Weekend Link Love – Edition 271

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

Mice on a gluten-free diet developed far less spontaneous type 1 diabetes than mice on a gluten-containing diet. These differences in T1D incidence were reflected in the gut microbiome. Adding gluten into the gluten-free diet changed the microbiome and eliminated the protection against diabetes. In mice, at least, gluten appears to increase the risk of type 1 diabetes, a risk controlled by changes to the gut flora.

Nuts may have their share of omega-6 fats, but a recent study shows that their consumption is associated with a rather significant reduction in mortality. Cautionary note: do not assume that nuts confer immortality.

Interesting Blog Posts

Are the ketogenic nursing mother’s ketones killing her baby? Or is it the Crisco her ketogenic diet is based on?

America’s obesity rates are on the upswing again. That didn’t last long.

Media, Schmedia

What one leading neurologist thinks grain is doing to your brain (provided you still eat the stuff, of course). It isn’t pretty.

America being one of the only countries in the world to wash and refrigerate its eggs is not an example of American exceptionalism, sadly. It turns out washing eggs may increase the risk of salmonella contamination.

Satire or Serious?

The artery-clogging, social fiber-destroying impact of banning trans-fats: people might eat more saturated fat!

Everything Else

The “Indigenous Games” in Brazil is an alternative to the World Cup/Olympics that prides itself on celebration rather than competition. I like healthy competition myself, but this looks pretty cool. Who’s up for a xikunahity match at the next PrimalCon?

China is “launching seeds into space to take advantage of cosmic radiation and low gravity.” That’s certainly an interesting way to genetically modify foods.

When you slow down a cricket’s chirping, it sounds like a chorus of angels.

Not a fan of standing or treadmill desks? Enter the Pedal Power, a pedal-powered work surface that lets you power your laptop (and other electronics) with your legs.

Move over, Generation X, Generation Y, Millennials! The Slowpoke Generation (a global phenomenon, by the way) is coming your way (albeit really, really slowly).

We may be entering a world without (working) antibiotics. I’d watch a gritty dystopian sci-fi flick starring Michael Fassbender with that premise, but I don’t want to live there.

Canadian family was recently fined $10 by an elementary school for failing to provide grains in their child’s lunchbox. Luckily, the neglected child’s meager, unbalanced meal of meat, potatoes, carrots, oranges, and milk was enhanced by the addition of Ritz crackers by school staffers.

According to the Atlantic, apple cores are a myth. I’m not so sure. I definitely detect a difference in taste and texture between the “core” and the rest of the apple. What about you?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 24 – Nov 30)

Comment of the Week

I was skimming and missed both mentions of Dear Carrie. So I did a pretty good doubletake when I read “In fact, I breastfed Devyn for two years…”

– Yeah, I tried and failed miserably. Couldn’t get a good latch going to save my life.

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’ll take my risotto without the quotation marks. The cauliflower “rice” is great…as cauliflower.

  2. The idea of eating the indentation of the apple (after removing the stem) does not appeal to me. Even after washing, there’s usually some crud (black stuff, even cobwebs) stuck in there.

    1. And *especially* if the apple isn’t organic– I’ve been told that most of the pesticide residue is in that indentation. Also, in my experience the pithiness at the center varies between apple varieties.

      But I admit that many folks probably throw away more than necessary.

  3. The article on grains and the link with Alzheimer’s was quite good and I have personal experience with the part that states the people fear Alzheimer’s far more than diabetes or heart disease.

    The threat of Alzheimer’s, far more so than diabetes and heart disease, is what motivated my mother to change her diet as she started to suffer from statin-induced short term memory loss. She had diabetes for 10 years, and her bad cholesterol levels were elevated for almost that long, but after only three months of increasing cognitive impairment, she was utterly prepared to do whatever it took to get her memory which included switching to a high-fat, low carb diet.

    I’m happy to report that her memory came back full force and her Type 2 Diabetes is in remission. Her cholesterol levels are still high (she stopped taking the statins) but that is due to her HDL being insanely good.

    It took the specter of memory loss to motivate her to do something about her diet but fortunately, changing her diet managed to reverse the memory loss as well as her other chronic issues.

    1. That’s such good news about your mom. I so wish we’d been able to convince my MIL (& FIL) before the Alzheimers had gone too far. Her doctor continued to prescribe statins despite her showing nearly every possible negative side effect, from debilitating pain to balance issues as well as depression & memory loss. It was excruciating to watch her decline knowing that much of her suffering was probably due to her “treatment.”

      1. My Dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I suggested a change in diet could be helpful. Sometimes he gets it and is ready for the change but for the most part he just doesn’t thinking changing his diet is worth the effort. I can’t see how eating an omelette for breakfast instead of oatmeal is so hard or not eating the white bread with your salad when at a restaurant, but he seems to think it’s impossible. Sad.

  4. Both my daughter and husband have eaten whole apples for years. So far there have been no apple saplings growing from their ears.

  5. Those long lived nut-eaters also eat significantly more fruits and vegetables, according to the study numbers, which suggests to me vegetarians. Do you suppose that vegetarians are aligned with more healthful numbers in general isn’t because they eschew red meat but because they, like paleo dieters, eat lots of the good stuff?

  6. The article on Alzheimer’s and grains was… disappointing.

    Now, I can see an argument made for subgroups of people with neurological disorders/diseases avoiding gluten. For sure, I have found some studies associating gluten and multiple sclerosis, gluten ataxia, neuropathy, etc (though not even close to the majority of patients with these issues and in studies with a very small sample size).

