Weekend Link Love – Edition 146

Attention, doctors: contact Chris to be placed on the new Primal Docs network.

Are you addicted to sausages? This man certainly is. Can any UK readers vouch for the quality of these Mcwhinney’s Irish pork sausages? Are they worth risking clinical addiction?

There’s nothing more enjoyable on a Sunday morning than reading about the collusion of federal regulators and Monsanto to keep the world’s best-selling herbicide’s tendency to cause birth defects secret from the public!

More heartening food news: a popular poultry medicine used by chicken farmers increases inorganic arsenic levels (read: toxic) in the animals’ livers.

Researchers now have conclusive evidence that disturbances in the gut flora can lead to anxiety and depression. It’s all in your… intestines?

Some researchers now consider sitting to be about as bad for you as smoking. I think it’s time to hang it up, Sitting.

Chinese scientists have bred cows that produce “human” breast milk that’s “stronger” than regular cow milk. I’ve wanted milk to be a lot of things, but “stronger” was never one of them. Before you flip out, though, listen to worker Jiang Yao’s soothing words: “It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.” Whew!

Perhaps cats really are smarter than dogs, after all.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (June 6 – June 12)

Comment of the Week

“Hell no I’m not walking right now.
The rain’s coming down like cowpiss on a flat rock.”

– Honest poetry from Primal Palate, in The Definitive Guide to Walking.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. As a chap from the UK, I can tell you … we do like our sausages. I’ve never tried that brand though. I’ll look out for some next time I’m at the supermarket and give them a go … you never know, they could be the best thing since sliced bread 🙂

    Also, as a former smoker I know too well that inactivity is as bad – get up, get out, be active. I dealt with my smoking habit when I was 30 … now I’m nearly 40, I’m getting on top of my weight, stamina and diet. Sitting about in my 30s was as bad as when I smoked and walked everywhere, probably worse.

    As for the comment of the week … poetry, indeed. I’ve just been out into my countryside playground for a couple of hours of uphill, downhill, boggy, wet, foggy, miserable rain … and had a great time! I came home covered in my up to my waist, soaked to the skin, out of breathe having really pushed myself on the final uphill and I absolutely loved it! The best thing about the rain is there are less people out there getting in the way 🙂

  2. The trouble with UK sausages is that they contain a substantial proportion of rusk (dried breadcrumbs)as a binder and cheap bulker.Not primal.
    UK readers could try Waitrose’s pork and herb sausages which use egg as a binder. Very low carb.

    1. Try Debbie and Andrews sausages. Available at Sainsburys 97% pork,3% seasoning. Wheat, gluten and dairy free.

      1. Good call, Ben – I’ll grab a pack next time I go to the supermarket. I shop at Sainsburys.

        In fact, my wife thinks we’ve had some. I can’t remember. We tend to eat farm sausages which are much the same … all meat, no filler, some herbs and totally gorgeous … but can spit like an Alpaca in the pan! Heck, I nearly lost an eye once!

        If someone can confirm a paleo black pudding source, I’d be very happy. I do like Bury Black Pudding (Company), but need to check out the oatmeal content from a pack. I need a straight up blood and fat sausage … no filler.

        1. Mmmm black pudding – love haggis too but it has a fair whack of oatmeal…

          As for the sausages – never tried them, but my other half eats sausages every day – ones made by the local butcher and they are pretty good! The lamb and mint are good, as are the venison ones…he also sells gluten free though their own have very little rusk in them anyway…

      2. I used to get those fairly often, but the recipe seems to have changed and all I can taste is pepper. Also beware the “Black Farmer” gluten free ones – I checked the lable too late and it’s a soy flour/rusk :/

  3. As a cilantro lover, I can’t wait to try the sweet potato recipe you linked. Always looking for new ways to eat my daily sweet potatoes!

  4. Hey Mark, thanks for the primal docs network link. I believe there are many of us out here searching for better ways to implement primal principles into our practices. Hopefully after posting this there will be more than four physicians listed there.

  5. My name’s Pete, and I’m a sausageholic. I can go for long periods of time without eating sausage, but then I eat one link and I wake up in Cleveland without any idea how I got there …

  6. I love sausage, too…deer sausage! My dad loves to hunt, and he gets his venison processed at a local place. It’s totally organic and delicious. The best kind has a little bit of cheese and jalapeño in it! (Just a little, ok guys?) I eat that scrumptious deer-y goodness every day.

    1. So do I!
      I’m from Ireland and my partner and his dad hunt for deer and the venison sausage is to die for.
      We it it preferably for breakfast.
      Google the Full Irish, we do the Full Irish “Full Paleo”!

