Weekend Link Love – Edition 448

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Chronic sleep deprivation batters bone formation.

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages as they grow makes mice more aggressive.

After telling no lies and being completely honest in every conversation for three days, people discovered that “being honest is far more pleasurable, leads to greater levels of social connection, and does less relational harm than” expected.

Food smells better when you’re sleep-deprived.

If you’ve got metabolic syndrome, better eat your avocados.

Cannibalism was more ritual than nutritional. We’re too hard to catch and too stringy.

How stevia controls blood sugar.

Paleolithic hunter-gatherers were amateur dentists.

Kids who spend time in places where people have smoked have nicotine on their hands and in their saliva.

Calorie reduction as you age has favorable epigenetic effects.

Central-Eastern Europe was full of giant hunters who specialized in killing mammoths and, eventually, dunking basketballs.



Episode 164: Devyn Sisson and Kyle Sisson: Host Elle Russ chats with my kids, Devyn and Kyle, about what it was like growing up in the Sisson household.

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Fecal transplants (from young to old) may increase longevity.

Talk about a success story.

A shoe blogger discovers the advanced technology attached to his ankles.

Evolution is bigoted against the aged.


Penzeys Spices scion dishes on the futility of salt grinders and other juicy spice trade gossip.

Could a virus trigger celiac disease?

Diabetes is even worse than we thought.


Apple’s working on a non-invasive way to track blood sugar levels.

Would you swim in this pool?

Horse versus alligator.

Researchers can now identify trace remnants of organic poisons from archaeological dig sites.

Dinosaur-faced chicken? Sure, let’s go with it.

Even meaningless rituals are probably good for us.


Excellent news from New Zealand: New Zealand just appointed Professor Grant Schofield, noted low-carb, high-fat proponent, to be its Ministry of Education’s first Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor.

Study that may explain why I’m still a fan of fruit: Eating fresh fruit is associated with a lower incidence of diabetes than not eating fresh fruit.

An excuse I’ve made a few times myself: Blame the dog.

Podcast I enjoyed: How Trauma Lodges in the Body (episode of On Being with Krista Tippett).

Miscellaneous news I enjoyed: Unilever is getting out of the margarine game.



One year ago (Apr 16– Apr 22)


“Healthy white adults with borderline hepatitis…” hmmm, not exactly what I would label as healthy, but then again, I’m no scientist. Haha

– I had the same reaction, Sara.

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. Re: sweetened drinks
    I’ve recently discovered the joys of cold brewed coffee. I have successfully weened my wife off of sweetened drinks by some of my cold brewed coffees mixes. Just thought to mention that.
    Happy Easter, everyone!

  2. The Horse v. Alligator took place on La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie State Park in Gainesville, FL. Walking that trail is an amazing experience, as there are literally hundreds of gators within striking distance of the trail. Normally they leave well enough alone, but there is always a chance of them bursting out of the water or scrambling up the banks onto the trail. The stallion was part of a wild horse herd and was protecting a couple of foals from the gator. If you are ever in North Central Florida, it is not to be missed.

  3. Being honest makes people feel better? That is a gynocentric fantasy. If you tell her her hair looks like a rat’s nest, that her butt is indeed big and that her sister is better in bed than she is I guarantee a significant amount of misery coming your way.

    1. Sheesh, I’m hoping you don’t “know that” from experience!!! ?

  4. Re mice and stevia, quote: “If mice consume a high-fat diet for a long period of time they eventually develop diabetes,” Professor Vennekens explains. “But this is less the case for mice that also receive a daily dose of stevioside: they are protected against diabetes.” Oh? How many carbs were in that “high fat” diet and exactly what was high fat? Sounds like more doctor dogma.

  5. Loved the Podcast. Thanks for sharing your family and restaurant with us, Mark!

  6. GMB (Vitamin movement) like MovNat has a lot going for it, so thank you for the introduction!

  7. Loved the linked success story of Dana overcoming and never giving up

  8. Buffalo chicken bacon ranch casserole. I love every one of those things.

  9. I listened to Elle’s interview with Kyle and Devyn on a long car ride yesterday afternoon…loved it! The PK Restaurant is such a great concept, and Devyn’s new book sounds awesome.
    Matcha coconut gummies sound amazing…I love the whole concept of matcha, but it tastes a little too grassy for me. I usually blend with a fair amount of coconut milk to make a latte, but these would be great also.

  10. Celiac from a traditionally innocuous virus? hmmmm, maybe. but I also wonder whether the lab mice designed to be susceptible to it had healthy, naturally produced microbiome profiles (how exactly DID they make the mice susceptible, anyway?) whether the wheat was an ancient wheat or the wacky 20th century high gluten wheat creation, and whether it was a wheat sprayed by glyphosate in order to speed up the harvest by a few days. Of course viruses are the new bacteria – eradicate, eradicate, eradicate! A hundred years from now we’ll be talking about proviruses like we do today about probiotics and discover that reoviruses could have protected people against cancer or something, if only . . .

  11. Grant Scofield’s blog:


    Good for him, but we should all be wary of *any* state-funded, state-mandated intervention or advice due to the systemic danger it poses when–as it often does-goes wrong. Just because we may agree with a particular viewpoint we should never welcome Health Czars as a matter of basic principle.

  12. Ahh, Salt… How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…. Caitlyn PenzeyMoog:salt grinders are not about freshness but texture. If I want my salt to disappear, in a brine say, or to blend in a sauce or stew, I might if pressed use shaker salt (in truth I like course Himalayan by the generous scoop for the latter two). But the beauty of salt is how it can layer in food. Imagine a pretzel (as if any of us would, of course) covered in salt from a salt shaker -blech. But that great salty crunch mingled with the yeasty dough – a different proposition. More focused on us primsl folks, nothing like flaked salt atop your scrambled eggs or baked potato. And grinders are great for getting just the right size crunch for whatever is before you. Shaker, salt. Really?

  13. I liked the How stevia controls blood sugar article! Didn’t know that. I wonder what I have to do to get in your link love list 🙂 Can’t wait for your next blog post!

  14. Marc, wasn’t it the case that Stevia “tasted sweet” but actually didn’t spike insulin? If Stevia spikes insulin as the article mentions (to “stabilize blood sugar” by reducing sugar level in the blood as a consequence of spiking insulin), then it seems that Steve is *NOT* a primal approved item… is it?