Weekend Link Love – Edition 450

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Researchers figured out a way to extract and test ancient human DNA from cave dirt.

Via ghrelin, hunger may promote the growth of new brain cells.

Grandma’s optimal post-workout meal: salmon.

Vegetarianism is a risk factor for gallstone disease.

Human brains in the presence of urban environments can’t relax, even if the humans they’re attached to grew up in cities.

Homo naledi, a primitive hominid with ape-like features, co-existed with anatomically modern humans.

Colder weather promotes faster adaptations in organisms.

Professional male tennis players are more likely to buckle under pressure than female ones.

Stroke and dementia risk go up with diet soda consumption, according to a recent observational paper (which cannot establish causation).



Episode 166: JJ Virgin and Mark Sisson: I chat with JJ, a NY Times bestselling author, celebrity mindset expert, nutrition coach, and fitness trainer about healthy living, gaining strength from tragedy, and the importance of self-care.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.


Babies know best.

People who eat more sodium and potassium than recommended have lower blood pressure.


How gut bacteria orchestrate specific appetite.

A new paper exonerating saturated fat is triggering the usual suspects. 

Noakes: not guilty.


What we know so far about what’s in breastmilk.

A worm that eats plastic.

Edible CRISPR could replace antibiotics.

Artificial wombs are coming.

Maybe Otzi just froze to death.

New translations of ancient engravings at Turkey’s Gobekli Tepe reveal that comets struck the Earth around 11,000 BC and probably triggered a mini-ice age that changed the course of human history.


A list that makes me wish I had more time to read: The books that changed these 10 adventurers’ lives.

Research I’m having trouble believing: The first humans to reach North America may have been Neanderthals or Denisovans 130,000 years ago.

I can relate: “Only after sixty my true life began.”

News I found interesting: Cremation of obese corpse starts funeral home fire.

I know a few people who could use this: Cartilage-mimicking hydrogel.



One year ago (Apr 30 – May 6)


Awesome ideas…I extend my life by counting my birthdays in dog years!

– I’ll add that to the next one, Pastor Dave.

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. Great stuff here! I loved Mark’s interview with J.J. Virgin and would encourage everyone to take 45 minutes and listen. Do it while you are taking a long walk…that’s what I usually do. Very inspiring and loved that it had nothing to do about food or workouts…it was all about mindset. Also loved the article about the 88 year old archery teacher “Only after 60 my true life began” So much inspiration today!!

  2. On the article about saturated fats:

    “While carbohydrates should still be part of every meal, people should routinely consume high fibre or wholegrain versions”

    Yeah, right… 😉

  3. I don’t have kids but I imagine that if we don’t trust the babies to know what to eat it must be a huge nightmare trying to feed them.

    But I can’t help to link that article to the one about our gut flora controlling our cravings, is it how babies do it? I’m really curious to how it could work otherwise so I’ll assume it’s exactly how they do it.

    1. The hard part about feeding babies, at least those old enough for solids, is that they may know what they want, but don’t know how to tell you other than violently flinging what they don’t want onto the floor.
      Toddlers, on the other hand, don’t know what they want, but know for sure that it isn’t anything you’re offering them – even if it was their favorite thing in the world yesterday.

  4. I was so happy to hear about Dr. Tim Noakes victory over the charges against him regarding the LCHF diet recommendations on social media!!!! I certainly hope the publicity associated with this case will help to make more folks aware of the dangers of consuming a high carb, sugar, processed food diet! It also opened my eyes to the fact that big business controls so much of the ‘science’ and so many ‘nutritionists’ out there. For more info see today’s mercola.com blog post!!!

    Eat primal!

  5. Excellent roundup as always. I particularly love the baby and breast milk articles. We’re expecting our first little one this summer, and it’s helpful to have reminders that moms and babies have been at this–pretty successfully–long before modern medicine intervened. The blood pressure article was great, too. Marginally high BP is the only nagging marker that my doc gives me trouble about these days.

  6. More evidence to make me feel great about quitting diet soda all of those years ago. Now to forward the article to the diet-soda-obsessed in my own life…

  7. “After adjustment for BMI and other risk factors, vegetarians had a moderately increased risk compared with non-vegetarians (HR: 1.22; 95% CI: 1.06-1.41; P=0.006).”

    Lol. So after adjusting for BMI (which is lower in vegetarians) as well as “other risk factors” these researchers were able to come out with odds more favorable to meat eaters, even though they themselves admit that other research has proved otherwise.