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June 05 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 145

By Mark Sisson
42 Comments

Boosting one’s HDL and lowering one’s triglycerides through chemical artifice has, once again, resulted in a slightly increased risk of stroke and no reduction in the risk of general heart disease. When will they ever learn?

An as-of-late perpetually-displaced tribe of Guarani Indians has retaken part of their ancestral lands in Brazil. Previous attempts resulted in violent evictions, so let’s hope this time it sticks.

Effective billboard placement strategy or unintentional, black irony? You decide.

Did you hear? The USDA finally gave us permission to eat pork that hasn’t been burnt to a crisp. Medium (slightly pink) is now in. Thanks, USDA! You’re the best! We’d be lost without you!

Puppies famously grow up way too fast, but thankfully not quite this quickly.

No longer Mad Magazine’s upstart little cousin, Cracked.com divulges the five biggest downsides to being intelligent.

Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to only eat animals killed by his own hand. Good move. Next, he’ll pledge to only obtain private data of users he personally friends.

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“But what about our precious bodily fluids? Fluoridation is a commie plot!”

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  1. I say we quit making all drugs and subscribe “real food.” Whether that includes whole grains or not does not matter. It’s better than what we have now.

    Fill your “plate” with half plants and half animal products. Have fun but listen to your body. If you feel sick after getting drunk then its a sign you over did it.

    Living a healthy life can be easy if we just stop with the stupidity. We thrived in this world without any supplement or drug of any kind for 2.5 million years. We do not need it now.

    (If its life or death then I agree to give someone a pill if that person has a chance to no longer suffer. If its not then STOP. PLEASE.)

    1. Don’t be absurd. There are many, many drugs that are incredibly helpful. Enjoy surgery without anaesthetic. Enjoy your infected wound without antibiotics. Enjoy having no symptomatic relief from your next headache or stomach upset.

      Drugs, not food, have converted diseases which used to kill into easily manageable conditions. They have allowed people with psychoses and neuroses to live more normal lives.

      Certainly drugs and their development have had more than a few false starts, and there are many which are unnecessary for most people and a few which do more harm than good. Let’s not let our exposure to so many of drugs’ failures keep us from appreciating just how miraculous it is that malaria, AIDS, and a nasty fall are no longer death sentences.

      1. All the medical advancements weren’t made until man started consuming grains and various weird ‘diseases and infections’ popped up.

        With chemical exposure and malnutrition came pharmacy.

        Funny how Grok didn’t sit in his cave (or tree and grass house) and thought, hmmm we should really come up with some kind of medicine to cure osteoporosis.
        Osteoporosis had to happen first…get my point?

        1. Just because medical science coincides with the agriculture timeline doesn’t make all medicine bad. I agree with Seriously?. I think medicine is important. Sickness has always existed, excellent nutrition or not.

        2. Why do people quickly read into things…nobody has said to stop all meds…
          Of course if you break a bone or have joint pain or a severe migraine for the love of Korg, take a pill or go have surgery.

        3. “I say we quit making ALL drugs and subscribe ‘real food.'”

          You probably should have read the first line of this thread 🙂

        4. “I say we quit making ALL drugs and subscribe ‘real food.'”

          You probably should have read the first line of this thread 😉

    2. Technology is not necessarily bad just because it’s new, Toad. As with most things a better policy would be wiser, more moderate use of drugs, not their elimination.

      1. I should have explained myself more clearly and thought it out more. I apologize.

        I didn’t mean that we stop all drugs immediately.

        I like what “Primal Palate” Said. We would not need 99.9% of the drugs that are available today if it were not for poor lifestyle habits.

        It is time where a doctor thinks twice about that drug he gives to his or her patient. Not tomorrow. Today. Now. It’s not fair to people. They are sick and have no idea what to do. They don’t know what a healthy lifestyle. The reasons are infinity.

        What we do know is that MOST doctors careless about his or her patients lifestyle. All they want to do is sell a drug. If they don’t then they get pushed. It is all about money.

        It’s sad. I am 100% for a free market. We will get this thing turned around. I refuse to stop. I will keep going and I will practice public speaking to get the word out about the truth.

        Some drugs are necessary. But we must first think about if a lifestyle change would do the trick. I think its safe to assume that 99% of the time the answer is yes.

        1. I agree, Toad, that most people are on too many drugs–a great number of modern “diseases” (GERD, osteoporosis, impotence, arthritis, dyslipidemia, many cancers, heart disease, COPD) are actually symptoms of our lifestyle. But to say that most doctors are uncaring about their patient’s lifestyle is unfair and in most cases incorrect. Most medical practitioners are dealing with a great many PATIENTS who don’t care about their lifestyle, or at least not enough to make the necessary changes. Or the physician believes they are doing what is in the patient’s best interest. Or they are trying to patch up the problem the best they can, while avoiding a lawsuit.

          There are “best practice” protocols in place for doctors to follow. Those who stray too far from these protocols open themselves up more to potential lawsuit. So those who would choose to really research ancestoral living and prescribe treatments based on this might get better results, if (and this is a big if) their patient’s choose to be compliant. But they are opening themselves up to a greater chance of lawsuit down the road, the more their prescribed treatment strays from convention.

          The problem is much bigger than medical practitioners. A paradigm shift is needed and these occur painstakingly slowly and are typically met with considerable resistance. Live a healthy life and stay away from these drugs but don’t expect that the mainstream is going to accept this kind of lifestyle anytime soon. There is a great deal of money to be made off drug prescriptions and money holds great sway. Doctors, in many ways, are almost as much victims of our current medical system as the patient is.

