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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 19 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 478

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Cold water plunges work better than cryotherapy.

In Kenya, kids who are habitually barefoot have healthier feet and lower rates of lower limb injury than habitually shod kids.

Epileptic babies who go keto get better gut biomes.                         .

Yoga pairs well with a low-FODMAP diet against IBS.

Ancient humans really liked their rice.

Climate change coincided with the shift to agriculture in Europe.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 195: Chris Kresser: I chat with Chris Kresser about his new book on the modern health epidemic facing the world today: chronic disease. Chris has some great ideas for fighting it.

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 to use L-serine to phase shift your circadian rhythm.

If you have treatment-resistant depression, try folate.

Media, Schmedia

Another 30 million customers, coming right up!

A digital pill that tracks when you take it.

Everything Else

Not even zombie Lennon performing “Imagine” on repeat could save us if the entire world went vegan.

In the earliest images of dogs yet discovered, they’re wearing leashes.

Research scientists are trying to figure out how a false study managed to get 400 citations.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Giveaway I’m excited to, well, give away: The Primal Kitchen® Instant Pot giveaway. Go through Facebook or Instagram for your chance to win.

I had a great time talking keto, oils, and Ultimate with the Thrive Market folks (and answering reader questions) this week on Facebook Live.

I’m sure they’ve finally nailed manmade fats this time: Bring on the Creamelt 600 LS!

I bought a whole case of these to hand out to friends and family for the big day: Stovetop Stuffing elastic-waist pants.

 It bears repeating: Sleep is still really, really important for brain health.

Maybe poor bioavailability is the point: Curcumin improves gut barrier function.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 19– Nov 25)

Comment of the Week

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.

– Glad to have you back, Animanarchy.

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    1. Ah look at that timing. I scroll down to say something and 2Rae’s comment is first on the list. Hello there, brought a smile to my face.
      It’s nice to have some internet access back and in other personal good news, I was out on a stupid (falsified, embellished) criminal charge of “cause disturbance” for like half a year and thought I might have had to set a trial date but I went to court yesterday and it got dropped so I’ve got no charges, for now at least. It’s probably just a matter of time before I’m a victim of power-tripping again, like the other day when I got taken down by cops for no reason than that they wanted to assault someone, and that hurt my leg some, but I’ve been recovering well. I actually hurt myself more than they did by exacerbating the injury the next day by straining it too much when it required rest. So I consider the score as of recently animal anarchy 2, cops 0.
      I usually can’t lounge around much, even sometimes when advisable, because I get bored easy and it tends to negatively impact my mental state.
      Not homeless now either: I’m renting a room. It’s small and nothing really classy but it’s decent and suits me fairly well. For instance, it’s kushy: every clock in the place ought to be permanently set to 4:20. It was good timing getting the place at the beginning of winter because a campsite I got away with having in a park for about a year and a half and spent half of last winter at finally got cleared out, probably due to a camping bylaw violation (24 hour limit in city parks here).
      I’m not going to search too much to try to find it but I thought I remembered them (see below) doing an ice crystal picture exposed to the word “love” and another exposed to the song “Imagine” and they turned out quite similar.
      http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/water-crystal.html
      Well, time to be going as the staff responsible for monitoring this little YMCA youth center computer station gave me until now on the minute because he has to leave early, so I guess it’s back to aimlessly cruising around on the bicycle.

  1. I think I’ll pass on the Creamelt and stick with what Mother Nature has to offer.

    Off-topic, I just finished Chris Kresser’s book, “Unconventional Medicine” (recommended by Mark) and really hope his ideas catch on. Functional medicine as per his ADAPT framework should be the norm, not just something that’s out there but only available in a handful of places.

