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October 23 2016

Weekend Link Love – Edition 423

By Mark Sisson
16 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Walking slows memory decline in older folks already experiencing it.

Case study: fecal transplant cures celiac.

Anxious dogs go gray.

Researchers dig through poop and find new antibiotics that reverse drug-resistance in bacteria.

Not all of the genetic material Neanderthals bequeathed to us was negative.

Spending a few hours in the mountains changes your blood cells’ ability to retain oxygen in hypoxic environments.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

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Episode 139: Allan Misner: Host Elle Russ chats with Allan Misner about fitness for people over 40.

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

Does rosemary extend time?

Real women have meat (in their diet).

What happens when seven New Zealand dietitians try the paleo diet for four weeks?

How to bake bacon for a crowd.

Media, Schmedia

A group of health experts are urging British doctors to educate themselves about nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle.

A gorilla escaped from the London Zoo and, rather than head for the armory and begin a counter-sapien insurgency, drank five liters of blackcurrant syrup and probably gave himself a tummy-ache.

An elephant (just a baby, no less) shows signs of empathy, compassion, and concern for a friend. Really makes me think twice about springing for that ivory bed frame.

Everything Else

We may be creating as many species as we’re killing.

This guy really loves Bulletproof coffee.

I’m not sure what’s more unfortunate: the weed or the fact that a toddler gets an entire box of fries.

Cave paintings help researchers discover the elusive ancestor of the European bison.

OJ consumption is down.

Is reciting a tongue twister in your head just as hard as reciting it out loud?

Northern Ireland: land of giants.

An algorithm for fair cake-cutting.

Yes, that horse just ate that chicken.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Development I really want to share: I just launched the new Primal Kitchen YouTube channel. I’ve already made a few videos you might enjoy, so subscribe to stay tuned for new ones to come.

Product I’m excited about: You’ve heard me talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting, and my friend Jimmy Moore has just published a great book on it: The Complete Guide to Fasting.

A blog post I’m reading: “Self-Stereotypes and How to Overcome Them.”

Movement I’m loving: These Daily Vitamoves mobility exercises for the thoracic spine and shoulders.

Burying the lede: Media outlets report that capuchin monkeys are making stone knives, just like ancient hominids. Midway through we learn the stone knives are accidental byproducts of the monkeys smashing quartz into mineral-rich powder to lick.

Recipe Corner

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Comment of the Week

No dessert unless you eat your choccoli.

– Indeed, Soupy.

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  1. Rosemary has long been my favorite herb. I especially love it toasty on the top of gluten-free pizza. Glad to know my herb obsession could have even more benefits!

  2. The New Zealand dietitians didn’t really take the trial seriously, and didn’t really follow paleo principles, IMO. The tone of their responses suggests that they don’t have any education about why excluded foods are excluded, i.e. inflammatory, brain/gut-rending, and insulin spiking anti nutrients. Four of the seven said they would go back to including grain foods and/or legumes. And this line: “I loved the way more vegetables were included in each meal – it felt like I was nourishing my body from the inside out.” This from a dietitian?? That’s a big fat DUH!

    1. Totally. The bias starts with a lower saturated fat version of the paleo diet, and the complaints about cost and time ensure. Argh. This is far from a scientific study.

      1. The dietitians (real or otherwise) were doing the bidding of the NZ Heart Foundation and its low-fat message. Organisations like this have a vested interest in the old way of looking at things. Lots of time, effort and money have gone into establishing a position and nothing will change their minds. Just read same of their reports and submissions to government. Some old mantra. The dietary advice crammed into the minds of Kiwis (especially via the schools) has resulted in a fat population where average weight is in the topmost world rankings.

        1. I took a nutrition paper at Massey U in Albany , NZ last year. Holy shit was the professor closed minded about new research coming out. At the end if my presentation exonerating saturated fat, she tried to subdue my peers’ wonder by claiming I was a conspiracy theorist…
          She made sure to point out that people need to reduce their saturate fat intake during every lecture, even when it wasn’t even relevant.

  3. Have to chuckle at the dietician who said that paleo/primal would be difficult for someone without good cooking skills. Come on! The vast majority of my meals are roasted/grilled meats and quick sautes of mass quantities of vegetables, finished with maybe a butter sauce or lemon/lime/vinegar and oil. Cereals and legumes are MUCH more complicated by comparison. And switching to paleo four weeks before a marathon? Not very sensible, not matter what the change.

  4. “Really makes me think twice about springing for that Ivory bed frame”

    Are you serious? Why would it even be a consideration ever? Like…. for real? Check yourself.

    1. I guess Mark needs to add a #sarcasm tag for some people.

  5. Love rosemary too! And the bullet proof coffee vid was awesome….had to laugh when he said pumpkin spice since I had just posted a recipe for a pumpkin spice lattes that is basically another variation of bullet proof! ????

  6. Total biasness on the part of the NZ study. Have you ever noticed in most “paleo diet” studies they don’t actually follow a real, by the book, paleo diet. Many of them suggested re-adding grain into your diet. Grain is perhaps the worst non-processed food you could eat. Very inflammatory and you’ll actually see your CRP (c-reactive protein) and triglycerides lower when you remove it from your diet. Remove the grain, or at least the majority of it, and add more meat/fish. From a health standpoint there’s probably less of a case to remove dairy, although it certainly isn’t a must. If you don’t like dairy or it doesn’t agree with you then don’t eat it. I drink raw milk and eat raw butter, it doesn’t seem to bother me. Legumes have nasty anti-nutrients that can hurt your gastrointestinal tract, plus they’re pretty starchy. However there’s been a few tribes across the globe who’ve done well with legumes by either sprouting them and/or fermenting them. Personally I avoid them. The paleo diet is all about removing antigens from your diet. The more inflammatory foods you eat the worse your overall health will become.

  7. Seriously? We cooked 16 slices of bacon just yesterday! Anyway, thanks for the future, I can’t wait to try it.

  8. Thanks for the shoulder mobility exercise link. I’ll add it to my daily stretches to keep this desk-sitter from being a hunched over mess.

  9. “Really makes me think twice about springing for that ivory bed frame.”

    Holy Harvest Moon, Mark.

    That was a poignantly funny line. You win, “Comment of the Week.”