Weekend Link Love – Edition 306

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #29 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. It’s a continuation of my essay on chronic cardio from last week, which was all about what not to do for cardio. This week, Brad and I discuss all the things you should do when putting together a cardio regimen. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

A team of researchers wants to conduct a study pitting the paleo diet against the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association. If you’re interested in discovering which diet works best for treating PCOS, please contribute a few bucks a to the crowdfunding campaign.

Research of the Week

A large review of the evidence by a team of researchers has just concluded that dietary carbohydrate restriction represents the best “first approach” in treating diabetes.

Living near a mobile phone tower was associated with increased genetic damage in a recent study.

Compared to low-fat diets, both low-carb and low-glycemic index diets cause greater postprandial energy expenditure during maintenance of weight loss.

Cancer survivors who lift weights survive longer.

Dietary gluten may increase natural killer cell cytotoxicity against pancreatic cells.

Interesting Blog Posts

Fruits and vegetables are trying to kill us, and that’s probably why they’re so healthy.

In some cultures, people with schizophrenia usually consider the voices in their head to be benign and even helpful.

Media, Schmedia

Paleo Girl author Leslie Klenke has been on a tear, recently appearing on KCRA’s morning show to talk about healthy eating and cooking and interviewing with Paleo Lifestyle Magazine.

The New Yorker recently ran a nice piece on paleo from a writer whose family spent a week trying the diet. Best part was what the kids learned: “We should eat more liver.”

Runner’s World examines the paleo diet, comes away mostly impressed.

Everything Else

You might have heard about the Brazilian researchers contacting the previously uncontacted Amazonian tribe a week or so ago. Well, now they have the flu.

According to some measures, only twelve truly quiet (free of human sounds) places remain in the United States.

Most of Buzzfeed’s 28 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Bacon Fat aren’t very Primal, but there are a few notable exceptions (check #21!).

If you’re near Phoenix, Arizona or Houston, Texas, you or someone you know could qualify for a clinical trial examining the efficacy of pig whipworm in autism treatment.

Scientists have unlocked about half of wheat’s genome.

According to the Australian beef industry, pasture-based beef is far less harmful to the environment than CAFO-based beef.

Former writer for the Colbert Report writes a terribly unfunny piece that kinda makes fun of ancestral health I guess? Hard to tell.

People with more power perceive the passage of time more slowly (PDF) and as a result feel less stress than people lower on the totem pole.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 27 – Aug 2)

Comment of the Week

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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. Good stuff as always!

    Would be great to see a study study pitting the paleo diet against the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association – Not that we need it, but the more research that’s done on the paleo diet, the better. More long-term randomized controlled trials would definitely help strengthen the message and get paleolithic nutrition into nutrition courses/studies.

  2. People with more power perceive the passage of time more slowly, and as a result, feel less stress than people lower on the totem pole.

    That’s because they’ve DELEGATED it all to those people lower on the totem pole!

    1. Or… maybe the ones with power are more likely to think about more pleasant things than a foot standing on their neck. Totem pole analogy seems well placed.

  3. “We should eat more liver,” one of them said. (New Yorker article).

    You want to get an honest and unbiased answer to question? Ask a kid (;

    1. Hi,
      Good question ! When I was a kid (i am 46), my mum (here in France) used to make liver once a week (because it is cheap : pork or beef which are the stronger ones) and with plenty of cream, a bit of vinegar, and i grew to like it. Along with kidneys, pork feet, ox tongue, veal head, pork head etc… It is just a question of habit. We kids, ate what our parents ate, no question. If we didn’t like it, there were two options : “ok it is because you are still a kid, so it is difficult for you to eat it” (that was the answer for cooked cabbage or cooked endives (very bitter) or cooked tomatoes. For other things, the answer was “you are just making a fuss, so you ll have it for breakfast tomorrow morning”. It never went that far, though. Basically kids were considered adults when they could eat like an adult (everything), and we wanted to be considered like adults ! I know kids here nowadays who eat liver at 3, no problem. They just do like papa and mama.

  4. The New Yorker’s piece was really interesting and thorough. I’m actually surprised at how much I learned.

    On the down side, I live at 500 meters from two 2100 MHz cell towers. I totally didn’t know they hid them on churches steeples.

  5. Wow, we almost wiped out an isolated tribe and we didn’t even open a McDonald’s next to them or try to force feed them grain or anything rotten like that 🙂

  6. Mark, when the site didn’t upload around 11 AM (My time, EST) I started frantically searching twitter for any news of your whereabouts. I was scared shirtless…

    Cuz I’m a primal swole boss 😉

  7. Mark…..


    As an Australian livestock producer, I get very tired of being stereotyped according to the worst excesses of the livestock industry.

    I don’t claim to be “organic” – a term that has very specific meanings and compliance standards in the industry – but my stock are only ever supplemented with grain at times that pasture is insufficient (drought) and neither hormones nor antibiotics are used.

    Critics of the industry should also take note that animals that are stressed are neither as healthy, no grow as quickly or efficiently. We have a vested interest in looking after our livestock.

    Signing off now, as I have a grass-fed hogget (sheep between 12and 24months) hanging in the killing shed after I butchered it last night. The kidney fat has already been rendered and the heart, kidneys and half the liver have been diced braised and are currently stewing of the wood stove. Now to cut and bag the carcass. It’s nice eating your own produce.

    Regards….. Peter

    1. Living in Honolulu, I appreciate the high-quality Australian beef and mutton we can buy here. Keep up the good work.

  8. “Most of Buzzfeed’s 28 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Bacon Fat aren’t very Primal, but there are a few notable exceptions (check #21!).”

    While I understand the meaning of the words “leftover”, and “bacon”, I don’t really understand what the author meant when using them together like that in the same sentence.

  9. “Carbohydrate-free Paleo diet”… where do people GET this stuff? Sometimes, I hate people.

  10. Hi Mark, I;m a T1D and I’m really interested in reading the article : Dietary gluten increases natural killer cell cytotoxicity and cytokine secretion. Do you happen to have a link for the full article by any chance?

    Thank you.