Weekend Link Love – Edition 415

weekend_linklove in-lineCheck out my interview with Kathy Smith. I so enjoyed watching Kathy’s daughter Kate run in the Olympic 800 meter finals in Rio this weekend!

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Research of the Week

Two years of using a standing desk at school lowers BMI in kids (and no, they weren’t six year-old bodybuilders losing lean muscle mass!).

Feared food additive carrageenan actually harmless, new study says.

Latinos age more slowly than other ethnic groups.

Both “greater fruit and vegetable intake” and higher “fat, meat, egg, and tofu intake” were associated with better-smelling sweat.

New research reveals the true human cell to bacterial cell count in the body: 1:1.

PETA would have really hated Otzi.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 132: Dr. Lauren Noel: Host Elle Russ hangs out with Dr. Lauren Noel, a licensed naturopathic doctor who specializes in thyroid health, digestive disorders, and autoimmune conditions. You heard right: Dr. Noel is an expert on the three most confusing conditions that conventional medicine has almost no clue about.

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

What does Primal Health Coach Dr. Al Danenberg eat each week?

How to make meetings more tolerable (and effective).

Simple, effective tips for beating type 2 diabetes.

To be resilient, you must recover—not endure.

Doctors: your patients could use a health coach.

Assuming the associations are even causal, doing way more exercise than currently recommended barely offers any extra protection against diabetes and colon cancer.

Media, Schmedia

What was it like being a Roman gladiator?

Forbes enters the A2 vs A1 casein fray.

The connection between latitude, birth month, and celiac disease.

Everything Else

A new mushroom-based supplement prevents you from tasting bitter flavors. Nope, no unintended consequences detected.

Ketogenic diets may help fight cancer, and you can help researchers prove it.

If parenting is overrated, so too is schooling.

Tendons in action.

I can see this being partially true.

We’ve got a twin.

Works every time.

Anxious? Just embrace it.

I think you’re doing it wrong.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 28 – Sep 3)

Comment of the Week

If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen.
So say all my athlete friends!

– I think I know your friends, Jane.

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. Do you think Latinos’ slower aging could be contributed to their family based culture, and thus, support system?

    Please, please, please tell me its the chiles, chips and guac, and tequila that is always my “cheat” meal.

  2. Good article on reversing Type 2 diabetes. I emailed it to a friend who has been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Unfortunately, it’s probably true that the medical industry doesn’t like cures. It puts too many people out of work.

    1. Death is also an effective approach for controlling Type 2 Diabetes. The trouble with the Newcastle diet is that it allows only 800 calories a day, 600 of which come from an expensive liquid drink (Optifast). That is almost starvation and would be neither healthy nor sustainable over the long haul. Not a good idea, IMO, when a Paleo diet/lifestyle is a much better option.

    2. Nathan Cheng may as well have looked into my “diabetes cheat sheet” file–it took me 3 years to accumulate those same secrets.

      Care for some pickles with your tomatoes? 🙂

  3. Hey now, you’re getting cheeky Mark — that carrageenan “article” is obviously just a plant to see if we’re still paying attention. Why else would you link to a blurb on “FoodProcessing.com, the Online Source for Food and Beverage Manufacturers” referencing, but not linking to, a study commisioned by Big Food to refute an earlier independent study regarding the safety of a key Big Food processing ingredient (that, as such, has no real place, safe or not, in a “Primal” food program)? Nice one. Do I get a prize for noticing?

    Seriously, while it’s likely better than legume-based thickeners, we can do way better than to be patting ourselves on the back that our Horizon heavy cream or Whole Foods coconut milk has industrial seaweed thickeners instead of industrial tree bark or beans.

    1. I second your notions. Mark should have
      at least tried to follow the link from the “news”
      article. I’ll continue to avoid emulsifiers like
      that, thank you.

  4. “Proves no adverse affects” is kind of an oxymoron with current technology. I remember reading a study out of University of West Georgia(Or was it Emory?) saying that Polysorbate 80 and Carboxymethylcellulose(Implicating Carrageenan due to its chemical similarity) causing microbiome changes and ultimately obesity. It was a pretty well done study.

    1. Concur; carrageenan, and several other common emulsifiers and thickeners are suspects in dysbiosis, if not frank leaky gut.

      On the microbiome effects, there is at present NO way to declare a substance harmless, because the full scope of the microbiome is not understood. It contains bacteria, eukaryotic parasites, fungi (e.g. yeasts), protozoans and viruses. A recent paper is strongly suggestive that there might also be as-yet unknown Domains of life – no way to know if they are beneficial, symbiotic or pathogenic, nor to easily test for their titer.

      Typical testing (such as uBiome), looks only at bacteria. About the most we can do at present is look at near- and long-term health outcomes, and modern diet has so many antagonists that it could be hard to say what did what.

      Nonetheless, incautious formulators and promoters of food-like substances, had they been considering removing carrageenan, will, alas, probably keep using it.

  5. Okay, so every person on god’s green earth KNOW that the colon’s bacteria cells outnumber the human cells 10:1. Every person who talks on the subject of gut jhealth mentions that ‘first thing’. Now they tell us different? Who to believe?

    1. re: Now they tell us different? Who to believe?

