Weekend Link Love – Edition 291

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #14 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. It’s all about sleep: why it’s so important, how to get enough, how body composition depends on it, and much more.

Research of the Week

My good friend and the co-founder of the Ancestral Health Society, Aaron Blaisdell, has authored a paper suggesting that a high-carb, refined junk food diet can make you lazy and less motivated.

The composition of the human gut biome changes with the seasons.

Whenever indigenous people came into contact with colonizers, the groups that survived “suffered extensive mortality.”

Gamers have more thickness in the areas of the brain associated with working memory, planning, visual attention, and voluntary eye movement.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why open access science journals are leading us inevitably to the next Great Depression.

How “busy” are you, really?

Media, Schmedia

Rich in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, pasteurized urine is an excellent fertilizer.

This is a fairly standard “vitamin D is important” media piece, but one factoid concerning sunlight and multiple sclerosis stood out: after Iranian “women were compelled by law to wear the veil outdoors together with clothing covering most of the body… the incidence of MS in Iran increased more than eight fold.”

Everything Else

Sweden tests the waters with a six-hour workday.

The president of Botswana has banned hunting nationwide in an attempt to curb poachers. For the hunting-and-gathering Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, this means their livelihood is now illegal.

Consciousness may be a state of matter.

Recipe Corner

  • Splurge on some nice, big, juicy scallops, because the Meyer lemon pan sauce you make using the juice they give off is worth it alone.
  • Next time you’re making meatballs, why not throw in a kidney or two and make hidden kidney meatballs?

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 13 – Apr 19)

Comment of the Week

Hi Mark,
I love what you do and this post; but you missed one…


Environment: Malibu, a coastal enclave community of Hollywood execs and retired professional athletes. 72 degrees and sunny year-round, but subject to occasional mudslide or brushfire.

What they eat: Grassfed beef & organs, line caught fish from the sea. Organic greens & produce from local farmers including some berries. Plenty of avocado, coconut & mac nuts. Occasional yam, rice (only with raw fish) and potato (in a pinch).

Numbers: 50% Fat, 30% protein, 20% carb. The species is generally regarded as the most healthy and fit on the planet, maintains optimal body mass with ease and has achieved balance of heart, soul, body and mind.

– Ha! Of course! How could I have skipped them?

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. No need to hide them, kidneys are delicious. The only reason I’m avoiding organs is that I cannot find organic or pastured grown animals where I live.

  2. Vitamin D and the Gut Biome. Both things I had never even really heard of 10 years ago, and now we realize how incredibly important they are.

    Also – definitely agree that a high-carb refined junk food diet makes people lazy and unmotivated. Gotta feed the beast!

    1. Exactly, feeding the beast – through an eating patterns that mimicks the conceptual paradigm of a paleolithic diet as close as possible.

      I hope more and more people will soon realize that food and what we put into our bodies has consequences on the part of mental health too, as it can be as devastating as it can be for physical health. And this is something I have been stressing about.

      One particular study for example, done on rats a few years ago, even showed that they preffered intense sweetness of sugar over cocaine, now if we extrapolate this to humans we can only imagine how other food items in a typical SAD diet can affect us in every way possible.

  3. When I read the clever blog post reply earlier in the week about the hunter-gatherers called Sissons, I told the Grokette of the house, “wait and see, this will be the comment of the week”.

  4. In line with the ” Vitamin D is Important” article, Dr. Mercola has a post today along the same line discussing low Vitamin D levels and it’s impact on breast cancer, autism and LDL cholesterol — might be worth a read

  5. As an immigrant from the third world and a person who used to believe in all of that hate the evil white colonizing racist people BS. I would like to thank white people everywhere who have helped drag myself and other mostly useless third world savages out of ignorance and basically self induced retardation.If we look at parts of the world that were colonized, after the evil colonizers left things went south in a hurry.The wonderful native people basically began regressing back to their brain dead tribal ways that have led to one atrocity after another.I like most of the info on this site, but the politically correct BS is a real turn off.In case anyone thinks that I am a ” self hating third world native ” I can assure you that my greatness knows no bounds and that this is not an April fools joke,I am just tired of this brain dead bashing of the people who gave us such great things as the Internet.I also cannot stand people like myself (people from the third world and/or minorities) who blame all their problems in life on everyone else, especially white people.If you are a looser its basically your fault and what you should be doing is taking ownership of your mistakes and learning from them so you can make better decisions in the future,not blaming everyone else and demanding things from others.

  6. I agree with Mr. Blaisdell, the quality of food is what matters. Although certain junk foods may contain carbs the lack of quality is hard on the body and contributes to ill health and laziness as a result.

  7. Need to be busy all the time – cold dead hand of Puritanism. My ancestors were Quakers. Very similar except it was ok to be quiet not busy busy.

  8. Peecycling: been doing it for years, in a low-tech way. (Bucket.) I am now promoting humanure was well. It’s the logical next step!

  9. I’m a big believer in healthy diet & sunshine, but I can’t help but wonder if the colonized indigenous peoples & women forced to wear the veil weren’t suffering health effects from stress as well.