Weekend Link Love – Edition 424

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

High-protein diet causes remission from pre-diabetes to normal glucose tolerance; isocaloric high-carbohydrate diet does not.

Fasted morning exercise reduces 24-hour food intake and increases fat burning.

Natural birth prepares a newborn’s liver to metabolize fats.

Our understanding of ancient human history is still in flux.

Formula spiked with L. reuteri DSM 17938 makes the gut biomes of C-section babies resemble those of vaginally-born babies.

Converting cropland to intensively-grazed (by evil livestock, no less) pastureland “rapidly” increases soil carbon.

Men who work in the sun get less prostate cancer. Women who work in the sun get none.

How genes can predict optimal rep range.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 140: Gary Foresman, MD: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Foresman about general breast health.

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

A good guide to keto rash.

Why movement isn’t enough.

Media, Schmedia

Earlier this month, Soylent had to recall their new food bars because they were making people sick. Now, Soylent’s pulling their flagship powder for the same reason.

Framing healthy eating as “rebellion” makes teens more likely to do it.

Everything Else

A bookstore in Cairo has a “scream room” where customers can vent their frustration at life, the universe, and everything.

Australian wine researchers are exploring ancient Aboriginal fermented beverages.

I’d love to see the nutrient profile of seaweed-fed meat and dairy.

Can consumer demand for camel milk revitalize India’s semi-nomadic camel herders?

I know what I’m eating for lunch today.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Video I’m watching: “Why We Get Sad: How Evolution Makes Sense of Emotional Disorders.” 

Product I’m excited about: Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing is finally real, and it’s spectacular. The team and I have been sucking down the various iterations of this stuff for the better part of a year, and now you can join the fun!

Tweet I’m pondering: “At Netflix, we are competing for our customers’ time, so our competitors include Snapchat, YouTube, sleep, etc.”

Podcast I can’t wait to listen to: Joe Rogan chats with Wim Hof, the Iceman. 

Turn of phrase I enjoyed: “Test-marketing new fears.”

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 30 – Nov 5)

Comment of the Week

“My amygdala (lizard brain) makes me crave insets. No crickets around my house.”  

– There’s one way to avoid insecticides. Thanks, Nocona.

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. I am really interested in the science surrounding grazing. I think it makes so much sense that grazing improves soil quality over cropland. The thing that I always struggle with is the impact of grazing on existing prairie and grassland. I know there’s a lot of discussion of the benefits of grazing on soil, but I really struggle with the displacement of natural grazers (horses, elk, bison, etc.) by cows. It seems to me that the land is already seeing the benefit of grazing by other animals, who are being rounded up and exterminated in the tens of thousands to make room for cows. I have read a lot from Diana Rogers on the subject, but the displacement of other animals is always something that I get stuck on. I would love to here others’ thoughts on the subject!

    1. Well, I guess you received at least one person’s thoughts in the form of a negative vote. I liked this comment board much better before the thumbs-up/thumbs-down was added. Stating an opinion shouldn’t boil down to a popularity contest.

      1. Agreed Shary, it should only be used in rare cases if someone is being extremely mean-spirited and / or insulting to other members of the MDA community.

    2. Excellent point Ellen, I never really thought of it from that standpoint. Really makes me sad that so much wildlife is being displaced and in some cases becoming extinct. I eat beef very rarely (chicken, turkey, sardines and chicken bone broth are my main animal sources), but have no criticism of those that do. I once mentioned that cattle consume very large quantities of feed and water and produce quite a bit of methane by-products (seaweed seems to be the answer to that LOL) and was kind of hammered on by people declaring I was promoting a vegan activist conspiracy theory … oh well … so it goes sometimes.

  2. The Mention of seaweed reminded me of the awesome beef (wagyu) I once ate from Robbins Island, Tasmania. And guess what they are grazing on year round other then grassland? Fresh seaweeds that get washed ashore.

  3. Lots of good stuff here. I don’t see the venison burger being a big hit at Arby’s, but you never know! Love the seaweed idea for cattle, and the grazing research. And I can’t wait to listen to Elle’s interview of Gary Foresman.

  4. I mean really, with the name “Soylent” was anyone surprised? When its victims were bent over the toilet, were they thinking of Charlton Heston?

  5. The ‘healthy food as rebellion” article was encouraging but also very predictable. As much as we all like to think that we’re these resilient and autonomous individuals bravely forging our path on shear free will, the truth is we largely behave in ways that conforms to societal norms and unconsciously follow basic patterns to get though life. So the key to transforming society is changing the default choices to favor the preferred outcome.

    A good example was changing the way Californians sign up to be an organ donor when they get a driver’s licensed. Before 2011, you had one choice – “yes I want to be an organ donor” and it was voluntary. So if you did nothing you were automatically a “no” to organ donation.

    The result – a state that was way below the national average for organ donor-ship.

    After 2011, the question was mandatory and you had to either chose yes, add me as an organ donor, or no, I don’t want to be an organ donor. Most people are sympathetic to being an organ donor so they choose yes, because saying no makes you feel selfish and also goes against the presumed choice of yes.

    I do this with my own life. I shape my environment so my default options are more inline with my long term goals.

    I have a spinner bike in my home office that I literally have to shift my body to get around just to get to my computer. So dozens of times a day I’m reminded to do my sprints this week. Now, I’m really self motivated so I’d use it regularly no matter where it was anyway…but why not give myself an extra edge in following through?

  6. Cairo has a scream room? Just don’t insult the Prophet in there…

  7. “Men who work in the sun get less prostate cancer. Women who work in the sun get none.”

    Ha … that is funny Mark. You deserve the quote of the week for that one! 🙂

  8. Mark, I’d be a little leery about having that Arby’s Venison burger–I bet they use deer that are fed corn, are sick, or otherwise have something wrong with them, and need to be culled. More than likely, these are going to be deer that come from an urban environment where the deer-types literally swarm the town (like elk and caribou from the northern states and Alaska).

    If you don’t know and can’t find out what these deer are being fed, and where they came from originally, then don’t eat it! Remember, Arby’s is in it for the profit motive, not your health-they could care less about it.

  9. Machiavellan!

    “Turn of phrase I enjoyed: “Test-marketing new fears.””