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June 03 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 192

By Mark Sisson

Is elevated cholesterol just a marker for sunlight deficiency?

How to shop for kids’ shoes (video), featuring KStarr.

Paleo bumperstickers have officially been released. Go get yours today.

The FDA recently ruled against the Corn Refiners Association, saying that its petition to change the name of “high-fructose corn syrup” to “corn sugar” would confuse the public and fail to reflect reality.

“We were surprised to find the proportion of retractions due to scientific misconduct in the drug literature is higher than in general biomedical literature.”

Cancer researchers turn their eyes toward red palm oil, the most potent source of tocotrienols, in the hopes that a supplement derived from the oil could help prevent and stave off cancer cells. Instead of waiting, you know, you could just eat the oil.

A recent study has “definitively” linked irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO.

“Regardless of their fussiness,” kids served water were more likely to desire and eat vegetables than kids served soda.

Kids will be kids. Despite less time for unstructured play, children these days use more imagination during playtime than kids surveyed twenty years ago.

Cupcakes: the new cocaine?

Swimming coach inadvertently employs Primal training principles (play, less volume), produces a likely Olympic contender in the process.

Recipe Corner

  • Saag paneer, only this time with kale. Genius (if you like dairy).
  • Forget loaves of bread, standard meatloaf, and Meatloaf. Try Lebanese lamb loaf.

Time Capsule

One year ago (June 3 – June 9)

Comment of the Week

I had never heard of this before, but thank you for a wonky article as a means of introducing me to something I ultimately don’t need to worry about.

Sorry if that came off as sarcastic as it wasn’t my intention.

– I expect every post has this effect on at least one person.

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  1. What? The FDA justifies it’s existence? The corn industry’s check must have bounced.

  2. “Some people manage a perfunctory “I really shouldn’t” before diving in. They tend to be the ones who pay the most return visits to the tubs.”

  3. yeah, I was looking at that Saag paneer w/kale recipe last night. Over and over again, drooling.

  4. I have to come down hard on this every time I see it but… harvesting palm oil is quickly depleting precious tropical forest ecosystems, one of the last hold outs for many valuable species including the Orangutans.

    Please please do not advocate use of palm oil.

    1. From what I understand, however, Nigerian palm oil doesn’t have these problems. No orangutans there.

    2. Simple. Shun the Indonesian plam oil and eat the Nigerian one. Problem solved.

      1. No it’s not that simple because palm oil plantations require first clearing of the rain forest, regardless of what continent.

  5. Hey Mark – thanks for the saag paneer recipe shout out. I felt all star-struck…I made it onto MDA! 🙂

    1. I went onto your blog and found – drum roll please — paleo oreos… I don’t generally subscribe to paleo baked goods but these, I may have to try out…

  6. I saw the study about the small bacterial overgrowth and IBS. The only disappointing thing about the press release was they recommended taking antibiotics as the solution. I would think kefir and other probiotics could deal with the problem much more effectively?

    1. Yes, and what they fail to disclose is that Pimentel stands to gain from the sale of rifaximin. “Pimentel discovered the use of rifaximin for IBS. “Cedars-Sinai holds patent rights to the discovery and has a licensing agreement with Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc., which markets the drug. Pimentel is a consultant to Salix and serves on its scientific advisory board.”

      Also, there have been new developments, antibiotics only help temporarily but the SIBO comes back.

      1. Figures. If the gut bacteria – good and bad – is killed off, what’s stopping the bad from coming back in force? You’d think they could solve this problem with a little head scratching. They’re like “NO!! Gimme a drug, dammit, I don’t want to change what I eat!!”

        Believe it or not I know a lot of people who are scared to eat kefir because of all the bacteria in it. We are so germ-paranoid in our culture.

        1. If, and it’s a big if, the follow up to treatment was dietary, basically primal with plenty of fermented foods and other natural sources of probiotics it might be beneficial, but I don’t see that happening. besides, the gut has a biofilm which is hope to ones flora. Antibiotics will know some of the population out but if the person went back to their normal diet of processed garbage and lots of grains the problem would just come back. The antibiotics would just clear out the overpopulation while not really changing the make-up of it. We have hundreds of bacteria in our guts and we would have to identify the specific strains that are causing the problems. We don’t even know all of what’s in there so we can’t target the “bad” ones. All we can do is introduce a lot of those we know are good and eventually outnumber the bad ones.

  7. The American Diabetes Association receives much funding from drug companies. I would be surprised if this did not influence their recommendations too.

  8. Well, If Palm Oil actually cures cancer, then the FDA will ban it, like the Hemp plant. You can’t have a natural product taking away profits from corporate america.

    1. That’s makes a lot of sense, and why is it when doctors and nutritionists found out that taking large doses of certain vitamins can cure many things. The government and doctors said that taking too much can cause sickness and alike, and put a warning on it, even though it works.

  9. So, the author starts in on cupcakes, graduates to all sugary snacks in excess, says that cake is more filling than other snacks, so is usually left over in offices…I get where Thompson is going, but his route there is a a bit convoluted. Why no mention of soft drinks or syrup-infused coffee drinks?
    This article is useless. It doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know, and it’s badly organized.

