Weekend Link Love – Edition 406

Weekend Link LoveLast chance. Until this Thursday, the following digital books are on sale for only $3.99 on Amazon: Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and ToppingsPrimal Blueprint Quick and Easy MealsPaleo PrimerRich Food, Poor Food, and Primal Cravings.

I’m in a new documentary on the problematic history of wheat. You can watch it online for free until June 30th. You won’t want to miss it. Click here to sign up and grab your spot.

To celebrate the upcoming launch of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ California Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, we’ve partnered with COYUCHI for a Summer Dining Sweeps! Enter to win $300 in prizes from two California companies that bring organic linens and flavorful ingredients to your table. Click here to enter.

Research of the Week

Young adults really do have weaker handshakes.

Skeletal muscle is almost everything.

Grinding frozen coffee beans produces a more uniform particle size.

Hundreds of genes might turn on after a person dies.

Using a strain of L. reuteri derived from human breast milk, researchers reversed autism-like social deficits in mice.

Exercising four hours after learning something boosts retention.

Bad sleep devastates athletes.

Outdoor artificial lighting promotes sleep disturbances.

“Comprehensive” changes to diet, sleep, mental stimulation, supplement intake, exercise, and medicine (which look a lot like the Primal Blueprint) reverse cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

New (and old) Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 87: Brad Kearns and Mark Sisson — Check out this episode from the archives. Brad and I talk about the delicate balance between striving for ambitious peak performance goals and pursuing longevity. Sometimes it’s a balance that even the most experienced athletes might screw up (hence our joint effort in creating Primal Endurance).

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

Do we need unteachers?

Why standing is necessary but not sufficient.

A plan to save health journalism?

Media, Schmedia

You gotta wonder how China’s single time zone affects circadian health in that country.

Scientists urge the EPA to ban Roundup. Related: a newish paper on glyphosate’s (main herbicide in Roundup) ability to act as a glycine analogue (PDF).

Everything Else

A Silicon Valley startup is making vegan burger patties that ooze yeast-based heme-tinted “blood,” smell “like” meat, and are streaked with flecks of coconut oil.

You’ll never guess this one weird trick prehistoric mammals evolved to escape hungry predators during the Triassic.

Soon you can sleep in an incredibly comfortable chimpanzee bed (without worrying about your genitals being mauled).

Psychedelics are helping people break destructive patterns and habits. Froot Loops are supersized bites with deliciously intense natural fruit flavors and, new research reveals, physiologically relevant glyphosate residues.

A nice infographic of what makes us fat.

Battle of the exogenous ketones.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 26 – Jul 2)

Comment of the Week

So would napping in the sun increase sun damage resistance?

– Ha! Simone, I’m not so sure about that one.

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.

If you'd like to add an avatar to all of your comments click here!

19 thoughts on “Weekend Link Love – Edition 406”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Love the John Oliver piece; we need more people breaking it down for the lay people! His comments about religion had me laughing so hard!

  2. Strange that committed vegans STILL want to eat “meat” and go to all that trouble to re-create it.

    1. I don’t think it’s about vegans wanting to eat meat, the scientists behind it are trying to replicate meat to make up for the rising demand. “Impossible Foods isn’t targeting vegetarians; it wants to woo carnivores. Brown thinks meat lovers would opt for veggie patties more often if they had an option that really replicated the burger-eating experience.”

    2. No, I get it I think – to some people, eating meat is cultural relic, like tribal warfare, back when the biological needs were best met that way – now, we can do better, and the pre-programmed taste for meat that saw us through can also be met.

      Kind of like, cars kill X-tens of thousands of people a year, but JUST killing people is NOT the main point of cars, so if it can be prevented while the goals of transport etc can still be met, then YAYY!

      If human nuitritional needs and also human tastes can be met without killing critters, that is desirable.

