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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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January 08, 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 434

By Mark Sisson
27 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

The ApoE4 gene dramatically increases risk of Alzheimer’s—unless you carry parasites, in which case it protects against cognitive decline.

Skipping breakfast leads to less weight and fat gain than eating breakfast, at least if the breakfast consists of sugary cereal.

Diet soda doesn’t really seem to help people lose weight.

Statins aren’t so good for physical fitness.

Ketones may help against inflammatory skin diseases.

What have we done with all that leisure time technology has afforded us? Watched more TV.

Consciousness may emerge from entropy.

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Episode 150: Adam and Vanessa Lambert: Power couple Adam and Vanessa talk about their unique perspective on fitness (and, indeed, life) coaching and unveil the exciting retreats they have planned.

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Interesting Blog Posts

When it comes to controlling the amount of food we eat, quality trumps quantity.

We just keep on lying to diabetics. Why?

Media, Schmedia

Move over, weed. Sugar could be the most popular drug.

Medical studies rarely report adverse effects, even when they occur.

Everything Else

Shopping for a hedge fund manager? Pick one who drives an Odyssey, not a Corvette.

A newborn’s sleep patterns, visualized.

Say hello to your new organ.

Americans are eating an ungodly amount of Jack in the Box tacos.

Watch a cute baby worm embryo split cells in real time.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Ranking that sadly doesn’t surprise me: Dietitians rank Whole 30 dead last.

Study that I just don’t get: Oh, corn oil is totally healthier than EVOO, guys.

Video I’m sending to my peers who complain about every ache, pain, and physical limitation: 67 year-old Ric Flair (yeah, that Ric Flair) deadlifting 400 pounds.

Thing I’m wondering: Can you power wash a lung?

Advice I’m passing along: Be happy with what you have (or else).

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 8 – Jan 14)

Comment of the Week

Mark you always seems to have a quote or two that makes me deeply appreciate your perspective. This time it was this, “My days are full and rich. I don’t really think or worry about it because I know I’m doing all I can to make the most of it.” It struck a chord with me as I have been reflecting on the fact that we all have a choice whether we want to be happy or choose to worry/live in the past or future/you name it. I suppose no matter how one chooses to live their life we will always have regrets and wish we could have done more with the time we had. Makes me realize more and more how important it is to choose wisely with each passing moment. ?

– Means a lot, Suji. Good thoughts.

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Kathy
Kathy
8 months 16 days ago
I don’t understand the reports that diet soda doesn’t help people lose weight. Did anyone think it did? It’s just a this-not-that substitution for sugared sodas that are so bad for so many reasons. Ideally one doesn’t drink soda at all, but for those who can’t give it up, isn’t diet soda still better? (To add to that, why is it that “diet sodas” are always treated like one standard thing, when so many completely different compounds sweeten them? Why aren’t we looking at aspartame and sucralose and all the different ones as if they were different things? Castigating “diet… Read more »
Shary
Shary
8 months 16 days ago

I disagree that diet soda is better. It has long been known that aspartame can cause health issues including seizures, and sucralose has been linked to a higher risk for developing leukemia. Various other artificial sweeteners might be marginally healthier but aren’t commonly used in manufacturing soda.

Zach Rusk
8 months 1 day ago

They’re probably cetergorized together because metabolically, artificial sweeteners seem to have similar outcomes (manipulation of the gut microbiome in a manner that allows for more weight gain than if the pop had sugar instead). But that is a good point. There might be varying degrees of detrimental effects.

Scott
Scott
8 months 16 days ago

Please discuss what is wrong with the whole 30.

I would throw that study in the same class as the corn oil is better than evoo that you link to afterward.

By way of the genuiness of the question, I love your stuff, am of similar age and similar fitness level. Love the mayo, like the bars, love the slow steady cardio you teach, and am at 395 deadlift.

I have never done the Whole 30 but if I had the circumstances I would definitely use it as a base diet.

Amber
8 months 14 days ago

They threw it under the bus for being “too meat heavy” and for excluding entire food groups. It definitely made me roll my eyes.

Grant
Grant
8 months 16 days ago

The Whole 30 ranking…. just….

Just…..

I can’t even.

I had to go take a few deep breaths after I read that. General dietitians are so backwards. The whole school of thought is so backwards…..

*Deep breath

Whew. Ok. I’m good. 🙂

whiskeytangofoxtrot
whiskeytangofoxtrot
8 months 14 days ago

Here, let me help you get angry again. The diet they ranked as #1 (the DASh diet) advises, as the largest portion of foods, that adherents eat 6-8 servings of grains per day. Don’t worry, they advise limiting “sweets” to 5 or fewer per week, and also recommend low-fat dairy. After that little brain-asplosion, I couldn’t even bear to investigate their other “top” picks.

Jack
Jack
8 months 16 days ago

Ric Flair; still styling and profiling.

Aria
Aria
8 months 16 days ago

That thing about the Whole30 made me so angry. Of course it’s unsustainable, it’s meant to last 30 days and then you do reintroductions! It’s a version of the AIP! Uggggghhhh.

Clay
Clay
8 months 15 days ago

I know it’s supposed to be an elimination diet but I think step one is a fine place to be. That’s pretty darn close to my regular diet already.

