless of how much is spent on advertising. When people choose to put their faith in less-than-scrupulous organizations, it boils down to just that–a matter of choice, however misguided.

Clay
Clay
2 years 5 months ago
Of course we bare the ultimate responsibility for our health, I’m referring to multi-billion dollar machine that writes our laws, shapes what we hear and see and listen too, shapes how our medical schools and doctors teach and practice, shape our food economy by subsidizing corn and soy but not fresh vegetables, shapes what our insurance companies do and do not cover…the who thing. To say that we bare equal responsibility for our situation is absurd. You can’t stack the cards against someone and then step back and act like you bare no responsibility because the person on the receiving… Read more »
Shary
Shary
2 years 5 months ago
I get where you’re coming from, but I disagree. Putting spin on a situation and pointing the finger elsewhere–gaslighting one’s self, so to speak, which has become standard procedure these days–solves nothing. There are a lot of situations in life that should be different than what they are, particularly with regard to the “guilt” of others (whether real or imagined). But the fact is, life is not a level playing field. It never will be, and there’s little future in whining about some anonymous “They” who won’t play by our rules. Why drive down that dangerous series of forks in… Read more »
Zach
Zach
2 years 5 months ago

I love this conversation and wish more would think about it! There are valid points on both sides (corporate/state/institution vs individual responsibility). I think all parties hold a degree of responsibility. Incremental steps by the individual collectively might yield a more fair system. It might take a revolution similar to La Via Campesina.

Erin Carter
2 years 5 months ago

Thanks so much for featuring my Cinnamon Spice Pancake post! I am such a fan of your blog. Keep up the amazing work!

Harry Mossman
2 years 5 months ago

While the studies on weakened bones are interesting and support the Paleo premise, the media take, as usual, and maybe the researchers’ conclusions go too far. Farming is “lazier” than hunting and gathering? Maybe lazier than gathering a lot of heavy food and carrying it a long way back to camp while carrying a child too. But lazier than hunting?

And what about changes in diet? That seems more important to me.

Energy!
Energy!
2 years 5 months ago

I agree…the researchers ruled out dietary changes without explaining why. Also, the article didn’t mention gender…did women’s level of exertion change exactly as much as men’s?

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 5 months ago

I think they compare TODAY’S farming with hunting/gathering: indeed, today’s modern farming IS lazier. In fact, the farmer doesn’t even have to be inside the machinery to plow a field or harvest a crop any more–it’s all GPS guided and computer-driven. What once took an army of men to do, a single man with a bazillion dollars’ worth of hi-tech machinery can now do.

Groktimus Primal
2 years 5 months ago

That was a great article on cancer.

Also I just saw the movie Carb-Loaded and it was the best yet on the topic and Mark’s piece was spot on.

Diane
Diane
2 years 5 months ago

That was a weird looking office. If I had to work in that office I would go sit on the floor with my laptop in some corner somewhere.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 5 months ago

Take away all the chairs, and you’ve just created Nirvana for the wheelchair-bound.

Susan
Susan
2 years 5 months ago

That floor plan didn’t look very wheelchair-accessible – too many narrow bottlenecks and no place to turn a wheelchair around.

Traditional offices have their issues but that office looked like a nightmare rat maze for humans. I’m with Diane, I’d find a corner where I wouldn’t get stepped on and hunker down until I could escape.

Caliprimal
Caliprimal
2 years 5 months ago

So, I know what foods contain inulin and that it is in supplement form from Jarrow Formulas on Amazon, but what about propionate? What foods is it in and what supplements did they use in that study?

Joanna
Joanna
2 years 5 months ago

Yes, Caliprimal, I read the study and would like also like to know! That or what are some food sources of propionate

Jack Lea Mason
Jack Lea Mason
2 years 5 months ago

Caliprimal, I missed if the form of propionate was specified in the article. I understand calcium and potassium propionates are used as preservative in grain based processed foods. Therefore it may not be available as a commercial supplement? The study simply suggested that elevated propionate improved reduced the metabolic factors that contribute to obesity. Propionate compounds are naturally produced by beneficial bacteria. Therefore I would assume best way to increase intestinal propionate levels is rebuild one’s gut biome with organisms that produce it? Perhaps the following link has the answer?

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ipid/2008/829101/

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 5 months ago

Foods containing calcium propionate: http://getfit.jillianmichaels.com/foods-containing-calcium-propionate-1437.html

All forms of propionate are used as food preservatives.

John Es
John Es
2 years 5 months ago

I’ll have to spend some time on that article. My Doctors’ Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis said I was low in propionate. I’m underweight, but the fat is around my belly. I prefer to use probiotics and prebiotics to generate the propionate, instead of a supplement.

The Naturopath that tested me prescribed Klaire Labs – Ther-Biotic Complete Powder.

I have mixed feelings toward her wisdom. She also put me on thyroid, based solely on a high TSH. I don’t think TSH is adequate to tell whether to prescribe exogenous thyroid, and certainly doesn’t indicate which type is needed.

Ion Freeman
2 years 5 months ago

If I’m thinking white crystalline substances that cause hypertension, sugar and salt aren’t the only things that spring to mind.

Coco
Coco
2 years 5 months ago

I loved the beef is good for the planet and the co-sleeping ones. I would share it with everyone I know if they understood English. I already knew about the co-sleeping but the beef one got me surprised, it will be nice to have a new argument against vegans! Thanks!

F Pat Foy
F Pat Foy
2 years 5 months ago

I’ll be 70 the 15th of Feb, 2015. I read your Challenge 2015 announcement and, for once, I’m excited. I’m going to be putting some real thought into what my future should look like, instead of chasing some picture from the past. I didn’t really like any of them very well, anyway!! More to come Jan 5 when I register for the Challenge…

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