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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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July 08 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 511

By Mark Sisson
23 Comments

Research of the Week

Open workspaces impair collaboration, cause workers to “withdraw” from face-to-face social contact (PDF).

Skinny-fat isn’t just a bad look. It presages Alzheimer’s.

Speaking of which, melatonin shows promise at staving off Alzheimer’s.

Aspirin, too.

If you want to be insulin-resistant, use a night light.

Yet another study shows the benefits of green spaces, including lower risks of disease and early death, less stress and anxiety, and better sleep.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 259: Dr. Erin Fall Haskell: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Erin, creator and host of Good Morning LaLa Land and author of the new Awakening: A 40-Day Guide to Unleashing Your Spiritual Powers, Life’s Purpose, and Manifesting Your Dreams.

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

Sometimes it pays to be anti-social.

One author’s experience giving up AC. Would you?

Media, Schmedia

How bad is the tick situation, really?

The rise of woodfire cooking.

Everything Else

While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie.”

What are the effects of total light deprivation?

Keep drinking coffee, keep living.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

List I agree with: Healthy condiments. The ketchup they mention is particularly good, I hear.

Movie I’m interested in: Leave No Trace.

Article that makes me realize the tide is turning: NY Times admits that juice isn’t healthy.

I’d love to see this study repeated in older folks: Weight training stops muscle aging in 22-year-olds.

Research results I can’t wait to see: Does keto make cancer drugs more effective?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 1– Jul 7)

Comment of the Week

“Ha ha ha. I have always enjoyed Mark’s “typical day”. For the 90% of us who unfortunately don’t live in Malibu and write columns at home for a living before having an afternoon surf, these are funny. I will let my boss know in the middle of our morning group meeting that I have to nip out for a quick kettleball workout.”

– It’s actually Miami now. 🙂

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  1. You had me at “octopus” – and the post did not disappoint!

    Love the exploration of the octopus (and human) soul…plus, this line: “Among the pitfalls of the human condition is our tendency to see otherness as a source of dread rather than an invitation to friendly curiosity. The octopus, as the ultimate Other, has a long history of epitomizing this inclination and sparking our primal fear of the unknown. “

  2. I understand Guinea fowl are adept and eradicating ticks and the most delicious poultry alternative slow roasted over an open wood fire.

  3. “Does keto make cancer drugs more effective?”

    Seems so. But not the same effect without the drugs:

    “Hopkins cautions that the ketogenic diet alone may not necessarily help control cancer growth and in some cases may even be harmful. In fact, when the scientists studied the effect of the ketogenic diet in the absence of PI3K inhibitors in several cancers in mice, the ketogenic diet had little effect on tumours and actually caused some leukaemias to grow faster.”

  4. I’d kill for AC. Third floor apartment, only east and west-facing windows, surrounded by huge trees so very little air is moving. It stays 87 degrees in my bedroom well past midnight. I spend July and August sleep deprived and irritable. If I could afford a nice house w central air, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

    I did just get blackout shades, which I hope will help.

  5. That Primal Kitchen ketchup is so good I’m already on my second bottle of it.

  6. Any thoughts on how to use night-lights effectively? My older kids no longer get up at night to use the bathroom, but my 2-year-old does wake up and having night lights is handy when we’re trying to navigate our way around the bathroom. All of ours are motion sensitive, so they turn on at random times when the cats are meandering about in our upstairs hallways. Short of turning on all the big lights, I haven’t really found a better solution, but since it’s me who has been up with kids in the middle of the night for the last (gasp!) ten years or so, I think I get the worst of it (and the insulin resistance to go with it). Our new smoke detectors also have green lights on them too. Don’t even go into our kitchen at night. Every single appliance comes with some glow feature. It’s getting kind of crazy.

    1. Jennifer,
      Yellow-bulb nightlights in hallways and bathroom can work, and in my house we just tape a folded piece of paper to block the green light from the smoke detector so that it’s not visible from the bed.

    2. The bulb in nightlight in my mother’s bathroom is pink. Got it at Walmart.

      1. I wish they discussed the size of room and proximity of the 100 lux light. How bright did the 100 lux light make it? I have a light in the bathroom by the toilet but it only comes one when someone enters the area (really cool toilet light that changes colors!) I also have one of those clocks that reflect the time on the ceiling (I have mine in red because the other colors were too bright.) My husband has a clock next to him that is bright but I always turn it away. I would think those, and the green light on a smoke detector, must be considerably less than 100 lux. Definitely needs more research!

  7. It depends on where you live, it’s never over 92 degrees here and rarely over 86.

    We changed our alarm clock from a green led one to a red led one, I hope it’s better!

  8. Do without AC? Not if I can help it. It’s around 100 outside right now. I’m thrilled that I can get away from it inside the house and in my car.

    Regarding green spaces, I love them. The greener the better. They contribute immeasurably to my sense of well being, starting with my own yard. We did rock in a couple of small areas a few years back to save on water, but the idea of a yard totally without lots of trees, grass, and bushes is depressing beyond words.

