Weekend Link Love – Edition 403

Weekend Link LoveHeads up. For the month of June, the following digital books are on sale for only $3.99 on Amazon: Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and ToppingsPrimal Blueprint Quick and Easy MealsPaleo PrimerRich Food, Poor Food, and Primal Cravings.

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Research of the Week

Studies like this one are why I make Primal Master Formula and Primal Damage Control.

In orcas, culture drives genetic change.

25% of calories from added sugar is totally fine, guys. A guy without any conflicts of interest says so.

The unexpected benefits of chelation therapy in heart disease.

A paleo diet works even better with exercise.

Using blue-blocking glasses at night enhances bipolar disorder treatment.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 122: Richard Veech: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Richard Veech, the NIH scientist, research biochemist, and MD who figured out how to bottle ketones into an FDA-approved supplement. If you’re at all interested in the science behind ketosis, today’s episode is right up your alley.

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

We got some really cool traits from our romantic dalliances with Neanderthals and other archaic human, but also some bad ones.

Beautiful (but unfortunate) graphical representation of the changing American diet. Note the declines of beef and whole milk, the ascent of cooking oil and low-fat dairy, and weep.

Media, Schmedia

In Tampa Bay (and likely elsewhere), “farm-to-table” doesn’t mean much.

Pediatric hospitals are realizing the importance of sleep for their in-patients’ recovery, but the proposed solutions aren’t very impressive. White noise machines won’t cut it. They need to do something about all the lights.

Everything Else

The strange story of the Afghan tamale vendor living on the Wyoming frontier at the turn of the 19th century who slaughtered his own animals halal-style, served Indians when many businesses wouldn’t, evaded public censure because his food was too good, and eventually paved the way for today’s small but persistent Wyoming Muslim community.

I can’t improve it, so I’m just going with the headline: “Sausage-Wielding Gang Attacks Vegan Cafe.”

This is why we paddle.

This is just crazy.


Hilarious. You can stop reading after the headline, though.

Watch out how you clean your grills.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (June 8 – June 14)

Comment of the Week

Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

The French eat foie-gras, full fat cheese and drink red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Copy and Paste from drmalcolmkendrick.org

– Well said, Solomon. I always like Dr. Kendrick’s stuff.

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. The story of the tamale vendor in Wyoming was fascinating, thanks.

    That Tampa farm-to-table expose story is revealing. Regarding my local farmer’s market, some of the items for sale there aren’t really from local farms. You have to ask lots of questions at farmer’s markets, and not automatically believe everything for sale is local and healthy.

  2. If the paleo study on t2 was the same one I am thinking of, there were some restrictions, and most ended with a calorie deficit so it may have been that that was responsible for some of the improvement.
    From the suppversity Web site
    “eat as much as they wanted”, as long, as they adhered to (a) “paleo foods”, i.e. lean meat, fish, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, berries, and nuts, but no cereals, dairy products, legumes, refined fats, refined sugars, and (extra) salt (canned fish and cold cuts like ham were allowed) and (b) followed the following simple food-specific rules:
    eggs – maximally 1–2/day, and no more than 5/week,
    potatoes – only 1 medium sized potato per day
    dried fruit – 130 g/day, not more,
    nuts – 60 g/day, so no snacking on almonds 24/7
    rapeseed or olive oil – maximum 15 g/day
    honey and vinegar – only small amounts as flavoring in cooking
    coffee & tea – max 300 ml/day (each, I assume)
    red wine – only one glass per week
    Since the participants were also instructed to drink mainly still water, you will probably not be surprised that all subjects, irrespective of whether they had been randomly assigned to the no exercise or exercise group ended up in a significant energy deficit – in spite of being allowed to eat “ad-libitum”

    1. Paddling can be a amazing experience in shallow water too. I paddled into a school if anchovies on a sandbar against a jetty in the harbor. They were held there by feeding halibut and bonito. I hovered over the marine food chain in action and enjoyed the live performance.

  3. The vegan restaurant being attacked by sausage wielding gang is actually pretty scary and not comical at all. It’s actually a bunch of racist, anti-gay neo nazis (in Georgia… Russia’s Georgia) who are targeting any establishment or group of people who are considered :foreign” to their country. Namely gays, lesbians and anyone who doesn’t tow the line. In Russian, the official law of the land treats homosexuality as a foreign moral infection (not native to Russia which is morally pure and heterosexual) and simply being gay makes you a traitor and subject to fines, arrest, imprisonment and torture.

    So yeah, funny headline,but the story behind it is tragic.

