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April 08, 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 498

By Mark Sisson
15 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Two years of 15% calorie restriction slowed metabolism and reduced oxidative stress in older adults.

Food allergy linked to nature and nurture.

Creating art—even if you aren’t great at it—lowers stress.

Chronic nicotinamide riboside supplementation increases NAD+ (an important anti-aging marker) while being well-tolerated.

Mindfulness meditation lowers blood pressure via gene expression (if you do it).

A five-day break from Facebook reduces stress but also life satisfaction. I think they’re just doing the whole “life satisfaction” thing wrong.

How some early life factors associate with resting heart rate later in life.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 233: Arriane Alexander: Host Elle Russ chats with Arriane Alexander about the potential benefits of putting yourself out there in video form on social media.

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

One guy’s experience with extreme endurance training on ultra-low-carb.

When a 100 year-old running champion offers training advice, you listen.

Media, Schmedia

How some companies are making their office environments more paleo friendly.

Medication-resistant gonorrhea has arrived.

How brain scarring (from concussive blasts) may be causing PTSD in vets.

Everything Else

Let’s just hope these orangutans don’t discover opium poppies.

Human dietary evolution in central Germany.

Don’t develop subclinical magnesium deficiency, folks.

Beautiful sneeze.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I found interesting: “This is Your Brain on Sex” via the On Being Podcast.

I knew I loved blueberries for a reason: Polyphenols target sirtuin 6, an important anti-aging pathway, with the anthocyanidins found in blueberries and purple potatoes being the most potent.

An older article I enjoyed: “From Diabetes to Athlete’s Foot, Our Bodies are Maladapted to Modern Life

Story I found interesting: How the Indians came to be.

I’m not surprised: There may be a link between antibiotic and acid-suppressive usage during infancy and later allergies.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 1– Apr 7)

Comment of the Week

“If I tell people that I toss my kids holiday candy, it’s seen as some kind of affront to the American tradition. I get the “All things in moderation” lecture. Then I feel guilty for not participating and then run out to find more natural substitutes for all the junk that gets thrown at them, which leads to paleo pancakes, muffins, dark chocolate Easter bunnies and other slippery slope foods that are filled with starches and a month worth of nuts.”

Jennifer L., I remember those days well. Both the kids, I’m happy to say, turned out just fine, despite going without all those chocolate folkloric icons.

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Elizabeth Resnick
15 days 7 hours ago

Loved Elle’s interview with Arriane Alexander… great down to earth advice about getting over yourself and putting yourself out there. Mel Joulwan’s hamburger salad sounds great, but I would take the lazy girl’s way out and skip the homemade mayo in favor of some Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayo. And loved the quote of the week. Jennifer, if you’re reading this, kids are very resilient. They will survive with or without the holiday treats. You’re the parent…do what works for you and don’t worry about what everyone thinks.

sue nelson
sue nelson
14 days 14 hours ago

Totally agree. My kids are grown and now have kids of their own. They laugh when they tell the stories about how I threw away their Halloween candy and refused to let them have fast food or soda. But today they actually, verbally, thank me for standing strong on the subject..They are healthy, happy adults with really good eating habits. And they carry on the family tradition of throwing out the Halloween candy.

Shary
Shary
15 days 5 hours ago

Interesting study on magnesium. I don’t like taking a lot of supplements, but I do take 200mg of mag glycinate most days. The rest I try to get from a healthy diet that includes plenty of veggies, which I don’t believe are as empty of nutrients as they’ve been chalked up to be. This is particularly true if you can grow your own.

Facebook is addictive? Wow, who knew (said tongue in cheek). Limiting social media time and working on living a real life that involves real activities with real people will increase life satisfaction rather than diminish it.

