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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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February 27 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 132

By Mark Sisson
35 Comments

How do you make a monkey fat? Feed him carbs! How do you make a monkey healthy? Let him eat Primal! That’s a mild oversimplification, but the full NYT story of the life and times of obese monkeys is definitely worth a read.

And the fun doesn’t stop with monkeys. Gorillas need real food too. Hunter-Gatherer follows the natural recovery of Bebac and Mokolo.

Want a healthier city? Design a healthier city. Fast Code Design discusses the task of designing a cityscape that is fun to walk.

Bug cuisine is all the buzz right now, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Look out, Segway, the unicycles are coming to shut you down.

Apparently choreographed spinning is all the rage in Korea. Movie franchise opportunity… Step Up 4: Korean Spin Off. I’d watch it.

For city folk or any folk with an ardor for urban and square foot gardening, here’s a fun story covering the trial and error of pantry horticulturalists.

And finally, a meat knit.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

Two years ago (February 20 – 26)

Comment of the Week

An email from a reader…

Mark,

We’ve been following your site ever since we got turned on to the Paleo Diet about a year and a half ago, and recommend Paleo/PB to our patients as chiropractors. We even sold copies of your book in our office for our patients and their families.

We have a 3 1/2 month old beautiful baby boy, Tyson. Not on solids yet, but when he is, it’s be Primal all the way! We thought he should start doing some research and understanding this way of eating early – see attached pictures – enjoy!

Karen

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  1. I’ve wondered about growing plants from vegetable seeds from the kitchen. And I really need to go through the archives and check out any gardening posts. I’m a bit obsessed with gardening right now because I’m in the planning stage for a garden that’s still a blank slate. The house is still under construction and we’ll be putting in retaining walls soon, and once they’re in I’m sheet mulching the front. I’ve been reading Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway http://patternliteracy.com/index.html on permaculture, which I think fits perfectly with paleo. Work smart, not hard, taking your cues from nature to increase abundance.

  2. I’d love to try the salmon pouches. Been an excellent week 30 day primal challenge day 44! Down a full 10 lbs, done the smart way. I’m doing a happy dance!

  3. That’s our boy, Tyson! Thanks for posting Mark-we thought it was pretty funny, too. And you better believe that baby is going to be eating primal when he starts solids:)

    1. Way to go Karen! Nothing like starting their Primal education early!

      1. That baby is going to turn out to be one healthy boy! He is so fortunate to have parents who live a primal lifestyle… congrats on the newborn and good luck!

  4. I like the article about eating insects. Could be an interesting alternative/alteration in favor of eating meat. A focus on the changing conditions of living on earth is always good in my opinion.
    Sooner or later we have to face probs that are prohibiting us to eat quantities of high-quality meat every day.
    So, getting yourself a container full of bugs might get attractive 😉

    1. Yeah, one of those problems being that there are huge fields of grain and bean plants standing in the way of raising more animals; another being that city ordinances are often insane and don’t allow the level of animal husbandry that would be possible and desirable in an urban setting.

      I don’t object to bug-eating. We’re primates, so we’re fundamentally insectivores, right down to the structure of our hands (this, oh lurking vegans, is why we don’t have huge canines and claws!). But cultural considerations are going to get in the way for a while, and of course if someone is already allergic to marine crustaceans, I doubt they’re going to be able to handle land arthropods either.

  5. Mark~
    I LOVE your links–and it’s frustrating when you link to a NYT page that requires a subscription to even see the article!

    1. NYT does not require a subscription. You have to register (it’s free).

  6. Ugh…uni-ways, another lazy invention that ruins a good thing. Real unicycles are way much more fun. 🙂

  7. Love the kitchen seed-sprouting article – I’ve done many an experiment like that (I had a fantastic book about it which I’ve since misplaced – can’t even remember the title now) – and my daughter and I have a small crop of litchis (well, longans – related) on the go now. Less-popular citrus varieties, organic if possible, sprout much more reliably than standard oranges and grapefruits. Pomelos are especially fun since the seeds are huge and the plants *can* be impressive right off the bat. I didn’t know about water chestnuts though, I’ll be looking into those as an option for my serenity fountain!

    1. I once sprouted a corn kernel and a dried bean just to see what they’d look like. It was cool.

      One drawback of sprouting grocery fruits and veggies is sometimes they come from F1 hybrids, so you don’t know what you’re going to get. Or the fruit was from a spliced tree. But half the fun is finding out.

  8. This is a bit out of topic. Is there something wrong with the RSS feed? I don’t see updates in Google Reader for a few days already.

  9. Just to echo Sergey, I noticed this morning that the last RSS feed I received from MDA was from Feb. 23. I have unsubscribed and resubscribed a couple times and each time only posts up to Feb. 23 load. When I validate the feed, it says the feed is not validated. I also use Google Reader via NetNewsWire. (Not sure if that is relevant.)

  10. The monkey studies in the NYT article are ridiculous. Do we really need to put these poor animals through these ridiculous experiments to confirm the obvious–eating too many carbs makes you fat and leads to disease? I’m an unrepentant carnivore, but still, I see no reason to experiment on animals to prove AGAIN what has been obvious forever. Gee, if we feed monkeys the SAD they get fat and sick. Gee, we’ve fed 300 odd million Americans the SAD for the last few decades and they’re fat and sick. Gee, we have understood the mechanism whereby sugar, but not fat, leads to screwing up the metabolic works for decades. Yet we’re throwing money at reinventing the wheel. And for naught because it doesn’t matter if the studies implicate carbs as the culprit–they’re going to bend over backwards, as per usual, to talk themselves out of believing their own data. I don’t know, maybe all the fat pets of al the fat Americans might be another tip off as to the nature of the problem. At this point experiments like this are sort of like going out to prove Newton was right about gravity. Yeah, can I get a grant to drop some rocks off a building and make sure they really do fall to the ground?

