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August 12 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 516

By Mark Sisson
16 Comments

Research of the Week

Sugar may alter collagen synthesis in the joints, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis.

Homo erectus: “YOLO!!”

US pollution levels have dropped dramatically.

More religious parents, fewer suicidal thoughts.

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Episode 269: Haley Morris: Host Elle Russ chats with Haley Morris, a Primal Health Coach and Life Coach.

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Interesting Blog Posts

With big brains came mental illness.

Pets as anti-depressants.

A medical student questions the connection between cholesterol and heart disease. Careful!

Media, Schmedia

As if destroying circadian rhythms wasn’t enough, blue light may also be partially responsible for blindness.

There may have been problems with the Cochrane review of the HPV vaccine.

Everything Else

The speed of death.

The curious link between intelligence and longevity.

Women survive more heart attacks if their doctor is a woman.

LL-37 is an immune peptide we produce in our bodies that seems to block the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Concept I’m pondering: The idea of male stoicism as a sexual strategy.

Study that isn’t quite what it seems: Keto makes the liver more insulin resistant.

What I’m wondering: Is CRISPR working, or is it not?

Announcement I’m pleased to, well, announce: Primal Kitchen® keto-friendly protein bars are coming very soon.

I always love a happy ending: From vegan to successful peddler of sustainable meat bars.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 5 – Aug 11)

Comment of the Week

“I cantankerously disagree with you Mark… curls may be performed in the squat rack under ANY the following conditions…

1. the user is using chain weight as accommodating resistance (this looks really cool)
2. it’s a whole body ballistic movement
3. squats are indeed being performed while curling, and…
4. farmed salmon and skim milk make up your brotein shake

This is an exhaustive list, so don’t even try.”

– I won’t, Liver King.

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  1. Gotta disagree. How could they be extinct? I know a lot of Homo Erectus still around today…

  2. Lot’s of interesting links as always. Alzheimer’s research is so important, our health care system may collapse under the weight of the cost and resources required to address this malady. No silver bullets yet or guarantees BUT if everyone would 1. sleep well 2. control stress 3. exercise 4. eat an ancestral diet 5. have strong family ties and / or friendships … I suspect the number of cases would drop dramatically (along with all kinds of other afflictions). I know … I’m preachin’ to the choir.

  3. What I find strange in the vaccine debate is that pro-vaxxers don’t seem to react when evidence of shoddy studies is found. Surely they ought to be upset when a company creates the false impression that there is something to hide with regard to vaccines by using rubbish studies? Why, it’s pure defamation…

    1. Yes, somehow anything that questions the efficacy or safety of vaccines is immediately suspect or simply ignored, even among folks who routine question the safety of other pharmaceuticals.
      It seems like there must be something between 100% believing in the safety of every single vaccine and being “anti vaxx.”

      1. “It seems like there must be something between 100% believing in the safety of every single vaccine and being “anti vaxx.”

        There definitely must. Things are rarely ever black and white, and I think especially us Paleo folks (at least in this community) often find ourselves hovering between conventional medicine and, what should I call it, pure alternative/naturalistic approach (you know, the “essential oils cure cancer” or homeopathy type).

        Though personally I’ve always been staunchly in favour of vaccines. To me it’s a simple deal, much simpler than many other issues. It’s a fact that vaccines were one of the most influential discoveries in the modern era that, along with antibiotics, that completely revolutionised society and people’s lives. They have objectively improved society’s health and longevity in ways that almost nothing else could match. Infectious diseases used to be the number one cause of death or disability in both children and adults. And now, thanks to vaccines and antibiotics, they’re mostly extinct. But in places with too many anti-vaxxers, those diseases are resurfacing again. To me, that’s just unacceptable – that a child should die of polio when it’s ~100% preventable. As if we don’t have a myriad other health issues to deal with, adding something like that to the mix when it’s totally avoidable is beyond stupidity.

