Weekend Link Love – Edition 355

Weekend Link Love

We’re starting another round of The 21-Day Transformation Challenge on the Vimify app, Monday, July 7th. Whether you’re new to the program, you want to recommit, or you just need a challenge, now’s the time!

Research of the Week

Statin use is linked to lower aggression in men and higher aggression in women.

Taking magnesium during pregnancy had beneficial metabolic effects and improved pregnancy outcomes for Iranian women.

Why don’t Amazonian hunter-gatherers in Ecuador develop myopia? It might be all the phytochemicals they consume.

“Fitness foods” appear to cause consumers to consume more and exercise less.

In a kid suffering from sleep seizures and cortical malformation, a paleo ketogenic diet led to complete resolution.

Creatine supplements protect against pesticide-induced liver and brain damage (PDF).

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 74: Christopher Smith: Host Brad Kearns talks with Christopher Smith, speed golf world record holder, about how most people practicing their sport are just wasting their time, his embrace of failure as the ultimate teacher, and how to make your practice more effective. Whether you’re interested in golf or not, Christopher’s insights can help you extract more meaning out of your training and optimize your performance in every facet of life.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the (relatively) brand new Primal Endurance Podcast.

Weekly sweepstakes: Write a review for The Primal Blueprint Podcast or The Primal Endurance Podcast on iTunes and submit this form for a chance to win a Primal prize package. One new winner is chosen every week!

Interesting Blog Posts

Did you know that E. coli used to be an innocuous resident of the human gut before industrial agriculture transformed it?

Exciting new productivity hack sweeping entrepreneurs everywhere: sleep.

Media, Schmedia

The case for water fluoridation is actually quite weak.

What food additives look like before they end up in your food.

Everything Else

Death by Food Pyramid is the 2014 Gold Winner for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the Health (Adult Nonfiction) category, and Paleo Girl got an honorable mention in the Young Adult Nonfiction category. Congrats, ladies!

What if Yelp and Google Maps mated and gave birth to Robb Wolf, only Robb Wolf was Australian and actually a smartphone app? You’d get Paleo Paddock, a new app that helps users find paleo-friendly merchants in their area.

A cool movement video by Rafe Kelley: Return to the Source. Now go climb a tree.

GM-wheat is no more effective at repelling pests than regular wheat.

This self-inflating, jet-propelled standup paddleboard looks incredibly cool. I can’t wait to try one.

Recipe Corner

  • Beet fries beat fries.
  • In a move sure to anger Texans, Kansas Cityzens, and North Carolinians, NPR claims their pressure-cooked ribs recipe effectively replaces traditional BBQ. They don’t, but they are pretty good.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 7 – Jul 13)

Comment of the Week

I need to put this website on the self control app…. lol

– Hey now, that’s not what I meant!

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. Could it be that modern man (with his modern diet) suffers from a bad case of DYSTOPIA by not consuming enough phytochemicals? 🙂

  2. Though I don’t use apps, I think I’ll try a 21 day challenge to see how going without milk is going to affect me. Starting it tomorrow will make it easy to remember, since it’s the length of the Tour de France.

  3. Interesting, I assumed that phytochemicals would help protect the eyes from oxidative stress but never would have thought it would help with myopia, which is essentially an abnormal shape of the eye. Always believed that to be an inherited characteristic, but I’m not an ophthalmologist. I’m also not a nutritionist or an anthropologist. Bottom line for a layman like me is a phytochemical-rich diet is a good thing. Thanks Mark, I always enjoy your Sunday edition.

  4. I typically love the Love Link, but the caption “GM-wheat is no more effective at repelling pests than regular wheat” is TOTALLY misleading as it implies this is generally true about genetically-modified wheat. This is one failed experiment, not a general study.

    1. It’s only a failed experiment in that marketing couldn’t find a differentiator to justify (fool) farmers into buying it. The real key there is of course that it is a GMO, and therefore patentable.

  5. My understanding of the development of myopia is that it is VERY strongly associated with spending too much time looking at close-up stuff (reading etc) and not enough time looking at far away stuff. A hunter-gatherer band in the Amazon is probably minimally literate and if they have cell phones they probably aren’t the kind of phones or the kind of connectivity you can spend 8 hours a day playing candy crush with, and there’s only so many hours per week they need to spend chopping veggies and making arrowheads, or whatever other fine work they need to do. [Do Amazonian hunter gatherers still make their own arrows, or are they hunting with US/USSR army surplus weapons? Suddenly I Must Know.] The rest of their time they are wandering around looking at trees and stuff. They wouldn’t be expected to have high rates of myopia even if they ate nothing but big macs. As I understand the current science of opthamology, anyway.

    1. From the abstract they were comparing H-G’s to neighboring substance agrarians. Hardly the folks who are spending their days playing candy crush or reading books.

      Personally both my wife and I have myopia. However we don’t feed the kids packaged foods and make sure they get a varied diet plus vitamins and an active lifestyle. Hopefully they will dodge that bullet.

      All we can do is try to do our best.

  6. “Statin use is linked to lower aggression in men and higher aggression in women”

    It is ashame it didn’t include the typical concurrent Rx of viagra and enzyte with men. Just another wonderful drug cocktail!

  7. While you may be able to pressure cook ribs to a nice texture, you haven’t actually created “BBQ”. Barbecue is not just cooking something until it’s done. As others before me have said, it takes fire and smoke, doesn’t come out of a bottle, and certainly doesn’t mean throwing some burgers and brats on a grill. And that’s the Texan hillcountry heritage coming out in me;-)

  8. Creatine seems to give me post-workout headaches, where I feel my pulse in the back of my neck where some of the headache is located, not sure why. It feels something like a pulled muscle on the side (or both sides) of the neck at the same time there’s a headache in the back of the head.

    I’ve read around and it seems to be something about water intake. I’ve tried to increase how much water I drink, but that seems to make it worse, and for some reason it’s always in that same spot.

    Is this indicative of anything other than I shouldn’t use creatine?