Weekend Link Love – Edition 184

This article smells (but tastes delicious!).

Autism diagnoses in the US are higher than ever, a new study shows.

Next time your prepubescent son has to go number 1, give him a glass jar filled with pastured eggs and watch the yuan roll in.

This diapered tot boulders better than you. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get so cocky that he ends up climbing the ramparts of Winterfell only to discover an incestuous tryst between the queen and her brother, who then pushes the kid off for a five story drop and lower body paralysis. Because in the real world, there are no three-eyed crows to lead you to your destiny.

A collection of visual representations of the serving sizes of various fruits and vegetables.

How’s this for a healthy addiction?

Hey, you: stand up.

But I was led to believe that cows hate being outside, shun dietary graminoids, and vastly prefer the solace and seclusion of a barn with a trough full of corn, soybeans, gummy bears, and delicious plastic pellets. Guess I was wrong.

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Time Capsule

One year ago (March 26 – April )

Comment of the Week

MTHFR gene…

… is most expressed in Samuel L Jackson.

– I think we can all agree that oxide deserves a hearty round of applause.

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. Assuming the urine soaked eggs are an April Fools day trick? Wonder how many people fell for it

    1. Nope, it’s a real thing, read about it several days ago. Not trying that one.

    1. The other “calves” were great too! Happy cows! we all got a great belly laugh out of that one.

    2. I want my kid to be like that. Can’t imagine letting a child that young climb so high, though. A fall from that height, even with pads, can’t be good at such a young age, what with physical development and all.

  2. Love the climbing toddler. The coffee poster, on the other hand – conflict of interest.

  3. Is it just me, or does it seem like there’s a new trend: “People who do X are gonna DIE”? First it was eating red meat, now it’s sitting down for long periods of time … Not that I’m a fan of being sedentary, but I wonder if there might be some confounders in this study, too? Doh. It’s just absurd.

    Loved the cow video. Cow fighting (not bullfighting) is a long-standing Swiss tradition. In the spring, the toughest cows fight each other to see who’s the “queen of the herd” before they head up to the Alpine pastures for the summer.


  4. That’s a lot of coffee to reduce your chances of getting cancer, diabetes, etc.

    NOT drinking coffee isn’t going to increase your chances…

    Looks like cows love the outdoors just as much as us and, well, every other living thing on Earth!

    1. 1 cup typically means 8 oz. Most coffee you would order somewhere is going to be 12/16/20 oz etc. 3-4 cups isn’t that much for someone that drinks it twice a day.

      6 might be excessive. But there are other….”primal” activities that have been linked to reducing prostate cancer anyway.

      1. Since discovering Dave Asprey’s bulletproof coffee the only reason I drink coffee now is for the BUTTER (and the coconut oil), but now I’m addicted to butter!

      2. I’ve always been confused about this… I know 8 oz. is one cup, but most coffee makers consider 5 oz. to be a cup. So which are they referring to in the article?

        1. Hey thanks for posting a link to my coffee info graphic just thought I should help clear up the “how many cups” debate… The stats I worked off are 1 cup of coffee. Because coffee can be made in so many different ways it will differ on where you live. E.g in the USA people drink mostly pour over/ drip filter coffee so a cup will be around 6-8 oz (depending on the coffee strength, beans etc. ) for people in Australia we usually drink espresso which is around 30ml / 1oz for a shot ( same amount of coffee as In a drip/filter equivalent) so a ‘cup’ for us is only 1 oz. so all depends on the brew method and what you like to drink! Maybe I’ll amend the info graphic to help clear it up… but the best way is to have the freshest beans as possible and ground just before consumed. from my recent visit to the USA I can recommend buying from Stumptown, Blue bottle, Intelligensia, Four barrel and Gimme coffee all depending on where you live! I’m happy to answer any other questions you may have. I’ll be at a cafe all day 🙂

    2. I agree, Todd. I like a cup of black coffee in the morning with my eggs, but 3 or more and I’m guessing the caffeine consumed will start affecting sleep quality in a lot of folks (including me). To me good quality sleep is essential for keeping one’s overall health and mental well-being, so I’ll stick with my one cup.

      But hey, for those that aren’t sensitive to caffeine, why not.

