Weekend Link Love – Edition 286

Weekend Link LoveIn case you missed the big news, we released a new book last week: The South Asian Health Solution. Order a copy by Wednesday to get a free gift and a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with author Dr. Ronesh Sinha. Learn all the details here.

Episode #9 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. This time, we’re joined by Steve Levine, a regular guy who’s been doing the ancestral health thing for almost a decade. Steve explains how he incorporates Primal health practices into everyday life – to great effect.

I recently sat down (well, actually we were both standing) with Dave Asprey of the Bulletproof Executive to talk about epigenetics, the gut biome, arthritis, and tons more. Give it a listen!

Research of the Week

Fish oil may be an effective treatment for depression, but it’s the EPA that seems to work the best, while DHA only delays onset of depression.

Why you don’t skip leg day.

Using treadmill desks promotes creativity and increases productivity.

Sprouting garlic contains more antioxidants than regular garlic.

A combination of high red meat intake and weight lifting promotes strength and cognitive gains in seniors. Duh.

The evidence that we need carbohydrates to promote protein muscle synthesis following resistance training simply isn’t there, a new review finds.

Interesting Blog Posts

How much weight are you actually pushing when you do pushups?

Staying paleo when you’re in Korea is actually very doable.

Media, Schmedia

The season of your birth may have had lasting effects on your brain.

Doctors’ number one source for medical information is Wikipedia.

I suppose it’s possible that the spear tip-shaped puncture wound in the vertebrae of a woolly mammoth fossil was a spontaneous, natural occurrence and our ancestors spent their days making snowmen and eating salads, but I doubt it.

The consequences of replacing dietary saturated fat with carbohydrate or omega-6 polyunsaturated fats.

Everything Else

My friend Sami Inkinen felt that kicking ass at Ironman Hawaii on a low carb diet last October just wasn’t challenging enough, so he and his wife Meredith are planning to row across the Pacific! Check out their story here.

Denise Minger offers her take on the latest high-protein diet study scare with Why I’m Not Dismissing the Latest “Animal Protein is Bad” Study (But Not Losing Sleep Over It, Either). Check back tomorrow for mine.

Of course there are anthropologists dedicated to studying the wiping habits of ancient humans.

Why is usage of psychedelics higher among extreme athletes (PDF)?

In case you guys needed another reason not to eat fast food, here are thirty of them.

Music can change the taste of foods.

A woman has invented a way to run 30 lab tests using a single drop of blood for a fraction of the normal price. Amazing.

Stephen Schlepmo introduces you to the exciting sport of speed golf.

Recipe Corner

  • Savory baked… apples? Yes. Go ahead and try it and you’ll have to swallow that scoff.
  • You say you love Indian food, but have you ever tried keema?

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 10 – Mar 16)

Comment of the Week

That’s exactly what I thought, I was thinking Mark was going to tell us to give up injecting and trying a more primal approach to illegal drug taking!

– I realized that as I was writing the title, reconsidered it, but ultimately left it in. Maybe I knew I’d get a good comment of the week out of 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. Regarding push-ups and weight: If I remember correctly, the scientific definition of work has to do with moving a weight through a distance–foot-pounds. If one person doing a push-up (or bench press) has a barrel chest and short arms, that person will be doing less work than another person with a lean physic and long arms.

    For instance, with a bench press, the barrel-chested, short-armed person moves 100 lbs. from his chest to full arm extension, let’s say, 6 inches. The other person moves the same 100 lbs. 12 inches. The first person has done 50 foot-pounds of work while the second person has done 100 foot-pounds of work, that is, double the amount of the first person.

  2. Hi Mark – Interesting study on the role of carbs and protein in muscle synthesis…no proven muscle synthesis benefit from eating carbs, according to author’s findings (like you mentioned). What about consuming carbs to replenish muscle glycogen though? When we exercise heavily, we burn quickly through glycogen stores… and carbs are the most efficient way to replenish them. Since glycogen is so important for energy (a key part of the ATP restoration process), shouldn’t we eat carbs after workouts for this reason alone?

    1. At some point after one workout and before the next, sure. It is much harder to do high-intensity exercise on a regular basis when relying on gluconeogenesis for your carbs. But unless you’re concerned with maximizing your insulin sensitivity when consuming carbohydrates, there is no reason I’m aware of to eat them immediately after working out (or any other time in particular).

      1. i am. if you deplete you glycogen stores with heavy lifting, than you need to refill your glycogen stores. if you don’t, your cortisol levels elevate and the body instead of focusing on building muscles due to not having to worry about not enough instant energy might prefer to focus on gluconeogenesis instead of focusing on building muscles. all i can say it works for me and apparently for others too, like MARTIN BERKHAN on the leangains.com site. the carbs don’t have to be glucose or maltodextrin or other “fast acting” stuff. potato or rice is acting fast enough on me for sure. just my 5c worth of anecdotal evidence.

        1. Makes sense. Gluconeogenesis is amino acids –> carbohydrates, after all. Still, I imagine your next meal is probably plenty soon enough. Most growth happens during sleep.

