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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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December 17 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 482

By Mark Sisson
21 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Intense exercise slows Parkinson’s progression.

Exercise alters the gut biome independently of diet.

Blood pressure naturally and linearly decreases in the twilight years, with the steepest decreases seen in dementia, heart failure, late-life weight loss, and hypertension.

A diet high in monounsaturated fat reduces liver fat and increases insulin sensitivity.

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Episode 201: Anthony G. Jay, PhD: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Anthony G. Jay about his new book, Estrogeneration. It’s all about how estrogenic compounds in our environment are making us sick, fat, and infertile. Great name, too.

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Interesting Blog Posts

You know, a walk can be very filling.

Assuming we gain the ability to fine-tune our mood with technology, what’s the best way to go about it and minimize side effects?

Media, Schmedia

Los Angeles shelter dogs might go vegan, as if their lives aren’t already tough enough.

Are people really injuring themselves opening avocados? 

Everything Else

Come for the Freedom Trail, stay for the obese squirrels.

Vegan screeds shop simplistic yet misleading messages (“live kindly“) and get financial backing from huge celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio. Movies that push ancestral health approaches are more nuanced and rely on crowdfunding. Kale vs. Cow makes the case for sustainable meat, and it needs your help.

Lake Erie’s crazy, chaotic waves.

There’s a suicide epidemic among America’s farmers.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Year’s end “Best of” list I was honored to make: MindBodyGreen’s Best Healthy Cookbooks, for Keto Reset.

Concept that intrigued me: The “Polymeal.”

Video I’m pondering: Did religion trigger agriculture?

Didn’t know they had it in them: Orca jumps 15 feet out of the water despite weighing 8 tons.

I’m not surprised: A new study suggests that lifestyle modifications could prevent 40% of cancer deaths.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 17– Dec 23)

Comment of the Week

Mark, I object to your jeremiad on porn including the salacious comment: ‘Hard things are what make us humans’!!
(No, I’m not serious.)

– That must have been hard to come up with, Matt.

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  1. Dogs on a vegan diet??? Really what a load of crap.
    What’s next claiming Eagles would do better without fish. We are not smarter than nature no matter how much we like to think we are.

  2. The best tech-based mood adjuster I’ve found is a little app called WeCroak. Five times a day, it reminds you that you’re going to die and gives you some lovely quote to ponder. Wonderful for maintaining perspective.

  3. The avocado thing reminds me of the “pear for people who don’t like pears” that came out last year. My wife doesn’t dislike pears because they’re juicier than apples; she dislikes them because of the flavor…

    But it does get the fruit in question in the news. 🙂

  4. Religion promoted agriculture? That might explain why vegetarians are always holier than thou…

  5. I walk my dog on the beach everyday and throw on my bikini or beachwear. It makes exercising feel like I am on vacation. Especially if the weather is awesome. Sunset walks are my favorite.

  6. – Lake Erie, not Eerie
    – BP: shouldn’t “steepest increases” be “steepest decreases”?

    1. I concur with “steepest decreases” based on my reading of the link.

  7. Farmer here, and one who has been depressed to the point of “doing the sums” – cost/benefit analysis on suicide. Fortunately, I did not have to look very far to find reasons to not kill myself.

    As for religion as a cause for agriculture…… that is pure speculation, with no hard evidence.
    It’s not as tho there is a hard line between nomadic hunter/gatherer and agricultural modes. The nomadic lifestyle does not have the same direct incentives that settled agriculture has, but the lines between following the herds and leading them are not as distinct as theorists imagine, and there is plenty of evidence of nomads altering/managing their environment, and distributing desirable plant species.

    Why do we need to imagine some alternative mechanism when the most natural explanations for agriculture are a desire to manage risk and shortage, and an even more natural desire to protect limited resources.

    1. How much of farmer depression can be attributed to the RoundUp and other chemicals they are exposed to? It would be interesting to see if there is any divergence for farmers who don’t use pesticides.

