New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week — Edition 132

Research of the Week

What accounts for the differences in alcohol consumption outcomes?

Dogs may detect COVID-19.

Autonomic imbalances in American football players.

Tsimane hunter-gatherers have brains that age more slowly.

Eat asparagus with your steak and red wine.

Doesn’t matter when or how: just get your steps in.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 495: Shawn Wells: Host Elle Russ chats with Shawn Wells, the world’s leading nutritional biochemist.

Episode 496: Kirsten Beverley-Waters: Host Brad Kearns chats with Kirsten Beverley-Waters about the power of finding utility in past traumas and struggles.

Health Coach Radio: Erin and Laura chat with Kate Lyman about doing the things that feel right.

Media, Schmedia

Does individualism promote selfishness?

Fractional dosing vaccine trials may be coming.

Interesting Blog Posts

The long history of working out on purpose.

Fermented bird-stuffed fermented seal: an Inuit delicacy.

Social Notes

Love this.

Play is for everyone.

Everything Else

Do we believe him?

Intro to Maillard reactions.


Things I’m Up to and Interested In

New program for budding writers: My colleague Elle Russ is running an 8-week writing workshop that starts July 12. Sign up now.

I’ll have to look into this one: Article claims you still need to wear sunscreen indoors because of windows and LED screens.

This is true for many organisms: Trees need wind.

Important: How the “experts” hope to remake our food.

What have I been saying for years?: This is why you don’t just slather sunscreen on mindlessly.

Question I’m Asking

Would you eat cicada tacos?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 22 – May 28)

Comment of the Week

“Dr. Scholl’s makes an ultra thin gel insole with no extra heel padding, no arch support- takes up little room in my minimalist running shoe and provides just enough cushion for extended walking on concrete/pavement.”

-Good to know, Larry B.

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. Mark
    OMG The Gates agenda is terrifying. We need to fight it! Please inform me of any efforts. I vote with my dollars. Thanks

  2. Bill Gates is trying to reinvent the wheel. His “pledges” and “donations”, characterized as philanthropic in the media and by governments with their hands out, are merely investments purely motivated by profit. He clearly showed his hand when he refused to provide available pharmaceutical manufacturers covid vaccine data to accelerate production in global efforts to save lives–profit before lives and health. He pushes this highly processed fake food stuff while preaching about carbon emissions, completely and utterly unaware of regenerative processes that not only effectively sequester carbon, but improve local economies, public and individual health, and quality of life (for everyone except the global corporations and families that vie for increasingly centralized control over every aspect of our lives). He says he “hopes” that technology can overcome the obvious limitations and downsides of his business ventures, but humanity and hundreds of thousands of years of evolution and science have already laid bare a better way. Say no to Bill Gates.

  3. Bill Gates = pharma mafia times 2.

    I’m never wearing sunscreen. Are these doctors crazy?

  4. Movement as an antidote? No matter what your goal, be it emotional healing, creative achievement, intellectual improvement or physical transformation : without movement it’s not happening. You simply cannot attract these things to yourself by means of mere desire or intention. You have to move to it ! Simple !

  5. I agree with others about Gates agenda. He is pure evil!
    As far as movement … great Sunday read and totally spot on Mark. When I was much younger and used to wear a wind-up watch (I’m 62), my Father told me the more I wear it, the better it will perform — movement! Same goes for wearing Sterling silver which will tarnish over time without wearing it and subjecting it to natural body oils, soap and … movement!

  6. I hope Mark is just being sarcastic when he says, “I’ll have to look into this one” re: the article on wearing sunscreen indoors.

    Don’t waste your time.

    The amount of sunlight we get indoors is a complex function of the surfaces outside the window (snow vs. asphalt, for example), how close we are to the window, etc. But one thing is for sure: it is usually orders of magnitude less than standing in direct sunlight.

    If indoor sun exposure is a risk, the species would have long since died off.

    And that’s even more true for the blue light issue brought up in the article. Sunlight includes blue light but there is not the slightest reason to think it is a skin cancer issue. (It does affect circadian rhythms, but that’s a different topic.)

    Any risk (if there is any) of exposure to indoor or blue light pales in comparison to slathering your body with unnatural chemicals every day. Or the damage of not getting enough sunlight for vitamin D production.

    There are a lot of issues to be concerned with regarding our health and living in modern society. Indoor sunlight and blue light from devices aren’t worth a moment’s concern.

    1. I don’t use sunscreen at all. I’ve never liked smearing those toxic chemicals on my skin. I’d much rather cover up and put on a hat. As for thinking sunscreen is necessary indoors, well, some people are very gullible. They will buy into any crazy idea.

      We can probably thank the dermatology profession for promoting the misguided notion that any sun at all is bad for our unprotected skin. And, of course, the sunscreen industry jumped right on that with a ton of hype in order to increase their profit. (What’s not to like about that?)

      Sure, too much sun isn’t good, but not enough is even worse. I have read that the incidence of breast cancer, alone, could drop by 75 percent if women would get sufficient vitamin D from the sun (the Vitamin D Society, written probably 10 years ago). Fact is, some direct sunlight is necessary for all living things, including humans.

