Weekend Link Love – Edition 173

We’ve just added another date to our Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar series for 2012. On Monday, April 10, my personal friend and longtime co-conspirator Brad Kearns will be in Torrance, CA, helping people change their lives for the better. Give it a look-see if you’re in the area!

New York Times best-selling author Tom Woods and his wife have just gone Primal. Her new food blog chronicles their journey.

Given the choice, predators choose nutrient density and variety over caloric density when selecting prey.

When (and why) running is sometimes easier than walking.

Who killed lard?

This is how you do the diseases of civilization right, people. First, you get rich selling cookbooks that describe how to give oneself diabetes. Next, you get diagnosed with type 2 diabetes yourself. Finally, you get yourself a multimillion dollar spokesperson deal with the pharmaceutical company that makes your diabetes medication. (I don’t mean to make light of the sad news that Paula has diabetes, but there is some irony here, I’m sure of it.)

Why you should go outside as often as possible.

The problems with boot-camp training from someone who did the real thing.

Tropical Traditions has a nice ground grass-fed bison sale going on through January 19th.

Crows never cease to amaze me. Here’s one roof-tubing down an icy roof. If you’re like me, you’ll start out going “Oh, he didn’t even make it all the way down.” Keep watching.

While doing nothing worsens the immune system and regular exercise improves it, extreme training (like for marathons) can actually make you more susceptible to getting sick. How’s that for a happy medium?

I usually try to end WLLs with a funny piece, but how about a touching, inspirational one? A Lakota Sioux family uses ancestral, Primal eating to restore their health.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 9 – Jan 15)

Comment of the Week

Anyone else thinking fat-rat risotto?

– This was Moshen’s immediate reaction to the paper on a high-fat diet causing brain inflammation in mice that got obese eating it. I tend to agree.

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. Does it drive anyone else absolutely insane that the first thing to blame for diabetes in the Paula Deen article is “high-fat?”

    1. “What’s the last ** a doctor cured? Polio. You know how long ago polio was?That’s like the first season of Lucy.

      ’cause there ain’t no money in the cure.
      The money’s in the medicine.

      That’s how you get paid, on the comeback. That’s how a drug dealer makes his money, on the comeback. That’s all the government is: a bunch of ** drug dealers, on the comeback.

      You think they’re gonna cure AlDS?
      They’re still mad at all the money they lost on polio!”

      Chris Rock, 1999.

    2. It does make me so mad! I have a website devoted to helping Type II Diabetes get off meds and Insulin. It is a ketogenic diet that avoids transfats and anything processed. I could help her…Even show her how to cook. But i am sure she will go the easy raod and soon lose a leg to the Disease…sad

    3. My mom told me about Paula Deen. I told her I am not surprised but it is not the butter that did it. It is all those bread, pasta and flour based goodies she eats. 🙂


  2. well, i just went ahead and ordered 18lbs of bison. 36 delicious bison burgers are in my future!

    1. My dog “hates” crows. So they love to tease him. I love watching them; they can be such little turds the way they mess with other animals.

  3. The whole Paula Deen story is a farce. I’m not sure there is any lesson to be drawn except to stay away from dishonest hucksters.

    I really like the go outside article.
    Of course, as I type this, I am sitting inside in my box-like apartment 🙂

  4. That crow video reminded me of a pet cat I used to have. It would take my brother and I for walks through the forest, stopping for us to catch up, and it played fetch.

    1. And something else I just thought of from recently is parkouring squirrels. I saw a bunch messing around doing acrobatics, not for food or anything, it looked like they were having fun.

      1. Rabbits are entertaining as well. One will run at the other while the other jumps over the one running at them. Rinse and repeat. I’ve watched that go on for several minutes numerous times.

  5. I missed the Paula Deen diabetes announcement. Thanks for keeping me in the loop, Mark 🙂

    I’m so touched by the piece on the Native American family’s health transformation. As a nutrition junkie, I’ve read the pieces on the tragic health situation of the native tribes with interest, but I’ve never seen anything like THIS before! You can end weekend links with this kind of inspiration anytime 🙂

    1. Agreed! As someone who studied anthropology in University, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the North American native tribes that I spent so much time learning about. You learn what they were like in their prime and then what happened to them and then you meet them in the present and see how they still eat the cheap crappy things we gave them (fry bread is a native staple, it’s basically just flour dough fried in vegetable oil or hydrogenated lard) without access to most of the ancestral foods they had before contact because most of them are no where near their original lands. I’m so glad to see at least some of them rediscovering true native food ways, before we addicted them to sugar, flour and vegetable oil.

