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Reflecting on 16 Years of Mark’s Daily Apple

17 years ago, my friend and mentor Art Devany asked me to write a couple fitness articles for his website. I did. “Escape from Vegan Island” and “The Case Against Cardio” got such huge responses from his readers that I decided to start my own blog.

16 years later, I’m still going strong. I’m not really a sentimental guy, but I’m feeling very emotional right now. This blog was a personal revelation for me.

I’d spent my entire life as an entrepreneur of many coats: mowing lawns, painting houses, grilling chuck steaks out of my dorm room, opening frozen yogurt shops in Palo Alto, training triathletes and marathoners and wealthy socialites in LA, selling supplements on TV and later the Internet. I was always pretty successful, but eventually I knew I’d have to move on to something else. I had to keep moving at all times. Always on the prowl. And I was always selling.

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Recent Study Concludes Evidence Against Red Meat is Weak

Red meat remains the big villain in nutritional epidemiology. No matter what disease, health condition or cause of death you choose, there are teams of researchers just itching to connect it directly to how much red meat you eat—which is why every few months there seems to be a new study trying to implicate red meat as the primary cause of death, disease, and climate collapse.

That’s why I was surprised to read the conclusion from the latest in a long line of red meat studies: The evidence against red meat is actually quite weak and even nonexistent.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 197

Research of the Week

Preliminary evidence that long COVID might be psychological in nature, and that the physical symptoms can be alleviated or even cured by therapy. Great news.

Unprocessed red meat vindicated, again.

How caffeine affects mitochondrial biogenesis.

Micronutrient deficiencies are still widespread and affect primarily children and fertile women.

Dad’s stress levels seem to affect children’s development.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 196

Research of the Week

Getting fat precedes increased calorie intake, in one recent study.

Using a multivitamin for 3 years improves cognitive aging in older adults.

Night shift workers who fast at night have improved mood and better circadian alignment. 

Selection pressures in ancient Eurasia formed modern European populations.

Open office architecture promotes less face-to-face communication, more digital communication.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 195

Research of the Week

Babies in the womb “smile” when the mother eats carrots and “frown” when the mother eats kale.

ApoB might not be the predictive biomarker we thought.

Burpee training improves endurance and short term memory in teens.

Kidney recipients actually need more protein than you think.

Wolves can attach to humans.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 194

Research of the Week

Turns out that “depression as realism” is a complete myth.

Both step counts and step intensity affect mortality risk.

Time-restricted eating improves glucose homeostasis without affecting insulin sensitivity.

Sex differences in brain tumor treatment.

Diluting old plasma with younger plasma improves aging, possibly mediated by changes to the gut biome.

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