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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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May 14 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 452

By Mark Sisson
12 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

If you believe organic or local foods taste better, they will.

Exercise reduces aging at the cellular level.

Coffee and wine appear to be good for gut biome diversity.

Meniscus surgery increases the risk of knee replacement.

Compared to a high-fiber diet, a MUFA-rich diet reduced liver fat and increased liver insulin sensitivity.

Noisy knees could presage arthritis.

Salt still isn’t bad for us.

Neither is cheese.

Low dose cannabis reverses brain aging in mice.

Forcing attendance harms the students it most purports to help (PDF).

Relationships between disease, mortality, and protein source.

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INTERESTING BLOG POSTS

How a “dash of autism” may have helped spur human evolution.

Why you should eat glutathione.

MEDIA, SCHMEDIA

Extreme sports enthusiasts aren’t actually thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies looking for the the next hit. Their primary motivation is to feel closer to nature, more self-aware, at peace and even transcendent. They’re chasing—and in many respects attaining—meaning.

Those millennials sure are annoying, but man are they improving the food industry.

France bans extremely skinny models.

You’ll never guess what happened when this writer tried to debunk the benefits of ice baths by trying them.

EVERYTHING ELSE

Tai chi vs MMA.

Inside the movement to make cities and suburbs more walkable.

The rise of natural wines.

The Incan corded writing system is just fascinating.

Just what we need: a new tick-borne disease that’s worse than lyme.

Cows are using glucose monitors.

Descartes had a unique brain.

THINGS I’M UP TO AND INTERESTED IN

Interesting article I’m pondering: The invention of happiness.

Now I’ll have to revise the Primal food pyramid: Boogers are good for your health.

Neanderthal depiction I liked (and found quite unique): This one.

I suppose it’s only fair: Deer eats human.

I was inspired: Wow.

RECIPE CORNER

TIME CAPSULE

One year ago (May 14– May 20)

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

“My grandfather ate Crisco sandwiches for lunch as a kid:/ Crisco was invented in 1911. Sugar was a big issue too, Coke, Pepsi have been around forever. Not to mention she and others had plenty of time to consume bad foods through the 50’s (Cheese Whiz invented) 60’s (Lay’s chips founded) , 70’s (when high fructose corn syrup was marketed for consumers) and beyond. We didn’t invent the ‘baddies,’ we just perfected them.”

– Good perspective, TBar….

Happy Mother’s Day, everybody!

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  1. Good stuff Mark. Incidentally it so happens I’ve been recently reviewing a lot of the evidence on salt and sodium consumption. It seems to be the one thing within the Paleosphere that people can’t agree on. Some people say to limit salt intake to low, others suggest it shouldn’t be restricted and in fact should be consumed in higher amounts. I’ve seen some recommendations as high as 5,000mgs a day (Chris Kresser said this). The conclusion I’ve came to from reviewing the data is no one right answer but instead will vary for the individual. People who sweat a lot need more salt then others, also the more sodium you eat the more potassium you need to eat. Also there’s the fact that people eating a SAD diet are eating lower amounts of protein then people on the paleo diet. Higher amounts of protein are associated with lower levels of blood pressure, some perhaps people on the paleo diet can get away with a little extra sodium intake. I consume about 2,600mgs a day.

  2. Rule number one – never take a cardio exercise to a fist fight.
    Rule number two . . . . ohhhhhh green chili made me forget rule two . . . .

    1. … agreed with number one
      … will never know what the number two is due to the power of the chili

  3. Thank you for sharing the article on designing walkable cities. So much of our daily habits are dictated by the built environment, but typical users (with no particular interest in environmental design) often don’t think about the consequences of design, or about simple changes that could make for healthier communities. Partly, what’s needed is less focus on “I-me-mine,” with the associated desire for a huge backyard and no real neighbours, and more focus on sharing space, getting closer to others, and closer to the things we want to do.

  4. Interesting link on the MMA vs Tai Chi, thx.

    I started QiGong/TaiChi just a few weeks ago. These are not external fighting techniques, they’re just spiritual breathing exercises. Basically, think of them as movable meditation, or a type of yoga — of sorts. But they’re definitely not a harsh fighting style. Sure, QiGong was the father of all martial arts in some sense, but it was originally meant for spiritual and body work only. Other things later evolved from it.

