Weekend Link Love – Edition 414

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

A 30% ketone diet improves rats’ cognitive and physical performance.

Calcium intake has a protective relationship with colorectal cancer risk.

More evidence that fidgeting (feet) is good for your health (when sitting).

Broccoli sprouts alleviate anxiety and depression in animals.

Intermediate HDL levels may be better for longevity than too low or too high.

African runners have greater resistance to fatigue during general activity than European runners.

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity exists (again).

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


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Interesting Blog Posts

Why is nutrition science so messy?

Using machine learning and 18 months of data, a developer discovered that sleep has the greatest impact on his bodyweight.

New tech will enable researchers to monitor biomarkers in real-time, rather than rely on misleading snapshots.

Want to know if type 2 diabetes is in your future?

Media, Schmedia

The man who gold medaled in the javelin used Youtube clips to train.

A fairy tale comes to life.

Usain has never run a mile.”

Alarming new data indicates that the nation’s love testers need recalibration and that millions of requests that Dad “launch me into the deep end with a 360 spin” will go unfulfilled.

Everything Else

Golden rice sure is pretty, but it’s been a bit of a dud when it comes to fixing vitamin A deficiency.

Support The Sioux Chef, a new restaurant based on Native American cuisine, if only for the perfect name.

The FDA wants to make poop harder. To buy and sell, that is.

Within ten years, prospective parents will be able to quantify (and respond to) the genetic destiny of their unborn child.

CRISPR might be used to eliminate pesticide use.

How the fastest men from the last 120 years measure up to each other. And how the fastest men from every country today measure up.

The greatest centenarian athlete is Frenchman Robert Marchand, a 104 year-old cyclist.

Should kids be playing augmented reality games?

Panda Express to unveil chorks.

A real life TriCorder for real-time human biometrics may be coming.

Move over, Tim Ferriss.

Recipe Corner

  • Smoked paprika coconut chips. The paprika is smoked, not the coconut.
  • Decadent Paleo Ramen Burger from Spice Cave. Ramen can’t be Paleo, right? Think again.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 21 – Aug 27)

Comment of the Week

Don’t just do something; sit there.

– Exactly, Walter.

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. Totally off the subject, but I am wondering why I’m getting a bright red, full-screen warning from Microsoft that the MDA website is unsafe. This has been happening for the last 3 or 4 days, but I didn’t get the warning just now. Has the problem been fixed?

    1. Sounds like your computer is not validating the ssl certificate. You should scan your machine for viruses and malware, it’s probably something local to your computer or network.

  2. That’s interesting about the HDL. I’ve heard this all week in the health/wellness sections. I wonder what causes this HDL to become harmful. How do you control such a rise as well? Eating dietary fat will definitely boost the HDL, especially monounsaturated fat, do you just eat less mono?

    1. I’d love some clarity on this, too. Though from reading through the link, it seems that only looking at one factor — in this case, HDL — and claiming more or less longevity, fails to take into consideration other lipid numbers. There are many studies that have shown total-to-HDL cholesterol ratio is the best basic predictor of heart disease risk (Chris Masterjohn has written extensively about this), so taking HDL out of context seems shortsighted to me. If someone has a high total to HDL ratio and high HDL, and another has a low ratio and high HDL, both get classified as low longevity even though there’s more evidence out there that the latter person would have less cardiovascular risk.

      1. That’s a good point, the total to HDL ratio is important. So is the triglycerides. There needs to be more thorough research done of this.

  3. Re: The story about FDA regulations on fecal transplants, this quote jumped out at me:

    “We hope that the FDA comes back soon and makes those other companies go away…”

    Of course, this is all about patient safety. Never mind that “If the company’s poop-like drug for C. diff makes it through the rigorous clinical trial process before anybody else, it would win the rights to be an exclusive seller of the product for seven years”.

  4. Definitely making the smoked paprika coconut chips. I’m already obsessed with both ingredients and have them on hand!

  5. I found the research article on calcium very interesting. I consume my daily calcium requirement through food rather than supplements. I have 4 to 5 servings of dairy daily. I look forward to your research articles, thank you.

  6. “The Sioux Chef,”

    Yeah, it’s funny but it would be funnier if it was ‘Sioux Chief.’

  7. i think we definitely underestimate the power & importance of proper sleep in this country. it’s almost viewed as weak to prioritize getting enough sleep when you could be working, etc.

  8. Ah, the dangers of Pokemon Go. I have played Ingress (Niantic’s previous AR game) for over a year now and I’ve often thought it’s kind of a perfect primal thing…it encourages slow walking from place to place, often for long periods of time, making connections to the map of your local region and discovering places you’ve never been to before, and it incentivizes meeting people and working with them on common goals, since some of the game mechanics depend on getting players together in the same place. It’s pretty much transformed my social life. Pokemon isn’t quite as good at bringing humans together on a common project (at least yet) but it definitely incentivizes long noodly aimless walks!

    1. Not an Ingress player, but definitely a Pokemon Go player– I’m going to disagree with you a little in that Pokemon Go has done wonders for both me and my roommate, who has severe social anxiety and has trouble talking with other people. The level of socialization and group planning definitely isn’t anywhere near what I’ve heard about Ingress, but it’s easier to chat with strangers who are clearly camping out in the same spots as you at the local park for the same reasons, and claiming gyms in game is absolutely done best with several other friends (or strangers!) 🙂

  9. Interesting news article about the fastest men. Has there been made a similar news article about women?

  10. Wow, from CRISPR article:
    “Gene editing isn’t new. The earliest tools have been around for 20 years.”

    It took the AMA how many years to work out that smoking wasn’t safe? I wouldn’t call 20 year old technology “proven”.

  11. ehhh
    should I be terrified?
    my hdl is most of the time greater than 100

  12. I’m glad to hear a 30% ketone diet is looking good, but I sure as heck don’t want
    that 30% coming from a GRAS product derived a genetically modified synthesized enzyme ethanol producing ester blah blah blah. Just give me some nice natural saturated fats!

  13. I’ve had some problems with a brazenly bold raccoon and skunk lately trying to steal my food from right beside me at my little temporary “campsite” (essentially just a tarp folded over on the ground, though someone anonymously left a tent for me) or managing to steal it when I’m asleep or not there. They must be well fed because they’ve gotten a lot from me, though fortunately most of it was stuff I got from dumpster diving (including real meat that I like to cook over a fire). I think one of them might have even taken my bottle of dijon mustard! It just wasn’t there when I went back one day.
    Anyways, here’s some links I posted before about animals that include a criminal s–thawk.

    A Shoplifting Seagull:

    A Cat B-slapping a Crocodile in the Face:

    Read more: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/weekend-link-love-324/#ixzz4IHbfXUJg