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April 12 2015

Weekend Link Love – Edition 343

By Mark Sisson
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Weekend Link LoveWe’re starting another round of The 21-Day Transformation Challenge on the Vimify app, Monday, April 13th! Whether you’re new to the program, you want to recommit, or you just need a challenge, now’s the time!

Research of the Week

In type 2 diabetics, a high-egg diet had no adverse effect on cardiovascular risk factors, and it improved satiety.

Night owls are more likely to have metabolic syndrome than morning people.

Muscle mass: the best predictor of all-cause mortality risk in older men. Body fat? Doesn’t matter so much.

While their counterparts to the south relented, Northern European hunter-gatherers strongly resisted the spread of farming.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 62: Listener Questions and Answers with Mark Sisson: First, Brad and I sit down to catch up on the latest news from Primal Blueprint headquarters, including the successful launch of the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification program and Primal Kitchen Mayo, plus the upcoming releases from Primal Kitchen and Primal Blueprint Publishing. Then, we go through reader questions and cover a range of topics including insulin resistance on a low-carb diet, the best time to take supplements, why cold water plunges help, weight gain and metabolic slowdown in winter, the dangers of endless snacking, and 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

No, not all diets fail.

Do you still have to brush and floss if you’re paleo?

Why babies need meat.

I didn’t think I’d ever hear the phrase “a strength and conditioning Cormac McCarthy,” but I’m sure glad I did.

Media, Schmedia

An interesting interview with Dr. Alessio Fasano, the celiac/leaky gut/autoimmune disease expert.

A Colorado startup is using mushrooms to make gluten-free wheat.

Is dieting antithetical to feminism?

Everything Else

New research confirms the veracity of a 30,000 year-old Aboriginal legend, preserved solely through the oral tradition, about the origin of palm trees in Australia.

Staple foods in many countries are contaminated with aflatoxin, and it could be affecting children’s growth.

More kids (this time, in Marin County) are getting standing desks at school. The revolution continues apace.

April Fools has passed, but this is still pretty funny.

Lovely set of teeth you’ve got there, 2-million-year-old Homo habilis from Kenya.

Sea shells are way more gorgeous than we’ve been led to believe.

Gluten-free art.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 13 – Apr 19)

Comment of the Week

“Something weird is happening, and I want it to be happening to me” -Zaphod

One of my favorite quotes from a Douglas Adams book. Experiences are absolutely more valuable than things (although consumer electronics are a close second). Even if that experience sucks at the time, it will eventually be of more value to you than your awesome collection of Fast and Furious movies on Blu-Ray.

– Anyone who quotes Zaphod Beeblebrox gets Comment of the Week.

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  1. You sass that Hoopy Ford Prefect? there’s a Frood who really knows where his towel is.

    Okay, it’s not Zaphod, but it’s the line that has lived in my head for decades.

  2. Interesting article about brushing and flossing. Food particles do get caught in the teeth and gums, regardless of whether one is Paleo or not. Residue mixes with saliva and leaves a scummy film that feeds mouth bacteria, which are present no matter what one eats. Heredity is also a factor; some people need to take better care of their teeth than others in order to achieve the same result.

    I think I’ll continue to floss, Waterpik, brush, and get a professional cleaning every 6 to 8 months because I really like having healthy teeth and gums. The alternative is both painful and expensive and therefore, IMO, not worth playing around with.

    1. As the article points out, not all mouth bacteria are harmful. Weston A. Price documented people who didn’t brush who had plenty gunk on their teeth, but their teeth were perfectly healthy. I agree it’s a good idea to brush, but more because we’ve been raised on carbs & live worse than they did.

      1. That said, how do you know if your mouth is colonized by good bacteria instead of harmful ones? And if you happen to know, how do you correct the situation? I’ve only heard of xylitol but I don’t think it’s the panacea.

        1. Saw a recent article arguing that xylitol isn’t actually groves to do anything good

  3. Haha the look on that guy’s face imitating the Neanderthal was hysterical. My wife and I were in tears watching that.
    Laughter is such a great way to start the day! Thanks Mark

  4. So, the punchline to the “Not every diet fails” piece was that people tend to halt adherence ~ six months in. That is, the author claimed that the low carb crowd reverted back to 200g carbs per day and that long term success would be seen if only they continued to adhere.

