Weekly Link Love — Edition 101

Research of the Week

Statins result in a “surprisingly small average gain in overall survival” and may not be worth it for people who experience side effects.

What attracts readers to an article’s title.

Stretching your hamstrings before squatting increases biceps femoris thickness without impairing performance.

Why young people are having less sex.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 449: Alisa Vitti: Host Elle Russ welcomes Alisa Vitti, who helps women use their unique hormonal and neurochemical codes to create incredible lives.

Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 78: Laura and Erin chat with Diana Rodgers.

Media, Schmedia

There’s nothing counterintuitive about it.

Sparkling water can be high in PFAS residues. Topo Chico is the worst offender.

Interesting Blog Posts

100 miles, 5 days, no food.

Social Notes

Amazing to see.

A different kind of coffee break.

Everything Else

Polynesian weaponry.

Subway bread has too much sugar to be called bread and Subway chicken has too much soy to be considered chicken.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Thanks, guys: The major genetic risk factor for COVID-19 was a gift from Neanderthals.

Great title: Carseats as contraception.

Good piece (and Kravitz looks great): Lenny Kravitz’s guide to immortality.

Could have been worse: Especially when it includes Whole Foods workers.

Big if true: Compact nuclear fusion reactors by 2025.

Question I’m Asking

What’s your favorite productivity “hack”?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sep 26 – Oct 1)

Comment of the Week

“My wife and I just lost our home in the Southern Oregon, Almeda fire on Sept. 8th. I had less than 3 minutes to get out and had some sweats on and a t-shirt. Made it to my wifes office where we slept on the floor for 3 nights. The Red Cross is an awesome organization and the generosity of the people who live here are tremendous. We are pretty stable and getting a bit better everyday. So many more people lost everything and had no insurance. We’ll get through this and time will heal.
I started back with my Essential Primal Movements this week and hope to start back sprinting this weekend. My food intake has been low, but high quality. The stress was incredible, but I believe I weathered the worse of it due to being Primal.
All the best to this community and hold your loved ones close. I hope to join back in with the banter when things settle for us.”

-Sorry to hear, Nocona. All the best.

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. Not sure if it’s truly a hack… but when I want to gain some deeper insight into the nuanced world of living a life informed by science, I just wait for Mark to write about it.

    Often, it’s a long wait (so not the most productive hack) – but my procrastination has proven its primacy, every time.

    1. I too am a fan of procrastination. As a kid, the movie Jaws 3 taught me two important things, first is that sharks are vengeful faster than jets, and the quote, “Don’t do today what you can put off until tomorrow, for you may find a better way.” That second item has benefited over my many years.

  2. I don’t have a productivity hack. If something needs to be done, I usually just do it. OTOH, my favorite procrastination hack is, “If it won’t matter a hundred years from now, then it probably doesn’t matter now either.” Almost anything can fall into that category.

  3. Chocolate… its not very often I will work at night, but, if I have a deadline or assessment due, I will have a couple of squares

  4. My productivity trick is a piece of Pyrite by my laptop and I ask Archangel Gabriel to enhance & support my communication skills. Metaphysical motivation!!

  5. I have never used mineral water with my wine but I am going to try it…I love sipping on a glass of wine in the evening but often find that 5oz turns into 10oz …with the added water I think I will be be able to cut back but still enjoy! Thanks for the tip…where can I buy the Dry Farm Wine you spoke of?

    1. They have a Website and you can order it. They only ship within the United States though.

  6. Your method of drinking wine is something the southern Germans are also very aware of … called a Schawle (sp?)…it is how I have drunk wine for years….

  7. I wish we could order from Dry Farm Wine in Canada! You are so lucky!! Enjoy your Sunday!

  8. Every evening my wife and I drink Pellegrino and bitters and lemon juice. Very refreshing , good for digestion and full of minerals. We gave up all wine and liquor 16 months ago and don’t miss it. We now sleep like babies!

  9. Interesting article. I have never tried that ration 2 : 1 ratio mixing mineral water with the wine. However I am interesting in hearing about the dry farm wines. Can you give us some places to check out. Would like to look into it and possible order some. I love California wines and all for supporting small businesses. This is the year I’ve taking better care of myself in eating healthier and would like to try the mineral wine spirit you suggested. Thanks for Interesting article. Enjoyed reading it

  10. Concerning you post on your beverages, I noticed two no-nos. The first was adding sugar to a beverage. Sucrose is toxic at any dose and you should know that. The same is true for alcohol which is also toxic at any dose. There are no proven health benefits for wine or alcohol so promoting it by a “health expert” is inappropriate in my humble opinion as an experienced physician.

    1. Mark has explained his teaspoon of sugar in his coffee in the past. I believe he said it’s just enough to cut the bitterness, but not enough to produce a significant insulin spike, if I’m remembering correctly. I personally think coffee tastes best in its natural bitter state now, though I used to add tablespoons of sugar to it. I was an addict. I agree with you about alcohol and wish more people agreed. I’ve never drunk the stuff and I never will.

    2. A few no no’s makes an enjoyable life! A bit over the top to call out someone for a teaspoon of sugar and a couple of ounces of wine. By all accounts Mark lives an extremely healthy lifestyle which gratefully includes a bit of sweetness and joy. How dreary to be picking apart a couple of tweaks that make life more enjoyable and livable especially in these challenging times. The world is full of scolds and those finding fault, it must be hard to be so perfect.

