Weekend Link Love – Edition 392

Weekend Link LovePrimal Kitchen Mayo is back in stock. Finally! We’ve had too many choking deaths attributed to consumption of dry tuna.

Research of the Week

Collagen isotope analysis reveals that Neanderthals were total vegetarians, except for all that meat they ate.

Kids in the ICU recover quicker when they fast.

A new finger prick test for celiac is quite accurate.

Walking is hard.

Kids without younger siblings are more likely to become obese.

A research lab realized it had a bunch of oxytocin studies that were never published because their results contradicted the “oxytocin as love hormone” hypothesis.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 111: Mark Interviews Melissa Hartwig: I chat with my friend, Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of the Whole30 movement. Our lively discussion covers the Whole 30 program, alcohol’s place in a healthy lifestyle, feeding kids, paleo sweets, the future of Whole 30, and much 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

The nature of canine intelligence.

The case for preheating your slow cooker.

Media, Schmedia

Why some cry and some don’t.

Thai Buddhism is really growing.

Everything Else

What high heels do.

Can you pass this flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination test?

Keith Norris, co-founder of PaleoFX, talks about psychedelics, community, and finding a life path.

Keep the Faith.”

Iberian storks are addicted to junk food.


Babies know they don’t know.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 23 – Mar 29)

Comment of the Week


– I actually do think it means what you think it means, Neal.

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. Heh, love the monk pun. A higher soy diet does not aid the cause. Perhaps it is my Hollywood childhood memory bias compounded with absolutely no research on my own to confirm, but aren’t monks suppose to train in martial arts just in case they are attacked? Being a pacifist, much like following the libertarian non-aggression principle, does not mean one cannot use force and violence to defend and protect one’s life or property when aggressed upon.

    1. Reminds me of watching a few videos of women on security cameras. Shows a man trying to take their purse, she’s hanging on to it and then you can see it in her body when it turns from surprise into “Oh NO YOU DIDN’T” and then she turns into the attack mode and throws the guy to the ground, the purse on the ground, he’s getting all that rage.
      I was attacked and ended up, much to my surprise, running after the guy and if I would have caught him who knows what I would have done.
      I try to be more mindful now, know when to hold on to something or let it go.

    2. I believe … and I’m an expert because I watched every episode of the “King Fu” TV series … you are thinking about the Chinese Shaolin Monks PBR. 🙂

    3. Historically certain Buddhist sects/monasteries are associated with martial arts and battles, but in a strict philosophical sense Buddhism advocates extreme nonviolence. See for example this excerpt from the Diamond Sutra, in which the Buddha explains that it is good to be enlightened because otherwise you might get angry at someone for killing you.

      “When the Rajah of Kalinga mutilated my body, I was at that
      time free from the idea of an ego-entity, a personality, a being,
      and a separated individuality. Wherefore? Because then when
      my limbs were cut away piece by piece, had I been bound by
      the distinctions aforesaid, feelings of anger and hatred would
      have been aroused in me.”

      Of course if these monks strictly followed all the rules and principles, I doubt any of them would be fat.

  2. In the words of Pete Egoscue (author of “Pain Free”), “High heels are a good-looking bad idea.” Unfortunately, too many women still view spike heels and pointed toes as a fashion necessity. Even worse, some employers require them as part of their dress code. They’re the modern, Western version of Chinese women who, years ago, tottered about on deliberately stunted feet.

    1. A client of mine wore high, spiked heels her entire life as per her jobs dress code. After decades of this, she messed up her foot bad enough that she lost the ability to walk at all for months; and it took over a year to walk normally again.
      Then there are women like me who couldn’t (and wouldn’t) walk in spiked heels if my life depended on it!

  3. Has anyone ever disputed that there was plant foods in Neanderthal’s diet? I’m actually surprised it was only a 80/20 ratio. Anyone following a true paleoish or primalish diet would be eating a substantial amount of greens. Even atkins, doctor Robert Atkins ate a large amount of leafy greens everyday, so much for those people who criticized his diet as “lacking vegetables”. At any rate I would think depending on geographical region there could actually be higher amounts of plant foods in paleo man’s diet, say 70/30 or even 60/40. 80/20 sounds like something you’d see in the Inuit’s diet, considering plants do not thrive in their region.

