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November 26 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 479

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Dietary linoleic acid makes alcohol even worse for your liver.

The study results that the sugar industry suppressed—because they showed animal data indicating that sucrose increased cancer risk.

Moderate drinking appears to be protective against all-cause mortality even in Japan, where rates of suboptimal genetic ethanol metabolism are higher.

Exposure to green spaces may improve children’s ability to pay attention.

High intensity endurance training increases pain tolerance.

Access to legal cannabis reduces reliance on opioids.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 196: Cindy Lu and Earl Martin: Host Elle Russ chats with husband and wife team Cindy and Earl, master aromatherapists who create essential oil blends, teach workshops, and train others to use essential oils to improve their clients’ lives.

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

There isn’t much evidence that “finish the antibiotics course” prevents antibiotic resistance or improves outcomes. Nevertheless, the mantra persists.

Media, Schmedia

The sugar industry has been stifling research into sugar’s effects on health for decades.

A famous (or now infamous?) food scientist has retracted yet another paper, his fourth this year.

Everything Else

Carl Lewis doesn’t think kids should specialize in specific sports.

People are already using CRISPR to edit their own genes. No one can stop them, so let’s just sit back and hope the inevitable cyberpunk futurescape isn’t completely dystopian.

Are introverts selling themselves short?

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.

Charity event I’m participating in: One of my favorite charities is GO Campaign, which improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world by partnering with local heroes to deliver local solutions. I got “auctioned off” last year and had a blast paddling with the winner. I’m up for grabs again this year….

Podcast I enjoyed doing: The mindbodygreen Podcast, where I explained exactly how long you need to be keto.

I know what my next supplement will be: Beneficial viruses protect our cells from pathogenic bacterial invaders.

Opinion I agree with: Analog is back (though digital is here to stay, too).

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 26– Dec 2)

Comment of the Week

Did my Black Friday shopping in the forest. It was a great time, just being quiet and listening to the wind in the evergreens, but no suitable deer wandered in range. Next time, I guess.

– Sounds like a good one, His Dudeness.

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  1. Introverts are misunderstood. It isn’t a matter of being incapable of leadership; it’s more a lack of interest. Most introverts display exceptionally good leadership skills if and when it becomes necessary. But few of us actively seek the spotlight. We usually prefer to be a face in the crowd than the guy running his mouth on the podium–and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

  2. I found the introvert/extrovert study interesting, but somewhat lacking in the explanation of the “why.” As an introvert myself, I find my desire to step into an informal leadership role has way more to do with the abilities of the others in my group, than it does with preconceived notions of potential stress. I’ll rarely be the first to speak up, but will step up to correct what I think is the ‘wrong’ direction for a project to take. If the direction established by the more extroverted group members seems sound, however, I’m less likely to speak up/set direction. At the end of the day, I’m interested in hearing what others have to offer before throwing in my two (or ten) cents.

  3. Yay! The sale of e- books is down!! I can’t wait until that hits the school system. My students never even open their e-books. Years ago, they all had hard-cover textbooks and I assigned homework out of them. They all used their books. Life was so much simpler and they learned more before e- books and e- homework came along.

  4. I’m not a sociologist or a biochemist but I’m wondering if the purported benefits of moderate alcohol consumption (with liver holidays) might have a component that is socio-economic, i.e. red wine for example. People who drink moderate amounts of red wine might in general be more health oriented and have access to better health care. Also, my gut feeling is the blood thinning aspect could be the primary benefit, and if someone gets plenty of EPA / DHA / polyphenols etc, in their diet not sure it is “necessary” to drink alcohol. Read an article a couple of months ago that presented studies indicating that even a small amount a alcohol consumption is harmful, so as always conflicting information out there.

  5. Enjoyed the digital/analog piece and completely agree about finding a balance. There is definitely something special about a physical book…I just like the feel of it in my hands, and love browsing bookstores. But glad I always have a few books on my kindle app to read on a plane. I’ll be the first to admit I can’t imagine life without my iPhone, but I’m trying to be more mindful with it. Especially first thing in the morning…I try to have some quiet time/walk/etc. before I even look at email, Instagram, etc. Some days are easier than others!

    1. Devils Advocate here:
      It was hard for me to trash hundreds of books, but I live in an apartment (not big) and the books I have in my kindle and nook could fill the apartment over several times. It is been years since I read a physical book (and I read a lot, mostly science fiction and fitness/nutrition stuff, programming languages), The convenience of not have to had my reading glasses at hand (I can set the fonts at any size) and the sheer volume of information packed in my tablet won over my printed book nostalgia

  6. I’d be happy to adopt the practice of a liver holiday, a la Japan. Hopefully it doesn’t start until January 2nd!

  7. Introvert in a leadership role here. I can definitely relate to the article. Before having my current job title that marks me as “the leader”, I wouldn’t actively seek out leadership-type tasks or jump in and take charge of things. There were others around who enjoyed it more.
    Now, in a formal leadership role, I enjoy it a lot more. The team thinks I’m some sort of zen master because I can always remain calm and collected when the other people in my same role get excited and start barking out orders and excitedly running around. They say being calm makes me more approachable.

    1. This is so right on the money. I’ve worked with a few introverts in leadership roles. They are usually very calm -or present a calm disposition- and soft spoken in tense situations, which calms and motivates employees and subordinates. We really do need more introverts in leadership roles across the country.

  8. Moderate drinking appears to be protective against all-cause mortality even in Japan, where rates of suboptimal genetic ethanol metabolism are higher.

    What about the role that alcohol plays in preventing REM when you sleep?

  9. the sweet potato trick really does work. i do it every year at thanksgiving, and my family all thinks im a genius.

  10. It’s such a delicate balance with the introvert/extrovert discussion. On one hand because introverts are misunderstood, they are commonly thought of as rude and unapproachable but on the other side of that coin, extroverts can appear as rough around the edges and also rude. Moderation needs to be that which we seek. If You are an extrovert, you need to slow down and let your ears and listen to someone else and just because you are an introvert, recognize that and to step outside of your comfort zone to acknowledge someone has spoken with you. Simple words such as “that’s an interesting statement, let me think about that”, will give you time to process and answer without seeming as if you didn’t acknowledge their existence.