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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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January 24 2016

Weekend Link Love – Edition 384

By Mark Sisson
19 Comments

Weekend Link Love

We almost killed off the buffalo, and now we have a chance to help them return to their native lands. Support the Tanka Fund.

Research of the Week

Low cholesterol, especially LDL and HDL, predicts increased suicidality.

Trail running quells anxious rumination.

Dunbar’s number persists into our social media networks.

Beards may protect hospital workers against staph infections.

Catch-up sleep (2 days at 9.7 hours per night) on the weekend can offset sleep deprivation during the week (4 days at 4.3 hours per night).

Arch supports may increase the energetic cost of human locomotion.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

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Episode 103: Aerobic Base Building with Brad Kearns: In this quick episode, host Brad Kearns discusses the most ignored and most important component of any endurance training regimen—building the aerobic base.

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.

Interesting Blog Posts

Can paleo actually save the environment?

Weighted blankets are helping veterans get back to sleep.

Media, Schmedia

Chris Pratt’s Game Plan diet, with a little wiggle room.

Shoulda read Primal Endurance.

Bernie Sanders was “Paleo before Paleo was a thing.”

Everything Else

There’s a cauliflower shortage.

Think Amazon carries this?

Prospective parents: don’t give your infant vegan almond milk formula. He might get scurvy.

Fairy tales go way back.

Gorgeous paleo art.

A Bay Area school district is the first with all-organic, GMO-free cafeterias. Of course it’s Marin County.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 26 – Feb 1)

Comment of the Week

Tried to take the test at the bottom of the boredom article. I quit after the second screen. Got bored.

– It happens, Derek.

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  1. Nice cheap shot at Ryan Hall. Beyond your belief that a ‘primal endurance’ lifestyle is beneficial to weekend athletes, do you have any reason to believe the primal approach could get a marathoner to a 2:05 PR? (or any examples of Olympc-level endurance athletes following this approach)?

    1. I for one, have no idea if a primal approach would get a marathoner to 2:05 PR and I couldn’t care less. In my opinion, a PR is meaningless if it means long-term damage to your health. According to the article “Kids across the country were talking about these guys; they wanted to be them.” If so, then Ryan Hall was setting a bad example. I don’t want to live in a world where 1% of the population damages themselves running marathons, playing football and falling off hot air balloons preparing for stunts, while the other 99% sit on their fat rear ends envying, and admiring it, on tv. I want to live in a world where the 100% of us can have the fundamental good fitness that is our birthright.

    2. To me, there’s a middle ground here. If Mark was going to use the Ryan Hall article to promote “Primal Endurance”, then perhaps it should have been as a means for Hall to recover from his very serious (if self-induced) health problems and regain some joy in running. Mark brought himself back very effectively from the ravages of his chronic cardio. Would have been kinder to offer Hall a little help on the recovery end. The way it was set up here did seem very harsh.

      Hall made a great living from his running because he had what it took to be elite. Maybe that was worth the price he’s now paying, maybe not. That’s his call. Fact is though, 99.999% of marathoner runners never have the chance to earn a living from their racing like Hall did. If, like the vast majority of us, you don’t have the gifts to make a living at it, then it’s definitely not worth the trade off.

      As for Karnazes, most of his biggest competitive accomplishments were during the time when (as the article notes) he was eating junk food and entire pizzas during the middle of runs. His relatively recent commitment to a “mostly Paleo” diet does deserve credit for helping keep him in the game as he has aged. But, really, even though he has some impressive feats of endurance on his resume Karnazes was never an elite competitor like Hall was. Heck, it appears the current marathon world record for to 50-55 age group is currently 2:19:29. I don’t think Karnazes is a threat to that. Gotta say this too – I’d sure rather have Mark’s life paddle boarding, playing ultimate, and living Primally than Karnazes’ life of paleo diet + running a marathon every day before breakfast.

