Weekend Link Love – Edition 296

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #19 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live and it features a very special guest: Steve Wright, the leaky gut guy. If you have leaky gut – or think you might – and want to fix it, this podcast is for you.

Speaking of Steve, his excellent Solving Leaky Gut will help you figure out how to fix your gut, improve digestion, and reduce food sensitivities. The deal ends on the 19th (that’s tomorrow), so act fast!

Research of the Week

But I thought a calorie was a calorie was a calorie.

We might not remember things that happened to us as babies because the birth of new brain cells literally erases the memories.

33% of the supposedly non-toxic ingredients in personal care products “significantly affected the potency of human sperm cells” in a new study. Something to think about when you’re slathering up your nether regions.

Amazing crow science that has nothing to do with health or nutrition but remains relevant to this site because wonder is Primal: New Caledonian crows understand water displacement about as well as a 7-year old child.

Roundup-ready soybeans are particularly good at accumulating the herbicide glyphosate.

Interesting Blog Posts

The secret to getting the perfectly peeled hard boiled egg.

It turns out that the California Dietetic Association’s annual convention is catered (and sponsored) by McDonald’s.

A nice take on that protein overfeeding study by Dr. Bill Lagakos.

Media, Schmedia

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Vibram Fivefingers settlement. If you have a pair, are you seeking redress? This guy isn’t. Neither am I.

A new documentary called “Fed Up” asks if all calories are indeed treated equally by the body.

Everything Else

Thomas Edison, a “staunch opponent of sleep,” was kind of crazy.

Sifting through the wheat and chaff of gluten cross-reactivity claims.

The mud pits used in Tough Mudder races might contain more than just mud.

This pic of a single drop of seawater magnified 25 times is just incredible.

Recipe Corner

  • Even if you don’t actually make this dish of poached eggs in a spicy red meat sauce, it’s oddly soothing to say the word “shakshouka.”
  • Don’t ask what “mulligatawny” means. Just make the stew and eat it.

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 18 – May 24)

Comment of the Week

Also, I know that Mark is friends with Tony Horton. Perhaps Mark can chime in with a comment on where he feels Tony might rate on the “nearly human-like humanoid partner” scale…

No comment, Michael!

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. Interesting article on the brain cells. I noticed that I can remember things that happened before we moved when I was about 2 and a half. I figured it was the move.
    I also have a tiny memory of the loss of my twin, a memory of cold and loss of someone that was close, I lost her and couldn’t find her again. Very strange until I learned that I was a twin. My mom miscarried her sometime before birth. I figure it was about 3 months into the pregnancy.
    The more life gets complicated the more of “stuff” gets filed in the “I don’t need to remember that now” file in the brain…… Thus we find ourselves walking around the house looking for the glasses we set down. 😛

    1. Wow that’s fascinating about your story of the memory of losing your twin. I believe all our memories are in there somewhere!

      1. Lindsay, I agree. The memories are there, just not in the files we can access right now, and maybe we don’t need to presently anyway. I was able to remember more about that time in my life when I was in my 50’s. Explained a lot in my life and gave me some peace as well. Now I know why I would feel “older” before my birthday, apparently I was aware I was alive before birth when I found myself alone there in the dark trying to find my womb-mate.
        And I like your website.

    1. Depends on the dietitian… Some of us dismiss CW and live/promote Paleo/Primal living. 🙂

  2. I just ordered 2 more pair of Vibrams…
    For me, they are perect! Perfect on trails, perfect on asphalt and perfect around town. Folks can laugh all the way to their podiatrists office, then they can keep laughing as they write out their check for 500$ orthotics. Oh, they can even giggle when they have to get out of bed in the morning and put on shoes (first thing:) becuase their feet ‘need support’. Me?? Yep, I’m laughing, too !!

  3. Concerning the protein overfeeding study:
    Seeing as I don`t see metabolic ward conditions or doubly labelled water mentioned anywhere, the results of this trial only allow tentative conclusions with regard to the validity of CICO . Sure, the documentation is considerably less shitty than it could be – a daily food diary/”formal exercise”-log as employed here is certainly not nearly as moronic as, say, one single 24-hour recall -, but it isn`t nearly reliable enough for this particular setup; for one thing, the role of NEAT is usually immense in overfeeding setups such as this one (after all, protein overfeeding in particular makes one feel disgustingly full all the time, and pretty much the only way to alleviate that feeling is to “walk/twitch it off “), which is a huge blind spot here, because apparently nobody thought to pay attention to anything beyond the “volume load” of formal workout sessions; for another, consuming massive amounts of protein without “cutting corners” elsewhere is nearly impossible even if one consciously tries to keep everything else the same, in my experience: I once consumed 3g/kg protein, which was the absolute most I could stomach, for a period of about three months in order to “kick-start” muscular hypertrophy (with about one and a half years of resistance training experience under my belt), and found myself gradually reducing my usual carb/fat intake even though I tried hard not to – and in my case, the caloric surplus I created via protein intake most definitely did result in CW-expected weight gain, which consisted of about equal parts fat and muscle (according to before/after DXA-scans).
    All in all, I suspect that under-reporting of physical activity and over-reporting of food (carb/fat) intake in the intervention group are likely – add to that the facts that the results in the intervention group are all over the place, next to nothing is statistically significant, and some of the numbers don`t add up (-9g carbs/-11g protein/-2g fat pre versus post intervention in the control group allegedly add up to -243 kcal total energy intake -yeaaah right….not in this universe), et voila – we have ourselves a fine Gordian Knot of a study.
    Color me sceptical.

