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September 24 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 470

By Mark Sisson

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Prenatal fluoride exposure (albeit higher than occurs in most municipalities whose water receives fluoride treatment) linked to lower offspring IQ.

You’re seasoning your food with plastic.

Fat dogs have fat owners.

High triglycerides and poor glucose control are responsible for most of the risk associated with being overweight or obese.

It’s not just how much total time you sit each day. It’s the length of your sitting bouts.

Whole eggs are better for vitamin D status than vitamin D3 supplements.

Patients without heart disease who took antidepressants experienced greater mortality and more heart attacks.

“Healthy” low-fat “spread” infused with plant sterols has no effect on inflammation or endothelial function in subjects with high cholesterol.

Even breastmilk has a circadian rhythm.

MUFAs, found in olive oil and avocado oil, are important for brain function.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 187: Evan Brand: Host Elle Russ chats with Evan Brand about finding the root causes of depression, fatigue, obesity, and a host of modern afflictions.

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Interesting Blog Posts

On “supergenes.”

I know what I’m giving out for Christmas.

Weeds you can eat.

Media, Schmedia

Now that’s branding.

There’s a lot to admire about Tom Brady, but there’s plenty to discard, too.

Everything Else

Not even vegetarian dinosaurs could resist meat.

Macaques hunt shellfish using tools, and they’re so good that they’re threatening shellfish populations.

Neanderthals likely lived in small, genetically-isolated bands.

If you’ve ever wondered about nootropics, this great new 30-minute documentary is a must-see.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I just appeared on: The Balanced Blonde, where I discussed Primal living, keto eating, and how I built the Primal brand.

Oldie but goody: Woman goes on gluten-free diet, her metabolic syndrome completely resolves.

Racy title aside, I found this article made good points: “The iPhone X proves the Unabomber was right.”

Concept I’m pondering: The trouble with Facebook is that it provides content without context.

I’d love to visit some of these: The 12 oldest wineries in the world.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sep 24– Sep 30)

Comment of the Week

Mark, you put ‘get yourself a little butane torch’ immediately after warning ‘you will fart.’ You had to expect our brains to put those two things together in a rather predictable and childish fashion…

– I was hoping for and expecting it, Rambler.

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  1. Regarding Facebook, I think it’s the processed-food equavalent for the realm of social interaction. Also, it’s a weird case of would be private discourse made public, yielding unfortunate consesquences somtimes.

      1. For me, the appeal of Facebook is knowing what’s going on in the lives of my numerous friends all over the globe. I agree, it’s easy to use mindlessly, but it’s also really great to spend 5 minutes before bed and read about what my friends in Australia, England, Holland, Denmark and elsewhere did today. Technology isn’t 100% evil — it’s all about how you use it.

  2. Great stuff here as always. No surprise about the whole eggs…I’ll take real food over supplements any day. So many cofactors working together, plus I just love my pastured eggs! Liked the urban foraging piece…didn’t mention purslane, but that’s an easy one to find growing wild, and an awesome source of plant based omega 3’s (as mentioned in a post earlier last week.) And lol to the dad bod bag.

  3. “single-use plastics such as water bottles”

    Am I the only one who buys a new water bottle only when the old one falls apart? 😛

    1. I use a reusable water bottle that never falls apart, so no, you’re not the only one!

  4. Yikes I only take one pharmaceutical and it’s an anti-depressant to help treat panic attacks (which nearly caused me to have a nervous breakdown). I found this statement related to the article: “The researchers reviewed studies involving hundreds of thousands of people and found that antidepressant users had a 33% higher chance of death than non-users.” That is very sobering and causing me to have a panic attack!

  5. Underrated source of MUFA: lard. People often think of it as high in saturated fat because it’s solid at room temp, but it’s about 50% MUFA, depending on what the animal ate.

  6. D3 – I would guess it would depend on if someone is trying to be optimal vs preventing deficiencies. I have a prescription for 50,000 i.u. every 2-3 weeks, and I also take some additional D3 as part of my bone health pills.

    While I love whole eggs, I can’t rely on that alone.

    There are a lot of reasons that people are deficient, and just looking at changing your diet may not get you to the place you need to be.

  7. I’d be cautious of generalizing from that study of diabetic rats to healthy humans. Humans normally synthesize vitamin D3 from cholesterol via sun exposure, but, being covered with fur, rats presumably have some other mechanism, or can get by on much less D3 than humans, even accounting for size.

    And I’m not sure how diabetes figures into this, but presumably there was some reason they were testing diabetic rats. This warrants a follow-up study in humans, and I certainly don’t have anything against eating whole eggs, but I wouldn’t just assume this generalizes to humans.

  8. As active as I try and stay, I do sit a lot because I spend a large majority of my time writing. Hopefully moving to a treadmill desk will break down some of those sedentary patterns!

    1. It would be interesting to see a study that controlled for posture while sitting. How much of the health impact of sitting is due to impaired breathing, circulation, mechanical stress etc. from slumping forward?

      Also, many otherwise active people sit for 60+ minutes while dining. Is this considered unhealthy? It seems unnatural to take movement breaks every 30 minutes during dinner. Perhaps we should just use triclinia…