  6. Does anyone else find the price diffrence between the 6 and 12 lb optinos of the bison a little off?

  7. Mark,

    Any chance of some more seminars in the midwest? I’m a tad tired of explaining this stuff to people and would prefer to just point them in your direction 🙂


  8. The crow video was amazing, for a little while I forgot that I don’t like them. (they wreak havoc in my garden)
    The article on the sioux family could have been about my sister and I. we have American Indian from both sides, Cherokee on my Dad’s side and Iroquois on my Mom’s side. Of course we also have a little European mixed in. I’ve wondered why some of my friends can eat crap and it doesn’t affect them as immediately as it affects me. My ancestors have had even less time to try to adapt to the modern diet. I’m especially sensitive to the addictive power of sugar. It is still an issue.

  9. I love the Boot Camp article! Yeah, Basic was nothing like these trainers put out to be. I know first hand. Even my regular unit PT wasn’t that good. Of course, I was in aviation, so that’s a whole other world right there. Now the guys who looked like they were having fun with PT were usually in some sort of spec ops units or close to it. I think I witnessed a Humvee pull one morning and just got extremely jealous that we were running, again, and they got to do that.

  10. I always love this post….broccoli forever is on the to make list…it’s my favourite veggie! and look forward to following Tom Woods’ Blog too!

  11. The whole Paula Deen situation makes me so angry, truly. I could add my diatribe here but I’d be preaching to the choir and others could probably state it more eloquently than I. And thank you for the marathon/extreme training info. I am trying to get my marathoning husband to at least consider a new, less time consuming and more efficient approach to his training. I am so sick of him getting sick and I know this hard-core pounding of the pavement is what is doing it. He’ll never stop the distance but I hope to get him to find a better, more healthy way to do it.

  12. really liked the go outside article. Spent Saturday backcountry skiing and then went running in the woods today … I love being outside, just feel so much better after spending time in fresh air, sun, on a trail somewhere. I can’t be the only one who hates the term “working out”?

    1. I went trail running with my two dogs in a local woodsy recreation area. A mountain lion crossed our path, shooting up the mountain at tremendous speed. Sent the dogs into a frenzy and gave me look-behind-you goosebumps for the rest of the run. Doesn’t get much more primal than that unless you’re really battling the cat! 🙂

  13. A pair of crows own the territory around my house. A hawk keeps coming in and challenging them and they keep “escorting” him out of the area, LOL. Actually an owl does night duty.

    Went down to the beach to watch the sunset yesterday and thought, dang, why am I not doing this daily?

  14. Any kindergarten teacher can tell you that running is definitely easier than walking for the little ones. They don’t know the meaning of the word “walk.” At a certain level, it’s heartbreaking to make them slow down.

  15. My question is, if carbs are horrible for your health how come Dr. Esselstyn’s heart patients are able to reverse their heart disease eating a no added fat veggie and fruit based diet with some grains thrown in. I do not know of any proof of someone with heart disease to start a high fat paleo diet w/ no carbs and have complete reversal of their heart disease. I am just hear to hear others opinions of this , This crap is confusing for someone with heart disease.

    1. I’m so happy I found your blog. Looks like you have a lot of great recipes and I can’t wait to try them. Long story, but related to your post. Over this last year I went through a major rehab of my body from a fall of 25 feet. I rehabbed my torn meniscus without surgery, my back and sciatic nerve issues are a thing of the past. And I was pigeon toed before starting the rehab and I am no longer. I also had early on set of arthritis in my back and wrist and that too has been cured. What I’m saying is doctors have good intentions but really don’t understand how the body works. They mostly have it backwards in my opinion. Any ways, I’m reading a really good book about the primal diet. It’s called Primal Body-Primal Mind. There is a really good section on heart disease that I think would interest you. I hope this answers some of the questions you have been looking for.

    2. How can they? If I don’t eat fat I’m so hungry all the time that I can’t concentrate. I end up eating twice as much and being miserable. I couldn’t do a low-fat, high-carb diet if my life depended on it. OTOH, I have no markers for heart disease and never have had, so it doesn’t prove what you ask.

    3. This is the best question in this thread.

      I have studied Esselstyn’s philosophies in detail.

      The evidence he presents for heart disease reversal is sound.

      This is really the question that Mark and others need to reflect on and speak to.

      This dichotomy is the foundation I use in comparing paleo, primal and esselstyn-like vegan approaches.

      I look forward to discovering my own answers to these questions.

      I hope others will chime in here. Let’s get a discussion going on this.

      1. Thanks for the response dante, I truly want to know that if you already have the symptoms of heart disease present if eating a high fat paleo diet will only progress the disease further and if no fat vegan (Esselstyn’s diet) is truly the only mode of reversing the disease. I wish more people would chime in on this.

      2. I wish mark would respond to this question and really give his honest input.

        1. I’d really love an answer to this as well. It’s hard to say if this man is a quack, or has a some vegen agenda, or if his conclusions are valid. I look at the “x-rays” of his patients who have been eating this vegan diet without any oil and the before and after pictures seem to indicate a reversal of the patient’s heart disease. Can someone please comment on this.

