Weekend Link Love – Edition 444

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Stress alters gut bacteria (in mice). Altering it back improves stress resilience.

How space affects the brain.

Alcohol may not actually help fight heart disease.

Probiotics increase polyphenol absorption.

Rituals improve kids’ executive functioning.


Episode 160: Robb Wolf: Host Elle Russ chats with none other than Robb Wolf himself. Robb has a new book out—Wired to Eat—showing you how to repair your broken appetite and fix your damaged metabolic response to food.


Why are seemingly competent people disappearing from our national parks and wilderness areas?

Your weekend wasn’t actually that bad, thanks to Finland.

How to teach inflexible people to be more flexible.

Vegetable oils: worse than cigarettes?


Clean Chicken.

Turns out kids do really well with a lot more time to play.

New unsealed documents reveal Roundup might not be so safe after all.


Old isn’t dead.

Real prison workout.

I say bring on the beef heart in ground beef.

The biggest health threat facing middle-aged men might be loneliness.

Made it.

Reindeer may be on the menu soon. Perfect Christmas roast?

Is Uyghur cuisine the “next big thing“? I hope so. It’s delicious.


Duh: “Low carbohydrate diets should be considered for diabetes management.”

Movement cue I hadn’t considered for loaded carries: “During the warmup, I kept saying, ‘push it down, pull it down.’ No matter what position, pull the kettlebell to the ground. When you’re carrying it down by your side, push it to the ground, but not so much that you lose your alignment. The weight starts getting heavy when you try to lift it.

Concept I’m pondering: The third pillar of physical fitness after diet and exercise.

Question I’ve often asked: Are pesticides really necessary?

Miscellaneous news I enjoyed: New Indian washing machines will come with a “curry” setting.



One year ago (Mar 19– Mar 25)


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.

– Indeed, His Dudeness.

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. Concerning the 3rd pillar of fitness: environmental stress is one of the things I get out of backpacking. When you are out in the wilderness with just what you carry on your back, you get hot, cold, wet, thirsty, hungry and tired. It’s all good.

  2. I really like the idea of environmental conditioning. That is all.

    1. Working outdoors has really toughened me up. In the winter, we freeze, and in summer, we roast. But I’ll take it over cube walls and fluorescent lights any day. Those amazon and primal kitchen orders wait for no one, so my team moves the freight rain or shine.

  3. The one about vegetable oils is good. Man just think about all the people out here who not only smoke but eat foods cooked in seed oils, they do both!

  4. Seemingly competent people disappear in the wilderness because competence is relative, not across-the-board. They could have graduated from MIT and be enormously successful in their daily life, and still be completely clueless about what they’re dealing with out in the wild. They are often woefully underequipped and unprepared because they only plan to be gone a few hours. They don’t bother to address the fact that they could get lost or injured. And that everything goes rapidly downhill from there.

    The article gives good insight into the many shortcomings of most search and rescue operations–mainly the massive amount of rough terrain that must be checked and the lack of resources with which to do it. Distraught relatives want the world to drop everything else to look for a loved one who has disappeared. They want searchers to keep looking until hell freezes over if need be. This is understandable. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work that way.

  5. I’ve read a couple of the “Missing 411” books by Paulides. There are some strange disappearances going on out there all over the country. Fun stuff to peruse.

    Enjoyed the prison workout. Tell me again that bodyweight exercises can’t biuld muscle?

  6. Nice! 3X comment of the week winner!
    I may have find a way to get one of those Indian washing machines. Getting turmeric stains out of clothes can be tricky.

  7. Asking whether we “really need pesticides” because “misuse” is like asking whether we really need food, because “sugar”.

    Whether we like it or not, everything that we eat is eaten by other organisms… To simply say that we shouldn’t use them because you don’t like the way that some manufacturers do business or because some countries do not maintain standards, is to toss out the baby with the bathwater.

    Note that when Europe is cited as an area in which pesticide use is controlled, that does NOT mean that it is eliminated. Europe uses a lot of chemical. It is just heavily regulated.

  8. Very good read, especially the part about Finland
    As of now, Sunday PM, all stretches done and good food ingested
    I am ready for the kalsarikannit

    1. And I will be feeling Schadenfreude for those who cannot kalsarikannit

      1. Torschlusspanik (which translates literally as door close panic, according to my rusty German) should be in my job description. Every day is a new race against the clock – in a fun way though.

        1. Added to the repertoire
          Also added to the list of questions for interviews:
          “How do you deal with Torschlusspanik?”

  9. I would be completely cool with beef heart in my ground beef. In fact, I pay extra for pastured ground beef with 20% organ meat at the farmer’s market where I shop! It’s actually a great way to consume organ meats without making an effort. I think it’s great for just a plain burger. If someone was super picky, it would probably be better to do something with a little more seasoning, like taco meat or meatballs. Either way, bring on the heart and liver!

    1. I wish I could find that at my farmers market. They’ve got organ meat, but no burger ground with it. They’d give me a funny look if I asked for that, but then again, they know me as the only white guy who buys up bones and organs every week.

  10. The article about low carb being good for diabetes reads like it is from the onion. I just can’t believe we couldn’t figure out that sugar is bad for blood sugar numbers, carbs are sugar, therefore low carb dieting is good for diabetics. Been low carb since the day 4 yrs ago I was diagnosed with diabetes and never took a drug or had a a1c in even the prediabetes range since. My numbers are pretty much what cite in their study. Seems like common sense. Painful to read it reported like it is groundbreaking.

  11. The anomalous missing persons in national parks topic is truly mind-bending. I’ve been following it off and on for a couple years now.

    It’s hard to impress upon people who aren’t familiar with the subject just how serious and bizarre it is. Like, “ok, people go missing in the wild, it happens. Bears, rivers, the elements, it’s gon’ happen.” But when you remove all of the (many) cases of animal attacks, drownings, exposure, etc., the huge number of cases where there is absolutely no trace, or where the traces that are left are absolutely strange and just plain impossible… well it’s quite creepy stuff.

    I recommend David Paulides books on the topic. Doggedly researched by a professional investigator (former detective), and with absolutely no hypotheses or suppositions as to exactly what is going on or why (only facts, data), it may take a little time to read through enough of the cases and the details surrounding them, but an extremely bizarre picture will emerge of this frustrating, disturbing issue.

    Can’t wait for his documentary film to come out.

  12. I’m also very interested in environmental conditioning. This winter I’ve been ditching the jacket when I go out if I know I won’t be spending long periods of time outdoors. Being a bit uncomfortable between trips to the car on errand days. If nothing else, it definitely makes me feel stronger-willed, and that’s a great benefit!

  13. Again, those are very interesting links. I’m so grateful you’re doing this Mark!! If only the mainstream media were as good as this website, the world would be a better place!

  14. Adapting to heat and cold will also save one thousands of dollars in energy costs as well.