Weekend Link Love – Edition 304

Weekend Link LovePaleo Girl author Leslie Klenke has a big giveaway going on, wherein you have a chance to win copies of Paleo Girl, Primal Fuel, gift certificates to PrimalBlueprint.com and a few other prize items. It ends on July 17. Check it out.

Research of the Week

Just a square or two of 75% dark chocolate a day was enough to improve vascular function in healthy individuals.

Almonds improve endurance exercise performance.

To animals with faster metabolisms, time appears to pass more slowly. Maybe that’s why my dog was really pushing to see the high-frame rate version of The Hobbit.

Interrupted sleep may be as bad for you as no sleep.

C-sections have epigenetic effects on babies’ DNA via an interesting pathway: hormesis. Though c-sections are less stressful for the fetus than vaginal births, early life stress is crucial for activating fetal defense mechanisms that prepare the baby for life outside the womb.

Interesting Blog Posts

Corn flakes may be certified gluten-free, but they still contain a creepy legacy of sexual repression and anti-masturbation indoctrination.

A conventional cardiologist takes a skeptical look at statins.

Is natural bodybuilding a form of (reversible) castration?

Media, Schmedia

I like Vice’s take on the prospect of calorie-counting appliances.

Everything Else

Don’t forget to register for the 2014 Ancestral Health Symposium, coming to Berkeley, CA this August 7-9. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this year, but that shouldn’t stop you.

Take a dog to your next job interview.

It’s becoming pretty clear that pesticides are affecting bees. This time, it’s impairing their ability to forage (and thus pollinate).

Is the universe at risk of a vitamin D deficiency? (Probably not, but I couldn’t resist. Besides, everyone knows the universe supplements with D3.)

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 13 – July 19)

Comment of the Week

Genetic testing of the so called yeti fur yielded nothing out of the ordinary…
OH WAIT. Except for the probable previously unknown himalayan bear species with at least some genetic input from a long-extinct set of polar bears. As in, a large predatory mammal species in a populated area that remains undescribed by modern science.

– Yup. It was still a pretty big deal.

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. Very interesting story about testosterone levels. I haven’t heard about this before. How much workout is too much to lose mojo?

    1. Seeing as the good doctor Nadolsky is currently prepping for a natural bodybuilding competition, the observed phenomenon is probably not as much to do with the working out part of the equation as it is about the caloric restriction that is required to reach extremely low body fat levels when one is already lean to begin with…

  2. Thanks for the plug for AHS14!

    Btw, I’m growing black mint in my garden this summer, so the prawn and pesto recipe peaked my interest.

    Unfortunately, I’m not sure what is the one mystery ingredient that. Perhaps Olive Oil? I’ve pasted the recipe below. If anyone could chime in with the likely answer, I’d appreciate it.


    Pasted from web link:

    Mint pesto:

    1 cup loosely packed black mint leafes [sic]

    1 chopper garlic clove

    1/3 cup

    juice from 1/4 lime

    pepper, salt

    Chop mint leaves finely, mix it with all ingredients. Serve with prawn skewers straight of [sic] the grill.

    1. Flavour!
      The other day at the Salvation Army soup kitchen I saw a bottle they had out for people’s use that said all-natural flavour enhancer or something like that, I picked it up wondering what it was and it had one ingredient: MSG. It was an MSG salt shaker. I kind of snorted/chortled/etc.

  3. My Facebook feed keeps showing me ads for some nonsense called Vessyl. It’s a cup that has sensors to detect what and how much you are drinking, including calorie count. Your targeting isn’t working too well, Facebook ad server.

    1. They auctioned that off about a decade ago when they sold the house it was built in (and filmed from).

  4. Really surprised to hear you say C-sections are less stressful on a baby than vaginal! C=sections are induced, so it prevents the baby from coming on on his/her schedule (when it’s ready), medications are added to the mix, their craniums don’t get molded, their lungs aren’t naturally expelled of fluid (much higher rates of asthma), and they don’t get their first dose of probiotics from the vaginal canal.

    And last but certainly not least is the added pressure that the doctor puts on their head and neck to pull them out of mom! In a vaginal birth all the pressure is pushing baby out the birth canal. In a C-section, mom’s body acts as a vacuum so the doc has to pull extra hard. Because the brainstem is right there, the Vagus Nerve (activates the parasympathetics) is right there, often there are significant health challenges that stem from undiagnosed birth trauma – usually from C-sections.

    C-sections are great when necessary and can save a life – but they certainly aren’t less stressful on a baby!

  5. I wonder if cocoa powder would have the same benefits as a couple squares of dark chocolate. My work keeps me traveling 3 weeks or more every month, so portability and lack of refrigeration are constant issues.

  6. It’s not just Corn Flakes. From the Wikipedia article on Graham Crackers:

    “The graham cracker was originally conceived of as a health food as part of the Graham Diet, a regimen to suppress what he considered unhealthy carnal urges, the source of many maladies according to Graham. Reverend Graham would often lecture on “self-abuse” as masturbation was commonly called at the time. Graham would often say how these experiences were inspired by children eating crackers.[1] One of his many theories was that one could curb one’s sexual appetite by eating bland foods.”

  7. “The adherance rate of dark chocolate use was above 99%”

    Have to admit that made me smile. Tough job, but somebody has to do it!

    Gordon, I think most of the antioxidants are in the cocoa solids so if it’s the minimally processed stuff it should be good for you!

