Weekend Link Love – Edition 317

Weekend Link LoveHead on over to Paleo Magazine Online and lend your voice to their annual “Best of” poll. This year, we’re up for several categories. You know who to vote for, right?

Research of the Week

You often hear that “fire made us human” by introducing a broader range of (cooked) foods to our diets, increasing our calorie intake, making those calories easier to digest, and paving the way for larger brains, but fire also changed how our brains work. By sitting around a campfire at night – every night – we became master storytellers and consumers of those stories.

Amidst the furor over a cure for Alzheimer’s, a group of ten Alzheimer’s patients have just seen remarkable improvements by minimizing carbs and grains, utilizing coconut oil and short fasts, reducing stress through yoga and meditation, getting optimal sleep, improving mitochondrial function, and taking a few supplements like turmeric, resveratrol, vitamin D, and vitamin K2. Now why does that sound so familiar?

Just 20 minutes of strength training can improve your memory.

It’s just a case report of a single patient, but cool nonetheless: after going on a paleolithic ketogenic diet, a 19 year-old type 1 diabetic patient was able to discontinue insulin therapy, showing normal blood glucose and evidence of restored insulin production (PDF).

Delayed feeding of gluten doesn’t change the rate of celiac in kids with family history of the disease, but it does delay the onset.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode #37: Listener Question and Answer with Mark Sisson – Brad and I discuss using holistic methods to overcome injuries, recent modifications to my gym routine, the upcoming collaboration with Katy Bowman, and much more.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

Could multiple sclerosis begin in the gut? (I wouldn’t be surprised.)

The Atlantic wonders whether kids should be running marathons and completing Olympic-length triathlons. (They shouldn’t, by the way. I mean, what???)

Pharmaceutical-grade circadian enhancement (without the use of actual pharmaceuticals).

How much sleep do you actually need?

Media, Schmedia

Canadian researchers are calling for a shift in how we determine heart healthy diets – away from focusing on specific nutrients (like individual saturated fatty acids) and toward considering the effects of whole foods.

Is a 3-day work week in our future?

Everything Else

You really need to set aside a half hour to watch this episode of South Park.

Australian aborigine oral traditions accurately describe meteor impacts from thousands of years ago.

A case for including half-kneeling stances in your strength training.

Does evolutionary theory need reworking?

This article makes me really, really want to visit the Nordic Food Lab.

Some Amish farmers are foregoing pesticides by fortifying the plants’ immune systems with targeted supplementation of specific nutrients.

Sleeping brains understand words.

School lunch in Sweden looks incredible.

You know, I’ve never admitted this publicly, but I’ve been fighting a decades-long addiction to a certain noxious green plant. I’m just glad my kids never got hooked on okra.

The as-yet earliest cave art was just discovered, and it’s in Indonesia.

The New Yorker covers Dunbar’s number: is there a physiological limit to friendship?

Monkey midwives.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 12 – Oct 18)

Comment of the Week

Yada, yada, yada…..why spend time doing all this reading myself when I can just wait for somebody to narrate it to me on the podcast ;)

Ha. You got me there.

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. The baked chicken with pears looks delicious. I think that’s going to be our dinner tonight.

    1. An added note regarding this dish… It is a very light meal if served with nothing more than a salad. I added sweet potatoes, carrots and onions to give it more substance. This worked for me, but a non-Paleo family member suggested that a side dish of rice would have made the meal more filling. Brown the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes at the end of the cooking time. Otherwise it may be quite colorless if baked at only 350 degrees.

  2. Anthony Bourdain has an episode on Noma and the Nordic Food Lab. Weird, amazing food AND a fantastically arrogant man swearing a ton!? Sounds like good TV.

  3. School lunches here in Finland looks just like that. But you can choose bread or pasta too and ruin everything. Fish is available at least once a week. And the best thing, it’s free or cost only couple of Euros. I remember going for school some days just to eat.

  4. Last Portland marathon my workmate did volunteer work handing out t-shirts for those who finished. She handed out one to a little 8 year old boy and his sister who was just a bit older than him. At first she thought it was for his dad but he said it was for him, he didn’t look too happy in the photo she took. Her first response was “that’s child abuse” because she runs several marathons a year herself as a 50-ish year old. Think of all that training he did to finish at all. Yikes!

  5. You gotta check out the chimp stick on the Nordic Food Lab article. I laughed out loud(ish). I’d have a go though.

    Not wanting to be all ‘Emperor’s new clothes’ about it, but having eaten okra, I am fairly sure it is not human food; any more than other woody vegetation. I think a goat might like it. Perhaps it is traditional. Perhaps my experience was tainted/flawed.

    1. Boiled okra is not my favorite by a long shot, but grilled, pickled or fried it is so delicious! I am a Southern girl though… maybe it’s something in the hot, humid air… 😉

      1. Pickled might do it. I have a feeling the ones I ate were too old, therefore woody. I remember the seeds being like lead shot as well. I suspect there may be some fibre benefit. I got them off an organic CSA farm though. Oh well, you persuaded me, I will give okra a break, I just won’t search it out.

        1. Oh, yes, overgrown okra is yuck! That was definitely not a great introduction! At our farmer’s market there’s one farmer who always picks the youngest okra, & I make a bee-line to her stall. 🙂

          Grilled or roasted with olive oil & a drizzle of balsamic vinegar is my favorite of all. My husband & kids like the hot pickled ones best.

  6. Great weekend link love! The south park gluten free ebola – d*ck flying off part had me in tears!!!

  7. I was hoping you saw that South Park episode, hilarious. As a USDA employee, the Vilsack reference was just icing on the cake!

  8. That episode was hilarious and a trip. You know we are influencing society with health foods when SP has an episode all about it.

    Makes it that much more hilarious to portray the feds that way.

  9. Best line from the South Park episode: “For years we were recommending these five food groups, but then we realized that one of them was basically just poison.”

    1. Literally the best nutrition infomercial ever! I’m forwarding it to all my relatives. Think they might be offended by exploding body parts? Well, at least then they will graphically understand the dangers of gluten!

  10. That South Park episode was amazing in so many ways – I was hoping you would link to it!

  11. Being a Swede, I can tell you that school lunches here in Sweden are good but not great. People here often complain that the government spend more money per lunch in the prison system than in the public school system.

    However, from what I’ve seen on TV, school lunches in Great Britain and the US seem to be horrible; a deadly mix of sugar and trans-fats.

    1. From memory, it made Jamie Oliver cry. Not that he is averse to a bit of gluten in veg oil if it makes a buck or two.

  12. If anyone’s interested in learning more about the potential therapeutic (and possibly reversing!!) role of low-carb/ketogenic diets with liberal use of MCTs on Alzheimer’s disease, I invite them to check out the article I wrote for the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly journal. To give you some idea of what it’s about, the title is: Type 3 Diabetes: Metabolic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s absolutely fascinating stuff, and I think it’s a travesty that more caregivers (not to mention neurologists!) have no clue about this…


  13. “A case for including half-kneeling stances in your strength training.”

    Kneeling is great exercise if it’s done correctly, but I would try to avoid placing weight on my kneecaps, especially for any length of time.

  14. shout out to the morrocan rice recipe. It was fantastic! I made it 50/50 sweet potato and cauliflower. lefotovers made a great breakfast with some turkey sausage. It is a keeper.

  15. South Park is one of the shows on TV that I think deserves to be there.
    I was thinking about making a joke picture if I find the time and inclination. It would be an advertisement for gluten-free water. There’d be one for men with a picture of a double muscle dog and one for women with a picture of a double muscle cow.

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