Weekend Link Love – Edition 341

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

Older really can mean wiser, depending on which cognitive ability you’re studying.

Bad sleep kills sexual desire in women. Extra sleep makes sex more likely and increases genital arousal.

Too much homework is an independent predictor of obesity in children.

Vitamin D seems to keep low-grade prostate cancer from getting too aggressive.

A brisk walk can curb snack cravings and reduce stress-eating.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 60: Brad Pilon: Host Brock Armstrong hangs out with one of the foremost experts on intermittent fasting. In this podcast, you’ll learn how to fast responsibly, what you can do to avoid “hangriness,” how women and men respond differently to fasting, which style of fasting is right for you, and much more. Brad’s a really sharp dude.

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

Dr. Eades rouses from slumber to strike down the latest garbage from Dean Ornish.

Fatigue can boost creativity.

The (misguided?) war on raw milk.

Media, Schmedia

Monsanto shill claims glyphosate is safe to drink, balks when the interviewer produces a jug of it. “I’m not an idiot.” You sure about that?

Shailene Woodley on why she eats clay (and paleo).

Everything Else

Scientists “discover” resistant starch in cooked and cooled rice.

The WHO’s cancer agency recently concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans” (PDF).

Antibiotics use in meat is only getting worse.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is eating bugs, albeit ones prepared by top chefs.

The best way to cook a frozen steak (without thawing it first).

A New York school has stopped giving homework so kids can play instead.

San Diego’s suing Monsanto for polluting its bay.

IV glucose as a “pick-me-up” doesn’t seem like the best idea.

Our forests are getting more fragmented.

Recipe Corner

  • The last time you had fried green plantains this good, the generalísimo’s men were pounding at your door and you were fumbling a goodbye to sweet, simple Maria. Maria, who arranged for your ride out of town past the checkpoint in the back of a mule cart. Maria, who taught you how to salsa and make moros y cristianos. Maria, who carried your child and cried when you left, scattering tears into the humid black of the Havana night.
  • Paleo cumin cauliflower rice, for the next time you make anything vaguely Indian/North African/Mid Eastern.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 30 – Apr 5)

Comment of the Week

Wouldn’t “Rectal Bezoars” make a great name for a punk band, though?

– Oh, absolutely it would.

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. My son gets his homework done at school before he comes home. I hope in middle school next year they are open to reducing or eliminating home work as well. He needs time to play at home, outside, by himself and with the neighbor kids and his parents. If we lived on a farm he’d have chores as well. I don’t think doing his own laundry, cleaning his bathroom/bedroom and taking out the garbage is “chore” enough to count. Maybe cleaning the barn, taking care of a couple of acres of yard and garden, milking the cows, etc. that’s more chore worthy work.

    1. I agree. This is a pet peeve of mine–probably because in middle school the kids get multiple teachers, my 6th grader has been deluged with homework, and her efforts to keep above the fray have resulted in consequences both to her and our family.

      First, I’m furious that it’s interfered with her sleep–every Monday through Thursday my 12 y.o. is going to bed around 10pm (sometimes later!). What are these educators thinking?

      Second, it’s bad enough for my kid to SIT and be inert all day, but now she has to come home and SIT and be inert some more? I’m working on getting her to stand on a pad like I do, but she’s also at that age of resistance, so I have to fight that battle.

      Third, not only does she not do chores for the family now, she barely does her own chores. It’s all about balancing getting her paperwork done vs. getting her to bed at night. This is not conducive to making for a team player, which is something I think is a primal necessity –helping out the group and knowing you are valued by your tribe is a key component of being happy. The rest of the family revolving around her homework needs is not healthy.

      Fourth, what is the point of all this homework? I find much of it to be busy-work.

      For the record, earlier in the year, my husband and I went to the principal of the school about this. We are the type who don’t bug the teachers or principal about anything–we try to be supportive of the school and pick our battles very carefully. I will say the the principal told us we were not the only ones complaining, and she had a meeting with the teachers and told them to coordinate better with each other so the cumulative homework was not more than one hour a night. This has helped (there is still much more than an hour but at least it’s not consistently crazy)

      For a while, there was a parental movement that had, as its focus, a movie called Race to Nowhere, but I don’t know what’s happened regarding that.

      1. This exactly why I don’t want to send my kids to school. If we just think about health repercussions, I feel that school may cause depression, myopia, scoliosis/kyphosis, obesity and ADHD meds intake. I’m sure I’m forgetting something.

      2. As an army cadet, that early wake up is so frustrating to me as well! People act as if training can’t be conducted later in the day and be more beneficial!
        Maybe school will let her stand in class (or even promote it)?

