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December 03 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 480

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Postprandial insulin response just might be the best early predictor of diabetes and heart disease risk.

The average prehistoric woman had stronger arms than today’s average elite woman rower.

It doesn’t matter if you’re healthy. Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages still isn’t good for your vascular function.

Artificial light at night is a novel risk factor for cancer morbidity and metabolic disorders.

Carb restriction paired with interval training is still the best treatment for metabolic dysfunction.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 197: Jacques DeVore: I chat with Jacques DeVore, top strength and conditioning coach, about his revolutionary new book and program for cyclists. Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists shows cyclists how to increase speed and athletic longevity in half the training time.

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

Merely thinking you exercise less than your peers—even if it isn’t true—is bad for your longevity.

If you take biotin, know that it can throw off the results of certain lab tests.

Media, Schmedia

Uptown and downtown New York City rats are diverging into different species.

Sprucing up, refining, and retelling your family story can improve your family’s future.

Everything Else

In case you were wondering what to do with all those empty Primal Kitchen mayo jars

Graphene-fed spiders spin webs that rival the strength of kevlar.

Prehistoric global warming probably made this all possible by melting the glaciers and flushing nutrients into the ocean, kickstarting the development of complex organic life.

If free will exists, modern media is an assault on it.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Article I enjoyed: Modern sports as proxy for war between tribes.

I gotta say, I’m disappointed: The remains of 9 yetis turn out to be the remains of 8 bears and a dog.

Concept I’m pondering: What Western parents don’t teach their children.

Harvey Weinstein would agree: “It seems downright silly and certainly maladaptive for an animal to have sex with a plant.”

I’d certainly prefer it over vainly struggling on life support: LSD for the terminally ill.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 3– Dec 9)

Comment of the Week

I’m talking about it! Talked about it right here on the Primal Blueprint Podcast, in fact. ? http://blog.primalblueprint.com/episode-174-amy-berger/

– Indeed, Amy. Folks who like their brains should check out her great book on the subject, The Alzheimer’s Antidote.

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  1. Love the idea of the dairy free spinach artichoke dip, since that was always one of my faves. And I save my empty Primal Kitchen Mayo jars to store leftovers and take food to work with me. (It’s amazing how quickly I empty them, lol)

  2. I like the Instant Pot for a lot of things, but I’m old-fashioned enough to prefer cooking pot roast in the oven. I use a roaster pan and throw in a huge variety of veggies along with a little wine and water. Surprisingly enough, everything gets done at the same time. I don’t use string or twine to tie the meat and herbs. It isn’t necessary and I can taste the difference in the pan juices. Same reason I use loose tea instead of teabags.

  3. I’ve just started cycling and love getting out in the sun. Soaking up the sun and getting my vitamin D naturally. Good insight on Devore’s podcast on cycling. Thank you.

  4. Wait, what kind of spider? Funnel web? Wolf? Golden orb weaver? Black widow? Darwin’s bark? Not all spider silk is equal. Two clicks got me to a “five times stronger” claim, but Darwin’s Bark Spider silk *already* rivals Kevlar.
    (The full study text is behind a paywall, and the abstract just says “spider”.)

    1. Bill, according to the study “21 spiders of three species were selected (Pholcidae Holocnemus, Pholcidae Pholcus and Theridiidae Steatoda”.

      Hope that helps.

    2. There you go Bill: [https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1504/1504.06751.pdf] and an 2nd in case the 1st fail [https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275588459_Silk_reinforced_with_graphene_or_carbon_nanotubes_spun_by_spiders]

  5. I choose not to believe the this thing about the yetis.
    It could very well be they are just incompetent: everybody knows the skeleton of a yeti may look like the skeleton of a bear, but you have to see the big picture: yetis are extremely cool

    1. Yes yes and yes:

      But Lindqvist says she doubts the study will be the final word on the yeti. “I am sure, though, that the legend and the myth will live on,” she said. “You can never for sure prove that there is nothing out there.”

  6. I’m thinking I don’t have enough time to read anything but the glacier article and really cool spider web article, which is like something out of the movie Avatar; however..

    That rat link sentence amused me. It makes me think of the David Wilcox song.

    My high school philosophy teacher used to call sports war/battle without the bullets. I can see the comparison. Playing some sports, that’s sometimes what it felt like to me. It’s incredible people actually get so patriotic to teams that they hate other teams and their fans and riot and so on. Ironically there are so many trades in sports that hypothetically the whole roster of a team could be non-local and the MVP of the team you’re cheering for could have been born in the other team’s territory.

    Best Simpsons couch gag? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci9jfMvoLb4