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13 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 391

Weekend Link LovePrimal Endurance is an INDIEFAB Award finalist.

Want a Primal meal plan? Now you can sign up for mine for only a penny. There’s no such thing as a free lunch–but this comes close.

A nice piece in Outside about some guy they call the “pied piper” of paleo.

Research of the Week

Coffee improves antioxidant capacity.

How meat eating begat less chewing and more talking.

Meat made our brains, and our brains still need it.

We evolved feet from hands, not hands from feet.

“Sea nomad” kids can see perfectly underwater (with enough practice, so can you).

Giving infants peanuts before age 1 seems to reduce the chance of allergy, even if you only do it once.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 110: Brad Kearns and Andrew MacNaughton: Brad and Andrew give tips on life transitions, awakening passions, focusing on process rather than goal, work-life-sport balance, and numerous other bits of practical life advice.

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

A guide to the world’s blood sausages.

Are you ready for super-intelligent humans?

Read this before (or after) giving your kid antibiotics.

Media, Schmedia

Most of what Americans eat is “ultra-processed.” Also, how growing life expectancies are changing the definition of “age appropriate.”

Fasting is becoming more palatable.

Everything Else

Whole Foods to test ugly fruit.

Strangest story ever: West Virginia lawmakers celebrate passage of bill legalizing raw milk sales by drinking raw milk, one of them comes down with a stomach bug that’s been going around the office and probably doesn’t have anything to do with the milk, reporters interview him as he’s groaning and moaning on the couch. Be sure to watch the video.

Have you fallen prey to the vast bay leaf conspiracy?

Dupont’s attempt to conceal the hazards of teflon.

Dozens of scientists and psychologists recently gathered to discuss the medical applications of psychedelics.

Investors just gave cricket protein bar company EXO $4 million more.

Tiny cameras you swallow may replace conventional colonoscopies.

“So you claim your share, rally your friends, tip the cow, and become a steak holder.” A new cow-sharing app.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 16 – Mar 22)

Comment of the Week

“When my 87 year old father died the physical goods he left behind were a car, a home, a closet full of simple, neat clothes, books on all subjects, and tons of framed photos of family. He was not monetarily poor, but simply had no need for ” things”. Today we call this minimalist, but what he really was, was content.

– Well said, Marianne.

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. “Are you ready for super-intelligent humans?”
    Of course we are, that’s why we’re reading your blog! 😉

    Maybeme wrote on March 13th, 2016
  2. “The kids who avoided peanuts until they were 5 years old were more likely to report having had other problems like eczema, lower respiratory tract infections, near-sightedness, and stomach bugs like gastroenteritis”

    Is it only me or it’s hard to believe that all these things are correlated to not eating peanuts. Maybe I’m wrong but I smell other factors at play here. Like parents who avoid peanuts for 5 years (plus maybe the pregnancy) are maybe the kind of parents who also control where their kids play, if they eat dirt or not etc, etc.

    If it’s not a fluke, I admit I didn’t know that peanut was such a super food that it could have an effect that big on general health.

    Coco wrote on March 13th, 2016
    • Yup, simple example of correlation vs causation!

      Jimbo Slice wrote on March 13th, 2016
  3. I bought a teflon pan when they first came out, I know I know, this really dates me. Anyway, when it started peeling off after a few months I decided that I didn’t need whatever THAT was in my food. Haven’t used one since. Did I mention that I LOVE my cast iron pans?

    Rima wrote on March 13th, 2016
    • I’ve never given cast iron a proper trial, with correct seasoning.

      I’ve been looking at ceramic coated pans, lately, and read that pans labelled PFOA-free are likely to have some other PTFE or similar coating over the ceramic. Kinda like BPA-free labelled plastics still contain some other plasticizer(s), not necessarily less toxic than BPA.


      John Es wrote on March 13th, 2016
      • Go looking at thrift stores and garage sales. With any luck you can find cast iron that is already at least somewhat seasoned and save some of the breaking in period.

