The fiber content of control diets in mouse studies often throws off  the results.
Dark chocolate reduces stress and inflammation, improves mood and cognitive function. In humans .
The probiotic L. rhamnosus GG protects  mouse livers against acetaminophen damage.
Baking soda could protect against  autoimmune disease.
A novel form of CoQ10 designed to target mitochondria makes blood vessels appear and act younger .
Discoveries on Crete suggest that ancient humans and/or Neanderthals were faring the seas over 130,000 years ago .
New Primal Blueprint Podcasts
Episode 239: Ken Berry, MD : Host Elle Russ chats with the good doctor about ADD, sleep, Parkinson’s, and the carnivore diet.
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.
- Does Coffee Break an Intermittent Fast? 
- The Roots of Depression: How Much Does Modern Culture Have to Do With It? 
Interesting Blog Posts
Urban wildlife are evolving faster  than other wildlife.
Why you should say “no” to the news .
Sometimes (most times), letting nature do its thing really works well .
Nutritional heretic Gary Taubes recounts  his embattled journey to vindication.
To deal with pain and inflammation, athletes are swapping ibuprofen for CBD .
The Penn State “Outing Club” is no longer allowed to go outside . Too unsafe.
Things I’m Up to and Interested In
How could this be?: When top cardiologists are out of town at conferences, fewer heart attack patients at their hospitals die .
Research finding I enjoyed: Children are about as fit as elite endurance athletes .
Concept I’m pondering: Stress is contagious .
Announcement I’m pleased to, well, announce: Time Traveler wins last week’s contest . Congrats!
Old study worth considering: Exposure to vapors from stir-fried seed oils increases lung cancer risk .
- Lemon poppyseed fruit salad  is good. Just be careful with the drug tests after.
- A nice story about and a great recipe for kibbeh sinayee .
One year ago (Apr 22– Apr 28)
- 5 Unconventional Ways to Extend Your Life  – Live longer, live better.
- 10 Tips, Suggestions, and Projects for Improving Your Mastery Over Nature  – Assume your birthright as a human.
Comment of the Week
“I consumed a bunch of nutmeg a couple times in an attempt to get high back when I was 16 or so. The first time a friend and I choked back a bunch of powder with Coke over our high school lunch, which didn’t seem to do anything. Although I like nutmeg its taste can be very overpowering in large amounts and for a long time after that I could “taste” it every time I drank Coke, which at least made me stop drinking Coke for a while.
The second time was with the same friend and we boiled whole nuts with some crude grade dark chocolate and leaves from at least one type of wild plant that we thought might be hemp or a relative because it looks fairly similar. We were like why not, let’s just throw in anything that we think could make it more of a mind altering potion. It basically turned into a gross tasting muddy brew. Although I didn’t really feel “high” I was kind of out of it, even somewhat through the next day (which was kind of interesting because it was my first tackle football game (a scrimmage before the actual season games started, but same thing – I did alright at least)). At one point my mom called home and asked me to take a Delissio/whatever pizza out of the freezer and then cook it so dinner would be ready when my parents got home. I remember going to the freezer and taking out the pizza, but then when my mom got home she wondered why I had just left it on the floor outside the freezer, which I did not remember doing. That’s basically my experience with nutmeg, so in both cases it was pretty much pointless.”
– Vintage Animanarchy .