Weekend Link Love – Edition 443

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Drinking blueberry concentrate boosts cognitive function in older folks.

Americans are having less sex.

“Surprisingly, plasma Lp(a) concentrations increased in a stepwise fashion as SFA was reduced.”

Prebiotics help overweight and obese kids control appetite.

Social eating—especially at night—facilitates social bonding.

Rainfall spreads soil bacteria.

Elephants are weird sleepers.


pb-podcast-banner-142Episode 159: Christine Hassler: Because the last time was so awesome, I sat down to chat with Christine Hassler again. Christine is a former Hollywood agent who gave up her career to start one she truly loved—motivational speaker, life coach, and leader of retreats designed to help people get out of their own way en route to the life of their dreams.


How does weight loss affect your drive to eat?

People who get the “chills” listening to certain songs have heightened connectivity between the brain’s auditory cortex and emotional processing areas.

Why health and science journalists should start covering negative studies, not just positive ones.

Like everyone else, I’ve seen literally thousands of octopus fossils in my life, and I must agree that this is the single best one.

What’s worse: trans-fats or linoleic acid?


A real El Dorado lurking within in the Amazon?

In this prison, mackerel is currency.

Take that, sickle cell.

New Englanders: watch out for ticks this year.

Michigan stargazers are fighting to reduce light pollution.


The national decline in sexual frequency hasn’t hit the people living in this nursing home.

Cyprus issues limits on wifi in kindergarten and elementary school classrooms.

Orcas are such jerks.

How faces form.


Restaurant I’d love to try: This Italian one in Staten Island. Each night, a different grandma takes over half the menu and cooks her native cuisine.

Study that I liked: The more paleo (or Mediterranean diet) you are, the lower your chance of dying prematurely from a disease.

Blog post that got me thinking: Greg Lehman on the relationship between tissue changes and pain.

Concept I’m pondering: Alcohol and coffee may have created civilization.

Question to ask yourself: Should you be running?



One year ago (Mar 12– Mar 18)


” Good reminder: I can juggle 3 balls
I can do decent slacklining.
Next to do: slackline while juggling!”

– Now there’s a new Workout of the Week. Thanks for the idea, wildgrok.

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. Very interesting the alcohol and coffee link
    I always thought that in Dune the Spice was The Coffee

    1. The coffee must flow. It’s important enough that we once had to use paper towels as a coffee filter at the office because we ran out. If you depend on people showing up at 3:30am to work, you find a way to get them caffeinated.

  2. Evernoted the “Should You Be Running” article
    I don’t do strength training but I read Rippetoe’s Starting Strength book from end to end, learned a lot from it.

  3. Love Christine Hassler… can’t wait to listen to the podcast. Certain music totally gives me the chills…I thought it did for everybody! Never knew it meant anything. I always learn something new on Sunday…thank you 🙂

  4. Re: reducing saturated fat, there is so much conflicting information and differing of opinions in what newer lipid panel results actually mean in terms of risk. Kresser and Masterjohn think particle count and apo-B are now good indicators of risk, even with low lp(a) and fluffy particle size.

    We need more info on this front. There are many of us who seem to be more sensitive to dietary saturated fat when eating primal, causing skyrocketing total cholestoral and particle count.

    1. Minor follow-up. I’ve found posts from others in the primal/pales community who’ve detailed their experience with LCHF diets (including cardiologists), who have taken upon themselves to investigate if particle size actually increases calcification or narrowing of arteries. One actually did a scan that revealed a calcium score of 0 with a particle count of over 3000.

  5. increase lp(a)=self preservation response?

    I’ll keep my lard, thankyouverymuch, and prefer it from pigs fed a traditional transpacific coconut-based diet.

  6. Interesting article on running and I agree the some strength training is good. However, what these articles fail to mention is that while the skinny marathoner may look old, he will likely live longer than the weight lifter.

    Almost ever epidemiological study on this subject show endurance athletes live longer than strength athletes. Olympians in endurance sports live 6- 8 years longer than those in strength sports. At first I thought this may be partly related to body size as larger people generally live shorter lives but strength based olympians do live about 2 years longer than average folks.

    Even tour De France particpants live about 8 years longer than average.

    Of course these stats may change due to prevelance of drug use in sports by both types of athletes.

    A former reseacher at u.pitt who did a lot of research on vo2 max and total body conditioning suggested you wanted as much strength as possible in as small a package as possible. Build strength and endurance, not mass.

    It will also be interesting as the generation of people who started doing exercise for the sake of exercise ( jogging, gym workouts, bodybuilding) are now getting into their 60 and 70s.
    Prior to them, few people ran for the sake of running or lifted weights as a hobby or sport.

  7. Nothing to do with the post, but the font weight you have on your site is geared toward younger people. I’m 50 and read your site with chrome developer tools open so that I can change to a heavier font. A heavier font is readable by everyone but light fonts are the trend across the web.

    1. I have to also agree. Pretty much all my favourite sites, including my online banking site, have all moved to this uniform, stark white background and light font, and it’s a pain in the ass. I’m not so sure it’s geared towards younger readers though, I’m inclined to think it’s geared towards people who are using mobile devices rather than a ‘normal’ computer screen. Whatever the reason, my eyes really miss the pale green background MDA used to have, as it made reading for long periods bearable.

  8. Mark I live in Staten Island and have eaten at Innoteca so many times and I actually had my daughter’s Christening there. Would love to take you there if you are interested in heading to the restaurant. Also inquired about a franchise with your team so that would be an excellent opportunity to meet and chat for both business and pleasure.

  9. Really interesting article on music chills. I truly thought that everyone had this response to some degree to whatever music really struck a chord with them (pardon the pun). I’d be interested in reading more about how these structural differences affect other aspects as well.