  7. I’ve been on a cilantro kick, so the salmon/cilantro/sweet potato recipe sounds fantastic!

    (Also I didn’t know Annie was still a competitive crossfitter–but found out from that recipe link. Thanks to Weekend Links, I’m better informed all around. Thanks, Mark!)

  8. Mark,
    Since you posted the primal docs link, I was able to check out the wheat and schizophrenia article. I am currently a doctoral student in counseling psychology, and since going primal have been very interested in finding articles about mental health and this type of diet. I would love some more links if you have any. If there isn’t anything out there, I would definitely be interested in doing a study on this topic (not necessarily a biological study, more well-being and primal eating, or something like that).


  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Get Fuzzy cartoon! Thanks for sharing!

    Also, from the breast milk article… “It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.” Uh, what?!

    And finally, birth defects. I have nothing to say except: the USDA is broken, so very broken.

    1. I have an older “Get Fuzzy” right in front of me where Bucky says he’s gonna be a vegetariantarian – only going to eat things that are vegetarian…

      (and yes, USDA no longer functions properly)

  10. Sure would be nice if HuffPost bothered to explain how, exactly, The Feds and Monsanto intentionally covered up conclusive evidence that Roundup causes birth defects. Who’s career was threatened? Which documents went mysteriously missing?

    The closest these yellow journalists come is to state that some other group disagrees with the status quo, and says that the government’s current risk assesment and approval methods are “deeply flawed an unreliable.” Again, how so? Not a word about it – just a bald assertion.

    Furthermore, although it may not be the case in this instance, it is a fact that a good portion (even the overwhelming majority) of the world’s population would not even exist if not for modern farming techniques and food choices. The calories produced just wouldn’t be there. So while these people may have to settle for food that is less healthy biologically, and perhaps more risky in terms of extraneous consequences, it’s better than having your parents conclude (if they are even around to consider it) that they will forego having you because they know they wouldn’t be able to feed you.

    1. So, you’re in favor of overpopulation? By this logic, we should just keep supporting an infinitely growing number of humans as poorly as possible, until we have about 20 billion horrifyingly malnourished, miserable saps.

      1. Nothing in my comment implied that I was in favor of overpopulation. It’s point was simply that instead of complaining about the drawbacks of modern methods, those who owe their lives to it should be defending it every chance they get. At the very least, they shouldn’t be writing “expose” articles which implicitly indict the nature of capitalism as predatory.

        1. Dude. Everything in your comment implied that you’re in favor of overpopulation, because it’s exactly the logical progression of your idea. Advance the concept you’re advocating past today. More people, less quality food. At what point is it too much? How many people is too many, how many cheap calories are enough to make up for the deficit in nutrition? People absolutely have a right to take issue with companies that detract from their health. And if you’re terribly concerned about the well-being of the unborn, maybe you ought to be more concerned about birth defects, and the unavailability of food or decent living conditions for their future selves, rather than just some guy’s decision to put on a condom instead of having another kid he can’t afford.

          Besides, do you really think people are going to stop doing the horizontal tango because they’ll have to feed the kid wheat?

        2. Oh, and by the by, there’s a vast gap between free market capitalism, which is the greatest and best system of producing free, happy people in the world, and government-shielded corporatism, which is what produces enormous conglomerates like Monsanto.

        3. Dude. Just because I establish a connection between one thing and another – and chastise those who’s existence depends upon one thing for opposing, not supporting, another – doesn’t mean that I advocate it. All it means is that I recognize the truth.

          Again, companies like Monsanto do not detract from the health of most people. Companies like Monsanto are the reason why most people are even around to complain about their health being detracted from. That’s just a fact. Nothing I said made it known if I think that’s a good thing or a bad thing. But, for the record, I should state that it’s irrelevant. In fact, better quality food and a lot of people are not mutually exclusive. It’s possible, but only if all environmental regulations are lifted so that ranch lands could proliferate (something that many of the same people I’m accusing of being hypocrites also would hypocritically oppose).

          Furthermore, let’s imagine that free market capitalism (as opposed to corporatism) existed. That would necessarily feature the absence of all environmental restrictions. While it’s likely that market forces would create a less populous society or an equally populous, but better fed (ie: more nutritious) one, there’s no guarantee that consumers wouldn’t come to demand what currently exists anyway – sacrificing health for the sake of things like economy and convenience.

          The problem with the HuffPost article is that instead of blaming government-imposed corporatism for the status quo, it’s a typical hit piece against capitalism per se (as if it’s Monsanto, and not government, who forced the status quo into existence; a staus quo Monsanto is simply trying to operate in) – and lacking any actual evidence for the its assertions, it serves as nothing more than a chance for people who already have their minds made up about the inherent evil of capitalism to revel in that hatred.