  7. re: Sunday with Sisson – One remarkable thing about life is that it seemingly opposes the increase in entropy/disorder that physics would normally associate with increases in heat and the passage of time. By moving and learning our bodies and brains become more ordered, and the efficiency with which they convert heat into work improves. This doesn’t violate the second law of thermodynamics because the total entropy of the universe still increases. The increase in the entropy of the environment exceeds the reduction in entropy associated with a more ordered state of brain or muscle structure and function. When we move, the entropy of the environment surrounding the muscles and nerves increases, so that ordered structures such as fascial adhesions do not form.

    But this only happens if multiple systems interact in a complex manner – the logic doesn’t hold up if a joint lacks cartilage or synovial fluid, or if our diet lacks magnesium or something. The conversion of heat (calories) into internal order has its limits as well, because too much movement degrades our bodies. Things like life and optimal performance are only possible for a finite range of movement intensity, specific patterns of movement, and the right balance of dozens of dietary inputs. Bed rest and chronic cardio are both sub-optimal; too much or too little movement in a joint is sub-optimal; too much or too little of an essential nutrient is sub-optimal.

    I think consciousness has evolved to detect deviations from optimality in these complex internal states and simultaneously adjust many internal components using comparatively simple behaviors – just move in a way that doesn’t cause too much pain, and eat the foods which appetite dictates (but obviously modern food chemistry, desk jobs, etc., mess this up). We all get the sense that we crave particular foods if we lack a particular nutrient, and this subconsciously drives our eating behavior. Primal folks like to avoid processed foods because they contain many calories and few nutrients, causing us to crave more food to get the nutrients that we need, which results in overeating and weight gain. Scientifically this is speculation, but there is some New and Noteworthy science here. Not sure if I can post links, but a search for ‘Response of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in Drosophila to amino acid deficit’ should produce a new paper that demonstrates the causal connection between a specific nutrient deficiency and an appetite for a specific type of food. Sure it’s drosophila, but presumably the mechanism is similar in humans, and to my knowledge it’s the first such demonstration of the sort in any species. So yeah, you could consider movement the key to everything in life because without it you’d be dead, and stuff breaks if you turn it too hard, but like diet and social interaction, it’s just one key on the chain.

  8. Having been through physical therapy several times, the one thing they stress is to keep moving. This applies to our thinking as well. If we keep thinking the same thoughts, we will never find a solution to a problem or even head in a different direction

  9. My 89 year old Uncle Dave sums it up well. You stop moving, you die.

  10. Gates is trying to address the issues of modern meat raising methods that take too much space and damage the environment. That’s not inherently evil. It’s just that we’re not ready to re-engineer modern food production to provide a healthy, sustainable diet when we understand so little about what a healthy diet is. We don’t know that cloned meat is as healthy as regular meat. We can’t know because we don’t know enough about what, exactly, is healthy about regular meat. After all, modern medical thought is still stuck way back on “red meat bad, fats bad, whole grains good!” Gates has the power to make a difference but we shouldn’t act too quickly on a dearth of good information. (I love the information that Mark provides, but it often impresses me with how much our society pretends to know about nutrition compared with how much we’re still just beginning to learn.)

    1. No, it’s ideological. There’s no information that will change his mind. Read some history. When has this ever worked out well?

    2. Thanks for your comment, Kathy. I know it takes up a lot of time and effort to push back against divisive language like “such and such is pure evil.”

      If our society becomes so dysfunctional that we can’t have a rational discussion about food, then it hardly even matters anymore what we eat. Food for thought.

  11. Hello all,
    Your reflections on movement reminded me of
    something said I think by legendary surfer and snowboarder Gerry Lopez: “Movement is life; exercise is medicine.”
    Enjoy your weekend!

  12. It would not surprise me to find out some ancient Greeks could lift a 300lb rock over their heads. I doubt very many people exist today who could do it though.

  13. Hi Mark, I recently read about the UC Davis study that showed most retail avocado oils are oxidized or adulterated. I was shocked that Primal Kitchen didn’t make the final cut. I’ve been consuming your avocado oil as one of my primary fat sources for years! Do you have a public response to this study? Have you gotten to examine the data yourself? Would really appreciate an update! Thank you. Andy

  14. Hi Mark. I didn’t know where else to contact you so hope this is ok. I became aware of you via your spot on Rogan podcast. I just want to thank you. I bought your 2 meals a day book. It has changed my life. After many years of suffering with IBS I am following the eating plan and it has entirely rid me of the cursed disease. I also dropped two sizes about the waist.
    I’m almost 60 and I feel better than I have in decades. Thank you so much. You’re a good man.
    Best regards, David.

  15. I might take the “wear sunscreen indoors” article more seriously if it didn’t come with a handy-dandy list of expensive skin products. No conflict of interest there!

  16. CNN sunscreen article clearly written to peddle sunscreens listed at end of article. What do you think Mark?

  17. Well said, Move-it-Mark!

    A close cousin of the movement mantra that comes to mind is “Use it or lose it!”

    I’m mostly thinking of decluttering ones household, but it can mean parting ways with just about anything we don’t really “use” or haven’t been working on (incl. tasks and projects we’ve been putting off, or even relationships that are toxic or beyond repair).
    The idea is to get rid of stuff that’s just in your way so you can make space (and devote attention to) the things you truly care about.