  16. nutrient density or CRON (Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition) another life style; actually discovered by Dr. Roy Walford during biosphere 2.

  17. The broccoli recipe is actually the traditional one we use to eat in Italy! You can do the very same thing with kale obtaining a crispy, hot, wonderful companion for your meat (usually steak).

  18. Man, as a kid I used to love tobogganing. I always wished I could fly back up the hill after riding down. I never thought I’d ever say this, but I’m so jealous of that crow.

  19. I just to the link to the article about Paula Deen and went ballistic in the comment section. Seething.

  20. My comment on Tom Woods blog (via the provided link):

    Tom, I already like you for your support of Ron Paul… This might just give you “THE man” status. Like you said, you’re most definitely in good company with all us Groks and if you stick with it for a while, you’ll forget why you ever lived any other way (cuz Primal is that good!).

  21. Almost perfect explanation of what Paula Deen’s really up to, but you forgot one important element: her TV show’s in the crapper for ratings, so she had to do something for continued income.

    Dr. Oz is also on the move, signing himself up as an endorser for some product or other.

    Also, Oprah’s having to come out of retirement because it seems her whole network (Dr. Oz included) is sinking for lack of ratings. I wouldn’t be surprised if she, too, ended up announcing to the world that she has diabetes, and then finds a way to market the hell out of it like Paula did. Who knows? Maybe Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz will “reveal” they’re actually gay lovers just to get more ratings… it just gets better and better in TV land–that’s why I pulled the plug last year.

    It’s really good to see these creatures are all suffering from a lack of eyeball attention, meaning we’ve moved on (literally and figuratively)–evidently some of us are recovering from Furniture Disease.

  22. I totally dig and abide by the Go Outside concept. Fresh air, connection with nature, exercise…all good, and, for me, meditative. And, since we’re finally getting snow, we’ll be headed to the hills nearby for a little tobogganing this weekend!

  23. Wow! thanks for the ‘who killed lard’ link…Soooo interesting! I love stuff like that.:)
    And now I really want some lard, perhaps i will find out how to render it on MDA or try to find it at the farmers market

  24. SO AWESOME that Tom Woods is going Primal. I listened to one of his lectures at UNH, he’s the f#@%ing man.

  25. Proof humans fished 42,000 years ago. https://www.sott.net/articles/show/240305-Southeast-Asia-Study-Shows-Humans-Were-Skilled-Fishermen-42-000-Years-Ago
    I thought of a way to catch a lot of fish at once from a river. I think it might have been a Native American method I heard of a long time ago because it reminds me of my grade four class but I’m not sure. I thought of it when I was protein-deprived and trying unsuccessfully to sneak up on and hit salmon with heavy stones in shallow water but I didn’t have the help or materials needed. Anwyays..
    You might need someone to help, depending on the size of the river.
    Find a river with a lot of fish in it. Set up a stable (probably weighted) net somewhere that spans the width of the river and reaches the bottom so fish can’t swim past that point.
    Take another mobile weighted net to another part of the river (I was thinking one person on each side of the river holding their end of the net) and then walk along the river with it, herding the fish toward the other net. Once you get close to it secure the mobile net and then collect the fish you’ve trapped between them.

  26. The blog by the Sioux family man about his beloved partner and family brought tears to my eyes. I love that they are healing themselves and I agree: Blame the USDA and others in the fold.

    Army PT. I was in the Army NG for 8 years. I trained so that I’d be “fit enough” for it when I entered. Six months of situps, pull ups, running and so on. I was able to do groups of full pullups and pushups all through the day. When I got there, they wouldn’t let us females do pullups–couldn’t get near a pullup bar to pull. My run times went down because I had to run with all these slow, chunky little 18 year old girls. (I turned 27 in basic.) The writer’s right: it’s all about stress and not at ALL about fitness. I had to do PT on my own to get strong again.

    1. I remember being told several times that if I wanted to get in better shape, I’d have to do that on my own time. Oh yeah, I was one of the slower runners. The one thing I couldn’t do was get it in my head that I needed to run fast. Give me strength training and I was a happy solider. I hated running in formation, no matter how slow we ran.

      1. YES! Running in Formation was miserable whether one was slow or fast and whether trapped in a slow or fast group. I was able to run in the “Fast” group at Ft. Rucker, and THERE we didn’t have to run so much in step. It was kind of fun. Too early, though.

        I’m actually now off running while I try to reacquaint myself with growing muscles. There’s a bit of mourning, but not nearly as much as I thought I’d have after 32 years of running. Mark Sisson has definitely helped me feel more OK and not so sad about not running.