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Weekend Link Love – Edition 429

Research of the Week

Spiritual experiences trigger [1] the reward centers of our brain.

Just a single season of high school football alters the structure of the brain. High school football players really need to watch out for head collisions [2].

25% calorie restriction improves quality of life [3], including many measures of sexual function, in otherwise healthy, non-obese adults, with those losing the most weight seeing the most benefit.

Just like dogs, horses know to ask humans for help [4] with problems they can’t handle themselves.

Cats really do clean themselves by licking, thanks to their velcro-esque tongues [5].

Ancient Greenlanders armed with small spears and tiny canoes were expert whale hunters [6], regularly felling 50-ton bowheads.

Probiotics increase polyphenol absorption [7].

They’ve discovered the gene for uncombable hair [8].

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 145: Dr. Brett Hill [9]: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Brett Hill about his new book, Nourish Without Nagging, which helps parents figure out how to get their kids to eat—and love—healthy food.

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 [10] so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

The elimination of non-native species isn’t always so clear-cut, as the case of the Bay Area eucalyptus shows [13].

When “being in the moment” isn’t best policy [14].

You should re-roast your turkey carcass [15] (and roast chicken carcasses, for that matter) before making stock.

One (evolutionary) psychiatrist’s take [16] on using curcumin/turmeric for depression.

Media, Schmedia

Nestle plans to introduce a new formulation of sugar [17] with 40% fewer calories.

Nutritional heretic Gary Taubes recounts [18] his embattled journey to vindication.

Everything Else

Raising a family at the edge of civilization [19].

Who’s ready for a massive escalation [20] of the animal rights movement?

Greek yogurt is problematic [21], apparently, and promotes marginalization and otherization.

Whole milk drinkin’ kids are slimmer [22] than skim milkers.

New photo technology captures [23] the moment of conception.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I’m up for auction [24] at one of my favorite charities, GO Campaign [25], an organization that improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world by partnering with local heroes to deliver local solutions.

Podcast I just appeared on: The Earn Your Happy Podcast [26], where I spoke about shifting your metabolism for optimal energy.

Study that everyone can come together over: Both a high-fat, very low-carb diet rich in saturated fat (34% of calories) and a low-fat, high-carb diet low in saturated fat improve waist circumference, visceral fat loss, weight loss, and lipid markers [27] (HFLC boosts HDL, LFHC drops LDL, both drop triglycerides). They were supposed to be isocaloric, but the HF group ended up eating 250 more calories per day and still lost weight.

Article I’m pondering: “Psilocybin, the active ingredient ‘shrooms,’ is looking more and more like a potential wonder drug [28].”

Announcement I’m pleased to, well, announce: Nina wins [29]!

Miscellaneous news I enjoyed: Britain’s new 5-pound note isn’t vegetarian [30].

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 4– Dec 10)

Comment of the Week

“Very good read about work
And this is a good argument about it
by Bachman Turner Overdrive!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJprEyXMrIk [35]

– Amen, wildgrok [36].