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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