        Rima wrote on March 14th, 2016
    • And I thought those little black specks of teflon were from the food being a bit charred! Yup, I ate those, too! Thank goodness I never liked paint chips.

      bubbajank wrote on March 13th, 2016
  4. Bay Leaf Fan…..

    However, the last glass jar of expensive, dark olive green, absolutely perfectly shaped, thousand-year-old bay leaves in my pantry have no personality whatsoever.

    Back to the homely-but-flavorful, brittle, scraggly, etc., bay leaves that speak to me.

    Granny Gibson wrote on March 13th, 2016
    • Check to see if laurel bushes grow in your area. If so, then plant one–this is were bay leaves come from. Bay leaves=dried laurel leaves.

      Wenchypoo wrote on March 14th, 2016
  5. As I write I am finishing up a 24-hour fast. Am used to it, no big deal. Do it every week. And near here there is a store called “Fancy Produce.” It sells ugly vegetables and fruit. I suspect the fancy stuff goes to the grocery store and the ugly stuff is a way of making more profit. I don’t mind. Most of the time they have large cukes three for a dollar. The supermarket has them for a buck each. A two-thirds saving is nice. Taste the same. Only the peeling is ugly. Oh, and the bay leaf article is nescient manure. The writer parades his ignorance and thinks that’s cool. That’s sad, really.

    Tuba wrote on March 13th, 2016
  6. The article on Mark was fair. Whenever I recommend the website I state that The information can be overwhelming and you will be inundated with emails when you sign up for the newsletter. With that being said the free information has changed my life, I was a follower of this lifestyle ethos for two years before I purchased a few jars of primal mayo from Thrive. One of the primal rules is to use your mind, channeling the entrepreneurial spirit within us to create a business is well within compliance. Any endevour of this magnitude is derving of financial compensation.

    I will continue to spread the word about the primal lifestyle. I receive no compensation other than the stunned satisfaction of friends and colleagues who are reaping the benefits of maximum gene expression.

    Jaws76 wrote on March 13th, 2016
    • 👍 💯
      It was the amount of free information that I found deeply trustworthy, which made me want to investigate the info & give the whole primal thing shot.
      He helps people first, then makes a buck on the side :)

      Maybeme wrote on March 13th, 2016
      • A buck … maybe even two or three … enough to buy a Maserati LOL.

        Mark deserves all of his success, do something you are passionate about, offer a lot of free information as well as good products … information that can vastly improve the quality of peoples lives or even save their life.

        HealthyHombre wrote on March 13th, 2016
  7. Late published reference: “Eating Speed” = my idea of fasting.
    I only eat 1 spoonful of PB a day at dinner (err maybe 2, or 3)… for the resveratrol, I swear!
    Really Mark? You’re charging one cent online? May that not do more harm than good, considering the carbon footprint?
    Was released from custody recently; that is the reason for my prolonged absence from this forum.
    I still have to watch and listen but Mark Sisson on the Joe Rogan Experience!!!!! My big bro sent me the link. I’ve been wishing for this for years.

    Animanarchy wrote on March 13th, 2016
  8. I could have written that Bay Leaf Conspiracy article myself.
    I think I’ve been proudly ignoring bay leaves in recipes since 2007.

    Also, can I just say how much I love that these studies continue to enable my coffee problem? I somehow managed to quit during pregnancy, but then I had twins…

    Ashley wrote on March 13th, 2016
  9. Well that really was a nice little piece in Outside about you! Fun to read.

    Vanessa wrote on March 13th, 2016
  10. Thanks for linking to my beef stew + pita bread post! :)

    Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo wrote on March 14th, 2016
  11. Go looking at thrift stores and garage sales. With any luck you can find cast iron that is already at least somewhat seasoned and save some of the breaking in period.

    katijaosadchaja wrote on August 16th, 2016

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