    1. I don’t see why being a carnivore and caring about unnecessary animal testing must be mutually exclusive.

      I kind of wonder why more people don’t complain about the theory of gravity. Lord only knows people try to discredit WAPF by accusing them of relying on old data. Because the age of the information is TOTALLY RELEVANT in terms of its accuracy.

  11. There is a link on that city design page to find out the walkability of your neighborhood. You can also find out what businesses and amenities are near your house, and how long it would take you to ride your bike or walk to work.

  12. To echo others’ comments–I haven’t received updates in several days either. Tried unsubscribing and resubscribing and that hasn’t worked.

  13. Mark,

    Yesterday I went to a local aquarium shop and bought some mealworms which I’m now breeding to eat.

    There are so many good points to eating bugs but sadly knowledge of this way of eating has largely died in the western world. Trying to find tutorials about how to raise a variety of bugs is challenging. Once I’ve got meal worms mastered I plan to move onto silk worms, wax worms, crickets and locusts, cockroaches etc.

    Will let you know how it goes.

  14. This is a shout out to Dr. Karen (and Dr. Ed too)!!!! You got quote of the week! Great photo of your son! I miss your office. I learned so much working for you and Dr. Ed. You should move your practice to Victoria and then I could work for you again. Hope all is going great for you both.
    ~Leanne

  15. I love the insects article and could see more people eating insects. We had to back in the day to survive sometimes! As the population grows, there is no doubt that we are going to have to start look at alternatives.

    I would rather learn to eat insects then to start eating grains again!

    I don’t like this but it is what it is… “Officials at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently predicted that beef could become an extreme luxury item by 2050, like caviar, due to rising production costs.” -From the Wall Street Journal article on eating insects

    1. Let’s hope they were speaking in terms of CAFO. I doubt small farmers in developing countries have very high production costs involved in letting a heifer graze in the backyard.

  16. Ohhh, that kind of spinning.

    I thought it was some kind of thing inspired by whirling dervishes, no, more like inspired by OK GO.

  17. I really enjoyed the links to Wilderness Childes’ pig head blog although I’m now having bad flashbacks to my earlier life married to a Greek man who had a fondness for stashing goat or sheep heads in our fridge for me to find at inopportune times….
    Sometimes I get a little grossed out by the unrecognisable bits of the animals we serve up each night for dinner, then I try to think of our ancestors who rightly used anything useable from an animal. It’s the way it should be.

  18. I CAN’T BELIEVE that you did not include Martin Berkhan’s latest cheesecake mastery! I would consider it Primal for the sake of its sheer debauchery…

    http://www.leangains.com/2011/02/birthday-cheesecake-mastery.html

    LOL just kidding.

    Thanks for linking the Times article, that was quite interesting. I wonder if the researchers fed the monkeys fructose? I don’t believe we should fear carbs per se but rather it is the refined carbs like sugar and fructose that cause severe problems when consumed in excess.

  19. RE: Monkey studies,Quote
    “Fat Albert, one of her monkeys who she said was at one time the world’s heaviest rhesus, at 70 pounds, ate “nothing but an American Heart Association-recommended diet,” she said.”
    Duh, no Monkey-shit! It is unfortunate that these poor animals are subjected to incarceration, a shitty diet, and obesity, diabetes and heart disease, but will the CW ever GET IT? Or is the greed of the governmental agencies already so far gone that this will never matter?
    And a quote from memory, “The high fat diet never made a difference” Really? NO WAY!
    Bunch of freakin idiots. Leave the monkeys alone, go check out McDonald’s for a study, like someone suggested…Yep, supersize me, but make it a diet coke..lol
    Animal studies can be useful, I admit, for studies on certain diseases, cancer, etc…this one just bothered me on some sort of stupidity level…Sorry for the rant,(yet again)

  20. @Darlene and @Primal Toad-thanks! We’re so happy to have this little being to mold and teach how to live life the best way possible.
    @Leanne-thanks for the kind words! You were a great team member in our office, and we truly appreciated all your hard work. Move to Victoria? Tempting…

  21. Glad to see my two main passions in life (primal health and urban planning) collide on MDA!

    Public health is becoming an increasingly hot topic in planning circles, and the things we’ve been striving for in terms of environmental sustainability (dense cities, walkable streets, alternate transportation, etc.) are also good for our individual physical health and sustainability!

    I had the opportunity to study in Germany last summer, and noticed the obvious absence of obesity among the locals. I was living in a pretty environmentally progressive town (Freiburg), but EVERYONE walked, biked, or took the (awesome) public transit system. I’m working on fixing our own country… :o)

    1. How are you tying the monkey studies to carbohydrates? The studies indicate the monkeys became obese from eating a calorically dense diet…they ate copious amounts of fats and carbohydrates. I know, I know, I must be some “Troll”…but the facts are the facts. The “normal” monkey’s diets are NOT low-carb and they are not fat. They eat a reasonable amount of calories and exercise.