New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week — Edition 121

Hey folks! You may have noticed something a little different this Friday. Weekly Link Love is now our New and Noteworthy series. We’re following the same format that a lot of you have been reading for over a decade now: it’s a collection of interesting reads I found around the Internet over the week. Enjoy!

Research of the Week

“Animal integration is another important tool for managing farms that improve regenerative outcomes. The most regenerative cropping operations observed in this set of studies always integrated livestock (chickens, sheep, or cattle), and these farms also had the greatest biodiversity, soil health, water infiltration rates, and economic metrics.”

Keto may help Covid patients.

Good overview of the health downsides of ingesting foods fried in seed oils.

Both fasting and low-carb reduce liver fat.

Eliminating dairy cows would barely move the climate while having severe impacts on nutrient availability. Pointless and harmful.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 474: Melinda Wittstock: Host Elle Russ chats with Melinda Wittstock, serial entrepreneur and now CEO of Podopolo, a “gamified” podcast network.

Health Coach Radio: Michael Collins talks about the evolutionary wrong turn.

Media, Schmedia

Scientists like virtual meetings.

Interesting Blog Posts

Tyler Cowen on vaccine passports.

Google hopes to disrupt college.


Social Notes

Nice teeth.

Well, how many?

Everything Else

Sunny T.

Learning Ancient Greek may cure dyslexia.

Herzegovinian men get their height from their ancient pre-historic hunter genes.

The Neanderthal genomic region associated with protection against severe Covid.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

This looks bad: Proposed Colorado ballot initiative would criminalize many standard practices small local ranchers use and make meat drastically more expensive.

Cool new service: Own Your Labs.

This is unsurprising: Soil selenium and infection rates.

This is also unsurprising: Vegan diets and bone health.

What low-fat dietary advice triggers in the wild: You end up eating more sugar and more margarine.

Question I’m Asking

What’s your favorite natural fabric to wear?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 5 – Mar 11)

Comment of the Week

“This will sound weirder than “chicken foot broth”. I’m experimenting with mouth taping while I sleep. I just read “Breath” by James Nestor. It’s fascinating! My sleep has improved, my breathing has improved, and my overall health has improved. And BONUS- I no longer wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.”

-Yes, mouth-taping is legit, Lisa. There’s no “weird” here.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Favorite natural fabric: cotton. I’ve worn hundred-percent cotton clothing for years. I dislike synthetics and blends (from a comfort standpoint). Wool makes me itch like I’ve got fleas; silk is high-maintenance and somewhat impractical; and linen is a wrinkled mess 10 minutes after you put it on. Cotton is far and away the best choice for me. That includes bedding, towels, etc.

    1. I agree. Cotton is my choice, by far. The only time I wear other fabrics is if there is a risk of getting cold and wet. In that case, cotton is a poor choice, and it’s better to go with wool or a synthetic.

  2. Great roundup, cheers Mark.

    As for natural fibers, I’m a big fan of bamboo. Sustainable, durable and at least in my experience the varieties I’ve worn were really comfortable and soft.

  3. That Colorado bill would destroy cattle and sheep ranching. Imagine, all those ranchers will be forced to convert their land to deer and elk hunting leases…. I’m fairly sure that’s not the outcome the bill’s proponents are hoping for. But that’s what’ll happen.

    Or, alternately — meat processing facilities will be set up on all major highways just outside the Colorado border (in the same way gambling houses are set up on the Nevada border) — and all the Colorado livestock will be shipped 100 feet out of state for processing.

    1. First, it’s a ballot initiative — there is way too much legislating happening by ballot initiative in many states. Voters often not paying attention and of course everyone is against animal cruelty, so many will vote for this without understanding the actual substance.

      Looks like vegan propaganda to begin to outlaw meat.

      So, okay to abort humans but not cows. Not trying to be too political, but just disgusted by the propaganda.

      Again, really hurting particularly poor folks, people who really need the nutrition. School children relying on school food and old people. It is really despicable. Another case of people who like to show how great they are on a superficial level pushing this BS, but totally out of touch with reality, and people whose lives they are destroying.

