New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week — Edition 124

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

Our taste for fermented food goes back millions of years.

Eating less animal protein and more fiber is linked to 5x greater kidney stone recurrence.

Eating more magnesium and drinking more beer is linked to fewer kidney stones.

Unprocessed meat still appears to be safe to eat.

Glycine and NAC, together, are great for aging.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 479: Dr. Uma Naidoo MD: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Uma Naidoo about the powerful effects different foods can have on the brain.

Episode 480: Dr. Paul Saladino: Host Brad Kearns chats with Paul Saladino, who gives the compelling case for carnivore.

Health Coach Radio: Erin and Laura chat with Tim James, a high performance health coach and supplement expert.

Media, Schmedia

Everyone needs to go outdoors on a regular basis.

Honduran charter city.

Interesting Blog Posts

How to make saturated fat look bad.

On “life purpose.”

Social Notes

Tallow cubes.

An update on how I move and eat.

Everything Else

I had a great time on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Listen to the full episode here or check out some clips.

I can’t wait to try blamb.

That must have felt good.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

This is definitely true: Birdsong makes you feel good in nature.

Important reminder: Why we let tiny tasks grow large.

Life finds a way: How to get around Maine’s cannabis laws.

I wish I had one of these in my neighborhood: Door-knocking swan.

Big question: What is consciousness?

Question I’m Asking

What does spring mean to you?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 27 – Apr 2)

Comment of the Week

“On the subject of farm size.

The minimum farm size is one that will support the farmer and his family. Of course, this requires a smaller area on land that is more productive and fertile. Only an ivory-tower theorist would argue that the size of farms drives fertility, rather than the reverse.

What we actually SEE in my farming community is that farm productivity is strongly related to the expertise of the farmer and his willingness to adopt the most productive technology. It is the expert farmer who is most profitable and hence most likely to buy more land and increase the size of his holdings. Also, technology is expensive, which means that larger farms can more easily afford the most productive technology and pay the higher wages required to attract the best quality employees.”

PeterW makes a good point.

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. I wish Rogan would’ve let you talk a bit more, but otherwise great podcast. Loved hearing you sh$t on California. They deserve it…and I live in San Diego! 😉

  2. I’m in the process of trying to decide between supplementation between GlyNAC, NAD+, NR, NMN, or Ca-AKG. Any thoughts, experience or results out there in the Primal World?

  3. The article that ties in consciousness, general relativity and quantum mechanics is an April Fools right? You had me going there for a minute.

    1. April Fools Day jokes are simply a computational reduction of moving molecules by an observer. Any computational device with the proper programming, evolutionary or otherwise, can appreciate them. You’ve just proven his point. It’s a wonder that no one took his >1000 page book seriously, and that other great physicists like Roger Penrose can be ridiculed so harshly for suggesting that consciousness emerges from quantum computation…

  4. That article on procrastination looks interesting, I’ll look at it a little later.

  5. The British have a fascination with naming types of birds after female epigamic displays. They already have tits (e.g., marsh tits and great tits), and boobies (e.g., the blue footed booby). Now it looks like they have a “knocker”. The real question, though, is “Are all knockers white?”

  6. Having read ‘Embrace the Weird’ I wanted to share my ‘weird’ experience. I was looked at strangely when I announced that I don’t break wind! I know, not a subject most people want to talk about, but maybe we should!

    How did I come to be talking about this with my work colleagues? Well, as with everything at the moment it was COVID related! I was sitting on a desk at work while we chatted and my colleague had read something that COVID can be spread by breaking wind. I commented that she’d be ok with me because I don’t do that (or rarely) and she didn’t believe me.

    My lake of breeze is totally down to the paleo diet. Did our ancestors experience the same thing? And when did people start thinking it was normal, and that I’m the weird one?

    Keep up the good work


    1. I’ve noticed that too with myself, much reduced after stopping grains and starches…. and believe you me, I was a ‘great tooter’

  7. My oddity is that we cut and stack our own firewood for winter. We don’t have to do this. We could have a heat pump or gas heating. We are fortunate to live on a small holding in the country. We have a lot of trees. We harvest the ones that are ready and replant. Branches break off, there are windfalls and pruning. Certainly it would be easier just to program a heater and forget about it. Except that I would have to get a gym membership to replace the lost exercise. In town these days wood fires are discouraged. This is such a shame. There is nothing so satisfying as sitting in front of a fire burning the wood you have gathered. It is the ultimate primal experience.

