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March 25 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 496

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Hunger blunts chronic pain.

Chronic inflammation impairs tastebud renewal.

Certain phytonutrients, vitamins, and NAC may increase the effectiveness of treatments for psychosis.

5:2 “fasting diets” (eat normally for five days, eat almost nothing for two) beat low-calorie diets.

Dogs on a diet high in protein and fat recover more quickly after joint injuries than dogs on a high-carb kibble.

Keeping your hands busy keeps you happy.

Teachers tend to see playfulness in boys as more disruptive and pathological.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 229: Daniel Thomas Hind: Host Elle Russ chats with Daniel Thomas Hind, who uses mindset, psychology, and habit forming to help his clients and readers effect real change in their diets and lives.

Interesting Blog Posts

Hate beets but want the performance-enhancing effects? Try sunlight.

Retinol content of animal livers has been increasing, probably due to synthetic vitamin A in animal feed.

Media, Schmedia

Electrical current-induced happiness: too much of a good thing?

Why pancreatic cancer is on the rise.

Everything Else

Caffeine usually makes people faster, but not everyone.

The spiritual essence of depression.

Utah signs the first “free range kid” bill into law.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast episode that touched me: The Drink, in which a couple of guys (one of whom has a fantastic first name) talk about avoiding bad habits and how some person named Mark Sisson saved his life.

Interview I dug: The one with Pedro Carrera Bastos about the lessons of traditional diets (and dieters).

I wonder if toxicity of cleaning products used would affect this: Cleaning at home or on the job associated with degrading lung function.

I’m not sure I agree: “It’s time to make human-chimp hybrids.”

A big reason why I moved to Miami: To walk more.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 18– Mar 24)

Comment of the Week

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.

This just proves Carl Sagan right, Missy: We truly are made of star stuff.

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  1. Okay! Now it makes perfect sense why you traded Malibu for Miami! Really great!

      1. Taxes for sure. When your income busts through the AMT and California income tax hits13.3%, and your paying that 50+% total tax on money you have not even collected yet, one has no choice but to move out.

  2. First time quote of the week has truly made me lol! The 5.2 fasting thing is interesting, but I’m sure there’s a better alternative than the “food packs” provided for fasting days. And the dog food thing totally makes sense. My 11 year old Bichon eats a (very expensive) dog food that is “biologically appropriate” It’s a mix of stuff like wild boar, heritage beef and bison…some veggies for antioxidants, and no grains. We walk for miles every day, he never has any pain, and the vet can’t believe how young he looks. I give a lot of credit to his diet (the walks don’t hurt either)

  3. Regarding Free Range Kids… There is a happy medium between overparenting (locking them safely indoors in front of the TV) and underparenting by turning them loose outside and forgetting about them, hoping the neighbors will look after them. I know people in the latter category, and the kids in question are very young. I cringe when I see them riding their trikes in the street without an adult in sight. Most 3-year-olds need fairly close supervision whereas a savvy 10-year-old can usually do a variety of things on his own. It should also be remembered that this isn’t 1950. The world was a much safer place in those days than it is now.

    1. If you mean there are more cars on the road now than in 1950, then I guess you are right…

    2. Statistically the country is FAR safer than it was in the 1950s. Dangers then were just less sensationalized.

  4. Episode 496. I’ve been watching this number increase every week for awhile now. And I am anticipating what will happen when it reaches 500.

  5. Love the keeping hands busy article. Sherwood Anderson in the 1900s had written a lot about how with industrialization and Ford-like conveyor-belt labor, men were losing the confidence and meaning in life that craftsmen like saddle-makers or carriage-painters used to get. men who arent making something tangible with their hands become shells of themselves. And terrible mates for women, who want real men in their lives.
    I personally have felt that too. Huge depression when I was in high school, that would go away whenever I would play ultimate frisbee and create with the disc.
    A writer is also somebody who works with their hands, just their material is human lives.

    Weekend link love is something I eagerly look forward to every week.

    1. Will, thanks for your note. WLL has always been a highlight for me, too – a great excuse to expand my view on the world. As you suggest, so much goes into living the good life – beyond diet and fitness, which (as enjoyable as they can be) are really the means rather than the end. Grok on. – M

    2. For me, it’s loading a full airplane and sending it on its way. I move a lot of weight with my hands, and when my workday is over, I can point to something we accomplished. When I worked in an office, there was never that satisfaction of having finished something. The same problem was always there waiting for me every day. So I’m not sure it’s the idea that I’m making something, but that there’s a real feeling accomplishment.

  6. Since I started eating high fat, moderate protein, my knee pain has abated so I can understand why dogs have less joint pain, too.

  7. What they need to do is start arresting Helicoptor Parents for child abuse.

  8. The Hunger blunts chronic pain and the 5:2 “fasting diets” article make me want to put 2 and 2 together.

  9. Very sad, but predictable, that in our heavily regulated landscape there should be a need for laws that specifically define acceptable behaviors. That’s backwards and inimical to genuine freedom.

  10. Yes, it’s horrific, isn’t it?

    “The data further revealed that the playful boys were stigmatized by their teachers, and this was communicated through verbal and non-verbal reprimands, and classmates assimilated this message and became increasingly denigrating of the playful quality in the boys.”

    Forget “toxic masculinity”, it obviously starts with toxic boyhood. Root it out!

  11. It’s time to stop looking at psychosis medically. Psychosis is the soul’s archetypal irruption seeking initiation in a secular culture.

  12. We spend winters in Stuart Fl. and walk everywhere. Hutchinson island is beautiful and I walk the bridge to the island in the morning. The birds are flying overhead diving for fish and the boats are floating by. Best medicine in the world. Good choice you made to move to Miami. Hope you do have a seminar there.

  13. So, that scallion pancake recipe. Discs of fried cassava flour and arrowroot powder are paleo now? Please….

    1. But really, how glycemic could yucca and arrowroot be? I don’t know, to tell you the truth, but I’m willing to bet that neither really mounts the daily carb count. Remember; “Paleo” and ketogenesis aren’t exactly mutually exclusive. However, I can tell you that I’ve been in ketosis even after eating Paleo pancakes…

      More over, a giant bonus with the cassava and arrowroot thing is the absence of grains.

  14. Hunger may blunt chronic pain, and blunts may too, but I find that blunts cause chronic hunger. Ugh, the stretched stomach I awaken with sometimes.
    Well, scavenger I am, it’s more like blunt roaches for me.
    I spend a fair amount of time roaming certain spots in my city for roaches. That’s actually how I get most of my greens and get at least a bit elevated almost every day for free. I also do unofficial grounds keeping work somewhere that garners me passed off roaches and occasionally fresh stuff. The municipality should pay me for this civic service. I’m, like, this city’s exterminator.

  15. “Electrical current-induced happiness: too much of a good thing?”
    See Micheal Crichton’s “Terminal Man.”