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July 23, 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 461

By Mark Sisson
29 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

A father’s absence triggers cellular stress in children.

Big new trans-ethnic Alzheimer’s study finds several new genetic variants associated with the disease.

Ketamine saves suicidal teens.

Lung cancer patients undergoing successful treatment experience spontaneous re-pigmentation of gray hair.

Dogs split from a now-extinct group of wolves about 40,000 years ago.

A black tea polyphenol (called mitochondria activation factor) enhances hypertrophy in rodents.

NEW PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PODCASTS

Episode 78: Aarn Farmer: Aarn Farmer used to weigh over 400 pounds with full-blown metabolic syndrome. Two years of low-carbing followed by a ketogenic diet helped him drop 175 pounds and eliminate his metabolic syndrome. This is his story.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

INTERESTING BLOG POSTS

Rock climbing therapy for brain injuries—a fast track toward Zen-like brain states.

If you want to be part of a carnivore study, sign up here.

MEDIA, SCHMEDIA

Soylent: Coming to 7-11. Good thing they have bathrooms.

Nutritional heretic Gary Taubes explains why carboholism makes cutting carbs so difficult for so many.

Obesity experts question statin claims (again).

EVERYTHING ELSE

A 101-year old sprinter who just casually broke the 100m world record for her age group gave a post-race interview, which hinted at the reasons for her robust health: naps, “outside all the time,” three generations of offspring, indifference to the outcome.

Your brain is made of memories.

Beautiful fish swimming off the coast of Northern California.

THINGS I’M UP TO AND INTERESTED IN

New book I’m interested in: Crazy-Good Living, from Primal Health Coach and nutritional periodontist Dr. Al Danenberg.

Research I found interesting: Even people with neuroscience backgrounds believe common brain myths.

Older article I’m digging: “WHO Says Meat Causes Cancer?

I always like to see conventional wisdom refuted: Usain Bolt’s weird stride is what makes him run so fast.

News I did not enjoy: The CDC estimates there are more than 100 million Americans with diabetes or prediabetes.

RECIPE CORNER

TIME CAPSULE

One year ago (Jul 23– Jul 29)

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

PSA: the people-mover at the airport isn’t for standing in place. It’s there to help you walk faster to the gate that’s a mile away, but must be reached in eight minutes. I feel like the Flash power-walking on those things.

– I do the same thing, HisDudeness.

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Missy
Missy
29 days 5 hours ago

The Bombay Beef Meatballs recipe struck me. I wonder if the recipe writer realizes Hindu nationalists are murdering people in India who they suspect are eating or trading in beef.

“Cow protection has been a trigger for sectarian violence throughout modern Indian history and its resurgence since 2015 has been linked to an increasingly assertive Hindu nationalist movement.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/05/muslim-man-dies-in-india-after-attack-by-hindu-cow-protectors

Shary
Shary
29 days 5 hours ago
Did anyone else pick up on a lot of “spin” in the carboholic article, particularly in the comments section. There are a million reasons out there designed to blame obesity on something other than lack of willpower, yet, ultimately, that’s exactly what it boils down to. Bottom line: we have ABSOLUTE CONTROL over what we put in our mouths, and we HAVE to be willing to do what needs to be done to reduce the carbs, get rid of the excess weight, and keep that weight off. Saying “But it’s not my fault” is just a distraction. It doesn’t get… Read more »
Hap
Hap
28 days 4 hours ago

Did anyone pick up on the “spin” in the article about children who are thought to have genetic damage from being fatherless.? It goes to great lengths, and with clear bias, that this is a jab at society (evaluating family dynamics but not elaborating on father roles) for incarcerating men and “causing” shortened telomeres of children DNA. Incarceration is always first on the list……beating death, illness, accident and other misfortunes.

The article is so bold as to claim that this has major “policy” implications.

Shary
Shary
28 days 2 hours ago

I did notice that. Considering all the wars there have been throughout history and all the kids who have, for whatever reason, grown up fatherless, we must be a pretty damaged bunch of human beings. It used to be “I’m okay, you’re okay.” Now it’s gotten to be a case of “Nobody is okay.” Typical shrink-think.

Coccinelle
Coccinelle
28 days 2 hours ago

I have a hard time believing statements like that because I eat a high carb diet (particularly in the summer) and I can’t gain weight at all. My BMI is forever 18, no matter what I eat. Now, maybe it’s only a case of how many calories I eat but why I can eat until I’m full everyday, no matter how carby and somebody else gain weight while limiting themselves?

I need to add that my mobility is greatly impaired by my chronic illnesses so it’s not because I burn all that I eat.

Paula
Paula
27 days 7 hours ago

“Can’t gain weight at all “+”chronic Illnesses” + “eat a high carb diet”… = have you been tested for Celiac’s Disease yet?