  8. Dear Mark,
    You have been an inspiration to me, I don’t miss a Sunday without reading you.
    My “weird” routine, which mesmerizes everyone in the family – I do not pay the water bill by bank transfer – I go to the premises and pay directly there. It’s a good, nice walk and I enjoy talking to the people there- Weird as that.
    Warm greetings from Lisbon, Portuga,
    Ana de Melol

  9. People think I am really weird for not having tv nor a smartphone, those two choices have made my life so much better and just eating keto/primal is also something that makes many people think youre really strange.

  10. Hi Mark
    I’ve been living keto lifestyle for 3 years now. Slowly my body shape has changed, not dramatically but I’m lean and healthy c looking. People want to know what I have changed because I look different, and I just say keto suits me and it takes commitment not to join the main stream. I feel very comfortable with this explanation to my freinds.

  11. Thank you for writing the Sunday with Sisson blog today.
    It gave me a wake up call.What if I’m a little weird.? Who cares? Great advice.
    You don’t eat wheat and grains? Why?
    I have a Naturopath doctor. 8 years in school and they don’t understand that they are more than qualified.
    These are what I am asked the most from friends.

  12. What makes me have to explain myself is when I go out to breakfast with people and I don’t eat with them because I am intermittent eating and not eating my first meal until 12 or 12:30. Love the new book Mark “Two Meals a Day”.

  13. On a year round basis, I try to walk bare foot at least a little bit every day. That includes in the winter and in the snow. Yes, I, on purpose go outside and walk.bare foot in the snow. I don’t get sick. I have no doubt that pushing myself to do this toughens up my body and makes me healthier.

  14. I’m seen as less weird than I used to be, simply because of a change in geography. We moved from Tarrant County Texas to Boulder County Colorado a few years ago, and here there is a higher level of awareness of the need for lifestyle balance. I think though that there is increased awareness everywhere, in large part because of Mark Sisson, Brad Kearns and a handful of others who have taught the world that the best path forward is a thoughtful retreat to the past.
    Still, even though I keep my lifestyle to myself, some people do think that never eating fast food is weird. I haven’t had a McDonalds hamburger in this millennium, and that’s seen as odd, even in Boulder. People find it odd that I read about health and lifestyle issues so much, and that I track things.
    I hope to lead by example in my own family and neighborhood. I am sure we all do. It’s a hard sell though, against the backdrop of a culture obsessed with bad food and sedentary comforts.
    I have a friend, a neighbor who is about my age who told me he takes 25 prescription medications. He takes pills to counteract the side effects of other pills. I have family members who are morbidly obese, to the point that they can’t even walk much, or stand for more than a couple of minutes. I have a cousin whose husband has gone blind from Type II diabetes. I don’t judge them, just wish I could help. Maybe being seen as a bit weird can be a conversation starter and can make a difference.

  15. My weird is both being carnivore and not watching TV. I also travel extensively so being consistent in my chosen diet can be a challenge. ‘I’ll have the rib-eye, rare, no sides. Well OK, maybe a side of bacon’ I often have to head the bread basket off at the pass to avoid unnecessary waste. This often leads to curiosity and questions which I welcome, of course. ‘Let your freak flag fly’ Have not heard that one in a while. Keep up the good work, Mark!

  16. Your book, now books, have been a very positive influence on many lives. Glad I read “the. Primal Blueprint”, by Mark Sisson. Major game changer for me and ideas to help others. Hope your ideas lead you to the Centurian life, both you and middle aged Art DeVaney.. No mainstream gibberish here. Just results!

  17. What makes me weird at 60 years of age?
    ice baths, cold/hot showers
    training in my driveway as the sun comes up and it is 0 degrees F
    eating “primally”
    and listening to like-minded podcasts including you
    I could go on!

  18. Being a paleo yogini kind of freaks people out. I tried the veg way and that really didn’t work for me. Also, sometimes people are hesitant to invite me to dinner because I don’t eat gluten. People really have trouble with that. So I assure them that I’ll bring something to eat and everyone usually loves it!

  19. By far, people think I’m “weird” due to my dietary choices and what I absolutely won’t eat –

    industrial seed oils, sugar, white flour, artificial chemicals, conventional meat, etc.