    2. I live in Colorado, and there are always cockamamy initiatives and propositions on the ballot. Fortunately, the state puts out an in-depth booklet that spells out each one of them in plain English, as well as listing pros and cons for each one. This is very helpful for most of us and probably prevents 98 percent of the nonsense from getting passed. The downside is that there are always a few voters who lack the ability to recognize the shortcomings of these things. But that’s long been the weak link in any election process.

    3. Who is financing the Sage & Johannes ballot initiative effort to destroy the Colorado livestock industry? Could it be the person recently identified as the largest land owner in America, the one that wants us all to eat “almost meat?” If this initiative goes through, there’s going to be a lot of land for sale at cheap prices in the Centennial State. Follow the money folks.

      1. That’s some good logic there, and I wouldn’t be surprised. Certain people are trying to change the course of human history before they understand the science.

        I live in Colorado. Planning to eat a couple steaks on Jared Polis’ Meat Out day. Haha.

        I really enjoy Mark’s weekly list.

  4. My favorite natural fabric is long staple cotton like Pima cotton. I’ve had t-shirts made from Pima cotton look like new after a decade of wear.

  5. First, I love wearing linen in the summer. When out in the sun, a white long-sleeved linen shirt is fantastic for keeping off the heat yet still being breathable.

    Second, how do I teach my kid Ancient Greek? If anyone has good resources suited for an 8-year old, I’m absolutely interested. I did find an Ancient Greek course aimed at kids at the, which seems interesting.

    1. Mango Languages has a great program for Ancient Greek (as well as Koine and modern Greek).

      It won’t get them to the level of a classical archeologist, but it’s a phenomenal start.

  6. RE Dairy stance – not sure why you didn’t mention dairy whey in Primal Fuel – and offer a discount on that (wonderful) product…;-)

  7. My favorite natural fabric to wear: My own skin. I’m no nudist, but there’s something very freeing in walking around my own home in the buff.

    Different note: Zero coconuts. I think I broke my hand. After rewatching the video, I realize those coconuts had been drilled. Give me a few days, and I’ll either have a real number or two broken hands.

  8. The word with the most revealing etymological root to me is “mortgage”

  9. I agree Nestor’s book is very interesting. I like wearing cotton that has minimal processing. I also buy a lot of Primal Kitchen products and my wife thinks I’m being silly! Keep up the good work!

  10. Nice blog on indo European language.
    Enjoyed reading, I grew up with Latin
    Thru the catholic schools. To today, Latin has helped me with identity the meaning of words in all languages Enjoy your sunday

  11. I like the etymology of the word tea, which is called cha, chai, te, etc. Such an important staple for thousands of years.

  12. Re: Own your own labs. Let us use your blood, we’ll keep your information anonymous, promise! What could possible go wrong?

  13. “The opinion article” from a conservative talk radio host “drew fire from Gov. Polis’ appointee to the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine Ellen Kessler when she sent an expletive-laced email to Caldara.“ Why no dignity?

  14. My favorite natural fiber is linen in summer, merino wool in winter.

  15. Good Sunday Mark,

    I truly enjoy your writings on Sundays and there are times when the writing and subject is exceptional. Thank you for subject matter that matters, at least to me, and brings a topic to the surface that enriches the mind and expands ones perspective.

    Peace & Blessings

    John “JR” Reese

  16. Try Mark Kurlansky’s book ,“Salmon”, for an overview of the history of salmon and humans.

  17. Surprised this hasn’t been mentioned yet, but the word “primal” just seems like a good etymological example. I know related words like primate or primary sound very similar in German. I most certainly deserve a prime rib for this comment (unless someone beat me to it just now and I’m not the prime commenter of the word primal).

  18. Hi Mark, curious to know what you think about the Mastering Diabetes book by Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro. They propose compelling science-based evidence dispelling many keto myths.

  19. As a retired Latin teacher, I am completely in love with etymology! My favorite and very applicable Latin word used in English is addict. We live in a world full of addictive substances. Ad means to or toward (think advance). Dict, like diction or dictation, means speak. When you’re addicted, that substance keeps speaking to you!