        2. The vast majority of the “old folks” I know (and I consider myself an old folk since I’ll be 67 in a couple of months) would just as soon take a pill as change their lifestyle. We’ve had many discussions on this, and it almost always comes down to the same thing: if there’s a pill for it, why not?

          I had lunch with another couple who have been close friends for years and had issues with cholesterol meds — I did my primal thing and they ate like always. They didn’t even want to hear what I and DH have been doing (eating mainly plants and animals = PB) – it just didn’t fit into their everyday social schedule.

          So are drugs necessary? Well maybe in some cases, but I venture to guess that a lot of drugs are prescribed because of lack of effort on the part of the recipient. Just my 2 cents —

      2. Are people so dense that everything has to be written in the length of a book and looked over by a lawyer so nobody ‘reads into things’?

        Does everything have to be sugar coated like it’s meant for a child? seriously…

    3. Better hope you don’t ever cut yourself. You won’t be able to sterilize wounds, and would probably get tetanus.

      1. Not all cuts cause infection.
        Papercut or knife cut = not bad
        Rusty metal cut = potentially bad

        But when did Grok step into a rusty nail?

        That was explained to me by my childhood doctor when I had my tetanus shot. Having a splinter of wood in your finger won’t give you tetanus.

        1. No, but getting a gash on your leg from a predator, followed by exposing it in the wrong environment could lead to sepsis which could then easily lead to death.

  2. There are a lot of miracles that medicine has achieved using drugs, such as antibiotics, insulin and many, many more.

    I agree that things have gotten out of hand, especially with drugs designed to treat blood lipids, type II diabetes and add/adhd medication, etc. but to say that all drugs are bad is beyond ridiculous.

    1. I still can’t find a single post where someone said that all drugs are bad…

      1. “I say we quit making ALL drugs and subscribe ‘real food.’”

        Check the first line of the first comment.

  3. Go Zuckerberg! That guy has just totally shattered several stereotypes I didn’t even really know I held!

  4. i’d like to see better analysis from that AIM-HIGH study. before condemning niacin, consider that:

    1. niacin was not included in the study in isolation, only in combination with a statin or pair of statins

    2. the number of strokes in the two intervention groups were fairly close: 12 in the statin-only group, 28 in the statin+niacin group. HOWEVER, it was also revealed that, of the recorded strokes in the latter group, 9 happened to people who had stopped the niacin anywhere from 4 months to 2 years prior. i have to wonder if 12 strokes vs 19 is statistically significant.

    3. the number of strokes in the control group was not revealed (at least not i’ve seen). i’d like to compare that to 12, 19, and 28 before deciding if that was statistically significant.

  5. About the Pork, if people would deep freeze it for 3 weeks prior to consuming, they could even eat it raw.
    (grassfed pork)

    Feedlot pork has no tapeworms because the parasites live in the ground and pigs that live on concrete or hard wires can’t get them…but carry all the other dangers of feedlot meats.

    I love pork 🙂

    1. Are you suggesting that if we go back to grass-fed pork like it used to be back in the day, that trichinosis will once again become a problem?

      1. Say what?
        If you want a suggestion from me or wanna read into one, read this one: Buy local! 🙂

      2. I just looked it up, and for us europeans, I would never undercook fresh pork.
        I knew about tapeworms, didn’t think about roundworms. But yeah, I’d say if a hog is out on pasture and digs through dirts and roots, chances are it carries parasites.

        I’ve eaten pork my entire life, even growing up, and all the pork I had in europe growing up was pastured. I’ve never had a case of roundworms…sounds pretty bad and permanent.
        I’ve eaten undercooked pork twice since going primal…it was in my deep freeze for several weeks before consumed.
        I’m not sure how cold the freezer has to be to kill off larvae, but just a mild freeze, like a winter would give, isn’t enough.

        Hope this helps, just food for thought.

        1. Freezing pork for min. of 10 days at (negative) – 13F will kill the parasites larvae that sits in the pigs muscle tissue.

          So when you ate your pork undercooked you were safe.

  6. The video with the dog is my co-worker’s next door neighbor 🙂

  7. So, the facebook phenom wants to only eat what he kills? I’d like to invite him down to south Alabama along a river bottom in June and walk the woods looking for wild hogs to shoot. We’ll see how he feels about going to the grocery then.

  8. What a great website. I have only just got here, but I can already tell that you are one of the few that practice what you preach. I will be back!

  9. Ladies! While you’re looking at the tandoori chicken burger recipe, check out the link on the sidebar re: nutritional aspects of strength training in women. It’s an eye-opener, especially in regard to energy balance (caloric needs) and creatine supplementation. Awesome!

    1. thanks for calling my attention to that..interesting and relevant

  10. Love that one of the comments on Zuckerburg was “Suzanne Fenby:
    how can this merit respect? he is a murderer.”
    Lol, we all come from a long line of murderers in this case, for hundreds of thousands of years.

    1. Haha. I hate when vegetarians say “meat is murder.” Actually, meat is not murder, since murder is defined as the unlawful premeditated murder of one human being by another.

  11. Mark, I love that you linked to Craked! I’ve been meaning to e-mail you the link to their article
    7 Basic Things You Won’t Believe You’re All Doing Wrong–most of them are activities you’ve covered here. I’m guessing by now you’ve probably read that article.

    Thanks, as alwasy, for the work you do and keep the links coming on Sunday–I love them!

  12. did the usda give us permission to eat pink pork ’cause it’s ok or… i personal lost faith in that group.