      It’s an open-access paper, so we can read it ourselves and decide. I’m doing so now. Right off the bat, I’m disappointed that they are only discussing microbiome bacteria (see my earlier comment for the other denizens down there). I also note that they apparently didn’t isolate the appendix (the organ), for which a main function may turn out be to serve as a reservoir of microbes.

      On the whole, the paper looks like progress on the topic.

      1. “Okay, so every person on god’s green earth KNOW that the colon’s bacteria cells outnumber the human cells 10:1.”

        But, not by weight/bulk/mass, right?

  6. “The International Food Additives Council (IFAC) is the trade association representing the interests of manufacturers of high purity substances that are used as direct food additives.”

    Not surprisingly, they are also the ones saying carrageenan is harmless. Personally, I don’t know if it’s harmless or harmful, but a study commissioned by an industry group doesn’t mean anything.

    One of the most scientifically proven facts in science is that funding source is the primary determinant of study conclusions.

    1. Carageenan in cat food makes my cat sick–if HE can’t tolerate it, maybe I should stay away from it too.

      1. It doesn’t seem to affect me, but I still try to stay away from it as much as possible. And scary that it makes your cat sick!

  7. Latinos age more slowly?Are you serious? Latinos are a culture, not a race. There are white latinos, black latinos, american indian latinos, oriental latinos and mixes of two to all of the previously mentioned races (mestizo, mulattto, etc.)

    1. In the study Latinos were described as an ethnic group.

      “The United States Census uses the ethnonym Hispanic or Latino to refer to ‘a person of Dominican, Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.'”

      Technically someone from Spain could be categorized as (we HAVE to have labels, right?) Hispanic although I don’t think in the states we think of folks from “Iberia” when we hear or read the term Hispanic.

      1. Damn that wicked scientifically verifiable reality (SVR), it got in the way of my old man – oops sorry, person with a penis – trying to do the child-bearing in our household, gave many black people sickle-cell, and many Celtic penis-persons hemochromatosis, now it’s after the non-existent Latino group.

        SVR is one big Nazi that turns us all into bars of soap (no, really, check the link in my name). 🙁

  8. Parenting is overrated? Welcome back Dr. Spock. The pendulum is swinging back in the other direction.

  9. As a fitness writer, I’m always consumed by the desire to be active, yet needing to sit still to write. Well, a standing desk fixed that issue and made me so much healthier. I’m definitely not surprised by the results of the standing desk study. Putting standing desks in schools could go a long way in advocating health, increasing focus, and generally improving education.

  10. Loved reading how Primal Health Coach Al Dannenberg eats…sounds a lot like me! Especially liked how he showed the difference on the weekends…it’s nice to have a change of routine. And agree that doctors should be referring their patients to a health coach. People leave the doctor’s office with instructions but no idea how to incorporate them into their busy lives. I’ve completed IIN’s Health Coaching program and I’m now enrolled in the Primal Health Coaching Program. (Finally starting now that school is back in session.) I love sharing this information with people, and love it even more when I hear how their skin is improving, how they have more energy, and just feel better about themselves.

  11. It may be true that there is not much reduced risk of chronic disease in vastly larger amounts of exercise than the recommended minimums, but as has been said by Mark, many of us are interested in thriving (e.g. looking good naked, being able to complete vigorous physical tasks with ease, etc., not simply surviving without chronic disease!

  12. Very interesting results on the Latino study. I have been living in Medellin Colombia for the past year and I can tell you from personal experience that people look a lot younger here for their age. I know that physical appearance does not necessarily mean you are healthier but they just seem to have a more youthful glow about them. I thought it had to do with their lifestyles and such, but maybe genetics play a big part as well.

  13. If I have to read about another primal dude who claims not to eat breakfast because he’s not hungry and then says all he has in the morning is “a cup or two of my Spiced BulletProof Coffee in the morning.” like Dr. Al Danenberg says, I’m going to scream.

    Yeah, I guess if I ate two to four tablespoons of butter or coconut oil in the morning with two cups of coffee I guess I wouldn’t be hungry either! That’s 200 to 400 calories of high energy, satiating, saturated fat, plus about 250-500 mg of caffeine plus the well know effects of coffee as an appetite suppressant.

    When has “not being hungry” or skipping meals become a status symbol? It’s such a joke and delusional thinking. It seems every “breakfast skipper” or person who claims they aren’t hungry until 1pm is substituting breakfast with concentrated fats and stimulants.

    Yeah, like it’s totally amazing, since going primal I don’t need to sleep for two or three days at a time! I just snort a few lines of meth and I’m good until Wednesday. Primal rules!

  14. Sup with all the vague links at bottom bro. (don’t take that diction/semantic phrasing seriously)
    Can’t help but click from curiosity, though I don’t really feel like spending a lot more time on a library computer, even if there is not much else to do today but make the rounds scavenging. I don’t like to let edible garbage I can benefit from go to waste! Plus the city I live in has a roach infestation so I do my civic duty and go around accepting them as alms and collecting them (from some places, even, that people stash/drop them for me on a regular basis – in fact, I met the guy that sells to the guy that sells to the guy that sells to the guy that has sometimes sold to me) and then I torch them so the result is partially incinerated ash and resin etc. and me on top ‘o the wold!