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January 24, 2016

Weekend Link Love – Edition 384

By Mark Sisson
19 Comments

Weekend Link Love

We almost killed off the buffalo, and now we have a chance to help them return to their native lands. Support the Tanka Fund.

Research of the Week

Low cholesterol, especially LDL and HDL, predicts increased suicidality.

Trail running quells anxious rumination.

Dunbar’s number persists into our social media networks.

Beards may protect hospital workers against staph infections.

Catch-up sleep (2 days at 9.7 hours per night) on the weekend can offset sleep deprivation during the week (4 days at 4.3 hours per night).

Arch supports may increase the energetic cost of human locomotion.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

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Episode 103: Aerobic Base Building with Brad Kearns: In this quick episode, host Brad Kearns discusses the most ignored and most important component of any endurance training regimen—building the aerobic base.

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

Can paleo actually save the environment?

Weighted blankets are helping veterans get back to sleep.

Media, Schmedia

Chris Pratt’s Game Plan diet, with a little wiggle room.

Shoulda read Primal Endurance.

Bernie Sanders was “Paleo before Paleo was a thing.”

Everything Else

There’s a cauliflower shortage.

Think Amazon carries this?

Prospective parents: don’t give your infant vegan almond milk formula. He might get scurvy.

Fairy tales go way back.

Gorgeous paleo art.

A Bay Area school district is the first with all-organic, GMO-free cafeterias. Of course it’s Marin County.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 26 – Feb 1)

Comment of the Week

Tried to take the test at the bottom of the boredom article. I quit after the second screen. Got bored.

– It happens, Derek.

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Paul
Paul
8 months 20 hours ago

Nice cheap shot at Ryan Hall. Beyond your belief that a ‘primal endurance’ lifestyle is beneficial to weekend athletes, do you have any reason to believe the primal approach could get a marathoner to a 2:05 PR? (or any examples of Olympc-level endurance athletes following this approach)?

Scott
Scott
8 months 13 hours ago
I for one, have no idea if a primal approach would get a marathoner to 2:05 PR and I couldn’t care less. In my opinion, a PR is meaningless if it means long-term damage to your health. According to the article “Kids across the country were talking about these guys; they wanted to be them.” If so, then Ryan Hall was setting a bad example. I don’t want to live in a world where 1% of the population damages themselves running marathons, playing football and falling off hot air balloons preparing for stunts, while the other 99% sit on their… Read more »
april
april
8 months 11 hours ago
Geoff
Geoff
7 months 30 days ago
To me, there’s a middle ground here. If Mark was going to use the Ryan Hall article to promote “Primal Endurance”, then perhaps it should have been as a means for Hall to recover from his very serious (if self-induced) health problems and regain some joy in running. Mark brought himself back very effectively from the ravages of his chronic cardio. Would have been kinder to offer Hall a little help on the recovery end. The way it was set up here did seem very harsh. Hall made a great living from his running because he had what it took… Read more »
Paul
Paul
7 months 24 days ago
Thank you for the thoughtful elaboration on my earlier point. Ryan Hall lives in a world that the rest of us mere mortals only see from a distance: he has (had?) the talent, drive and determination that 99.99999% of us simply do not. His quest was to be the best in the world, and he almost got there. The fact that he never reached the pinnacle he sought leaves his approach open for reconsideration, I just thought its treatment here was less than insightful. As for Karnazes, he’s always been a gifted storyteller and promoter (that’s a compliment, not a… Read more »
Clay
Clay
8 months 14 hours ago

Correction on the vegan almond milk formula article. They didn’t feed the baby “formula”. They literally fed the baby nothing but regular commercial almond milk from age 2 months to 11 months. I know you like making fun of vegans Mark, but this is disingenuous.

Richie
Richie
8 months 13 hours ago

“When the child experienced skin irritation at 2 months of age, a doctor recommended to the parents that they stop giving him baby formula and instead supplement their child’s diet with an almond-based formula. Unfortunately, the child refused to eat much of anything else.”

An almond-based formula is regular commercial almond milk? I’m not trying to be a smart-ass at all, I’m just confused.

Shary
Shary
7 months 30 days ago

Richie, baby formula would likely contain additional ingredients that regular almond milk lacks. That’s not to say that all the added ingredients are nutritious or even necessary. I’m not opposed to feeding babies a vegetarian-type milk substitute when breast milk isn’t an option, but in this day and age I would definitely question the ingredients in any commercial baby formula. God only knows what might be in it and where it came from.

Clay
Clay
7 months 30 days ago
When you get through the entire article, which was not that well written to begin with, they clarify that statement. They didn’t give the baby formula of any sort. Which was the problem. This is where they clear up the confusion: The authors of the article note that when almond beverages are processed, vitamin C loses its potency, and puts infants at risk — something parents should take to heart. “Pediatricians and parents should be aware that plant-based beverages are not a complete food and they may not replace breastfeeding or infant formula,” the authors wrote. Ayoob said he hopes… Read more »
Scott
Scott
8 months 13 hours ago

A number of news articles refer to the almond beverage as a formula. However the abstract from the journal that originally published it does not. I find that interesting.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/01/15/peds.2015-2781?sso=1&sso_redirect_count=1&nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token

Clay
Clay
7 months 30 days ago

Correct. This line explains it well:

“We report a case of scurvy after exclusive intake of almond beverages and almond flour from 2.5 to 11.0 months of life. ”

So NOT formula.

Richie
Richie
7 months 26 days ago

Thanks! Clears it up.

Gary Ogden
Gary Ogden
8 months 13 hours ago

I had the opposite experience with the boredom survey. I got 28 out of 30, and they said I would be delighted to watch paint dry.

Dan
Dan
8 months 3 hours ago

Lion Man of Hohlenstein Stadel is a favorite paleo statue of mine.

Jon
Jon
8 months 33 minutes ago

Every time at the dentist when they put the “weighted” covering over my chest for an X-ray it makes me feel relaxed. Would like to try one for sleep too.

Shary
Shary
7 months 30 days ago

I’m just the opposite. I can’t stand the feeling of being “pinned down” under heavy covers. I prefer to set the heat at a comfortable level (70 degrees in my case) and sleep under a sheet and one very light blanket.

JohnC
JohnC
7 months 30 days ago

Ok, I’ll ask again since no one from this site answered last time: Why are some links formatted with a crossed out font? For example this:

Arch supports may increase the energetic cost of human locomotion.

Displays with a crossed out link.

I used to think they were dead links but it works, then I thought it was because the study was disproven or flawed, but then why keep linking to it?

Finally, does anyone who works on the site actually read the comments anymore?

Dutchie
Dutchie
7 months 30 days ago

I think it’s just that the hyperlinked text isn’t displaying properly. I noticed this happening with the last month or so and have treated it like regular hyperlinked text.

JohnC
JohnC
7 months 30 days ago

Yes, that’s the problem, its’ been ongoing for at a guess over a year now. Curious why it’s happening and if we are being told to disregard those links or not by that font being used.

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