July 26 2015

Weekend Link Love – Edition 358

By Mark Sisson
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Research of the Week

Soybean oil is more obesogenic and diabetogenic than either coconut oil or fructose. Yes, pure unadulterated fructose.

Soluble fiber might actually be more satiating than protein, according to a recent animal study.

Whole body vibration training kickstarts hypertrophy of the patellar tendon.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 77: Mary Vance: This week’s guest turned to a vegetarian diet rich in legumes, whole grains, and soy to deal with her anemia, but things only got worse. After suffering severe hormonal imbalance and poor digestion, she enrolled in a nutritional consultant program and became acquainted with healthier — dare I say more Primal? — ways of doing things. The rest is history, the details of which she relays to you in this episode.

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

Too much academic training and testing early in a child’s life may hamper development.

What ingredients define the cuisines of each culture?

How testosterone may also foster social cohesion and cooperation.

Media, Schmedia

Food waste in America.

On the commodification, homogenization, and degeneration of fish in the United States.

Everything Else

It’s sad that this is even necessary.

Very cool: IBM is planning to ship traveling employees’ breast milk home.

Just what you want to see when blinking in and out of consciousness during your surgery: the surgeon checking Facebook.

A pill that cloaks gluten in egg yolk antibodies may allow celiacs and the gluten-intolerant to eat foods containing gluten.

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”

Researchers want half of all Americans over 40 on statins because it would be “cost effective.”

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 28– Aug 3)

Comment of the Week

Ancient tribes would render Metformin using a long forgotten and secret bush method

– In fact, my team and I have come up with a proprietary method that recreates the ancient bushcraft-version of metformin (and keeps it over-the-counter). Stay tuned!

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  1. I saw that study about soybean oil earlier in the week. Quite shocking isn’t it?

    We all know that soybean oil is far from healthy, but it’s certainly interesting how 9 calories of fat from soybean oil are metabolized differently from 9 calories of fat from coconut oil. I suspect the nutrient density from what is essentially a whole-food product versus the heavily processed industrial oil is at play.

    Just another reason to avoid it I suppose!

  2. Half of all Americans on statins is better than a few years back when they wanted every American over 50 to be on a six drug cocktail including statins. It’s just another way for big pharma to increase their market.

    1. Exactly. People need to understand that the pharmaceutical industry is, first and foremost, about profit, not better health. People also need to learn to say no when these drugs are prescribed by their doctor. Ask him or her if there’s a more natural alternative. There usually is, although many doctors are clueless in that department. We need to do our own research in such cases, or else check with a naturopathic practitioner.

    2. Remember when Sanjay Gupta recommended putting statins in the drinking water? Apparently he thought every man, woman, and child should be on them–even the pets, as they would be drinking the water too.

      Now we know better–such as the fact that statins are ineffective in women for reducing heart attack risk, and ineffective in kids completely.

      Some people just HAVE to hang onto the old money-making regime of the heart hypothesis (especially the insurers), and that’s why: desperation. It’s EVERYWHERE!

  3. From the referenced article: “Gluten pill may allow celiac disease sufferers to enjoy pizza…”

    Oh Joy. Nothing like trying to disguise gluten, which your body doesn’t want or need, in order to enjoy pizza, which your body doesn’t want or need. Much better to steer clear of the gluten, the gluten pill, and the pizza.

    1. It’s the animal testing that goes on around these UTTERLY POINTLESS pills and treatments that gets me the most.

      Because no way will this make the shelves without thousands of animals going through terminal pain, fear, and misery they can’t even comprehend, just to assure the pizza-hungry hoardes that it’s “safe”….

  4. Forty years ago I worked as a typesetter on a pharmaceutical magazine. That was the only place where one would see the kind of advertisements that are common in everything we read today. I saw an issue of a magazine from the 1950s and the entire thing only had 5 small ads for “medical” things…all for constipation. We’ve been brainwashed today into thinking there’s something wrong with all of us and we all need to be taking pills. I’d like to see pharmaceutical advertisements banned, just as cigarette ads have been banned.

  5. The federal law related to free-range kids appears to explicitly NOT preempt state and local laws. Our local public schools require parents to sign their kids in and out of school through 2nd grade with no opt-out option. Nice to see a leader at least raising the issue in Congress, tho’.

    1. I’ve never heard of anything like this. I wonder when it started. My kids, all in their 30s and 40s now, were able to walk to school starting in kindergarten. Never even thought about walking them to and from school except for those first few days.

      1. I walked to school since first grade (back in the 70s). We had a high profile child disappearance in Portland, Oregon about 5 years ago that remains unsolved today. I’m guessing the policy has been in place here since then. My brother’s town in New Jersey has similar rules, I think until 6th grade.

  6. Gonna get me some of that green stuff..um..oh yeah, Rosemary! 😉

    1. Rosemary plants do well in a lot of different environments. They tend to like drier conditions which is probably why they do so well here in central Arizona. It gets cold here in the winter (below 20°), but my culinary Rosemary plant which is growing in our herb garden is taking over the whole place. In fact, we have to cut it back at least twice a year or it will really assert itself.

      They get quite large – nothing like the cute little potted plants you see in the stores in the floral section.

      Also, there’s an ornamental rosemary bush that lots of folks have here in their yards as an ornamental shrub. So feel free to plant one in your yard — they smell great and look really nice and stay green all year.

  7. can anyone “explain” the pectin article? It looks like a high fruit diet aids body fat loss but a high fat diet does not. Also peas are supposed to have a lot of pectin but they were just meh in body fat loss.

    1. Pectin is a polysaccharide in fruit that holds the cells together like collagen in meat. Pectin lowers the glycemic index of fructose in fruit. Pectin also binds to cholesterol. The study suggests that the bulking effect of pectin helps with satiability. I would think pectin supplements would be positive for weight loss and dietary cholesterol management with out the statin side effects

  8. LOVED the John Oliver piece! BRILLIANT! Unfortunately, SO true.
    Food waste in America is deplorable. I’m glad to know that some folks are trying to pass legislation to change it.