New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week — Edition 133

Research of the Week

In the absence of weight loss, there is no difference in blood glucose whether you’re getting 10% or 30% of dietary energy from carbs. In the study, 10% meant 65 grams of carbs per day or more.

Female chimps prioritize protein. Do you?

A survey of natural sounds, their benefits, and their distribution throughout National Parks.

In obese men, going keto preserves pancreatic beta-cell function and increases testosterone levels.

A genetic variant common among Southeast Asians may explain their low rates of COVID.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 497: Dr. Dale Bredesen: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Dale Bredesen about his research into Alzheimer’s.

Health Coach Radio: Erin and Laura chat with Mike Pullano, Chief Experience Officer at ARX (Adaptive Resistance Exercise).

Media, Schmedia

NIH director likes the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

This is why you must remove yourself from the modern environment and construct an ancestral one around you.

Interesting Blog Posts

On ketones and NAFLD.

Rangelands cover over half the world’s land surface.

How to do Maui gluten-free.

Social Notes

It’s true. It’s all true.

Everything Else

Man who plans on manufacturing worms as a human staple food won’t eat them himself.

What the Oregon Trail pioneers packed.

Computers may be able to read images from brains within the decade.


Things I’m Up to and Interested In

This is why I walk: A simple walk after a can of coke mitigates the blood sugar spike.

Crazy thread: What kids are learning about nutrition in school.

Good news: If you’ve had COVID, you’ll probably make antibodies for life.

Important article: “The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins

What have I been saying for years?: The tangible health benefits of listening to nature sounds.

Question I’m Asking

What are your health non-negotiables?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 29 – Jun 4)

Comment of the Week

“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.”

-Nice comment from Investigator.

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. Hey, not sure if you missed it, but the Bikman article (This is why you must remove yourself from the modern environment and construct an ancestral one around you.) is an advertorial or paid placement, not journalism, and it’s intended to sell a product he makes.

    1. I agree. Their solution to replace processed foods with more processed food is not a solution at all.

  2. “Female chimps prioritize protein. Do you?”

    I’m more of a bonobo than a chimp. 😛

    But yes I find that low protein freaks out my body. And it has to be high quality protein.

  3. Not a chimp, but yes, I do prioritize protein and have done so for many years. A meal–any meal–feels incomplete without it.
    As for health non-negotiables, that would be my teeth since dental work is unpleasant and expensive. I have a very thorough home care routine that I stick with come hell or high water. The payoff is superb oral health.

  4. Sutton: Yes, noticed right away that the Bikman “article”
    was an ad for his product. Didn’t really appreciate that,
    even if his advice may have seemed sound.

  5. The link to the Bresden podcast goes to a Well’s one about supplements.

  6. A few more sources of organisms for positive gut health are:

    Soil: adults or children working or playing in soil or garden can benefit from getting good variety of organisms.

    Family and friends: Infants and children handled by many family members and friends acquire variety of organisms that promote ‘flora and fauna’ of the body.

  7. What do I do to avoid burning? Put on long sleeves, long pants and a hat. Otherwise, seek out some shade. I never use sunscreen. I don’t like smearing toxic chemicals on my skin.
    I’ve talked to women who won’t stick a hand out the front door to grab the newspaper at 6 a.m. without loading up with sunscreen because they’re scared to death of the sun. Irrational but, unfortunately, pretty common.

    1. Isn’t that the truth!
      Take in a little sun early in the day then layer clothing.
      The toxic sunscreens also contribute to environmental damage when worn in the ocean, lakes, and rivers. Not thinking water creatures need sunblock…..

  8. I’m not surprised that those people that have had COVID and recovered likely now likely have durable immunity to ever getting it again. All we heard about with COVID (from CDC and others) were antibodies, and how they may fade with time, but the immune system is way more complex than that. Our bodies produce T-cells and memory B-cells that remain in the bone marrow for decades, and protect us from another attack by the same (or similar) viral agent (particularly life-threatening viral agents). I’m sure that the rapid decline in COVID cases around the country is due to a combination of those who have had the vaccine, and those who’ve had COVID and recovered (estimated to be some 120-130 million people).

  9. Thanks for your sun wisdom and advice.
    Being a sun lover and also having a father who had melanoma, I make sure to follow Mark’s advice. Honor the sun and be mindful of exposure.

  10. Re sunscreen, I saw once that coconut oil had a small degree of SPF, and it makes a fairly nice lotion anyway (and an ingredient in many home made skin care products). If this is accurate it might be a nice tool to extend your window of healthy exposure a bit.

  11. Sun exposure – totally depends where you live. Here in New Zealand you can get seriously sunburnt in about 10 minutes in summer between the hours of around 10am – 3pm, especially if you are pale. You can actually feel the sun burning your skin immediately. I NEVER sit directly in the sun and don’t go into the sun without sunscreen and a hat. We have the highest rates of melanoma in the world.

  12. The only time we wear sunscreen is if we’re going to be outside all day with limited shade, i.e. on the water, and it has to be certified as reef safe.

  13. I’ve never given a thought to what sunscreen was actually made with and this article is timely as we are just getting some nice 30C weather and sun in my neck of the world.

    I find that I too do not really burn but I am becoming more wary of how much mid-day sun exposure I get. I recently had a pacemaker implant and am 2-weeks into recovery. I have found that some daily sun exposure really helps me feel better and that I take less Tylenol to calm the discomfort.

    Honestly I feel like the sun is helping me heal quicker.

  14. What do I do to avoid sunburn?
    I take numerous supplements
    then added L-throsine to the mix. I noticed that I was tanning & not burning and that’s a big deal to me because I have a fair-medium complexion. I can stay in the sun longer and not burn…it’s been a wonder drug for me. My friends and coworkers have admired my tan.