Weekend Link Love – Edition 329

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Research of the Week

Kids who ate chicken off the bone were subsequently more aggressive, active, and distrustful of authority than kids who ate chicken breast. Yeah, I don’t know either.

An obesity gene only became an obesity gene in people born after 1942.

“Optimized meat products higher in omega-3” reduce body fat more than “optimized” products lower in overall fat. So, grass-fed beef.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 48: World Speedgolf Champion Rob Hogan: Brad chats with Rob Hogan, the fastest golfer in the world, about bonking, good carbs, and the difficulty of training for this uniquely demanding sport.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Is social withdrawal the real first line of immune defense for introverts?

Tips for a healthy, active home life.

A condensed history of cholesterol research.

Media, Schmedia

Consider turning down the thermostat. Year round warmth could be making some of us fat.

The Economist investigates why we (think we?) are so busy all the time.

Everything Else

The rise of the super-short workout.

The truth behind the organic egg industry (or, why pastured eggs are still the best choice).

Pagan animism, morning headstands on musk ox hides, and walking the path of love and intent: the rime of a Danish mariner preparing to die (7 minute short film).

Send this video to the people who wonder why you wear orange goggles at night and value sleep so much.

Australians: check out The Paleo Way, a new TV show about, well, you can guess what.

Ex-vegan Big Loser trainer Bob Harper is now fully paleo and gushed about it in a recent interview.

An Australian pro football club has gone paleo.

According to the former editor of the BMJ, cancer is the best way to die.

Genetic modification may allow the return of the American chestnut, a tree that once covered 25% of eastern US forests and provided ample (and delicious) food for people and wildlife until the introduction of Asian chestnut blight wiped them out. What say you?

Recipe Corner

  • Seared scallops are one of those foods that are ruined by imprecise cooking. They’re expensive, too, so you’d better do them perfectly.
  • It’s crab season. Go make some crab cakes.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 4 – Jan 10)

Comment of the Week

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

– Hmm, now what could you possibly be referring to?

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. Glad to see Paleo culture growing in Australia, I’m moving over there from the UK next month. Glad I don’t have to abandon my diet!

    1. Yep, paleo is growing rapidly in Australia! I live in Perth and have been paleo for appox 4 years. With a little prep and planning, I find it incredibly easy! We have beautiful fresh farmers markets all over the city, gorgeous weather and scenery (especially our beaches) that makes getting outside year-round easy, and I don’t find it hard to eat out at cafes or restaurants.

      Meat and salads; soup; patties/meatballs; egg and vegie frittatas; more and more places doing almond milk coffee; etc. Plus we have a growing organic scene; plenty of health shops; and the list grows on…

      I truly believe that for a once-considered sleepy city, Perth (and in a wider context, Australia) is once of the best places in the world to live, eat and be healthy!

    2. Paleo is huge in Australia and I’m glad to see us finally getting credit for it! I live in Brisbane, where you’re hard-pressed finding somewhere you WON’T be able to access good, whole food in abundance, whether it’s a grocery store, a market, a cafe or restaurant. Food everywhere is natural, incredibly fresh and, despite what you might hear, it’s affordable! As an Australian who’s lived in Europe for the past year, I can vouch for this personally… our food really isn’t expensive, and it’s entirely worth every cent. Welcome to Australia, make the most of our gorgeous nature and Grok on! 🙂

  2. Just as introversion was becoming something that one could declare with pride, we find another reason to claim that introverts are “lesser-than.” I’m a college instructor with two young kids, one in daycare who is always bringing home germs. As a pretty strong introvert myself, I can say that my immune system is not weak, despite exposure to germy students and kids. Even before the paleo lifestyle, I’ve always been pretty healthy, fending off bugs that bring other down. Introversion doesn’t mean that a person doesn’t like social situations, just that they also require alone time to recharge.

    1. True that. That is the only definition really. One that cultivates energy by being alone. Extroverts cultivate energy by being with others. Isolate an extrovert and they feel listless. It just zaps their energy. Expose an introvert to non-stop social interaction and they’ll tire out and get irritable. I rarely read an article that understands that. They almost always confuse shyness, social anxiety, fear of the unknown, apprehension around new experiences, etc as “introversion”. As a very bold, fearless introvert that craves new experiences I can testify they are not related at all. Most introverts I know defy what the “experts” say we are supposed to be. I can walk right up to a crowded theater and improvise a speech with easy. But afterwards, I want to skip the after hours party and go home. I don’t get all jazzed from the experience the way an extrovert would. I don’t want to “keep the party going”.

      1. From a fellow introvert who can be downright effervescent in certain circumstances (if I do say so myself), THANK YOU.

        Introversion isn’t synonymous with anxiety or social phobias. For me, it’s definitely about being mentally (and sometimes physically) drained after being “on” for too long, and requiring that solo time to recharge. I think it also leads me to be more selective about when, where, and with whom I interact.

