Weekend Link Love — Edition 523

Research of the Week

Replacing some of the flour in pasta with beef lung powder makes it way healthier—more protein, lower blood glucose response.

Average American kid gets almost 4 hours of screen time and less than an hour of physical activity every day. Those who get more physical play and less screen time tend to be more cognitively advanced.

Roundup hurts honeybee gut bacteria. What does it do to ours?

Antidepressant users need to watch their light intake—more natural stuff during the morning and day, less artificial at night.

Genes are more important than you think, but they aren’t everything.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 279: John Assaraf: Host Elle Russ chats with mindset expert John Assaraf.

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Interesting Blog Posts

How to use a chair.

How the “perfect tree” became a nightmare.

Media, Schmedia

Most vegetarians go back to meat.

Poetry’s place in the hospital.

Everything Else

If we’d only look at the inflammatory and dietary causes of acne, we might not need “acne positivity.”

I don’t think a bit of steel wool will keep this chicken coop intruder out.

White Castle’s new vegetarian burger ain’t nothing to consume.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Awesome (but not surprising) news: Woman comes back from end-stage Alzheimer’s (doctors were recommending euthanasia!) by implementing the Bredesen method, a total diet/lifestyle/supplement/exercise shift.

Heart disease explanation I find credible: The oxidized linoleic acid hypothesis.

Video I’m enjoying: The reactions of color-blind people at a park using a special device to finally see something we take for granted. “The difference between here and heaven.”

This could mean great things for MDA readers: Intelligence protects against Alzheimer’s.

I don’t blame them: Early farmers grew grains for beer, not bread.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sep 23 – Sep 29)

Comment of the Week

“It’s easier if you remember to salt food at every step in the cooking process, and add as much as possible as early as possible. If you only salt at the end, everything tastes much saltier than it is. And by the way, I can recommend plain salted yoghurt: much tastier than without salt, and can take enormous amounts of salt. Salted dark chocolate is good too though.”

Ghost is giving cooking advice that would give your average cardiologist a heart attack.

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. Galen Cranz doesn’t ‘teach chair design.’ She’s a professor of architecture at Cal Berkeley. And a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique…which the article neatly avoids mentioning at all…

  2. Glad to see Galen Cranz mentioned, and I highly recommend her book, “The Chair,” to anyone interested in the historical, social, and cultural significance of furniture design.

  3. Regarding cassava, here’s an interesting article:


    If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, the bottom line is that while cassava contains some healthful properties, its negative effects appear to outweigh the benefits.

    I think I’ll just stick with the occasional white potato or sweet potato.

  4. Quote from the heart disease explanation article-a reason to be wary of ‘PUFA Paranoia’:
    “Summarising the clinical studies, Ramsden and colleagues performed a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials comparing mixed omega-3/omega-6……-When saturated fat plus trans-fat was replaced by omega-3 and omega-6, there was a significant 22% reduction in non-fatal MI plus CHD death“

    Still a good idea to choose seed oils wisely, though.

  5. Worker Bees – I’m no longer getting updates in Feedly RSS!

      1. I appreciate that this now has your attention. It’s been about two weeks.

  6. In Ireland there is the hideous non native rhoderderon still for sale in nurseries that is rapidly destroying our woodlands, as for the Japanese knotweed that war is long ago lost.

  7. The beauty of fall in the mountains is amazing. The color blind viewers is amazing. Peace from n.c.

  8. Yeah, you’d still need acne positivity because not everyone’s acne is would be helped by diet changes.

    Normal hormone fluctuations in puberty cause acne
    Normal hormone fluctuations in a woman’s cycle cause acne
    Hormonal birth control use causes acne
    Environmental pollution causes acne
    Wearing sports helmets causes acne
    Having a genetic predisposition to heavy oil production causes acne
    Stress can worsen acne


  9. I’ve never suffered from severe acne, but it used to be the norm for my wife to have to pop at least a few very large zits on my back every week despite eating 95% primal. About 18 months ago I got into the Win Hof thing and cold showers and they went away completely. Considering the success many people have had treating RA and other autoimmune disorders with cold water exposure, I can’t help but wonder if acne is really an autoimmune condition that is mediated by the anti-inflammatory effects of cold water exposure.

    If you suffer from acne switching to cold showers is worth a try.

  10. Someone I was in a shelter with told me and others there that his family had a chicken coop and raccoons would reach in and rip their heads off.
    Unrelated to that, I guess I’ve been using Facebook fairly properly because I’ve gotten some paleo advertisements on it, for Vibrams for example.

  11. I’m not sold on the antidepressants work by increasing light-sensitivity thing.

    In this study, a medication was given to people who did not have depression. Their light-sensitivity increased.

    First, the subjects were not depressed. Is their body chemistry the same as those who are depressed?

    Second, only a single anti-depressant was given (Celexa). Do other antidepressants have the same effect?

    It’s a huge leap from Celexa caused increased light-sensitivity in 12 non-depressed subjects to all (implied) antidepressants lead to increased light-sensitivity in depressed people.

    It’s an even bigger leap to Depression is cause we’d by insensitivity to light. Depression is not a monolithic condition! It’s multifactorial and person-specific.

    It’s a bigger leap yet to Depressives will be cured if they get more natural light and don’t use their cellphones in bed.

    My own n=1 study (50 years so far) is that I’m actually highly light-sensitive. My eyes become very sore and my eyelids swell in strong sunlight, even strong artificial light.

    For most of my life, I’ve risen very early and been exposed to early morning light, as well as bright sunlight during the day. I lived without electric light for years; it was kerosene lamps and candles after dark. I had bouts of severe depression during this period. As a smallholder, I was out in the sun for long periods throughout the day.

    I’ve only owned a cell phone for the last 5 years. I’ve only started using it at night within the last six months – during the bouts of insomnia that have plagued me all my life. My screen is at low brightness and set to yellow. It likely exposes me to less blue light than if I switched on my bedside light to read a book.

    No, I’m not sold on this notion.

  12. I read about the relationship between oxidized linoleic acid as found in vegetable oils (PUFA) and Cardiovascular disease. I have CD and I use ground flax seed in my diet. Question is: does flax seed oil contain linoleic acid?.