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September 02 2018

Weekend Link Love — Edition 519

By Mark Sisson
20 Comments

Research of the Week

A few potential drivers of brain aging.

“People who consumed a diet emphasising fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy products and meat had the lowest risks of cardiovascular disease and early death.” This quote was so good I even left the terrible British English spelling of “emphasizing” intact.

Cave bear DNA found in modern brown bears. Also, cave bears were mostly vegetarian.

Psychiatric diseases are a potentially unavoidable byproduct of our large, complex brains.

Mushrooms are excellent prebiotics.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 275: Dr. Mona Morstein: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Mora Morstein, a naturopathic physician who specializes in integrative approaches to diabetes.

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

How will modern medicine’s promise to find cures and stop disease before it starts square with the fact that it makes all its money off wealthy, unhealthy, pill-popping patients?

Both stress and recovery are essential to a long, well-lived life.

Media, Schmedia

How to make friends.

Be careful where you source your sushi, especially if you’re over 70 with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and end-stage kidney disease.

Everything Else

Lierre Keith drops an interesting tidbit in this podcast: All the big-name vegans secretly eat salmon.

What 150 billion hours of FitBit data reveal about human health.

British and French scallop catchers try to out-mussel each other.

The FDA approves magic mushrooms for depression.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I can’t wait to find out: Last year, she barely missed the world record. This year, she’ll try again, this time on ketones. Will Vittoria Bussi break the one-hour cycling record?

Contest I’d enter if I didn’t make the stuff myself: Lara loves Primal Kitchen® Unsweetened Ketchup, in addition to a bunch of other great products. Enter to win them all.

Older concept I’m pondering: The rise of “sleep coaches” for professional athletes.

Article I’m reading: Why modern medicine is a major threat to public health.

Question I’m pondering: Should we allow performance-enhancing drugs?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 26– Sep 1)

Comment of the Week

“I use a far infra red Matt. The generic name is bio mat. It makes me sweat, it’s like a poor man’s sauna.”

– This Matt fella sounds like he has super powers. Think he’d do a guest post, Ned?

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  1. Yeah, I know infrared Matt. I meet him on my jogging days on the Einstein-Rosen bridge far out in deep space. Whenever he passes by his wavelengths surge my testosterone almost enough to offset the castrating effects of my jogging, but before I can get a word in edgewise he always redshifts right past me.

  2. As to sports doping, anyone out in the audience who’ve yet to see the film ‘Icarus’ [on Net**ix] is in for a treat.

  3. The business model of Big Pharm/Big Med is to keep us alive but sick. If they can’t keep us sick, keep us bankrupt.

    1. I think you’re giving them way too much credit. They are just maximizing profits like any other business. If you’re a drug company, you product and world view is shaped by the drug model of disease. Supplement companies are the same. Maximizing their profits informed by their market and world view. Do you think any of these people hawking natural “cures” for hypothyroidism ( that can’t work and will never work) will ever recommend hormone replacement, the only thing that does work? No, they won’t because it’s not compatible with their world view or the solution they are selling. No one calls them “big supplement” though, which would be just as far as calling the entire western medical world view as “big pharma”. It was big “pharma/big med” that saved my brother by developing the stint and opening up his “widow maker’ artery.. “Big Med” put my friends shattered ankle back together. “BigMed’ helps me not fall apart due to my thyroid gland being unable to produce enough thyroid hormone. Big Med straightened my daughter’s teeth and took out her impacted wisdom teeth. Big med saved my friends wife by taking out her erupting appendix. And Big Med has virtually wiped out all devastating childhood diseases on a global scale.

  4. Imagine, us Brits, sat in England, using the actual English spelling and not a colonial variation. The cheek 🙂

    1. Good point, well made Tiny.! I thought of commenting but being English worried about my spelling skills….

    2. What’s lost in all this is that the quote came from a scientist in Canada. I, for one, am glad that Mark is emphasisson this.

  5. Do you have a link to the study about the red meat and cheese? The article gives very few details about it. I’d like to know more–especially what the different groups were. And do you think it was a good study? All the ones saying fat and meat are bad seem to be bad studies, but I’m hoping that this one is actually a well-conducted one.

  6. how did the researchers define cannabis usage for the purposes of that brain aging study. That would be interesting to know.

  7. how did the researchers define cannabis usage for the purposes of that brain aging study? That would be interesting to know.

  8. Isn’t it more likely that disorders such as ADHD, schizophrenia and so on are caused by accelerated brain aging, and not the other way around? Is this another case of mistaking the symptom for the disease?

  9. Hmmm, Mark Sisson. Terrible British spelling of emphasising, huh? Remind me again – is it the English language or the American language that we all speak?

  10. Mark, there’s no such thing as ‘British English’. There’s English and there’s the American version of English…

    1. Good point. I like it.
      Still sounds like people’s opinions are possibly a bit excessively coloured by their favourite version of the language. (I guess you can tell what one I was raised with; I was born and always lived in Canada – however I don’t exactly consider myself a citizen of anywhere except Earth.) I’m going to assume Mark wasn’t being overly serious. I’ve always used “emphasize” as far as I can remember, didn’t know there was an alternate spelling, and I think it makes sense phonetically because that seems to be the standard pronounciation (spellcheck says “pronunciation”, what’s with that? That sounds more like a snobby British aristocrat).
      Not out to take sides on this one, just my thoughts. Except, yeah, I don’t like snobby aristocrats wherever they are from.

      1. Spellcheck does that because there’s no such word as ‘pronounciation’ 🙂