New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week — Edition 130

Research of the Week

Top men and women are hard at work trying to convince you to go on a plant-based diet.

Ivermectin combined with doxycycline looks to be an effective, inexpensive COVID treatment.

Neanderthals ate some starchy foods.

At least across the Southwestern United States, ancient human gut biomes were far more diverse than they are today.

Mental “handwriting” to text.

Ancient enhancement of Amazonian soil quality made by pre-Columbian forest dwellers still persists today.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 491: Dr. Jason Fung: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Jason Fung, a practicing nephrologist, best-selling author, and expert on intermittent fasting.

Episode 492: Dave McKeown: Host Brad Kearns chats with Dave McKeown about leadership.

Health Coach Radio: Erin and Laura chat with Elizabeth Tripp about creating your own experience and rewriting your own story.

Media, Schmedia

Low-fat flavored (sugar-filled) milk is coming back to schools.

Texas may ban fake meat purveyors from calling their products “meat.”

Interesting Blog Posts

How to lower your LDL when you’re low-carb.

What the Knights Templar ate.

Social Notes

Ranchers: this is what you’re potentially missing out on.

Naps as productivity boosters.

Everything Else

Space takes its toll.

Hyenas massacred and ate this group of Neanderthals.

Ancient Pacific Coast dwellers had access to so much salmon that they had to impose limits to keep from eating too much. Nice problem to have, huh?

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I enjoyed doing: Mark Bell’s Power Project. Go listen.

Other podcast I enjoyed doing: Abel James’ Fat Burning Man. Go listen to that too.

Good interview: Robert Lustig on CNN about the dangers of processed food.

Bad news: Young kids have gained a ton of weight throughout the pandemic.

It always helps: Bad sleep? Exercise will improve your thinking.

Question I’m Asking

What are you grilling this summer?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 8 – May 14)

Comment of the Week

“Avocado Mayo: Great for fish sticks! Put mayo in a plastic bag with cut of fish, squish around until all are coated in mayo, roll in a mixture of crushed pork rinds, parmesan cheese, and smoked paprika or other spices. Cook in air fryer. Serve with chipotle lime Avocado mayo. Yum yum!”

-That sounds incredible, Carol.

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 was in the 4H growing up and we had to calculate our true costs of raising a beef steer. What does not show in the beef cost calculation in the rancher post is the cost of care of the cow, which includes everything; feed, cost of land, cost of land maintenance, housing the cow, vet care and everything else. the profit becomes a lot less than $2.50/lb after that.

  2. I’m fine with the fake meat products, as long as they display them in the vegetable section of the grocery store.

    1. That’s false advertising, too, though. Not a lot of vegetables in this list of ingredients:

      Water, Pea Protein*, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Beet Juice Extract (for color).

  3. Mark, I have something I’d love for you to look into and share your opinion about. I’m subscribed to Carnivore Aurelius’ newsletter, and he shared a post from Jay Feldman about why you shouldn’t fast. Now I’m digging around on his site, and it’s very convincing. Not only does he encourage away from fasting, he also encourages high carb consumption, but it seems like he’s very paleo oriented, suggesting fruit and roots and avoidance of grains, legumes, and polyunsaturated fats. It was very thoroughly explained, I won’t pretend I’m smart enough to understand it all fully, but it was about energy balance. He also has a post titled “why you shouldn’t be a fat burner” or something like that. It all seems really compelling, but I’m also on 5th day of keto, and my depression disappeared on the first day and hasn’t come back at all, so I’m not quitting unless there’s a seriously good reason to.

    Anyway, TL;DR please look into Jay Feldman’s blog and share with us your understanding and thoughts on it, especially the argument for being a sugar burner vs a fat burner. I’d appreciate it so much. In the meantime, I’m reading Keto Reset Diet to keep me focused. Thanks for all you do Mark!

    1. I got curious and read some of Jay Feldman’s articles just now. It seems to me that he is very bright and (mostly) knows what he’s talking about. He’s a bit too wordy, but he seems to preach moderation versus an all-or-nothing approach. He is a proponent of just right versus too little or too much–which varies from one person to the next.

      Feldman also indicates that carbs aren’t the enemy, but some are better for us than others–which is completely true. I often see the word “carb” used in comments here when people specifically mean sweets and grain products. This indicates a poor understanding of carbohydrates since they are in many if not most of the healthful foods we eat..