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
15 days 2 hours ago
Nicotinamide riboside supplements are very expensive. 250 mg. dosage is about $40 for 30 capsules. So to get the same dosage per the study would cost you $160 per month. My wife and I take one 250 mg. capsules three times a week and one 20 mg. capsule of PQQ the other four days in an effort to help protect our mitochondria. Not sure if it is doing anything, guess it’s an n=2 experiment, I suppose you need to trust the science and hope the smaller dosages are helpful. Of course, using the principles of hormesis with the right amount… Read more »
Becky
Becky
15 days 1 hour ago
I don’t know where the comment of the week originated, so I”m replying to it here. We pull out any all chocolate candy, as “healthy” candy, pick one unhealthy one to keep and try, then the rest goes into a bag in the fridge, which fills up enough over the year from Halloween, parties, and school things to become our Halloween candy next year. In return, she gets to pick out a small “present” at the store. Some years, the dentist has paid her $1 a pound for the candy. At least we’re not supporting the junk industry or buying… Read more »
Shary
Shary
14 days 11 hours ago

IMO, taking kids going door to door for Halloween candy is one of those traditions that should be allowed to die. Lying to little children about the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, etc. is another tradition I dislike. Parents should never ever lie to their kids, even if it is just in fun.

Becky
Becky
14 days 6 hours ago
The Halloween tradition is more than just about candy, but the fun of dressing up and getting everyone out at one time. (Normally, it’s sadly rare to have kids running around our neighborhood.) Maybe it could be slowly changed to focus less on the candy and more on showing off your costumes and playing outside with friends. There are families that do front yard parties on Halloween, which is a shift in the right direction. I don’t thin kthere is a problem with Santa, etc. It’s not exactly a lie. Santa is the embodiment of the spirit of Christmas. And… Read more »
Ross
Ross
14 days 29 minutes ago

Well said, Becky. You don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Paleo embodies an 80/20 mindset and modifying some of these traditions fits right in with that.

Even atheists can celebrate Christmas.

Shary
Shary
13 days 11 hours ago
“Just don’t let your kids tell mine Santa doesn’t exist.” Actually, that’s how most kids find out. There are quite a few people who don’t think it’s okay to dupe their children. As you say, to each his own, although I think your justifications are half-baked. I did the Santa routine with my kids when they were small, but if I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t. My daughter took it well when she learned the truth, but my son, who was more immature, was terribly disappointed. And that’s the other half of the problem: You never… Read more »
Becky
Becky
13 days 11 hours ago
If we avoided everything that we don’t know the result of or how someone will react, we’d never do anything new. (Which might mean we’d all still be primal cavemen.) I suppose tit’s true kids hear it from kids, but a 3 or 4 year old isn’t normally going around saying, “my parents say Santa doesn’t exist.” I also think how your kids take it depends on how you explain it to them (even if you weren’t the one to tell them.) Avoiding something that brings joy because of the possibility of a disappointment sounds like a reason to remove… Read more »
Ion Freeman
Ion Freeman
13 days 23 hours ago

Trick or Treating is roughly the last community festival we have left,

Dan
Dan
14 days 10 hours ago

Curious to hear thoughts on this study I found while looking on sciencedaily after checking out links here. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180403111106.htm

Daniel
Daniel
14 days 6 hours ago
Dan – The ScienceDaily article linked to the study, which says this: “We selected 81?337 men and women from the Adventist Health Study-2. Diet was assessed between 2002 and 2007, by using a validated food frequency questionnaire.” So, an associational study that used FFQs. No power to determine causation and FFQs are well known to be junk data that generate GIGO results. I wouldn’t put much stock in the results of this study or any study that uses these methods. Regarding the calorie restriction study, the full text is available (http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/fulltext/S1550-4131(18)30130-X?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS155041311830130X%3Fshowall%3Dtrue) and shows that mean BMI and BF% in the… Read more »
Orangethings
Orangethings
14 days 5 hours ago

Red meat is bad. That’s why you see all those lions and tigers having heart attacks.

Gypsyrozbud
13 days 11 hours ago

Re the magnesium study: I grow most of my own vegetables and always add magnesium to the soil, when planting and throughout the season. I have found my tomatoes to be much more robust! I buy a huge bag of magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts) which I also use in my bath!

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