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September 17 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 469

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

After applying testosterone gel, men make quicker decisions based on intuition rather than deliberation.

Time slows down when you’re running hard.

Kids are more engaged at school when they’re barefoot.

I don’t think you can deny it any longer: Sitting is bad for you. So don’t just sit there, maybe?

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 186: Craig Ballantyne: Host Elle Russ chats with Craig Ballantyne, health and fitness author, Men’s Health contributor, and creator of the revolutionary Turbulence Training program.

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.

Interesting Blog Posts

How reading is essential for our souls, and we’re not doing enough of it.

What doctors can learn from Nassim Taleb.

Health screenings aren’t just mostly ineffective. They might actively harm.

Media, Schmedia

What was so special about grains? The answer will make sense to anyone who has ever filled out a Form 1040: grain, unlike other crops, is easy to tax… Only grains are, in Scott’s words, “visible, divisible, assessable, storable, transportable, and ‘rationable.’ ”

Everything Else

The word of the day is “solastalgia.”

Being in nature feels so right because we are nature.

This is mastery.

There’s a class action lawsuit against Costco for labeling its Kirkland Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as “healthy.”

No class action suit against this stuff, though.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I wish I had it together like this guy: Steve Kalin.

I love hearing what Primal Health Coaches are doing with their clients.

Article I found interesting: How rising carbon dioxide levels may be creating fast-growing “junk food” plants.

I’m not even a big Star Wars guy, but I kinda want that Death Star medicine ball: Onnit releases Star Wars-themed workout gear.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sep 17– Sep 23)

Comment of the Week

Wait, my grass-fed ribeyes, sautéed kale, roasted asparagus and caramelized onions are unpalatable? I guess I’m heading to Burger King, then.

– Sorry to break the bad news, Ed in ketosis.

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  1. Regarding the Star Wars exercise gear, nerds everywhere will be inspired to work out, including this one. I guess we’ll have to change the stereo type from weak and big and buff.

    They even promote yoga, with a Han Solo yoga mat, although I think Yoda would have been a better choice for that.

  2. regarding N. Taleb, it is just so unfortunate that his methods of convincing others of his ideas are so ineffective. Name-calling rarely gets you anywhere, even though he has a lot of very good, correct and important things to say.

  3. “This linear relationship between saturated fat intake and risk of coronary heart
    disease is well established and accepted in the scientific community.”

    Ah, so science is built on consensus is it? Why do we keep hearing this lie?

    1. Invoking the “scientific community” like that is nothing more than saying, “everyone knows.”

      1. No doubt it’s been tested favorably in focus groups, but it’s still a bastardization of science, which is built on rejecting (or not) null hypotheses.

  4. I purchased some of Craig Ballantyne’s training sessions many years ago, great stuff and he was ahead of his time, glad to see he is doing well and has produced new material, I’m going to have to check it out.

  5. One interesting thing that relates to one of the links you posted – last winter I read Nicolas Carr’s book “the Shallows”. It is referenced in the article relating to our decline in book reading. He writes extensively about how hyperlinks actually make us retain less information. It seems counterintuitive, because you have access to all of this information at your fingertips, but similarly to the concept of our bodies not being adapted to “new” foods such as grains, our brains aren’t adapted to the internet with it’s endless at-your-fingertips access to knowledge. There are limits on our retention per hour. Books travel at a relatively slow and linear pace. The internet is quick, short and all over the map. Our brains can’t handle it. Thought you might find that book an interesting read as you do lots of hyperlinking here! (And I’ll fully admit that I love link sharing posts…)

  6. The class action suit is of course nonsense,if for no other reason it’s impossible to identify what damage has been done (can the lawyer identify a single person who suffered a heart attack due to their consumption of Kirkland Signature coconut oil?).

    However the lawsuit is correct in stating the claims on the bottle, besides being exaggerated and misleading romance copy, did violate FDA regulations on health claims.

    Packaging design is my specialty and I’m surprised this wasn’t caught earlier. An FDA compliance expert would had flagged that immediately – and at a total cost of about two hundred bucks!

    1. I received a postcard asking if I wanted to be a part of the class suing Costco. As usual, the average person in the class looks to recive a few bucks, if anything. The law firm will probably bank millions. And for what? Perpetuating misinformed conventional “wisdom”.

  7. The lawsuit against Kirkland coconut oil is a joke. I got a notice for it in the mail, and it says I could receive a settlement payment of $.57-$3.30. I have issue with most lawsuits to begin with, but this is just laughable. I hope nobody takes these joker’s seriously. Coconut oil fan for life!

    1. Yeah, I also got that notice. I wouldn’t even think of putting in a claim!

  8. So much good stuff here! Love the idea of the shoeless classroom…wish that was around when I was in school. Love cute shoes but take them off the second I walk in the door. Barefoot just feels better. And the Washington Post article about reading really hit home. I find myself so distracted by my phone, email and Instagram. I recently made a commitment to read for at least 15 minutes after my “quiet” time in the am before I can check texts, emails or social media. It’s amazing what a difference this makes. I used to read all the time and realized that had fallen by the wayside. And lol to the comment from Ed in Ketosis. My keto food is pretty amazing too!

  9. I wonder who really funded the class action against Costco’s evil coconut oil.

  10. In terms of the CO2 levels rising and causing junk food plants,it’s just as well then that the CO2 levels have been scientifically shown NOT to be increasing.

    An the statistics are showing the Earth id cooling, and the ice sheets are getting thicker – its GLOBAL WARMING I tell you….he Al..um…the Earth is not heating, its cooling….its CLIMATE CHANGE I tell you (that should cover any and all future weather) – I’m off to the bank to cash in my millions from the carbon trading scam.

      1. Its funny, but every time someone says something counter to the standard global warming meme (putting aside whether it is right or wrong), the replies are almost never anything substantial. Just things like “No. Just… no.”
        For something so widely accepted and apparently settled by Science (whoever science is), I would expect substantial argumentation to be the norm. But I almost never see it. Just smug assertions.

        Wouldn’t engaging the content be so much more productive? Like, “what statistics are being referred to?” Etc.

        Whatever one thinks of climate change, I gather from the short exchange above that “tribal” seems to have found data that lead him to a different conclusion than global warming as many think of it. And that he thinks that the carbon trading system is a reason for suspecting this global warming narrative. And from the reply, I get… absolutely nothing of substance whatsoever.

        (I will say that given dishonest and wily corporate and government behavior, I find the carbon trading scheme highly suspect. And my own investigations into other topics on the earth and climate and near space has alerted me to the real possibility of an oncoming grand solar minimum and all of the potential effects it could have on the climate. I don’t claim to know what will happen, but I do think these particular items are substantial, and very worthy of a deeper look.)

  11. Time slows down when you run – but ageing speeds up – go figure.

    1. Somewhat similarly, I read a lot and I don’t do it standing up. I guess that means I’m nourishing my soul while I’m wrecking my body.

  12. I love James Scott. Reading his work for the first time is a guaranteed recipe for one of those “rip your mind wide open with new fascinating compelling ideas” moments.

    And its good hearing arguments against the indisputable greatness of states and so-called civilization coming from all sorts of eclectic sources (like him).

  13. The Costco class action gives new meaning to the phrase “A Grand Jury could indict a ham sandwich.”