Weekend Link Love – Edition 398

Weekend Link LoveI invited an LA Times reporter out for some Ultimate several Sundays back. Sounds like he had a good time.

Research of the Week

Even folks with genetic predispositions toward depression improve with exercise.

Swiss cheese goes way back.

Childhood obesity is still increasing.

Dark chocolate boosts athletic performance (similar to beets).

Deep voices probably evolved to intimidate other men, not attract women.

Each additional hour of sedentary time is tied to higher coronary calcium scores.

Eating too much fructose can negatively affect gene expression in the brain, but enough DHA reverses it.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 117: Michelle Norris: I sit down with the CEO and Managing Event Coordinator of Paleo f(x), Michelle Norris, to chat about the purpose of Paleo f(x), what health practitioners, laypeople, and entrepreneurs can get from it, and how Michelle plans to change the world.

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

“It’s impossible to be a vegan.” A smart kid ponders life, death, and the cyclical nature of everything.

Shroom guru Paul Stamets on the new CRISPR-edited button mushroom.

Are ravens as smart as chimps?

Media, Schmedia

Israel and McDonald’s duke it out.

The push to make California cannabis cultivation more sustainable.

Everything Else

How chronic hookworm infections may have caused the “lazy southerner” stereotype.

Me too, Ted. Me too.

Fitness, video-gamified.

Chris Masterjohn started a podcast.

The hot pepper as revolutionary barometer: “In Sichuan…eating spicy food has come to be regarded as an indication of such personal characteristics as courage, valor, and endurance.” These virtues are arguably just as useful on the toilet the morning after a spicy food binge as they are fighting Japanese imperialism.

Wildlife have taken over the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

A German city is putting traffic lights on the ground because people won’t look up from their phones.

Even if I was onboard with the principles, I refuse to go something called “vego.”

Liquid sheep.

Good dog.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 4 ? May 10)

Comment of the Week

Try walking through a public park full of dog poop. That?s one way to indulge in unpredictability while walking on a natural surface. ????

– Absolutely, Mack.

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. Excellent blog post via Robb Wolf (“…impossible to be a vegan”). And an excellent, albeit shocking, lesson on the cyclical nature of all things.

  2. If anyone is not familiar with Paul Stamets it’s well worth doing some research about him, interesting guy and probably the leading expert anywhere on mushroom mycelium cultivation and extraction.

    Trying to hold back tears after reading the article about Dayko. Retrievers are wonderful creatures who give you unconditional love and will literally run themselves to death. He certainly was a hero who helped to save all those people.

    Owners who are new to that breed are to be cautioned to not play them to the point of exhaustion, they will literally chase a ball or frisbee for hours if you let them. I’ve been concerned about my Golden a few times I let him play too long, felt really guilty about it and had to take immediate steps to cool him off and get him to calm down and catch his breath and get his heart rate to normal.

    1. We need a “like” button for the comments. I like this post.

  3. Alternatively, its impossible not to be a vegan since animals are made up of plant matter. Also impossible to be a cannibal for the same reason: “I’m a vegetarian,” said Al as he snacked on Biff’s rib. Oops, somebody broke language again and mistook it for profundity.

  4. Re exercise and depression. I used to work with a very fit 80-year-old who had no sympathy for people with depression. “It’s just a lack of physical fitness,” he used to growl.

    As someone who is prone to depression and loath to exercise, I’ve found there is a lot of truth in what he said.

  5. Is there any extra benefit to eating dark chocolate as opposed to pure cocoa powder?

    1. That will be the benefits of cocoa butter. It’s a healthy fat in my opinion, akin to coconut oil. But if you already eat plenty of fat in your diet, maybe you will be better eating only cocoa powder? It’s hard to tell. You also need to factor the sugar in dark chocolate that is not present in cocoa powder though. Surely you are not eating your cocoa powder alone though, it’s a little dry isn’t it?

  6. Thank god they suggest we reduce saturated fat consumption in the fructose and DHA study… Wait. The study had nothing to do with saturated fat?

  7. To the comment of the week:
    Just the other day I was walking barefoot through my local park and just slightly brushed over some goose poop. Wiped foot on grass, moved on. Shit happens.

  8. My favorite part was about refusing to go something called “vego.”
    Imagine how many less followers this lifestyle would have if we went around saying, “hey, go primo!”

  9. “Childhood obesity is still increasing.” The worst offender, IMO, is soda pop. Any time we eat out, I see whole families guzzling the stuff, including their small children. Bad enough that the adults drink it like there’s no tomorrow, but it’s inexcusable to be setting up their toddlers for a lifetime of soda addiction.

  10. I had read through Robb’s post earlier (thanks for reposting it by the way, great post) and when I made it to the comment section, the vegetrollians were in full force with their twisted “meat kills” and “vegans save the environment” bull that makes my head explode. Maybe if the vegetrollians actually ate some decent animal protein, they wouldn’t be so delusional.

    1. The problem with discussing veganism is that veganism is a moral based diet, not a scientific one. The prime objective is moral purity. So it’s like debating religion. The comment sections on Robb’s post were prime examples of the fundamentalist mindset of veganism as a movement (as opposed to just a person choice). It was comical to watch them completely ignore a truth (all plants are feeding on the dead part of animals…things die, their chemical parts separate, and it goes on the make more life). It’s very similar to the truth that we are stardust. But the vegans completely ignored that and went straight into a debate of meat is murder. The cognitive dissonance required to maintain a moral based diet sounds exhausting.

  11. Thanks for the ultimate article, I sent it to my son who has played the last two years on New York’s pro ultimate team.

  12. People getting ran over while looking at their phones is a bad thing? And other people have to pay for that decision? Hmm

  13. Re: Dayko, the good dog. What kind of imbecile works any dog, let alone their expensive, highly trained, dog to death? This story is such a poor reflection on the handler and his department it severely taints sympathy for their hard work. Spinning it as if the ‘poor little fella worked his heart out’ pisses me off even more.

    1. There probably werent any backup dogs available to take his place. It was a catastrophe, and people were dying. Not that hard to comprehend.