    2. Do you meditate? Meditation is really introverted yet is often done in a group.

  3. Please, Mark, no more “research” (or anything else for that matter) from Fox News.

  4. Wow, that article on introversion and immunity is just straight up garbage. Pure conjecture and speculation. The author doesn’t even know the definition of introversion to begin with which was the first warning sign.

  5. I eat lots of eggs. Sometimes I spring for pastured eggs, but they are so expensive. And I have gotten bad ones that I had to throw away.

    For those well-meaning souls who think that buying “free-range” eggs is more honorable than buying grass-fed beef, I really, really don’t follow your logic.

    1. I agree, there is really no difference between grass fed beef and eating pastured eggs. I say that as a six egg a day egg lover and vegetarian. Even though the chickens themselves do get slaughtered for the eggs, many male chickens are killed at birth for every hen that matures into a leg layer. In the egg world, roosters are pretty useless and exterminated. Fortunately, I’m not a vegetarian for moral reasons so even though I don’t like that aspect of the industry, I don’t have to pretend it’s not there and shield my self with cognitive dissonance.

      True, pastured eggs are super expensive, usually $8 to $9 per dozen at least. Fortunately a neighbor told me the location of a local farmer who has a server yourself shed that has pastured eggs for $5 per dozen. I can see the chicken right across from the shed. Amazing eggs but I keep it a secret. Two more egg lovers like me would throw off the entire balance.

      1. Bio-dynamic eggs are $10-$12 a dozen in Western Australia where I live which is crazy! (Organic is usually $5-8 which is better. Free-range $4-5 and caged $1-2.) I can understand why some people need to keep costs down however personally, going through half to one carton of eggs a week, spending $10 is absolutely worth it to me.

  6. Thanks for the link to the NG Sleep video. As an Emergency Medicine Physician the most important thing in my life is sleep. Everything I do from interactions with the family, performance on the job, enjoyment of life are all connected to how well I sleep. The constant swing shifts with the flipping between day night evening shifts are very hard to deal with. Sleep hygiene, including everything from noise, light, temperature etc is a constant battle. Luckily I have a very accommodating family. Also, the orange glasses help a ton, the first thing I do when I get home (whenever that may be). Thanks Mark!

  7. Eating chicken off the bone even sounds aggressive, ha! And I think my mistrust of authority lead me to the primal lifestyle.

  8. I would love to see that video about the orange goggles but it doesn’t want to play in my country apparently.

  9. “Genetic modification may allow the return of the American chestnut…What say you?”

    I say, “Yes!!”. I am somewhat leery of genetic modification, but American Chestnut trees seem to be pretty awesome. Have you seen them!? Plus, I would love not having to pay $10/lb or whatever for imported chestnuts. If they were on par with potatoes as far as price, I think they would become my most-consumed starch.


    1. For a non-GMO chestnut option, Badgersett Research Farm have been doing some great breeding work on hybrid chestnuts. Also Mark Shepard of New Forest Farm has planted tons of these at his place in Wisconsin, one of the best permaculture systems I’ve come across.

  10. Eliminating nightshades, and FODMAPS from my diet improved my sleep quality, eliminated my sinus congestion, and alleviated my joint pain. The orange goggles, not a noticeable difference. I’m not sure vegetables are beneficial for everyone. vegetables do me more harm than good.

  11. Can anyone recommend a few shoe or boot options for snowy single digit temps that are minimalist AND still keep feet warm?? I can walk slick sidewalks or dirt trails, but if my feet get numb I am done. I have read a few reviews in the past, but most minimalist footwear doesn’t protect from cold/frostbite almost by definition. They tend to be pricey and not hold up well to daily wear. What has worked for you??

    1. Steger mukluks work down to about -20 c. I live in northern Canada, have had mine for 2 years, and love them. The soles are totally flexible and minimalist, yet thick enough to keep you warm. They were expensive but worth it. They are well made and I wear them most days in the winter.

      1. I concur. Steger mukluks are the best. I live in Wisconsin, and the winters can be very bitter. Most of the time, I don’t have to wear socks with the mukluks, either.:)

        1. Thanks to both of you. I forgot that I had read about Steger awhile back and meant to check them out. I wish I could go there in person to judge styles and sizes, but I am sure I can make it work via mail. I appreciate that you took the time to reply!!

  12. Incidentally, red glasses work even better than orange glasses. I have laser-safety goggles that have an optical density of 5+ for any frequency higher than “yellow” – they block all green and blue light. They are much better for inducing sleep and (at least, by my subjective impression) produce a much higher amount of melatonin. I conducted an extensive n=1 experiment on the matter earlier this year.

  13. The study with kids eating chicken off the bone – did the cut up chicken breast include the skin? Maybe something in the chicken skin has a stimulatory effect on the brain – malvin perhaps? Chicken is high in malvin and it seems to be concentrated in the skin. If I eat much chicken skin it spaces me out like excitotoxins do, but it would be more likely to make some kids act up.

  14. Now we know why they push boneless chicken breasts: to make people more compliant!

  15. Yes, what is that commenter of the week, ahem, reefering to?

  16. Broken link in post : An Australian pro football club has gone paleo.