Weekend Link Love – Edition 449

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Nuts are good snacks.

Sleeping pills linked to death, even after controlling for pre-existing poor health.

Meanwhile, despite all the warnings to the contrary, supplements are not.

Intense exercise inhibits muscle aging.

Psychedelics really do open up your mind.

Active commuters die less.

Men who strength trained on a ketogenic diet saw increased testosterone compared to those who trained on a standard diet.

Both men and women influence men [to exercise], while only women influence other women.”

The appendix: not so vestigial, after all.


pb-podcast-banner-142Episode 165: Justin Strenstrom: Host Elle Russ chats with Justin Stenstrom, a life coach, best-selling author, speaker, and founder of the Elite Man Conference.

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Athletic options for kids uninterested in traditional team sports.

Amsterdam has a simple and effective strategy for fighting obesity: eliminating fruit juice and promoting more sleep.

How meal planning can help you lose weight.


Researchers are scouring old medieval texts for clues to new antibiotics.

An Italian court rules that cell phone use caused a brain tumor. 


This is another reason to let your kids out to play.

Study data found in basement challenges old claims about dietary fat. A key quote: “Instead, he said, his discovery and analysis of long-lost data underline how the failure to publish the results of clinical trials can undermine truth.”

This is how you age, folks.

AI better than human doctors at gauging heart attack risk.

Techies mess up on food yet again.

Though I still love Thailand, there goes one big reason to visit.


Editorial I enjoyed: Living longer isn’t the only reason to ride your bike.

How I know the kids are all right: A six-year-old with a science podcast.

Blog post I’m pondering: What Elon Musk’s up to.

Short info bite I liked: Good experiences can block epigenetic trauma.

New Zealand news that didn’t surprise me: A registered dietitian opens up an inquiry into the circumstances of Dr. Schofield’s recent appointment as the new Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor, citing his interest into “areas of nutritional controversy.” Here we go.



One year ago (Apr 23– Apr 29)


All I have to say Sisson is your wife must be really good looking.

Jokes aside, Devyn seems like an amazing individual, mature and wise beyond her years and the book looks awesome.

– Ha! She is, HealthyHombre, and she is, and it is.

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. I had an appendicitis in Nov 2014. By the time they got me into the ER I had already gotten better and had even had time to do a little research online. 3 doctors took turns trying to convince me that I needed to have it removed. When I said to 1 of them “In England they would just send me home with antibiotics” he replied, “Well they may do that in England but we’re not England!” That sealed the deal for me and I was finally able to talk my way out. I also kept using the word vestigial in my conversation which I think frustrated them. I know their intentions were good and I do hope it doesn’t rear it’s ugly head while traveling in some far off land. YMMV.

  2. Melatonin works well for occasional insomnia with none of the side effects or the “hungover” feeling associated with pharmaceutical sleeping pills. The trick is not to take too much or it can sometimes have the opposite effect. One and a half mg. is usually sufficient. Also works well for jet lag.

    1. Thanks! I’ll store that information in case the need arise once more. I hated taking sleeping pills so much!

  3. My children’s private school has an archery team for the middle schoolers. My sixth grader has never been interested in traditional sports, although he loves biking, so when he wanted to join the team, I said absolutely! It’s definitely not a traditional sport with cardio, but it is a sport where girls can oppose boys and, more often than not, can beat them. It encourages focus, deliberation and patience. He’s getting better every practice.

  4. I’m really interested to see where AI will take the world of medicine. Some hospitals are starting to use AI based off the IBM models that beat humans at Jeopardy. They’re having some success at using AI to diagnose uncommon diseases by scanning the thousands of articles of case studies and literature out there. The big question I have is how will AI affect the job market?

  5. I wonder who’s paying Helen Gibbs the “concerned” dietician?

    I also like Amsterdam approach on dealing with children’s obesity. Tap water is all we had growing up, with the occasional soda with fruit syrup every now and then.

    1. I don’t believe anyone has to be paying her, per se. But she’s a dietician, no doubt certified by the state with all the might of its great seal. The state promulgates an orthodoxy and it brooks little disagreement. It does this by various means like not certifying, not funding and not appointing.

      Yet Grant Schofield has snuck under the radar and been appointed. This is obviously a mistake. I’m semi-serious. How did this happen? It’s the equivalent of a skeptic of anthropogenic global warming being appointed to the IPCC. And Helen Gibbs–one whose professional reputation, income and funding depends on the officially-sanctioned position–wants to know as well.

      Look at the language in her submission, point 4 in particular:

      “What processes are being initiated by the Ministry of Education to ensure that any work done on childhood health and nutrition is done to create a synergy between the work of the Ministry of Health and this new role in Ministry of Education?”