    2. I’m glad that spring is starting. I’ve seen numerous lively bugs and buds and sprouts and birds returning from migration.
      Due to the warmth and the reduction in the amount of snow on the ground (much of it is gone) I’ve been finding great opportunities for play. I’ve been enjoying walks more.
      The other day I did some balancing and tree climbing and then later on, following an urge, I did what I think is called a roundhouse kick (I’ve barely studied martial arts so I don’t know much of the terminology and this library computer requires a download for youtube that I am not going to bother with now). It was a light jumping one to a little branch and I probably got my foot around my shoulder level, spun in the air, and landed nimbly enough facing the way I had been when I started. It felt great and after that I was inspired to do some rolls/somersaults, mostly backwards up a slight incline, going right from one into another.
      Onto the homework topic.
      I hated my homework and it usually seemed like I had way too much. I found it very boring and I procrastinated a lot and then often the result would be immense stress when I had to rush through a bunch of it (which led to lower grades sometimes). When I was around 13 I would get so frustrated with it that sometimes I would punch my textbook or even throw it. I felt enslaved to the school system.
      Now I’m happy to be free of that, albeit that excruciating stuff has been replaced by more serious nonsense, like getting in trouble with the law for .. well nothing lately really – they’ve resorted to arresting me for no reason since I’ve [mostly] been staying out of trouble for over six months (getting more money through a disability pension as opposed to regular welfare really helps me keep my act clean – poverty begets crime, it’s true).
      The other day I was arrested for absolutely no reason. I went to meet with a psyche worker who claimed that I was too inebriated for a meeting (I wasn’t! I expect I could have outperformed her on many intellectual and physical tasks.) and then she kicked me out of the office and basically right away a cop showed up. I don’t know where the heck they come from. I don’t see them around town much where I’ve been camping just about all March but when they’re called they’re usually there in a jiffy, that’s for sure. And some of them are Jif-brained (Jif is industrial peanut butter, case ya didn’t know).
      So I was told to let myself get cuffed and get in the car, even though I wasn’t sure of the reason, but I submitted because it would have been dumb not to, and then once in the car I did some wickedness. The back side window frames have bars in them. I can’t remember if they are touching the glass or if there is space in between. I think they might touch at the top and bottom. But I was mad, so I stomped at the bars of one. The window pane shattered, leaving just some pieces around the outside. Then I did it to the opposite one. So to make that clear I kicked out both back side windows of a police cruiser, through bars, from the inside. w00t! Then I tried my hand strength on the bars but they were too durable for me. Then another cop showed up and threatened to tase me so I chilled out and was driven to a psyche ward. I was let out the next day (yesterday) in a city about a marathon distance away from “my” town but am unaware if I am going to be criminally charged with anything. They didn’t know at the hospital and when I was able to convince a psychiatrist that I was good to go he graciously allowed me to. I spent last night at a shelter and plan on walking back to town today. I have reasons to get back there and if there is a warrant it would catch up with me soon anyway since I have court dates approaching.
      In the psyche ward however, I was put in restraints on a bed upon arrival, and then ended up thrashing a bit out of frustration because they had me in a hospital cell anyway that I doubt I could have escaped from, and then a security team came in and started brutalizing me while I was bound hand and foot. They kept doing arm bars to my face, I was elbowed in the face at least once, and one of them even temporarily grabbed my neck with both hands and tried strangling me. So I’m still a little sore as a result depending on how I move my neck and jaw and where I put pressure on my face.
      Anyway, onward! I have a lot of trudging to do that could conceivably take more than 10 hours, laden down with two backpacks and a garbage bag.

      1. Hope you are back to your home location by now. AND hope you had a nice journey as well. Sometimes just walking outside is good therapy for whatever ails us.

        1. I got back there and with fortuitous timing. There’s a guy who was leaving his roaches for me outside his place and after getting lost on the walk back trying to take a short cut I scored a ride the rest of the way and got dropped of outside the guy’s place right before he walked out with a joint that he shared with me and gave me the remainder of.
          Then I went back to my campsite and was chilling out working on the roach, munching, and reading The Fellowship of the Ring and after about a couple hours a bunch of cops showed up and placed me under arrest again.
          I was incarcerated just about 11 weeks but did a couple days less than I was sentenced to because in court they weren’t aware that I was let go and then arrested again.
          I got out Sunday and promptly went to Salvation Army to ask for shoes and got a pair of Vibram hiking boots.
          My social services surprisingly happened to not be cancelled when I was locked up so now I’ve got more money in the bank than I’ve had in a long time.

      2. Well, your recent reply explains why we haven’t seen any comments from you in the last several weeks.
        Good to hear you are out and with all that money in the bank and the new boots, score! Now don’t spend it all on gum and candy……
        ahahahaha, as if.

  2. the article on resistant starch in rice also mentions potatoes. mashed, fried, all eaten hot. not good. soooo…. POTATO SALAD??!!!!

  3. Thanks for capturing the links I wanted to see on MDA!

    Note: the Ornish piece was published as an opinion piece. Sometimes the NYT gets it right, but like Dr. Eades, you have to wonder who paid to see it in print.

    And does the new “discovery” regarding resistant starch in cooked rice (cooked with coconut oil, no less) signal a new direction for processed food manufacturers? Let’s hope to see acres of bird-friendly rice fields, instead of eco-unfriendly corn in the not too distant future. Are you game Kraft-Heinz?

  4. Merde! Je suis desole. Je ne parle pas le Francais. Oh, wait, the video is in English.

  5. Hey!

    Thanks for adding the cumin cauliflower rice recipe to your roundup.

    Interesting that fatigue can help creativity, but poor sleep curbs sexual desire. So sleep well, get worn out by high energy sex, and then create your sonnet? Genius.

  6. It seems to me that the homework study didn’t say that too much predicts obesity, it said that in boys, if they have lots of homework and stress about it,they are more likely to be overweight. There did not seem to be the same effect in girls.

  7. Patrick Moore isn’t a “monsanto shill”, Mark. He’s never been employed by them, either. He was asked to give an interview about Golden Rice, which has the potential to save millions of lives and was instead ambushed by a hostile host.