Weekend Link Love – Edition 464

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

More than 1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation can reduce meth cravings.

The conventional wisdom about back pain is being upended.

Plants listen for water.


Episode 181: Brad Kearns and Elle Russ Part 2: Elle and Brad continue their chat about the upcoming Primal Endurance Online Mastery Course.

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.


Nutrition textbooks for self-learning.

How exercise affects appetite.


The zoo whose entrance fee is some dirty fingernails.

Monsanto ghostwrote the “independent” safety reviews of its flagship product, Roundup.


Mumbai pest control.

Shot. Chaser.

The Onion gets eerily close to reality.

Why Aziz Ansari quit the Internet.


Lectures I wish I could attend: My buddy Chris Armstrong is putting on some incredible Re-Find Health events, including Dr. Kirk Parsley in LA on October 14, Gary Taubes in Stockholm on November 16, and Gary Taubes again in London on November 18 and 19.

I’m impressed: Freediving is tough enough, but how about freediving in Iceland?

Article I’m pondering: “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?”

Beautiful interview I enjoyed: cultural anthropologist (and daughter of Margaret Mead) Mary Catherine Bateson on “composing a life” versus “juggling” one, and practicing “active wisdom” as we age (and other things).

Man do I wish we still had prehistoric megafauna: Giant sloths built huge caves you could drive a car into.



One year ago (Aug 13– Aug 19)


What is ‘leftover’ coffee.. how does that happen? LOL

– My thoughts exactly, Jessica.

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 can’t wrap my head around the FDA recommendation. The agency basically handed food manufactures a carte blanche.

    1. Not sure which FDA recommendation you’re referring to, but the government has always put the financial interests of big business ahead of the welfare of the American public. This is particularly evident in the food and drug industries.

      1. I guess you missed the link about the so-called FDA “fruit” recommendation. See here: https://www.theonion.com/article/fda-recommends-at-least-3-servings-of-foods-with-w-36699. On the other hand and while not prohibiting its sale, the FDA didn’t give the makers of the alternative meat hamburger, a seal of approval, on account of it’s usage of heme that’s derived from the fermentation of genetically modified yeast. But overall I am with you. The FDA is a corrupt organization that’s mostly sides with big business. Just look at it’s higher management. Two of which (past and present) were at the top of Monsanto.

          1. When Pizza is tagged as a vegetable, it’s hard to tell anymore what’s truth and what’s a satire.

    2. The Onion is a satirical publication. The “Three foods with fruit on the label” was satire, not real.

      1. It should not have been necessary to point that out, but the way things are going today I guess it is.

  2. So long distance endurance runners are getting slower. Well maybe they are thinking more about endurance than about speed? After all, it’s an endurance event.

    Sort of like bashing quick 100 m sprinters for not doing well at ultramarathons…

    People, it’s not what they are about!

  3. The back pain article was very useful to yours truly, thanks Mark.

  4. I don’t need to read this article:
    “Article I’m pondering: “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?””
    The answer is yes

    1. Just read it, let me add trivia to it:
      On previous years in the gym at work you could see in January in inrush of new people. That was expected, did not last long (less than the month), all is well.
      My discovery was that for the past two years this has not happened: January comes and the gym is as deserted as in December.
      I think the cellphones are the cause of this, and this article reaffirms my conviction 🙂

  5. “More than 1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics.”

    I’m not as think as you drunk I am.

  6. The back pain story is nauseating. I used to work in a pain management clinic and those stories are so true, so awful. In addition I lost a family member to opiates prescribed for back pain. For him the pills ended everything, I never heard about the pain but presumably they didn’t fix the problem b/c he had to keep taking them.

    1. So sorry for your loss Vanessa. Used for a few days after a painful surgery is one thing, beyond that is a downward spiral. Sometimes you have accidents where the victim has multiple operations removing damaged material then multiple rods and hardware inserted throughout their body (as you know much better than me I’m sure) and I think sometimes they don’t know what to do other than keep people as comfortable as they best know how. Talked with such a person once and tried to keep it together but broke down crying during the conversation. Neuro-based pain management, and even better, neuro regeneration technology can’t come soon enough.

      1. Thanks HealthyH. As I recall, the encouragement of opiate prescriptions came from the hospice movement years earlier. So it came with good intentions but bad results. I always give a little speech to my doctors when they offer me pain meds (it seems like for me it’s been mostly dentists) they probably think I am crazy but it never hurts to say that stuff out loud.

  7. “Man do I wish we still had prehistoric megafauna”

    Same here. If our ancestors hunted mammoths to extinction they must have been absolutely delicious!

  8. Bateson is okay but Tippett is girl talk. Still a sophomore. Not interested. Grow up … GIRL!

  9. Lol to the comment of the week. Never heard of leftover coffee! That is not a problem for me! And totally loved “Why Grok Didn’t Have a Work-Life Balance and Neither Will You.” Remember reading it last year. I’ve stopped worrying about that. My work is kind of my life. I totally love what I do so it doesn’t feel like work. I also have a part time job that is totally fun and I look forward to. So again, it’s work and life. And yeah, I used to think about things I wanted to have and to accomplish. That will never go away, but now I think much more about how I want to feel. So it’s not just about the car I want (cars are my thing) or what I want to accomplish…it’s how I want that to feel.

  10. “The FDA’s new recommendations are expected to be followed up by other guidelines under which anything successfully chewed and swallowed can now be considered a vegetable.”

    Great, now I can eat steak and still be be a vegan.

  11. Mark, I wanted to say how much I actually enjoy the time capsule entries on your Weekend Link Love. Of course, they are blog articles I have previously read but I go and re-read them every week because it is SO easy to forget. In the initial moment of reading these blog articles you have that small, ah-hah!” moment. And you sit with, and keep that information at the forefront of your mind for some time. But then life, family, and more information flood in and before you know it that “ah-hah” moment has been filed away to the back of the mind’s book shelf. It’s always good to revisit key concepts.