    Now, I’m a full buy-in into the concept of the clockwork human. My inner dialog I will often refer to a human as “the machine”. There is no such thing as the machine having moral failings. The machine is not a conscious agent. The machine responds to stimuli. Telling the machine to “just stick to it” is straight out of a comedy.

    As such, for me, the question is not how we can get the machine back onto low-carb, but WHY did the state of the machine move back to a high-carb in the first place. If you don’t address the why, then the machine will continually revert. I know that the article is just a small blog post, but it reeks of the same “just stop failing” attitude that has frustrated/castigated countless people for decades.

  5. The study measuring Fat Mass Index and Fat Free Mass Index is written very poorly.The researchers should be fired on that point alone. If we were talking about the amount of fat vs muscle we have and we were measuring tissue that was “fat free” one would think that means we are measure the amount of muscle. But noooooooo. In this study it is the opposite. A high fat-free mass index is a lot of fat and a low fat-free mass index is a lot of muscle.

  6. That article on feminist dieting gave me just a tidbit of understanding about feminism. So now I have one tidbit, an immeasurable increase in percentage from the previous zero! Hurrah!
    Oh? … oh, it’s gone.

      1. Ditto.I was exhausted for her by the time I was just halfway through. I loved that her idol was like “Honey, you want to loose weight, you go for it”.

  7. Nice gettin’ those kids to start with standing desks at school.

  8. That article about feminism is just depressing – she quotes Naomi Wolf: “Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.”

    Hmmn, that’s what those guys in the Minnesota starvation study also became, maybe the answer’s not starving oneself?

    How did the article’s author diet?

    “By high school, I lived a kind of dual feminist-dieter life, surviving on oatmeal, salads, and frozen yogurt…”

    So, grains and low-fat, the story of SO MANY “Befores” on the Friday success stories here.

    How did the author cope outside high school?

    “By the time I turned 35 last year, I was living in Brooklyn, going through a breakup, and diagnosed with clinical depression for the first time in my life. Food was the most reliable comfort I could find: cookie-dough breakfasts washed down with Coke and the kind of delivery orders where the restaurant packs four sets of plastic utensils. The cocktail of pills I took—Lexapro, Abilify, Pristiq, Lamictal, Wellbutrin—helped lift me out of the dark fog, but they also elevated my weight. I hit 250, my highest ever.”

    Sugar and drugs. Nice!

    I see NOTHING primal or even sensible in any of her choices, albeit they no doubt matched the USDA food pyramid & low-fat advice to a T.

    Nothing to be learned about feminism and dieting in this article IMHO – just a deranged grain-obssessed culture that creates sicknesses and then medicates the psychological and physical fallout…

  9. This is my second little happy shriek of the day. I love link love posts, it’s the second one I found, and honestly I get great joy from someone with great taste sourcing links for me to follow that I inevitably can’t help but love. I didn’t even know about the high egg diet with type II diabetes, I’ve shared that one with my father, he’s lost so much weight due to pancreatic cancer and then his diagnosis of diabetes. He had been type II for most of his adult life, but they warned him it could end up becoming insulin dependent if he wasn’t careful.

  10. I found the article on dieting and feminism complex and painful – I’ve certainly wondered at times what I could do with the hours I’ve spent obsessing about how I look in clothes – and there have been times that I’ve thought “screw this, I’m just trying to look good for (insert name) and they don’t even care”. I make it a point not to let my progress slide towards body judgement of others – even as I want to snatch them off the treadmill , where they look so unhappy, and teach them to lift heavy. Hell, I looked like a manatee with feet when I started, I’m in no position to throw stones… I just happened to find what worked for me.

    But I get where she’s going with the dieting as sedative analogy. Who has time to change the world if you need flat abs/perfect boobs/ flawless skin? And I’d argue that men suffer from this just as much as women do – there’s a reason every men’s mag cover has that guy with ripped abs (who probably hasn’t eaten in a week and is totally dehydrated, btw) on the cover.

    Aargh, long comment, sorry. Be well, all