      1. Thank you for the thoughtful elaboration on my earlier point. Ryan Hall lives in a world that the rest of us mere mortals only see from a distance: he has (had?) the talent, drive and determination that 99.99999% of us simply do not. His quest was to be the best in the world, and he almost got there. The fact that he never reached the pinnacle he sought leaves his approach open for reconsideration, I just thought its treatment here was less than insightful.

        As for Karnazes, he’s always been a gifted storyteller and promoter (that’s a compliment, not a knock) who has brought more attention to ultra endurance sports. He’s also a long way from the pinnacle of his chosen sport as well. By way of counterexample, Scott Jurek won many times more important races than Dean while eating a diet that could not be described as Paleo in any way. He also received a small percentage of Dean’s fanfare.

        All of this is to say that elite sport is far more complex than the initial shot at Ryan Hall would indicate, and that he deserved a bit better here.

  2. Correction on the vegan almond milk formula article. They didn’t feed the baby “formula”. They literally fed the baby nothing but regular commercial almond milk from age 2 months to 11 months. I know you like making fun of vegans Mark, but this is disingenuous.

    1. “When the child experienced skin irritation at 2 months of age, a doctor recommended to the parents that they stop giving him baby formula and instead supplement their child’s diet with an almond-based formula. Unfortunately, the child refused to eat much of anything else.”

      An almond-based formula is regular commercial almond milk? I’m not trying to be a smart-ass at all, I’m just confused.

      1. Richie, baby formula would likely contain additional ingredients that regular almond milk lacks. That’s not to say that all the added ingredients are nutritious or even necessary. I’m not opposed to feeding babies a vegetarian-type milk substitute when breast milk isn’t an option, but in this day and age I would definitely question the ingredients in any commercial baby formula. God only knows what might be in it and where it came from.

      2. When you get through the entire article, which was not that well written to begin with, they clarify that statement. They didn’t give the baby formula of any sort. Which was the problem.

        This is where they clear up the confusion:

        The authors of the article note that when almond beverages are processed, vitamin C loses its potency, and puts infants at risk — something parents should take to heart.

        “Pediatricians and parents should be aware that plant-based beverages are not a complete food and they may not replace breastfeeding or infant formula,” the authors wrote.

        Ayoob said he hopes that this report provides a wake-up call to parents and pediatricians.

        “Before you change [a] child’s diet, it needs to be changed to a nutritionally adequate diet. This is too critical a period,” he said. “Bottom line, stick to breast milk or formula.”

        —– So it wasn’t formula, just regular old almond milk. There are no formulas that would lead to scurvy. Even the cheapest formula out there has the basic vitamin and mineral doses that a baby needs to develop properly.

      1. Correct. This line explains it well:

        “We report a case of scurvy after exclusive intake of almond beverages and almond flour from 2.5 to 11.0 months of life. ”

        So NOT formula.

  3. I had the opposite experience with the boredom survey. I got 28 out of 30, and they said I would be delighted to watch paint dry.

  4. Lion Man of Hohlenstein Stadel is a favorite paleo statue of mine.

  5. Every time at the dentist when they put the “weighted” covering over my chest for an X-ray it makes me feel relaxed. Would like to try one for sleep too.

    1. I’m just the opposite. I can’t stand the feeling of being “pinned down” under heavy covers. I prefer to set the heat at a comfortable level (70 degrees in my case) and sleep under a sheet and one very light blanket.

  6. Ok, I’ll ask again since no one from this site answered last time: Why are some links formatted with a crossed out font? For example this:

    Arch supports may increase the energetic cost of human locomotion.

    Displays with a crossed out link.

    I used to think they were dead links but it works, then I thought it was because the study was disproven or flawed, but then why keep linking to it?

    Finally, does anyone who works on the site actually read the comments anymore?

    1. I think it’s just that the hyperlinked text isn’t displaying properly. I noticed this happening with the last month or so and have treated it like regular hyperlinked text.

      1. Yes, that’s the problem, its’ been ongoing for at a guess over a year now. Curious why it’s happening and if we are being told to disregard those links or not by that font being used.