Weekend Link Love – Edition 323

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

KStarr was right about “text neck”: looking down at your phone as you text is like hanging a 60 pound kettlebell from your forehead. Full study here.

The more choline you eat, the lower your risk of fatty liver disease (at least, if you’re a Chinese woman of normal weight).

Yeah, you should really just avoid tricoslan altogether.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 43: Interview with Jonathan Bailor, Author and Founder of Sane SolutionJonathan Bailor, whose The Calorie Myth was a NY Times bestseller, joins us for a conversation about calories, genetics, bipedalism, how to make complex biology easier to understand (and benefit from), the effect of mental health on physical health, 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

How heeled shoes are killing your heel cords.

Regarding carnitine, red meat, and cardiovascular disease.

Why a campfire is so soothing.

Media, Schmedia

What your doctor isn’t disclosing.

Hey, even Bill Clinton’s gone from vegan to low-carb paleo.

Everything Else

How farming is saving veterans.

Orcas learn to speak dolphin.

Even in urban food deserts, wild edibles exist.

Why are so many heart disease patients showing up to the hospital with low LDL numbers?

Whadya know? Cooking at home is healthier than eating out.

A new GMO potato is designed to form less acrylamide (a carcinogen) when subjected to high heat (as in frying).

The good news is that time spent staring at a TV screen is down. The bad news is that staring at a smartphone screen has replaced it.

Are you a pegan?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 23 – Nov 29)

Comment of the Week

I prefer to think of them as my minions… denizens of planet Steve, to whom I kindly grant access to various resources in return for small favours (providing they behave themselves of course).

– I like the way this guy thinks.

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. So maybe I missed it, but when Bill Clinton went vegan it was all over the news, and this is the first I’ve heard that he eats meat now, and that he learned there is too much starch in a vegan diet. Media bias?

    1. Not surprisingly, many people find that they don’t do well on a vegan diet. I’m one of them, but I’m no celebrity so it didn’t make the news. I thrive on meat and vegies, as did my parents and grandparents. There’s probably a heredity component involved for most of us.

  2. I really enjoy reading the comments on articles where people quit veganism. The fact that morality comes into food choices when it isn’t necessarily religious based is fascinating to me.

  3. I’m definitely pro the increasing pressure against smart phone use. They’re ruining the potential for so much social interaction day-to-day. I think I’d like to be the John Connor in a real life war waged against them.

  4. Bill Clinton admits to being Paleo? He is a bit progressive for a politician but I’d never expect him to go against the Politically Correct.

    As for GMO potatoes and Pegans you can keep both!

  5. I don’t know why Clinton kept talking about being vegan when he talked about eating fish in the same breath.

    1. Yeah exactly, I remember articles a few years ago talking about his ‘vegan’ diet, and mentioning that he ate salmon.

  6. The dr who turned Clinton on to the paleo style diet is also the one who wrote the pegan article. So is Clinton pegan as well?

  7. Just skimming the “pegan” article, it seems like that is basically the same as paleo, but eating some of the lessor problematic non-paleo foods in the 20% of a 80/20 diet.

    1. Yeh, I am thinking you turn up the “meat” dial a little and you basically have our Primal diet. It was a good article. But I needs my dead animals on my plates!

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed today’s podcast. It makes good sound sense, like the other materials on this site, and takes into consideration high individual variation in both needs and capacities. It’s good to hear somebody take into account the long-term metabolic changes, perhaps even neurological rewiring, that may follow yo-yo dieting. I’ve done that in my time, having had unreasonable expectations of how low I should – and could – go. Having essentially declared war on my body and viciously attacked it repeatedly, why was I so surprised by the devastation that followed?

    1. We usually feel invincible until it’s too late. Maybe not “on top of the world!” invincible, but there’s a distinct lack of understanding how much agony and brokenness one can reach. On the bright side, once you’ve been there you bounce back hard and start doing everything right. xD

  9. Some people may call me a pAgan. But pegan? Meat as a condiment?…..huh uh.

  10. Re: Urban food deserts — elderberries must be cooked. They will cause gastrointestinal issues if eaten raw. Do not consume the twigs at all, as they are toxic.

  11. Regarding the HuffPost piece…I must say, equating a carcinogen-laden fire with a healthy, primal lifestyle is more than a little misleading. Indeed, the science is crystal clear on this subject. Numerous studies have proven that smoke from wood fires contains tiny particles that are quite harmful to human lungs. Gazing at a pile of burning logs may cause a small drop in bp, but does it justify inhaling a toxic cloud of particulates?

  12. I am working my way through the podcasts and I am currently listening to #43.

    As an individual with a background in psychology, I was seriously disappointed in Bailor’s inaccurate depiction of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder, the proper term for multiple personality) and Schizophrenia as the same psychological issue.

    These two disorders are distinct in symptoms, manifestation, treatment, and causes. The mischaracterization of these disorders, as presented in the podcast, does a disservice to the public by perpetuating pop culture tropes.

    DID is a controversial diagnosis in the psychological field for patients presenting two or more distinct personalities, thought to be caused by traumatic experiences.

    Schizophrenia entails hallucinations and delusions. The exact cause is so far unknown, but genetics, disruptions in early brain development, environmental factors, and brain chemistry imbalances are some of the many leading theories.

    I hope that these blatant misrepresentations are addressed in later discussions and corrected, because these kinds of falsehoods jeopardize the legitimacy of the Primal cause and limit the likelihood of acceptance by the educated.