      1. Ah, forgot to mention the big cup of black coffee before a workout involving heavy lifting. Definitely makes a difference in my performance 🙂

  5. Ahh, another Game of Thrones fan! Hubby and I have been watching the DVDs over and over.

    (Have you listened to the commentaries? Poor Dany didn’t really get to eat a raw horse heart; it was made out of the same stuff as gummy bears, with some raw pasta thrown in to represent the arteries. She says that the almost-barfing scene was not acting.)

    1. Lol, yea that game of thrones reference caught me off guard too. I guess you just never know who is a fan. Although it shouldn’t be too surprising as I could easily see any avid reader to be a fan.

      But the most surprising thing to me was the bit about autism. One in 54 boys? Wow, I had been seeing a commercial recently talking about 1 in 112(something like that) children are affected by it. and I thought that was alarmingly high.

  6. GOT reference!!! Love it. Especially since you clearly read the books with your reference. The show did a very good job representing the books so far.

  7. Well, his dad clearly put those stuffed animals up there to give him incentive; put dark chocolate and bacon on the wall and I’m climbing like a champ too.

  8. Aha, happy cows are into earthing!

    Any mom of a free range nearly two year old will tell you they are freakishly strong for their size. Most are adept climbers as well. One of mine started before she was a year old, but on bookshelves. She’s shimmy up a door frame like a kid climbing a coconut tree, too. Gave my little heart quite the jolt first time I saw it.

  9. One serving of fruit and veg is about a cup. That’s what I’ve always done.

    And OMG, those cows are so cute!

  10. WHAT? Mark, are you a genuine ASOIAF fan, or do you just have HBO? Either way, consider me tickled.

    1. Hey, some of us first heard of the books when we saw the ads for the show, and then devoured them months before the show actually aired, thank you very much. 🙂

      “genuine” indeed. Harrumph.

  11. GOT reference. Not at all expected. Thoroughly appreciated and garnered odd looks from the roommate when I busted out laughing. Which is a horrible reaction, if you think about it.

    And the cow video just made me miss down home on the farm…Oh, bovines.

  12. Mmm….bacon. Read a bit about making bacon at home and very tempted to do it sometime. Looking at ordering a pastured raised (or wood raised, acorn fed if I can find it) pig sometime this summer.

    Anyone know of a way to get the bacon-y flavor without the nitrates?

  13. This is off topic – however, I was wondering if any females had any issues with weight gain in the beginning while going primal ?

    1. there is a thread on the forum about primal weight gain in women. its too long to recount here,you should read it.

    2. I went primal about a month ago. I have gained a couple of pounds but I definitely feel a difference with how my clothes are fitting (looser). I can see changes in the mirror, just not on the scale yet and I’m okay with that. I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be at this point. Hopefully, some weight loss will occur too, with a little more time.

    3. Well actually YES. I was eating low grain anyway when I began more strict primal, and while I have about 12 lbs to lose, I have actualy gained several pounds so far, and obviously I am not at all happy about that….. I don’t understand it actually – eating better, eating less, skipping a few meals, and zero fat loss so far. Frustrated indeed.

  14. There was a GREAT piece on 60 minutes tonight about sugar and High fructose corn syrup and how they are linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease.

  15. Loving the Game of Thrones reference! Cannot believe the urine eggs. Wow, just wow.

  16. That’s it, I’m installing a climbing wall in my living room.

    1. +1

      Then when people call to ask you what you’re up to, you can wear your bluetooth and tell ’em, “Climbing the walls, man. Climbing the walls.”

  17. The statistics on sitting present a real challenge. My job requires that I drive 70 hours per week, but no more than 11 hours a day. I do stop to walk myself and the dog a couple of times a day. Someone needs to invent a way to drive without sitting.

  18. Coffee addiction: seems like my 3-4 espressos a day in the office make me hungry. Now trying to do without them, will see. Jan

  19. Off topic, but why do I think this is something Grok would say : “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and are more useful in general” – Mark Rippetoe

  20. This has been my favorite Weekend Link Love so far: bouldering baby, dancing cows, and Game of Thrones reference. Great post.

    Also, I have been telling my parents that my 20 month old is very adept at climbing, and tries to follow her big brother up the boudlering walls at our local Climbing Place.That video has inspired me to foster her love of climbing rather than discourage it, albeit only in the appropriate venue. 😉

  21. FYI, just saw the same link to the bouldering baby elsewhere that indicated SHE was a 22-month old girl.