Weekend Link Love – Edition 357

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Research of the Week

Feel like an afternoon snack? Berries will keep you fuller longer than an equally-caloric baked item.

Most packaged gluten-free foods are just as unhealthy as their gluten-replete counterparts.

Romantic-sexual kissing doesn’t appear to be a human universal.

“Stone age conditions” prolong sleep.

In indigenous Australians and Papua New Guineans, mingling with the Denisovans (the “other Neanderthal,” an ancestral human living primarily in Asia) introduced genes related to “spermatogenesis, fertilization, cold acclimation, circadian rhythm, development of brain, neural tube, face, and olfactory pit, immunity,” as well as “female pregnancy, development of face, lung, heart, skin, nervous system, and male gonad, visual and smell perception, response to heat, pain, hypoxia, and UV, lipid transport, metabolism, blood coagulation, wound healing, aging.”

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 76: Diana Rodgers: Host Elle Russ hangs out with sustainable farming advocate Diana Rodgers. Learn how Diana got into ancestral health by way of gluten-free dieting, whether there’s still vacant land that can be grazed, why her farm is “community-supported,” and how anyone who cares at all about what they eat must also care how their food is grown and raised.

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Interesting Blog Posts

The Fat Emperor on insulin and missed opportunities.

Will taxing saturated fat actually prevent any deaths?

Paul Jaminet with an interesting post on antioxidants, exercise, and whether bigger muscles are always better (or stronger).

Could lower dietary fiber diversity lead to higher diversity in the gut biome?

Media, Schmedia

Apparently, sunbathing is far more dangerous than driving a car. Hmm.

The people who need very little sleep.

Long time gluten-free dieter Novak Djokovic just won Wimbledon.

Everything Else

Scott Jurek just hiked the Appalachian trail in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes, averaging 50 miles a day.

Portland’s police horses now wear minimalist footwear. Dang hipsters.

The FDA adds “heart attack” and “stroke” to NSAID warning labels.

Oregon State University scientists have cultivated a type of dulse seaweed that apparently tastes like bacon.

The evolution of prosthetic legs.

Doodling may help you think, even if you’re bad at art.

Why BMI doesn’t work for everyone.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 21 – Jul 27)

Comment of the Week

Charlie Parker became the most influential jazz musician of the 20th century in about 1000 days.   I like it.  Being a musician and all.   Thanks for posting it

Really cool to know. Thanks, Todd.

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. I’m glad to know that it’s not weird to not like kissing. I don’t really like it. Let’s just get to the main event, is what I say.

  2. Sun versus cars: An 8-fold increase in skin cancer in women aged 20-30, since…when? Since they began slathering lots of carcinogenic sun lotion on? Since they gave up saturated fat and began eating a lot of polyunsaturated oils? Yeah, I guess all those naked or nearly naked indigenous people around the world have been dying off from skin cancer like flies.

    1. And one other thing: Genetics. My older brother and I are (were) red-heads with fair skin. We both got our share of sunburns as kids and young adults. He has had several skin cancers removed from his face and back. I’ve used a chemical that targets pre-cancerous lesions but have never had a skin cancer. My brother has other health problems that I don’t. It think I may have just been luckier than him in the genetic roulette. But after millions of year becoming humans under the sun, mostly naked, I just can’t see that going outside without sunscreen is all that bad. And not getting your proper vitamin D is all that bad.

      1. D. M. Mitchell, I’m assuming you live in the United States. If you’re red haired, you ancestors likely came from northern Europe. That means you’re getting more sun than your ancestors were evolved for. Sunburns are clearly a sign that you’re receiving too much sun.

        1. Yes, I’m an American and yes I’m of Northern European ancestry. My mother’s family was all pure German immigrants. My father’s family seems to have come from England. When sunscreens first became available I used them daily. Later I found out that they could be bad for me. I now limit my skin exposure to the Sun to around 20 minutes in the middle of the day. If I have to do yard work for longer, I wear long sleeved shirts and a broad brimmed hat and gloves to protect the backs of my hands. But still, there has been enough blood/genetic mixing that some Northern Europeans tan quite well, but red-heads don’t, ever. Well that’s not true. If I take it easy and take the time to sun wearing shorts I can tan, but I never get very dark.

    2. i haven’t worn sunscreen for a bunch of years. i regularly use iodine on my skin in strategic spots to make sure i have enough for needy tissue–thyroid, breasts. in the summer i put iodine in coconut oil and put it where i want to be sure i don’t burn. i stay out in the midday sun for hours at a time and don’t burn–except on the top of my head. so i sprayed some iodine there too. and now no more burns.

      1. Using iodine in coconut oil to prevent sunburns, I’ve never heard of that before. Tincture of iodine? What ratio of iodine to coconut oil? Does it stain your skin, especially your hands?

        1. when i was looking into iodine i frequently read that people who supplemented with iodine found that they no longer got sunburns. i use lugol’s tincture. i originally bought it to consume but then that didn’t seem like a great idea to me. you also absorb it through the skin, though most of it evaporates. and if i recall correctly–when you absorb it through the skin it only goes to the nearby tissue. so maybe once a week i paint the important parts heavily and the rest of the time i just use coconut oil laced with lugol’s and try to spread it around several days each week. i use the coconut oil because the iodine can irritate the skin on it’s own and it also allows me to spread in around more lightly and easily. how much? hard to say, i put one or two droppers full into maybe half cup of co–i keep it in a dark sealed jar. i’ve never really noticed it stain, unless i’m painting it on of course, but that’s usually gone by morning. i’ve repeatedly painted spots on my skin that i was concerned about and they have improved/gone away. when i go outside in the summer i usually put on the co/iodine but sometimes i’ve forgotten and still didn’t get burned. if you’re going to try it, start slow with the sun exposure. and you should probably supplement with selenium or eat food with selenium–otherwise it could mess up your thyroid. i use the iodine because i quite dislike any kind of seafood and rarely eat eggs now. i was having discomfort in my throat that turned out to be unproblematic nodes. since i’ve been painting my thyroid i no longer have the discomfort and some of my hair has grown back

        2. Thanks for the info bonita. I shall consider it carefully.

  3. The “Portland police horses have minimalist shoes” story sounds like is straight from “Portlandia.”

  4. Gluten free – I never seem to learn. Had some gf bread yesterday and now forgetting names. Duh

  5. You know anti-sun studies are legit when sponsored by spray tan companies.

  6. How do I sign up to be in a Stone Age living experiment? Sounds like the fun of “Survivor” without the politics of being voted out and the TV crew following you.

  7. Dear Mark,
    Regarding your recent Weekend Link Love: Could lower dietary fiber diversity lead to higher diversity in the gut biome?

    Would you please answer this question in your own words? I read the blog post and tried really hard to understand it, but I must be missing something. I don’t understand HOW less diverse fiber can create more diverse bugs. It seems like the opposite would be true.

    Thanks so much,

  8. Is yuca root not really carby? Its just non-powdered tapioca right?