      As for being fat burners versus carb burners, I suspect not enough is known about that distinction, if there really is one. Or maybe it has been oversimplified. Anyway, thanks for mentioning the Feldman blog. I found it quite interesting.

      1. If you have a propensity to gain weight ALL carbohydrates are suspect due to the insulin response and the effects of that response. I won’t go into it all here but for a very balanced view taking into account how we all respond differently to carbs read ” The Case for Keto ” by Gary Taubes.

  4. pfffft privileged ancient pacific coast dwellers….

  5. I just tried to reorder almond collagen bars and got directed to a broken link. I contacted Primal Kitchen and found out the whole line is being discontinued. I’m very sorry to see that. A bar is my go-to meal before I head to the gym in the morning. What a bummer to see these products go away. I don’t see a good replacement out there that isn’t filled with legume protein and sugar.

    1. Try some of the homemade bar recipes on this site. Even I can make them!

  6. Ha, I was doing my taxes today and grumbling like a teenager.
    Although earlier I was reading a magnificent book over coffee (good times). The book is one you Mark and your readers may enjoy.
    ‘Sand Talk’ by Tyson Yunkaporta – how indigenous thinking can help the world.
    It’s a challenging and confronting read for any of us white Western “logical” mindset people. Check it out

  7. I had total knee replacements about 3 months apart the last one just a little over 3 months ago ( February 15, 2021 to be exact ). The reason I finally had surgery was my knees froze to near immobility on a hike in 2020 due to my severe osteoarthritis.
    This May 6th I returned to the same area, Mt. Tammany, at the Delaware Water Gap to do a difficult hike. I am a novice hiker and I had great fear to do this hike so soon after my surgery and because of the experience before. However I told a lot of people I would do this hike just so I wouldn’t back out. My physical therapy group was very supportive also. I was on the hike with about 8 other very experienced hikers. Some were there on the failed hike from before. They all gave me encouragment and were quite amazed at my finishing this hike so soon after surgery. I am glad I pushed myself to do this “good” hard thing and I know I will carry positive benefits from this hike for the rest of my life.
    I have to say since I am retired
    ( I’m 67 by the way ) I don’t have to do so much of the “bad” hard. Sometimes I wonder how I made it when I was working !

  8. The hard thing that I have done this last year was shopping in Walmart and Costco filled with anxiety of Covid and walking real slow and keeping my distance and looking down all the time to get through the store. Very hard times. Glad it’s over here in Indiana?

  9. The hard thing that I have done this last year was shopping in Walmart and Costco filled with anxiety of Covid and walking real slow and keeping my distance and looking down all the time to get through the store. Very hard times. Glad it’s over here in Indiana?

  10. Good kind of hard – learning to play Metallica songs on my guitar, remembering ten million things at my work and making sure I don’t forget anything important, trying hikes a little longer and steeper than what I’ve done previously with a goal to keep increasing what I can do.

    Bad kind of hard – putting up with Covid mask rules in some establishments and frequent flip-flops and contradictions from the supposed authorities, putting up with people who believe the government’s myriad lies and think the smart thing to do is to instantly believe anything they say and the stupid thing to do is to ever question them whatsoever, being subject to the many people who want to take control of government and have it force their beliefs upon everyone who disagrees with them.

    1. Really, I don’t see how wearing a mask is hard in any way. Maybe if you have to wear it all day long in the heat, otherwise it’s a very minor inconvenience, definitely not what I’d classify as hard. I always hated going in the grocery store and being close to people and I’d hold my breath around people who coughed, so wearing masks is comparatively a relief. Plus, it covers my face in the case that my stupid ass decides to have dairy and suffer from several weeks of nagging pimples as a result.

      1. Agree, TGJ. Wearing a mask in a public place is only a minor inconvenience–not the total loss of freedom, some seem to think it is. I don’t like wearing them; they make it harder for me to breathe. But I’m willing to do it because they have been shown to be at least somewhat protective for both the wearer and those around the wearer. Why else would medical people and surgeons use ear them?
        As for all the misinformation, nobody has all the right answers for a pandemic that comes along once in a hundred years. It’s a matter of doing the best we can with the information we have to work with, versus ignoring all of it because some of it might be wrong.

