Weekend Link Love – Edition 321

Weekend Link LoveI hung out with Joel Zaslofsky on his Smart and Simple Matters podcast the other day. We had a great chat that I think you’ll love to hear, so go listen.

Steve Marsh is an organic farmer from Australia who lost his organic certification after his fields were contaminated and infiltrated by GMO crops from an adjacent farm. Having lost his case against the neighboring farm, he’s $800k in the hole and needs your help.

Research of the Week

Scientists have found a safer alternative to antibiotics that sidesteps the problem of antibiotic resistance. Hopefully, it works.

Performed with proper technique, the full squat is healthiest for your knees and other joints.

Western Eurasian and East Asian populations diverged at least 36,200 years ago.

“Older adults should make nine interruptions for every hour spent in sedentary behavior.”

Turns out that refined olive oil is a better choice for frying than corn, soybean, and sunflower oils.

Low carb diets are good at preventing patients with impaired glucose tolerance from progressing to diabetes.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 41: Listener Question and Answer with Mark Sisson: I talk alcohol, fatty vs. lean meat, fat-burning, confirmation bias (and how to avoid it), and unhealthy psychological relationships with food.

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

When do Americans go to bed?

A great piece from Tuit Nutrition about obesity’s relationship to poor health: cause or effect (or both)?

Babies will always be better at squatting than adults.

What happens when you eat dog food for a week?

Media, Schmedia

Dr. Ron Sinha discusses the South Asian health crisis (and what to do about it) in India West, a major Indian newspaper in the US.

Slate wonders how our ancestors could have had better teeth than us.

Do we know enough about the bacteria in our guts to deem a particular gut microbiome  “healthy”? Maybe not.

These lucky employees get to work from home whenever they want after 6 PM. Weekends, too.

Everything Else

Fresh fruit is the number one snack in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In Asia, it’s chocolate, and Latin America likes yogurt. The number one snack in the United States is, of course, the potato chip.

If you’re going to use electronics after dark, slap on a SleepShield.

Remember rajio taiso? Here are some cleaner, clearer videos of the workouts.

New Yorkers, there’s a bone broth stand opening up tomorrow.

Psilocbyin builds (temporary?) new connections between different areas of the brain.

You guys can spare three minutes a week, can’t you?

More and more people are attaching electrodes to their scalps and sending weak electrical currents to alter the firing of their neurons to reduce depression and improve cognition.

See the inside of the entire human body from top to bottom in this GIF.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 9 – Nov 15)

Comment of the Week

Couldn’t you just say: “I don’t trust the acceptable daily intake levels for pesticides because the information is coming from the Federal government”? That does it for me.


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 have to admit, I’m proud to be one of the 8% of American adults who has never had a cavity. I turn 43 in two weeks. I credit it to my mother’s pre-pregnancy and pregnancy diet (lots of liver and cod liver oil), being breastfed and having a totally hippie/crunchy mother who gave us cod liver oil, liver and raw milk, and severely limited sugar intake when I was a child.

  2. The new rajio taiso videos are great. I like that one of them includes a seated position. I don’t need that but many my age (71) do. I have been doing the exercises and like them. I do go to a chair exercise class at my gym because the teacher understands the kind of things Mark stresses.

    But I am not buying that seniors need to interrupt their sitting 9 times an hour. Sitting can be deadly, but there is plenty of research that even one interruption per hour can prevent the problems of sitting. Esther Gokhale spoke at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2014. She said sitting, per se, is not the problem. The problem is sitting incorrectly. (She did also say to get up and move around from time to time, but not 9 times an hour.) Watch Gokhale float onto the stage and you instantly realize that she knows what she is talking about.

    It is interesting that the “low carb” for diabetes study defined low carb as under 120 grams. I tried to go very low carb, under about 40, and it seemed to backfire. I’m doing better at under about 75.

    Podcasts, e-books and other electronic ways of publishing are the logical way to go. But I won’t be using them unless the topic is something I can’t live without. Not saying to stop. I like having transcriptions of podcasts.

    1. Oh, and I am shocked that I go to bed earlier and get more sleep than the average person here in Sacramento, CA. I get enough sleep but I have been trying to get to bed earlier. No wonder we have three coffee houses on every block. LOL

    2. Agreed on the 9 times per minute. That averages out to every 6 minutes and 40 seconds. To me, this borders on OCD or ADHD (not making light of either). More realistic might be every 15-20 minutes, which is probably pretty rare for the average reader or boob tube viewer (myself included).

      Does anyone out there move every 6:40 (on average)?

      1. I move around in my chair a lot. I have an app that tells me to move my eyes every 7 minutes and get up once an hour. I think that is plenty.

  3. I feel for Steve Marsh. From what I understand the Australian government may be even more bought and paid for than the U.S. (if that’s possible)

    Also the dog food experiment just had to be done!

    1. My brother once ate a handful of dry Gravy train dog food on a dare–and no, it did not make gravy in his mouth. He said the bag it came in probably had better taste.

