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March 18 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 495

By Mark Sisson
32 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Nearly 47 million Americans are estimated to have preclinical brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s.

Your coffee habit influences your endocannabinoid system, (but not how a cannabis habit does).

There’s a telling connection between stiff ankles and deep squat difficulty in the West.

Evolve or die.

Major depression doesn’t look the same (molecularly speaking) in men and women.

Looks like an animal-free agriculture may not be as “holistically sustainable” as many would hope.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 227: Cavin Balaster: Host Elle Russ chats with the author of How to Feed a Brain.

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

Elephants tend to be “righties,” too.

How we move into wisdom

Media, Schmedia

Vegetarian menu sections undercut their intent.

Go ahead and sniff (isopropyl) alcohol.

Everything Else

I knew there was something special about the platypus.

And, also on that note, pond scum redeems itself.

Two years now, and 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly’s genetic expression hasn’t returned to baseline.

I’ll wait for the iOS version.

What nut-cracking techniques tell us about animal behavioral diversity.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Concept I’d never really considered: hard times as “palate cleansers.”

Evidence that pleasantly surprised me: humans 74,000 years ago thrived through a supervolcanic event and fallout.

Food for thought: 8 youth sports myths

News that saddens me: elderly Japanese women are committing more crimes—often to purposely go to prison.

Announcement I’m pleased to, well, announce: Primal Kitchen® now has Avocado Spray Oil.

News I was happy to read: Before he died, Stephen Hawking became the voice of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Universe.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 11 – Mar 17)

Comment of the Week

Pro tip: don’t do abdominal isometrics until after your daily BM.”

– We all live and learn, Clank.

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      1. Thanks, Mark! Good article. I think it points to how amazingly adaptable humans are, which can be good and bad.

        It was very good for me to compare and contrast my experiences day to day when I lived in Korea for three years. If I’d not adapted and had compared every day there with days back home in America, I’d have been vastly more homesick and missed many foods and other things. However, I naturally started comparing days there to other days there and it became the new norm.

        The bad part is what I’m experiencing right now. I’m contrasting my days now with other days now and am frustrated with still being more tired than I want and not ‘healthy enough’. However, if I contrasted most any day now with most any day before I started keto, I’d realize that I have come so far and improved so much. I may not yet be 100% healthy, but the difference so far is nothing short of amazing!

        Thanks!!

  1. Hi, was there a link to the squat article? (Love these posts, sad to read the article on the Japanese women, this is a problem the internet could solve to help these women find a community of elders and bring that to the Physical realm, not just the virtual.)

  2. With regards to the article “Evolve or die.” The assertion that 25 to 30 miles was to far of a distance to walk (to mine obsidian) by those resilient humans doesn’t add up

  3. I was a bit dismayed to see that “children should pursue weight training” as a sports myth. The evidence all points to strength training being safe and effective for young children. Unfortunately, this article does not list any source or evidence to back up that claim and harps on the same old suggestion of using body weight until adolescence.

      1. The most effective way to strength train is with weights.

        And just because they’re not strictly a necessity, why avoid them?

        1. I would say that when you begin, you can be effective with bodyweight training, and it probably has less risks of doing bad movement / mistakes than going straight to the weights.
          Keep it simple for the children, and letting them being able to do proper sets of pull-ups/push-ups/lunges etc… before listing weight is a good way to start. That way the point of the article.

    1. Actually, the myth was “Strength Training for Kids Requires Weights.” The article actually says that strength training is important, recommending that children “start with a strength training regimen that uses their own body weight.” It also said that “Parents [and people in general] should also take a broader perspective of what strength training actually is.”

      1. All the same, there’s the explicit suggestion that body weight training as inherently more desirable for children, although there’s little to no justification or evidence as to why that would be the case.

    2. One of the concerns with kids weight lifting is the effect it may have on growth plates. I’m fuzzy on the details from my kinesiology class back in the day, but weight lifting – especially heavier weights – may lead to premature hardening of the growth plates and prevent further growth. I don’t think it means weights can’t be used but lifting heavy could hinder growth.

      1. The myth that weight training can prematurely seal growth plates has been disproved. In reality it was never proved or demonstrated in the first place.

  4. Hi Mark and Bees, the “Hard Times as Palate Cleansers” link goes to Avocado Spray Oil. Just thought you should know.

  5. After reading the Platypus article all I can hear is Phineas saying “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today. Hey, where’s Perry?”

  6. I’m shocked by the length of the prison sentences these women received just for shoplifting cheap items. Couldn’t a community service program be implemented instead?

    1. I agree Margaret, those seem really excessive for the crime, but that must reflect the level of tolerance in their society for disobedience. I bet if a lot of elderly people start to shoplift for the benefit of being in a more “social” place, prison, the laws will eventually change so that the country isn’t paying so much to jail the lonely. It is pretty awful though.

  7. The “study” about animal-free food system being not holistically sustainable, doesn’t reference any study, and the article is written by the senior director of sustainable beef production research.
    Not that supported… (I’m not vegan at all, but you have to be fair).

  8. “LSE researchers, who focused their study on vegetarian food choice because of its positive implications for the environment…” I stopped reading the link right there. The authors are shoving opinion at us as fact. Can’t let the bastards do that.

  9. “Pro tip: don’t do abdominal isometrics until after your daily BM.”

    – We all live and learn, Clank.”

    On that note, my husband is a professional entertainer and he had a gig several years ago where he was blowing up and twisting animal balloons for a six hour stretch 2 days running. He generally uses a pump, I don’t remember what it was about the gig that precluded that. Anyway, he still refers to it as the weekend he shit a brown dwarf star.

  10. Wow. Today is my 33rd birthday and I wake up to see my comment is the comment of the week. When Jesus was 33, he died and rose again as the savior of humanity. Me, I got a few thousand health nerds to read my poop joke. Seems about right.

  11. Ok, I am ridiculously excited about the new Primal Kitchen Sesame Ginger dressing…just thinking about all the fun things I will marinate in it. And spray avocado oil will totally make my day! Love having new stuff to play with in the kitchen 🙂

  12. Shudders… Transhumanists are creepy as hell. Uploading a mind to a computer? (Assuming the mind and the brain are even the same thing.) What could possibly go wrong?

    It might not be as creepy as the head/body transplant though.

  13. The women of japan are not alone in the turning to prison for care. People, the Silver tsunamis is here in the USA. I am a floor nurse and we are getting inundated with elders with no place to go and no support. The family structure has eroded. I feel this is just the tip of the iceberg as young and old do not get the care and community they need. From poor elder care to mass shootings it may stem from the same issues.

  14. The brain preservation company. Wow.
    Such arrogance. Hubris.

    And I honestly do think it’s dangerous. Giving people false hope. Do people really think a brain can be “preserved” to a usable form hundreds of years down the road? For what purpose? And we’re going to “download” useful data from such a brain? …..Too many science fiction film watchers. We’re not even a fraction of the way to achieving this. If it’s even possible. I can’t understand what they’re trying to achieve here. Other than to say, “We did (tried) it. Just because we can.”

    And then leaving brains to future generations to figure out what to do with. My god…
    The ego here.

    1. It’s like Black Mirror episode “San Junipero”, if done right. Maybe, in 40 years.

  15. I am extremely intrigued by the mind set of the scientist who did this:

    “scientists discovered unique antibacterial properties in platypus milk”

    I hope the same guys find more antibacterial properties in something more common like cocroaches !

  16. As to the women going to prison for stability: awful, but sadly understandable.