  9. I assumed no A/C would be a no-brainer for most folks living a primal lifestyle, aside from the occasional person with an 87-degree bedroom past midnight (yikes!) — sounds like we need some primal architects along with those health coaches!

    1. Hi Eric a primal architect (Australian aboriginal) told me to “always choose an east facing cave.

    2. It’s also a choice of building materials. Traditional stick construction does little to keep heat out during the summer or in during the winter. Newer methods like insulated concrete forms (foam/concrete/foam) do a much better job.
      Unfortunately, 90% of modern construction is stick building and poorly insulated at that.

  10. I just bought and tried the Primal Kitchen ketchup this month when it was on sale at Whole Foods. I was skeptical about how it would taste because I tried an unsweetened ketchup before that was *disgusting*, but the PK brand was amazing! It is so delicious and I’m going to buy it as long as it is available.

  11. Thanks for sharing this kind of valuable post. Your post contains various healthy information that helps people to be fit and healthy.

  12. Thanks for posting all these great links. I especially liked the one about the coffee since I drink it everyday.

  13. Ticks – I have been wondering for some time if they’re spreading so fast and thick because we no longer let low-level forest and grass fires clear out areas every few years. We can’t go out into the long dry grass without picking up dozens. Most animals would be able to get out of the way and enjoy the new vegetation that would sprout afterward; while the ticks would burn up in the old dry grass/leaf litter.

  14. On the website that recommends the condiments, the Worcestershire is Soy based so definitely avoid that recommendation.

  15. It seems like Melatonin and aspirin would help in preventing alzheimers because lack of sleep and chronic inflammation are so detrimental.

  16. I can relate to some of this: green spaces and going it alone.
    I’m back camping in what’s basically my hometown where I wasn’t allowed to live (or in any surrounding towns) for three years until recently because of an evil probation officer here.
    I was getting really sick of the city I was in and all the nonsense, rubbish, drama etc. due to bad people, the crowding, traffic, lack of nature, walking around the same streets and going to the same places like those that I scavenge from and Salvation Army for lunch and dinner day after day. No offense to my friends but sometimes they’re not the greatest to spend time with either (hopefully they don’t read this), mainly because most of them are always mooching off me even though they get more money than I do but spend it like no tomorrow right away and I’ve probably given way more away this month than I should have (I get paid a pittance monthly) and still have a fine that’s necessary to pay so I’m financially hurtin’. At least here there’s a campground I can usually find a lot of empty cans and bottles to return for a refund and I don’t have anyone to support but myself. I’ve been planning this trip for a while, really wanting to just be more of a hermit / enjoy solace in solitude in more natural and enjoyable settings for a while. I loaded up a shopping cart pretty heavily with coffee, food and supplies and went on an all-nighter traveling mission Tuesday night. I had a couple breaks, just one main one before actually getting out of the city, and the rest of the time I was mostly nonstop doggedly trudging. I think I might have pushed that cart for 15 hours or so. It was brutal and I’m still recovering but it’s nice to be back in a relatively small town. I salvaged a couple gallons of milk from a lucrative dumpster here so I’m GOMADing it to help recover, I retrieved my canned food stash (lots of salmon there) from a few years ago, and hit the food bank so I’m loaded with food for now, much of it better than the usual soup kitchen fare. There’s way more nature (saw my first coyote in a while trotting nearby the first night here), I can walk most of the places I want to go by going along a river/ through parks/ fields/ forests etc., there are rocks and trees I recognize. Overall I expect this to be a pleasant vacation. I just ought to set up some sort of campsite because I’m stashing everything and sleeping behind a store and don’t expect that to be indefinitely plausible.
    Not enough computer time on these library computers though, so I can’t spend time attempting to perfect my comments. It used to be you could re-use the guest codes here every day and I figured out a simple pattern that gave me nine of them so I had unlimited time. Now it’s an hour a day! Guess I’ll be using the excruciatingly slow drop-in center computers. Not a bad place though, has a kitchen – gotta go cook some ground beef and boil a carton of eggs soon nom nom.

    1. P.S. in addition, some hopes are dashed! I can’t renew my library card to get two hours a day instead of one because I had a couple books borrowed out before at a previous campsite here, got arrested, and they got wrecked by rain. They want me to pay for the books before I can renew my card. I don’t think so… don’t have that kind of $ … maybe I can steal them from another library. Joking, of course. ; )
      And the campgrounds changed their recycling bins. They have locks on them now. I could probabkly break them open easy enough but then if I’m seen scavenging from them they’re sure to suspect me. I’m considering my options. There’s still unlocked dumpsters that I used to go through, tearing open lots of garbage bags and picking out the empties, so maybe I’ll still do that (got one can = 10 cents yesterday, woohoo), but the recycling bins were the real gold mine. They seem to be a push-button-and-turn-with-special-key so maybe I can use my pliers without damaging them. I really don’t care; I just don’t want to get in trouble.