Weekend Link Love – Edition 418

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Omega-3s improve reading scores.

Treating early prostate cancer produces side effects, but no survival benefit compared to “active monitoring.”

Couples with dissimilar immune genetics have better relationships.

Bulking works better if you lean out first.

The science of sticking points in the squat, deadlift, and bench press.

Zika affects adult brains.

High-fat cheese consumption has no effect on metabolic risk markers.

Bacterial fermentation of walnuts produces conjugated linoleic acid, the good trans-fat.

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Interesting Blog Posts

A few questions on statins from a (cautious) proponent.

Who regulates the lab-grown meat market?

Authorities are scrutinizing parents of vegan children and in some cases bringing charges against them. Is it just?

Before installing a tube in your stomach that expels half your food, maybe try going low-carb.

Media, Schmedia

Cities are increasingly installing LED street lights to save on energy costs, but at what cost to sleep quality?

The sugar industry paid scientists $6500 in the 1960s to absolve sugar, shift the blame for heart disease to saturated fat, and begin the nation’s long descent into obesity and diabetes.

Everything Else

Some schools are giving kids a ton of recess. Good for them.

Big Agra, meet Big Pharma.

The future of antibiotics may lie in the past.

“Hey Johnny, what are you rebellin’ against?” Childhood obesity.

Can your smartphone detect anemia?

Move over, kale. Come on, kombu.

The case for wooden skyscrapers.

Evolution in real time.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sep 18 – Sep 24)

Comment of the Week

“Short answer to the title’s question: nope! ?”

– Way to simplify, Alex.

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. So glad you posted about wooden skyscrapers! As a master’s student in architecture, learning about the potential users for CLTS has been really exciting, and I can’t wait to see what else we can do, using natural materials in lieu of non-renewables.

  2. Statins, sugar, vegan children, street lights – the Love link is hitting all my blood pressure points today.
    I’m going to have to chase down a gazelle to take out my frustrations.

  3. We had the LED streetlights installed in our village and although I was concerned before I actually think they are ok. The quality of light is different, more like moonlight (full moon!) and the light is more directional only lighting the street, so overall the whole place seems darker to me in a sense that is feels more like a nighttime. Added bonus for me was that the old streetlight right outside my bedroom window was moved to the other side of the building so my sleep quality has improved!

  4. The beet and carrot salad sounds great, but I would roast the veggies to enchance the sweetness. And fascinated by all the seaweed info…I put avocado in nori wraps sometimes, but that’s about as adventurous as I get.

  5. As a runner, I struggle to put on muscle and maintain it. I enjoyed your time capsule article, as it reminded me that having two goals to run and gain muscle are contradictory. This isn’t a cue for me to train harder, but for me to train smarter. If I want to focus on running right now, muscle gain will need to take a back seat and vice versa. Thanks for a great article that put everything into perspective again.

  6. Zika has been around since it was found in something like 1947. How is it that just now it’s causing trouble? I also notice that the studies are finding correlation but not causation. The microcephaly that first brought up this issue occurred in an area that was undergoing a lot of chemical spraying also. Certain agricultural chemicals are known to break down the folate generation pathways, and we all know folate is necessary for fetal brain development. Is it the virus, or is it an environmental toxin issue? It makes you wonder.

  7. I would be interested in reading your thoughts on prostate cancer through the Primal lens, Mark.

  8. “1 Thing You Shouldn’t Do If You’re Trying to Create a Great Comments Section.”

    Use a small, lightly-colored font.

    C’mon, Mark, enough’s enough. Please get your developer to increase the font size and make it black. Have some consideration for your users. Many have complained about it and it’s literally a 30-second fix.

  9. I object to your assertion that “Bulking works better if you lean out first.” On the basis of unsubstantial scientific evidence. This study did not compare synthesis in single humans at different BMIs. The causation all relationship could be stated: “Lower BMI is caused by enhanced protein synthesis.”

  10. So, short of harvesting and cultivating human fecal microbiota at home (sounds lovely), it doesn’t sound like I’ll be fermenting walnuts any time soon. Guess I’ll stick to pastured meat and dairy for my CLA.