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April 10 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 138

By Mark Sisson
31 Comments

A new study links 24 hour fasts with protection against heart attacks. But wait, wait – fasting “is not for everyone” and scientists aren’t sure how fasting will affect the body, so don’t you dare try it out for yourself before more research is complete. Thank you, experts.

The Foodee Project, whom we highlighted several weeks back in our High Tech Primal Tools post, is hiring. Are you a creative ASP.Net developer with a passion for paleo and some free time? Maybe think about applying.

PaNu has become Archevore. Read why Dr. Kurt Harris made the switch.

Learn where to find tractor tires and what to do with them, courtesy of Ross Enamait of Ross Training.

Meditation is well known to reduce subjective pain measures (arguably the only important ones, eh?), but a recent study sheds light into exactly how – physiologically, objectively – meditation works against physical pain. Personally, I love when the “mystical” is demystified without being “debunked.”

In Finland, lowering taxes on liquor increased alcohol-related deaths but decreased all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Sheer correlation? Stress reduction? Happier people die less? Interesting results nonetheless.

Watch Richard Nikoley debate simian-reenactment expert and Dole Food Company shill Harley Johnstone, live, on April 14 at 6:00 PM PST. If I can reschedule my HGH therapy that day, I’ll definitely be watching. (That’s a joke, by the way.)

Recipe Corner

  • Cajun sweet potato cakes sound delicious, no? I always have trouble getting mine to bind together, but PALEOdISH fixes that by including coconut flour.
  • If you want to keep the carbs low but still want the fried crispy goodness, try making celery root hashbrowns, from Cara at Health, Home, and Happiness. That picture is just incredible.

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  1. Regarding the fasting: Should a growing teenage boy with a fast metabolism give it a go? or does one simply need as much (good) food as possible in that situation?

    1. Don’t fast as a young, growing, and developing teenager. You do not reach full physical development generally until 21 years old. Stick with good food, sunshine, and exercise.

      1. Well said! If you are still growing then I strongly recommend against fasting. You are GROWING and if you are eating paleo, exercising primally, getting sleep, sunlight, etc. then you DO NOT NEED TO FAST in order to lose weight.

        Eat as much paleo food as you can!

      2. I seriously doubt that fasting every once in a while as a teenager is any more harmful than as an adult. I just wouldn’t ignore serious hunger (because that’s usually your body telling you I WANT TO GROW NOW PLEEZ) but I don’t think that 16-20 hours without food is going to do any harm to ANYONE besides infants, who after all are designed to be fed regularly from a normally-inexhaustible food source, and people who already have metabolic syndrome/diabetes.

        Of course, it’s probably not necessary for you, either, since you’re a teenager and you are probably in a better place metabolically than most overweight adults.

        1. It may or may not be any more harmful. But, since he is a teenager and is in his growing years it doesnt make much sense to fast. People fast generally to lose fat.

          Harry, are you trying to lose weight?

        2. You just totally contradicted yourself! You said its not harmful, then said not necessary…use your brain, Man!

        3. What’s wrong with that, Timmy? Wearing earrings isn’t necessary, but it’s not harmful. Choosing a Toyota Avalon over a Honda Accord, emailing the members of the Facts of Life cast, eating rutabagas and listening to the Rolling Stones isn’t necessary, but also not harmful. Use your brain, man ;0)

          I remember being a teenager and starving one minute then not even thinking about food the next day. I’m no nutritionist, but I can’t imagine feeding yourself according to your body’s demands is any more harmful as a teenager than an adult. If you’re not hungry, don’t force-feed yourself, but don’t intentionally ignore hunger signals just because you think you “should” fast for weight loss, or because you’re feeding into disordered eating patterns.

        4. I am not trying to lose weight. On the contrary, I find losing weight far too easy.

    2. A simple way to go is that if your hungry then eat, if your not hungry don’t worry about skipping a meal. Your growing and need food, but your body will let you know when it wants/needs a top up on fuel.

  2. Do you and Art DeVany carpool over to the PED center?

    (That, too, is a joke!)

  3. Interesting, celery root hash browns. Just Friday I was doing my shopping and saw celery root and considered buying one. I recall the soup recipe a while back but not the ingredients. This hash brown recipe is something, though; maybe a celery root will make it onto my list in the near future.