      1. Kent….. Plenty of depression amongst graziers, too.

        I suggest, looking from the inside, that blaming things – whether it’s chemicals or access to “lethal means” as the CDC does – is counter-productive. It lets people wander off claiming that they have “solved” the problem, while leavi g the sufferers in the middle of it.

        Given that suicide is overwhelmingly a male issue – the ration is at least 3:1 – I suspect that the issue is far more likely to be pressures that disproportionately affect men.

        Cheers…..

      2. It might be illustrative to consider some of the memes that are popular in my community.

        Farmer : Someone who works 80 hours per week to feed people who claim that he is poisoning them.

        Farmer : Someone who buys retail, sells wholesale, and pays the freight both ways..

        Farmer : Someone who endures droughts, floods fires and plagues for the satisfaction of independence and making his own decisions…. only to be told that he is a dupe of the chemical industry.

        The claim that farming is somehow the root of all our problems – as though preventing people from starving to death is somehow a “problem”, is not exactly helping, either. There is a huge divide between the Rural and urban populations, and those of us on the land seem to be getting the dirty end of the deal.

  8. I actually did have an avocado injury over 20 years ago…somehow dug a sharp knife into the palm of my hand while removing the pit. Bleed profusely and was pretty painful. And hard to explain the giant bandage wrapped around my hand the next day at work. Avocados were not really a thing back then. And anything about feeding dogs a vegan diet makes me totally crazy. Dogs are carnivores. Look at their teeth! I am not committed enough to do the raw food thing for my dog, but he eats a dry food called Orijen that claims to be “biologically appropriate.” No grains…ingredients are things like “heritage hog” and dandelion. All I can say is my dog is 11 and still acts like a puppy. Don’t think he’d be like that on a vegan diet. And lastly, not at all surprised The Keto Reset Diet made it to the MBG list of healthy cookbooks. I have been totally blown away by the recipes. Each one I try is better than the last one. Can’t wait to make the carnitas again!

    1. What I do is cut the avocado around, twist the halves in opposite directions, then remove the pit by digging my nails into it and twisting. Works every time! An unripe avocado is tough, but doable. Maybe there’s a tool for that, but not sure.

  9. I’ve never hurt myself removing the avocado pit using a sharp knife, but I did come close several times. Cutting the fruit in half and then stabbing it with the knife (as my ex-MIL taught me to do) and twisting the pit with the knife just isn’t the best way to go. I found that cutting the fruit in quarters instead of halves makes it a lot easier/safer.

    As a side note, I always thought it so very cool when you cut the avocado open and found out that the pit had already started to split in half and was sprouting.

  10. “90 seconds of walking every 30 minutes cut glucose by almost half. HALF. Insulin also dropped precipitously. If you work a sedentary job, MAKE TIME FOR THIS. EVERY DAY. GO NOW.”

    I’m curious about this for a while now. What do you do if you can’t walk? Are you doomed? Because I love this blog but being hammered with this truth every week for years, I’m beginning to feel pretty pessimistic.

    1. Coccinelle if you have a stretch band (very inexpensive and come in multiple tensions) you can work with it vigorously to get your breath up and / or do 90 seconds of deep breathing. There are many articles on the internet on band exercises you can do and articles (and books) about how to do deep breathing. Just something off the top of my head, there are almost always options in life if you research enough and are creative enough (something I have to remind myself when I get depressed and feeling a bit hopeless). All the best to you! – George

      1. Thanks for your answer! I understand that I still can do exercice with my arms, even cardio! But my problem right now is that the mechanisms of how walking help are not very clear. In 2017 particularly, I read again and again that even walking at a slow pace or just doing household chores are enough to beat many illness. So now I have a hard time imagining walking as anything but a magical cure and even if I know it makes no sense.

  11. In regards to the Polymeal article….why do you think the life expectancy increase/decrease statistics (listed in the Results paragraph) be less for a female than a male? Do we (females) need to be eating something different to decrease the cardiovascular disease?