Weekend Link Love – Edition 307

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #30 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. I read another essay, this time an excerpt from The Primal Connection about the pursuit of Primal thrills – safe (but not too safe), exciting, healthy ways to sate that very human desire for adventure. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

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Research of the Week

Former elite athletes are more likely to have osteoarthritis than members of the general population.

As long as you maintain the intensity, varying the exercises you do seems to improve strength development more than sticking with the same movements.

Extra virgin olive oil doesn’t just increase HDL. It increases the quality and protective function of your HDL.

Having lots of skeletal muscle – and using it – upregulates the human “longevity protein.”

Chimps prefer African and Indian rhythms to western or Japanese music, perhaps because the latter remind them of “chimpanzee dominance displays [which] commonly incorporate repeated rhythmic sounds such as stomping, clapping and banging objects.”

Interesting Blog Posts

What your workout choice might say about your social class.

This dentist gets it. Do you?

Media, Schmedia

The American Society for Nutrition, supposedly the home of “the best of nutrition research,” is full of processed food apologists.

Too much medical intervention may not just be useless and costly, it could actually be making us sicker.

Everything Else

The guys from Gibbon Slacklines brought their unique mode of play to the favelas of Brazil and shot a gorgeous video of the reactions. Slacklining might not replace soccer anytime soon, but they really seemed to dig it.

Poop is really important. It’s also kinda funny, but how (and what) we poop tells us a lot about the state of our health. Here’s a free downloadable poster with helpful graphics to teach you and your kids what your poop’s trying to tell you.

If you’re going to run, five minutes a day is enough to show benefits. Hour long slogs are unnecessary.

A paleo pre-teen from 100,000 years ago who suffered severe blunt head trauma and brain damage as a young kid lived to 12 or 13 and was loved enough to receive good care and a ritualized burial. So much for our ancestors being mindless savages.

It’s not like you guys were lining up for Walmart ice cream sandwiches anyway, but this should put you off them even more.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 3 – Aug 9)

Comment of the Week

haaaaaaaaaash broooooooooowns….

– I’m unclear what this comment had to do with the subject at hand, but I support and agree with it nonetheless.

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. I like the idea of a 5 minute run, I work with a person who likes to run everyday, run half marathons, full marathons….. wears me out thinking about it, I like to run but not all the time and not very far. I ran to the store (and actually ran) when I was a girl, loved to run then. Once the girl parts get bigger and of course that whole crashing into a jack-knifed truck with my knees and right side of my body sort of makes other types of exercise more attractive to me. However, eating primally seems to have erased the pain associated with my knee injury. So yay, 5 minutes is my run I guess.

  2. I doubt she buys them but I’m going to mention that walmart thing to my sister. Creepy.

  3. Hey, that dentist does get it! I kind of knew where it was going when he started with this sentence: “For many years I had been actively exercising, eating whole grains, avoiding saturated fat, and taking various medications to control some of my bad blood chemistries.”

    Since it’s LinkLove Sunday I’d also like to mention another primal dental site that I like to check, although she had a baby recently and will be off for a bit while she gets her life back together – but http://www.thepaleohygienist.com has a GREAT article on fluoride, probably the best I’ve seen on the subject. I want that little kid to grow up faster so mom will start posting again :-).

    Also, and without meaning to spam this blog (two links in one post – this one will definitely get held up in moderation), I wrote a post this week on my own blog about western physicians and their lack of education on the subject of nutrition in medical school. I am still trying to figure out why this should be the way it is and would like to hear any opinions on the subject that can add to the mystery. It’s really a sorry situation that sometimes we have to educate our doctors, and you can guess how well that goes over if you’re as tactless as I often am, LOL. Anyway – https://benboomed.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/first-do-no-harm/

    1. Thanks, Tyrannocaster! I laughed at the comment about getting my life back together, ha! Not to worry, it hasn’t fallen apart, the baby is great, and I’m in the middle of my next post now. Hope to be posting more soon 🙂

      1. That’s great news, Debbie. I’m really looking forward to seeing your posts again. They are a lot of work when you do them right, but I certainly appreciate them.

  4. I think the significant division is active vs inactive; while you can try to divide up by strength vs endurance, most of us do a lot of both. brisk walking is on the spectrum of jogging, push ups on the spectrum of heavy bench press…sorta. Thing is, most of us aren’t triathletes or heavy powerlifters. Totally agree about the duality of the universe but resist the urge to needlessly divide.

  5. American Society for Nutrition? That’s hilarious! I’ll wager that there is so much conflict of interest there that we would be better off without them just like we obviously would be without the ADA and their high carb diabetic “killer” diet.

  6. For some reason my computer won’t allow me to open the links, but I definitely agree that too much medical intervention can be counterproductive. Conventional medicine is good with trauma. If you break your leg, by all means head for the doctor. For most other issues a wait-and-see period is probably a better idea.

    If given a little time, the human body can usually heal itself without drugs or various other interference. Actually, to get technical about it, the ONLY thing that can heal the body is the body itself. If drugs made us healthy and well we would all live forever. Sometimes drugs can jumpstart the healing process, but meanwhile you’re disrupting the natural chemical balance of your body and creating other problems (also known as side effects).

