October 22 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 474

By Mark Sisson

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Men who receive blood donations from ever-pregnant women (women who have been pregnant at least once, not women who are perpetually with child) are at a higher risk of dying.

Human faeces contain appreciable quantities of vitamin B12 or vitamin B12-like material presumably produced by bacteria in the colon, but this is unavailable to the non-coprophagic individual.”

Cannabis users are more creative than non-users (though the cannabis probably isn’t a causal factor).

Stress and junk food have similar effects on (mouse) gut bacteria.

Healthy oldsters maintain the gut biomes of 30-year-olds.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 191: Dr. Steven Gundry: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Steven Gundry, an accomplished surgeon whose current mission is to help patients avoid the operating table.

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Interesting Blog Posts

The death of lipid research.

It turns out that Americans have been following dietary guidelines.

Media, Schmedia

How the Middle East is showing male infertility to be a medical problem, not a masculinity problem.

Obesity among American adults is at an all-time high. C’mon, people.

Colorado teens are too heavy to make the military.

Everything Else

At least this squirrel won’t be depressed for the foreseeable future.

Stonehengers loved their honey-fed pork and cheese.

Richard Dawkins explores the evolutionary purpose of religion.

Easy on the raw kale.

Inconvenient facts about animal agriculture.

Why cryonics might make sense.

Where the olive trees grow.

Farming: inevitable and miserable.

An anarchist wants people to make their own meds.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Event I think you’ll love: Chris Kresser is hosting a Rally to End Chronic Disease event and book launch party to support his upcoming title, Unconventional Medicine, in Berkeley, CA on November 6.

Primal Kitchen® is partnering for a Beauty Bundle Giveaway. You have until Sunday (October 22nd) to enter and win Primal Kitchen products, two cartons of Pique Tea, two jars and one stick of PiperWai’s All Natural Deodorant, and a corchicle to keep your iced tea cold and frosty!

Fossil find that surprised me: The one that could rewrite human history.

I would do this workout and be fairly content for life, if pressed: The minimalist’s strength workout.

My thoughts exactly: The hell is he doing?

I’m excited to announce: Collagen Fuel is back in stock!

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 22– Oct 28)

Comment of the Week

Could it be possible we will be offering up to the world a generation of metabolically ‘near-perfect’ humans?

– Actually, Ontario, I’m planning to raise an army of optimized humans with perfect metabolic flexibility. The whole keto thing is meant to make them so efficient at burning body fat that I barely have to feed them or maintain a supply chain when they’re on campaign.

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  1. After reading about 3/4’s of the article explaining why cryonics will work, I’m still laughing. Even if this whole sci-fi theory works to perfection, which is extremely doubtful, there are just too many “what if’s” to seriously entertain the idea as being anything other than ludicrous.

    Mainly, what makes anybody think people of the future would want to further clutter the planet by bringing people of the past back to life? Assuming they are advanced enough to be able to do so–certainly not a given–there would be little advantage. More likely, “cryonicized” persons would be used as a convenient supply of replacement body parts, if such are even viable, before what’s left is sent to the dump.

  2. I agree with the wolf in the cartoon, and I react like that regarding other things as well, such as babies in covered strollers. But coudn’t you also direct the ‘The hell is he doing?’ towards the guy doin 5 sprints at the beach with small breaks in between?

    Attempting an answer myself, maybe playfulness is the key thing, ’cause even adult dogs and cats will play.

    Oh, and nice way of saying ‘people who don’t shit’, near the top.

  3. Male infertility is an increasing program, we are told. I am damn tired of females telling me about male issues, sex to infertility to work. Women do not tolerated men telling them or reporting on their health issues. Men lack the insight and experience to report on women’s health issue. But women and publishers think women can some how do a better job than men at reported men’s issues. They cant. Men bring insight, experience, and mentality to the issue of men’s health that females completely lack. I am done reading any medical-nutritional reporting on men written by females. It is shallow, ignorant, and insulting.

    1. Tuba, much the same thing could be said about men trying to tell women what they can or cannot do with their bodies, which has been going on for hundreds if not thousands of years.

    2. So, women physicians shouldn’t take male patients and men, especially male OBGYNs, shouldn’t treat females??

      *eye roll*

    3. Shary and Colette demonstrate very much the kind of response that leads some of us to be sceptical when women lecture men….. the determination to view everything from their own viewpoint, rather than from ours.

