Weekend Link Love – Edition 397

Weekend Link Love

Check out my interview with Chris Kresser. I cover the gamut, including my early days as an endurance athlete.

Research of the Week

The same genes that determined our big brains may have also given us bigger bodies.

Sun exposure during pregnancy may help prevent asthma in the unborn.

Avoiding the sun is more dangerous than smoking.

Older adults who lift twice a week have a lower chance of dying early.

Adherence to paleo and Mediterranean diet patterns is inversely correlated with inflammatory markers.

Red raspberry research is exploding. Turns out they’re pretty good for you.

Dolphins talk each other through problem solving.

A new study counters previous research on honey.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 116: The Wim Hof Method with Jared Tavasolian and Chris Tai Melodista: Today’s episode features Jared and Chris, the only instructors in the US of the Wim Hof Method. Learn how changing your breathing can improve your breath and cold tolerance and give you the ability to consciously control your autonomic nervous system, immune system, and heart.

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

The geometry of music.

Kevin Kelly’s optimistic vision of VR. I gotta admit, it makes me feel a little better about it.

“Weight is the best measure of energy balance,” said the man through his voluminous mustache.

Bill Lagakos thinks breakfast is important.

How Robb Wolf feeds his (mostly) paleo kids.

Media, Schmedia

75% of dogs worldwide aren’t pets. So what are they?

The LA Times did a cover story on Dr. Ron Sinha and the scourge of diabetes and metabolic syndrome in Asians.

Are Millennials replacing bar crawls, nightcaps, and Spring Break with juice crawls, mindfulness, and shamanistic retreats?

Everything Else

In a round of rapid responses to the re-evaluated Minnesota Coronary Experiment data, Colpo destroys Willett.

Jarawas: “No, really. We’re good here.”

Working over 50 hours a week gives diminishing returns.

Oh, speed reading. If only you were real.

China’s eating less foreign fried chicken.

Whole Foods is shifting to slower-growing (and better-tasting) chickens.

Teenage sleep: their lives depend on it.

Primal Endurance athlete Gordo Byrn talks fatherhood, training and aging.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 27 – May 3)

Comment of the Week

K-Starr would say that foam rollers can be used to create shear, but are a pretty weak stimulus for breaking up stuck fascia and improving mobility. My understanding is that he sleeps on a bed of battlesaws held together by mobility bands with a wolverine for a pillow.

– How could I have forgotten the wolverine? Thanks, Investigator.

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. “Avoiding the sun is more dangerous than smoking.” Link requires login; is there a public link perhaps?

  2. Funny, I was eating raspberries when I read this! Loved the Rob Wolff article. Even though I fed my kids well as babies (they are 16 and 18 now) I wish I had known then what I know now. Just the bone broth alone is such a great addition!

  3. Because I work so frequently with persons with ASD, I do have worries about VR and its ability to be so much more exciting than reality. I work with kids who will choose a basement and a computer 100% of the time over ordinary interactions. This can be devastating to other family members, and over the long term creates highly reclusive individuals. Perhaps VR will be more social than other current media, but my fear is we will lose these kids to VR like we do those who are vulnerable to emotional upset to drugs.

    1. But whatever happened to parenting your children, and the magic word NO?

      I don’t think my parents would have permitted me to spend hours every day looking into a plastic box, and I know for damned sure *their* parents wouldn’t have tolerated it.

      When I read concerns about where the online world and kids intersect, I wonder, why is it up to the rest of the world to restrict itself, because some people can’t lay down boundaries for their kids?