        2. yes, on heavy workout days i overeat by abt. 20%, mostly protein and startches, keeping fats low, on non workout days or slow moving days undereat by the same amount, preferring fats and protein keeping starches low. seems to be working well. i tried to go low carb all the time but I experienced ravenous hunger despite having a stomach full of fats and protein. I was like, what? I am so full I am bursting and still hungry like hell? 🙂 So I quikcly introduced back some potatoes and rice (not too much though) and all went back to normal pronto.

  3. OK, it’s happened. I planned to speed through this post and do other things. Then I got distracted by Denise Minger’s post and here it is an hour later.

  4. Haha, the Comment of the Week was in response to my comment… so close!

  5. Individuals and researchers of the Primal/Paleo perspective apparently need to start making contributions to Wikipedia. LOL! But Seriously, yes we do…

  6. The wooly mammoth must have pissed off the spear wielder by feeding on his or her wheat crop.

  7. After reading all the fast food horror stories I get to the link “Why Humans Like Taking the Easy Way Out – Why do we take it, and does taking the easy way out always deserve the negative connotations?” I’m inclined to answer yes.

  8. When I’ve been roughing it and have forgotten or neglected to replenish my stash of toilet paper, napkins, paper towel etc. from public washrooms and the like I’ve routinely resorted to leaves and even regular paper or newspaper. Occasionally when the poop breaks off leaving an amount that’s sufficient to cause more of a mess at first by wiping I’ve found more solid objects useful to remove the “turtle head” such as cardboard, cloth (for example a t-shirt), conical paper cups, sticks, bark, and pinecones.
    This winter I was spending a night in a sleeping bag in a clothing donation bin because I was worn out that evening and didn’t feel like walking around looking for somewhere better to sleep. I still couldn’t sleep despite my tiredness so I ingested a few handfuls of epsom salt that someone gave me for the purpose of making a disinfecting solution to soak a wounded hand in. A little while later I really, really had to empty my bowels but the nearest public washroom was too far so in frantic desperation I grabbed a foil-lined lunchbag in the bin with me and put it down and squatted over it, just in time to unleash a muddy river, and there were some bubbles.

    1. not funny. and you are typing this out on what? a broken typewriter found in the garbage bin?

      1. Yes and miraculously this typewriter is hooked up to the internet. Not clever, “einstein”.
        My above comment is related to the post and provides information that may be useful to some: what works as toilet paper, and a warning about ingesting epsom salts (I thought since it’s a form of magnesium it might help me relax and fall asleep – didn’t have a typewriter handy to research with). If you’re not amused by gruesome stories you don’t have to get hostile. Your opinion counts as one in 7 billion.

        1. didn’t mean to be hostile. just ironic. never thought your story could be true. way too descriptive. like trolling around. and those who could use the advice – do they get net access? hm… strange comment anyway.

        2. Animanarchy,
          Those of us who read your comments (when you get to use a typewriter that’s hooked up to the internet) here are understanding of where you were going with your comment. Nice to hear from you again. Always interesting to read of life from your perspective.

        3. ok sorry for the snide reply then. I did find your comment amusing. I have taken computer equipment out of electronic waste bins, it got caught in the rain though because I forgot about it..
          I don’t really spend all my time crawling through garbage to eke out a living. That’s only a part time obsession. I much prefer to go Robin Hood and pilfer what I need. Last year for example there was a series of camping trips put on by the local military base for their officers and cadets. They left a truck trailer full of supplies at the campgrounds. I lived off free military-funded MREs (meal-ready-to-eat) practically all spring and summer and part of the fall. I moved hundreds of pounds of boxes of them over a couple nights, though hedgehogs and raccoons made a mess of them when I had them stashed in the forest. Then I was eventually found out and spent two months in prison.. don’t want to risk too much going back there so usually I just accept charity food and live off my government pension.

  9. Speed golf – some sure are desperate to make it to that 19th hole!

  10. You all should check out that link about the blood tests, it’s fascinating. I went to the company website and signed up for newsletters.

  11. Mark – long time reader here. I LOVE, love, love all the good info and daily posts you put out on MDA. Just one request, less Dave Aspery please!

    … But hey, maybe Grok ate snake oil too!

  12. Great video.. a bunch of clips of animals (with lots of cats) doing mean things.

  13. Mark, if you want more information on Elizabeth Holmes and the whole Theranos phenomenon, I’ll hook you up!

    Just drop me a line. I have some connections on this one and you can find out more information for the benefit of your readers everywhere if you are interested.

    She’s truly doing wonderful stuff!

      1. It’s not. She’s been rolling it out in as many Bay Area CA Walgreen’s locations as possible, I think she’s moving on as much of CA as she can last I heard.

        That makes sense because the office is based in Cali to begin with.

        Besides, you have to start with a test market first and make sure people are interested in your idea. As awesome as I personally think this is, they are a business and they have to test the waters so that they don’t go flat broke.

  14. Speed Golf? Hey, that’s how I played golf when I was a kid! I would often hit the ball on the run, as if playing horseless polo. My little sister & I invented it to relieve the boredom of being dragged along to play ‘real golf’ with the grownups.