    I have found little convincing evidence of a high-carb diet inherently causing or contributing to Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc. It sounds like he’s trying to make the connection that high-carb = insulin resistance in the brain = type 3 diabetes. Now, AD as T3D is an interesting paper, but carbohydrates in and of themselves do not cause insulin resistance or diabetes… It’s hilarious to suggest so.

    Now, I’m all for holistic health and healthy lifestyles (that AD drug they mentioned, solanezumab, has already failed miserably), but I doubt there is enough evidence to claim that carbohydrates or grains are inherently causing these issues. You can suggest grains are, but I would need to see RCTs of the effect of macronutrient composition on brain health –> the article references a study where patients self-reported food intake, which is pathetic and has been used by us paleo folks to wave away studies implicating saturated fat and heart disease – why the unscientific double-standard?

    Evolutionary science can and should be better than this.

    I support eating healthy, but the vilification of a whole class of macronutrients is probably the stupidest new trend after hatred of satfat and cholesterol.

  7. So apparently we should rather eat food containing “organogels” than (evilarteryclogging) saturated fat.

  8. The Slowpoke Generation that is now coming up: Where I live I never even see kids outside in the summer, but I do here them yelling and screaming at 1am in their rooms while playing video games. They must have the strongest thumbs in the world…

  9. I have been making raw eggnogs daily for years using unrefrigerated eggs and have never had so much as a stomach ache. I had my own chickens for several years and during that time did not wash the eggs. I now purchase eggs from a local farmer, who does wash the eggs (I am not sure how they do it). I also believe that if the immune system is built up sufficiently, the body can tolerate exposure to salmonella and other such bacteria, and they can act as cleansing agents. I ate a nearly completely raw diet that included meat for a couple of years. During that time I intentionally let meat spoil (beef, chicken, fish) and took pieces of it like medicine. I was actually not affected by this at all; no obvious cleansing reaction or anything. We are a nation obsessed with sanitation.

  10. I tried to comment on the trans fat ban site, but it said the feed was probably down.

  11. RE: what grains do to our brains link — I listened to Dr. Perlmutter’s presentation on The Gluten Summit a few days ago, and he makes a lot of sense and presented some excellent evidence as to why we should avoid grains and what they can do to brain function.

    I gave up all grains quite a while ago and am slowing getting to where I don’t even want to be in the same room with the stuff anymore.

  12. The abstract for the study on diabetes in mice mentions only regular mouse chow and gluten-free mouse chow. I would like to see some studies where the mice are fed chow made with emmer and einkorn chow, or European mouse chow. (I’ve read anecdotal evidence where people can’t eat wheat, but had no side effects when they ate wheat when traveling abroad.)

  13. Regarding the article on antibiotic use, I was on at least 2 antibiotics a year for the last 10 years for chronic sinusitis. My sinus infections would get a little better (but not cured), then would get worse during allergy season. It didn’t dawn on me until I went primal that my compromised immune system was contributing to the chronic sinus infections. I have touched an antibiotic in over a year (or cold & sinus meds for that matter). Primal living won’t solve the antibiotic crisis, but it’s a start! Healthy living through prehistoric science.

  14. “Cautionary note: do not assume that nuts confer immortality.”

    So we can’t expect to live forever just because we eat nuts? Hmmmm, I’m still eating them and pretty sure I’ll live forever, unless I die first but not planning that anytime soon.

    1. I think that lammas ‘bread’ which gives the (LOTRs) elves immortality is actually made from nuts.

  15. Great article about the trans fats – although I’m not a proponent of trans fat I don’t think government has that business in our food. Be careful what you ask for, it’ll probably be a matter of time until they’re trying to ban saturated fat.

  16. I don’t know, Mark…ever since I started camping l’ve always eaten the whole apple except the skin. I barely even notice the seeds.

  17. I usually buy “organic” apples (supposedly less coating) and scrub the skin with a brush under running water. It sometimes takes extra diligence to get at the stem source, but I don’t eat it anyway.

  18. That post on antibiotics was highly disturbing. I got bitten by my cat a few years ago and contracted an infection, but it cleared up immediately with a course of pills. I shudder to think about not having that option…

    1. Antibiotics are not only not necessary, but can actually do your health more harm than good. There are more than enough natural options available – olive leaf extract, goldenseal, raw honey. We would be better off without antibiotics, in my view!

  19. Eat nuts become immortal – someone should have told Tom Riddle that – you know Voldemort (of Harry Potter fame). My sad attempt at humor.

  20. Nice collection of links, Mark.

    I wonder if the Pedal powered desk could ever be a possibility for this world. I kind of doubt it, since the exercise bikes at the gym don’t even power themselves, but it is an interesting idea!

    1. Actually, if you google “pedal powered desk” you can see that one has been designed, and even is funded on kickstarter. However, it needs help on being distributed across the world because shipping costs are high for such a thing.

      It seems to actually work as well.

  21. Fined for not giving your child grains? That’s disturbing.
    Last night a doctor wrote me a prescription for antibiotics.. for a sprained ankle. And staff at the shelter I’m staying in think it’s a good idea to take them, since apparently everything a doctor says is true even if completely unfounded (they insisted I go to the hospital because I’m gimpy now). I told the doctor I know I didn’t need medical treatment, just rest, and he just kept telling me I have an infection, after looking at my ankle and touching it in a few places. Now I have to fake that I’m healed by Monday or get kicked out of this shelter if I don’t take the pills. This is crazy.