RESEARCH OF THE WEEK
The sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand has declined by 50%  over the last 40 years.
Sperm quality is down in dogs , too.
Birthday wishes do come true, as long as you wish to increase the cake’s bacterial levels by 1500% .
Another study  shows that wearing blue blocking goggles at night boosts melatonin levels, even when you use your smartphone.
Watching TV for a few hours a week might not be so bad (and may even be good) for a kid’s brain development as long as they watch and discuss it with a caretaker .
Hip thrusts are great but don’t seem to increase sprint performance .
Turns out the Canaanites weren’t killed off .
NEW PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PODCASTS
Episode 179: Thor Conklin : Host Elle Russ chats with Thor Conklin, an entrepreneur who credits his healthy paleo lifestyle as a critical co-factor in his success.
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.
- CrossFit Training: How to Lose Fat with Primal 
- Stop Obsessing Over the Numbers 
- 5 Non-Dietary Factors That Influence Your Microbiome 
INTERESTING BLOG POSTS
How to lower your cholesterol , if you’re into that sort of thing.
This isn’t fake news .
Homo erectus may have displayed human-like thinking  at least 1.8 million years ago.
The overwhelming importance  of conscientiousness.
DNA evidence is changing everything  we thought we knew about plant and animal domestication.
It’s always nice to see a success story .
THINGS I’M UP TO AND INTERESTED IN
Nice take on the AHA/coconut oil controversy: From Nina Teicholz .
I hope they used avocado oil: Bob Dylan potato chips are all the rage in China .
I would have liked this guy: Japanese longevity expert who recently died at 105 had great advice for long life .
I’m glad I never got into playing football: 110/111 NFL brains were found to have evidence of CTE , the neurodegenerative disease caused by trauma.
I just did the same thing last week: Man thinks cubed butternut squash is cubed cheese , tries to return it.
- Paleo char siu . Who doesn’t love that red pork?
- Slow cooker short ribs  that slip right off the bone.
One year ago (Jul 30– Aug 5)
- The Primal Competitive Instinct: What is it Good For?  – How we can harness our desire to beat the other guys.
- Is Gluten Sensitivity All in Your Head?  – No.
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
“Good stuff as always Mark I just beg you to never publish a link to an article that states eating a couple of bites of 85% chocolate every day is bad for me. ?”
– Even if such a study were to come out, I’d suppress the findings with every ounce of my being, HealthyHombre .