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August 31 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 311

By Mark Sisson
30 Comments

Weekend Link LoveI recently returned to the The Paleo View podcast to hang out with Stacy and Sara and talk about a bit of everything. Go have a listen.

I also paid a visit to Extreme Health Radio, where I talked about the importance of cultivating play in our lives, building muscle on our bodies, and much more.

Research of the Week

Stress inhibits calorie burning; calmness enhances it.

As humans doubled our population over the past 35 years, invertebrates lost almost half of theirs.

Bright light exposure in the morning was enough to lower body fat and appetite in obese women.

Interesting Blog Posts

The British Medical Journal has just reprimanded one of the UK’s top statin advocates and cleared the arguments of the statin critics he so desperately railed against.

How to identify bad studies.

Media, Schmedia

When it comes to cardiovascular health trials, study participants don’t reflect actual real-world patients.

To give kids and teens more sleep, the American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a policy statement recommending that schools start no earlier than 8:30 AM. Bravo.

Everything Else

This sounds familiar.

The fascinating story of a real American hermit.

Between pitcher’s shoulder, fractured ribs, a massively muscled frame, and a spearpoint lodged in his hip, this American from 9000 years ago was one tough bastard.

Fish and poultry farmers might start feeding insects instead of soy. That’s a huge step in the right direction.

What (little) we know about Denisovan man.

Some people just have a genetic need for less sleep.

I don’t know that all of these are definitive answers to the biggest health questions, but some of them get it right.

A chef dropped his camera into boiling water not accidentally but to film a poaching egg.

Try this Beautiful Practice movement sequence from Frank Forencich tomorrow morning – or right now.

Look at this glorious wombat.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 31 – Sep 6)

Comment of the Week

I gave up my 15 year old brick and mortar business for a lower paying gig working from home back in March and couldn’t be happier.

The commute is pretty tough though. Ran into a traffic jam this morning on the way in… cat was in the hallway.

– Google really needs to start mapping cat traffic.

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    1. There’s a wonderful article about Kennewick Man in the September 2014 issue of the Smithsonian magazine…it’s thought he is related to an archaic group that lived in Japan prior to its current population. Not that he came from Japan but had a common ancestry with the Ainu people, who had beards. Fascinating stuff!

    1. Regarding Goldacre, I think I actually prefer ‘experts’ who are not afraid to change their mind when presented with new evidence or theories. I’m someone who likes things to be black or white but one of the reasons I trust Mark is that he’s careful to include all the nuances and be honest when he doesn’t know the absolute answer. I don’t remember the exact words or who said it but there’s a saying along the lines of ‘don’t stick with those who tell you they know the whole truth but stick with those who tell you they are searching for the truth’.
      I agree with what you say about the British press – these kinds of headlines are making people stop listening to any dietary advice at all.

      1. I agree re: Mark. He’s even changed his mind a few times on various things over the years, which to me isn’t a sign of weakness, but a sign that he will continue to tell what he feels is the truth, even if it goes against what he thought from available research 5 years ago,

  1. In other research, I have found that twinkies are not naturally made. This was a misunderstanding on my part, as I always thought they were healthy and natural.

    Just kidding 🙂

    I find it surprising when people realize that the sun may have some benefits that we’re missing out on, like vitamin D. Clearly mother nature has provided us a stream of healthy foods that shouldn’t be replaced with microwavable dinners!

  2. “Fish and poultry farmers might start feeding insects instead of soy. ”

    YAY! Bravo! Finally. Give the animals what they’d eat normally.

      1. I think they’re finding out that bugs are cheaper than soy these days–farmers are ALWAYS looking for the cheaper feed alternative. If animals would eat shredded cardboard, farmers would feed it to them–and increase their Amazon purchases just to have the cardboard delivered to their homes.

        But bug are FREE when you let the chickens run around on pasture land! So’s grass when cows and pigs are allowed to run around the same way.

        1. Bugs aren’t free when you consider the cost to own and maintain good pastures. TANSTAAFL.

  3. I encourage everyone to read about the “American hermit”. I have very mixed emotions from that tale. Happy that someone could exist by themselves for so long, but sad that he has lost his “free” life.

    1. The Hermit didn’t exist by himself. If it wasn’t for his neighbors the man would have died long ago.

      He also isn’t a noble savage living free in the forest. He stole everything he had. Stuff people had earned, he took while they were away.

      If he was a guy living in the woods, growing and hunting for his own food, working odd jobs, or selling gathered forest products in town to buy the few supplies he needed I would feel sorry for him.

      The truth is he was a thief, and contributed nothing good to society for the last 27 years. Grok would not have put up with anyone like this. He should not be idealized and no tears should be shed over his current predicament.

  4. The “American Hermit” is quite a remarkable story. I understand the uneasiness people felt because of the mysterious break-ins and stolen food and other items over the years, but I feel sorry for the man not being able to go back to his life in the woods where he was “content.” He said that’s what we’re all looking for in life, right? To be content. I think there’s definitely some truth to that.
    I may not have everything I think that I want out of life right now, but reading this story is making me reflect on and appreciate my self-awareness and ability to enjoy my own company. I’m not saying I want to live in the woods by myself–I know there’s value for me in interacting with people, but I am content much of the time by myself right now.
    And for some reason this quote comes to mind after reading this story and reflecting on my own life: “Gratitude turns what we have into Enough.”

  5. The hermit story was very interesting! I am a bit of a loner too but that is extreme! I think I may have stolen first aid supplies more than marshmallow fluff! But, then again if they had doritos… Jk kinda 😉

    1. I loved the writing of the hermit story. Allowing him to speak for himself. He is not a hero, but he was dealing with challenges most of us just don’t have on that level. The descriptions of what he learned regarding surviving the cold, mentally dealing with misery. Really worth the time I took to ready this.

    2. I loved the writing of the hermit story. Allowing him to speak for himself. He is not a hero, but he was dealing with challenges most of us just don’t have on that level. The descriptions of what he learned regarding surviving the cold, mentally dealing with misery. Really worth the time I took to read this.

  6. Frank Forencich … good grief, I just caught a whole new crush. I could listen to him for hours (I think).

    Now I know why all the horse ranch dirty work I’ve been doing for 3 mornings a week for the past year has been so beneficial for me. I guess I was getting my body back.

  7. Great selection of links this week. Some very interesting stuff to read.

    I think I’m pretty resilient to poor sleeping conditions. Usually sleep like crap and wake up a little groggy but once I hit my stride I’m good all day.

  8. “I gorged myself on sugar and alcohol,” he said. “It’s the quickest way to gain weight, and I liked the inebriation.”

    My last 20 years explained.

  9. The story on Kennewick man was quite interesting, but I want to know how they decided he looked like a European. AFAIK, the people who lived here 9000 years ago came across a land bridge from Asia. Most Indians (Native Americans, if you want to be politically correct) do not have beards ANYTHING like that reconstruction, and their eyes have epicanthic folds that may or may not be in this reconstruction; in other words, they don’t look much like this guy. Personally, I think this picture contains a heck of a lot of projection on the part of the people who created it.

  10. Interesting list of myths but I will still avoid eating MSG and microwaving plastics in the future…

    1. Agreed. Much easier to just not cook in plastic than to worry about which ones are safe, and with MSG, using it to enhance flavour rather than use actual spices and seasoning is a reason alone to avoid it, even if it doesn’t affect you health-wise.

  11. Thank you for sharing my Tiramisu recipe.
    For a Paleo version of it, use coconut whipped cream instead of regular whipped cream, and coconut cream instead of creme fraiche!!
    Vivica

  12. Today when I click on the keto tiramisu recipe I get cauliflower muffins