    1. 80% meat means a combination of protein and fat. Inuit diet is more like 80% fat and almost 100% from animal sources from what I’ve read. And from my experience in the last six years of low carb, one can eat a lot of vegetables and still be less than a hundred calories.

    2. Oh yes, there have been claims that Neanderthals didn’t eat plant foods and followed a carnivorous diet. For example: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2000-06-13/news/0006130269_1_erik-trinkaus-anthropologist-at-washington-university-bones-show

      Of course, all that was shown by that particular study was that a particular group of Neanderthals at a particular intersection of time and space appeared to live on a plant-free diet. With the more sensitive and accurate tools available today, a re-analysis of those bones and teeth might reveal a very different picture.

      It’s as problematic to say Neanderthals were as it is to say Modern humans are…neither group is monolithic and homogenous either synchronically or diachronically. Climate also varies considerably through time and across space.

      Overall, the climate of the time that Neanderthals were extant, during the last ice age, was a lot colder and dryer than it is now, so that there probably wouldn’t have been a whole lot of plant foods directly digestible to humans. I’d like to know whether Neanderthals do what many modern or recent foragers do, and eat the gut contents of their roughage-chomping prey.

  4. Flexibility, strength, balance test link is not working. I’m looking forward to trying it.

  5. “Neanderthals diet: 80% meat, 20% vegetables”

    I love that headline.

  6. Interesting article on the intelligence of dogs. I’ve seen sheep farmers test border collie puppies on sheep as early as 2-3 months old. One in particular brought a litter out at about 10 weeks old, and the puppies showed very little interest and were distracted by the environment. He said he’d try them again in about a month and would know for sure. 4 weeks later he brought the same pups out, placed them in a pen with the sheep, and the immediate reaction of about 90% of the puppies was crouching and staring, A few of them moved toward the sheep. What a difference a few weeks of development made; most pups went to farms and the few who didn’t show any interest made fine pets for active folks. As mentioned in the article, there seems to be a huge difference between a puppy bred for work, intelligence, and problem solving vs. one bred to stand in a show ring and win prizes (without regard to health, brains, or persona. Fortunately, a few show breeders DO consider these traits important but not all).
    We’re currently working a dog now who was scorned by the show people as ugly, out of “standard”, too tall, and all kinds of things (never mind the fact the dog was neutered and wouldn’t be passing these “lesser quality” genes onto the next generation), and I can say in all our years of working dogs of all breeds, sizes, and intelligence levels, this particular dog is the quickest, most sharp minded and best problem solver we’ve had in a long, long while. Scent discrimination training took about 2 weeks, send aways took about a month, and retrieves came naturally to this dog. Thanks for posting this interesting and informative article.

  7. Forget the slow cooker. Get an Instant Pot. I bet Mark would do well if he put out a Primal book on Primal Instant Pot Recipes.

  8. Interesting article about the kiddos recovering better without food. I always used to decline food when I was sick, still do. Except for moms homemade chicken stock when I was starting to feel better. Sleep and rest was all my body ever wanted when not feeling well. I notice that that’s what most animals do too…my dog for example. Since going primal, I never (knock on wood) get sick any more. My family hates me for it. They’ll all be at home dying with the flu and Ill be out hiking all day!

  9. Don’t you just love revisionism? It used to be that conservatives would play fast and loose with the truth, but it turns out that those on the other side of political spectrum are just as guilty a lot of the time. As always, great line up of links: I didn’t get to them before now, but it will make for great reading as this week goes along.

  10.       I am personal trainer in the Sweden. I have read your blog it is very amazing. I will use all these steps to guide my trainees.

  11. 23andme says “An estimated 2.8% of your DNA is from Neanderthals.”
    Should I care what Neanderthals ate?