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October 24, 2010

Weekend Link Love – Edition 115

By Mark Sisson
21 Comments

As NPR reports, your lifestyle behaviors may not only affect your gene expression. They may alter your children’s, too.

Author Leo Babauta of Zen Habits just launched his new book, Focus. For those looking to simplify the chaos in their lives, Leo has aptly dubbed his new book a “simplicity manifesto.” You can get it free as a download, or you can buy an upgraded version including some goodies like how-to videos (love the title “How to Single Task”) and interviews with the likes of Seth Godin.

I occasionally feature some parkour action here. This week you get dog parkour.

My good buddy and former professional triathlete Brad Kearns was recently interviewed on Matt Metzgar’s site. It’s a great read for folks who are Primal but still like to run.

For folks who enjoyed Wednesday’s post on doctor payouts from pharmaceutical companies, here’s an excellent interview with Ray Moynihan on a different marketing tactic Big Pharma uses: Promoting the disorder to promote the treatment.

And finally, zonk yourself out, man.

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An email from a reader…

Mark,

Curious observation.  I keep a pretty close watch on my finances.  I thought about looking at the difference between my dining expenses and grocery expenses.  I started getting serious about my health/workouts in 10/09, and I started the blueprint around Feb 10.  Outside of a few spikes, it’s a pretty clear divergence. . .

Ian

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Tara
6 years 1 month ago

Oh my gosh, those dark chocolate almond bites look like heaven! I’m definitely going to have to try making those…

Chase Saunders
Chase Saunders
6 years 1 month ago

With a summation line I can only eyeball it, but it looks like the total of Ian’s groceries + dining is only slightly higher on paleo.

Andy
Andy
6 years 1 month ago

Here in NH, we’ve got a place called the Healthy Buffalo that specializes in game meat — a few weeks back, we had wild boar, venison, and bison chili.

No beans, but garden-grown peppers and tomatoes.

YUM.

chipin
chipin
6 years 1 month ago

What about becoming obese, and then cleaning up your lifestyle and losing the weight, and THEN having kids?

Are you still passing on a higher risk of obesity to your kids?

Jenny
Jenny
6 years 1 month ago

I’d bet not. Or less, anyway. Also of course you’d then be raising them with good habits, which can make at least as much of a difference as your genes.

Sean
Sean
6 years 1 month ago

Thank you, Mark, for the recent posts on Big Pharma. Most people don’t realize just how deep their influence reaches, including most physicians.

Ben in Abu Dhabi
Ben in Abu Dhabi
6 years 1 month ago

Hello all and Salaam Alaykam, I am wondering, what is a good way of telling which fruits are the least engineered. There is no doubt that some apples(for example) are sweeter than others, but how do I know which ones are the most natural? Are there certain types to look for or to avoid?

chipin
chipin
6 years 1 month ago
In United States grocery stores, you can tell which which are which by the plu code (the number on the sticker they put on fruits and veggies). Conventionally grown is a four digit number & starts with a 4 (ex: #4126), organic is a five digit number & starts with a 9 (ex: #94126). It used to be that GMO was a five digit code that started with 8 (#84126) but since the Biotech companies have realized we don’t want to be their guinea pigs, they now for the most part use the same as for conventional. The only way… Read more »
AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 1 month ago

Where is the “Training for Duathletes” Mark wrote that Kearns says is available on this site?

stan
stan
6 years 1 month ago
Hi Mark, After reading _Good Calories, Bad Calories_ by Gary Taubes, I picked up your book to get more concrete dietary and exercise advise. So first, thank you for writing this book. The scope of this book is exactly what I wanted. Once thing I noticed is that on page 10 you cited Deepak Chopra who I know was criticized by PZ Myers, a biology professor at the University of Minnesota. http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/10/deepak_chopra_does_it_again.php So I want to hear your thoughts on his credibility when he talks about topics related to biology or genetics. Also, on one of his podcasts by Gary… Read more »
zoltan
zoltan
6 years 1 month ago

PZ Myers is a hack. But then again, so is Chopra.

Samantha Moore
Samantha Moore
6 years 1 month ago

WHAT A DOG!!!!

Karin
Karin
6 years 1 month ago

Barkour.

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 1 month ago

Speaking of pharma money, you’ve got to see the documentary, “Burzynski”. Search the name and buy the movie. You’ll be shocked.

Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 1 month ago
Who doesn’t know about “good genes” or “bad genes”? My oldest daughter got her giant blockhead from Dad along with his family history of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and the like. My youngest got my smaller stature and the ability for a small human to cause a mess of trouble (jk;) But seriously… My family, although happy, fit (relatively)and active, is full of severe allergies. My Dad, little brother, and (male) cousin have the nut allergy, enough that a taste is life-threatening. I was covered in severe eczema most of my young life along with hay fever/seasonal allergies, and developed… Read more »
Ahmed Serag
6 years 1 month ago

Nice links today!

Weston
6 years 1 month ago

Love the dog parkour! The tree climbing is like MovNat for canines!

Ben in Abu Dhabi
Ben in Abu Dhabi
6 years 1 month ago

I thought organic was just no chemicals used, such as pesticides. Does it also mean that it is non-engineered?
Thanks for the info.

Primal Toad
6 years 1 month ago

That dog is the most awesome dog I have ever seen… I wish I could do all that!

John M
John M
6 years 1 month ago
In the NPR article it is amusing how conventional wisdom rears its head in so casual a way “and put half of them on a high-fat diet. Predictably, those rats got fat and suffered symptoms of diabetes.” My (limited) understanding of epigenetics is that what you are passing on is the methylation patterns of the genes – ie whether they are turned “on” or not so if you change your lifestyle then you can change that pattern and thus is you “clean up your act” you pass on that cleaned up act. Its obviously more complex than that but that… Read more »
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