  4. I am so depressed by the Tampa Farm-To-Table story. I live in St. Petersburg and have been to The Mill and the Don CeSar, have heard of some of the others and been meaning to go but… never mind.

    I had also recently read a story that most of the produce at our local famer’s markets here isn’t from local farmers – they just purchase the stuff Publix doesn’t want and resell.

    Ah well. At least I still have the sun.

    1. Yep. I don’t live in FL but have long suspected there’s a whole lot of lying going on at restaurants all over the country. Their bottom line is profit and competition is stiff, so many of them will make whatever claims they need to in order to rake in that greenback dollar.

      Sellers at farmers’ markets can be unscrupulous too. Around here (Colorado), any “local” produce sold in early June can’t possibly be local since anything planted prior to mid-May usually gets frozen out. More likely their products are from South America, Mexico, or CA–or as you say, from the back of a supermarket truck. Really, the only foods you can be certain are local, organic, and non-GMO are the ones you grow yourself.

      1. Actually, we had kale outside until November and lettuce in the greenhouse all winter except maybe 6 weeks this past winter (Cortez, Colorado). But Cortez is a small town, and most people at the Farmers’ Mkt know who grows what, whether they have a greenhouse, etc. I imagine cities can be more anonymous.

    2. Consider the climate of Florida–too hot to grow a lot of stuff! All that “early” stuff you may see in the supermarkets and farmer’s markets actually comes from Florida and Mexico, just in time for us not to be in the mood for them yet (like salad greens). Ever wonder where that watermelon that showed up in March came from? Yep–Florida and Mexico.

      While we’re on the subject of food fraud, I’m gonna yell ONE MORE TIME about how CORN is a grass, and that grass-fed meat really doesn’t mean anything unless the farmer owns enough land to build a metropolis on. Also, these so-called “pastured”, “grass-fed” or “grass-finished” animals (fed god-knows-what) can be bought at auction from god-knows-where while young, dragged home to the farm, allowed to graze for a couple of weeks, then butchered, and sold as…you guessed it. Farmers these days have found the last corner to cut–selling other people’s animals as their own. It’s enough to make me consider vegetarianism!

      If you want authentic food, you have to grow/raise it yourself.

      Sadly, we live in a Matrix world, and we all wished we would’ve swallowed the other pill. I, for one, don’t recall anybody giving me a choice of which pill to swallow…and I bet it’s the same for you. All this Matrix activity is what’s keeping this country afloat–if it stopped, we’d sink into Third World status.

    3. Farmer’s Markets can be a mixed bag because they encompass so large of a spectrum, from the gigantic Metro wholesale markets to the smallest possible niche.
      However, as a consumer, the keywords to look for are “producer only.” If you have questions ask the people at the market information booth.
      I’m on the board of a local non-profit farmer’s market, we have around 15-17 vendors every week and somewhere between 400-1200 consumers attending each Thursday afternoon in a rural town of 4200.
      We have strict rules that the vendors can only bring what they actually grow and meat producers must, at minimum, do the entire feed-out cycle on their own farm. To enforce those rules we visit every producer both before their application is approved and at least once during the growing season to physically see the plants/animals growing. We also only allow vendors from a limited geographic area (counties within 60 miles).
      It is interesting, we are about an hour out of Atlanta but every week we get many consumers who drive out from the city because they know that our vendors actually walk their own fields and tend their own animals.

  5. If David Chang of Momofuku and creator of Lucky Peach, a quarterly journal of Food and Writing, wrote the piece on grill brush injuries I’d be more open to the concern. But an associate professor named David Chang who sifted through a database… ya, no.

  6. Hi Mark – I’m an Aussie and we have to buy our kindle books from Amazon.com.au and it doesn’t appear that your special is being passed on to us. Is it a US only special?

  7. Re: The Podcast.
    Excellent interview from an informed host, Elle Russ. Very knowledgeable and courageous enough to challenge the venerable professor on a few points that I also thought the Prof. is behind the Science.

  8. Changing American Diet: Is the switch from beef to chicken anyway correlate to the advertisement for Chic Filet? “Eat more chicken”

  9. So, what exactly was in the “multi-ingredient dietary supplement?”

  10. Thats exactly why I paddle! I love being out on the water! Ive been surrounded by it my entire life living on Catalina Island. Im one of those crazy prone paddlers, although I do love SUP too. Ive crossed the channel between the island and the mainland several times and have paddled with whales, thousands of dolphins, sunfish, sharks, herds of sea rays and seals. The ocean is such a gift and brings about a sense of gratitude and sense of connection to the natural world. Its the ultimate playground 🙂