Weekend Link Love – Edition 233

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

In case you needed another reason to avoid vegetable oils, a 2007 study showed that soybean and canola oils sold in the US contain up to 4.2% trans fats (unlabeled).

Among severely constipated human patients, reducing or eliminating their fiber intake reduced or eliminated their affliction.

Interesting Blog Posts

Whatever happened to the digital divide? It’s still there, just in a different form.

Standing desks are cool and all, but what about walking desks? The potential benefits make up for the larger barrier of entry, in my opinion.

Media, Schmedia

Superbugs are spreading in hospitals and nursing homes across 42 US states, and they’re highly resistant to most antibiotics (except for the older, outdated antibiotics that have the tendency to also damage your kidneys).

American eggs would be illegal in British supermarkets, and British eggs would be illegal in American ones. Or, how America’s reliance on technology to make food safer ends up getting it horribly wrong, again.

A slightly different take on BPA from an endocrinologist.

Everything Else

Whatever you do, don’t make stupid mistakes.

Fashion is Primal.

Meet Ron Finley, guerilla gardener of South Central LA, where “drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” Another choice quote: “Growing your own food’s like printing your own money.”

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 10 – Mar 16)

Comment of the Week

Lots of activities can be done on the floor. Some involve more rug burn than others.

You’re talking about playing Twister, right? Yeah, that’s gotta be it.

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. Seems the Brussels sprout burger link is on a vegetarian level of efficacy, too. Bummer, I love Brussels sprouts.

    1. I assume you mean the Rope Swing video? Which made me cringe.

      In contrast, the TED video of Ron Finley, on urban gardening, was inspirational.

  2. Lot-za good articles today.

    And yea for Ron Finley. Somehow it always seems like it takes one persons passions to lead a way forward.

  3. Re: eggs – it’s funny how news articles about American agricultural practices always advise how the consumer needs to do certain things to avoid food-borne illnesses. It’s never about how farming should change. (OK it’s not funny, it’s tragic.)

  4. I would make the Brussels sprout burger for my vegetarian friends, but unfortunately they don’t actually eat vegetables unless they are processed, deep fried, and come from McDonalds. They’re saving the planet by not eating animals, dontcha know.

    1. A reflection on your friends and not the vast majority of vegetarians who eat fresh vegetables either steamed, stir fried or raw. But you are right, I’ve know vegetarians who eat a lot of pasta and sweets who wonder why they can’t lose weight LOL.

    1. The chap interviewed doesn’t think so in the scheme of things. It’s a red herring really. One of many.

  5. I wonder how alarmist the super bugs article actually is and if there is epidemiological significance in this recent increase…Certainly a frightening prospect. There’s always the occasional half-joke notion that hospitals can be dangerous in some respects, but in this case it might become a solid fact. Gotta keep eating them veggies and getting good sleep for now

    1. It’s not a joke, but really a fact. If you wanted to catch a communicable disease, the best place to go would be one with the highest concentration of sick people, and this is exactly what a hospital is. Nurses routinely spend the majority of the first year they work sick. It’s just the nature of what a hospital is.

  6. I bet if any of us were to wind up in an infested medical setting, we would likely be the only ones to survive it.

  7. My problem with beef is the ungodly amount of water and feed it takes to sustain a steer for one year and the ridiculous amount of waste by-products they produce. I’m sure there are some more eco-friendly, less resource intensive ranchers out there.

    1. You must be describing feed lot cattle not 100% grass fed ones. But even feed lot cattle start out on the open range.

      Here in California, cattle ranching is one of the most important factors in protecting the environment and saving endangered species. Yes, one can fantasize about turning all those ranches into wild animal preserves, which will never happen. And most of them are not suitable for growing plant crops, which also take an ungodly amount of water. The solid waste products fertilize the soil.

    2. I’ve seen cattle grazing in the desert. I’ve seen cattle grazing on grassland in Southern California, an arid place. The whole thing about needing so much water to produce beef depends on feeding them grain that is not their natural food.

    3. George, you should check out Allan Savory’s Ted Talk “How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change.” Might completely change your opinion on beef.

  8. Interesting re the eggs. I’ve just moved over to England after 2 years in the U.S. and yep the eggs here are sold in the aisles away from the refrigerated stuff. I didn’t really think anything of it until I just read that article!

    1. Here in NZ they’re just in the ordinary aisles, too. And the free range ones often have ‘stuff’ stuck to them – dirt, feathers . . . all manner of things 😉

  9. I have been a lurker here for a long while. Let’s get the introduction out of the way. I am female, lean and have good muscle definitions for my frame. Health and fitness have always been a strong passion of mine. So it comes as no surprise that I have read volumes of books on these topics.

    I started experimenting vegan diets about five years ago due to much influence about benefits of plant-based diet food on disease and cancer prevention. Again, I stress that I approached vegan diet not to lose weight (I am an ectomorph), but for maximum health reasons. I was born in a family with father being a medical doctor, so I have all my nutritional supplements covered. Meanwhile, I frequented this site as I was in agreement with a primal fitness lifestyle. On the other hand, I was unimpressed with, or rather abhorred by the primal diet touted here.

