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21 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 388

weekend_link_love2Research of the Week

Eating high-cholesterol foods still doesn’t increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Organic milk and meat have higher nutrient levels.

Leafy greens feed gut bacteria.

Bribing people to exercise works.

Have kids? Parenting may be altering your immune system.

Good vitamin D intake during pregnancy may stave off allergies for children later in life.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 107: Abel James: Host Elle Russ hangs out with the Fat-Burning Man himself, Abel James, to discuss his recent appearance on ABC’s “My Diet is Better Than Yours” as a fat-loss coach helping a severely overweight man lose tons of body fat on a Primal-type “Wild Diet.”  Since his guy lost the most body fat (from 52% body fat to 30% body fat) but not the most body weight, Abel came in 2nd, but his client was the clear winner. It’s a fantastic story of ancestral health principles shining on center stage.

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

Whether you’re a forefoot or heel striker when you run, make sure you land softly.

How winter affects brain function (results might surprise you).

Media, Schmedia

Having neanderthal DNA may put you at greater risk for depression (and nicotine addiction).

Why police use sleep deprivation to extract confessions.

Everything Else

Humans and neanderthals mated at least 100,000 years ago.

The now-extinct Denisovans were crafting detailed stone jewelry at least 40,000 years ago.

C’mon, people.

How a dairy farmer is turning cow manure into fuel.

Myopia is set to explode by 2050.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 23 – Mar 1)

Comment of the Week

“I’m gonna go ahead and take that as a joke. After all, I just had a massive mug of super glycine loaded bone broth and it’s -5 degrees outside here in my driveway and I feel fin…AAAACKKKK!…THUD.”

In response to my deadpan joke about “myocosbyal infarction.”

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Hmmmmm, I am going to try the “roast low and slow” for my veggies now, I do it for meat and it turns out fabulous, just throw in some veggies an hour or two before it’s done along side the roast. Thanks for the suggestion.

    2Rae wrote on February 21st, 2016
    • FYI that recipe is BS and was obviously published untested. I saw it weeks ago and tried it and it took more like 8 hours just to get the smallest stuff to roast. The only way it could work is if you diced up all the veggies into tiny pieces.

      The idea of longer slower roast stands but at a much higher temp, at a guess 350f.

      JohnC wrote on February 22nd, 2016
      • Yes, I think it’s usually a good idea in terms of energy conservation to cut things smaller. That will always require less heat or time!

        Zach Rusk wrote on March 2nd, 2016
  2. “Eating high-cholesterol foods still doesn’t increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

    “The lead author, Jyrki K. Virtanen, an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Eastern Finland, said that for healthy people, “Moderate intake of cholesterol,” including up to one egg a day, “doesn’t seem to increase the risk of heart disease, even among those people at higher risk.””


    charles grashow wrote on February 21st, 2016
  3. Thank you MDA for linking to last fall – my eyesight is actually improving steadily thanks to better practices.

    Anemone wrote on February 21st, 2016
    • please can you give some tips on how to improve eyesight? Thank you, this is scary!

      Lora wrote on February 21st, 2016
      • Myopia is 100% curable. I think this was published so Ophthalmologists would not panic by decreasing prices for LASIK surgery.

        Jack Lea Mason wrote on February 21st, 2016
  4. I roast vegetables exactly the same way as I cook meat, with a nice sear to start and then a low-and-slow roast to cook them through. Best of both worlds, flavor-wise.

    Alisa wrote on February 21st, 2016
  5. Once again humans take the cake…50 people passing around a dolphin until it dies, to take selfies? Pathetic!
    We’re devolving, not evolving.

    Noconago wrote on February 21st, 2016
    • Totally agree- just sickening.

      paul wrote on February 21st, 2016
      • +1. Made me feel like throwing up.

        Shary wrote on February 21st, 2016
    • Pathetic is an understatement. Agreed; we’re devolving…

      Ziva wrote on February 21st, 2016
      • Even a Neanderthal would not do that. Thanks Mark, I think I have Neanderthal DNA.

        Jack Lea Mason wrote on February 21st, 2016
  6. The articule on organic dairy and meatis a little misleading, they were comparing grass fed to conventional. You can get organic but not grass fed therefore the nutritional profile is different. I wonder how much better is organic than conventional. We know grass fed is much better. Interesting article on the dairy farm using manure for fuel, I will probably not try ‘ Shitty Beer’ lol!!!!!

    paul wrote on February 21st, 2016
  7. The vitamin D link confuses me. The article insists that supplemental vitamin D doesn’t have the same effect, yet, they reference D-fortified milk and cereal as effective food-based sources. Without access to the full article, I really wonder what sort of supplements they used vs. foods, and if there may be some other sort of mechanism at play in those particular foods, other than the presence of vitamin D.

    Michelle wrote on February 21st, 2016
    • Very good question, the proponents of getting all your nutrients from food alone seem curiously tolerant of those added en masse by manufacturers – at least, I’ve never seen them suggest avoiding fortified foods like they do taking supplements, so evidently that’s magic and different?

      Mrs Rathbone wrote on February 22nd, 2016
      • Good point!

        Caroline wrote on February 23rd, 2016
  8. Lots of good stuff here. I am definitely going to try roasting my veggies “low and slow.” I love making a big batch of roast veggies to last me through the week (more like a few days) and this method sounds like a great change of pace.

    Elizabeth wrote on February 21st, 2016
  9. Regarding “Leafy Greens Feed Gut Bacteria,” Stephanie Seneff has some good articles about the importance of sulfur in the diet on her (MIT) website. Highly technical, but accessible and fascinating.

    Gary Ogden wrote on February 21st, 2016
  10. Enjoyed listening to Abel James, but Elle talked WAY TOO MUCH!!! I would have liked more of Abel. Elle is there as an interviewer, not to tell her opinion on everything.

    Debbie wrote on February 22nd, 2016

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