Weekend Link Love — Edition 513

Research of the Week

Swapping out carbs for nuts does wonders.

Doctors don’t listen to and often interrupt their patients.

Young kids innately malign free riders.

Self-esteem peaks at age 60 and doesn’t decline until age 70.

The “obesity paradox” is explained by low-lean mass, not low-fat mass. “Extra” muscle is healthy, extra body fat is still bad for you.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 263: Tania Teschke: The Liver Show!: Host Brad Kearns chats with Tania Teschke about eating the most nutrient-dense diet possible.

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

Do testosterone-boosters work?

What would happen if we replaced Earth with the same volume of intact blueberries?

Media, Schmedia

The shark was probably deficient in palmitoleic acid.

Pregnancy changes women’s brains, and no one’s warning them.

Undeclared soy.”

Everything Else

Early hominids were in China at least 2.1 million years ago.

Bias is shortchanging the impact of NIH funding.

The march (crawl?) of the designer baby draws nearer.

“Richter said it is unlikely the bread…was consumed as a staple…”. Hey, bread had to start somewhere.

“Many Tzotzil believe carbonated soda has the power to heal the sick. Mikaela Ruiz, 41, a local resident, recalls how soda helped cure her infant daughter, who was weak from vomiting and diarrhea. The ceremony was performed by her diabetic mother, a traditional healer who has performed the soda ceremonies for more than 40 years.”

Good overview of the current unifying theories of psychedelics.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Giveaway you should try to grab: Three lucky people will each get a signed copy of Cristina Curp’s new cookbook, Made Whole, (Enter Here) as well as our entire lineup of Avocado Oils, Dressings, Condiments, and Marinades (unsigned).

Podcast you should listen to: My friend and writing partner Brad Kearns appeared on The Ripple Effect. Brad’s a real looker, so check out the video as well.

Opinion with which I agree: Pills are not the answer.

I’d drop the “may have”: “The introduction of refined carbohydrates in the Alaskan Inland Inuit diet may have led to an increase in dental caries, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.”

I endorse her training tactic: First Saudi woman to climb Everest trained by “walking around with a backpack full of sand.”

I’m saddened but not surprised: The potential DNA damage from CRISPR has been “seriously underestimated.”

I thought this was cool: Jennifer Garner drinks Collagen Fuel smoothies.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 15– Jul 21)

Comment of the Week

“‘Had I a set of breasts from which an infant would be suckling.’
Even so under the shackles of Hypocaloricostopheles, though shalt’nt fasten thy womb lest you risk a pregnant void.

C’mon, Mark.”

– Keep the verse going, Stefan.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Oh, wow, thank you for sharing blueberry earth! It sounds a lot like Venus except that Venus presumably doesn’t taste good.

  2. The new orange and green on the opening page of the website is crazy. It burns my retinas!

    1. Colleen, we’re doing some updates that have created a bit of havoc in the design. It’s temporary and should be resolved very soon.

  3. Oh no! I only have 5 days of self esteem left – I’ll be 70 on July 27th.
    Let me tell you that when you are fit and well self esteem grows whatever your age.

    1. Jean, I’m not there yet but within range, and I fully expect to be thinking the same by the time I arrive. Grok on! – M

  4. On the nuts vs. carbs study, I want to say ‘follow the money’ since it was funded by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation. Then again, it was also funded by the Peanut Institute, so I don’t know what to think…

  5. I’d love to enter the drawing for Made Whole but I can’t.

    I can’t “like”, [email protected]” or “tag”. I don’t have an Instagram account, or Twitter, or Facebook (have I omitted anything? I don’t have that either) and I have no intention of opening any of these.

    And I make it a point never to “log in” to informational websites. I log in to my bank, the gas company, etc because of privacy issues, but that’s it.

    I have access to the internet on my computer and I have email.

    Can you find a way to make it possible for us Luddites to participate in the perks of your otherwise fine website?

    Regards, Eleanor

          1. Social media methods of communication.

            I forgot to mention my equipment would allow me to text, but, even though I have a son living nearby, I refuse to let him teach me.

  6. As Faust was discontent of words’ empty reeds and thirsted direct knowledge, likewise all Faustina wanted was zero metabolism. Infinite existence, and lack of existence. A great couple, aye!

    Though I changed my mind; how ’bout Metabolistopheles?

    “Ah! Now I’ve done the sigmoidoscopy,
    All is settled; fiber bulk reigns my entrails.
    Yet no leaner than before I stand — nay, tread,
    Over insulin’s winding curves and opaque trails.
    My crawling underbelly, quenched only by bread,
    Fiddles to the tune of my fat’s scarcity swerves.
    Or a mocking allele expressed by ravaged chemistry,
    Tangled in miserable knots, escapes my bosoms:
    Falling down towards Earth by the shortest path.”