  8. Kellogg’s corn flakes are not gluten free. They contain malt. And too creepy on their background.


  9. Isn’t it the eating that the “natural bodybuilder” is doing what is responsible for the testosterone loss? If he had continued to work out but also ate the same way, wouldn’t his T level have stayed the same? And in that case isn’t it how he was eating that is the big variable? Let’s turn it around; if he had cut back his diet (however he did it, which he doesn’t say in that post) but stopped working out, would his T levels have stayed the same or would they have gone down?

    1. Indeed. The less body fat one has to lose, the more drastic the endocrine downstream effects of the caloric restriction necessary to lower body fat percentage even further turn out.

  10. Ugg, I don’t want to read that interrupted sleep is about as equivalent of no-sleep (it’s about how I feel sometimes!). What is a night-nursing mom to do? I keep lights off and attempt to nurse in my sleep, but sometimes that little one needs to pee, or rolls over and demands, “OTHER SIDE DRINKIES!” Seriously. I keep trying to get in tune with how we evolved to handle this and after many years of nursing or being pregnant, I am not seeing it. Formula-fed babies, on the other hand, they seem to sleep! What is up with this? Is there something magical that I could be eating (or supplementing) to make my night nursing wee one sleep better? My first weaned close to four (only nursing once a day between 3.5-3.75, and not at night, thankfully!). My second is 2.5 and still nurses 1-2 times at night, often more in the early morning between 4-7 a.m.

    1. Oh I feel for you! Been there, with the night feeds for my 2 year old every few hours in the night. It was breaking me down, I became exhausted and unable to function with the constant lack of quality sleep! Had to stop. Baby wasn’t happy! Neither was I but it was my only option to recover before I lost my mind.

      The only way I imagine our ancestors coped with this sort of sleep deprivation was with the help of others in the family circle? Support with all the tasks of the day that would allow you to take a few naps and catch up on sleep…in this modern world we are all so isolated from one another and have limited support…

      1. How did you stop nighttime feeds? I’m as rundown as it’s possible to be, bub feeds 3-4 during the night, sometimes more – he’s 18 months and sleeps in with us. The last few mornings I’ve had to push him over to his dad so I could have half an hour without him. I did a google search and turned up plenty to say I should keep going and nothing helpful. I’m close to weaning him completely because I can’t keep on as I am!

        1. Oh it was hard! We did it by encouraging him to sleep in a cot, luckliy his older brother made it fun to be in there so he wasn’t on his own! It took about a fortnight to reduce the night feeds and replace them with cuddles and water. He would scream at me and it broke my heart to refuse him the breast when it provides such comfort! I was conflicted but I stuck with it and hubby took turns settling him back down when he cried. It was not like I was producing much milk for him anyway:(

          Now we are so much happier, I feel sooo much more healthy and mentally alert from getting a full nights sleep! And of course baby knows he is still loved from all the cuddles! And he eats more solid food now which has boosted his growth. Hubby is happier without a baby foot on his face when he wakes:)

          Wish I could have kept the breast feeding going for longer. If only I hadn’t been so run down from sleep deprivation…I made a choice and I’m glad to say everybody is happier! Good luck whatever you decide to do!

    1. I can barely believe my joke here was deleted.
      I’ll repeat it, censored, for the overtly sensitive, who believe apparently not in moderation but in the puritanism the joke was essentially mocking.
      Of course with the introduction it won’t have nearly the hysterical impact it may have had on some. Nevertheless, I submit to you this:
      Yeah, who masteredsomething in Kellog’s corn flakes?
      If you remove that, without a personal message to me explaining why I can’t make a joke with the word masturbation in it, I believe you fail at your job, or are too [up]tight, or whatever, and though I make no request I would like to know if Mark found it funny.. based on what I’ve observed of his sense of humour I guess that he did.
      Now, 80/20 rule right? Go eat some corn flakes.

  11. The other common “cure” for masturbation was the (unfortunately) common sexual assault called circumcision. This barbaric mutilation should have been — and should be — prosecuted not promoted.

    1. Indeed.
      Excretes its own grease.
      Anything that excretes its own grease while living has a purpose for the organ/part/muscle that is doing so.

  12. Im curious about the interrupted sleep study. The particpants were asked to perform a computer task before falling back asleep. I wonder what the effects of the blue-light on the participants was? It would be interesting to see the same study with say… reading a book, or doing some push-ups. We already know blue-light interrupts sleep, so obviously it will have an effect!

  13. What the heck are parents supposed to do with all the info on how bad sleep deprivation or interrupted sleep is? My older daughter woke every 1-2 hours until she was two and a half, a month before her sister was born. So now I’m back to waking often, being that I’m practicing the very primal parenting techniques of breastfeeding and cosleeping. I am so tired (ha) of reading on here about how I’m damaging my health by caring for my children. I get it. I want to sleep, I’m not up partying. You’re stressing me out!

    1. Oh Ginger I feel for you, I went through the same thing. However, these reports show what we all already know – we don’t function well when we have poor sleep. But whether that’s because of partying, sickness or babies, it’s still just part of life. Grab a nap whenever you can and know it won’t last forever!

      1. I don’t even mind feeling tired. It’s not that bad, and worth it. I just hate being conatantly reminded that by taking care of my children the way nature intended I’m harming my health. If it’s true it’s true and I guess it’s a sacrifice parents have to make, but it seems odd that something we have to do in order to care for the next generation would be so bad for us. Everything else is in my control. I can eat right, exercise, etc., but unless I decide to give my baby formula and let her cry it out every night of her life I’m not going to be getting uninterrupted sleep any time soon.