December 28 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 328

By Mark Sisson
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Weekend Link Love

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Research of the Week

In a middle-aged Japanese population, coffee intake was protective against colon cancer. Green tea had no relationship to colon cancer risk.

Farming gave us weaker bones.

If there’s any white crystalline substance that directly causes hypertension, sugar’s the more likely culprit than salt (PDF).

It’s not all about butyrate. Supplementing with propionate, another short chain fatty acid produced by the fermentation of fiber in the gut, lowered belly and liver fat in humans.

iPads are really bad for sleep.

In adults at risk of type 2 diabetes, a lower-carb, higher-fat diet reduces abdominal and intramuscular fat and increases insulin sensitivity.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Why you should make more of your workouts look (and feel) easy.

Dr. Ron explores how the lifestyle factors that increase heart disease risk probably also increase cancer risk.

Media, Schmedia

Actually, (properly grazed) cows are good for the environment.

It turns out that the dire warnings against parent/infant co-sleeping have been exaggerated — and they probably put more babies at risk.

Everything Else

Dr. Ron Sinha sat down with That Paleo Show to talk about a culturally-tailored approach to living Primal.

In Argentina, an organgutan was just granted “non-human personhood.”

How Americans die (in beautiful graph form).

What 2,000 calories looks like in chain restaurant fare.

Sparks literally fly when an egg meets sperm. Zinc sparks.

What happens when an office eliminates sitting altogether by removing all the chairs?

Kangaroo 1, drone 0.

20 ways to see the light.

There are limitations to blinded studies.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 28 – Jan 3)

Comment of the Week

I think he was just WAXING poetic.

Indeed I was.

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  1. This is how insane the American Diabetes Association is.

    This is a quote from their October 2013 press release on nutritional guidelines

    “Just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes does not mean you can no longer enjoy the foods you love or your cultural traditions,” said Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, Coordinator of Diabetes Education Programs – University of Washington Medical Center, Diabetes Care Center.

    Ummm, yes, that’s exactly what it means. Type 2 diabetes is 100% lifestyle related. So if your current “foods you love” and “cultural traditions” gave you diabetes, then yes, you can’t do that anymore. Duh!

    The sad part is if you dig deeply into the ADA website and just look at pure scientific studies they all say the opposite of their official guidelines. It’s pretty much a validation of all things primal.

    So why are their guidelines so half-assed. I think it’s two fold. One, they know most Americans can barely follow any program that causes any sort of disruption in feeding their base desires. Americans want to lose weight while eating ice cream and get rich doing nothing productive. So telling them the truth ( they need to change, for real) will probably fall on deaf ears.

    Secondly, the ADA gets a large part of their funding from pharmaceutical companies that make diabetes medication and processed food companies that contribute to creating diabetes. That makes sense because if what you profit from is related to so much sickness, you’ll want to have a say in shaping the official narrative to maintain your profit. If people actually changed their lifestyle and got off meds, both industries would loose billions.

    This is the same reason the national breast cancer awareness industry focuses on treatment and early detection. Both are highly profitable to their sponsors and in alignment with their interests. To address environmental causes (pesticides, exposure to toxic chemicals) is bad for business as that would hurt those industries that produced those products – and fund most of their research and outreach.

    It’s just not fair. The entire economic machine is set up to feed your worst impulses and promote the worst diet, yet those same industries blame us when we do exactly what they say and get fat and sick.

    To compare an individual’s “free will” against billions of dollars spent on advertising, shaping the official narrative, and shaping our laws and regulations against our best interests, and say that the individual bears equal responsibility for the outcome, is ridiculous.

    1. Clay, I agree with all but your last paragraph. Anyone with functioning intelligence and a little common sense has, or should have, the ability to recognize that the goal of these outside entities is usually profit, not optimal health. As thinking individuals, we DO bear the bottom-line responsibility for the health of our minds and bodies, regardless of how much is spent on advertising. When people choose to put their faith in less-than-scrupulous organizations, it boils down to just that–a matter of choice, however misguided.

      1. Of course we bare the ultimate responsibility for our health, I’m referring to multi-billion dollar machine that writes our laws, shapes what we hear and see and listen too, shapes how our medical schools and doctors teach and practice, shape our food economy by subsidizing corn and soy but not fresh vegetables, shapes what our insurance companies do and do not cover…the who thing. To say that we bare equal responsibility for our situation is absurd. You can’t stack the cards against someone and then step back and act like you bare no responsibility because the person on the receiving end has “freedom of choice”. This is exactly the excuse con artist’s use. Buyer beware. This is what I’m referring to. These companies should be held responsible as well. After all, they “chose” to create the conditions that created our mess, so they should be held accountable. Right now, it’s completely one sided. We have an entire industry that is designed to work against us, but we shame the fat diabetic as if their problem was created in a vacuum. The results we have right now, with our national health, was designed by very powerful interests to be this way. They should also be held accountable for the results of their “free will”. This doesn’t negate also holding people accountable for the their own situation because no one will save them but themselves

        A simple analogy. Say you were driving down a series of forks in the road. In every instance the fork on the left is poorly lit, the guy on the radio warns about how uncertain the left fork is, your teachers told you to always avoid the left road, your insurance company says they’ll cover accidents on the right fork but not the left, your doctor and mechanic says the left fork is risky, bust stay on the right. So you take the right fork over and over until you drive off a cliff.

