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January 28 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 488

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

From the 1990s up until 2012, American adolescent psychological well-being was on the uptick. After 2012, it dropped, right around widespread teen adoption of smartphones. Further evidence shows a strong link between screen usage and unhappiness.

Heat speeds up recovery after training. Cold slows it.

Scientists have discovered where ebola, HIV, and zika hide from scrutiny. Unfortunately, we can’t exactly get rid of the hiding place.

Kids don’t sleep enough.

E-cigarettes might help adults stop smoking, but they may get teens to start.

Swat at mosquitoes, and they’ll learn to avoid you (you specifically).

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 213: Jeffrey Brownstein: Host Elle Russ chats with Jeffrey Brownstein, a life empowerment coach who’s helping people discover and create meaningful lives full of purpose.

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 Jordan Peterson eats.

Eat more meat.

Media, Schmedia

China races ahead in human gene editing.

Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz disagree with U.S. News’ diet rankings.

Everything Else

Did you know how all these foods were grown?

The end of plastic may be coming.

Some great science books for blowing your mind.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Article I found interesting: What’s college good for?

A great profile of one of my favorite chefs: Francis Mallmann.

I’m bewildered, too: A doctor is befuddled as to why hospitals insist on serving sugary shakes to patients.

Sometimes I feel the same way: Polish cow leaves captivity, joins wild bison herd.

Visualization I found striking: This one.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 28– Feb 3)

Comment of the Week

this would be good for my hsband

– I’d argue that most advice on this website would be good for your husband, Debi J Olson.

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  1. We’ve dedicated what used to be our “dining out” budget to meat, and it’s been great. For half the price of a mediocre meal at a chain restaurant, we can have a fantastic steak dinner. This time of year, not having to bundle the kids up and play bumper cars on the icy roads is definitely preferable to a meal out.

    1. Have to agree. I still love to eat out when it’s someplace really special, but for day to day stuff I’d rather spend my money on high quality food..grass fed beef, organic veggies, etc that I cook at home. Tastes better and you feel so much better too. On the rare occasion that I eat at a chain restaurant I usually wake up with some puffiness around my eyes…that’s a sure sign I ate something I shouldn’t have.

  2. “Some great science books for blowing your mind.” Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  3. Don’t the usual “best and worst diets” articles measure a diet by whether it is or is not “sensible?” DASH is the US standard for a sensible diet so it always wins because it’s the most DASH-like.

  4. The end of plastic isn’t coming.

    The beginning of more expensive plastic is coming.

    1. Lol – the beginning of another corrupt EU profit scam under the guise of environmental protection is coming !

      Just on that – I don’t get why people buy bottled water – get one stainless steel drink bottle, and fill it from tap – less chance of ingesting nasties from the plastic as well..

      1. “…the beginning of another corrupt EU profit scam…”

        Exactly my point.

  5. I hate Boost and Ensure! I am a Diabetes Nurse Practitioner at my local hospital, and absolutely dread when the dietitian order these supplements for patients. I watch my previously controlled blood sugars skyrocket, and not to mention healing slow down. Who wants to be even more dehydrated, bloated, and awful feeling in the hospital?

    1. Oh the garbage that passes for food in hospitals! And the sick and obese that pass for health care workers . . . puhlease.

  6. I quite agree with the article on college education. I’ve experienced the same thing myself in high school: we had heaps and heaps of all those classes educators praise as being hugely important to become a well-rounded human being: art, music, literature and ethics. However, even in twelfth year, most students couldn’t read even simple texts, and this in a class where most people had at least one parent with college-level education.
    A lot of people seem to be under the impression that studying these subjects will make you smart and cultured because they see smart and cultured people being able to read difficult books and play famous music. However, I find it more than likely that causality goes in the other direction. At any rate it ought to be obvious that people who can’t read can’t possibly benefit from being made to “study” difficult books.
    American college seems to be an extension of high school madness – now I’m really grateful that universities around here offer more specific curriculums so that I get to study the stuff I hope to work with later.

