October 09 2016

Weekend Link Love – Edition 421

By Mark Sisson

weekend_linklove in-lineI talked at length about lessons learned in my endurance career on the Tri Swim Coach Podcast.


80% of Chinese clinical trials use falsified data.

Copper doorknobs fight infections.

Dogs and humans share genes for socializing (and social disorders).

Older women who consume more than 261 mg caffeine per day (2-3 cups of coffee, 5-6 cups of tea) have a lower risk of dementia.

A new study spanning 42 European countries finds no association between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease, the lowest risk among those eating the most fat and animal protein, and the highest risk among those eating the most refined carbs. Huh.

Bees just made the endangered species list for the first time ever. Congratulations!

People with a history of acne have longer telomeres.



Episode 137: Brant Cortright: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Brant Cortright, author of The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life, about how we can and why we should take steps to build new brain cells.

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Aging might not be inevitable. Or maybe it is.

Do statins really work?

Tom Naughton thinks the statin evangelists will lose.


Why big brained animals have big yawns.

Theranos is pulling out of the blood test game.


Ancient myths contain truths about the history of human migration.

South African poachers contend with sky-diving anti-poacher dogs.

Placenta Fitbits.

A mix of good intentions and sneaky marketing has produced an overmedicated population.

The next generation of bike helmets will have airbags.

A Zika vaccine is in the works.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Business buzz of the week: I’m excited to announce that The Paleo Primer: A Second Helping is now available for purchase. To celebrate, I thought I’d throw in a couple bonuses when you snag a copy.

The podcast that caught my attention most: Dennis McKenna (ethnopharmacologist and brother to deceased psychedelic bard Terence) visited Robb Wolf’s podcast for a chat about psychedelics and society.

A quote I found worth pondering: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”—Upton Sinclair.

The article that most piqued my interest: “The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School”—Trees are screaming pretty much all the time. You just can’t hear it.

My favorite fun fact of the week: Front squats for basketball players, hip thrusts for footballers.



One year ago (Oct 9 – Oct 15)


This articles make sense; eat multiple sources of protein similar to the way one would eat a variety of veggies. I just have to find where to buy tiger penis…

– I know a guy, Kyle.

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  1. Your link to “The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School” takes me to Andrew Sullivan’s article posted last week (which, by the way, was excellent), but I want to read about the trees. Thanks!

  2. Dude, tigers are on the brink of extinction because of the trafficking in tiger parts. I liked the post’s point about “eating like for like” – the paleo imagination is nothing if not poetic – but eating tiger penis is a lousy example.

    1. I have iguana and cat penises! Both invasive in Puerto Rico! Contact me to work out a deal 🙂 Testicles available as well of course

  3. The link to the screaming trees article is broken… It’s a great article, it’s just not about angst-ridden trees 🙂

  4. The Bee issue is a GMO issue. The long argument about whether GMOs per se are harmful has become a red herring; the effect of the GMO system of farming has had disastrous consequences in the world at large. In this case it is likely the rampant , non-targeted spraying of herbicides on “roundup-ready” crops. Supporters of a GMO future — like Mark, albeit in a limited way –often focus on the potential benefits, but the current reality is one of deeply entrenched interests that are contributing significantly to our planet’s destruction.

    1. The importance of bees in our global ecosystem is vastly underestimated by most of us, and having them on the endangered list is scary and a real concern. That “said” I don’t get the GMO connection unless your contention is GMO crops use more pesticides and other chemicals than other types of commercial crops.

  5. Is anyone else having trouble getting the blog posts? I get only the newsletter and not the weekend love link, Saturday recipe or the success story. I have emailed but get no response. Help!!

    1. Weird Kathy, I am able to access all aspects of MDA on multiple computers and multiple browsers. Have you tried accessing on other computers / devices i.e. the library or whatever?

  6. Wait, so I don’t just look young because I still have acne? There’s something more to it? Now I like my acne. (Though I’d still like to figure out how to end it for good.)

      1. I actually tried this (except I was still using butter) but I still got cysts/zits in the same places. And I have a hard time getting enough calories because of all the foods I have intolerances to, so when I get hungry (between ovulation and menstruation, when my metabolism picks up) I have to add milk back in, for now at least.

        The only time I’ve ever had really good skin was when I was starving myself (<1000 calories/day) and eating only grass fed meat. But eventually I got major indigestion from doing that, so I don't really know what to do next.

        It's a work in progress. In the meantime I'm 51 and still have acne. Oh well.

  7. Hi Mark, a blog post about primal living and France would be great! my parents are 61 and 63 and they look young, I suspect their diet and lifestyle have played a role (no fear of fat and animal protein and dairy products like cheese, lots of veggies, no pollution in Southern Burgundy where they live). BTW it’d be great if Burgundy could become a destination in Europe for Primal afficionados. We do have very primal things to eat at restaurants like frogs, snails, weird animal parts (pied de cochon, tête de veau, fromage de tête, joues de boeuf…) and local recipes (Boeuf bourguignon, œuf en meurette..). There is also a tech scene specialized in food, the Food Tech branch of the La French Tech start up ecosystem based in Burgundy, eg Ynsect and Algama (seaweed start-up), which are relevant to Primal! And if anyone is in the area, the My Wok casual fast-food restaurants do killer ‘big-ass’ salads in Chalon-sur-Saone and Dijon! I used to eat there many times every week to treat my psoriasis?And you can visit the villages of Buxy and Givry near Chalon, breathtaking landscapes and great wine! Or Culles les Roches and St Gengoux too!!

  8. “Theranos is pulling out of the blood test game” could be the plot of the next Avengers movie.