      Note that I am NOT saying that this is universal. Merely that it is a tendency that justifies scepticism.

  4. The Lipid Research Article……..good gravy, it takes them/medical community/government, etc long enough to clue in! Uffe Ravnskov, an MD from Denmark claimed the overuse and dangers of statin drugs back in 2000 when he released The Cholesterol Myths. And the medical community called him a quack for it!

  5. Re making your own medicine. I got to ANTIFA pin and stopped. Not interested in any article that makes any positive reference to those anti-American haters. Are you going Commie on us Mark? They killed 200 million in the last century and really didn’t care about any ones health.

    1. You seriously need to do some research, you have things TOTALLY BACKWARDS. The ANTIFA people are anti fascist. Are you pro fascist??? For example, they (along with many other people) protested the weapon-clad white supremacists and neo-nazi’s that engaged in their hate mongering march in Charlottesville (one of their members who killed a counter protester by running her over with his car). A black pastor went on record that members of ANTIFA likely saved his life by blocking the white supremacists / neo-nazi’s that were charging up to where the clergy were gathered. You seem to be locked inside some kind of fact-free, angry extremist bubble. I don’t get why you keep spewing this kind of nonsense, there are forums out there where your ilk gather. Can you please focus on the topic of the ancestral movement while on this site? SMH.

      1. HH….. Antifa may CLAIM to be “anti-fascist”, but their ACTIONS show them to be coercive, dictatorial and violent. They aren’t the opposite of fascism, just a different type of dictator.

        The proof of the pudding…….

        1. Not condoning the group Peter but to compare them to the Stalin led communists of the former USSR is disingenuous at best and to focus on them as opposed to the really bad folks out there is so typical of a certain ideology. Again, we have an individual or two that only post negative political rants on this site. Here’s to civil discourse, love for our fellow man, and good health! – George

          1. George….. We should not discard the evidence that they appear willing to act like Stalinists, merely because they lack the capacity to do so.

    2. I agree with Tuba. Antifa are violent anti-American communists who cause trouble at all sorts of events. Those defending antifa here betray their own extremist thinking.

  6. Kale no!

    I’ve been making sure to cook cruciferous vegetables before I eat them, my thyroid activity is borderline low and don’t want to make the situation worse “fer sher”.

  7. Another inconvenient fact about animal agriculture, is that we cannot simply substiture human-quality food for that which is currently fed to animals.

    Grass is the most obvious one. Much grazing land is not suitable forcropping, and would be severely damaged if we tried.
    But even on land that is suitable for the growing of grains, it is not best practice to attempt to grow one two crops continuously, nor can we guarantee that all crops grown will be of human-quality. Something as simple as a spell of wet weather at harvest can reduce wheat quality to a point where people no longer want to eat it.
    What do we do with it?
    What do we do with – for example – the protein-rich by-products that remain once oil has been extracted from plant sources?

    Animals are the best, most natural and most economic method of converting plants that we cannot eat, into something that we can. Those who disagree should be directed to eat grass for a month, and let us know how we get on.

  8. The evolutionary purpose of religion… Simple. People have always clung to some sort of religious belief because we don’t like the idea of going from being something to being nothing. Some carry religion to extremes and others don’t give it much conscious thought, but most of us prefer to believe in an afterlife. Whether there actually is one or not remains to be seen, since those who profess to “know” really don’t.

    1. Shary……. Your own theory on the origins of religion is speculative, at best.
      You weren’t there. You did not interview the first “religious” people about their motivation.
      So no…. you are not referring to anything scientific, merely your own version of a “just so story”, designed to validate your own unsupported belief.

      So when you talk about those who “don’t really know”, you have to be looking in the mirror.

      1. -1. Just pointing out that belief and knowledge are not related. There’s nothing scientific about religion or its purpose. If you have a loftier version of why it originated, other than how it affects the self, I’d like to hear it.

        Apparently my comments annoy you, Peter. Too bad.

  9. Honey-fed pork sounds like something I want to try. For science.

  10. I am not a fan of existing religions (esp. Islam), but strongly believe humans benefit from believing in a higher power plus a higher world and both likely exist. The best evidence is the existence of vast coherence on Earth. Coherence/design are linked often to a source intelligence, whether flawed or perfect.

    I’m sure most of you’ve heard of the Simulation theory. It’s just another way of saying a higher intelligence designed this world (through programming). Human intelligence is also linked to a tendency to create (real or virtual objects).