Weekend Link Love – Edition 352

Weekend Link LoveThe Paleo Girl One-Year Anniversary Giveaway ends on June 18. If over $1,700 worth of paleo books, paleo foods, and other paleo goodies interests you, and you have an Instragram account, be sure to enter by then.

Boulder, CO readers! June, 19, I’ll be at the Whole Foods on Pearl Street signing books and handing out Primal Kitchen™ Mayo samples. Come say hello, try a 30-minute CrossFit workout, and taste some delicious mayo.

Research of the Week

Risky outdoor play improves kids’ health. Which would actually make it safe outdoor play, right?

Adding cooked eggs to your raw salad increases the amount of carotenoids you absorb from it.

Regular consumption of phytate reduces the inhibitory effect it normally has on non-heme (plant-derived) iron absorption in women.

Do statins protect against cancer? Quite the opposite, say some.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 71: Laird Hamilton: I hang out with my Malibu neighbor, Laird Hamilton, who’s considered by many to be the greatest big wave surfer of all time (he actually co-invented “tow-out” surfing, where boats take you out to massive waves otherwise unreachable by paddling). We talk about Rolfing, breathing (and its effect on performance), unheated pools, barefooting, jet lag, how Laird eats and trains (and why), plus more.

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.

Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the brand new Primal Endurance Podcast.

Weekly sweepstakes: Submit a review for The Primal Blueprint Podcast or The Primal Endurance Podcast on iTunes and submit this form for a chance to win a Primal prize package. One new winner is chosen every week!

Interesting Blog Posts

Why the supposed protective effect statins have against cancer is baseless (and the reverse is likely true).

Have antibiotics caused the massive rise in celiac disease?

Media, Schmedia

Why don’t many indigenous cultures have high rates of back pain despite sitting, bending, and enduring heavy labor? It’s the posture.

Feeling the heat, McDonald’s hires Obama’s former press secretary as PR chief.

Everything Else

Robb Wolf and NordicTrack teamed up to produce an awesome new paleo infographic.

Seven hours a night is pretty much the minimum for health, say sleep experts.

Now that’s a cool dad.

Going by the current definition, a number of sitting behaviors, like playing video games and typing, are considered non-sedentary. Does the definition need updating?

As producers scramble to capitalize on consumers’ growing appetite for indigenous African greens, what makes the vegetables so nutritious (and desired) may be lost.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 16 – Jun 22)

Comment of the Week

Bro, I dig your stuff… but who would want to eat mayo right after a 30 min Crossfit workout?

– What, no one else is doing the mayo whey isolate smoothie post-workout?

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. The Kresser article on a potential link between antibiotics and celiac disease is interesting-would like to see a post here on the recent journal article about glyphosate being linked with celiac disease, cancer, and kidney disease. It’s an eye-opening article – would like to hear Mark’s take on it and how we can protect our health when glyphosate is so widely used.

  2. Some interesting links.

    I particularly enjoyed the piece about indigenous cultures and back pain. While I think it provides some solid information, I do believe it leaves out some key aspects. Based on my experience as a coach/trainer, I would say that lower crossed syndrome is a major cause of lower back pain in contemporary Western societies. Proper strength training that focuses specifically on strengthening the posterior pelvic tilt movement pattern is incredibly helpful in these cases.

  3. I always have to laugh at these studies and recommendations as to how many hours of sleep one should get. The bottom line is, it varies from person to person and even from one day to the next, depending on what’s going on in one’s life. We all know (without being told) when we aren’t getting enough sleep. The real trick lies in figuring out what to do about it.

    1. These studies never say much about the quality of sleep either. Probably because it’s hard to measure outside a sleep lab.

  4. Amusing paleo infographic, but it didn’t mention eggs or organs in either diet, both of which are staples in mine.

    1. I suppose I could assume that they would include those in “meat.”

    2. Indeed, I felt it could have been more compelling. Maybe that’s not what they were going for, but it was a cool infographic nonetheless.

    3. Fun infographic but it is standard paleo not primal. It promotes the idea that we should eat like cave men/women, which we cannot do. My ancestors have consumed dairy for thousands of years. I do well on it. IMHO, Mark has the right approach. The infographic makes us a well deserved target of ridicule.

    4. Also was a little too heavy on the lean meats and calorie counting for me and light on the vegetables. I would consider their snacks and garnishes for the other meals and their breakfast as a good size snack. Maybe they don’t want to scare anyone away.

  5. The NPR article doesn’t address squatting, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately, especially with the growing popularity of standing desks. At home, I use a low table that I picked up at H Mart, which is like a Korean Walmart (I have no idea what it’s called–it’s made of rosewood with folding legs, and I think it might be called a tea table). Usually, I sit with my legs underneath the table, but I’ll also squat while using my laptop. I’ve been doing it for a few years now, and I can squat for an hour or two without having to get up and stretch my legs out. When I first started doing it I’d have to stand up and stretch my lower back more than my legs and hips, but now I’ve got zero back pain. And I started thinking, squatting is the normal resting position for humans, more so than standing–maybe squatting desk should be the next big thing after standing desks? Though squatting at an office might seem weird, maybe they could be for home use?

  6. Laird Hamilton! One of my favorite surfers of all time….can’t wait to listen to this podcast.

  7. I love the 5 Reasons to Run Outside Podcast. I can particularly relate to the fact that running on a treadmill seems like a chore and takes the joy out of it. There is nothing like running outside in the elements. The wind in your hair, sun on your face, and sights, sounds, and smells of nature are what makes running so fun!

  8. Wow! Thanks Mark, for the great Laird Hamilton podcast. I’ve always admired him and watching the guy drop in on a 40 foot waves with gusto. Bravo.

  9. Left out again….

    I love the idea of Primal Kitchen, but since I don’t have a Facebook page, I guess I won’t be able to keep up on what’s happening with the Primal Kitchen franchise concept.

    I know I’m not the only person who chooses not to get involved with social media – some of the other specials you’ve had on MDA which required social media to participate in have generated similar comments from others. I do hope you’ll keep us abreast of developments here as well.

  10. Primal Kitchen restaurants–wow cool is that!

    I hope you expand into places where it’s notoriously hard to find quick, healthy, primal options (airports, for instance).

    More generally, this will hopefully help spread primal awareness and eating patterns (including among people who might have never considered the option and/or have misguided perceptions of what “primal eating” even means). Would be so nice to have a good option to recommend to patients who want an alternative to Chipotle or expensive dining.

  11. Regarding the paleo graphic.
    Two issues (besides the lack of eggs):
    One is that they’ve got 9 opportunities to depict a human being, and every single one of them has facial hair. Apparently we managed to evolve all the way from Australopithecus to homo sapiens without ever having a female in the species.
    Second is that Rob Wolf has been flogging that same exact daily meal plan for years, even as people complain that it is higher in protein (217 g) than is needed (or historically precedented), way too low in fat for a low-carb diet (39%), too low in carbs for many people (87 net carbs), and frankly sounds rather inedible. A third of a pound of dry salmon? A pound of broccoli with no fat? Two salads dressed in nothing but lemon juice? Blech! This menu must be left over from the days when paleo was trying to be both low fat and low carb, and apparently Rob is too lazy to spend the 10 minutes it takes to run a daily intake analysis on nutritiondata.self.com to come up with something more sensible.
    And I’ll throw in a third whine. The news events in the last block range from 9,500 to 7000 BCE, but the little dude is wearing modern overalls. Why not dress him like an Egyptian? Or a Sumerian?

  12. Hi Mark,

    I was particularly interested in the study of women and phytates, and would love a post in the near future expanding on this, including what plants this would cover. Thank you.