    Basically I boycott 95% of what’s in grocery stores while others fill their carts with soda, crackers, chips, fruit snacks, white bread, microwavable pizzas, cookies, donuts, low fat milk, and such.

    My extended family will have gatherings and they’re eating white flour waffles then cake for dessert – but I, my wife, and our kids will eat something totally separate.


  20. RE Sunday with Sisson – I ride an adult size kick scooter, which are now an anomaly thanks to the e-scooter takeover.

  21. Nice Sunday writing today.

    My weird?
    I’ve never in my life had a TV, I’ve never tried Pepsi or coke or Dr Pepper or any of those in my whole life, Ive never had most fast food burgers joints. (I think I had one Burger King burger 30 years ago or something.)
    Also I have not eaten anything sweetened or dessert like in over 5 years. People can’t comprehend that one, or the tv.
    I’m lucky, My parents were very forward thinking. Organic small farm-produced food and no tv from day 1! Though not primal sadly.

    1. Waldorf? We raised our daughter that way; it is so powerful. It is amazing when one lives outside the “media maelstrom” as I also do (no TV). Of course, “the Internet” is part of it, too, but I also question the whole practice of the modern forms of “entertainment.” It usurps creativity and presence (of mind) in such insidious ways.

  22. Push-ups and squats when I get out of the car, even in business attire.

    Keep pointing and laughing unhealthy people. I love that way more than when you blow your horn to ask if I’m leaving yet.

  23. Replying to Sundays with Sisson: I intermittent fast (18-6 normally). People think I’m strange to not eat in the morning, but it’s not only freeing (no need to schedule my day around eating), it feels good. I feel light and ready for the day.

  24. We all have our peculiarities, but usually not to the point of weirdness. Or maybe we mostly just keep those things to ourselves.
    For instance, I don’t discuss my paleo eating habits. I learned a long time ago that few people are motivated by what works for someone else. I seldom watch TV–not because I have anything against it as a form of entertainment. I just prefer to read.
    I don’t do exercises, per se. (That makes me weird on this website.) My body gets plenty of motion as I go about my daily life.
    I also don’t do doctors, routine health screenings, or prescription and OTC drugs. My primary healthcare provider is a homeopath/naturopath. (That makes me weird with almost everyone I know.) He told me many years ago that the only thing that can heal the body is the body itself, and that sweets and grain products are a bad idea.

  25. Tree nuts and jerky are my weekday meal. “Is that all you eat, really”?
    I live in hotels 4 days a week. My days are long and I frequently finish my workouts late at night. The looks I get waiting for the elevator in sweaty gear when most people are coming back from the bars and restaurants make my day complete.

  26. speaking of getting your freak on, I’ve been at this for near on 24 years. I view most of you as late comers to my party. But Mark has been writing about it more than I, so kudos to him. What precipitated my move in the way of primal eating? A diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes took me down the dark garden path of learning what works and what doesn’t with my bodily need for endogenous Insulin. By reading everything I could get my hands on in those dark days of 1997, I found my ideal diet. Meat, little veggies, and lots of animal fat. No more for the breads, pastas, cookies, cakes, etc. The upside? I’m more fit than I was in my teens 20s and 30s. Now 56, I’m in the “best shape of my life.” I hate that phrase but it sure makes sense. It’s one of the ones that’s just been used up.
    So here we are, eating right while the rest of the world succumbs to the psyop of covid and vaccination. Get your FREAK on is right up my well worn alley. Get you some!

  27. So many bad conditions and diseases are being blamed on the “insults of modern life” to NOT want to revert to pre-modern behavior.

    My weirdness, at age 64, is carrying two kettlebells around the block. Neighbors stare, smile, and say “Wow you must be strong.” But I say, “No, I’m trying to get strong”.

  28. Many people have told me that they want to eat what they like, and don’t want to think about diet, exercise or lifestyle.
    Some people think I am weird because I care about my health, pay attention to diet and exercise, and am proactive about it. We can break it down to minutiae, but one either cares enough to take steps towards better health or they don’t.

  29. Let’s see..people think I’m weird when I pass on a bun for my burger, pass on toast with breakfast. I put real salt and collagen in my morning coffee. I get up at 5am to run in the freezing cold. I love my assault bike. I’m used to getting questioned on my choices, and I embrace it. I don’t mind being the odd one out. I know the reasons why I do what I do.