      (This is sounding more aggressive towards you, KidPsych, than intended, I’m angry at the *concept* and at the complete helplessness I see with so many modern parents. No offence or disrespect intended towards you personally! 🙂 )

      I feel that unless the kid pays the wifi bill, and buys the equipment themselves, then for minor children there’s no contest on who has the final say, and for older kids, if it’s your house then it’s your rules, and see how the wannabe-recluse copes with no roof over their head and no allowance or parental guarantor…

      1. No offense taken. However, I would caution judging parents of kids with ASD. My own daughters are remarkably resilient and will entertain themselves for hours on end. And because they don’t have ASD, they are pretty good at self-regulating (although my teen will disappear into a fog of laptop/iPhone weirdness every once in a while). When a child needs near-constant feedback and instruction to prevent social disasters, as is often the case with ASD, it’s easy to see where parents hand over the iPad. I think the sheer amount of energy required to guide someone constantly is a devastating aspect of ASD. It’s actually a component of diagnosis. When a competent looking couple sit across from me and look like they’ve been steamrolled by a rather sweet looking kid, red flags go up.

        1. For sure, but to put it another way, if the internet (and all the apps and games etc) vanished overnight, would it be a trauma for these families deserving immediate medical help? Or social services intervention?

          Because if not, if they found themselves able to survive as well as families with ASD kids did prior to the digital revolution, then they DO have some free will in this, and therefore some responsibility for allowing ongoing net use that escalates to be damaging.

          If I understood your post above correctly, you were saying that commercial VR would likely be more damaging, in a linear and progressive manner, than the current situation; and that the present day is progressively worse in this respect than the era before home computers became the norm?

          If that’s correct, I’m simply proposing that parents set limits on children’s access to these all-consuming devices, *and then see those limits through* – not that they become 24/7 interactive with their child in an unrealistic manner.

          This is no different to VR becoming widely available, and some families choosing not to allow it (when it might well be easier to have it in the home) – it’s doing whatever possible to prevent losing their child into what the author Jeffrey Deaver called “the blue nowhere.”

          I set limits on my own net use via browser add-ons, because it’s an awfully easy thing to get drawn into, and prior to that I’d lost many unplanned hours reading bite-size comedy and articles pages (my personal kryptonite) before I realised this was a problem outside the realm of normal common sense, that setting a timer for example didn’t always convince me to close down the net and go do something else.

          It sucks to see the tab I’m reading get locked down, or realise I blocked a site for the entire week because I’m busy, but less so, and less lastingly, than going to read a few funny pages, and then looking up and realising 4 hours have passed, and I still have 7 tabs waiting that I just can’t resist. 🙂

          With ongoing cutbacks in welfare, social services, and subsidised work placements for adults with special needs on both sides of the Atlantic, I think it’s a similar “pay now, or pay worse later” deal for parents with kids who are susceptible to this stuff. And yes, that does suck!

          People of ASD children and young adults managed before the internet existed, though, so presumably it can be done.

  4. I read a book about parrots that suggested they are doing now what the article about dogs suggested: domesticating themselves. It was a controversial argument when the author made it with a lot of people reacting very strongly against the argument, but mostly they were misunderstanding. The parrots are not consciously choosing to domesticate themselves. They are losing their habitat to the point where those that remain will be the relatively few that succeed in captivity or succeed as feral flocks far from their native habitat.

  5. The sweetener study makes me curious where they got the honey from. I’ve seen numerous reports about fraud with regard to honey – often, HFCS mixed in, repackaged, and sold as honey at a nice profit. So, did they actually give their subjects real honey?

  6. Why can’t we just leave people alone, Jarawas in this case. They live better than anyone else yet we want to break them into modern society. Makes me sick.

  7. “In a round of rapid responses to the re-evaluated Minnesota Coronary Experiment data, Colpo destroys Willett.”

    Did he ever. Dr. Willett should adopt a new identity and go off the grid.

  8. Do you “speed eat” a carefully prepared gourmet meal? No. Fast eating is for food because it is shit. Fast reading should be for shit writing. Quality writing should be savored. I am not impressed with people who cram crap into their heads quickly.

  9. Man, Colpo nailed Willet! Not like Willet can do anything but sit around and tell you the grass is red and the sky is brown, and dammit it is because I said so!