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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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December 06 2015

Weekend Link Love – Edition 377

By Mark Sisson

Weekend Link Love

That delicious avocado oil we use in our mayo? It’s now available for purchase. Pick up a 3-Pack of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil today.

Watch me whip up some Primal chipotle lime mayo and Primal curry chicken salad. If you like those recipes and want to make your own, hurry and grab a free (just pay S&H) jar of Primal Mayo from Thrive Mark with this special offer while supplies lasts.

Research of the Week

Running a 4500 km ultra-ultramarathon in nine weeks across Europe appears to shrink your brain, albeit temporarily.

For most people, adopting a new exercise routine displaces TV.

Gluten intolerance is on the rise in Scotland.

Eating garlic makes your body odor more attractive.

Having a pet is great for a kid’s anxiety and stress levels, especially if it’s a dog.

Longer rests between sets are better for strength and size gains.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 96: Elle Russ and Brad Kearns: Hosts Brad and Elle discuss Brad’s career as an endurance athlete: the (time) trials, the tribulations, the first time he and I met, the point where he realized “too much was too much” and what should be done. Brad also reveals how he’d train for a marathon if he were running one today, what it means to be truly fit, and why so many people are still getting it so wrong.

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 Primal Endurance Podcast.

Interesting Blog Posts

Bariatrics might just be surgically-enforced fasting.

Kelly Starrett mansplains manspreading.

The health benefits of dog ownership.

Media, Schmedia

The Weston A. Price Foundation urges the FDA to reconsider its stance on the safety of raw milk cheese (PDF).

Speaking of which, Prince Charles fears the fate of traditional French cheese.

The EPA revokes approval of a new herbicide designed for GMO crops.

Everything Else

What you might learn climbing the same hill every week.

Terrorism as supernormal stimuli.

Nailed it.

A call to action.

How new technology could improve retirees’ quality of life.

Stunning photos of “the North American Indian” around the turn of the century.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 8 – Dec 14)

Comment of the Week

I’ve been mega dosing vitamin C again with this cold I just came down with on Sunday night and I seem to be managing it pretty well yet again, but I of course can’t say for sure whether or not it’s because of the vitamin C. I wish I had an alternate dimension version of myself where I didn’t take vitamin C so I could actually know! (Or maybe they could just do some studies on this? C’mon…)

– Man, randomized parallel dimension-controlled trials would be the true gold standard.

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  1. Not me. I stopped watching television in the mid-70’s. I have never owned one.

    1. That’s fine, but it should be a matter of personal preference and not something that deserves a commendation medal. There’s nothing inherently “bad” about TV. It’s just another form of entertainment, no better or worse than killing time on Facebook or constantly playing with one’s smart phone.

      1. I’d say TV is better for people than either of those two options, if it is free from junk food and materialism driven commercials

    2. I don’t have TV either, but that’s because I literally can’t have it. My new condo… argh.

      I miss the Food Network so bad sometimes.

  2. It would be nice to have a link to where the Comment of the Week was done. I’d like to read about megadose vitamin C – and it may happen to other readers too, and with other Comments of the Week as well.

    1. I don’t know what he means by mega-dose. I take 9 grams a day divided into three doses of 3 grams each: first thing in the morning, then noonish, and then after my evening meal. I’ve been doing that for about 4 or 5 years. I cannot remember the last time I had a cold. Of course, I’m 68 and I’ve read that the older you get the fewer colds you have so that might have something to do with it. Of course, vitamin C is good for more than just colds. That is, I didn’t start taking that much vitamin C to keep me from getting colds. I also take large doses of other supplements, too.

    2. Maybe it’s been added since your post, but if you click on the underlined portion of the Comment of the Week it takes you to that part of the comments.

  3. Lots of good stuff here. Really enjoyed the post on dog ownership and completely agree. I recently posted on my blog about how my 9 year old Bichon is like my personal trainer. And the social aspect of having a dog is wonderful…I’ve made so many friends.

    1. My cats help keep my circadian rhythm straight by waking me to go out every morning at 5, and calling out to me from the bedroom (to join them) around 7:30 each night.