          1. It is a TOTAL loss of freedom. And completely unnecessary. Going forward, will this be the norm for every flu season (oops, there hasn’t been a statistical flu season since this started). Or have people found hiding behind a mask to be comforting? Yes, people prefer not to think for themselves. I’m not saying the flu doesn’t kill. But such is life. Live in fear? Not me. Not us who know better.

  11. I’ve been renovating an old abandoned house in Southern Spain for the last few years. One-two days a week to get a break from my life behind the computer. So far I’ve done everything myself except electricity as you are not allowed to do it yourself. As its in a street where cars can’t get up you have to put in and take out all material by hand. So far about 40.000 kilos/88.000 pounds of old walls (60 cm/2 feet thick and made of bolders and rocks) and floors have been taken out and 20.000 kilos/44.000 pounds of sand, cement, bricks, etc, have been brought in. Wall demolision, working above your head, etc. Hard work, however you sleep great. The really hard part is talking to the townhall regarding permissions (its part of the historic centre of the town of Ronda so they have lots of laws you have to take into consideration), connecting water, electricity, etc. Have lost weight and don’t go to the gym anymore and have abs at the age of 53 for the first time in my life. Already looking for the next property to renovate.

  12. 72 years young and love gravel riding. Two weeks ago did a 65 mi. ride over new gravel in Iowa rolling hills. The Grandgable named for Iowa’s legendary wrestler. Ride made more fun due to constant wind from the SW with 40-50 mph gusts. Took almost 4 hrs to get the last 25 mi into the wind. Endorphins lasted a couple of days after that??

  13. I literally just hit a PR of 226 on my deadlift at 104 pounds this morning. The best kind of hard I can think of!

  14. I look forward to these links and comments every week. It’s become a Sunday ritual and a great way to prepare for my week.

    I would also say that commutes aren’t always bad. The difference for me is traffic. My commute is 45 minutes each way but in the opposite way of traffic. It’s a great time for me to pray, listen to podcasts, music, appreciate the scenery, and just think in the quiet. As with most things, mindset makes a difference for me.

  15. I buy bison by the quarter. The rancher partners with a local butcher. When I pick up I write two checks, one for each. I don’t see anything surprising in the breakdown of the costs given. Both the rancher and the butcher do a lot of work to get the meat to me. There’s loss in the process. A huge animal is gutted and skinned. What’s left is weighed – hang weight – and that’s the price per pound that I pay, but I know that some is still wasted in butchering after that (though I ask for the extra bones. Yum: osso bucco and bone broth soup.) When I buy direct, I see more of the process of rancher and butcher than I did when getting packages at the store.

  16. Hard task I do every day:

    Provide fresh water and fresh food for wildlife on my property. Every season of the year. It is soul satisfying. I’m hearing beautiful bird songs this month. Song sparrows.

  17. Among the harder things I’ve been doing recently are regaining the ability to do handstand pushups, and by that learn to restore a good cartwheel.

  18. We bought a Z Grill. So we aren’t grill’n we be Smoke’n!!!
    So far, chicken, ribs, pork roast, and on mothers day a prime rib roast.

  19. Sad to see the wsj article on kids gaining weight during pandemic, we saw early on that sports were getting cancelled so started riding bikes with the kids to school, only about a mile and change but enough to get their minds fired up for the day, plus the kids love when their friends drive by and yell hi out the window! Very proud of my kindergarten daughter for riding her bike to school like a little bad ass! As a dad who hates work from home, its been good for me to get out with my wife and pick up the kids and do a little family bike ride. We are doing a coffee rub on steaks this summer, gives it a nice crust and seals the juice and doesn’t taste like coffee, usually throw some rosemary in too and found salting after they rest is even better

  20. Hard thing I do a couple times a week: Swim in Puget Sound (right now the water temp is in the upper 50s, but over the winter was in the mid 40s). The weather is getting warmer so I’m back to no wetsuit, but over the winter I did wear a wetsuit (although I have friends who swim skins year round). Cold water swimming is addictive!

  21. The article on doing the good kind of hard, which is good for you, vs the other kind of “hard”, which is not. Thank you so much! It was awesome and you just get it! So thanks for saying it! I feel like these emails are meeting me where I am at and I very much appreciate them.

  22. Waiting in line (or at a red light) = mini meditation time. Though I certainly try to avoid putting myself in situations where I will have to wait, so I can live more, but if it happens, I make the most of it.