    Even something as simple as the RICE treatment for a sprained ankle is interference. Icing will reduce swelling and inflammation, but both swelling and inflammation are part of the natural healing process. I used to get sprained ankles all the time. I religiously iced, elevated, and rested them, meanwhile wondering why it didn’t help much. After reading a sports medicine article on a different school of thought, I stopped doing both and started using the foot within a few hours–as soon as it didn’t hurt to walk on it. The non-treatment worked much better.

    1. A few years ago, Art Buckwald was admitted to hospice because he was told he only had 6 mos. left to live from his kidney condition. He went there, they left him alone, and he got well enough to be released into the care of his son and D-I-L. Not many people who go INTO hospice ever come out again to tell the tale!

      Art died (at home) about a year after being released.

  7. I used to have very sensitive teeth and was considering a root canal. Eating primally changed all that! My teeth are healthy and strong with no problems with sensitivity or cavities. I cannot believe the difference. The dentist gets it and so do I!

  8. I think the article on “varying the exercises you do seems to improve strength development” was simply showing the novice effect. I noticed when I first started strength training that it seemed to improve my fiddle playing. Basically, you take an inactive person and have them start doing anything at all they will show improvement even in areas they are not specifically training.

  9. I don’t buy Walmart ice cream and I don’t want to come off as saying that their ice cream is healthy, but I did some research on that story and again my research could be wrong but the test mentioned was supposedly done at night in a cool area of the country during some very cool temperatures. If you want to make a point that this ice cream is unhealthy there are better ways to do it and if someone thinks that this ice cream is healthy they may be brain dead. As far as the huffington post goes I don’t consider them very reliable when it comes to the truth.I have read stories about subjects that I know something about and found them to be lying like a rug.One of my favorites was about Cuba and how cubans were risking their lives to come to the U.S.because of american propaganda about how much better this country is, well I am actually from cuba and I can tell you that america is a far better country and my family and I found that out when we came to this country in cuba all we were told was how horrible america is.I was born a slave because I was born in cuba if I am to believe the Huffington post I was better off in cuba being a slave than in america where I was given my freedom.

  10. Another thought on dentists and paleo: why is it that most dentists don’t seem to even know who Weston-Price was? Shameful.

    1. Oh, I bet they do know. They don’t want to cut their own throats financially.

    2. Weston A. Price is not mentioned in the dental school or dental hygiene curriculum. I only discovered him after reading about him on paleo/primal/natural health blogs after I went paleo. When I told my boss (a dentist) about his research he had never heard of him either. I think his book should be a required textbook in all dental and hygiene programs.

      1. >When I told my boss (a dentist) about his research he had never heard of him either.

        I rest my case.

        >I think his book should be a required textbook in all dental and hygiene programs.

        This is just such a no-brainer. I can’t get over the fact that our doctors tell us to eat low-fat diets and take statins, our dentists have never even heard of Weston Price, much less know about his research and its implications for dental (and general) health, and then they wonder why some of start getting “uppity”. The whole thing is just incredible.

        1. MY dentist told ME about Price, even though I already knew. He also printed out Lustig’s article about sugar, and keeps it sitting in the waiting room, bound, with a cover that shouts “READ ME!”. I also have the office e-mail address to send them any articles I may come across having to do with dentistry, dental issues, and how they affect the rest of your health.

          Example: how does gum disease affect your heart? Look up ENDOCARDITIS (for those who don’t know already).

  11. Thanks, Tyrannocaster! As always… Loved the links you shared. This made me able to read a lot of important resources so quickly!

  12. Regarding the strength training article: It sounds like his wife likes him better, his social circle likes him better (not so intimidating), but he likes himself a little bit less. As Pavel says, strength has a greater purpose. Its seems that in this case, the purpose is inner strength, as well as muscular.

    1. So Debbie, as a hygienist, what’s your take on the Xyletol rinse that seems to have a following on the internet? Some of what I have read is that it can protect teeth and help them heal. Difficult to wrap my head around but who knows?

      1. 2Rae: Xylitol is a natural sweetener you can find these days in rinses, gums, mints, candies or even buy alone to bake with. Unlike other sugars and sweeteners, your oral bacteria cannot metabolize xylitol. When you consume other sugars, your oral bacteria, to put it simply, eat an digest the sugars, or any fermentable carbohydrates you eat, which cause the bacteria to excrete acid. This acid attacks the tooth, demineralization it and weakening it. If repeated over time, a cavity develops. In most cases, your (hopefully) mineral rich saliva washes over the teeth remineralizing them and repairing the damage of the acid. It’s your saliva that remoneralize a the tooth, not the xylitol itself. Consume products with xylitol and this process never occurs. Or if you had a sweet or carb meal/snack you can pop a xylitol mint or candy or use a rinse which will promote saliva flow to help remoneralize the teeth. These products are especially helpful for people with dry mouth, often a common side effect of just about any Rx medication or if you smoke.

        Xylitol also inhibits growth of the bacteria, Strep mutans (the bacteria associated with tooth decay), and reduces plaque by making it less sticky and this easier to remove. Bacteria growth is also less because when oral bacteria “fill up” on xylitol they slow down and this do not multiply as quickly.

        Hope that helps! 🙂

  13. Five minutes running a day is sufficient. Lol. Last semester I ran at least 10 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week just by leaving the apartment 10 minutes before class instead of 20. Barefoot when above -3*C.