    I feel extremely well after an hour of QiGong. All this deep breathing literally makes me high. The reason I started it was to free up lactate acid accumulated in my body due to bad health (Paleo/Primal only helped me up to a point, but no more). This is the next step to the road towards more health.

    Basically, here’s the story: I came across that Paleo-keto doctor on youtube, who explained very well why some people don’t get all their health back even when they go Paleo or keto. It’s because of a mechanism that builds up lactic acid on the body, with no way of freeing it up. All the symptoms of high lactic acid, I have them (even one that it was too specific to just be a coincidence, I’d rather not mention it, because it’s a bit embarrassing).

    So anyway, I left a message for that doctor, and his solution was to “do keto”. I cringed, because the last time I went paleo-ketogenic, it bombed by thyroid. So there was no way I would go back to that. Primal up to 150 gr of net carbs is better for me.

    My (very smart) husband, who has studied biology among his engineering, then thought: “well, if your problem is really lactic acid, then you just need to increase your oxygen levels, since that would clear it up “.

    And that got me thinking. If more oxygen was the solution, in a way that comes WITHOUT harsh exercise (because you don’t want to generate more lactic acid in the meantime, it’d defeat the purpose), then there must be some kind of exercise that is breathing-based, rather than really heavy exercise. So I started digging.

    What I found was three types of exercise that are specifically geared to what I was looking for: QiGong, Tai Chi, and the Pranayama type of Yoga.

    I put an ad on Craigslist to find a QiGong or Pranayama yoga instructor. I thought there was no way I’d find someone in my small town with such an expertise. I was surprised and very lucky that an acupuncturist, who studied QiGong/TaiChi for many years aside of his main job, answered my call.

    I’ve met with my instructor a few times in the past 3 weeks, and I explained to him that I’m not interested in fighting or in too much exercise. I’m interested in the breathing thing. Right now, we are still on the 3rd out of 8 Brocades (8 forms of QiGong), and man, every time I get to do that for an hour, it’s like I’m a different person afterwards. It literally changes my posture, it changes the way I walk, and the way I see life. The effects stick for many hours. My husband saw a huge change in me every time I’d come back from the instruction.

    I just need to be less lazy, so I do it on my own daily too. 😉

    No amount of walking, cardio, boxing, running, tae kwon do, dance (these are some of the things I’ve done in my life) has ever made me feel like that. It’s like magic. The thing works. But you need to do it for the right reasons, and with the right expectations, not to try to take down an MMA fighter. That won’t work. 😀

  5. re: WOW, Keep Pushing the Boundaries at Crossfit….

    I’m absolutely blown away. No more complaining about anything in my life. Talk about an inspiration.

  6. As my Tai Chi teacher said, “If you have to win bring a gun.’

  7. “The Invention of Happiness”. From my understanding, and readings, happiness is and was abundant in hunter gatherer societies. The agricultural revolution was when things changed and unhappiness became an issue.

  8. Loved the tai chi vs mma what were they expecting xD I think That video is ancient though. I could have sworn I saw that video like 8 years ago If I remember correctly before the tai chi master had an intro where he was 1 vs 100 of his students and ”beating them” at once the video was hysterical but I can’t seem to find it >.<

  9. “In other words, a more severe penalty, such as death, would have increased attendance by less than one half of one percent.”

    I’ve been thinking a lot about how to encourage my kids to make good decisions on their own without always telling them what to do. It’s hard when all of us are bound by laws and governance that try to control what we we do and how we do it. Do you not speed because it would be a (potentially expensive) pain to get a ticket this morning, or because you are truly feeling the civil responsibility to drive slowly to keep yourselves and others safe? Do we attend our university classes because the professor threatened to drop us a letter grade, or because we truly care about the matter being taught and have a vested interest in learning? Would we be a bunch of unruly beings without a constant string of consequences in our days?

  10. Dear Mark, if you want to keep converting people to the Primal way of life, let’s keep the boogers out of the Primal food pyramid for now.

    Then again, booger transfer for improved gut bacteria would be less invasive than fecal transplant …