Weekend Link Love – Edition 419


weekend_linklove in-lineElle Russ chats about The Paleo Thyroid Solution with Primal Health Coach Vanessa Lambert on the Bee the Wellness podcast.

Research of the Week

Oxytocin is awesome.

30 grams of freeze-dried wild blueberries provides big cognitive boosts to 7-10 year olds, 15 grams less so.

Your fitness tracker probably won’t actually help you lose much weight.

The effect of cold showers on health and productivity.

Don’t let your genetics dissuade you from exercising and eating well.

A review of vitamin D and cancer finds “there exist over 15 types of cancer for which UVB exposure and/or 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations have been found associated with reduced risk.”

Cultures historically exposed to large variations in rainfall (a proxy for agricultural risk) tend to be more collectivist, asserts a new paper.

New evidence of human-controlled fire in the early paleolithic: burnt mammal bones from a 780k-980k years-old Spanish dig site.

Scientists witness genes age (and find that eating less food slows the process).

Fasting for up to 72 hours is “safe and feasible” for cancer patients undergoing plantium-based chemotherapy.

Neanderthals made body ornaments.

In Singapore Chinese men and women, elevated liver enzymes predict type 2 diabetes risk.

Escaped farmed salmon are getting it on with wild salmon.

Too many are too sedentary.

The BMJ’s editor calls for an independent review of statins.

New (and Old) Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 84: Gabrielle Reece: Check out this episode from the archives. Elle Russ sits down with Gabby Reece, legendary Olympic volleyball champion. The two talk diet, pesticide use in Hawaii, raising children, ballistic training, and more.

Interesting Blog Posts

How to use resistance bands (and why you shouldn’t sneer at them).

Bad science: a matter of when, not if.

How current in vitro fertilization technology already allows prospective parents to assess each embryo’s genetic makeup before choosing.

Media, Schmedia

The Telegraph discovers the wonders of high-fat cheese.

Outside Online covers the high-fat diet for athletes.

Nature-based schools show promise.

Everything Else

Elle Russ chats about The Paleo Thyroid Solution with Primal Health Coach Vanessa Lambert on the Bee the Wellness podcast.

Swap ants for humans and you’ve got yourself a decent premise for a YA sci-fi series.

What’s the point of even living?

The UN General Assembly is meeting to discuss superbugs.

Why you should consider eccentric isometric training.

Danish archaeologists unearth evidence of an ancient goof.

Why doesn’t honey go bad?

Chicago just opened an adult playground.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sep 25 – Oct 1)

Comment of the Week

Gluten free apples are all the rage here!

– Man, I’ve been looking everywhere for those.

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. Great article in Outside mag on Ketosis and health. Thanks for posting.

  2. I was at a tennis tournament this summer and got to see Rafael Nadal practice. He did that resistance band shoulder warmup shown in the video.

  3. I was forced to take showers for almost two years when I lived abroad. While I still enjoy my hot water, that study is pretty convincing in regards to the impacts of cold showers on health. I may need to readopt that habit!…someday

  4. I used to read this site every day and I love Mark’s ideas and philosophy. Honestly I don’t read as many posts anymore bc I have to click on each one instead of scrolling through them. Great site I don’t visit as much as I used to.

    1. I agree. The comments board seems to be going the way of another well-known health website, which is to say it inhibits free exchange of opinions. I liked it better without the up/down votes. Otherwise, slick new look with lots of neat pics of Mark.

    2. Did not DV you BTW Tim, but the purpose of the Weekend Links in my mind is to provide you with some interesting articles that if you choose to read them you click on the link and it opens in a separate browser tab, which makes complete sense to me. Are you expecting Mark to summarize 15 – 20 topics in one forum?! Otherwise the rest of the week the articles he writes are in one post. So … not getting what your objection is exactly.

      1. No I was not commenting on the weekend links specifically if you read my post fully. I was commenting on the fact that the newly designed website requires more clicks to read the blog posts than the old site. The weekend link post just happened to be the post where I mentioned it. Bad timing I suppose.

        1. OK Tim, sorry about that. We’ll have to agree to disagree on this subject, I think the new layout is really nicely laid out myself, but in any case have a great week!

      1. Mark, thanks for taking the time to respond, I appreciate it and have bookmarked the blog page so I can scroll through the posts, I now see there is a link just for the blog. Thank you! The site does look great as Shary said. Much appreciated.


  5. A lot of good articles.
    1. Hot to cold showers, I can understand the benefit, it’s about adaptation (hormesis) which does have health benefits
    2. Statins, I wonder how many doctors just look at total cholesterol or do they consider the ratio of LDL to HDL, which is the most important factor as I understand. I would not take a drug that kills the mitochondria in my heart thank you very much, I’d rather eat primal, take fish oil supplements etc and exercise.
    3. Resistant bands, love using them to warm up, get a good burn, help with flexibility and strengthen ligaments and tendons.
    4. I throw isometrics into my routine and never considered trying to do a “pause” routine with weights, have to give that a try.
    5. Superbugs are becoming a HUGE problem, currently about 700,000 globally die annually due to antibiotic resistance, it is estimated it will grow to 10M by 2050. It frightens me. I look to garlic, Oregano P73 and colloidal silver as potentially saving my life someday if I’m hospitalized.

  6. I’ve always loved Sunday love links. Some time ago, I started to sometimes click the links and look at the article abstracts. I don’t have a scientific background and I wasn’t very good at science at school… I never thought I’d be able or interested in reading this kind of stuff, so this is very positive for me 🙂 thank you mark

  7. Ok, the salmon thing is just creepy! On a lighter note, the salisbury steak recipe sounds pretty good. And totally loved the memories of those old school tv dinners with the foil tray and all the different compartments. The tiny little dessert was the best!

  8. I find the article on “Fire in the Paleolithic” confusing. They refer to *our* ancestors when that would have to be referring to paleolithic neanderthals… or is there something I’m missing?

    (I’m aware that modern humans carry some neanderthal DNA.)

  9. Salisbury steak – 18 different ingredients!? That’s nice if you have nothing else to do for a while.

    Do it yourself mcRibs – 12 grams of SUGAR as an ingredient and a separate entire sauce recipe as an ingredient.

    Are you guys even paying attention to what you link to anymore?