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June 28 2015

Weekend Link Love – Edition 354

By Mark Sisson
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Weekend Link LoveSummer is here and grill season is upon us! As an early 4th of July present, I’m giving away a FREE copy of my Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings hardcover cookbook with every Primal Kitchen™ Mayo 3-pack order. Simply add both products to your cart and use coupon code FREEDOM to get the cookbook absolutely free. Expires on July 4.

Research of the Week

The more berries, onions, apples, oranges, and other common sources of dietary flavonoids women ate, the better they aged.

Both strength training and aerobic conditioning have beneficial effects on workplace burnout, despite being stressors in and of themselves.

According to BMI, more Americans are obese than overweight.

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Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the (relatively) brand new Primal Endurance Podcast.

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Interesting Blog Posts

How an ancient Viking honey liquor could be the answer to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

George Henderson’s take on the latest PUFA-for-saturated fat meta-analysis. And Steven Hamley’s is also worth a read.

What we know — and don’t know — about Europe’s first humans.

Media, Schmedia

Researchers are calling for the US dietary guidelines to stop placing limits on total fat intake.

Can gut bacteria explain our mood?

Everything Else

The story of the first CrossFit affiliate.

Another sub-par criticism of the ancestral health movement that totally misses the point (and, of course, relies heavily on the existence of lactase persistence).

The case for seeing a physical therapist every year.

If a skeptical acquaintance ever goes “Yeah, but where are the studies?” you can direct them to this page.

Is iron enriched-food at the heart of most modern disease?

So, is obesity really a choice?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 30 – Jul 6)

Comment of the Week

In response to the first questioner I recently read a statement that is sticking with me: “Only a fool stumbles on things behind him.” That is helping me let go of my past.

– Nice. I like that.

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  1. Mead tastes like beer to me, so I used to call it “Viking beer.” If you can handle the carbs, by all means drink it–I did when I belonged to a Medieval re-enactment society (the SCA–ever hear of it, Mark?). There are no grapes or grain involved, so Muslims can drink it too.

    1. A true honey beer is called a Braggot. It’s like a mead and a beer had a baby. (I brew wine/mead/cider/beer, and I drink them all. It’s the only place I break primal on purpose, and I’m ok with that!)

        1. True. I was just making the [probably unnecessary] distinction that mead and beer are different. 🙂

  2. Most people critical of the paleo diet and lifestyle seem to have a problem with the name and not the science. If I buy a Jeep renegade with off road capability I can cruise it on paved streets and never hit a pothole. However it’s still a Jeep and designed for rugged uneven surfaces….the essence of its design remains. Take a walk down 5th avenue in mid town Manhattan and you will see Land Rovers everywhere…mountains, fire trails and gulleys are in short supply.

  3. I am really worried about the obesity epidemic. It’s obvious around here in the rural South that almost everybody is obese or overweight. But you can’t talk about it, because then people accuse you of fat-shaming. One friend told me that she would change doctors if her doctor told her to lose weight. And yet diabetes, high blood pressure, and joint replacement are also endemic. People don’t seem to see the connection. I read in the New York Times yesterday that the South still suffers from poverty and “ill health.” You can see it around you every day.

  4. The article about iron overload and fortified foods was fascinating. From the evidence presented it seems quite logical.

      1. I have always said AB’s have taught me the most about food, Alton Brown taught me how to cook, and Anthony Bourdain taught me how to eat. Alton urged me to see the science and Tony taught me to see the world. It kinda goes with the whole primal thing, watch the science and watch what other cultures do. It’s worked pretty good so far.

    1. Iron fortification causing all health issues! And here I was thinking I knew everything.

  5. Here’s an interesting story about stressors actually being beneficial. I have a tank full of African Cichlids, most Peacocks. They breed fairly regularly and the females hold the eggs in their mouth until they hatch and the fry become to big to hold. The females are very good parents.

    In the last two batches of fry, one baby has escaped into the main tank out of the breeder trap. Once they escape you can never get them back. They are just too small and crafty.

    The ones that escape grow twice as fast as the ones who are protected in the breeder. The ones that start off life in the “wild” immediately have to fend for their life, eat a diet of algae and stray bits of food that drift into their cave, and don’t get the benefit of specially prepared bite size fry food.

    The increased growth, vigor and intelligence in navigating a dangerous environment from birth is undeniable. The ones in the breeder seems like pampered country club kids in comparison.

    My conclusion is that natural stressors have their benefits in developing resilience. Of course, too many stressors, and of the wrong kind, or too chronic in nature will have the opposite effect. If I just chased the fry all day with a net and never turned the tank light off and exposed them to 24 brightness, I’m sure they would die from stress and exhaustion.

    But having to be a bit clever to get food and hide from predators seems to do wonders.

  6. Mark, I really like and relate to your comment in the previous post:
    “an ounce of vision is worth a pound of prevention”. EXACTLY! I think this is what conventional medicine/wisdom unfortunately misses most of the time.

    Great stuff on this segment.

  7. Thank you Mark, for all you do. Of all my blogs, and also of all your weekly entries, it’s this Weekly Link Love that I enjoy the most.Thanks for including the Time Capsule too. You bless us with this site, truly.

    Now, let me get some avocados..

  8. Based on 23andMe my wife has I think just over 3% Neanderthal genes putting her at 99 percentile. I had I think 2.6% which was around 60 percentile.

    Do I know how to pick them or what?

  9. Re the professor who says Paleolithic is trash: Studied ignorance is still ignorance.

  10. I distrust a lot of berries [eaten whole] because of what those spiky seeds might be doing to the inside of the stomach and intestines.
    Maybe I should make my own mead. I still had a purported 750g of “organic” honey at my campsite and have pretty much polished that off.
    That roach was still there too. Good thing I wrapped it up in paper towel and hid it when I saw the cops’ flashlights. I have since burned the evidence (and found a substantial number of more roaches, and some recently planted plants that I should probably harvest early).
    I was hoping (and still holding on to hope) to at least ferment apple juice this summer. Well I was incarcerated a bag of apple juice actually fermented itself over night. The plastic was stretched and there were a bunch of bubbles inside. I normally wouldn’t drink that stuff (since I’ve read the ingredients and though I don’t remember them I decided it wasn’t worth it) but I drank that one. It was a bit of a fizzy treat but I didn’t feel any effects from the miniscule amount of alcohol. At least I discovered a much lower carb cheap sherry than what I was resorting to in the past. It tastes way better. I guess what made the other sherries disgusting was primarily the sugar. I find my abhorrence of unnaturally sweet crap reassuring.
    I also really want to catch up on posts here. I’ve just been hodge podge reading and skimming. I have to reassemble my life and stay active after getting out of jail so I’m too busy to spend much time on computers.

    1. *while (not well!) I was incarcerated
      The only good thing I can think of about it off the top of my head was that I healed some,
      particularly stress injuries in my toes.