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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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November 12 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 477

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Triathletes need beef.

Taking vitamin D could enhance burn healing.

More fish, fewer rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Cushioned shoes protect against injury only when movements are unexpected and unplanned.

Southern California has the nation’s most stressful commutes.

In teens and young adults (and probably middle-aged adults, seniors, postmenopausal women, sportos, geeks, motor heads, and the rest, too), lipid particle number and size are more predictive biomarkers than traditional lipids.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 194: Thor Conklin: Host Elle Russ chats with Thor Conklin about— what else?—romance.

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

Can ketone supplements boost elite performance? Maybe not.

These 5 bloggers help you crush life, apparently.

Media, Schmedia

Donald Trump really loves McDonald’s hamburgers.

Facebook was made to be addictive, according to its former president.

Christmas music could be bad for your mental health.

Everything Else

Imagine the shrinkage.

How about all four?

Fasting in a bottle? I’m skeptical.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I just appeared on: The Failure Factor, where I talked about the failure that cost me $1 million, cultivating resilience, and the importance of risk-taking.

Book I’m loving: Chris Kresser’s Unconventional Medicine, where he presents a plan to reverse the dangerous trend of chronic disease. For some special bonus gifts, order the book here.

Interesting test you can administer today: Find out if you’re a supertaster.

This is not how I wanted to see heart disease dethroned as Britain’s #1 killer: Because dementia has overtaken it

Fasting in a bottle? I’m skeptical.

I’m usually skeptical of collectives, but not this one: The Clean Plates Collective, of which I’m a member.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 12–Nov 18)

Comment of the Week

There are a lot of kale adherents. When they hear you were promoting bitter foods and didn’t mention it, I reckon there’s going to be trouble. You should get Google to delist your site temporarily.

– Tell me about it, Ion Freeman. I actually had to go into hiding.

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  1. My family and I got fed up with the commercialism of Christmas years ago. Out of self-defense we have been keeping our Christmases as low-key and old-fashioned as possible by avoiding the stores, the malls, and opting out of Black Friday. We put up a small tree a week or so before Christmas, which is taken down on New Year’s Day–not on Super Bowl Sunday. Christmas should be about family time, good food, and counting one’s blessings–not keeping the merchants afloat

  2. If Christmas music bums you out, it’s a wake-up call that your life is not in balance. The holidays don’t have to be hell. Grow a spine, lay down some boundaries with your extended family and order a turkey dinner already.

  3. wildgrok read the article about the super testers and the IPA connection …
    wildgrok did not get the nuances about the taste buds and the IPA brewing …
    wildgrok has simple beliefs: IPAs are good, other thing may or may not be good …

  4. I strongly doubt that the “fasting in a bottle”will have the intended effects, as part of forcing your body to produce its own ketones is forcing it to become fat adapted – its a metabolic shift – sort of like steroids are “muscles in a bottle”, they sort of are, but with long term consequences, you totally screw up your metabolism, and in the case of steroids, possibly permanent organ damage.

    “No stairway to heaven”

    These drinks are directed at the suckers out there.

  5. haha re the liquid fasting, i interviewed the person in the article last year…hmm is all i can say

  6. My doc looked at my blood lipid info and decided I’m a righteous dude.

  7. Isn’t it amazing the way a lot of us go a “little bit” over the top for the Christmas holiday and get into an unnecessary debt? It would be nice to bring back the true meaning and essence of the reason we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Lord.

  8. Weekend Link Love, my place for free-for-all comments.
    Finally time for a MDA home-coming. I’ve had a bunch of library bans in my city in a row, one current until next April, but there’s a YMCA youth center where they had internet, lost funding for it or something, then got it back, so I can use super slow internet again here. Better than nothing.
    There’s some things I want to do here besides catch up on hundreds of posts. Namely, I want to mention some interesting things and correct inaccuracies in previous comments that I remember from over the years. I try to be honest and accurate here but I’ve left out some truth or said things imprecisely that could be accidentally misleading or result in confusion. The corrections can wait for now. I’m feeling a bit unfocused anyway – probably a bit too much (ok, one of those corrections: remove “a bit”) drinking this month and not enough quality sleep.
    For now I want to tell a little primal story about something that happened in the summer of ’16 that I kept forgetting about. Too bad I have no video.
    I was at my campsite (since removed, by the city because of the 24 hour limit of camping in parks by-law I assume) on the edge of a forested park. At the time the local Walmart was throwing out lots of food in plastic garbage cans out the back and I was practically living off it. They’ve stopped, probably due to bad publicity about the waste of food, but at the time I was going there regularly and loading up bags with more food than I knew I could eat, including large amounts of fresh meat. One day I decided to have a feast of various meats cooked on a shovel head over the fire and when I got full I stopped cooking some chicken that was just cooked on the outside. It ended up on the ground somehow; I think I accidentally knocked over the shovel head after leaving it with the chicken on it sitting on a couple tree branches. My camp was frequented by wildlife looking for food (for example I pretty much had an ongoing war with a family of raccoons – ended up finding one trapped in a dumpster and taking advantage of its helplessness to hit it with some rocks after I got sick of them trying to bluff me out of my camp, sneak up on me, surround me, steal my food etc.) and a chipmunk came over to the chicken and started eating it, clawing through the outside with both “hands” and going for the raw stuff underneath.
    Then just recently I was sitting with a friend in the edge of another forested park and a chipmunk ran by us with something in its mouth. I couldn’t tell for sure from seeing it quickly but my friend had a closer look and said that it had an animal in its mouth, like a little mouse. I don’t know what it was going to do with it. Eat it? Maybe it thought it was a baby chipmunk?
    I’ve previously seen squirrels sticking their heads in empty cans of salmon that I left on the ground and thought that maybe they just smelled and wanted the salt. The plain chicken is proof that chipmunks, at least, will eat meat.

    1. I googled meat-eating in chipmunks after this and apparently it is well documented, also in squirrels. They’ll eat eggs, grubs, baby birds and mice, roadkill.

      Awesome primal movie: The Revenant. I recommend seeing it.

      Premium Rush is a pretty good movie too, which I find fairly primal due to all the biking and bike stunts. It inspires me, especially last winter when I had a couple bikes in a row with useless/missing/broken brakes so I was doing stuff like bombing down hills through snow and using the bottoms of my shoes as brakes. Woohoo!

  9. Mark, can you please address the utter confusion that is caused by the beef protein supplementation article? I am unable to understand how whey protein did not produce the same results as beef protein, as it is an animal protein. In fact, it performed just as bad as carbohydrates according to the article and that makes no sense to me. I take whey protein myself and now this article is leaving me feeling like it does nothing. Could you please clear up this confusion??

  10. Christmas: Celebrating the birth of a man who renounced all material possessions with a mass orgy or material consumption.

    Should have called up Wim Hof for the antarctic swim.