Aria
Aria
8 months 16 days ago

Also, if i ever go to the States, I need to try a Jack in the Box taco now. They sound interesting. (note that interesting is not necessarily a good thing)

Clay
Clay
8 months 15 days ago
I too was once confused on why we tell diabetic to eat carbs. Then I took a good hard look at the American Diabetes Association website. They clearly state: “There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) can keep your blood glucose in a healthy range. Many people with diabetes live long and healthful lives.” However, if you read the studies they have tucked away in the archives, you’ll find study and after study where researchers have found that low carb/high fat diets do… Read more »
wildgrok
wildgrok
8 months 11 days ago
Hi Clay It’s been days since you wrote this and today I read this in WebMed in their suggestions to “Prediabetes: You Can Turn It Around” With suggestions like this who needs enemies: “One quarter should have starchy foods (like potatoes, corn, or peas)” —————— Eat Healthy A good rule of thumb is to fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables (asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and carrots, among many others). One quarter should have starchy foods (like potatoes, corn, or peas). The remaining quarter should be protein — chicken, fish, or beans are best. Be extra careful with carbs like baked… Read more »
Elizabeth
8 months 15 days ago

Agree with everyone else…the Whole30 thing just made me crazy. In my mind, it actually is sustainable. After the 30 days you gradually add things in and see what works and doesn’t work. When I did a Whole30 I was amazed at the subtle puffiness around my eyes that just disappeared. I never noticed it until it was gone, and I realized my eyes looked prettier. I still use that as a gauge. Sometimes after eating out (even at a place that I thought was pretty clean) it pops up. Definitely after too much sugar also.

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
8 months 15 days ago

“Shopping for a hedge fund manager? Pick one who drives an Odyssey, not a Corvette.”

What kind of vehicle do you drive Mark? 😉

I kid I kid … you deserve all the success you’ve attained … and them some.

Jen
Jen
8 months 15 days ago
I just want to throw a tantrum every time I read articles like the diabetes and Whole30 ones. I just want to scream REALLY??? How has whole, sugarless food EVER been a bad thing? I know, I know, I’m preachin’ to the choir, but the active ignorance and deliberate misinformation out there, especially among highly educated people truly mystifies me, and also makes me very, very sad. I can’t help anyone and even teaching by living my example goes nowhere as soon as I tell them I don’t eat carbs. I read this blog every day like it’s part of… Read more »
Tuba
Tuba
8 months 15 days ago

Dictatorial doctors won’t be satisfied until they start stuffing fetuses with statins.

Clay
Clay
8 months 15 days ago

Have you seen how chubby babies are? Got to get them off all that unhealthy breast milk loaded with artery clogging saturated fat. Maybe skim breast milk is ok but definitely no colostrum! And the sooner we can transition an infant to heart healthy whole grains the better. I’d say Cherrios and skim milk by 6 weeks is a good goal, and then get them over to whole wheat bread and margarine as soon as possible so they don’t become malnourished.

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
8 months 15 days ago

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Walt Kelly

Rebecca
Rebecca
8 months 15 days ago

They do wash out lungs for transplanting, it makes some usable which might be otherwise borderline. I don’t think the effect is quite as striking as that picture though. 🙂

Vanessa
8 months 14 days ago

Cool, thanks for sharing that. I have always wondered too as my cat allergies hits me right in the lungs and I thought it would be neat if I could just rinse them out (without coughing up a lung!).

JenK
JenK
8 months 15 days ago

In high school, I used to ditch classes to go to JITB to get those tacos by the bag full! At least six at a time. Several days of the week. I couldn’t get enough of them. Now, I haven’t had one for over ten years. I still think about them once or twice a year, but I never follow through.

????? ????
8 months 15 days ago

Awesome!

Daniel
Daniel
8 months 15 days ago
Relax, folks. USNWR has been recycling that list, including most of the copy, for the better part of a decade now. Of course it’s patently ridiculous that Whole30 and paleo get ranked below garbage like slimfast and medifast, but that’s by design. It’s BS clickbait so that people see the “Whole30 Worst Diet of 2016!” headline and post it to FB/twitter/etc. Yes, they poll dieticians as part of the process, but USNWR editors ultimately decide the final rankings. If you dig deep enough and read the actual expert reviews, many of them had serious reservations about the “better” diets. Medical… Read more »
ted
ted
8 months 15 days ago

Those where bumper plates Rick Flair was using, not 45lb steel plates. it was actually 285, still an impressive feat at his age, but definitely not 400lbs.

Some of those links just make me shake my head (whole 30 coming in last and corn oil better than EVOO). When will people start getting it?!

Andrew
Andrew
8 months 14 days ago

Something over ten years ago research suggested a deleterious effect of extra virgin olive oil on cardiovascular function, worse than canola oil. Further research provided better understanding, i.e. olive oil is fragile and needs to be treated more like the raw fruit juice it is as opposed to being treated like crude oil. Olive oil that was older, oxidized, or exposed to light on store shelves had a negative effect on measured vascular health. Fresh, well protected olive oil with high polyphenol content had the opposite and a very beneficial effect on vascular function.

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