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January 04 2019

Weekly Link Love—Edition 10

By Mark Sisson
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***Folks, don’t forget to sign up for the free Keto Reset Kickoff. Sign-up closes at midnight PST this Sunday night (1/6). Check out the announcement post earlier today for more info. 

Research of the Week

An egg a day keeps type 2 diabetes at bay.

Degree of time discounting predicts relative wealth.

Slower life histories predict higher ejaculate quality.

Drug testing at festivals saves lives.

Interesting theory of cancer.

Heavy drinking and long-term weight loss don’t go together.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 302: Evan Brand: Host Elle Russ chats with functional medicine practitioner Evan Brand about autoimmune disorders.

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.

Media, Schmedia

Washington (former) residents can now become compost.

Would you use Woebot as a therapist?

Interesting Blog Posts

How does evolution account for an organism’s gut bacteria?

The effect of stress on mother’s milk.

Social Notes

Foods the Internet was most obsessed with in 2018.

Everything Else

Ten amazing feats humans pulled off in 2018.

“…any cell can be a stem cell.”

Microbes may fight childhood leukemia.

There are lots of Chinese patients walking around having undergone CRISPR gene therapies, but they’re not being tracked very well.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Article I enjoyed: Miki Ben-Dor cooks the cooking hypothesis.

Why am I not surprised: Cancer researchers have been growing their cancers in “unrealistic” liquids for decades.

Again, not surprised: As meat intake declines, hospitalizations for anemia spike.

Hubris I could cut with a knife: “Together with 30 scientists we are going to tell the world what they should be eating by 2050.”

This would have been the perfect Christmas gift: A Buffet of Buffets pass.

Question I’m Asking

What do you think of Chipotle’s new keto, paleo, and Whole30 bowls?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 30 – Jan 5)

Comment of the Week

“Was hoping gelatin was involved in the development of a decellularized extracellular matrix–based biomaterial scaffold for the purpose of foreskin reconstruction in circumcised males.”

– That’s our next big collagen product, Paleo Bon Rurgundy. Excited to finally offer it to our loyal members.

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  1. Well, not Chipotle, but I did get an email from Red Lobster today touting their Keto, Whole 30 and Medit. options.

    Smart marketing, a little late.

  2. Best cancer theory EVER. Exclamation point in the title got me intrigued, but they had me with the ribbons in fig. 4. You just can’t falsify that sh*t.

    This is peak PubMed.

    1. You’re a better person than me if you could make sense of the Yin / Yan, dark matter, vaccinations are bad assertions embedded in scientific terminology I didn’t have enough motivation to try to decode. 🙂

      1. HH, if you couldn’t make heads or tails of it, that’s because you’re smart. The paper is a charade, of one sort or another. At first I thought it was a well played gag- because yes, writing sham research papers (often clever nonsense ones) to ‘blow the lid off’ shoddy academic publishing standards is a thing now. But I just googled the author, and it appears the paper is genuine crackpottery. Either way, the schematic diagrams in the figures are a riotous parody- self or otherwise 🙂

        My guess is Mark was hip to joke.

        1. Ha ha … very kind of you DBW … obviously I’m not that smart if I couldn’t glean the obvious sarcasm.

        2. Agreed, had to check to make sure I wasn’t reading an article in the Onion.

      2. Well, I don’t know about the rest of that stuff, but I might tend to agree with pathogen-specific vaccinations weakening instead of strengthening the immune system. I never get a flu shot and haven’t had the flu in over 30 years. To each his own, but I’ve always felt that the herd immunity theory is flawed.

  3. It is pure genius on Chipotles part, it is a way healthier option for a lot of people, it may get more folks to open up their eyes to healthier way of eating, and they likely will make even more money.

    For the most part sounds like everyone wins.

  4. It’s hard to call these a “new” product offering from Chipotle. You can have them add or remove any ingredients you want, and people have been ordering identical bowls for years.

    That said, the biggest criticism I have of the new bowls is their lack of calories, at around 500. They took out the beans and rice, and replaced them with a tiny scoop of guac. It’s especially worse when you consider Paleo and Keto folks aren’t ordering chips or sodas, and thus are consuming only the salad bowl. I choose to flex some 80/20 magic here, add in black beans, sour cream, and cheese in addition to Guac, which makes a bowl/salad that is closer to a full meal.

  5. Hi Mark and all,

    This is a random question, but I don’t know if comments on old posts get seen?

    I am wondering about choline. I like both the brain-boosting effects AND the liver protecting effects. I know Choline Bitartrate does the latter and Alpha-GPC does the former. I know Choline Bitartrate doesn’t really have brain-boosting effects. But does Alpha-GPC also help protect against fatty liver disease?

  6. I am happy to hear of Chipotle’s new bowls! This sounds like the beginning of a good trend!

  7. Hi Mark, well I was very interested in the first link in your research section, believing this would support the inclusion of eggs in a healthy diet. However, I was really taken aback to find it linked to a Daily Mail newspaper report, which itself linked to the following Pubmed study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2628696/
    which actually makes the opposite case, ie that ” high levels of egg consumption (daily) are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women”. Also that “dietary advice to reduce egg consumption may target individuals who consume one or more eggs per day if these findings are confirmed in other studies.” In other words, they appear to be saying that 1 egg per day is the absolute maximum before you increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.

    I am currently consuming up to 5 eggs per day (to support 3 days/ week resistance training). Am I massively upping my type 2 diabetes risk, and if so, what is the mechanism at play here? Would love to see you digging in to this one a bit (as I’m sure would the other eggophiles out there!)

  8. I always get a kids meal with double meat from chipotle and put it on my own greens. WAY cheaper and the meat is the only thing in their salads that is hard to prepare.

  9. Hi Mark, well I was very interested in the first link in your research section, believing this would support the inclusion of eggs in a healthy diet. However, I was really taken aback to find it linked to a Daily Mail newspaper report, which itself linked to the following Pubmed study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2628696/
    which actually makes the opposite case, ie that ” high levels of egg consumption (daily) are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women”. Also that “dietary advice to reduce egg consumption may target individuals who consume one or more eggs per day if these findings are confirmed in other studies.” In other words, they appear to be saying that 1 egg per day is the absolute maximum before you increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.

    I am currently consuming up to 5 eggs per day (to support 3 days/ week resistance training). Am I massively upping my type 2 diabetes risk, and if so, what is the mechanism at play here? Would love to see you digging in to this one a bit (as I’m sure would the other eggophiles out there!)

  10. Regarding the Denmark study, is there a fault in that the time discounting involved monetsry payments? Would not the most well-off have been more willing to delay payment based on their already better financial status? That’s one reason it’s harder for those in poverty to get out; they are often more likely to have to make sub-optimal financial choices because they are living closet to the margins.

  11. If Chipotle can get folks to eat and think about eating less processed food with these “new” offerings, I’m all for it! I might even eat there again once in a while.

  12. Compost is what I was hoping to become eventually. I wonder if it’s possible to write something like the following into a will for free:
    Harvest anything that can help people, give the rest to science, and what they don’t use can turn into compost. I haven’t decided what would be the best thing to use it for.