November 30 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 324

By Mark Sisson
52 Comments

Weekend Link LoveMy interview with Focal Upright, makers of the best standup workstations in the industry.

Research of the Week

The morbidly obese have “accelerated intestinal glucose absorption.”

A bunch of obesity researchers come out hard against the usefulness of “calories in, calories out.”

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 44: Interview with Mark Allen – Triathlon Legend, Author, and Coach: Host Brad Kearns has a fascinating chat with the best triathlete in history about how he managed to balance life and training, his tips for athletes interested in accomplishing the same, 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

Instead of playing brain training games, healthy older adults should just hang out with their friends.

The midlife crisis may be unavoidable, but we’re probably also destined to eventually get over it and be happier than ever.

Media, Schmedia

Turns out that sitting is probably pretty bad for your mental and emotional health, too.

Preterm infants under medical care depend on an “environment almost entirely composed of plastic,” (video) and it’s probably affecting their hormones and harming their health and normal development.

Everything Else

Australian actor Damon Gameau went on a 60-day low-fat diet high in “healthy” high-carb foods like fruit juice, granola bars, and low-fat yogurt and ended up gaining 10 cm of belly fat and a prognosis of impending fatty liver. Watch for That Sugar Film, the documentary about his experience, in 2015.

I’ve always been fascinated by those words in foreign languages that can’t be translated directly into English words. Here are a few examples (plus a new book about them). Komorebi (Japanese for “the sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees”) is my favorite. What’s yours?

Retail chicken across the United Kingdom is very likely to be contaminated with campylobacter.

The homeland of the Masai is being sold off to become private hunting grounds for the Dubai royal family.

They may be cute and vaguely dog-like, but seals aren’t endangered and their meat is actually quite sustainable.

How successful has Whole Foods been at broadening its customer base (and helping lower income people eat healthier) with stores in Detroit?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 30 – Dec 6)

Comment of the Week

This year I have a delicious whey protein rub for the big turkey. Extra gainz.

– I’d love that recipe if you’ve got it handy.

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  1. “A bunch of obesity researchers come out hard against the accuracy of self-reported energy intake and energy output data,” would be a more accurate summary of the unedited, preliminary paper in question.

    1. Was going to post the same thing. As it appears in the link love article, you’d expect something else.

    2. I was about to say the same thing!
      That paper *has* been peer-reviewed already, though – accepted by Nature, and those guys don’t mess around. The only thing left is basically formatting, which rarely results in changes to the conclusions of the study.

    1. They’re a different kind of seal (your link features elephant seals, not harp seals like the food article).

      1. I read an article about elephant seals, I think in an old National Geographic. I liked what the author said about them: “…and who came up with their physiology, Dr. Seuss?”

  2. Hey! Thanks for the link up love! A daily apple is a great idea, especially if it tastes like pie!

  3. I’m reading a book on economics and the author suggests an alternative word to describe the “free market.”
    He gives the old Greek word “katalattein” (we get the word “catalyst” from it) which means “to exchange” but also “to turn an enemy into a friend.”

  4. Yay! according to The Atlantic, I still have a few more years until I peak. Lookin’ forward to my 70’s!

  5. Aw I just can’t bring myself to eat a cute little seal. I love how the Greeks have different words for different types of love. Komorebi is beautiful too.

  6. If you go from shopping at Aldi’s right to Wholefoods you might require emergency medical services! Sure the food is much better but that’s like going from the Dollar Store straight to Needless Markup.

  7. Untranslatable. In French: “un grand amour”. Nope, “big love” doesn’t hit the high romance marker. (“Star-crossed lovers” has a little of the ring though.) In German: Gemutlichkeit. “Comfy” and “homey”? Uh, no, not the same.

  8. There’s a good argument that whenever we refuse to use an abundant, sustainable resource, like seals, we put additional pressure on the rest of out finite world.

    1. Now if only there was an edible grass, we could all just sit out in our front yards and graze like cows. 😀

  9. The Masai homeland being sold off doesn’t surprise me–the Saudis have been very quietly buying off chunks of central Africa for years as a refuge against citizen uprising and overthrow (which they predicted was coming before the recession, and is now more likely than ever). A Saudi prince has been snapping up fancy hotels over in Africa to turn into the new royal family home(s) once the uprising starts in earnest.

    Basically, Africa will become the new Middle East, and ISIS may be the catalyst. Everyone has their price.

  10. “The mucus that concentrates in the eye during sleep or other times” in Spanish is called lagaña. No English equivalent. And please don’t try to tell me it’s called “sleep”….

