Lottsa Links

While I work on a couple of more substantive posts, let's give you some links to check out at your leisure. Thanks to all the readers (several, in many cases) who sent many of these along.

– Start 'em early. Let's get kids scared to death about their cholesterol levels.

– I think Monica does a good job dispelling notions that veganism is more friendly to the environment than carnivory. Can you handle the truth? Also, congrats out to Monica who continues her fat loss progress (towards a goal of better fitting into her wedding dress this summer).

– Not for the faint of heart, but Robert McLeod has some interesting thoughts on Acylation-Stimulating Protein (ASP): A potential explanation for metabolic advantage of low-carbohydrate diets? That was as a result of this long comment thread at Keith Norris' Theory to Practice.

– Wow; very impressive 12-week weight loss, blood pressure drop, and blood lipid improvement on what they're calling a "Spanish ketogenic Mediterranean Diet." Looks reasonably Paleo-esque, to me. I think it emphasizes a great bottom line, whether you're low-carb, Paleo, Mediterranean, or whatever: eat Real Food and only real food.

-About five people, at least, have emailed along this link to an interview with Dr. Stephan Ilardi: Is the "Stone Age" Lifestyle the Answer to Eliminating Depression? Due to the number of recommendations I got, I'm forwarding it along, not having yet listened to it myself (but I will).

– Does the "calorie is a calorie" mantra, that likes to rest on the 1st Law of Thermodynamics actually violate the 2nd Law?

– Literally everything you will ever need or want to know about salt & pepper at Mark's Daily Apple.

– And, finally, the best for last: three great posts from Stephan at Whole Health Source.

Margarine and Phytosterolemia

Are the MK-4 and MK-7 Forms of Vitamin K2 Equivalent?

Paleopathology at the Origins of Agriculture

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  1. Robert M. on March 16, 2009 at 14:05

    That Nutrition Journal article is interesting but somewhat lacking in math. [snark]Perhaps they are writing to the level of their audience[\snark]. Apologies to peers of Nutrition Journal.

  2. Scott Miller on March 16, 2009 at 15:08

    Something fun I wrote in a private forum for my industry, where I've made literally a thousand posts on health the last 4-5 years.


    We've been taught that a low fat diet is healthier than a high fat diet. Whoops!

    We've been taught saturated fat is the bad guy. Whoops!

    We've been taught whole grains are healthy, and in fact should be the foundation of our diet (food pyramid). Whoops!

    We've been taught that the best and only way to lose unwanted bodyfat is to eat less calories than we need. Whoops!

    We've been taught red meat is bad for us. Whoops!

    We've been taught eggs have too much cholesterol and we should be careful eating too many. Whoops!

    We've been taught that a cholesterol level above 200 is unhealthy, and we should control it with drugs. Whoops!

    We've been taught butter is artery clogging and we should use margarine, a heart healthy alternative. Whoops!

    I could go on and on.

  3. Debs on March 16, 2009 at 11:28

    Thanks for that link on the way the calories-in-calories-out myth violates the second law of thermodynamics! I recently posted some frustrations with a very calorie-oriented local public health campaign, and I'll link this study in the future as an update.

    Food Is Love/Seattle Local Food

  4. Richard Nikoley on March 16, 2009 at 11:41

    My pleasure, Debs. And keep up the great food porn over at your place!

  5. Richard Nikoley on March 16, 2009 at 15:12

    No kidding.

    Scott, did you get my email? No problem if you don't have time, just wanted to make sure you got it.

  6. Debs on March 16, 2009 at 17:21

    Scott, the mis-teaching is continuing. I wish the whoops would end!

    Today I got an email from an office that's marketing some upcoming new American Heart Association campaign about "good" and "bad" fats. I had to laugh; they wanted me to promote it on my website, clearly not having read the thing I'd just written bashing a calorie-counting, saturated-fat-phobic campaign. I wrote a patient reply to the marketing guy who sent it, explaining why I disagreed with the campaign, and he actually seemed interested in checking out the links I sent him. Sigh.

    Food Is Love/Seattle Local Food

  7. Richard Nikoley on March 16, 2009 at 17:28

    I don't even call them "teachers," anymore. They're mere regurgitators.

    Richard Nikoley

  8. goldilocks on March 30, 2009 at 17:31

    ugh. That bit about testing kids for cholesterol is just plain old fucked up. My blood boileth over.

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