Weekend Link Love – Edition 246

Weekend Link LoveBefore the usual links, some Primal Blueprint Publishing news. First, check this out. The Primal Connection just won the Eric Hoffer award for best self-published book in 2013!

Second, the recipe for Paleo Pizza from Primal Cravings just got first place in the PaleoNonPaleo Great Paleo Pizza Smackdown.

And finally, for those of you who’ve picked up a copy of Primal Cravings, please consider writing a review on Amazon. Eternal gratitude is yours from me and the Keatleys. Thanks in advance!

Research of the Week

In case you needed another reason to have that glass of red wine, a new study suggests that it can help prevent kidney stones.

New isotope studies confirm that right around the time our human ancestors began growing bigger brains they either switched to a diet made up of lots of grass and cellulose, or lots of grass and cellulose-eating ruminants. Guess which one Discover Magazine went with. Guess which one I think is more realistic (and supportive of said bigger brains).

Interesting Blog Posts

How a New Zealand triathlete rendered his formerly severe osteoarthritis nearly nonexistent with a paleo diet rich in bone broth.

Why fire makes us human.

Science-based Medicine takes on coconut oil. What do you think of their take?

Media, Schmedia

PopSci “unearths” 8 ridiculous, commonly-held views of nutrition. Prepare yourself for a serious bout of deja-vu.

Boy, we’re really ruffling some feathers, aren’t we? Yet another “debunking” of ancestral health rears its head (and gets summarily shot down in the comment section).

Everything Else

Have a Paleo heart? Mike O’Brien doesn’t at the moment, but he desperately needs – and deserves – one. Consider donating a buck or ten to his fund so that he can afford the heart transplant he needs.

Your brain on coffee.

Monsanto is giving up on marketing GMO crops in Europe, at least for the time being.

Recipe Corner

  • The weather may be warming up, but I’d never turn down a plate of Caribbean oxtail stew.
  • Hey, you, Primal eater who’s vowed to “get more adventurous” and try more seafood. Go on and make some squid adobo.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 9 – Jun 15)

Comment of the Week

I knew listening to loud overbearing Conventional Wisdom could make you go deaf (and dumb)!


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. I was unsure about “Primal Cravings” and was hesitant to purchase it. I decided to buy and if I didn’t care for it I’d gift it away. This morning I read the entire cookbook while catching some rays at the beach. The book is well written [like including proper internal temperatures to cook meats to (unlike “Gather”)], the recipes are creative, and as a kitchen minimalist I agree with their essential equipment selections. Not all recipes are for everyday eating but the majority can be. I can see how many of the recipes would be great for kids, like the chicken fingers and other finger foods. I cannot wait to make a batch of Cuban burgers to shove down my (paleo) pie hole.

      1. Really? I might have to get it then. I didn’t see the point of recreating old classics but that could be interesting.

  1. Since there’s no money in coconut oil I guess we’ll never have to worry about “real science” checking into the possible benefits of coconut oil. After all money, not health is all that matters. If I attach a buck to my pecker I bet they’d pull it though!

    1. for the coconut oil ink, did I read the assessment is NOT about the virgin version of the oil, but the processed one? That is a different thing.

    2. I had a tooth infection & didn’t want to take antibiotics, so I tried a mouthwash using a few drops of organic virgin coconut oil in water. I swished it round & held it in my mouth for as long as I could a few times until all the solution was used up. The next day, there was no sign of an infection & all the pain had gone.

      1. I had cancer and ate a donut, and then I was cancer free! Donuts must cure cancer!!

        1. Don’t be hasty, Michael. It has antibacterial properties and is soothing. My husband’s ENT recommended it for certain things. Hubby’s jaw dropped, but it worked. Also, it keeps my eczema under control as well as any drug cream. All winter. Every winter.

          I’m not being defensive, just reporting my experience. 😉

  2. I love reading the incisive and intelligent commenters on articles “debunking” the paleo/primal diet, like the ones in Scientific American, as the quality of the comments probably does more to get new people interested in the diet than the original article did in repelling potential interest.

  3. Don’t believe that Monsanto is backing off from Europe. What they say is likely just to turn down the protesting heat. They will quietly position their people and resources in key places like they did in the U.S. and soon GMOs will be shoved down European throats too. The people be damned.

    1. Agreed. I read a German article recently and if I recall correctly, Monsanto intended on entering German markets when the public (or farmers) come to accept it. They are not backing away from all of Europe, though. Even the article Mark listed mentioned them being interested in Spain and Portugal.

  4. Interesting in this age of skyrocketing obesity and health care costs that people take the time to write snarky articles about a group of people who focus on eliminating simple carbohydrates and grains and eat unprocessed, whole foods such as grass fed meat, fish, veggies, fruit, olive oil etc. etc. and strive to get fresh air, exercise, sunshine and recreation. Not eating grains is what really seems to blow their minds, it’s an addiction and defies the conventional “wisdom” of needing to have x number of servings of “multi-grain” foods per day.

    1. I suspect the “addictive” property of CW food is what makes so many “addicts” knee jerk react to those of us who have managed to overcome the “habit” by going primal/paleo.

      1. I also find it interesting that these people assume that all the followers of Paleo are pure acolytes who do whatever Mark/Loren/Robb say and don’t adapt the principles to their own lives. Apparently they’ve never actually read the articles on this website or, for that matter, the comments sections.

  5. oi… I only have a BA in three-field anthropology with the bare requirements in biological anthropology, so I’m no expert on hominins, but it’s pretty funny that they forgot to mention that australopithecines basically have gorilla jaws…

    Wonder what my prof would say, she was way into South Beach at least 😉

  6. it is all about big agro, they want you eating, living and breathing their grains and foods not other healthy choices. bacon lovers unite! and grok on!