  11. I’ll be 65 on my next birthday. Whoever called these the “Golden Years” was &^%$#@# colorblind.

  12. Fairlife, or Coca Cola milk, is also a story that I would recommend this week… (“premiumized milk” that has no fat and added protein… plus really odd sexist ads and it looks like it is on the path to being put in schools/subsidized…)

  13. Whatever you do, do not read the comments on the seal article. Disgusting, horrifying and racist. :/

  14. For your second link, you start the sentence with “the morbidly obese”.
    How about “people with morbid obesity” instead?
    After all, you wouldn’t say “the cancerous” or “the disabled”, right?
    People-first language is more respectful.

    Thanks.

    1. Except, morbid obesity is not a disease like cancer, and saying “the disabled” is an appropriate way to refer to someone who is disabled. I don’t see how using this term correctly is disrespectful. And, it wouldn’t be said “with”. It would be said “people who are morbidly obese”, which is essentially saying the same thing as “the morbidly obese” I would think.

    2. Except I, and most people I know, say “the disabled”. Same with “the cancerous”. “Cancer victims” are more common, though. I dislike it because it makes the cancer out to actually be aware of what it is doing.

      M.

      1. I guess you, and most people you know, could easily show more respect by saying “people with disabilities” and “people with cancer”. Would you like to be called “a cancerous” if you had cancer?

        I understand that calling people with obesity “the obese” is common. It is still disrepectful and it encourages stigma. Keep in mind that many people with obesity have been called names because of their weight (the fat one, the fatso, etc.), and it was not meant as an attribute, but as an insult. On a blog like this one where nutrition is often discussed, I think using people-first language would be an easy improvement.

    3. Spare me.

      And next week it’ll be “differently scaled.”

      1. I have to agree with Bayou. I mean no disrespect at all towards anyone who struggles with their weight but it seems like everyone is splitting hairs here over this topic.

        It’s a term to describe a condition. Whether it’s derogatory or simply explanatory is determined by the individual and their intentions.

      2. PEOPLE of a different scale!
        😉

        More seriously, the goal is not to come up with euphemisms for obesity, but to avoid equating the individual with their condition. Just like we do for people with cancer (we don’t invent euphemisms for cancer, yet we don’t say “the cancerous” [because it is dehumanizing]).

  15. Sunlight filtering through trees is, as far as I’m aware, called “dapple” or “dappling” in English.

    M.

  16. I’m optimistic that plastic production will continue to grow to a point where hormone altering problems associated with it will eventually disappear. Just like anything else, we must demand healthier alternatives. Look no further than the growth of the grass-fed industry in recent years.

  17. Re untranslatable words: Unfortunately, I’m an expert at Trepverter…

  18. Norwegian language gets too much attention in that article. Forelskelse/forelsket is Danish as well, and Danish also has pålæg (different spelling). ‘Hygge’ is also a classic.

    I’ll turn it around and mention a couple of words in English which, I believe, do not have a one-word equivalent in Danish. Serendipity, and (one of my favourite English words) defenestrate.

  19. Newfoundland represent!

    I have to be in the right mood for seal flipper pie, but it’s a good game meat if that’s what taste you’re into.

  20. Why did the Newfoundlander put glue on his dinner?
    Because he heard he could eat seals.

    1. Why did he bring a magnifying glass to the beach?
      He was looking for sealants.

      1. Funny thing is my headphones are playing Classified – (Welcome to the) Maritimes

        1. Sorry for the repeating replies but there’s more to say: Classified did something awesome for a famous rapper and visited a homeless youth shelter that I’ve stayed at a bunch of times, though I wasn’t there then.
          These are also amusing/entertaining…

          A Shoplifting Seagull:
          https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152617154758889

          A Cat B-slapping a Crocodile in the Face:
          https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152599638678889

          This orangutang should win Who’s the Best Dancer or whatever, one of those shows:
          https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=717138095012071

  21. Thank you for the link up to the biohackersrecipes sausage recipe as a post work out meal. Adding a bit of tumeric to that sausage would also optimise post work out benefits and taste as well.

    1. That DOES sound good. I would also think some freshly ground black pepper would be fantastic in this and, if I’m not mistaken, turmeric and black pepper synergize together.

  22. Yes I imagine black pepper with tumeric would go down very well. Apparently you get more benefits from tumeric if you add black pepper. So many possibilities.

    1. Edgar Cayce (who went into trance sleeps and spoke seemingly impossibly knowledge) was wrong about some things but was very accurate about many matters of health. He says that greens and oranges go well together for vegetable salads and that the combination is good for keeping your eyes clear. I’m thinking chlorophyll and carotene work together.

      1. Seeing that he was also heavily into healing with crystals, I wonder what he would have thought of himalayan salt crystals sprinkled on that chlorophyll carotene salad. Would it magnify the powers of that salad as other crystals are believed to, from a mystical view.He certainly had interesting ideas and seems to have a lot of people tuned in to his message still.