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22 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 72

Jimmy Moore is a low-carb super star. The man pushes harder than most to crack conventional wisdom on his blog, and he just released a new book, 21 Life Lessons From Living Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: How the Heatlhy Low-Carb Lifestyle Changed Everything I Thought I Knew.

I’ve posted the piano thing before, but The Fun Theory is just too inspiring not to spread.

Want to strengthen your bones? Buy a jump rope. Want to weaken them? Become a cardioholic, drive your cortisol levels crazy, and prevent your bones’ uptake of calcium. Read more about a fascinating new bone study at the NY Times.

Sugar kills….worms!

Mummies are old, but not as old as Grok. Why is this important? Because scientists just discovered mummies with heart disease. These same scientists have not been able to confirm whether vampires and werewolves have heart disease, but it’s looking likely.

How Primal are business cards made of meat?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One Year Ago (November 15 – 21, 2008)

  • Grain Pain – My battle with IBS and my personal story of giving up grains.
  • Banish Bake Sales? – An age old tradition of local fund raising. I’m all for charity and community, but there has to be a healthier way to raise money.

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. Love or hate Jimmy Moore, he is an active voice in the low-carb community and a valuable source for information.

    Grok wrote on November 22nd, 2009
    • Yeah, when he’s not Livin’ La Vida Frankenfoods. A classic example of “do as I say, not as I do.” Sure, he lost 180 pounds … and gained fifty of it back eating garbage. He’s still a junk food addict, he’s just switched to low-carb junk. It’s only because he gets huge hits that people fawn over him, no one says a public word about his horrible fake food-filled diet. Read his menus blog and see how sarcastic and nasty he gets if anyone calls him on his lousy eating habits. That’s why he no longer posts his weight–because he wants to keep up the “I lost 180 pounds” pretense and keep making money off his blog (his only income source, BTW, so another reason to take anything he writes with a huge grain of salt … or sugar?).

      Trish wrote on November 23rd, 2009
      • I don’t really read what he writes very much, but I enjoy many of the podcast interviews.

        Even if he didn’t eat it, frankenfoods are the sponsors. It’s kind of hard to bash them within your content when they’re paying the mortgage. Tough position to be in ;)

        Grok wrote on November 23rd, 2009
        • Exactly. I would wager that Mark makes money off MDA, including book and supplement–I don’t know if it’s his sole source of income–but I look at his site and don’t see a bunch of Google ads or “sponsors.” That gives him more credibility to me. When Jimmy first started out he was very credible, but then here came the frankenfood ads and his defense of a very shady diet plan that only ended when people threatened to boycott his sponsors (read income), then he almost fell over himself backpedaling. He put all his eggs in one basket, which was really really dumb.

          Trish wrote on November 23rd, 2009
        • Not interested in hijacking Mark’s thread discussing Jimmy, so here is where I’ll leave it!

          1.) I care exactly ZERO about Jimmy’s personal life and life choices!

          2.) I don’t listen to Jimmy’s show for Jimmy personally, therefore I don’t care if he’s credible or not. I listen to the show for his often very knowledgeable guests.

          3.) Jimmy’s a low-carber. I’m going to go out on a limb and say… most are frankenfoodies. I have never heard Jimmy claim to be paleo/primal. Don’t try and make him something he’s not.

          Grok wrote on November 23rd, 2009
  2. I am glad you picked up on the mummy story.

    Did you know the lipid theory only came about b/c of a ready supply of autopsies of young american men (from vietnam). That’s when they found 20 year olds with plaque buildups.

    Also a small correction to what you said before: I’m not sure the ancient Egyptians had refined sugar. It was invented in India but much later and not until the Arabs brought it back from India. (sugar, sucre, azucar, shakar, shakara).

    They did have beer and wheat.4

    charlie wrote on November 22nd, 2009
    • In fact, they ate a diet of “healthy” whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, just like the nutritionist ordered, and yet, somehow, they still seem to have had all the hallmark diseases of “civilization.” I’m thinking specifically of the skeleton of Hatshepsut, which was heavily diseased, but it seems to be pretty common to find traces of chronic diet-related disease amongst Egyptian mummies.

      I guessing they just didn’t eat enough whole wheat to save themselves from caries/CHD/cancer/diabetes/obesity!

      Icarus wrote on November 22nd, 2009
  3. MEATCARDS??? Why would I give any of those away. I would just feast on my contact info….

    Anders wrote on November 22nd, 2009
  4. The BBC article is EPIC! Perhaps europe will seriously “look beyond modern risk factors to fully understand the disease,” yeah, that includes factors like a diet constructed over the last few millenia.

    Amazingly that’s not as convincing or cogent as it was in my head. Nonetheless a small victory for a PB-typed lifestyle.

    jd wrote on November 22nd, 2009
  5. I also did an article a while back about the worm research – http://www.passionatefitness.com/commentary-on-research-studies/101-researchers-show-reason-number-1253-to-be-on-a-low-carb-no-processed-sugar-diet

    But the studies still aren’t conclusive honestly. Worms are physiologically way to different than humans and there are conflicting studies about carbs from what I’ve read so I’m still not sold on the paleo diet. :P

    Rafi Bar-Lev wrote on November 22nd, 2009
  6. Im going to predict little to no heart disease for Vampires and Wherewolves. They are both predators.

    warren wrote on November 22nd, 2009
    • That’s exactly what I was thinking! Heh. Blood is quite rich in nutrients, doncha know…

      Icarus wrote on November 22nd, 2009
    • But their vitamin D levels are atrocious. You can tell because the vampires are always coffin (couldn’t resist!).

      Aaron Blaisdell wrote on November 24th, 2009
  7. Re: NY Times study

    MORE BURPEES!!

    ? wrote on November 23rd, 2009
    • …and box jumps! I love including these in my routine. The family has fallen into the habit of dancing to Pet Shop Boys a few evenings a week in our outdoor play room (converted garage). Great fun way to get some jumping in. Even our 14 month old is getting into the swing of things! A family that dances together lives longer together.

      Aaron Blaisdell wrote on November 23rd, 2009
  8. Mark,
    Kenyon is incredible, her research on worms indeed is something that followers of your site would be inherently interested in. I would encourage folks to watch a youtube clip or two of her presentations. I spoke with a researcher that knows her recently, the import of her research in combination with “paleo principles” followed by our community are quite phenomenal.

    Here’s some more info regarding Dr. Kenyon I wrote about a few months ago that points out that there are some in the drug/research industry that are indeed on OUR side, Kenyon is one of them:
    http://www.thepaleogarden.com/2009/08/17/how-much-more-effective-could-they-be/

    ThePaleoGarden wrote on November 23rd, 2009

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