Weekend Link Love – Edition 331

By Mark Sisson
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Weekend Link LovePortland and surrounding environs! The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar is coming your way on Thursday, January 29.

Research of the Week

Checking your email too frequently increases stress (and it doesn’t even really help us work any better).

Good long naps help babies (and, maybe, larger humans) solidify what they’ve just learned. “Those who sleep after learning learn well, those not sleeping don’t learn at all,” as one researcher put it.

When separated from their ringing phones, iPhone users experience increased blood pressure and heart rate, show symptoms of physiological stress, and perform worse on cognitive tasks.

Compared to eating it with a spoon, eating rice with chopsticks lowers the blood glucose response (PDF).

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 50: Mark Interviews Dr. Timothy Noakes: I sit down with a man I’ve long admired, Dr. Tim Noakes. World-renowned sports scientist, purveyor of the famous Central Governor Theory of endurance performance, and author of the endurance training bible The Lore of Running, Tim is now the target of scorn and admonishment from the mainstream medical community for his views on human nutrition.

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

Are we having fun yet? (I am.)

No deaths from vitamins. Absolutely none.” 31 years of data confirm the safety of vitamin supplements.

Media, Schmedia

Joint pain caused by disturbances to the gut? No way, that’s woo-woo pseudoscience!

Jamie Oliver is trying to get UK consumers to buy (and stores to sell) misshapen produce for a reduced price.

Everything Else

If you’ve got an hour to spare, watch this lively presentation by Dr. Michael Holick about the importance of sunlight in human health.

What I wouldn’t give to have a pack of cute, cuddly wolf cubs living in my gut.

Boy, the Japanese and Scandinavians can really turn a phrase.

Hippos are pretty incredible. And they’re far from hippies.

Where in North America the buffalo used to, but, sadly, no longer roam.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 18 – Jan 24)

  • Are Parasites Primal? – Parasites might not be all bad. There’s evidence that they help regulate our immune response.
  • 15 Reasons to Sprint More This Year – Sprinting is a powerful tool that, if used in moderation, can reshape your body, your fitness, and your overall health.

Comment of the Week

Mine is “stay on target… stay on target…”.

– Let’s hope it works better for you than it did for Gold Team during their Death Star trench run.

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  1. I normally consider Jamie Oliver a pinhead but he’s got it correct this time–tossing out a perfectly fine vegetable because of a less-than-perfect shape is ridiculous.

    Interesting map of the range the buffalo. I was unaware of the extreme northern range into mid-Canada. Cool.

    1. Actually at the very northern tip of that historic range is Wood Buffalo national park which has approx 4000-5000 bison in it. Also Banff national park is planning to slowly introduce bison (30-50 at first) into the park.

      I wish there was could be contiguous parkland set up in Canada and the US so the bison could roam across the continent once more.

      1. There actually is a plan in place through the Canadian government to reintroduce the woodland bison into both Canada and Alaska, but there’s a lot of politics standing in the way on the Alaska side, including push back from Native Alaskans. (I used to live there)

  2. Jamie Oliver is doing good things! He’s also partnered with Loblaws Canada to sell humanely raised chicken and pork. I bought the bacon just cause it had his trustworthy face pasted on it! That wild thing chilli looks and sounds like a primal foodies dream.

    Oh man, coming to grips with the fact that I check email way.too.much.

    1. Unfortunately, our own congress made a fool of all his hard work by declaring pizza a vegetable.

  3. In France, we have some shops that take the “mishappen” produces to make soups from them, or that already reduce their prices.

    But what about the safety of vitamins? Vitamin C supplements, in large doses, are proven to increase cancer risks. I guess similar results could be found with other vitamin supplements.

    1. Large doses of any supplements that aren’t specifically necessary to remedy a deficiency can adversely affect the body. Too many people dose themselves on a just-in-case basis rather than if and when it’s needed. Industry propaganda can be thanked for the increase in this not-so-great idea. Over-supplementing can disrupt the body’s natural chemical balance. While this might not directly result in death, it can set the stage for eventual health issues.

      1. I’m sure nobody died from taking too many vitamins because most of them are water-soluable, and therefore, excreted easily. And because the government mantra is “no fat”, the fat-soluable ones aren’t in any danger of building up to high levels.

        Basically, conventional eaters are just making expensive pee.

  4. It is a shame that, GMO grain, corn and rapeseed mass monoculture has replaced the historical North Ameican bison range. Add that to the list of reasons to remain grain free.

  5. Wabi-sabi = shabby chic.
    Jugaad = Jerry-rigged or when an item has a “field repair”. Like when you’re backpacking and can fix anything with duct tape or dental floss.

    1. “Wabi-sabi = shabby chic.”

      Wabi-sabi has nothing to do with either “shabby” or “chic”. A more accurate translation would be “flawed beauty” or “imperfect beauty” — very different concepts.

  6. I think Jamie Oliver is doing great things in the world when it comes to world consciousness about health, nutrition, farming, and food.

  7. ” Jugaad is a Hindi word that means “an innovative fix” or a “repair derived from ingenuity,” ”
    Ok quick comment.
    They’re not informed on this one. In English this is known as a “Macgyverism”.

  8. Mark, thanks a million for the brilliant chat with Timothy Noakes. To get you two together was an honor to be a fly on the proverbial wall. Hope many other Primal folks drop in for a listen.

  9. Mark, I really enjoyed your chat with the Prof. (As Tim Noakes is affectionately called in South Africa). I go home to South Africa every December & this past holiday I was pleasantly surprised to see how the Prof & his ‘Banting diet’ have truly become household names! I even got his Real Meal Revolution book as a Christmas gift from family. Everyone is talking about him. I was in the middle of nowhere & popped into a quaint little coffee shop to find a ‘Banting breakfast’ option on their menu. How exciting! Most restaurants, grocery stores etc. in the major cities now have Banting options available too. It’s incredible to see the wonderful work Tim Noakes is doing back home! Thank you for sharing his story with us. Feeling proudly South African 🙂