    Within five years, I experienced frequent fatigue (despite being supplemented with B-12, omega-3 oil, iodine), Raynaud’s Syndrome, low platelet count and worse of all, indigestion and heartburn. Worse of all, I started putting on weight, albeit not over 10 lbs. I could never get satiated after a meal and crave sweet fruits all the time. My vegan diet was composed of only whole organic natural food and no flour-based desserts.

    I finally decided to scrap my vegan diet two years ago. I first allowed myself to eat low mercury fish, then graduated to eat organic eggs and poultry. Now I feel so much better. I feel satisfied after a meal with moderate amount of organic animal-based protein, lots of organic vegetables and two servings of organic fruits. I used to feel lethargic after my vegan meal, but I don’t anymore.

    My story is not to vilify vegan or vegetarian or any kind of alternative diet that deviates from the norm. My personal conclusion is you have to find a diet that your body tells you. My body gave out with all the soy, legumes, and grains, and instead of achieving maximum health, it actually took a step back.

    So now. I adopt a modified primal eating plan with quinoa, occasional wild rice, buckwheat and bulgar wheat. I allow myself a serving of organic soy (cannot do dairy) and legumes only once a day tops. The rest of my diet falls in line with the primal eating with the exception of fat source (I use plant-based).

    I wrote to let people know that now I understand why people can be good candidates for primal living.


    1. I wondered the same. I mean, NO vegetables? Ever? I thought that was important for, you know, vitamins and stuff.

  10. re: treadmill desk walking.
    I’ve commented about this before but wanted to do so again. I’ve been walking while I work now for about 1.5 years. I LOVE it! No back pain, average about 3 + hours walking and the rest of the time standing because you adjust the desk to just the right Ergo height. I’m comfortable to do most tasks while walking at 1.2 -1.4. this gives me an extra 300 calorie + burn/day…Of course, this isn’t my workout for the day,but it certainly allows me to “move a lot at a slow pace”. I encourage any of you that work at home to invest in a Treadmill Desk! Your body will thank you!

  11. Ron Finley’s 10 minute speech was absolutely life changing. Every single thing he talks about it true.

  12. Dear Mark,
    Please check in to your forums. There is a lot of spam, every day. It’s getting very frustrating.

  13. I can’t imagine how much gas you would get after eating those brussel sprout burgers

  14. Yes, yes, yes on the treadmill desk! I work as an occupational therapist at a skilled nursing facility and make use of the treadmill in the PT gym. Simply set a wedge cushion on top of the treadmill display, place the laptop on top and proceed with my documentation. At 2.5 miles/hour for an hour to an hour and a half, I get in an extra 2.5-3.5 miles of walking every day in place of sitting on my ass. Feels great!

    I set the speed based on the amount of time I’m documenting. I’d set it a lot lower if I was going to be on there longer. Something to keep in mind for those who are considering a treadmill set up.

  15. Some of the comments on that treadmill desk article are special. Ranging from “I would get dizzy and fall” to “doesn’t eating while using a treadmill negate the calories you’re burning” to variations of concerns at “being able to concentrate while walking on a treadmill”.

    It’s just walking!

    We manage to drive water, ground and air based machines at high speed while talking, thinking, eating but somehow walking is a challenge?!

  16. As we all know, antibiotics are rapidly outliving their usefulness. Ultraviolet blood irradiation(UBI)is a safe and effective treatment that wipes out bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. The use of ultraviolet light for the treatment of disease has been around since the 1870’s. The history of UBI specifically dates from the 1920’s. I’m personally acquainted with an MD who uses UBI very successfully to treat patients. Check this out and Google for more. You will be amazed.


  17. Hey thanks for the link, Mark.

    I’m definitely going to try the brussels sprouts burger. I recently discovered that I really like sprouts if they are well fried, usually ghee. The problem is that they are somewhat time consuming to cook–chop off them in half, remove the outer leaves if brownish, cook on medium tossing rather frequently, and it usually takes two batches to fix enough for the family. So this looks like an easier way to prepare them.

    1. Ah I just noticed that that the author came up with the brussel sprouts burger for the same reason, that they are kind of a pain to prepare by just cutting up and frying. That’s what I get for just looking at the pretty pictures.

  18. Who would of thought you could make a burger out of the good ole humble brussel sprout? Might entice a few young ones to eat them.

    1. “In one astonishing case, a type of cricket Zuk studied, when transplanted from its original habitat to Hawaii, became almost entirely silent in the course of a mere five years. (A parasitical fly used the insects’ sounds to locate hosts.)”

      Five years is how many cricket generations?

  19. Brilliant Ted video-makes me so excited to start planning my summer garden on my teeny tiny lot. You can grow anything, something, regardless of your space constrictions!

  20. Whatever you do, don’t make stupid mistakes.

    I love this guy – I have been watching his video’s for a long time. Devinsupertramp is a great film maker

  21. That is exactly what happened to me when I removed fiber. I spent a lifetime of doctors saying eat more fiber – especially whole grain fiber – to “cure” my IBS and other digestive problems. Three weeks before I started Primal Blueprint I stopped eating bread and literally started to empy out. Full blown Primal had my inflamed colon and bloated gut and tummy disappearing in a matter of weeks. Two years later – and I know exactly what a food that makes it to my colon will do to it (red meat certainly doesn’t make it to your colon). And I also learned that my gut LOVES full fat coconut milk. Not to mention my energy levels.