        Does that mean vaccines are 100% safe for everyone? No, I don’t think so. But, if you pay attention, most doctors wouldn’t claim that either, it’s only edgy “skeptics” that do. It’s simply that for the whole population in general, the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the potential risks, and I couldn’t agree more. Let’s say it’s true that vaccines increase the risk of autism (from what I’ve seen, it’s been completely debunked – but let’s suppose it isn’t). How many people today have autism versus how many people used to die or be disabled from infectious disease? It’s not even close. Personally I’m more concerned about their possible contribution to chronic inflammation and autoimmune disease. But I’m fairly sure that effect would be much lower on the list than dietary and lifestyle causes, and, as this community keeps showing, those health issues can often be solved naturally.

        I think personalised medicine is the answer. I can believe that certain people are more susceptible to certain risks from vaccines than others. Maybe we don’t need certain vaccines (personally I don’t see the point of flu vaccines, my mother is a GP and she never gave it to me when I was a child). Maybe there are diseases which are now literally extinct, not just dormant. The current vaccine protocols could certainly use some tweaking.

        But, for now, I still think (some) vaccines should be mandatory for everybody, unless certain individuals are proven to be negatively affected by them. Most anti-vaxxers don’t seem to be merely skeptical, they’re outright against all vaccines as a whole and their reasoning is very weak, mostly based on that one autism study that was so thoroughly shred to pieces the doctor who published it lost his license and himself admitted to fraud. Now, I do have some sympathy for conspiracy theorists… We know there’s a ton of bias and dishonesty in health institutions. But the overall positive effects of vaccines are very visible and beyond debate at this point. What we need is just to keep researching and personalising them.

      1. The data on the decline in mortality from before vaccines were introduced were astonishing. I’m rather starting to wonder if outbreaks of measles and such have more reasons than attitudes to vaccinations. At least in Europe, measles outbreaks often occur in anthroposophical contexts, and many of these people also follow Steiner’s crazy ideas on homeopathy, vegetarianism and the magical healing properties of whole grains. They also believe it is important for a child’s spiritual development to have the common childhood diseases, so may feel disinclined to ease the process by giving appropriate medical care, which could artificially drive up mortality rates in people who have caught the disease.

    2. I can tell you for a fact that some pro-vaxxers find such reports to be disturbing and concerning.. Believe it or not, we want to know if the things we are allowing doctors to inject into our children’s bodies is safe or not.

      And yes, “creating the false impression there is something to hide” is infuriating. If the impression is indeed false, it leads to insecurity about the safety of vaccines. If the impression is true, that is far more concerning.

      And, whether ithey involve vaccines or not, junk science and shoddy studies in general, irritate me. I don’t like them.

      1. I am not surprised to find that such people exist. I was referring to the kind of people who agitate for vaccinations in public. Their hyperbolic statements, like “all vaccines work all the time”, and refusal to discuss dishonest studies are likely to cast doubt even on useful vaccines whenever proof to the contrary appears (such as the pandemrix narcolepsy scandal). It’s safe to say that this noisy bunch is a public health menace. That is not to say that random people on the street who are positive to vaccinations are one.

        1. Those folks annoy me too. I don’t much care for fanatics. Apparently the US Army usedsoe of thatbatch of pandemrix flu vaccine. I’ve got a friend who was medically discharged from the Army, with full disability, because he developed narcolepsy with cataplexy from that vaccine. When an episode hits him, he just collapses, no matter what he’s doing. A mutual friend witnessed an episode. Rather freaked him out to see our friend walking along on esecond, and collapsed on the ground the next.

  4. “More religious parents, fewer suicidal thoughts.”

    Um, unless you’re LGBT.

    1. Depends on the religion and the devoutness of the parents. My husband describes himself as a “good” catholic, because he doesn’t take it too seriously. A fact our bisexual daughter is grateful for. Me, I’m a “religious agnostic” which means that I believe in a higher power, but haven’t found a religion that I like. When my daughter came out to me, my response was “oh, okay.” When she confessed she’d had an irrational fear that she might be kicked out, I was confused and replied “Have you met me? Why on earth would you think that?” But irrational fears are called irrational for a reason .

  5. Interesting that all of the click bait headlines in regards to the HF/Keto feeding study neglect to include the author’s hypothesis “These data suggest that the early effects of HFD consumption on EGP may be part of a normal physiological response to increased lipid intake and oxidation, and that systemic insulin resistance results from the addition of dietary glucose to EGP-derived glucose”.