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February 09 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 282

By Mark Sisson
24 Comments

Weekend Link LoveAll Primal Apparel (except for the new Primal Blueprint beanie) is 50% off for a limited time. Just add the apparel to your cart to see the discount.

Episode #5 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. In it I discuss the role of supplementation in a healthy Primal lifestyle. Check it out and let me know what you think.

If you’re convenient to Newark, Delaware, don’t miss the Primal Blueprint Seminar coming to your area on Feb. 27.

Research of the Week

Regular physical activity “obliterates” some of the deleterious metabolic effects of a high caloric intake.

Turns out sick people do have a certain smell about them.

Third hand smoke, “that rich, burnt oatmeal smell emanating from grandpa’s sweater,” is also dangerous.

Fragmented sleep weakens immunity and promotes (or at least allows) tumor growth in mice.

Statins may be contraindicated in patients with heart failure.

If you’re looking for a mass gain protocol for your liver, low-carb ain’t it.

If you are going to use a protein supplement, better that you pick the most efficient at building or maintaining muscle mass. That’s why I use whey protein isolate in Primal Fuel.

Interesting Blog Posts

A potential toolkit for lowering the risk of cancer, as explained by Peter Attia by way of Tim Ferriss, boils down to reducing the amount of glucose hanging around in your body either by lowering your intake, improving your ability to clear it, or both.

There’s at least one cancer pathology professor who would agree with Peter and Tim’s toolkit.

Yet another good reason to question the validity of observational diet studies: food frequency questionnaires aren’t very accurate.

Seth Roberts gives a very interesting explanation of why the same dose of the same drug can be deadly or benign in the same person, depending on a simple change of venue.

How to be paleo in New York City.

Media, Schmedia

Got a problem with wheat? It may not just be the gluten.

Do we need GMO wheat?

While it’s nice that the media’s reporting on a study showing an association between sugar consumption and mortality, we should be fair and admit that it was merely an observational study that cannot prove causation.

Everything Else

The Dietitians for Professional Integrity – “advocacy group co-founded by 14 dietitians that advocates for the Academy [of Nutrition and Dietetics] to cut its ties to its Big Food partners and sponsors” – recently released their scathing report on the influence the processed food industry holds over the presentations at the nation’s largest nutrition conference.

A building’s architecture helps determine the species of bacteria that live there.

Now that’s what I call a good use for sugar.

My bad.

If we’re serious about preventing cancer, avoiding all that vegetable oil and using animal adipose tissue instead might be a good move, too.

In downtown Miami, archaeologists are unearthing an ancient Tequesta Indian town that dates back to at least 2000 years ago.

The sex of the child, as well as the mother’s economic status, determines the fat content of her breast milk.

Uzbekistan plans on using genetic testing to find future Olympians among the nation’s children.

Recipe Corner

  • Want to try out some gently cooked dishes? Try the venison ragout from The Nourished Caveman. Comes with confessions from a conflicted soul, too, which are always nice.
  • Paleo beet hummus looks fantastic. That color, man.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 10 – Feb 16)

Comment of the Week

Cook it with a flashlight

That’s definitely gentle.

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  1. Haha, the gluten-wheat article was somewhat interesting until I got to the phrase “cutting out nutrient-dense whole grains”… Ctrl+w immediately.

  2. “While it’s nice that the media’s reporting on a study showing an association between sugar consumption and mortality, we should be fair and admit that it was merely an observational study that cannot prove causation.”

    Mark, THIS is one of the things that sets you apart from so many other sources for health info and – in my eyes – increases your credibility manyfold. I have noticed several times that you explicitly stated that some study or source, while supportive of your position, should not be taken too seriously because of the weakness of the evidence or lack of scientific soundness.

    I think the only thing that would impress me even more is if I would see you post a credible study that actually weakens your position in an area – I don’t know if you ever did that. I would not be surprised, but I’ve not been here long enough to judge.

    Of course, there is the possibility that no such study will be created because you are too right 🙂

    PS: If there are any posts like that, I’d love to know.