      That’s where the similarities end–they are nocturnal, and spend each night parked in front of the living room window while I sleep. While I’m about my daytime activities, they’re in bed snoozing. Then the 7:30 P.M. siren song, so they can purr me to sleep. Then, it’s Human Babysitting Time over, and they can get back to cat life…right up until it’s time to wake me up again.

  4. Re Terrorists Acts as Super-Normal Stimuli… I think your Ph.D. had his head up his A.S.S. He writes: “Under ancestral conditions, nothing quite like the Paris attacks ever could have happened.” He argues we are via the media seeing more blood and gore than our ancestors did thus it bothers us more. What pathetic nonsense. If anything our ancestors were far closer to death and dying and blood and guts than we are. A 10,000 man army with swords did not win by asking pretty please. Whether it was a hail or arrows, an armored knight on an equine tank or the KKK with a rope in the 1920’s, it was terrorizing, bloody and deadly. It is organized, wrongful death that takes its psychological toll, any place on earth, any time period. Mammals fight. That is nothing new. Only the means change. It’s not the blood and gore of it all that’s upsetting. It’s the wrongfulness.

    1. I slightly disagree. Our ancestors did encounter blood and gore, to be sure, but it wouldn’t be accessible through TV 24 hrs a day. If we want to, we can literally inundate ourselves in it. That armored knight didn’t fight a battle every day and, if you want to go back further, tribes didn’t come into conflict every day. The violence back then was more real and immediate, but I’m not sure that matters when it comes to hyper-stimulation.

  5. I am manspeading my way through the christmas season! Can’t help but think that American Indians where so much better off before we came, although the photos do not depict much happiness.

  6. I just finished reading a great book about Edward Curtis who made those wonderful photographs. He worked on this project for about 30 years, beginning in the late 19th century. He was chronically short of funds for the project, and he died broke. The book–The North American Indian–was only published in a very small edition, and few libraries and collectors owned a copy. In the 1970s, Curtis’s reputation was revived, along with the amazing photographs. Several Native American tribes have credited Curtis with saving details of their cultures that would have been lost forever without his ethnographic work. The book not only had these amazing photos, but a great deal of text written by Curtis about the Indians. He also recorded 10,000 songs. The book about him is called Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan.

  7. Well, I must say that Mr. Geher’s comments on the “super-normal stimuli” of terrorist actions is one of the most pathetic examples of the anemic, revisionist view of history current academia favors that I have seen for quite a while. I was a history major and the number of massacres and other genocidal actions of past eras that people witnessed and survived make the scale of destruction and human loss of his terrorist events pale in comparison. I am not looking to down play the horror or tragedy of these events, but to imply that they are “unprecedented” in human experience is pure dribble.

    1. That is true, and where I also take issue with him. However, what I think is entirely unprecedented is the extent of the media coverage. We have the TV and internet at our fingertips, ready to not just tell but show us every gory detail. That is a very new thing.

  8. Shannon, I remember reading about and looking at some of Edward Curtis’ photos a few years back. It really changed my ideas of what I was looking at when I read that he set the pictures up, directing them in their clothing and poses. The pictures are gorgeous, however, and the people and props are still authentic in their way. It was a gift to the future that he was so single minded.

  9. Kelly Starrett explaining about mansplaining was both juvenile and sexist. His explanation (mansplaining) about why men spread their legs, for better posture, etc., should apply to women too, shouldn’t it? Women are humans too. If the posture he is “mansplaining” about is good for men (humans) is should be good for women, too (also humans). Or is he from a different planet?

  10. I completely relate to the health benefits of dog ownership. The unconditional love of an animal that is so appreciative of simply being fed compounds all of the quantifiable benefits. The human/canine relationship is very primal and I would suggest dog ownership to be an adjuct principle of primal living. The best dogs are the ones that select the human, not the other way around. So if one is looking for the perfect primal companion, visit animal shelters and take home the one, or two for that matter.

  11. Looking through all the pictures I noticed one thing that I have seen in many other photo’s of “primitive” tribes. They aren’t fat, but they aren’t ripped either. Even the hunters and warriors look like they run in the 12-15% body fat range.

    I think even in the primal crowd there is an unhealthy fixation on leanness equals healthiness. There are definitely diminishing returns as you move down the percentages. I think once you get to sub 20% (not saying that’s ideal) muscle mass and mobility should start to start to trump leanness as goals.

    thoughts from the crowd?