  7. The testosterone booster article is interesting. I always am curious about that so I can put on more muscle and lose more fat.

    But the ones i’ve tried have been useless. Beast Supertest did nothing as promised.

    Tongkat Ali sounded good from research, but at like $100 a bottle of tablets, and the fact that it also did nothing except give me constipation and a few pimples on my arm.

    I’m curious about ashwagandha though, i’ll have a look at it.

    I’ve also been curious how the mind can affect this, I do alot of Self Development stuff working with the subconscious, but i’ve never directed it specifically to see if it boosts testosterone. It might be an interesting experiment.

    Unfortunately in Australia doctors seem to not like it if you just go in wanting to test your testosterone levels.

  8. If Brad’s gonna do a Liver Show, perhaps it would be a good idea to send Liver King a memo… it’s called courtesy.

    And just to show you there are no hard feelings, feel free to go to White Oak Pastures online (http://www.whiteoakpastures.com), order some grass fed / grass finished liver (or the Paleo grind which has liver in it) and use discount code “liverking” at check out. I don’t have any formal affiliation with these fine folk… I just wholeheartedly love what they’ve done over there.

  9. Maybe Coke helps diarrhea because of the sugar? Sugar and salt in water is a temporary remedy. I don’t remember how much you’re supposed to use of each but the solution is supposed to be no saltier than tears.
    Didn’t even read it or mush else here (in a slight hurry) so that explains potential repetition.

  10. Thanks for another fine podcast. They deserve more props around here.

    I may start mixing some psychedelics with my liver, while walking on the blueberry earth and contemplating Saudi female mountain climbers..

  11. On the mom brain article, I remember being SO worried about what I’d look like after giving birth but in the end what I was really devastated about were my mental health changes. I don’t actually think warning me would have been helpful, I would have shut down to that kind of information. On a slightly lighter note, I used to know the common and Latin names for hundreds of trees and plants but that was erased without rebound. It is so odd. I do remember them sporadically, but I used to know it cold. I could have taught it.

    1. I know what your experience was overall, but do you think it’s always this devastating? Is this neurobiological change, on average, a net negative for the woman affected?
      I myself sure wouldn’t appreciate forgetting hundreds of Latin names.

  12. I’ve seen some research on pregnancy and brain changes before, it’s so fascinating. I wasn’t at all surprised, though, and I don’t think this would shock most people. Pregnancy changes the rest of a woman’s body, so why not her brain too? It’s just another organ. Makes perfect sense that pregnancy would cause adaptations that would make women more efficient at taking care of babies. I agree there should be a lot more research on this (more research on women in general; most pregnancy-related research only focuses on the baby’s health, while the mother stays invisible). But this doesn’t need to be sensationalised either. Just because they get some changes in the grey matter doesn’t mean they literally become different people. Presenting it that way can for sure feel scary for people, especially in our society where pregnancy and childbirth are often viewed so negatively. But there’s still a prevalent view that our brains are something fixed and don’t change after maturity except for inevitable decline in old age. Many people don’t know just how plastic the brain is, it’s shaped by our life experiences, and the most transformative experiences can leave very prominent and long-lasting changes. I bet if you compared the brains of a Buddhist monk before he begins his training and 20 years later, it would look very different. Learning a new language, learning a music instrument, taking psychedelic drugs, all of these were found to shape the brain structure and induce long-term cognitive changes.

    As for PPD, I tried to find references to it in hunter-gatherer societies but couldn’t. Hunter-gatherers don’t seem to suffer from regular depression either, so it wouldn’t surprise me if actual PPD was unheard of, even though they undoubtedly still face some of the same universal difficulties. Many people and scientists are quick to jump to hormonal explanations, but we can’t discount the role of culture. Motherhood in hunter-gatherer societies couldn’t be more different from motherhood in most countries today. People now live in isolated nuclear families, there’s no sense of community, no generational ties. Family is no longer the central unit society revolves around but in the periphery, and so is everything related to the most primal life experiences such as birth and death. Girls no longer witness their mothers give birth and their mothers and grandmothers no longer tell them everything they need to know, so young women are often left completely in the dark, they have very little support. The very socio-economic structure means that we completely separate “public life” (work, etc) from family life, to the point that they often become incompatible. Postpartum becomes a transformative period when a woman gets cut off the rest of society and social life, forced to spend long days disconnected from everything and everyone but her partner, who might not even have any paternity leave in which case she’s left completely alone for much of the day. I’ve never had children but I can imagine how easily I could get depressed in these conditions.

    1. That is such an abomination. I know not what to say.
      How could one even recreate generational ties & a wide community open to ancestral tenets nowadays? Physically, not digitally (Mark is everybody’s father, I get it, but…).