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August 13, 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 464

By Mark Sisson
24 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

More than 1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation can reduce meth cravings.

The conventional wisdom about back pain is being upended.

Plants listen for water.

NEW PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PODCASTS

Episode 181: Brad Kearns and Elle Russ Part 2: Elle and Brad continue their chat about the upcoming Primal Endurance Online Mastery Course.

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

Nutrition textbooks for self-learning.

How exercise affects appetite.

MEDIA, SCHMEDIA

The zoo whose entrance fee is some dirty fingernails.

Monsanto ghostwrote the “independent” safety reviews of its flagship product, Roundup.

EVERYTHING ELSE

Mumbai pest control.

Shot. Chaser.

The Onion gets eerily close to reality.

Why Aziz Ansari quit the Internet.

THINGS I’M UP TO AND INTERESTED IN

Lectures I wish I could attend: My buddy Chris Armstrong is putting on some incredible Re-Find Health events, including Dr. Kirk Parsley in LA on October 14, Gary Taubes in Stockholm on November 16, and Gary Taubes again in London on November 18 and 19.

I’m impressed: Freediving is tough enough, but how about freediving in Iceland?

Article I’m pondering: “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?”

Beautiful interview I enjoyed: cultural anthropologist (and daughter of Margaret Mead) Mary Catherine Bateson on “composing a life” versus “juggling” one, and practicing “active wisdom” as we age (and other things).

Man do I wish we still had prehistoric megafauna: Giant sloths built huge caves you could drive a car into.

RECIPE CORNER

TIME CAPSULE

One year ago (Aug 13– Aug 19)

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

What is ‘leftover’ coffee.. how does that happen? LOL

– My thoughts exactly, Jessica.

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Bob Crason
Bob Crason
8 days 4 hours ago

Thanks for the links.

Margaret
Margaret
8 days 4 hours ago

Did anyone else see this story about diet soda and metabolism? Really, really fascinating.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/10/16125654/study-diet-soda-can-mess-with-metabolism

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
8 days 3 hours ago

I can’t wrap my head around the FDA recommendation. The agency basically handed food manufactures a carte blanche.

Shary
Shary
8 days 3 hours ago

Not sure which FDA recommendation you’re referring to, but the government has always put the financial interests of big business ahead of the welfare of the American public. This is particularly evident in the food and drug industries.

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
7 days 16 hours ago

I guess you missed the link about the so-called FDA “fruit” recommendation. See here: http://www.theonion.com/article/fda-recommends-at-least-3-servings-of-foods-with-w-36699. On the other hand and while not prohibiting its sale, the FDA didn’t give the makers of the alternative meat hamburger, a seal of approval, on account of it’s usage of heme that’s derived from the fermentation of genetically modified yeast. But overall I am with you. The FDA is a corrupt organization that’s mostly sides with big business. Just look at it’s higher management. Two of which (past and present) were at the top of Monsanto.

dwk
dwk
6 days 19 hours ago

Um, you know what ‘The Onion’ is, right?

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
6 days 15 hours ago

When Pizza is tagged as a vegetable, it’s hard to tell anymore what’s truth and what’s a satire.

Susan
Susan
7 days 7 hours ago

The Onion is a satirical publication. The “Three foods with fruit on the label” was satire, not real.

Walter Bushell
Walter Bushell
7 days 2 hours ago

It should not have been necessary to point that out, but the way things are going today I guess it is.

Jeff
Jeff
8 days 3 hours ago

So long distance endurance runners are getting slower. Well maybe they are thinking more about endurance than about speed? After all, it’s an endurance event.

Sort of like bashing quick 100 m sprinters for not doing well at ultramarathons…

People, it’s not what they are about!

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
8 days 2 hours ago

The back pain article was very useful to yours truly, thanks Mark.

wildgrok
wildgrok
8 days 2 hours ago

I don’t need to read this article:
“Article I’m pondering: “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?””
The answer is yes

wildgrok
wildgrok
8 days 2 hours ago

Just read it, let me add trivia to it:
On previous years in the gym at work you could see in January in inrush of new people. That was expected, did not last long (less than the month), all is well.
My discovery was that for the past two years this has not happened: January comes and the gym is as deserted as in December.
I think the cellphones are the cause of this, and this article reaffirms my conviction 🙂

Coccinelle
Coccinelle
8 days 41 minutes ago

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/once-more-feeling/201708/no-smartphones-are-not-destroying-generation

I also don’t agree. Yes blue light is bad for the circadian rhythm but correlation doesn’t equals causation. Personally, I think that teens are more depressed because of two reasons. The increasing pressure to perform well at school and their parents not letting them go outside unsupervised.

Ross
Ross
7 days 23 hours ago

“More than 1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics.”

I’m not as think as you drunk I am.

Vanessa
Vanessa
7 days 22 hours ago

The back pain story is nauseating. I used to work in a pain management clinic and those stories are so true, so awful. In addition I lost a family member to opiates prescribed for back pain. For him the pills ended everything, I never heard about the pain but presumably they didn’t fix the problem b/c he had to keep taking them.

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
7 days 18 hours ago
So sorry for your loss Vanessa. Used for a few days after a painful surgery is one thing, beyond that is a downward spiral. Sometimes you have accidents where the victim has multiple operations removing damaged material then multiple rods and hardware inserted throughout their body (as you know much better than me I’m sure) and I think sometimes they don’t know what to do other than keep people as comfortable as they best know how. Talked with such a person once and tried to keep it together but broke down crying during the conversation. Neuro-based pain management, and even… Read more »
Vanessa
Vanessa
7 days 1 hour ago

Thanks HealthyH. As I recall, the encouragement of opiate prescriptions came from the hospice movement years earlier. So it came with good intentions but bad results. I always give a little speech to my doctors when they offer me pain meds (it seems like for me it’s been mostly dentists) they probably think I am crazy but it never hurts to say that stuff out loud.

Andrew H
Andrew H
7 days 22 hours ago

“Man do I wish we still had prehistoric megafauna”

Same here. If our ancestors hunted mammoths to extinction they must have been absolutely delicious!

Tuba
Tuba
7 days 21 hours ago

Bateson is okay but Tippett is girl talk. Still a sophomore. Not interested. Grow up … GIRL!

Elizabeth Resnick
7 days 19 hours ago
Lol to the comment of the week. Never heard of leftover coffee! That is not a problem for me! And totally loved “Why Grok Didn’t Have a Work-Life Balance and Neither Will You.” Remember reading it last year. I’ve stopped worrying about that. My work is kind of my life. I totally love what I do so it doesn’t feel like work. I also have a part time job that is totally fun and I look forward to. So again, it’s work and life. And yeah, I used to think about things I wanted to have and to accomplish. That… Read more »
Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons
7 days 8 hours ago

Especially enjoyed the Mary Catherine Bateson interview! Thank you for sharing it here!

Walter Bushell
Walter Bushell
7 days 8 hours ago

“The FDA’s new recommendations are expected to be followed up by other guidelines under which anything successfully chewed and swallowed can now be considered a vegetable.”

Great, now I can eat steak and still be be a vegan.

Ontario
Ontario
7 days 6 hours ago
Mark, I wanted to say how much I actually enjoy the time capsule entries on your Weekend Link Love. Of course, they are blog articles I have previously read but I go and re-read them every week because it is SO easy to forget. In the initial moment of reading these blog articles you have that small, ah-hah!” moment. And you sit with, and keep that information at the forefront of your mind for some time. But then life, family, and more information flood in and before you know it that “ah-hah” moment has been filed away to the back… Read more »
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