    1. PS:
      I forgot to mention that absorption from whey protein shakes is usually incomplete; depending on quantity and transit time, one often only digests a small amount of liquid whey protein – so if one is forced to chug the stuff like water – which the subjects in the high protein intervention group most certainly were – , it is likely that significant amounts of whey are literally going down the toilet. (This phenomenon might also (partly) explain the rather different outcome of my personal n=1 protein overfeeding experiment: I didn`t consume any of my protein in liquid form, because I loathe that stuff.)

  4. Well, I just made boiled eggs following the instructions in the link you posted. Start the eggs in the boiling water rather than cold and it was a success!
    After years of frustration trying to peel eggs and losing much of the white stuck to the shell, forget all the poking holes in the shell, adding salt, simmering the water, dunking in ice water, etc etc — this method works! The eggs peeled perfectly. Hooray, thank you for posting that link!

    1. Wat works for me is to boil the pastured eggs as usual, then I set the pan on a back burner to cool naturally. Some hours later, I go back to the eggs and peel them with greater ease than if I had tried to do them shortly after cooking.

      1. I think the variety of methods is an indication that possibly eggs are just difficult to peel and different methods work better with different eggs at different times. Devilish little buggers.

  5. Your site has been an inspiration to my journey, by motivating me to stay on my first honest and hard mission to get fit for life. You also inspired me to blog of my own to track my progress and keep me accountable in the public eye. Thank you! I wanted to reach out and share it with you! (I started it on May 2nd, 2014) http://www.thesearemy30days.wordpress.com

  6. From the “Fed up”-article:

    “These foods mess up our insulin regulation system and affect other inflammatory pathways,” she said. “And that has nothing to do with how they affect body weight.”

    Wow.. just wow. Talk about cognitive dissonance. Foods and drinks with large amounts of processed carbohydrates mess up our insulin regulation system. This however has nothing to do with body weight, despite the fact that insulin is the very signal causing adipose tissue to absorb nutrients from the blood stream (to avoid toxic levels of blood glucose).


    1. “Sigh.”
      Your citation is taken out of context. May I suggest that you reread the paragraph preceding it:

      “Dr. Wang said, however, that reducing calories should not be the sole focus of obesity prevention programs. Studies show, for example, that sugary beverages are linked to an increased risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases, but their impact on body weight explains only half of the increased risk, Dr. Wang said.”

      So – taking context into account, the statement you are so upset about is clearly meant to drive home the point that “processed carbs” have substantial negative effects on metabolism and health beyond their mere “caloric impact,” thus making the exclusive focus on energy balance an ill-advised endeavour; her saying that these “meta-effects” have “nothing to do with” how these nutritional components “affect body weight” is just an emphatic, albeit clumsily phrased attempt to emphasize that a diet of skittles and soda may make you lean if you eat little enough, but it probably won`t make you healthy. Thus, you and this “Dr. Wang” probably agree on more than you disagree on – don`t be so quick to cry “cognitive dissonance”.

      1. “…a diet of skittles and soda may make you lean if you eat little enough (because – make no mistake – the overwhelming finding coming out of tightly-controlled studies over the years (especially the metabolic ward studies) is that, however imperfect the “calorie” may be as a proxy for “metabolisable energy contained in food,” the CICO equation very accurately predicts body mass flux – certain recent protein overfeeding trials notwithstanding), but it probably wont make you healthy…”

  7. Crows are so smart! There is a really great Ted Talk that shows crows learning how to use a vending machine.

  8. The photo of the ‘drop’ of seawater, was actually the contents from a net…so really, a very concentrated ‘drop’ of seawater. What cued me to research this was that some of the contents stated the size of the organisms as starting at 1/4 of an inch. I thought, how big of a ‘drop’ was this ‘drop’ of water?

    Even the photographer’s website mentions it was the contents of a ‘hand net’, but doesn’t say how large the net was.

    Still quite interesting, though the viral version stating it’s a ‘drop’ of water is very misleading.