  4. LOL ASP.Net, you couldn’t pay me enough to work with the Microsoft garbage.

  5. We should hook a laptop up to a big screen TV at the Embassy Suites Thursday evening to watch the debate. 🙂

    1. I am bringing my MAC. Me and 6 other caveman/women should be strolling in around 4 or 5 pm on a shuttle. We will for sure all have to watch the debate. Seriously.

      This reminds me… does anyone else want to ride along in the shuttle? Right now the cost is $25 but the more people we have the cheaper it is!

      Reply to this comment if you want in. So far its 7 of us. LAX to Santa Monica to Oxnard, CA! We are planning on leaving LAX around 2 pm.

      1. HI Toad.. what day are you referring to? I am booking my flight into LA today for the 14th arrival.. NOt sure of time though? THought of booking a car to drive down but interested maybe in the shuttle potentially..
        let me know..

        cheers

  6. Nearly every population group has 10-15% of people who can’t control themselves with alcohol and benefit from strict legal regulations.

    But the other 90-85% really can control and calibrate their alcohol intake and do become generally happy and healthier with less strict regulations on alcohol.

    So providing treatment options for addicts seems like a much better solution than regulations that blanket everyone.

  7. In regards to the fasting study:

    “Howard Weintraub, MD, clinical director of the Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, says that the findings of elevated LDL and total cholesterol in the face of reduced heart and diabetes risk warrant further investigation”

    Oh no, that might hurt sales of Crestor!!

    Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, says you don’t need to fast to see beneficial changes in your heart disease risk factors.

    “If you don’t eat bad foods, your profiles are better in terms of weight and blood pressure
    , and your triglycerides go down, and your blood sugar goes down,” she says, “Anything in the extreme is not the way to go. It’s how you eat on a daily basis that matters.”

    I’ve found that any time someone uses the word “extreme,” their advice should probably be approached with caution. “Extreme” is typically determined by culture, current trends, memes, conventional wisdom, the era you live in, etc. It typically has little to do with actual wisdom and evidence. And it’s as specious, suspect, obtuse and ultimately meaningless to instruct people to “avoid bad food” as telling them to “avoid extremes.”

    I know it’s the job of the good scientist to approach new information with a skeptical eye. But when is the medical community going to pull their collective heads out of the gound?

  8. The Archevore link led me to hours of research on FODMAPs. I think I now understand what’s going on with my gut and have some good clues on how to control the symptoms. THANKS ONCE AGAIN, MARK.

  9. I JUST pulled the old tractor tire (previously used as part of a playground) out of the corner of the yard & was wondering what I could do with it! Thanks!

  10. I think Kurt’s switch from PaNu to Archevore is a great move. I’ve been sceptical of the ability for “Paleo” to go mainstream for sometime now. Of course you knew this all along Mark with your genius rebranding to Primal! You’re still no#1 in my books…

  11. I went to a lecture by Charles Poliquin at the weekend which I detailed in my blog. One of the interesting questions was indeed on intermittent fasting, which has indeed to advocated a number of times for weight/fat loss. However, it would appear that over the long term, intermittent fasting teaches the body to become insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is when the muscle cells become insensitive to the effects of insulin so your pancreas secretes more insulin. The trouble with insulin is it’s a storage hormone and high levels result in fat gain.
    David Godfrey
    (Specialist Weight Loss)

  12. In the study,how do they come to the conclusion that fasting protects against heart attacks?
    The 14% rise in LDL is confusing me.

  13. David,

    Low-carb high-fat diets will also technically make you insulin resistant, but not in the pathogenic diabetic sense. Perhaps those studies regarding IF and insulin resistance where conducted on individuals following a fairly low-carb diet? If that was the case, then of course the results would point to IF increasing insulin resistance – but it would be incredibly misleading to claim that IF causes pathogenic insulin resistance. It’d be interesting to see the macro composition of the study you’re referring to. Also, whether or not exercise was included would be a huge factor.

  14. I used to work as a Pathology tech, mostly assisting at autopsies. I never read any literature on it, but, among Pathologists at least, alcohol is considered to be protective against vascular disease. I rarely saw much atherosclerosis in alcoholics.

  15. Yes, I think Primal is essentially Archevore, but maybe the more relaxed version. I just can’t get into the minutiae of it all, so thanks Mark, for doing all the legwork for us lazy folks! 😉