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August 14 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 155

By Mark Sisson

Videos and slides from the Ancestral Health Symposium are starting to go up, with more being added every day. Go take a look and see what you missed.

In the middle of the symposium, Robb Wolf, Mat Lalonde, and yours truly recorded an episode of Robb’s Paleo Solution Podcast. Take a listen (and listen to the rest, if you haven’t already).

Who woulda thought that “specially formulated” biscuits would make male zoo gorillas obese and stricken with heart disease? In a huge twist, switching to a diet of green, fibrous things corrected the problems.

John Durant (who also discussed obese zoo gorillas in his AHS talk) announces the 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium Award winners.

Diet and lifestyle aren’t everything. A new T-cell treatment led to sustained (thus far), year-long remissions in advanced leukemia patients. Researchers extracted, genetically engineered, and reinserted the patients’ own T-cells, which then went on to take apart the tumors. Nice going, science. You too, engineered T-cells.

Be wary of oversimplification, says Chris Kresser, who makes the point that there is no single cause of, or treatment for, obesity in his latest post.

You’ve probably heard how antibiotic-resistant bacteria populations are growing, partly due to routine antibiotic administration to livestock. It all sounds very hopeless, right? Maybe not. A recent study shows that conventional poultry farms that switch to organic methods see rapid drops in drug-resistant flora, even in the first post-transition flock!

Geography shmeography. An upcoming line of toys promises to teach your kids how to navigate a pig, cow, or sheep carcass.

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One year ago (Aug 8 – Aug 14)

Comment of the Week

I feel your pain. (literally). It took 1 month of PB to overcome 15 years of pain and fatigue from Fibromyalgia. Ah, the healing power of bacon!

– Amen, FoCo Girl.

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  1. I love the tone Chris Kresser took in his article on obesity – that we should always question our hypotheses and stop being so arrogant about our beliefs. The answers to these big questions are often more complex than we think.

    1. It seems as if Chris’ post is a response to the Ancestral Health Symposium. Carbs and/or insulin to be more specific.

      When one specializes with one area they need to be careful. Not only is it more than carbs and/or insulin but its more than diet.

      It’s more than fitness too.

      Sleep. Play. Move a lot.

      If you want to put it simply then read The Primal Blueprint and follow that – even the 80/20 rule. Tweak as you go along and experiment constantly.

  2. I’m just ashamed that when I clicked on the butchering for children link, the first thouught I had was how could they draw all over schleich models. I have 70 of thier horse models XD

    1. I did get a kick out of the PETA ad in the kids toys article. PETA because being omnivorous is unnatural but Photoshop is not.

  3. Who wouldda thought??? has anyone caught Joel Furhman’s preachings on public tv yet?

  4. The links for the AHS stuff is great for those of us who couldn’t go. I wonder if there is any chance they will be coming out with a DVD set of the talks. The podcast with Wolf, Sisson, and Lalonde was great. One of my favorites. Everyone really seems to be on the same page.

  5. I’m not surprised about bacteria losing their resistance. There is a metabolic cost to such resistance and if you take away the selective pressures, fitness decreases if the trait is retained. I work with insects in agriculture and you see the same thing occur when you stop using a insecticide; resistance decreases in the population.

  6. Just discovered a good exercise.
    Just hold a weight and throw a punch. Twist your body and put some core power into it if you want, which is what I’m doing to make it like a real punch, but try to keep good, stable form.
    I’ve done this with lighter weights before, one in each hand, (up to 12.5lbs) but never thought to try it with anything heavier. I’m doing one handed sets of 10 with 22.5lbs now between catching up on old WOWs. It works the grip pretty good. I had to face away from the computer because I was worried the weight would go flying into the screen.
    I remember in one of the Rocky movies Sylvester Stallone is doing uppercuts with 60lb dumbells, which is where I got the idea.

  7. Maybe those things about gorilla’s may make it to regular human news, and start more media people talking about how we all should change to eating better and leaving grains alone! Would be good!!

    1. Hmm, my comment’s awaiting moderation for some reason…. first time I’ve seen that. Maybe because of the links I’d posted.

      Joanne, search google for “obese gorillas zoo” and you’ll find a few articles about this from Feb/March this year. Interesting read 🙂

    2. I felt like the Gorilla article was framing the situation in more of a ‘heart healthy greens’ way. The negative part of those meal sticks was their ‘starchy caloric punch’ leading us to believe that they were essentially vitamin fortified Oreos. I’d be willing to bet that they’re made with (supposedly) heart healthy whole wheat though, rather than enriched white flour. So, maybe I’m wrong, but it felt more like a ‘humans should be eating vegetable foods like these related apes’ article than a ‘humans should be eating less carbs’ article.

      And of course, the fact that Gorillas have dentition and digestive systems that are very different from humans wasn’t mentioned at all. Gorillas have huge grinding teeth and jaw muscles that go all the way up to the tip top of their heads specifically to process those greens before they send them to their gigantic VERY slowly emptying stomachs. They are made for a diet almost entirely composed of greens and more power to them. What I’d like to know what idiot decided it would be OK to feed them biscuits. I’m guessing someone from the ‘this feed is cheaper’ department.

  8. Listening to the podcast now, enjoying the digression. Everything is connected. I have had the same thoughts about the environmental connections for some time now.


  9. About the Buffalo: There was actually a study done where they grazed cattle on a section of land and buffalo on a similar field. The field that was grazed on by buffalo developed a greater bio-diversity of grasses, some of which were considered endangered. If I remember correctly it was something like 250 species. The field with cattle had something around 6 species. I will try to look up the paper and get the exact numbers.

  10. Just finished the the podcast with Robb, Matt and Mark.

    Great to hear 3 such knowledgeable guys talk on this topic.

  11. Hi Mark!
    I think the story about the gorillas is an important one for anyone interested in evolution and paleo/LC-diets. So a whlie ago I wrote a (very)long post about this story, entitled “My LCHF buddy the gorilla” (Gorillas actually retrieve about 60 % energy from saturated short chain fatty acids from their vegan, high fiber diet, thanks to bacteria in their colon)

    The bottom line is that both gorillas and humans get obese and suffer heart disease when put om a diet dominated by grains and added sugars.

  12. OK, you get stuck in “awaiting moderation” if you provide a link, so lets try this one in stead.

    Google “LCHF + gorilla” and you will find my (very) long post “My LCHF buddy the gorilla” on the subject on why gorillas get fat and sick on a high grain and sugary diet, but actually get 60 % energy from fat out of their high fibrous vegan diet

  13. The link about T-Cell therapy was a good read, but am I the only one who has seen too many zombie movies to jump on the band wagon just yet? Also, if they continually reproduce and are attacking B-Cells, isn’t that going to be a problem in the log term?