  4. Yesterday, a Jehova’s Witness came to my door. They were well versed and polite. I promised to read the literature, which I skim-read for interest. Becoming religious was a bit deflated when my son said he didn’t want to be like Ned Flanders (interestingly Matt Groening has a degree in philosophy). However, one of the leaflets had a front page that said only “Does Satan Exist?” in large writing. I thought probably not, until I was reminded of Monsanto.

    Dog food article, funny-as! Recommended reading. Although I don’t think dogs were designed to eat peas and rice.

  5. While I’m no fan of Monsanto and I feel for Steve Marsh, he lost the case because of unreasonable standards for the organization issuing the “organic” certification. There is no GMO in Steve’s end product and therefore, no cause to terminate the organic certification. I find the linked video to be emotionally manipulative and it leaves out the actual details of the case. In fact they don’t even say exactly what Steve grows on his farm; my first impression was that he must be growing organic canola, since the GMO contaminant with his neighbor’s canola. My conclusion is that the *direct* problem to be addressed here is with the certification organization, not his neighbor. But read more of the details and decide for yourself…

  6. Nanoparticles? Another Pandora’s Box has just been opened….

    Full squat is healthiest for your knees and other joints: Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of Asia, Africa, and Aboriginal Australia collectively saying, “Duuuuhhhhhh!”

    Eat dog food for a week:
    “And just because a dog will happily eat something, that’s no indication that it’s fit for human consumption.” My dog eats feces and Elmer’s glue. You do not want to see (or smell) the aftermath of a dog eating Elmer’s glue.

    Bacteria in our guts: “We cling to the desire for simple panaceas that will bestow good health with minimal effort. But biology is rarely that charitable.” I’m adding this to my list of favourite quotes!

    #1 snack in the US: It’s strange, but the odd time I eat Kettle Chips, I actually lose weight. Years ago my husband and I drove around Ireland visiting friends up and down the country. We had one home-cooked meal of chicken soup, but the rest of the time we survived on greasy fish and chips and beer. At the end of two weeks, I had lost so much weight my jeans were falling off me.

    Rajio Taiso: The piano music would drive me nuts, and I’m surprised they do straight-legged forward bending movements – I thought the Japanese knew better! I’ll stick with Sumo Taiso, thank you very much!

    “…humans have a long history of playing with their brains.” Yes, and humans also have a long history of doing really stupid things…

    1. “We cling to the desire for simple panaceas that will bestow good health with minimal effort. But biology is rarely that charitable.”
      I found that quote strange in the context of that article, even though I agree with it too. However, it seems to be a much better criticism of the pharmaceutical industry than gut microbiota research! After all, we thought antibiotics were a panacea for bacterial infections, and look how that’s turning out. Or statins for CVD.

      The blogs I read that discuss gut microbiota research always emphasize complexity and individuality: basically the opposite of how this article characterized the field. I don’t know how someone can look at all the factors that affect and interact with the gut flora and conclude that it’s an attempt at an easy fix. It was honestly a bit bizarre to read. I usually enjoy Ed Yong’s writing, but he sort of dropped the ball on this one.

      In relation to nutrition, I think gut flora is much more comparable to genetics: gut flora + nutrition interact to affect your health, similar to the way your genes + nutrition do. So yet another mechanism through which diet affects our health.

  7. There is a logical problem with suggesting deep squats are better for knees than shallow squats.

    If the most stress on the knee is at some partial point of the squat, how can one conclude that going deeper solves the issue. I believe you have to go back past the partial point to get back up again?!

  8. The Sleepshield screen protector looks interesting. But how can it block the blue light without changing the color? Is that even possible?

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  10. Wow, a bone broth shop in NYC. I’m hoping this trend sweeps across the continent and then the world.

    Magic Mushrooms. Highly recommended.

  11. My only issue with the squatting post is that there are plenty of Asian adults that can maintain the squat just fine!

    There definitely IS a component of losing the ability.

  12. I thought the short blerb on the company in Oregon that “allows” people to work from home after 6PM funny. Is it just me or does it seem that the company allows it’s employees to work all day at the office and pretty much all night from home if they want. Hmmmm, work 24/7 with no sleep? I work at home after my job, it’s called cooking, cleaning, child care, grocery shopping, mountains of laundry but I don’t get paid so I will finally stop and go to bed for whatever zzzz’s I can get before starting over. No one will fire me from that job since no one else wants it. Ahahahaha. In fact that’s how I’m spending my “day off work” today here in my spot of windy Oregon, get as much done so the rest of the week seems like I have a maid. He, he, he.
    In fact, the maid needs to get off this computer and get to work so that the mommy part can maybe shoot hoops with the cute, not such a good slave but a pretty good helper, little boy when he finally gets out of bed.

  13. The Onion article is art imitating life for a few people I know.

  14. I purchased a SleepShield for my iphone, ipad and macbook air and it seriously works. Its supposed to block the blue light that keeps us up at night. Lately I am waking up feeling more refreshed after using my iPad late into the night.
    Thanks for the recommendation!!