The Roundup - Edition 11

The Roundup


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Here is The Roundup, Edition 11, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

We’ve all seen the countless news stories and articles about the latest red meat scare, and we’ve all had friends and relatives tell us that we’re going to kill ourselves by eating too much red meat. And yet the evidence for red meat consumption causing an increased risk of death or disease is inconsistent at best. Some studies have found an association, while others (including a large review covering over a million participants) have not.

In fact, red meat consumption may be associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease in some populations, according to a recent meta-analysis involving 300,000 people in Asia published this week. It showed that moderate red meat and poultry consumption was associated with lower mortality, with red meat intake being inversely associated with CVD mortality in men and with cancer mortality in women.

Of course we need to take this study with the same grain of salt that we take all epidemiological, correlational studies. That said, there’s simply no compelling evidence that eating red meat is harmful in the context of a whole-foods diet. Unless you have a condition like hemochromatosis or an allergy, there’s no reason to avoid or limit red meat.

Over the past few years, I’ve written several different articles taking on the red meat myths that frequently proliferate in the news. I’ve compiled these articles into my Red Meat Report, which is a great place to send friends and family who are skeptical that red meat is a health food, or for people who are still unconvinced that red meat is a healthy addition to the diet.

Research Report

  • This article suggests people with high-normal TSH and high cholesterol may benefit from thyroid hormone replacement.
  • Evidence suggests that exposure to only natural light reduces individual differences in circadian rhythms. So if you’re having trouble sleeping, go camping!
  • A new study shows that taking regular breaks during prolonged sitting reduces postprandial blood sugar in healthy, normal-weight adults.
  • Research demonstrates an association between habitual shortened sleep and insulin resistance among obese adults without diabetes.
  • Archaeological evidence examines the genetic and cultural changes with the introduction of dairy as food, illustrating the profound ways that dairy products have shaped human settlement.

Worth a Look

  • Need to brush up on your culinary skills? Check out the Primal Cooking Workshop, where your favorite Paleo chefs and cookbook authors share their best tops on the art of Paleo and Primal cooking.
  • Ancestralize Me is giving away a free, signed copy of “Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go” by Diana Rodgers of Radiance Nutrition Therapy.
  • Mark Sisson gives some great tips on how to overcome the naysayers and Negative Nancies in your life.
  • Do we have the right to healthy food? Chris Masterjohn reviews David Gumpert’s new book, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights.
  • Holistic Squid describes the three first foods that your baby needs and your doctor won’t mention.

For the Foodies

  1. You do not say here or emphasis that it is grass fed red meat that is OK. And while even CAFO red meat may not be the evil to people’s arteries it is made out to be, it certainly is problematic in the amount of land and water that is required, small farmers being put out of business. And think about how it is marketed – eat lean meat. Well, you have to kill the whole cow. And what is done with the fat and other parts.

  2. Ahhhh thanks for the red-meat round-up page, I’ve been doing a similar thing for years but sadly mine are spread out over dozens of pages and I’m yet to collate them all into a single cohesive one-click spot to tell the story/abate the naysayers.

  3. “no personal or family history of thyroid disease, no thyroid antibodies and a normal thyroid on ultrasonography” Classifying subjects with a TSH value between 2 and 4 mU/l as abnormal, as well as intervening with thyroxine treatment in such subjects, is probably doing more harm than good.

    The thyroid article was speaking directly to my case. If I stop taking Synthroid, my TSH will gradually go up to about 6.0 in 6 months and stay there. At that point, I have no overt symptoms, but toes and fingers are colder than they should be.

    I am now taking 75mcg of Synthroid, TSH maintains at 2.5. I kind of like this, because it means my thyroid is being stimulated to produce T4. If I took a higher dose, and got my TSH down to .9, my thyroid would be doing nothing and all of my T4 would be synthetic. Is this thinking flawed?

  4. It appears the link to the TSH study is wrong? Can you fix it? I definitely want to see it.