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November 05 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 476

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Fasting keeps you and your mitochondria young.

Less than two hours of walking each week could extend your life.

You can probably get Alzheimer’s through blood transfusions.

Why you should schedule your heart surgery for the afternoon.

The steady trickle of humans out of Africa into Europe doomed the Neanderthals.

Washing produce with baking soda removes most pesticides.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 193: Dr. James DiNicolantonio, Pharm.D: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. James DiNicolantonio about his new book, The Salt Fix, which destroys the conventional view on salt and health.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Is gout caused by meat or metabolic syndrome?

If you want to solve acid reflux, you can take a drug that sorta works but might also give you stomach cancer, or you can lower your carb intake.

Media, Schmedia

New orangutan species? Yes, please.

For better or worse, we’re getting closer and closer to choosing embryos with the “best” genes.

Everything Else

Alternative burial methods for the eco-conscious.

The FDA just revoked the claim that soy protein is good for heart health.

Interesting to see how the Bloomberg Agricultural Subindex, which includes soybeans, soybean oil, corn, wheat, and sugar, is trending.

This zucchini is the bomb, yo!

“I’d like to make a reservation for Under under Under,” said Tom Under.

Dental stem cell-soaked sponges that grow new teeth may replace fillings.

5 ways people’s diets have changed over the last 50 years, globally.

 Things I’m Up to and Interested In

This is why I do it: Jennifer Beamer’s experience with the Primal Health Coach program.

Interesting study: What people desire, feel conflicted about, and try to resist in everyday life (PDF).

I can’t even imagine: Sharing a brain with my twin and seeing out of each other’s eyes.

This one surprised me: Mindfulness training fails a critical test.

News I didn’t like (but I’m also not surprised): Non-alcoholic fatty liver is the fastest-growing cause of liver transplants in American young adults.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 5– Nov 11)

Comment of the Week

Roko basilisk, lol!

– If anyone decides to google that, don’t say that Paleo Bon Rurgundy did warn you.

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  1. “Fasting keeps you and your mitochondria young.”

    Low carbs, enough protein, high fat diet, will promote Autophagy and mitophagy, just like fasting. At some point you need to eat. Dr. Rosedale has been promoting this for decades. Keep mTOR down and boost repair and maintenance. Increase mTOR with carbs and protein and life expectancy declines.

    1. Tom, I eat my meals each day within an 8 to 9 hour period, that’s the extent ti which I’m willing to fast at this point in time. 🙂 – George

    2. Everything in moderation, you need mTOR for regeneration and a normal balance of your hormonsystem (thyroid etc.)

  2. In fairness, that looks like a PROPOSAL to revoke the heart healthy claim with regard to soy.

    1. You read correctly. The FDA has revoked nothing. Mark’s statement is enormously misleading as written

      1. Yeah, well I guess ya win some and ya lose some. Personally, that headline didn’t affect me too much since I already steer clear of the stuff. It’d be nice if the FDA actually made those strides, but it’s not surprising that they haven’t there. Of course, had Mark been right, that’d mean fast food would be on the menu at some point…but probably not.

  3. I don’t know about blood transfusions, but it has been known for quite some time that certain chemicals used in general anesthesia can result in Alzheimer’s/dementia if a person is elderly or otherwise predisposed. Ignorance isn’t bliss. If you need to have surgery, talk to your anesthesiologist first. Better idea: skip elective surgeries if at all possible.

    Also known for quite a while, the gadolinium used as a contrast dye in “enhanced” MRI’s can cause kidney damage. There have been hundreds of lawsuits regarding this problem, including one recently filed by actor Chuck Norris on behalf of his wife. Fact is, most MRI’s don’t need to be enhanced. Protect yourself by doing your own research regarding the safety of routine screenings and various medical procedures.

  4. Wow, the sharing of the twins brain is incredible. Their ability to compromise was heartwarming.

  5. re: salt after I read an article Mark linked a couple of weeks ago about plastic becoming embedded in sea salt I switched to Himalayan pink salt. I also use some ionic trace minerals drops daily that is derived from an American salt lake. Hopefully it’s doing some good.

  6. I’ll be honest; the mindfulness study doesn’t surprise me at all. My daughter might have been part of the study (or at least a similar one), and she often joked about the intrusiveness and awkwardness of implementation. Therapy is really built upon a warm, trusting relationship and depends on the motivation of the individual (especially as kids get older). A teen who does not seek out mindfulness and feels it’s imposed from the outside is not going to change in any meaningful way. (Just my two cents.)

    1. I think to be effective Mindfulness needs a more mature brain. I agree if a teen thinks something is imposed there may be resistance in the immature teen brain. Interesting that some of the Control group participated in a community project – that in itself could help reduce anxiety ? My experience with three teens is movement is the better approach to helping counter stress, anxiety and mild dperession caused by too much screen time and social media – pilates, yoga, martial arts, team sport – all a different for of mindfulness – the brain is in the moment and dedicated to movement…

  7. tAlways great stuff here! Glad to hear that walking is so good…between my active dog and my very physical part time job I get in 25,000 steps most days. And loved Jennifer Beamer’s video. The Primal Health Coaching program was life changing for me. I completed another very well known health coaching program previously, but it did not address the whole exercise/movement component the way I wanted. I got so much more out of the Primal Health Coaching Program and totally loved that I could move at my own pace. It gave me the science to back everything up. It wasn’t easy but was totally worth it!

  8. Wow, that’s my blog post about gout for Designs for Health! Very cool to see it included here. Thanks to whoever sent it in! I wrote it, but I don’t get a byline since I’m a freelancer and not a company employee. Glad to see it shared here though. I think it’s a very important topic.

  9. Anecdotal, but for me, I cured acid reflux (and perioral dermatitis) without going low carb, just by giving up nightshades.

  10. Mark, I have to say, it seems irresponsible to say that you can “probably” get Alzheimer’s from blood transfusions.

    The link refers to a limited study in mice, the researchers themselves do not overtly state such a finding (“possible”; “may”; “can” as opposed to “probably”), and the story linked to also mentions a study of 2.1 million humans that did not show any correlation between blood transfusions and Alzheimer’s.

    This study is absolutely interesting and important, but I hate to see you act like a mainstream media reporter who draws dramatic conclusions from one, nonconclusive study in mice.

  11. The way the walking study is phrased makes it sound like you don’t want us to walk more than 2 hours

  12. Regarding blood transfusions, you can get a LOT of bad stuff from them. It’s one liquid that cannot be “cleaned”, however, there are liquids that can deliver volume as well as oxygen to the body without any contamination or toxins. I’d opt for those and NEVER take blood.

  13. Re, washing produce with baking soda to remove most pesticides

    Seems baking soda isn’t all that effective anyway? “It took 12 and 15 min to completely remove thiabendazole or phosmet surface residues, respectively…. Thiabendazole, a systemic pesticide, penetrated 4-fold deeper into the apple peel than did phosmet, a non-systemic pesticide, which led to more thiabendazole residues inside the apples, which could not be washed away using the NaHCO3 washing solution.”

    I’ll stick with organic produce and avoid poisoning the earth, as well as myself