  3. “Cook it with a flashlight”

    Alton Brown made a chef cook on flash light (albeit a strong flashlight) on Cutthroat Kitchen Season 2. Fun show but Good Eats is still king.

    1. have you been to one of his shows? he cooks a pizza with 54 stage lights!

  4. Third hand smoke? Indeed. The theory of second hand smoke and x amount of cancer deaths was soundly was proven to be wrong.

    http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2008/07/01/scientific-evidence-shows-secondhand-smoke-no-danger

    Having said that, I smoked for 20 years and practiced quitting for 10 of those years before I got it right. I’ve been a non-smoker for 27-1/2 years now. Smoking is really stupid when you think about it. Grind up some leaves, roll them in paper, set it on fire and suck the smoke into your lungs… and you don’t get high. You just maintain your addiction once you become addicted.

    And one other point about second hand smoke. How many of you have gone camping and had a campfire. Second hand wood smoke is no worse or no better than second hand tobacco smoke, but would you get angry if the government enforced a no campfire policy to protect you from the wood smoke?

    1. I can see it now–you may have just opened the door to future wood-burning fireplace bans.

  5. Another great link to supporting research for whey. Sometimes have a hard time convincing paleo fanatics to get on board with it so it nice to have more evidence come in.

  6. If the farmers get suckered into GMO wheat they’ll be slaves to Monsanto and the consumers will have more than gluten to worry about. The foreign markets are too smart to buy franken-wheat. The people on this site are already usually too smart to buy any wheat unless they are the lucky few who are highly tolerant. Hopefully lessons have been learned.

    1. Why don’t they just use it for making ethanol…along with soy, vegetable oil, and all the other harmful foods? Europe is using canola oil in their TDI diesel engine cars, so why aren’t we?

  7. Ha! You are sooo right about you being “bad” (My Bad), having caused the spike in dark chocolate prices by sending us MDA devotees hunting & gathering the chocolate beast. Never having acquired a taste for dark chocolate I was bound & determined to like it after reading your last post on choosing high-quality chocolate, and remembering a previous post on your favorite bars. I went to a few stores, scrutinized the labels, and came home with 7 bars, varying in intensity from 72% to 99. I’ll be doing a “taste test” over the next several months. The first one I tested, Whole Foods 72% Cacao Organic Tanzania Schoolhouse Project Dark Chocolate & Almond bar, I actually liked. Next on my “determined to like” list are tequilas & scotch. Any suggestions?

    1. Jose Cuervo Black – my favorite tequila. (It’s gotta be the BLACK, though!)

  8. Love the tank tops but nearly $44 shipping to the uk doesn’t quite make up for the discount 🙂

  9. Very cool Link Love, thanks Mark! Yes disease definitely has a scent. Dogs can detect cancer long before it will show up on any test. It’s a fact.

    1. It really does, I can’t believe anyone had to do a survey to ‘discover’ this! My daughter’s service dog knows EVERY time when she’s falling ill again, and comes to get me so I can help.

  10. Hi Mark! Are you aware of the Swedish goverment’s new policy regarding dietary sugar and fat? Apparently, they declared sugar a poison, and suggest eating more fat…

  11. I was aware of the situation-association, with drug use, and it’s potential lethality for heroin users in particular, when trying to get clean. I learned about it in one of my psych classes in the mid to late 90’s. I knew the association could be expanded into other areas. I used it, to explain to my brother, who has ADHD, why he wouldn’t get the shakes (similar to someone whose had too much coffee) for a little while, after taking his stimulant med in the morning when he washed it down with a Coke, (which provided more stimulant) but would if he didn’t. He’d drunk a Coke every morning for many years, so it helped prepare his body for the stimulant medication. Both he and his doctor decided that my explanation had merit.

  12. I checked out this and couldn’t find information on the actual study.

    “If we’re serious about preventing cancer, avoiding all that vegetable oil and using animal adipose tissue instead might be a good move, too.”

    I wonder if palm, coconut, or olive were considered “vegetable oils” but I bet not.