Weekend Link Love – Edition 442

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Your back really could be killing you.

Anti-smoking ads that use nostalgia are more effective than ads that use shame.

For people with the rarest and most severe form of epilepsy, keto might be the best option.

Fasting regenerates the pancreas in diabetic mice.

Pregnant women should avoid licorice.

Lullaby as the first salvo in the great child-parent war.

Your testes didn’t borrow much from the Neanderthals.

Diverse gut microbiomes improve cancer immunotherapy efficacy.

Auditory and visual distractions make runners hit the ground with more force.

Prebiotics improve sleep, especially after stressful periods.



Episode 158: Cindy Lu and Earl Martin: Host Elle Russ chats with the husband and wife duo who founded Malibu Essential Oils and provide the most honest, actionable aromatherapy advice around.


Terry Crews does IF.

If you’re not cleaning your hands with a zebra’s stomach contents and eating baboon colon sashimi, your gut health is garbage.


Consumer demand for organic food rises.

Porn kills.


I made the Greatist’s top 100 most influential people in health and fitness.

Someone’s made a video game based on Thoreau’s Walden.

A new documentary on the psychiatric effects of psilocybin.

“Yeah, but have you ever worked out… on weed?”

Pools have a lot of pee. Hot tubs have even more.


Deal you shouldn’t miss: Buy a Whole 30 Primal Kitchen kit between now and March 8, noon PST (use coupon code FREERANCH17 at checkout) to get a free bottle of PRIMAL KITCHEN® Ranch.

Public appearance I’m making: If you’re going to ExpoWest next weekend, come by the PRIMAL KITCHEN® booth (H1013) at noon on 3/11 to chat with me and Melissa Hartwig of Whole30® fame.

ICYMI: In case you missed my Facebook Live chat last week, here’s the video.

Image that made me chuckle: This one (yes, plants are still important).

No pressure: New smart condom that tracks your performance.



One year ago (Mar 5– Mar 11)


“My favorite birthday was my 70th one. I always thought 70 was old. I was elated to find out that wasn’t even close to being true. At almost 73, I’m still wondering when or if I will ‘get old’. Right now it looks a long way off.”

– Beautiful, Penny.

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. Somehow I think the world’s lousy gut biome (and getting worse) will make for a frightening time during the next breakout of a strange world virus/flu/disease.

    Classic image of the cave drawing. That made my day. Thanks!

  2. Loved Elle’s interview with Cindy and Earl…felt like I was just listening in on some friends talking about cool stuff. And no surprise about the anti-smoking campaigns…no good comes from shaming. Penny’s quote is pretty much my favorite thing ever. I was kind of thinking the same thing about 50. Till I got here and discovered it rocks.

  3. Anyone concerned about pee in the pool (or hot tub) is missing the bigger picture: chemicals.

    The deliberately added chemicals, commonly non-native halogens, are specifically added to kill microbial lifeforms. Say bye-bye to skin microbiome, perhaps sino-nasal, maybe oral, and if you swallow it, gut.

  4. That Greatist list gave me the creeps scrolling through it. Not sure why. Anyone else?

    Congratulations, though, to Mark. Any exposure is good I suppose.

    1. Scrolling down the list, I think I see what you mean. The higher you get the more it is the usual celebrities, even, of course, a Kardashian.

      But Robb Wolf, Gary Taubes and David Perlmutter made the list.

    2. Yes, there is some creepiness there.
      But it is saved by the fact that JP Sears made it, so all is well

  5. There’s one rather important measure of sexual performance that the smart condom omits: partner satisfaction

  6. Thanks Mark, the idea of pancreas regeneration is mindblowing. I have two close friends that have to jab themselves with insulin daily and knowing that applying the Primal lifestyle in their case could potentially revert an “incurable” condition is great news!

  7. “The industry is also fighting confusion in the marketplace, with many food packages touting “natural” ingredients — a term the industry believes consumers confuse with organic. To combat that, organic producers are pursuing an industry-funded Agriculture Department “checkoff” campaign — think the milk industry’s “Got Milk?” ads — to promote itself and make those distinctions.”

    Right, so the organic food industry wants the state to assist it in promoting its products. How about they just promote their products and educate the consumer without involving the bureaucrats. Cos we all know how wonderfully it’s worked in the past when the state plays favorites in the food industry.

  8. Not sure I agree with how Mark framed the first link on back pain (sorry, Mark!). Via the study, no causal mortality connection and no link to cardiovascular mortally.


    Older people reporting spinal pain have 13% increased risk of mortality per years lived but the connection is not causal. We found no association between spinal pain and cardiovascular-specific mortality. The influence of shared familial factors is unlikely.”

  9. Congrats on making the top 100 Mark, definitely deserved, unlike a few others on the list … Gwyneth Paltrow, The Rock, Dr. Oz, Khloé Kardashian, Dr. Phil … really? I guess the list is “influential” for better or for worst.

    On SNL last night they had skit where they were doing “Zootopia” voiceovers, and the Oprah character was bragging about losing two ounces on Weight Watchers LOL.