Weekend Link Love – Edition 433

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Leg pressing improves balance more than squatting (though both are effective).

Creatine emerges as a novel treatment for Crohn’s disease.

Endurance training trains the brain.

Inuit cold tolerance may have come from the Denisovans.

Broccoli could head off depression.


Episode 149: Arriane Alexander: Elle Russ chats with Arriane Alexander, a “rock your life coach” and actress who helps women discover their dreams, lay the foundation necessary to realize them, and succeed on the journey to their new lives.

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“In short, avoiding the sun is as bad for you as smoking.”

Regarding a year of (almost exclusively) bodyweight training.


Grain-producing regions of the world may soon run dry. Get them some holistically-managed ruminants!

Could using genetic engineering to eliminate neurological diseases also eliminate genius?


Bats like to argue about almost everything.

Move or be stressed.

Nature makes nice.


Announcement I’d like to make: Primal Kitchen, and Primal Health Coach will all be at TheFitExpo, coming Jan 7-8 (next weekend) in Los Angeles.

Older study that I liked: A high-SFA, no-starch diet rich in fruit increased weight loss and improved blood lipids over 52 weeks.

Concept I’m pondering: Does the mind extend beyond the body?

Something non-obese perhaps shouldn’t do: Fast for two weeks.

Doctor who got it: This guy.



One year ago (Jan 1 – Jan 7)


You don’t like the Udi’s Gluten-Free crumble cakes that they call bread? :O

– Amen, zach rusk. Gluten-free bread is the best argument against bread consumption.

Happy New Year, everybody! I’m looking forward to digging into 2017 together. And FYI: our annual 21-Day Challenge begins January 9. Look for more info this week!

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. As a fair-skinned person who has avoided the (southern Canadian) sun most of her adult life and slathered on sunscreen in summer, I’m interested in information suggesting (as one of Mark’s links above does) that such practices significantly increase our risk of heart disease and cancer. There is both skin cancer (melanoma) and heart disease in my family. I take daily vitamin D (4,000 IU) … but now there are doctors out there saying we should be increasing our sun exposure and/or lying in UVB beds if we don’t live in a sunny clime. The linked article claims that conventional medicine’s warnings about the sun have been as harmful as the fear-mongering re. saturated fats. Yikes. Who/what to believe … and, more importantly, what to do?

    1. Sunshine is another classic case where CW has really been all wet.

      Stop avoiding the sun. The sun is life itself for all creatures on this planet, including human beings. Slathering on sunscreen, which is full of nasty chemicals, is a bad idea. Ditch the sunscreen and simply cover up if you’re outside and your skin is starting to turn pink. I don’t like tanning beds, but that’s my own opinion. They might work for you.

      If you can’t get enough sun because of your climate, some respected health sites (and a few naturopaths I’ve talked to) suggest 6,000 to 8,000 IU daily of vitamin D3. If you are over 60 or in poor health, 10,000 IU or even more might be necessary to achieve and maintain a good level. An MD once told me that it’s almost impossible to take too much.

      The body uses vitamin D like a car uses gas. You need to keep the tank filled or you will run out. Get a blood test at least once or twice a year to know for sure if you’re getting enough.

    2. Happy New Year! Very pale here too, and learned from a young age to avoid the sun since my grandfather and mother had skin cancer (but not melanoma). My father died of early heart disease. I spent my whole life eating low-fat in and eating lots of pastas and breads to replace evil meat. Instead of heart disease, I got cancer. Since then, I take vitamin D in the winter but I also sunbathe in the summer, because I half expected them to come out and say “it isn’t the vitamin D, its the sunshine”. Lo and behold, one of these links is a recent article saying sunlight stimulates the immune system. The others are related to your query around heart disease.


      I say continue to take Vitamin D and do some light moderate sunbathing. It probably doesn’t take much.

  2. Thank you Mark for going to bed early enough to post your wonderful Sunday column as usual.

  3. Elle’s interview with Arriane Alexander was amazing…so inspirational I am going to listen again. Also loved Mark’s interview with Christine Hassler the week before. I love that MDA is about so much more than what we eat and how we move our bodies. Of course that is important, but once you get the food and movement in place, you just want to keep getting better, and that’s what those last two podcasts were all about. So thankful for this community…Happy New Year!

  4. Interesting and thought provoking reads as always, thanks Mark.

    Was excited by the link “Does the mind extend beyond the body?” but disappointed to find it offered nothing of substance or even coherence.

  5. The “Mind beyond the body” concept is certainly a fascinating concept. Just, PLEASE, don’t go all Chopra on us 🙂

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  7. Does the mind extend the body? Yes. One way to simplify this is to consider so-called spectrum disorders. Apply thought process analogy to that of the light spectrum. People who are politically left think in red. People who are politically right, are more confined to blue. Severe autism may be considered infrared or sub spectrum whereas highly functioning Asperger’s, supra spectrum or ultra violet. Think of it as brainwaves operating at different frequencies. Anyone can think in multiple frequencies the first step is to tune out of the narrow band mass media and simply think. Warning: Avoid ultraviolet conversations with strangers or at cocktail parties. Stick to orange, yellow and green. If center spectrum is difficult, go infrared and hang with the dog.

  8. Regarding the article billed above as”Broccoli could head off depression,” the actual article refers to “depression-like behavior in mice” who are unlikely to share the heartbreak that hurts me every day and night but I trace back to the cold heart and behavior of a certain woman I still love completely irrationally, rather than any lack of metabolic effects of the broccoli I eat a lot of.