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May 13 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 503

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Intermittent fasting lowers oxidative stress and improves insulin sensitivity even without weight loss in men.

Lower microbiome diversity, more arterial hardening.

Deadlifts, not statins.

Keto is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and this could help fight neurodegeneration.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 243: Lisa Nichols: Host Elle Russ chats with Lisa Nichols, one of the most impressive motivational speakers in the world with one of the best stories: single mother on public assistance to millionaire entrepreneur with a global empire.

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

Carnivory seems to have worked for her.

What’s the deal with type 1 diabetes and very low carb diets?

Media, Schmedia

The FDA looks set to approve a CBD-based drug for seizure control.

Even the deepest trench in the world has plastic bags floating around.

Everything Else

Katy Bowman’s unique house.

Fitness apps don’t work for most people.

Smartphones disrupt parent-child bonds.

More risk is good.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

This is why I do what I want: Regrets over never pursuing our dreams hit hardest.

This is awkward: A recent study found that yoga and meditation don’t destroy the ego, they enhance it.

Question I’m pondering: What are facial expressions, really?

Of course they plan on finding a pharmaceutical analog: Fasting makes stem cells work better.

Another reason to really limit antibiotics unless absolutely necessary: They may lead to dysfunctional vaccine responses.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 6– May 12)

Comment of the Week

It’s interesting to notice that the promoters of Roundup always say that glysophate is not toxic. Not that Roundup is not toxic, but that glysophate is not toxic. I’ve read somewhere (that i forget) that glysophate itself is pretty weak and ineffectual as a herbicide; glysophate alone is probably non-toxic. If you sprayed just glysophate on your lawn, you might see little to no effect. Roundup, on the other hand, is a concoction of many adjuvants to glysophate that disrupt cell walls so that glysophate can enter the cell and kill the vegetation. Always check to see if the person is defending glysophate by itself, or Roundup, the entire concoction. If they’re just defending glysophate they might be trying to confuse the issue.

– I’ve noticed the same thing, Eric.

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  1. >Of course they plan on finding a pharmaceutical analog: Fasting makes stem cells work better.

    Funnily enough, the main pharmaceutical that was developed for this, GW505516, was dropped from development for rapidly causing multiple types of cancer in rats. Though that hasn’t stopped it from being used as a PED, funnily enough, by both serious athletes and weekend warriors just trying to improve their 5k / drop a few pounds

  2. That first article is an 18/6 fast with the eating window closing by 3pm. I note that the diet was 50% carb, 35%fat &15% protein and that sample menues started with bagels, oatmeal and waffles for breakfast. Imagine how much better that would work with actual food.

    It will cost you $3.99 to read the full article, I thought it was worth it.

  3. Isn’t it premature to link low gut microbiome and artery hardening? Our biome changes constantly based on our food intake (just like amylase can come and go) and pushing for high fiber intake is not the answer; in fact it can cause distress to many and some are also loaded with Carbs. The story of the Englishman who visited the Haddza and ate their food is a nice example. His biome diversified after eating their food but returned to base line after returning home. Also, some of those who had fecal transplantation, saw their biome revert back. My point is that the biome very illusive…………

  4. I am very proud of myself, through many years of self-reflection and meditation I’m sure I have the least Ego of anyone … possible ever. #myEgoIsLessThanYours

  5. I have already listened to Elle’s interview with Lisa Nichols twice…so inspirational! And I’m really fascinated by Mikhalia’s carnivore study. Doesn’t make sense for everyone, but seems to be working really well for her.

  6. Re low-carb diet and controlling Type One diabetes (and type two.) Diabetes is less of a treat to your life than dogmatic doctors.

  7. Roundup … glysophate …. affects a plant’s shikimic which humans do not have. GMO plants have resistant to that by design. Fifty years ago that was good science. But what they did not know then and is under reported now is that our gut bacteria have shikimic pathways. And… since each of us have a different compliment of gut bacteria their damaged shikimic pathway can manifest itself in different symptoms… and that is why science can’t find specific symptoms because the damage is diverse and individualized… or so I assert.

  8. Slept over nine hours last night, and woke up feeling tired.
    My hand shakes as I lift my morning cup of coffee.

    Time to try something a little more radical.

  9. Is there any credible literature on a connection between depression and ketosis?

  10. I’m all for risky play — our kids’ names are engraved on one of the posts around the Yard, as we helped Kickstart it. But… most of the time the kids go to the playground, they’re not with one of us, they’re with a caregiver. And no caregiver wants harm to happen on their watch. So, I expect you’d find that the reduction in risk at playgrounds tracks with the reduction in parental time over the last few decades.

    1. I’d be inclined to call it adventurous play versus risky. Years ago there were monkey bars at all the grade schools and playgrounds. Some were quite high. Risky? Probably, at least by today’s standards. Back in the day it was generally understood that most kids know their own abilities, even at a fairly tender age.

      There were also games like Crack the Whip, which could easily cause injuries, and tether ball, whereby you could get clouted in the face hard enough to be knocked out if you stood too close. In middle and high school trampolines made an appearance. However, there wasn’t much instruction given, if any. The result was occasional broken bones due to kids inadvertently bouncing onto the floor.

      Years ago there were never parents or caregivers at a playground unless the kids were very small. Even then an older brother or sister was often tasked to look out for the little ones. There were always cuts needing stitches, bloody noses, skinned knees, kids with an arm in a cast, etc. It was all considered part of growing up and nobody got too bent out of shape over it.

      But the times have changed. Yes, parents have become more fearful and less trusting, but I think the demise of risky play on public or school property is more about the fear of lawsuits than concern for the kids. Changes in the law are the other major factor. Absentee and/or “negligent” parents can easily end up in jail with the kids sent to foster homes.

      1. My mom routinely would drop us off at the closest public/school playground to where she was grocery shopping or running errands. We got great exercise, had adventures, met and played with new kids (imaginations! negotiated our own rules!), and I picked up a lot of useful tips for babysitting in my teen years. All with little regard for the Milwaukee weather as long as it was at least 45F. Good times!

  11. I’d always thought yoga and meditation practices specifically tackled the problems of a domineering super-ego, not so much the ego (if we even choose to accept Freudian structures of identity in the first place). All that talk of “quiet the self-critical voice in your head!” points directly to super-ego, which I simply assumed was a concept not covered in YT trainings, and hence was consistently being mislabeled. I’m surprised psychologists fell into what I’d call a linguistic trap, and didn’t use the opportunity to correct the language surrounding the concept. Of course it’s contradictory to say one is “erasing the self” while focusing on “self-care.”

  12. Mark, if you’re reading, I’d love to read a detailed piece on your views on the carnivore diet. I’ve been looking into it and it’s a fascinating movement.

  13. The Comment of the Week – that’s glyphosate. Which is a glycine molecule with a phosphate group added on. This is important because we use a lot of glycine in our bodies, and when our body picks up a glyphosate molecule rather than a glycine molecule to build a protein, the resulting protein (enzyme?, cell component?) may be dysfunctional because of that phosphate group…

  14. It’s pretty obvious that facial expressions are both a reflection of your mood and a tool to express your mood to others, and to influence others. They’re both conscious and subconscious.

    You can be listening to a radio show alone and have a scowl on your face because you find something disagreeable in the discussion. Or you can greet another’s actions with a scowl, a scowl you’ve put there precisely to express disapproval..