New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week — Edition 128

Research of the Week

In women, taking vitamins, probiotics, vitamin D, and omega-3s seems to reduce the risk of COVID infections.

Women who use combined oral contraceptives tend to have higher levels of oxidative stress and CRP.

What were the genetics of early Bronze Age Greeks?

Human laughter may have evolved from apes panting during play.

Livestock have always enriched grasslands.

A recent review of the evidence finds that the introduction of ivermectin reduces COVID morbidity.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 487: Brad Kearns: Host Elle Russ chats with our other host Brad Kearns about the new book he and I wrote together, Two Meals a Day.

Episode 488: Luke Tyburski: Host Brad Kearns chats with Luke Tyburski, former pro soccer player turned extreme endurance athlete turned mental health coach.

Health Coach Radio: Erin and Laura chat with Mario Tomic about his journey to success.

Media, Schmedia

Dumped DDT off the coast of Los Angeles.

Interesting Blog Posts

Let’s not.

Both Korean college students and Tsimane foragers have similar resting metabolic rates, high starch diets, and high-saturated fat body fat.

Social Notes

Young Scorsese had talent.

To squat is to be human.

Everything Else

Good luck with that.

Don’t mess around with concussions.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I’m all for this if it works: Robot weeder that uses lasers to kill weeds.

This is mastery (and a great story): How Andre Agassi learned to read Boris Becker’s serves.

Sometimes I see the appeal: Italian man living alone on an island off Sardinia is leaving after 32 years.

Is it time?: To end outdoor mask mandates.

Interesting article: Is drinking actually healthy?

Question I’m Asking

Would you live alone on an island?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 24 – Apr 30)

Comment of the Week

Your timing is impeccable. This week the performance period (week 14) of training for IRON MAN CDA began. Saturday ended with me in the back of an ambulance after a long bike/run day. I passed out, hit my head on the flagstones and was out cold for several minutes. Several tests indicate I have a low blood pressure condition following strenuous endurance activity. I had my pity party and I am now looking for my next adventure. I have several IM’s and I love Triathlon with a outward brain expansion in the absence of constraining chewing muscles bound to the sagittal crests) … made us who we are today.”

-Sorry to hear, Lima Whiskey. All the best.

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. There are actually outdoor mask mandates somewhere? Why is anyone wearing a mask anywhere right now? There’s a vaccine, the masks clearly do nothing anyways. Time to live like normal humans again.

    1. We just had the outdoor mask mandate lifted in Maine last week. Still, I see people outside in my small town wearing masks while walking alone. Or driving in their cars alone. Madness.

      1. To those of you complaining about other people wearing masks, why are you so angry about it? How does it possibly affect you at all?? But since you seem to be interested in policing others’ actions and intentions, I read a comment the other day where a person mentioned that wearing a mask outdoors was really helping with her spring allergies. Is that satisfactory to you? Personally, I sometimes wear one when dusting now. Also in Asian countries people have been wearing masks for years now, to avoid spreading colds and flu in crowded public settings. You may start seeing people do that here now too, during cold and flu season. Hope you can deal with it.

        1. Thank you for this comment Rebecca.

          So much needless anger on this subject. It is a simple thing and entirely harmless to wear a mask. I know many people who just feel it calms their anxieties as well.

      2. Kathy, it’s possible that people are running multiple errands and just don’t bother to remove their masks in between stops.

  2. So how does a people go from being the progenitors of philosophy, science, rhetoric, mathematics, democracy, economics, law, and also much progress….

    to an ethnic caricature of hairy, greasy, and illiterate wife-beaters who cannot balance their budget?

  3. “In women, taking vitamins, probiotics, vitamin D, and omega-3s seems to reduce the risk of COVID infections.”

    Come on, Mark, you know better than to use causal language for an observational study. Tsk tsk.

  4. I find the blog post on alcohol consumption to be naive and cavalier (coming from someone who enjoys alcohol and respects its properties)

    1. Pretty much the benefit comes down to alcohol thinning your blood or rather stopping abnormal clotting in a similar way to aspirin.

      Negatives of over consumption such as liver disease, hormone imbalance, excess calories, cancer etc still exist.

  5. Hello Mr. Sisson!

    I read your post regularly and this one hit home for me. Though I still have to work!!

    I sometimes feel like I don’t know when work will end but, I don’t think about it on the regular because it is my work. I work in Healthcare and my work, not my job, is what keeps me motivated along with my 19 year old daughter, Dariah, and I just bought my first home!!

    I love working at the VA, too. My second job. That population needs someone to care. Even the little things help.

    I also wanted to say that I just switched my collagen powder to Primal Kitchen’s and this product is fabulous. I work nights at a major hospital in downtown Chicago and I make my coffee with a little cream, the collagen powder and Hazelnut Stevia. Oh my! The coconut flavor complements this concoction of mine so well. I love it. I have found the only Collagen powder I will ever need…love this stuff!!

    Thanks for your wisdom Mr. Sisson. Have a great week!!

  6. We’ve discovered the code to breakthru ADD/ADHD…SDB/obs.Sleep Apnea. My ENT colleague and our Protocol (I’m and Airway orthodontist). Will rock the world!!!! Our patients are amazed performance and longevity!!! NO pharma… just unobstructed Nose Breathing and non inflammatory foods

  7. I’ll be 91 in July. Life is work and play and really what I look forward to on daily basis.

    I play golf for couple hours 4/5 times per week, walk almost daily , plus I’m very healthy and happy.with no physical issues..

    I’m a commeracisl real estate broker in the very hot Austin Tx market.