  30. what’s your “weird?”
    I will turn 65 in May and have muscular arms similar to yours. I worked at Amazon warehouse 12 hour shift last year just to see if I was capable. I won awards and blew always almost everyone & they were all younger. The more you do, the more you can do. What a concept ! Trouble is, most don’t want to. I would take the neighbor kids in summer to the park to play baseball and stay for 1-2 hrs middays in the hot sun. I maintain my yard with old school push mower (no engine) my neighbors shake their heads. I just call myself the crazy old lady with NO aches, pains or meds. Now volunteering at an organic farm In Davie for five days, eight hours a day……Learning to be self-sufficient and know what you’re eating.
    Keep up the good work, you’re a great inspiration.

  31. My entire lifestyle is “weird” to most people: after 3 years, I am still on Keto because I love it and because it feels good and right. I avoid conventional medicine and work with a naturopathic doctor for supplements and herbs, a chiropractor, and an acupuncturist to stay healthy. Furthermore, I get up early each day to do a 1-hour meditation, and I have had great success with energy healing. Life has never been better!

  32. I have been following keto for about 4 years. I am fitter and healthier than most 60 year olds. My weird is my weekly sprinting session. No one in my family ever wants to do sprints with me. They have all tried it once. They just roll their eyes when I ask if anyone wants to join me. I love the looks that I get from people driving by on their way to work when they see this gray haired guy running all out.

  33. In response to your Sunday Message: I am weird to friends and family members because I intermittent fast, AND, I won’t touch grains. Plus, I eat Keto style (notice I won’t use the word “diet”. So many of my circle know ZERO about the Ketogenic eating regimen. And my doctors, and PA’s and NP’s as well. Fats are bad is all anyone seems to have learned, thanks to advertising. My eating style makes others around me nervous. Of course, I wear my “WEIRD” badge proudly. I could care less. How to get around my doctors is my main focus for now.

  34. My weird is I really don’t want to get a covid vaccine.
    I even hate to admit it to friends, colleagues as I am ostracised, but, I gotta go with tI call “my voice” because there’s anything out there that you want to believe, on the internet. Mainstream says to get it. My go to non-mainstream health people say, don’t get it. Hell. It’s really stressful. To get or not to get the vaccine. It creeps me out the government thinks it’s okay to develop an app to let you into an arena only if you’ve been vaccinated. That is just not right. Think about it.
    What are your thoughts, feelings about getting the vaccine, Mark?

    1. I’m right there with you. I just had an allergic reaction to a drug, to the point I was given an epi pen as a precaution. At least I could just stop taking the drug, you can’t undo an injection if you react. My parents keep pushing for me to get it sooner rather than later but I don’t feel comfortable with it. There is a promising one being developed by Novavax that seems to have less side effects than the others.

  35. My oddities are largely what they’ve been over quite a while. I swim in Puget Sound all year (as of recently about 3 times a week), and sometimes do a 10sec handstand at the beach on nonconsecutive days. I go barefoot a lot, especially on hikes. And I’ve been known to do my Amazon delivery routes in a fasted state, wherein I get an elevated amount of energy, and feel cleansed the next day. This phenomenon is one I find well-explained in Jason Fung’s book “The Complete Guide to Fasting”. Another oddity is that I listen mostly to classical music, largely on the gamut from Mozart to Dvorak. The experience of it to me is similar to a walk in the deep wilderness (I liked walking in the woods of Discovery Park while listening to Shubert’s Trout quintet).

  36. I’ve got two weirds. I teach and during class I walk circles around the classroom. I usually get 7 to 10 miles a day. I also intermittent fast and don’t eat until I get home around 430 except Thursday. Thursday is “No Eat Thursday.” From Wednesday at 6:30 until Friday at 4:30 I refrain from eating. I still walk 15 to 20 miles during that time. I don’t get hungry or tired. But I do drink plenty of water and supplement with electrolytes. Most people believe it’s impossible but our bodies are built for this kind of behavior.

  37. My weird – as I live in France, explaining to co-workers that I don’t eat lunch. They then assume that’s because I had a big ‘English’ breakfast (which I didn’t) – but sometimes it’s easier to let them believe that than explain keto/IF!

    1. That WOULD be especially weird as lunch is culturally so important to the French.

  38. Oooof, Joe Rogan. I think it might be time to stop buying MS’s avocado oil. Pity, I kind of like these weekly link aggregations.