Coccinelle
Coccinelle
26 days 23 hours ago
Yes, I have. I’m not too sure I’ve done it right though. I read on the internet that you need to eat gluten for 2 weeks prior to the test and I only ate some for 4 days and it was not much either… The funny thing is that only yesterday my dad told me when he was a toddler, the doctor said to my grand-mother that he wouldn’t live longer than 10 years because he was always sick and super skinny. I asked him if ever had been tested for Celiac and he dismissed it even after I told… Read more »
anonymous
anonymous
27 days 4 hours ago
Coccinelle — “….I have a hard time believing statements like that because I eat a high carb diet (particularly in the summer) and I can’t gain weight at all. My BMI is forever 18, no matter what I eat…….” Well…. you don’t believe us, but I believe you. Because I have several friends in the same boat as you: even unto their 40s and 50s they can carb out and not gain an ounce. In which case: bon appetit! Why restrict your diet if you don’t have to? The difference, according to research, is ultimately GENETIC. Some people’s bodies are… Read more »
Coccinelle
Coccinelle
26 days 23 hours ago

I agree! My point is: if it’s genetic for me, it’s also genetic for the overweight person, so why say that this person has no willpower?

Shary
Shary
26 days 7 hours ago

Because you still control what and how much you eat. There is absolutely no other way to gain weight than by what you put in your mouth, whether genetically geared to be overweight or not. The trick, then, for overweight persons, is to understand that they can’t “carb out” if they know it packs on the pounds. That’s where willpower comes into play. Being unable to gain weight isn’t the same situation.

Sheila
Sheila
29 days 5 hours ago

I can relate to the carboholism article. The behavior he describes is me to a T. I get kind of panicky when I think about giving up things like ice cream, which, to me, is an indication of an addiction.

Colleen M
29 days 4 hours ago

Love the link: Nutritional heretic Gary Taubes explains why carboholism makes cutting carbs so difficult for so many.

If carbs were booze, I would be sleeping under a bench somewhere next to a shopping cart full of cats.

David
David
29 days 1 hour ago

Spare change for easy mac?

Paula
Paula
27 days 6 hours ago

Hand over the cupcakes and nobody will get hurt! Yes, carbaddict here too but I’ve come a long way.

MikeT
MikeT
29 days 3 hours ago

Donovan Bailey had an irregular stride as well, even more pronounced that Bolt’s, and held the world record over 100m.

Hap
Hap
28 days 4 hours ago

Yes…but wasn’t he one the athletes who was “juiced” to the max? Correct me if I am mistaken.

His Dudeness
His Dudeness
29 days 2 hours ago

As a man whose hair started going gray at age 25, the cancer treatment/repigmentation article piqued my interest. Maybe one day some scientician will isolate whatever it is in the treatment that causes it.

Shary
Shary
28 days 2 hours ago

It isn’t what’s in the treatment; it’s what the treatment does to the hormones. After my second child was born, my normally chestnut-brown hair turned pitch black. Nobody would believe I didn’t dye it. Six months or so later it went back to being brown.

Paula
Paula
27 days 6 hours ago

At 49 years old I have friends younger than me who are almost all gray but I only have a few gray hairs. It’s probably partially genetic but I also think making sure I get enough magnesium, Himalayan salt, and related minerals is part of it.

Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons
29 days 11 minutes ago

Oh – loved the Gary Taubes article! It’ll be a great one to share with my students this week (we just covered the “carb curve”).

bill
28 days 21 hours ago

If you are human, your are a carbic (parallel construction to alcoholic).

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
28 days 20 hours ago

Good stuff as always Mark I just beg you to never publish a link to an article that states eating a couple of bites of 85% chocolate every day is bad for me. 🙂

Coccinelle
Coccinelle
28 days 2 hours ago

Which article says that? I’m curious now.

Avishek
28 days 20 hours ago

The article about Usain is pretty interesting. I think asymmetry is another topic worth discussing more in the health blogosphere. Asymmetry is very natural actually, in the face, and the whole body. So yea he’s slightly asymmetric but aren’t we all..

Hap
Hap
28 days 4 hours ago

Now all aspiring sprinters will bend their spines, chop off 1/2 inch of leg. Reminds me of Who opera Tommy.

Hap
Hap
28 days 18 hours ago
I would suggest that a certain skepticism is in order for this “genetic” article on AD, and if fact most genetic articles regarding diseases that are complex and multisystem.. There is lots of enthusiasm for genetics in science since we have developed a robust government funding program and an inclination to aggregate data for “deep” analysis by powerful supercomputers. The genetic theories regarding disease is turning out to be woefully problematic, partly due to the law of large numbers and the fact that the more variables in a data set, the higher the probabilities of spurious correlations. However, one needs… Read more »
Jenny
Jenny
28 days 5 hours ago

Under the Time Capsule section I read the 2nd headline as “How LASAGNA Affects Your Fitness and Weight Loss Practice.” I might need a carb intervention.

Elizabeth Resnick
28 days 1 hour ago

Always look forward to these Sunday posts…can always find something to catch my interest. Enjoyed the rock climbing article. I used to do top roping on a regular basis (at an indoor rock gym…although I’d love to do it outdoors). Not only is it an amazing all over workout, I can definitely attest to the zen-like state. You are using your mind as much as your body, and totally forget everything else. As someone who was never athletic as a kid, I also found it a great confidence builder.

Jeremy Stone
21 days 20 hours ago

I have never tried Soylent, but I am intrigued by the idea of moving away from meat based products. If only they could come up with a high fat, animal free drink!

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