Weekend Link Love – Edition 434

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

The ApoE4 gene dramatically increases risk of Alzheimer’s—unless you carry parasites, in which case it protects against cognitive decline.

Skipping breakfast leads to less weight and fat gain than eating breakfast, at least if the breakfast consists of sugary cereal.

Diet soda doesn’t really seem to help people lose weight.

Statins aren’t so good for physical fitness.

Ketones may help against inflammatory skin diseases.

What have we done with all that leisure time technology has afforded us? Watched more TV.

Consciousness may emerge from entropy.


Episode 150: Adam and Vanessa Lambert: Power couple Adam and Vanessa talk about their unique perspective on fitness (and, indeed, life) coaching and unveil the exciting retreats they have planned.

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

When it comes to controlling the amount of food we eat, quality trumps quantity.

We just keep on lying to diabetics. Why?

Media, Schmedia

Move over, weed. Sugar could be the most popular drug.

Medical studies rarely report adverse effects, even when they occur.

Everything Else

Shopping for a hedge fund manager? Pick one who drives an Odyssey, not a Corvette.

A newborn’s sleep patterns, visualized.

Say hello to your new organ.

Americans are eating an ungodly amount of Jack in the Box tacos.

Watch a cute baby worm embryo split cells in real time.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Ranking that sadly doesn’t surprise me: Dietitians rank Whole 30 dead last.

Study that I just don’t get: Oh, corn oil is totally healthier than EVOO, guys.

Video I’m sending to my peers who complain about every ache, pain, and physical limitation: 67 year-old Ric Flair (yeah, that Ric Flair) deadlifting 400 pounds.

Thing I’m wondering: Can you power wash a lung?

Advice I’m passing along: Be happy with what you have (or else).

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 8 – Jan 14)

Comment of the Week

Mark you always seems to have a quote or two that makes me deeply appreciate your perspective. This time it was this, “My days are full and rich. I don’t really think or worry about it because I know I’m doing all I can to make the most of it.” It struck a chord with me as I have been reflecting on the fact that we all have a choice whether we want to be happy or choose to worry/live in the past or future/you name it. I suppose no matter how one chooses to live their life we will always have regrets and wish we could have done more with the time we had. Makes me realize more and more how important it is to choose wisely with each passing moment. ?

– Means a lot, Suji. Good thoughts.

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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 don’t understand the reports that diet soda doesn’t help people lose weight. Did anyone think it did? It’s just a this-not-that substitution for sugared sodas that are so bad for so many reasons. Ideally one doesn’t drink soda at all, but for those who can’t give it up, isn’t diet soda still better? (To add to that, why is it that “diet sodas” are always treated like one standard thing, when so many completely different compounds sweeten them? Why aren’t we looking at aspartame and sucralose and all the different ones as if they were different things? Castigating “diet soda” as a whole looks like hand-wavy science to me.)

    1. I disagree that diet soda is better. It has long been known that aspartame can cause health issues including seizures, and sucralose has been linked to a higher risk for developing leukemia. Various other artificial sweeteners might be marginally healthier but aren’t commonly used in manufacturing soda.

    2. They’re probably cetergorized together because metabolically, artificial sweeteners seem to have similar outcomes (manipulation of the gut microbiome in a manner that allows for more weight gain than if the pop had sugar instead). But that is a good point. There might be varying degrees of detrimental effects.

  2. Please discuss what is wrong with the whole 30.

    I would throw that study in the same class as the corn oil is better than evoo that you link to afterward.

    By way of the genuiness of the question, I love your stuff, am of similar age and similar fitness level. Love the mayo, like the bars, love the slow steady cardio you teach, and am at 395 deadlift.

    I have never done the Whole 30 but if I had the circumstances I would definitely use it as a base diet.

    1. Scott, thanks for your message. For several years, the critics listed paleo (much like Primal) eating as the worst of the worst. So, I listed the news here as tongue-in-cheek congratulations to Whole30 for being in good company. Maybe one day critics will catch on, but until then those of us in the Primal community (and the Whole30 program) will enjoy our good health.

    2. They threw it under the bus for being “too meat heavy” and for excluding entire food groups. It definitely made me roll my eyes.

  3. The Whole 30 ranking…. just….


    I can’t even.

    I had to go take a few deep breaths after I read that. General dietitians are so backwards. The whole school of thought is so backwards…..

    *Deep breath

    Whew. Ok. I’m good. 🙂

    1. Here, let me help you get angry again. The diet they ranked as #1 (the DASh diet) advises, as the largest portion of foods, that adherents eat 6-8 servings of grains per day. Don’t worry, they advise limiting “sweets” to 5 or fewer per week, and also recommend low-fat dairy. After that little brain-asplosion, I couldn’t even bear to investigate their other “top” picks.

  4. That thing about the Whole30 made me so angry. Of course it’s unsustainable, it’s meant to last 30 days and then you do reintroductions! It’s a version of the AIP! Uggggghhhh.

    1. I know it’s supposed to be an elimination diet but I think step one is a fine place to be. That’s pretty darn close to my regular diet already.

  5. Also, if i ever go to the States, I need to try a Jack in the Box taco now. They sound interesting. (note that interesting is not necessarily a good thing)

  6. I too was once confused on why we tell diabetic to eat carbs. Then I took a good hard look at the American Diabetes Association website.