      “Synergy” is a code word for “everyone must believe the same thing”. Well, Grant Schofield doesn’t believe the same things and it truly is a head-scratcher as to how he got appointed. I can only assume there are officials in the Education Ministry who believe as he does and slipped him in there while the rest of the Orthodoxy were enjoying some taxpayer-funded bonding session.

      1. It sure sounds like you are supporting her move, unless I grossly misinterpreted you word 🙂 Perhaps I should have put paying in quotation marks. One doesn’t need to get paid in order to raise opposition, in particular when it undermines their livelihood and profession. Grant Schofield Is an advocate of LCHF diet and is calling to flip the food pyramid, so it’s clear (to me at least) why the dietitian reacted the way she did. Nor do I think that it’s random but a calculated move by the dietitian association. Just like the move against an Australian surgeon who was sanctioned recently by the Medical board for telling patients to cut sugar, and was forbidden from saying so in the future, because he lacks the proper “education”. Same thing in the US where dietitians in some states are attempting to push a law that forbids anyone who is not part of their ecosystem, to refrain from making dietary recommendations.

        Read this [https://i.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/69718519/its-time-to-flip-the-food-pyramid-say-nzs-lowcarb-highfat-advocates]

        *replies from iPhone again “waiting approval” and failing to publish

        1. I stopped caring what the medical and dietitian communities espouse years ago. I do what works best for me, regardless of whether it’s sanctioned by those people or not. I cannot control how other people think or eat so I see no point in worrying about it.

          1. Sherry, we have an expression that says “If I am not for myself then who”?

  6. “No Deaths from Supplements. No Deaths from Minerals or Amino Acids. No Deaths from Homeopathics or Herbs.”

    I’m bookmarking the link to that article.

    Now the reverse side of the coin. How many deaths or permanent disabilities are caused by pharmaceuticals every year? How many deaths are caused by infections people receive during hospital stays every year? Enjoy your day folks before you research those statistics.

  7. Great stuff Mark. I’ve been following the primal way of living (as close as I can) for 2 years now, going on 3. I went the whole nine yards on the diet, improving sleep, daily sun exposure, moving at a slow pace, and lifting heavy things at the gym when I have the time. I lost some fat and even gained a little lean mass along the way. Within the past year though I’ve started to feel kind of “off”. Long story short it turns out I’ve been under eating (yeah, weird). However according to the information I’ve gotten this isn’t all that uncommon among paleo dieters. When you remove all the calorie dense processed foods the calorie intake is seemingly lower then most paleo dieters realize. My current problem is HPA dysfuntion (adrenal fatigue). It’s affecting thyroid hormones and elevating reverse T3 and has put me in quite the pickle. Increasing my calories to 2700 a day is what I need. However I find this very difficult to do in a diet that’s 70% fat, it’s too sating. I’ve been eating 70/15/15 fat/protein/carb. My question, could I tinker with my macronutrients say 50/30/20 fat/carb/protein without it affecting my fat adaptation? At 2700 calories a day 30% carbs is above the maximum 150 carbs a day, I believe it’s around 200.

  8. The second most influential book voted is “Atlas Shrugged”. While no Randian, she raised many great? points. The works of Frederick Bastiat are still as fresh ever given the modern Thai ban.

  9. Supplements may cause no deaths not simply because they are not detrimental agents but because they are also not powerfully beneficial agents.

    You can take quite insane doses of most supplements with little more than a change in urine color. Or you must take very high doses for sustained periods to create side effects. Drinking excessive amounts of water has similar effects. Bloating, lots of pissing, loss of important minerals, etc.

    Something as innocuous as a mild antihistamine will carry the ominous warning, “Do not operate machinery or drive after taking.” Yet a herbal supplement to help you sleep will carry no such warning. There’s a lesson there.

    1. There is extensive research on the efficacy of nutritional supplements and the assertion you can take “insane doses of most supplements” is simply not true, and in fact a dangerous comment to make.

  10. I’d like to read just one article about LSD and Mushrooms that don’t mention they may be a great tool for some mental disorders, PTSD, etc. somewhere down the line. They must have to throw that in there to make it sound legitimate to the masses. Millions of people know the benefits of these tools when used properly.

  11. Call me a cynic from way back. After I got over my initial shock that Bangkok officials would seriously eradicate street food in their great city, I then started to wonder who was really behind such a destructive suggestion. Who would be able to pay the requisite decision-makers enough money – or promise to – to make them do this, despite local and global outrage.

    I wonder how long it would be, after all the street stalls are gone, before shiny, polished, ‘sanitary’, ‘need-fulfilling’ global fast food ‘restaurants’ started popping up all over the city…