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October 26 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 319

By Mark Sisson
28 Comments

Weekend Link LoveWe’ve got a cool new tool on Mark’s Daily Apple that you might find handy. Check it out.

Death By Food Pyramid, Denise Minger’s exposé of the shady science of nutrition in this country, is now available in audiobook format on Amazon and Audible.

I had a great chat with Tom Woods on the Tom Woods Show. Go give it a listen on iTunes or YouTube.

Research of the Week

Exposure to antibiotics in utero increases the risk of childhood obesity.

Your season of birth may affect your risk of mood disorders.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 39: Interview with Vinnie Tortorich, America’s Angriest Trainer: Host Brad Kearns talks to Vinnie Tortorich, “America’s Angriest Trainer!” Vinnie is a popular Hollywood trainer known for helping celebs drop weight quickly with his simple, no-nonsense NSNG strategy (No Sugar, No Grains).

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

Are pathogens influencing our behavior?

On the race to nowhere in youth sports.

Media, Schmedia

As it turns out, inhalation of aerosolized CAFO pig brain tissue isn’t a very good idea.

Thirteen of the toughest, most extreme races on Earth. Would you try any of them?

Everything Else

What do organic foodies really think about McDonald’s?

Your skin smells.

The benefits of learning – or knowing – multiple languages.

A walking classroom.

How breeding changed corn, peaches, and watermelon.

The strange and unlikely story of color vision

Yet another despot is toppled.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 26 – Nov 1)

Comment of the Week

“you have more glycogen left over than the next guy who’s bonking…”

Er…in the UK, um, we don’t treat that sort of thing as a competitive sport…

(Embarrassed silence. Then recommends British dictionary to Sisson)

– You know, I almost prefer reading it with the British meaning.

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  1. Link to the multiple languages article just directs you to the smell article.

    1. Maybe we can learn a language by smelling them? It was interesting about the sense of smell, however it would be nice to read the language article. I’ll check later to see if it’s fixed.

      1. If it doesn’t get fixed, google: Jared Diamond: Why Knowing Multiple Languages is Good For Your Brain. Or some other thing by Jared Diamond. I wouldn’t take his dietary advice, verbatim or in its entirety, but he is a very clever fella. A polymath no less.

  2. Kim Jung-un’s gait is wildly dysfunctional. Is this a result of the heels or has a longtime movement pattern caused injuries because he is now wearing different shoes? Also, will duck walking be widely adopted because that’s how he walks?

  3. I fully believe the McDonalds taste test thing is either manipulated or sponsored by McDs somehow or both.

    Also those races are just insane. Literally.

  4. Re the toughest races: Take away the lycra, REI gear, cell phones and GPS, and I would be impressed. It’s like everybody and their uncle wanting to climb Mt. Everest. You have to wonder what impact some of these activities have on the environment.

    1. I would be impressed with a race to solve some of the World’s biggest problems. Racing against one another is a bit like charity – buying back your conscience after watching others suffer for your opulence.

      1. “…buying back your conscience after watching others suffer for your opulence.”

        Eloquently stated! Reminds me of the SF yoga studio that sent out a request for donations of old yoga mats to send to earthquake-stricken Haiti. Huh?!!!

        1. Let’s not forget the Scientologists who showed up to help, but brought absolutely NO supplies of their own, even for themselves. They only showed up with backpacks full of money, saying “they’d buy whatever they needed.” FROM WHERE?

  5. I’m sure the aromatherapy people are having a good laugh, this is old news to them. However I found the kid’s sports article just as disturbing, if not more so, than the blasted pig brains. No, both were equally disgusting.

    1. My husband knew a fella who worked the captive bolt pistol station in a cattle slaughterhouse. Needless to say, the job had an extremely adverse effect on his mental health.

  6. It’s sure amazing how are food has changed so quickly. It speaks to why we should be so careful with the food supply. When I was a kid I thought Pop Tarts where food. They will never be food even if we manage to engineer a Pop Tart tree.

  7. Sandalore is referred to in the skin smells article. Any recommendations?

  8. The link for the “The benefits of learning – or knowing – multiple languages.” is identical to “Your skin smells.” — this is a mistake?

  9. I love these Weekend Link Love links. This always ends my weekend so well. My daughter and I loved how the article opened about color vision. I read that to my 11 year old and her eyes grew WIDE. I’m going to rub some sandalwood oil into some lotion and put it on my sore elbow, since I don’t have a prostate.

  10. I miss the watermelon of my childhood with SEEDS. Seedless watermelon is all that I can find now and they don’t taste the same. It’s such a shame.

      1. I was never any good at spitting watermelon seeds. Either I would accidentally inhale them, or they would just sort of dribble down my chin.

  11. Way more concerned about GMOs then Mark implied in the Tom Woods interview. For people AND the environment. Any good potential of GMOs have been completely hijaked by big multinationals.

    No drought resistance, no greater yields. It is just being used so more pesticides can be used. But this is creating super resistant organisms. When are we going to learn? Same approach with grain fed cattle. So now the GMOs aren’t working. So EPA just approved half of agent orange.

    It is a disaster environmentally AND for people. I think Mark needed to be MUCH stronger about GMOs. His Grok radar should be screaming out they are a disaster. And remember any research showing they ‘aren’t harfmul’ to people is, was, and sadly will be controlled by the multinationals themselves. I have to say it I was disappointed. Now Mark did not endorse them, but he was too ‘soft’ on the answer IMO. But I am never going to agree a 100% with someone else about everything.

    Very little evidence that GMOs are safe for people. So I would have erred on the side of much more caution than Mark did. And they are a DISASTER for ecosystems which means they are a disaster for us, since we are part of and dependent upon ecosystems.

    1. Excellent, Larry! All that “research” proving GMOs are safe, harmless, and no different from other crops has been done (and manipulated) by Monsanto, Syngenta, et al — dirty science at its worst. They release only the results they want known, and restrict access to their seeds so other test labs can’t get enough on which to run reliable tests.

      European biotech companies have met with so much resistance, they sell their crap instead to the US.

      Mark isn’t the only one wary of denouncing GMOs. Many scientists are intimidated or threatened into silence. If they say anything negative, they will be harassed, discredited, and their (already scarce) research funds will mysteriously dry up.

  12. “Thirteen of the toughest, most extreme races on Earth. Would you try any of them?”
    I thought this was about the most agile, cunning, physically powerful, metabolically indomitable, and environment-resistant creatures to ever walk the earth. And I was like “Oh yes I’ll train hard and try all of them” but then I clicked the link and… different kind of race. Whatever, Sisson. Just whatever.

  13. The mushroom fricassee looks amazing. Going to have to give that a go, thanks for sharing it!

  14. From “Your skin smells”:
    “…olfactory receptors in the human lung, which he found act as a safety switch against poisonous compounds by causing the airways to constrict when we inhale noxious substances.”

    Noxious substances like….Sandalore and Lyral?