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July 01 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 510

By Mark Sisson
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Research of the Week

Humans have a Dunbar’s number for “regularly visited places.”

Rapamycin counters aging in old rats by triggering autophagy.

Movement is great. Mindful movement is even better.

Treating Alzheimer’s with CT scans: radiation hormesis.

Probiotics are good for old bones.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 257: Monica Reinagel: Host Elle Russ chats with Monica Reinagel, founder of the Nutrition Diva podcast and co-founder of a great new coaching program called Weighless.

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

Where we might find the next hobbits.

What depersonalization disorder can tell us about the self.

A response to the recent study on meditation.

Media, Schmedia

A call to nature.

Why are sugary drinks still widely available in hospitals, anyway?

Everything Else

Halo Top doesn’t reach the top.

Interesting interview of Vilhjamur Stefansson, the famous Arctic explorer, about his experience with carnivorous dieting.

“‘Here, on the island I don’t do what people tell me to do, I just follow nature’s rules. You can’t dominate nature so you have to obey it completely,’ he explained to Reuters.” Now he has to obey the Japanese government and return to civilization. Sad.

What Julius Caesar may have looked like.

I guess the Death Star hasn’t been completed yet. (I know I mentioned them last week.)

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Video I loved: What the Japanese really eat.

I feel obligated to remind everyone: The supposedly “definitive” evidence indicting saturated fat in favor of high omega-6 seed oils was totally fraudulent and actually showed the opposite.

I can’t improve on the article’s title: “Spaniard raised by wolves disappointed with human life.”

Cartoon I liked: An anti-electricity single-paneler from the early 20th century.

Now that’s what I call a stew: An interdisciplinary team cooks up a 4000 year-old Babylonian stew recipe.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 24– Jun 30)

Comment of the Week

“My Monday coffee group is my tribe and, in fact, that’s what we call this group of about 8 women ages 65 to 90. There’s a lot of wisdom around that table as well as laughter and, occasionally, tears. We’re of varying sizes and levels of activity and nutrition, but we support each other, which is what it’s all about IMHO.”

– We should all be so lucky, Sheila.

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  1. The interview of Vilhjamur Stefansson, was fascinating just for the pacing of their speech. So slow . . .

  2. Wow, that “What the Japanese Really Eat” video was illuminating. Makes me want to visit as well as tighten up my dietary standards!

    1. That video on Japan was incredibly misleading. If you are determined to be a carnivore in Japan, I’m sure you could do it. But the Japanese eat a lot more carbs in the form of rice and noodles than Western people do. They eat meat and fish with meals, but typically in much smaller portions than Westerners do. In endorsing that video, Mark really jumped the tofu shark. I guess he has never been to Japan.

      1. Totally agree. Defining what people eat in a country just by having a look at what’s in (high end?) groceries and in restaurant is not honest. That’s more what the rich and the tourists eat, and far from the majority of the population.

      2. Post quality seems to be going downhill on these link loves.

  3. > the ice cream label is “routinely” and “dramatically” under-filling its increasingly popular low-calorie pints.

    Well, that’s one way to make them ‘low calorie.’

    1. It’s a common issue with Halo Top if the container is partially thawed, then refrozen. If you give a light squeeze to the sides of the carton and they give, it’s been refrozen. This is on the stores that sell it, not Halo Top.

  4. Hi Mark! I loved that video about the Japanese diet too! Thanks so much for posting that! I wish it was a 2 hour movie. Oh my gosh, the U.S. has gotten it SO WRONG! And no one even thinks about being a vegetarian or vegan, what a foreign concept, ha ha ha!

  5. Ive spent my life living on the west end of Catalina Island, so close to LA, yet a completely different world. Like taking a step back in time to a simpler way of life. The mainland is so foreign to me, such a different vibe, such a different pace. I totally relate to the sweet Japanese man wanting to stay on his island. I wish I could stay on mine. A life that revolves around nature is something special in todays world. I wish the best for the poor guy now that he’s back in modern society.

  6. I turn up my nose at lots of hospital food and also wonder why so much of it is not healthy (sometimes it’s actually good and tasty though). From my experience having to stay in hospitals I’ve learned it’s like this:
    Breakfasts tend to be grain based: biscuit, toast, cereal etc.
    Lunches are often a sandwich.
    There are margarine packets, no butter.
    The desserts are sugary and artificial.
    One time when I was unjustifiably made to stay for 72 hours in the psyche ward and they gave me my first breakfast, a grain one, I drank the little carton of milk but refused to eat anything else and told them that I’m grain-intolerant so they summoned the nutritionist/dietician and after discussing what I would and wouldn’t eat I was able to get some better food.
    The hospital I’m talking about has a fridge with free stuff for emergency room patients and it’s generally stocked with ginger ale and freezies and those little peel-top plastic cups of unpalatable throat burning orange juice with sodium benzoate. What a good idea! Sometimes there’s at least a lot of milk, which I include in my diet, so if I’m in the hospital I take advantage.