  2. The abstract doesn’t say what the cryotherapy placebo might have been, just that it was as effective as the interventions. I’m guessing it was dumping a cooler full of ice water on the marathoner’s head

  3. 1) Sleep … I used to think exercise and diet were the most important aspects to good health, now I believe it is your circadian rhythm and approach to dealing with stress
    2) Problems if everyone went vegan … in my mind that’s a false dilemma. The SAD is a FAR bigger problem than worrying about the hypothetical what if 100% of the population was vegan rather than the current .05 percent.
    3) Curcumin … maybe poor bioavailability is the point … sorry, I don’t get the point. By definition not being bioavailable mean the substance is not having much of an impact on our biology. As far as dosing goes more is not necessarily better, perhaps that is what you are driving at.

    1. What I understand is that it’s helping the gut barrier… in the gut, which is technically outside our body. So even if you don’t digest it fully, it still pass through your gut.

      What I’m curious about is the dosage.

    2. I agree with your first point. My health has suffered every time I was unable to sleep due to stress. Ugh, I guess it’s a work in progress at this point.

  4. Doctors have been wrong about diet and nutrition for over 60 years. And now (without any influence of profit) they have got blood pressure all figured out and half of us need help. Read my fingers: NO… THANK… YOU…

  5. Have to agree with Healthy Hombre on the whole vegan thing. While I don’t think vegan is very sustainable for most people in the long term, a vegan who is eating mindfully could do much better then someone following the SAD. And loved Mark’s interview with Chris Kresser…always look forward to a new podcast!

  6. Ad a farmer who raises both crops and (predominantly – grain is a useful supplement at times) grass-fed livestock, I want to point out that eliminating livestock would not mean that the grains formerly fed to stock would be available for humans.

    1. Plant biology means that if we grow a single species,, year after year, the diseases that affect that species and the weeds that compete with it, build up and reduce yield. It is necessary to rotate through a number of species in order to maintain crop health and yield, and some of the best options are not palatable to humans.

    2. Much as we would like to, it simply is not possible to grow 100% human-quality grain. As simple a thing as too much rain during harvest will result in the quality of grain being reduced to the point that people don’t want to eat it. Either we feed it to livestock, or it is wasted.

    3. Much of what is fed to livestock is a byproduct. Soy and canola are two examples….. they are grown primarily for oil, and after the oil is extracted , the residue is a high-protein meal that humans do t want to eat. Again, we either feed it to livestock, or it goes to waste.

    That is before we consider other environmental impacts of ploughing, chemicals, fertiliser, etc..,l.

  7. As a hunter, I like to point out that when the Greek soldier and statesman, Xenophon , advised young men to take up hunting if they wished to be more perfect in all things, the word that he used for “hunting”, literally meant “to lead out dogs”

  8. The climate article is tough reading but gives some idea of the true complexity of climate change. These processes should never be depicted as anything simple. And it is clear that warming has good effects for humans, and cooling has bad ones (ie crop failures). During the long Paleolithic ice age it was likely difficult to impossible to raise crops in most areas, until the warming that characterized the Neolithic.

  9. Thank you Dr. Kresser. I have been a med surg floor nurse for over 28 years. Now, I often have 5 diabetic patients. Folks, that means checking blood sugars for each meal. Yes, sometimes over 25 blood sugars I monitor in one shift! I try to encourage a lower carb diet then the “diabetic diet” food trays arrive with way too much carb including fruit juice! Don’t get me started on GI issues, achholism or drug addiction. I try to plant a seed for patients to make better choices in the future.
    One thing we can all do is start with ourselves. For now, I am a healthy fit 59 yo. Often way older than my patients. When I scan bracelets and ask for their birthday prior to giving meds, I may comment “isn’t it great to be so young. I have quite a few years on you.” That opens the door for them to ask and me to share how I take steps to keep healthy. I encourage them to experiment with lifestyle changes to make life better for themselves. I may have a diabetic patient trying to save a limb and many are all ears at this time.
    Keep up the good work. There are some of us with direct patient contact trying to make a difference. I feel the change may come when insurance companies find out they can make more money by at least getting part of their clientele healthier. Peace from n.c.