    2. I’d honestly prefer if our farming techniques had stopped progressing beyond a certain point. Just look at where we are now. Our numbers are strangling our planet to death. Yes, life should be celebrated, but resource depletion needs to be prevented. Developing medicine and agricultural technology has caused our population to swell to the point of obesity and sickness, so to speak. Now our obligation to conserve resources is harder than ever.

      1. If our numbers are strangling our planet to death, then there’s no need for social policy to prevent them from growing (or requiring them to decrease). Nature will punish us for our bad decisions on it’s own, but killing off our excess population.

        Oh, and why exactly do we have an obligation to conserve resources? To whom do we have this obligation?

  11. Heh, my local paper carries Get Fuzzy, and the second I saw that strip, I was like “Oh wow, Paleo Cat.” Of course, the human there is a vegan, and seems to have corrupted the dog. I hate having to pull for that cat, though… little booger is named for Bucky $&@$#@* Dent, after all.

  12. As someone who enjoys many of the advances made by science, I think that the GMO milk could be a good thing. I am certainly not going to condemn it without some research.

    All of the food you eat, except most wild game, has been genetically modified. It may be more “natural” because it has been accomplished through selective breeding for desired traits, but it has been modified.

    Considering the GMO breast milk. How bad would it have to be, to be worse than the current sugar loaded baby formulas that most people use. If the babies/toddlers could drink affordable breast milk with its normal fat content, it could go a long way into breaking the obesity epidemic. Just a thought.

    1. Yeah, speaking as a breast-feeding mom with continual supply issues… IF this milk they’re making is both safe and nutritionally a better match than formula, I’d rather give my baby that than formula. (assuming I continue not having enough milk myself for her, of course. And yes, I’ve talked to lactation consultants about that.)

      I’m not one to automatically assume that all GMO are bad.

      1. I hadn’t considered that, Jenny. I read that and thought, “Why would you want that? Whyyyyy?” It just didn’t occur to me that we’d want to feed it to babies. Duh.

        Of course, the chance that something will have passed review and be released in the States anytime soon seems highly unlikely….

        1. Exactly… formula is a dessicated frankenfood already. If I felt confident enough to reliably source and make the homebrew version, I would.

          Either way I would wager that cow’s milk modified to be closer to human milk would be better than formulas using straight-up actual cow milk. If nothing else there should be fewer allergenic markers in the modded milk.

      2. Problem is, those cows once again stand in feedlots, need shots and have blood and pus in the milk. It’s a toxic soup that needs to be pasteurized…and then you’re right back at square 1…minus 1 ’cause it’s gmo.

  13. The article about poultry medicine increasing arsenic in the livers is very interesting. So naturopaths and alternative medicine practioners are right; it just takes science longer to catch up to confirm the dangers of such modern medicine and artificial preservatives.

    1. Oh they’ve been doing this for years.
      Arsenic promotes rapid growth during the early days of the life of poultry.
      It’s not just chicken, it’s your thanksgiving turkey, too.


  14. “It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.” That article is like dark comedy or something.

    Food for thought: What’s your opinion on GMOs? Helping feed the world or just feeding overpopulation while disrupting ecosystems?

    1. I saw a documentary that claims Monsanto wants to control ALL seeds.
      All food supply will eventually go through Monsanto.
      They convert the plants so that there are no seeds to reproduce itself.
      Farmers won’t be able to replant and have to go back to Monsanto to buy more seeds. Also if Monsanto finds 1 plant that’s GMO on your organic, natural field, you are being taken to court, because you don’t have a contract with Monsanto to be allowed having gmo plants on your field.

      Monsanto also goes out and sabotages organic farmers on purpose…over night, with an air plane (or by car), dropping their seeds to shut organic farmers down a year later.

  15. Get Fuzzy is my favorite strip. And the gut flora article was interesting. Thanks once again Mark, I feel as if I have a personal research crew at my ready! The weekend links are perhaps my favorite of the posts.

  16. I like the primal doctors network website.
    Can dentists and orthodontists be put on there, too?

    1. I also wish to know this. I’d love to find a primal/paleo dentist anywhere in West Michigan! There is a physicians network too that I think is a little different.

    2. I’m a women’s health NP and I messaged him about whether he’d be open to listing NPs. He said in the next month or so he plans to roll out other types of providers! Which should hopefully include dentists/orthodontists. 🙂

  17. I am a huge fan of pulled pork and strawberries…

    I am also a huge fan of throwing in the most random foods in to a bowl and calling it my big ass salad. People may think that strawberries and pork is a weird combination but I am salivating over the idea!!