    Daily spiritual studies and do my best to live a productive life.

    Enjoy your articles and agree with your work effort.and goals.. I’ll never retire as living life on purpose instead of by accident is great.

  8. I’ll be 91 in July. Life is work and play and really what I look forward to on daily basis.

    I play golf for couple hours 4/5 times per week, walk almost daily , plus I’m very healthy and happy.with no physical issues..

    I’m a commeracisl real estate broker in the very hot Austin Tx market.

    Daily spiritual studies and do my best to live a productive life.

    Enjoy your articles and agree with your work effort.and goals.. I’ll never retire as living life on purpose instead of by accident is great.

  9. I’m 70 years old and am still employed exactly as I was at ages 60, 50, 40. Nothing has changed for me, and I plan to work 15 more years. What keeps me going is in part sustaining my financial lifestyle, but mostly that I have lived my life believing that the best is yet to come, and the behaviors that accompany that belief don’t change with age. Many of my friends tend to focus on past accomplishments. I want to learn new things, and am ready for my next career challenge. This is why the ketogenic lifestyle is so important in my life. I learned that I can’t sustain my physical and mental efforts without close attention to diet and activity. It doesn’t take much to get off track. But, I would add that I am happy and that I love life, so no complaints!

  10. There are things I love doing, but none of them pay enough to live on. If I could retire tomorrow I’d do so in a heartbeat.

  11. Mark, I’ll tell you what keeps me going. God created me with a mission: to bring glory to Him.

    Q:What is the chief end of man?
    A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God,1 and to enjoy him forever.

    1 Corinthians 10:31. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Romans 11:36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

  12. I just turned 68 in April and I still practice as a CPA. Just 40 hours a month rather than 40 hours a week, but it provides enough challenges that I’m not merely floating along through the day. The work life expectancy of my cohorts ranges from 70 to “I’m never going to quit.” In general I would say that without a game life just gets too boring. Plus, technically, we are at the top of our game and I for one want to use the knowledge I’ve gained in 40+ years in the practice of Accounting before I hang it all up.

  13. I’m 62 and can’t wait to retire on June 30th. Don’t want to be in front of a computer 40 hours per week anymore. Instead I plan on hiking, swimming and improving my Spanish, a language I was once fluent in.

  14. Sardines for breakfast. Hope this change in my diet helps me.

    1. I frequently eat sardines for a late breakfast or a light, easy lunch. I love them, although it has become difficult to find really good ones that aren’t overpriced. I prefer the ones packed in olive oil but had to give up on a couple of brands because the quality of the oil went downhill.

    2. I’m about to make sardines for my breakfast as soon as I finish reading all the comments.

  15. Well, I started doing genealogy in 2003 when I was still working and I retired from the State of CA in 2010. I am still working on it and it is a never ending project, mostly people keep having babies and dying…

  16. I suppose it depends on the island.

    Is it the typical, cartoon deserted island, with a single palm and a few feet of beach? No, I wouldn’t volunteer to live there.

    Is it something like the island from Cast Away? I’d be up for that.

    Is it a metaphorical island? Far too many of us, today, have already opted for that kind of isolation.

  17. Purpose. Everyone needs a purpose or there is no point to anything at all.

    Often when you lose a child or lifelong partner, all the purpose goes out of your life and this is the hardest aspect to overcome.

  18. Come on, MDA… Shame on you. Look at the date of the article on Alcohol. It’s 5 years old. There is nothing health- giving about ethanol in any quantity. I have fallen away from MDA because I continue to see posts that seem to be trying to appeal
    to what an audience wants to hear, rather than what they used to be- spreading new information to break old ways of thinking. Yes, I’m sober, 2 plus years after 20 years of a bad wine habit promulgated by Big Alcohol in their “wine is healthy” marketing ploys. Remind you of anything? And the statistics on non- drinkers is including all the non drinkers whose poor health forbids them alcohol. Sound familiar? Do your research before spreading such crap. Alcohol isn’t any more healthy than the crap people eat when they choose to wander off into sport eating land. Yup, we do it, but we shouldn’t justify that it’s healthy. You need to understand the brain chemistry of alcohol.
    If you haven’t heard of Annie Grace and the work she has been putting forward to help people understand and untangle the myriad challenges to overcoming alcohol abuse in their lives, you should check her out. This Naked Mind.

    1. I’m 8 months alcohol free and yes Annie Grace and this Naked Mind completely changed my view on alcohol, no amount is healthy.

      1. Anyone who counts the number of days, months, or years they’ve been sober has a problem with alcohol.. That doesn’t mean it’s a problem for everyone. An occasional glass of wine or beer with dinner or when out with friends isn’t alcohol abuse, and it isn’t necessarily unhealthy.

  19. The article on drinking is very interesting. However, the author loses some credibility with me when he says that the evidence – based on epidemiological studies is “irrefutable”. Any fan of Mark knows that these studies showing correlation do not necessarily prove anything.

  20. Mark thee body fat composition of the different groups was interesting and got me wondering. When your body burns fat does it use that fat the same way that fat consumed through the diet is used?

    Does the burned body fat get used to create hormones for instance and to lubricate joints or is the fat simply turned into glucose and released into the blood stream.

    If used like dietary fat an overweight individual losing fat could be getting exposed to more fat than they realize as they burn through their reserves. This could help explain the improvement in testosterone levels as men lose weight.

  21. Mark Thanks for share this post. vitamins, probiotics, vitamin D, and omega-3s seems to reduce the risk of COVID infections. Best point which you describe in the article. Your each and every point is informative.