      Or, like primal/paleo sugar-avoiders, who use stevia? 😉

  3. Thank you so much, Mark, for being a part of “What’s with Wheat?” and for posting about the free week to watch it! This is phenomenal and I am sharing it with everybody I know! Great job 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Mark was an excellent counterpoint to Sally, who might otherwise have hopelessly confused the overall message with her heirloom grains and traditional prep advocacy.

  4. re: Outdoor artificial lighting promotes sleep disturbances.

    The paper, alas, appears to be pay-walled, but the abstract is no surprise.

    It’s not a simple problem. Switching to low-blue exterior lighting, particularly on roads, would very likely lead to more drivers falling asleep enroute.

    Moving forward into the LED age, the spectral power distribution (SPD) of highway lighting needs some thought, but is unlikely to go full amber. It’s going to be up to drivers to wear blue-blockers as they deem necessary.

  5. Meatless hamburger? You crazy vegans. I’ll take a nice fatty ribeye with a fried egg and avocado on the side.

  6. Regarding the visual summary of what makes us fat. I have a problem with the number 10. “FAT from your meal stays in your fat cells as triglycerides”. While I thought it is the carbohydrates that are, via a number of metabolic actions, stored, with the help of insulin, in the fat cells. If this visual summary would be correct, it is the fat that makes us fat, after all. Do not think so, though.

    1. It lost me at #1: “You think about a meal containing carbohydrates” – wtf, me thinking about some fried onion & garlic with my steak is making me a lardass?!

      Or at least, is one-twelfth of the entire obesity problem?

      #2: “You begin secreting insulin.”

      If I created some irresistable “hunger hormone” every time I thought about food, I’d be Jabba the Hutt by now. And I’m not. 🙂

      # “Insulin tells your body to store fatty acids and keeps you from burning it as energy.”

      Is that ALL insulin does?! Wow, those stupid diabetics, shooting up with a totally evil and pointless hormone!

      Also, “keeps you from burning it as energy” – what’s “it” in this sentence? GAHHH!

      #4: “You get hungry” – yes, this can’t happen unless you “think about a meal containing carbohydrates.”

      No-one in a famine zone is hungry, until they think about carbohydrates!


      And if those are one-third of the entire reason behind obesity and overweight, then bloody hell, time to enlist some Thought Police (“Do NOT think about carbohydrates. Step Away from that memory of last year’s birthday cake!”)

      Silly infographic, ridiculous concept and progression – but yeah, I guess, good underlying message. But I refuse to get in bed with Stupid, just because they’re kinda sorta making a good point. 🙂

  7. Well the “What makes us fat” infograph is plain wrong and very misleading. Carbs don’t make us fat. Fat doesn’t make us fat. Excess calories, be it carbs or fat, make us fat. Irresponsible to link to that infograph as it makes a mockery of science and the thermodynamics. If it were true, i would be severely overweight with all the sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, etc that I eat!!

      1. Yep I’m serious. Big fan of this website and Mark but carbs don’t make us fat. If you eat too many of them they will but same goes for fat and protein. Stick to whole foods including fruit, veg and tubers and all will be well.

    1. If it was just the excess energy, plain and simple, why do undiagnosed (and thus untreated) individuals with type 1 diabetes lose weight even though they eat a lot (and boy are they hungry!).

  8. The Alzheimer’s study is obviously tantalizing but how can you say that the protocol sounds like the Primal Blueprint? I just don’t see the details of the protocol listed anywhere and the only details are that it’s personalized to the individual.

    “The therapeutic approach used was programmatic and personalized rather than monotherapeutic and invariant, and was dubbed metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration (MEND).”

    MEND is a trademark of Muses Labs and they’re trying to sell you this personalized approach: https://museslabs.com/individuals/


  9. There was a one-page feature in National Geographic about a blind guy who bikes around busy city streets by clicking his tongue constantly about twice a second and generating an image from the echoes. That’s human echolocation. He’s somehow taught other people how to do it. Apparently the ability is supposed to be inherent in everyone.