  10. I think that Jamie Scott’s blog post title and early discussion on the link between cholesterol synthesis and sunlight distracts from the later discussion of the link between sunlight and death from heart attacks. As he notes in the post, “…the risk [of high cholesterol] to individuals without coronary heart disease is very small…” Also, Ravnskov has convincingly criticized the cholesterol-heart-disease literature of the last 60 years. I think that it’s going to be hard to transform the association between between vitamin D and heart attacks into a direct, independent, causal link.

    1. I found his blog post fascinating. However, if a lack of vitamin D is indeed a true cause of heart attacks, why aren’t the Japanese, who fear the sun enough to use sun umbrellas and strong sunscreen every single day, dropping like flies?

        1. Good point. They do eat a ton of fish and if cod liver oil is a good source of Vitamin D (at least the fermented kind is), then perhaps the fish itself is, as well.

  11. That paneer looks yum! I stopped going to my fav indian restaurant cause I found out they use corn oil and LOTS of it. They advertise that as being a better alternative to ghee because of all the saturated fats. Pfftt. I call ahead now when going to indian restaurants to make sure they use ghee.

  12. Wow, I am shocked by the FDA’s decision. Maybe they do have a conscious after all. And while cupcakes aren’t cocaine to me, brownies and Peppermint Pattie coffee creamer are! I’m a work in progress.

  13. Ahahaahah, I love the Corn Refiners Association. Really, you need to change the name so more people don’t rip on you? I guess it just sounds more “natural.” Still it’s bad sugar, no matter how the name is. Like the excuse for the cane sugar, what is it like evaporated cane juice now?

  14. O great! Paleo bumper stickers! Now the paleo crowd can be equally as elitist and annoying as super peta vegans.

      1. *laughing* i can’t read your posts without hearing “the voice.” well played.

  15. Thank you for linking to the kids play article. I am a strong advocate for kids play, and get really stressed about the lack of recess at the neighborhood schools. That article made me feel a bit of relief. 🙂

  16. Standing on one foot until exhaustion (reference the sleep article)… anyone have an idea how long this takes? Is it just until I get tired or until I can’t walk on it anymore?

  17. I puzzled by the inclusion of the lamb loaf as a paleo recipe. Doesn’t the 1.5 C of dates make it too sugary to be considered paleo?

  18. I loved the photo on “that Paleo guy” link (on Vit D), that is my “back yard” aka Abel Tasman National Park. I’ve done a spot of barefoot running there, magic!

  19. If you guys didn’t get down to the “Cocaine Cupcakes” article because of all the great links above it, you have to check it out. Lab rats being addicted to sugar the same as cocaine. Wow.

    I have a lawyer friend who told me that many in his industry believe big food’s knowledge of the hazards of mainlining sugar has been widely known inside that industry for a long time. He also believes big food and sugar could become the next asbestos or fen phen. As we saw with cigarettes, it only takes one claim to make it through the legal gauntlet.

    1. Is it really big food’s fault though? There’s a Norwegian proverb that states: Cookies are made of butter and love. The love in that equation is the flour and the sugar (both metabolically equivalent in the eyes of your pancreas). Western people love sugar and have for centuries, ever since the crusaders came home boasting of the delicious ‘sweet salt’ they had tasted in the east. It’s become a huge part of western culture, is absolutely legal crack and I’d argue that most of us are aware of that at some level but eat it anyway. I don’t see how a snack cake is substantially worse (from the sugar/flour perspective) than the gigantic cinnamon rolls my grandmother used to make us from scratch. Both will kill us slowly, feed our cancer, exhaust our pancreas, but we’ll fight tooth and nail to keep the option to have them.

      I’d argue that a better solution would be eliminating the subsidies to U.S. domestic agriculture that make corn and soy so cheap. That’s what the center of the supermarket is full of (and even the bakery at my local chain, as I noticed when checking labels recently). You’ll never see that though, people will go after individual companies and individual ingredients which will simply be substituted for and the great consumption carnival will continue, and handsome profits will continue to be made off of human misery.


  20. Paleo bumperstickers – show the woman with a spear and I might buy one.

    1. +1 I had the same reaction. Standing around holding a bowl… Oh well. I will say that that’s pretty much what I do at home. Our guinea pigs are off-limits as prey, according to my daughter.

    2. Paleo bumperstickers – show the woman with a spear and I might buy one.

      I concur!!!

  21. Interesting read about the swimming coach.

    I think far too many professional coaches neglect the importance of rest. I am an avid sports fan and i see it all too often that when a team has a tough morning practice they play terrible that evening. But, on the rare occasion when they are allowed to rest from morning practice, they have much more gusto that evening. Yet, coaches seem to revert back to the “more is better” mindset.

  22. Case in point, we had a snack room in the office…until people couldn’t stop compulsively cleaning it out to the point where we couldn’t afford it anymore. Guess what lasted longest…the lunch meat, carrots, apples, and cheese I requested.
    The other office locked their snack room because people from ours kept sneaking in to take some!