        So do we keep blaming the people who drive over the cliff, or do we make the left fork more desirable and the right one less desirable?The smart money is on simple structural changes that level the playing field a little.

        1. I get where you’re coming from, but I disagree. Putting spin on a situation and pointing the finger elsewhere–gaslighting one’s self, so to speak, which has become standard procedure these days–solves nothing.

          There are a lot of situations in life that should be different than what they are, particularly with regard to the “guilt” of others (whether real or imagined). But the fact is, life is not a level playing field. It never will be, and there’s little future in whining about some anonymous “They” who won’t play by our rules.

          Why drive down that dangerous series of forks in the road at all? There’s almost always a choice, so why not use the old noodle and pick a different route? When we turn our lives and health over to others by buying into and blindly believing in whatever they’re peddling, we are abdicating personal responsibility; we are literally passing the buck, often to our own detriment.

        2. I love this conversation and wish more would think about it! There are valid points on both sides (corporate/state/institution vs individual responsibility). I think all parties hold a degree of responsibility. Incremental steps by the individual collectively might yield a more fair system. It might take a revolution similar to La Via Campesina.

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my Cinnamon Spice Pancake post! I am such a fan of your blog. Keep up the amazing work!

  3. While the studies on weakened bones are interesting and support the Paleo premise, the media take, as usual, and maybe the researchers’ conclusions go too far. Farming is “lazier” than hunting and gathering? Maybe lazier than gathering a lot of heavy food and carrying it a long way back to camp while carrying a child too. But lazier than hunting?

    And what about changes in diet? That seems more important to me.

    1. I agree…the researchers ruled out dietary changes without explaining why. Also, the article didn’t mention gender…did women’s level of exertion change exactly as much as men’s?

    2. I think they compare TODAY’S farming with hunting/gathering: indeed, today’s modern farming IS lazier. In fact, the farmer doesn’t even have to be inside the machinery to plow a field or harvest a crop any more–it’s all GPS guided and computer-driven. What once took an army of men to do, a single man with a bazillion dollars’ worth of hi-tech machinery can now do.

  4. That was a great article on cancer.

    Also I just saw the movie Carb-Loaded and it was the best yet on the topic and Mark’s piece was spot on.

  5. That was a weird looking office. If I had to work in that office I would go sit on the floor with my laptop in some corner somewhere.

    1. Take away all the chairs, and you’ve just created Nirvana for the wheelchair-bound.

      1. That floor plan didn’t look very wheelchair-accessible – too many narrow bottlenecks and no place to turn a wheelchair around.

        Traditional offices have their issues but that office looked like a nightmare rat maze for humans. I’m with Diane, I’d find a corner where I wouldn’t get stepped on and hunker down until I could escape.

  6. So, I know what foods contain inulin and that it is in supplement form from Jarrow Formulas on Amazon, but what about propionate? What foods is it in and what supplements did they use in that study?

    1. Yes, Caliprimal, I read the study and would like also like to know! That or what are some food sources of propionate

    2. Caliprimal, I missed if the form of propionate was specified in the article. I understand calcium and potassium propionates are used as preservative in grain based processed foods. Therefore it may not be available as a commercial supplement? The study simply suggested that elevated propionate improved reduced the metabolic factors that contribute to obesity. Propionate compounds are naturally produced by beneficial bacteria. Therefore I would assume best way to increase intestinal propionate levels is rebuild one’s gut biome with organisms that produce it? Perhaps the following link has the answer?

      http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ipid/2008/829101/

      1. I’ll have to spend some time on that article. My Doctors’ Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis said I was low in propionate. I’m underweight, but the fat is around my belly. I prefer to use probiotics and prebiotics to generate the propionate, instead of a supplement.

        The Naturopath that tested me prescribed Klaire Labs – Ther-Biotic Complete Powder.

        I have mixed feelings toward her wisdom. She also put me on thyroid, based solely on a high TSH. I don’t think TSH is adequate to tell whether to prescribe exogenous thyroid, and certainly doesn’t indicate which type is needed.

  7. If I’m thinking white crystalline substances that cause hypertension, sugar and salt aren’t the only things that spring to mind.

  8. I loved the beef is good for the planet and the co-sleeping ones. I would share it with everyone I know if they understood English. I already knew about the co-sleeping but the beef one got me surprised, it will be nice to have a new argument against vegans! Thanks!

  9. I’ll be 70 the 15th of Feb, 2015. I read your Challenge 2015 announcement and, for once, I’m excited. I’m going to be putting some real thought into what my future should look like, instead of chasing some picture from the past. I didn’t really like any of them very well, anyway!! More to come Jan 5 when I register for the Challenge…