Weekend Link Love – Edition 445

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Agriculture changed fatty acid conversion genes.

Elderly women who start taking statins have an increased risk of developing diabetes (just what they need!).

Climbing stairs for 3 minutes after each meal improves glucose control in type 2 diabetics.

Good sleep is like winning the lottery.


Episode 161: Helen Marshall: Host Elle Russ chats with Helen Marshall, who used Primal living to overcome debilitating digestive issues and now runs a global health coach service, produces a line of Primal Alternatives to the foods we used to love (and franchises it out to other people), all from 100 kangaroo-strewn acres in the Australian bush.


How hot baths and other forms of “passive heating” can have surprisingly beneficial effects.

Is 15,000 steps a better target than 10,000?

Why there’s nothing like a good storm.


Watch the precise moment a plankton eats plastic.

Woman dies after receiving IV turmeric for eczema. Just eat it, folks.

Australian researchers have reversed cell aging and extended a mouse’s lifespan (and healthspan) by 20% using an enzymatic precursor.


The NBA runs on PB&Js.

Cornell’s famous food lab is under fire for fabricated research.

The evolution of brain depictions.

In natural selection, “the fittest” doesn’t necessarily mean “the most ruthless and physically dominant.”

Spiders eat as much animal food as all the humans on earth.

Smoothies might make you fuller for longer.


Ticket deal you should get on: Paleo f(x) 2017 is coming, and the organizers have a ticket flash sale for early adopters going through March 31.

Two views on a fundamentally “human” ability—empathy: Paul Bloom’s (“against”) and a new paper from Penn State.

Story I loved: 91-year-old woman gets cancer diagnosis, skips chemo, decides to go on epic 12-month road trip.

Stat I didn’t like: Today’s men are weaker than their fathers were at the same age.

I couldn’t stop laughing: Fake strongmen on local morning news shows.



One year ago (Mar 26– Apr 1)


I picked up 21 chicks that walked through my yard last April and put them in a cage (don’t think anyone missed them) but it wasn’t until they were freed and allowed to start finding their own food and spaces that they started laying. Now they sleep in the pomerac tree and eat anything they can find or that’s tossed out the kitchen window. We still feed them occasionally with the factory feed but that’s more to ensure that they can still be tempted back into the coop in the event that they stop laying and need to be curried instead.

– Interesting thoughts from Stephen Sankarsingh.

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. As an anthropologist, I’m frequently frustrated by the misuse of “survival of the fittest.” Spencer is to blame for the notion that it means the nastiest and strongest survive. In the Darwinian sense, it means simply that the organism, whether bacterium, plant, or animal, that has the best ability to use its environmental resource, is the most likely to survive and produce offspring. Fitness is always relational and is a gradient. It’s “fit” as in shoes, not “fit” as in gym rat. Because the environment is continually changing, fitness is a shifting equilibrium. Even subtle differences in adjoining microenvironments can lead to different states of fitness, even different species being the most fit.

  2. Not to make light of the situation, but I read that turmeric link at first to say it was a turmeric enema.

  3. Walking 15 k steps a day at a reasonable pace while carrying mail is no surprise a benefit. The article ends with one suggestion of brisk walking for almost 2 hours a day to get in the 7 miles a day. That’s not what they studied so why recommend it. I feel much different moving slowly throughout the day than getting it all in at once day after day. Hunger level is different, soreness (which I equate to inflammation) seems increased. Not sure this study is valid to make a suggestion of 2 hours of brisk walking a day. Won’t be surprised if that becomes the new main stream montra.

    1. The suggestion to walk briskly for seven miles a day is, IMO, a total overkill. For most people it’s also completely impractical unless walking is part of one’s job. It’s unfortunate that so many of the so-called experts don’t understand that more isn’t necessarily better.

  4. Al I have to say is this:
    I don’t need no stinking 15000 steps 🙂

  5. I believe that the claim that morality is driven by – or depends on – empathy, to be obviously wrong.

    Genuine morality depends on objective principles.

    To take one obvious example….. in a legal conflict or trial, should we pass judgement on the basis of empathy, or on evidence. What happens when we find it easier to empathise with one party than another? How reliable is empathy, when it depends on how we respond to our perceptions, when those perceptions are often wrong.

    This is a driver of the historical difference in average sentences for men and women, and between different races. It is easier to empathise with the person who is like us, than the person who is not.

    The party perceived to be “helpless” receives more empathy than the person who is not so perceived.

    To illustrate it even more, consider the modern animal-rights movement. As a farmer and hunter, I find myself frequently under attack from people who justify their position on the basis of empathy. Yet it is rapidly obvious that their empathy is based on two lies. The first is that they can empathise with an animal whose instincts and life experience they cannot share. The second is that they do not have to empathise with me, even tho we are of the same species.
    Such denial of reality may make them feel good, but that is all it is about, THEIR good feelings, not moral objectivity.

    1. I agree. I’m not a very empathetic person. But I am pretty righteous morally. When someone is getting screwed over, I don’t feel empathy, I feel anger. And that prompts rational action to help protect or help them with their situation. But I really don’t feel that emotional response I hear so much about. I don’t want to rub their shoulders or give them a hug. I don’t mirror their emotional state at all. I don’t feel their pain. I think morality and empathy, while often found together, are not dependent on each other. You can feel quite indignant at another person’s injustice while having no real feelings or attachment to them.

  6. I make sweet potato/chestnut gnocchi. I use mashed, cooked sweet potatoes, chestnut flour and eggs. They are delicious.

  7. That article said that NMN vitamin water is a precursor to NAD+. I wonder if supplementation with Nicotinamide (vit B3), also booster of NAD+, might be a simple way to get similar benefits of DNA repair and longevity?

  8. Survival of the fittest never meant that the biggest most muscular and healthy organism survives. it was always meant to mean “the organism that is fittest for any given environment”…so some small shrimp that can survive next to 200 degree hot water in deep see is fit for that environment but would perish and die within seconds if brought up to cooler surface.

  9. Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher’s Found Footage Festival is well worth attending, if it comes to a theater near you.