    They clearly state:

    “There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) can keep your blood glucose in a healthy range. Many people with diabetes live long and healthful lives.”

    However, if you read the studies they have tucked away in the archives, you’ll find study and after study where researchers have found that low carb/high fat diets do indeed cure Type II diabetes.

    So why do they ignore their own data?

    It goes back to their original mission statement and their inseparable relationship with processed food and drug companies which also promote that It’s incurable and can only be managed through drugs and pre-packaged foods.

    These drugs require the consumption of carbohydrates to function properly. So as the years pass, your diabetes is actually designed to worsen because of the ever increasing drugs require ever increasing carbs to work. This is called “managing your diabetes”.

    Eventually it kills you. The ADA official position is that, yes, you are doomed, but follow our guidelines and maybe you’ll get to live a it longer than you hoped.

    It’s criminal.

    1. Hi Clay
      It’s been days since you wrote this and today I read this in WebMed in their suggestions to “Prediabetes: You Can Turn It Around”

      With suggestions like this who needs enemies:
      “One quarter should have starchy foods (like potatoes, corn, or peas)”

      Eat Healthy
      A good rule of thumb is to fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables (asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and carrots, among many others). One quarter should have starchy foods (like potatoes, corn, or peas). The remaining quarter should be protein — chicken, fish, or beans are best. Be extra careful with carbs like baked goods or pasta — they can raise your blood sugar.

  7. Agree with everyone else…the Whole30 thing just made me crazy. In my mind, it actually is sustainable. After the 30 days you gradually add things in and see what works and doesn’t work. When I did a Whole30 I was amazed at the subtle puffiness around my eyes that just disappeared. I never noticed it until it was gone, and I realized my eyes looked prettier. I still use that as a gauge. Sometimes after eating out (even at a place that I thought was pretty clean) it pops up. Definitely after too much sugar also.

  8. “Shopping for a hedge fund manager? Pick one who drives an Odyssey, not a Corvette.”

    What kind of vehicle do you drive Mark? 😉

    I kid I kid … you deserve all the success you’ve attained … and them some.

  9. I just want to throw a tantrum every time I read articles like the diabetes and Whole30 ones. I just want to scream REALLY??? How has whole, sugarless food EVER been a bad thing? I know, I know, I’m preachin’ to the choir, but the active ignorance and deliberate misinformation out there, especially among highly educated people truly mystifies me, and also makes me very, very sad. I can’t help anyone and even teaching by living my example goes nowhere as soon as I tell them I don’t eat carbs. I read this blog every day like it’s part of a twelve-step program, just to know I have a community out there somewhere that has logic and common sense and enough curiosity to walk a different path to find answers and not settle for the status quo.

  10. Dictatorial doctors won’t be satisfied until they start stuffing fetuses with statins.

    1. Have you seen how chubby babies are? Got to get them off all that unhealthy breast milk loaded with artery clogging saturated fat. Maybe skim breast milk is ok but definitely no colostrum! And the sooner we can transition an infant to heart healthy whole grains the better. I’d say Cherrios and skim milk by 6 weeks is a good goal, and then get them over to whole wheat bread and margarine as soon as possible so they don’t become malnourished.

      1. “We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Walt Kelly

  11. They do wash out lungs for transplanting, it makes some usable which might be otherwise borderline. I don’t think the effect is quite as striking as that picture though. 🙂

    1. Cool, thanks for sharing that. I have always wondered too as my cat allergies hits me right in the lungs and I thought it would be neat if I could just rinse them out (without coughing up a lung!).

  12. In high school, I used to ditch classes to go to JITB to get those tacos by the bag full! At least six at a time. Several days of the week. I couldn’t get enough of them. Now, I haven’t had one for over ten years. I still think about them once or twice a year, but I never follow through.

  13. Relax, folks. USNWR has been recycling that list, including most of the copy, for the better part of a decade now. Of course it’s patently ridiculous that Whole30 and paleo get ranked below garbage like slimfast and medifast, but that’s by design. It’s BS clickbait so that people see the “Whole30 Worst Diet of 2016!” headline and post it to FB/twitter/etc. Yes, they poll dieticians as part of the process, but USNWR editors ultimately decide the final rankings. If you dig deep enough and read the actual expert reviews, many of them had serious reservations about the “better” diets. Medical supervision and careful supplementation is often recommended (like, because an un-supplemented vegan diet WILL LITERALLY KILL YOU).

  14. Those where bumper plates Rick Flair was using, not 45lb steel plates. it was actually 285, still an impressive feat at his age, but definitely not 400lbs.

    Some of those links just make me shake my head (whole 30 coming in last and corn oil better than EVOO). When will people start getting it?!

  15. Something over ten years ago research suggested a deleterious effect of extra virgin olive oil on cardiovascular function, worse than canola oil. Further research provided better understanding, i.e. olive oil is fragile and needs to be treated more like the raw fruit juice it is as opposed to being treated like crude oil. Olive oil that was older, oxidized, or exposed to light on store shelves had a negative effect on measured vascular health. Fresh, well protected olive oil with high polyphenol content had the opposite and a very beneficial effect on vascular function.