October 20 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 266

By Mark Sisson
26 Comments

Weekend Link LoveMake sure to vote in Paleo Magazine’s Best of 2013 poll – Part 1 and Part 2. We’re up for Best Paleo eBook (Primal Blueprint Fitness), Best New Paleo Book (The Primal Connection), and Best Paleo Lifestyle/Fitness site. Voting is open through November 1st.

Research of the Week

A recent study confirms that children learning to walk should not wear stiff, thick shoes. Light, flexible shoes were found to be the ideal choice. Why? Because “plantar pressures while wearing the most flexible shoe are similar to those while barefoot,” which “may enhance proprioception.”

For the first time, the World Health Organization has classified outdoor air pollution as a carcinogen. Particulate matter was analyzed separately and also found to be carcinogenic. Is anyone actually surprised?

Interesting Blog Posts

Bodyweight training is often recommended to those uninterested in building mass or gaining weight. Here’s a post explaining how to obtain mass using just your bodyweight (and a few tools like a pullup bar and the law of gravity).

How one family made Primal living work on their trip through Italy.

Should you treat GERD with nutrition or drugs? Dr. Eades weighs in.

Media, Schmedia

President Taft was a yo-yo dieter, “continuously hungry.”

Why your brain needs way more downtime than modern society affords.

How some teachers who are flouting conventional curriculums by letting kids learn what they want to learn and figure out problems on their own are getting amazing results. It’s a new (but old) teaching method.

Everything Else

Speaking of Italy, the country is losing its taste for pasta. Yearly per capita consumption has dropped by over 20% in the last decade.

Check out Zach Anner, a comedian with cerebral palsy who does workout videos every Wednesday. They’re hilarious and inspiring all at once – a rare combination.

An apparently messianic photographer named Jimmy Nelson has deigned to grace the world with his vision of tribal peoples poised on the precipice of being lost forever. Deifying captions aside, Nelson’s photos of different tribes from around the world are truly fantastic. You should look at them.

Even though people acknowledge that walking is healthy and they should do more of it, they by and large are not doing it.

A 72-year old hunter fell down a ridge, hurt himself, and was cut off from civilization for 14 days. He survived by building fires and shelters, catching squirrels, picking berries, and eating algae he knew to be safe and edible. It pays to know what you’re doing out there, huh?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 20 ? Oct 26)

  • What About Type 1 Diabetes? ? We always hear about type 2 diabetes, but how can Primal living and eating impact type 1 diabetes?
  • So, Is Organic a Scam? ? It’s quite popular to bash organic food as a marketing scam, isn’t it? I let you know whether I think you should buy into that.

Comment of the Week

Granted, the temps haven?t yet dipped toward freezing, and I don?t know if we?ll get snow this year or not. But we have a native species here in the Northwest?the ?Cargo Shorts All-Year-Round Guy??whose weatherbeaten legs go exposed in all but the coldest conditions. And if they can handle being bare-legged, I imagine being bare-footed can?t be too hard.

– Ha! I know that species! An interesting animal indeed.

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  1. The Italian pasta eating thing is funny to me as when I was recently there, every single menu had low amounts of pasta dishes on their menus. Growing up in the states I thought that everyone was going to be eating pasta, however it was reserved for the “sides” part of the menu. Everyone around us was eating a lot of meat and seafood, vegetables. Interesting observation…

  2. Zach is awesome! And I was worried my right arm is stronger than my left arm- need more duct tape!

  3. Interesting, my GERD has improved drastically, almost eliminated altogether (knock on wood). Never made the connection between that development and the drastic reduction of simple carbohydrates and grain from my diet (which resulted in a loss of 30 pounds BTW). Would like to learn more about mindfulness, some of what we used to call New Age type of concepts (in actuality some of it centuries old) and maybe snicked at now appear to have measurable benefits.

  4. Here are two great reads on bodyweight training. They will not disappoint!

    1. Convict Conditioning
    2. Dinosaur Training

  5. Mark! MARK! I request, nay, demand a list of minimalist shoes for children! My five month-old will be learning to walk soon, and you can bet he’ll be in the softest shoes I can find.

    1. Check out Shupeas! I ordered some for my son and my nephew. They are minimalist and grow with the baby!

  6. Paul Wade, bodyweight workout master. Great stuff. I’m also thinking that travelling anywhere in the world and eating primal, has got to be easier than in the states.

  7. Pasta and pizza is the McDo’ of Italy. The real italian recipes of the tradition use a lot of seafood (obviously) and offal.

  8. I read the story about the man who survived in the wilderness for 14 days. I remember reading it and being amazed, then thinking, well, we survived like that for thousands of years, albeit with a community and our ancestors’ knowledge of how to get by.
    But the wilderness was human reality for a looooong time. If our optimal diet was soy, “healthy whole grains” and fruity yogurt, humans would have gone extinct ages ago.

    1. I’m one of those year round shorts while hiking and playing disc golf in the Portland area people you speak of! Soggy and muddy pants legs are way worse!!!

  9. I love the article on how we all need plenty of down time-I’m sending that link to all of my friends!

  10. Air pollution?
    There are some people who think saturated fat is toxic to the circulation, for others its fructose, glucose or omega 6.
    If any of that’s what you think happens, imagine what actual toxins will do.
    Has the CVD death rate been going down because of environmentalism?

  11. That was a great article by Scientific American about shutting down our brains. Even more of a reason to take a social media (or even media as a whole) break.

  12. Nelson’s photos have an Edward Curtis, posed quality about them. Don’t quite know what to make of them- I’ve seen a group of city kids with bows and arrows running through my friend’s woods have more life in them. WTF?

    1. Totally edward curtis. Makes me feel a bit ill, glorification and poses. And where are the First Nations’ people I know to not be “a dying tribe”, my neighbours?

  13. “And where are the First Nations’ people?” I wondered also.

  14. Jimmy Nelson doesn’t do what Jimmy Nelson does for Jimmy Nelson. Jimmy Nelson does what Jimmy Nelson does because he IS Jimmy Nelson.