  7. This weekend link love is full of interesting and thought-provoking takeaways, as always. This is the most insightful thing I read each week… Love it!

  8. Hi Mark,

    I was very pleased to hear how diet changed Dr Jordan Peterson’s life, being a fan of his work. What is even more remarkable though is the effect on which it had on his daughter, Mikhaila, and she played the pivitol role in getting her father to make better dietary judgements. This is a fantastic story if you care to read it:

    “The Diet
    Posted on December 7, 2016 by Mikhaila
    Hi!

    My name is Mikhaila Peterson. I’m a 25 year old student, studying Life Sciences at Queen’s University. I live in Toronto. My schooling was delayed for a while because I was so sick, I couldn’t handle university full time.

    Short background on me:

    I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 7 years old. My parents think it started when I was around 2 noticing the way I walked. I was the first child in Canada to be put on injections of Enbrel, an immune suppressant. I was also put on injections of Methotrexate. In grade 5, when I was 12, I was diagnosed with severe depression/anxiety. I started taking Cipralex (Celexa), an SSRI. I was on a very high dose for a child, but if I tried to lower it, I couldn’t. That dose increased into my teenage years and early 20’s when my depression worsened. When I was 17 I had a hip and an ankle replacement from the arthritis (that diagnosis was changed from rheumatoid arthritis to idiopathic arthritis). I was prescribed Adderall to keep myself awake because I couldn’t stay awake. Diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia. My skin was itchy, I had mouth ulcers, floaters, and terrible skin problems starting in my early 20’s.

    At the peak of my medicated times I was taking:
    For Arthritis: Enbrel and Methotrexate, (immune suppressants). Folic Acid because of the Methotrexate. Tylenol 3 so I could sleep at night without as much pain.
    For depression: Cipralex and Wellbutrin
    For fatigue: Adderall to keep me awake, Gravol and Lorazepam to put me to sleep from the Adderall.
    For my skin: Minocycline (antibiotic), and later dapsone (antibiotic)
    Other: Birth control (seasonique)

    I’ve probably taken antibiotics 2-3 times a year since I was 2. That’s almost 40 rounds of antibiotics.

    I’ve been on way more than that too. That was just at one point in time.
    Anyways, all in all, I was very sick.

    May 2015, I stopped eating gluten. I thought that my skin problems that had slowly been growing worse were probably Celiac related (dermatitis herpetiformis). I never had stomach pain so I had never looked at food before. Cutting out gluten maybe helped a bit… But not nearly enough.

    September 2015, I went on an elimination diet. I went on it to see if I could control my arthritic symptoms. I could. 3 weeks into the diet my arthritis and skin issues went away. This was unheard of. I don’t have the type of arthritis that goes away.

    3 months later my depression disappeared. My arthritis ate my hip and my ankle but I haven’t experienced anything more debilitating than depression.

    A month after that my fatigue lifted.

    Everything wrong with me was diet related. Arthritis, depression, anxiety, lower back pain, chronic fatigue, brain fog, itchy skin, acne, tiny blisters on my knuckles, floaters, mouth ulcers, twitching at night, night sweats, tooth sensitivity, and the list goes on, but everything was diet related. Every single thing wrong with me was fixable. The following is a list of foods that I can eat without reacting, and my dad and boyfriend is the same way. This is a good list of foods to start with for the elimination diet. In order to do this, you have to be very strict. If you have questions, please comment!

    If you can’t manage to do this (it makes eating out almost impossible), at least cut out gluten and dairy. If you’re a “healthy” person, cut out gluten and dairy. All of it. Gluten is hidden in soya sauce, twizzlers, malt vinegar. Cut it all out for 3 weeks and see how you feel. If you’re suffering from an autoimmune disorder or depression or another mental disorder than I would suggest going to my list of safe foods. Cutting out gluten and dairy will help but it might not be enough. You might find that you’re able to reintroduce most foods after the elimination diet.?”