    1. Yes. I read in “The End of Overeating that food companies, like all businesses, need to show profit growth. Problem is, the population isn’t growing as fast as they want their profit to grow. If you can’t increase customers fast enough, you need to increase the amount of food per existing customer. That’s why food is engineered to go down so easy — so the customers pack it in without realizing it.

  7. I’ve often wondered if dogs were helped along the path of domestication by eating cooked scraps back in the day.

    1. I was satisfied I had the answer to this question the day I gave my dog a big ham bone.

  8. Thanks for the link-love, Mark and team. Huge congratulations on The Primal Connection winning the “Best Self-Published…” award – fantastically satisfying, I’ll bet!

  9. Squid adobo? On the to make list for sure! Squid is a great way to introduce non fish eating people to fish-very meat-y. And just get all sponge bob references out of your head..it’s very good!!

  10. Lovin’ me the link love. The healthier and bigger we get (Primal), the more CW comes at us with all they got. It won’t be enough. Keep up the great work Mark.

  11. As for the Discover article, do they not realize that the title is unsupported by the content?

  12. Scientific American article’s logic:

    1. Meat today is not the same as meat 50,000 years ago, ergo it’s okay to eat bread and dairy.

    2. Kung! at one paleo diet and Inuit ate another paleo diet, ergo it’s okay to eat bread and dairy.

  13. Even at first glance the isotope article seems to be BS. “Modern humans, on the other hand, rely much more on C4 plants, which include grains like wheat and corn.” What is the author’s definition of “modern humans”? What other kinds of plants are included in C4??? Can C4 be found without necessarily eating plants? I mean, seriously!

    “”These hominins were thus already eating grain in an adaptation for life on the savannah..” WRONG! Obviously these scientists haven’t taken Logic 101.

    1. As a researcher, I have to step forward and state that very often (oh, so very often!) it is the one “translating” science to the layman the one that gets too creative with conclusions, not the researcher actually writing science.

      We often get interviewed by the media and where we said “we can see a trend” or “significant differences on a statistical basis, but lack of biological significance” we then have to read “strong correlation” and “heavy biological implications”.

      Always take science that is not writtnen as a scientific paper with caution. Who knows how the real thing was actually written.

      On a side note, for those of you that are curious about early hominids and how they are hipothesised to have cooked you could check “El animal que cocina”. I don’t know if it has been translated (doubt it), but if you are fluent in Spanish is a great reading. Plus it includes recipes that, although adapted to available ingredients nowadays, feel very “paleo”

  14. I love how the Sci. Amer. writer’s basic argument (esp when the author responds in the comments) seems to be, “yes, the paleo diet is healthy, but there are other reasons to eat this healthy food than the idea that we are exactly mimicking the full lives of our paleolithic ancestors.”

    Um, yeah… exactly!

  15. “The eight ridiculous commonly-held beliefs about nutrition” is a FABULOUS link to give friends and family who doubt you – especially because of the great footnote links to peer-reviewed journal articles.

    The one that I really hate is the myth that “a calorie is a calorie”. On a CW diet I kept dropping my calorie intake and was always starving, and NOT losing weight despite the calories-in-calories-out math equation (i.e. I was also doing chronic cardio) and yet am losing weight after going primal, am never hungry, and I am eating far more calories!

  16. That Discover Magazine piece made me cringe.
    Oh, yes. I can see it before me. Tha humaniods came out of the woods and walked along all day picking itty bitty little grasseeds. And the primitive tools they have found from that time surely must have been used to crush the itty bitty little grasseeds. Or something like that.

    I. Feel. So. Tired. Sometimes.

  17. For the Scientific American article in the links, I was reading through the comments section and I just wanted to flag up what I think is a very, very interesting comment:

    “A few quick observations since the work of my wife and I on the Hiwi is extensively cited here (as is our demographic documentation of hunter-gatherer lifespans). First, the Hiwi, like the other hunter-gatherers that we have worked with and visited, are much healthier in general than are Americans, but with the caveat that they suffer from maladies that we can cure with modern medicine (infections, parasites). They are lean and fit. Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay are even more fit than the Hiwi, they eat more and have extremely high exercise loads. High mortality of hunter-gatherers (mainly in infancy) is not relevant to the argument here because it mainly comes from violence and trauma. Warfare was a major cause of death among the Hiwi, nobody is suggesting we emulate that part of the paleo lifestyle. Parasites are unpleasant, and yes luckily we now have ways to eliminate them that our ancestors never achieved. But the point is that if Hunter-gatherers are lean, and fit (they look much more like serious athletes than do modern people), why? If not their diet and exercise regime, than what does make them lean and fit compared to modern people? Logic suggests that diet is part of the solution (excercise seems downplayed by everyone). So the discussion here should be focused on what we can learn from hunter-gatherers to improve our own health. How do “paleofantasy” critiques contribute to that discussion? Im not sure, I havent read the book. Yes there is significant genetic evolution in recent times, yes dietary variation in human foragers around the world suggest no single optimal diet, but still, what can be extracted by acknowledging that they are lean and fit? The paleodiet discussion has been very important for advancing our understanding of human nutrition — a field which has been dominated by the search for “minimal requirements” rather than “optimality”. But the bottom line is that the paleodiet critics need to contribute rather than just critique. And for the record, my wife Ana Hurtado and I have been eating a paleodiet (by accident because of fieldwork) for more than 30 years, because we grew accustomed to that diet (long before the fad). Meats, and unprocessed plant foods are a simple generalized ancestral diet and appear to produce better health than the current standard modern diet. As anyone who knows us can affirm, Hurtado and I are a lot leaner and fitter than most Americans in our age cohort (near 60). Why?”

    1. I’d like to know how anyone even got to the comments after 1-10. I couldn’t get the links to work.