Weekend Link Love – Edition 376

Weekend Link Love

We’re starting another round of The 21-Day Transformation Challenge on the Vimify app, Monday, November 30th! 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

We may have unknown lifeforms residing in our guts.

How farming changed the European genome.

Fraudulent studies contain more “linguistic obfuscation.”

Protein restriction can have profound effects on health and longevity, but excessive restriction is detrimental, particularly in the very old.”

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 95: Elle Russ and Eli Rohde: Our very own dynamic duo returns for a delicious episode packed with creative recipe ideas, kitchen hacks, and innovative ways to optimize your Primal lifestyle.

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.

Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the Primal Endurance Podcast.

Weekly sweepstakes: Write a review for The Primal Blueprint Podcast or The Primal Endurance Podcast on iTunes and submit this form for a chance to win a Primal prize package. One new winner is chosen every week!

Interesting Blog Posts

These scientists claim to have created an algorithm to accurately predict a person’s optimal diet.

Hey, you with the knee pain: stop doing this with your toes.

How objective and dispassionate a nutrition expert is Dr. Katz, really?

Media, Schmedia

Researchers are finally acknowledging that gut bacteria may play a causative role in autism.

The director of We Love Paleo, the new Australian documentary about the ancestral health movement, was recently interviewed on Australia’s The Daily Edition.

Everything Else

Though the Super Bowl has passed, I’d still recommend checking out the newest edition of Pigskin Paleo, a book of delicious paleo-friendly game day sports bar-esque recipes.

Tim Noakes, on trial.

Ouch. Also, haha.

Even your coffee maker’s got its own microbiome.

The FDA just approved GM-salmon.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 1 – Dec 7)

Comment of the Week

I like charred meat so I just formed a belief that fiber from vegetables, fruit, and psylium simply carry out any nasty carcinogens. It’s not very scientific, but I sleep well. This has saved me a few times from long articles that prove my premise. 🙂

– If it works, it works.

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. Regarding the protein restriction study–the why in the hell do doctors and vets always raise the carb intake to replace the missing protein when it comes to kidney disease? Every “kidney diet” in existence says to lower the protein intake to some microscopic level, but then says to pour on the carbs and starch to make up for it. Pre-packasged animal foods made for kidney disease also does this in the formulation. Result? Obese people and animals, but their kidney values take longer to rise (but they still rise in the end).

    Regarding Dr. Katz–he (along with both Drs. Fuhrman) are dyed-in-the-wool vegetarians. What else can you expect from a tofu-head?

  2. I followed the link about the 21 day challenge…it says a pull up bar is required to participate. Surely there is some way around that?

      1. Thank u Mark. I know u always have a work around so I was surprised when I saw that requirement listed.

  3. Completely freaked out about the GM salmon. I’ll just keep eating my sardines! As far as the perfect Brussels sprout recipe, here is mine…cut in hard, spread out on roasting pan, drizzle with avocado oil, sprinkle Himalayan salt. Roast at 375 until they start to shrivel and are just slightly brown. They are amazing!

  4. Fraudulent studies contain more “linguistic obfuscation.” That’s an understatement 🙂

  5. Just completed the Gokhale foundations course. So my feet are kidney bean shaped when I stand or walk, with my toes grabbing the ground like suction cups but not taking the impact. It has made a difference already. My toes were very arthritic.

    1. I learned the Gokhale method at a WT conference in Atlanta two years ago (and from the book), and it has absolutely changed my life for the better. It feels so natural that I rarely need to practice any longer, except for spine decompression on my exercise days, which also include pushups, pull-ups and squats from the MDA tutorial, dynamic stretching and jumping jacks, lunges and sprints from Dr. Mercola, and a well-deserved, cholesterol-rich breakfast afterward. I feel half my 66 years..

  6. With some big football games coming up, I’ll make good use of those snack recipes … thanks!

  7. Dr. Katz is neither objective nor dispassionate, and he certainly isn’t a nutrition expert, whatever that is. Mark Sisson has forgotten more about nutrition than Dr. Katz will ever learn. He is obviously not a scientist (most physicians aren’t), but a shill for his corporate sponsors and his own bizarre ideas. He appears to have only a rudimentary idea of what constitutes ethics, as well.

  8. GMO salmon … what could possibly go wrong with bioengineering plant or animal life?

  9. Poor old paleo is regularly hammered in the Australian press. When I mention it to people I am often asked ‘but isn’t that the diet that kills kids?’ (Google Pete Evans and baby cookbook). I just say we are gluten and dairy free because of allergies, now.

    I live in a ‘wheatbelt’ area, so saying that I don’t eat it really goes against the grain. I also wonder if the media is encouraged to report negatively about it because wheat and dairy farming are two of the country’s biggest industries.

  10. I’m glad Prof Tim Noakes gets a mention. He is one of the few scientists who has had the courage to admit he was wrong, and now the Establishment is coming down hard on him.

    He wrote The Lore of Running among other books wherein he recommended carbs for nutrition. As a result of his dad’s death from diabetes and his own diabetes, he has researched the issue and done a complete 180. He now advocates a LCHF diet (which he calls the Banting diet). As a result of tweeting to a mother that her baby should be weaned onto a LCHF diet he is being charged with unprofessional conduct.

    The trial is still ongoing as I write this. One of the problems is that trials rely on expert testimony, and when it comes to diet, you can find an expert to recommend any diet you can think of. So I don’t know how this will end. But full marks to Prof Noakes for accepting the challenge of defending a LCHF diet in front of his medical peers.

    More background here:

  11. GM salmon makes me sad and angry. I say we just ditch the FDA, let food producers make what they want, and then enforce extremely strict labeling laws (where the product originates, what’s in it, and how it was produced).

    Two of my favorite foods are beef and salmon, yet I would forgo both if all that were available to me were hormone/antibiotic-laden beef, or farmed and GM salmon.

    50 years of fake foods has made us a population that is by and large a sick mess. I would say that the FDA should be ashamed, but it’s abundantly apparent that the people who have the power to approve GM foods and now animals wouldn’t know shame if it slapped them in the face.

  12. A couple of years ago I was suffering a lot of foot, ankle, knee & hip pain whenever I walked more than a short distance. I had already given up running years ago due to knee pain, but I wasn’t about to give up walking, so after some research I retrained my stride to a forefoot strike, as in barefoot running. The pain is gone & the new pattern feels quite natural to me now. My arches are also much stronger & my feet have changed their shape. Looking at the linked video I now realize I must have been one of the toe-flippers! Changing the stride eliminated that & also emphasized the toes-on-the-ground flex. I wish I’d known all this years ago!