      1. Sure, you can dilute toxic alcohol and drink it, just like you can put a filter on a toxic cigarette and smoke it. You are obviously being very careful…

      2. Sorry, but I don’t think alcohol = joy. That sounds kind of silly/sad at the same time. Though I’m not calling Mark out in anyway. Lots of people are health gurus and still consume alcohol. I’ll never get it myself because I’m an abstainer with family history of drug and alcohol addiction, and continue to struggle with non-drug addictions of my own. Some people just aren’t addictive personality types, and some are. To each his own.

  11. A little wine and a little more water: win/win.
    Once again, the magic of micro-dosing! Thanks Mark

  12. I’ve tried mineral water with wine, but rarely, and never thought of it as a creative pick-me-up. Great tip!
    I’ve done it around a period of relative abstinence, which I have done frequently in my life. Every year or so take a month or two off. I often take December off, or mostly off, as the holiday season can get out of balance quickly. I have watered down my wine at holiday dinners, so that I could participate in the celebration without eating and drinking more than I want to. But, not on a regular basis, which I will try after reading this.
    I did subscribe to Dry Farm Wines for a year. Though I really did enjoy them, I found that my friends and family didn’t. My wife thought they were pricey for what you get. I’m into Bordeaux reds, almost exclusively, and there are an increasing number of biodynamic Bordeaux options. And, even those who aren’t going biodynamic or organic are no longer using glyphosate, which will never happen in California at any scale. Some of the cheaper Bordeaux isn’t that memorable, but diluted with mineral water, it probably doesn’t matter so much.

  13. Mark
    Please do a commentary on the recent report that intermittent fasting results in muscle loss. It was all over the media last week.

      1. Take a look at the study. It was so poorly designed, and in my opinion, doesn’t have much relevance–they didn’t control for the quality of the diet AT ALL.

  14. Hi Mark, If you are drinking so little wine with your mineral water, does the wine lose its quality after being opened? Are you throwing away wine? The Dry Wine looks amazing but wondering how long it lasts after being corked. Thank you

  15. I drink wine with mineral water too, thought I was the only one.
    What source do you use for your dry farm wines?

  16. Mark, I thought you’d put in a plug for Dry Farm Wine! My husband,Mike & I absolutely love their reds. This evening I think I’ll pop some electrolyte drops in it! ?
    Also, I enjoy your Sunday blogs.

  17. Mark, I’m a fan of yours, but I tried the Dry Farm wine, and it was so bad that I would rather never drink wine than drink that. Maybe diluted with water it’s better.

  18. I have not been able to drink red wine for many years…I would get headaches and leg cramps in the night. I drink lots of carbonated water, I use my own artesian well water and a SodaStream. I got tired of adding ginger tea or lemon/lime for flavour all the time. I have been adding about 2oz. Of organic French Red wine (from S. France which I can buy in Canada) to about 4 oz. of sparkling water and enjoy that occasionally with dinner with no side effects. Although, I make certain to take 400 mg of magnesium bisglicinate before bed as I do every night.

  19. I LOVE this idea of sparkling mineral water and wine! I am about to order dry farms now! Yummy!

  20. Flying Embers Hard Kombucha is my new favorite relatively clean adult beverage that stimulates a bit creativity.

    USDA Organic • Live Probiotic • 0 Sugar • 0 Carbs • Keto Friendly • Gluten-Free • Vegan • and Brewed with an Adaptogen Root Blend.

    Pineapple Chili and Ginger are my favorites.

  21. We love to mix our wine with sparkling water! It can turn a blah wine into a great and refreshing drink. Especially nice in hot weather.

  22. Thanks for the wine and water (sparkling) tip. I will use in the hopes of a creativity boost.

  23. My hack is this: I pick 1, 2 or three chores I want to work on and I pick one or two feel-good things then I set my timer for 15 to 20 minute intervals. I work on a chore until the timer goes off then I reset the timer and work on one of my feel-goods and I go back-and-forth. It’s amazing how much work I can get done in 15 minute increments.

  24. Hello. Do you have a particular Dry Farm Wine brand that you enjoy? I’d like to try one. Thank you.

  25. Great tip about the wine – I’ve been drinking it this way for quite a while but sadly don’t have access to the Dry Farm wines you mention and not happy about the preservatives most Australian wines have. European wines are my go to as they are lighter. Blue zone people in Greece drink the half-half mix. On another note, I’ve been taking collagen before bed since you mentioned it, and can absolutely endorse the positive effect on sleep. Thank you!

  26. Greetings Mark, I’m a Cabernet Sauvignon drinker myself, but I’d be willing to give your mix a try. My question is, where would I find mineral water? Would it be in the section of the store with the club soda and tonic water, or is it on the aisle with regular bottled water? I also have a Soda Stream and it might be fun to try it with carbonated water. I guess that would be considered sparkling water.

  27. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, especially in the summer months (I live in Canada) People usually look at me sideways when I mix wine with mineral water so I’m glad to hear I’m not alone on this one. I find the same affect in the evening.

  28. A reminder of the classic strong man combination of barbell squats with ‘stiff-legged’ deadlifts. The latter are a tremendous stretcher and activator of the hamstrings…if done properly.

  29. I’ve been drinking my red wines with sparkling mineral water for years now. It’s very refreshing in hot weather and it’s a good way for me to still drink some wine as I get older and straight wine affects me quicker and not in a pleasant way.

  30. I love wine and ancient history. Thanks for the historical and source tips.

  31. RE: What Marks eats each day post: Apparently recent study showed restricted feeding window resulted in muscle loss:


  32. Yeah we do it all the time here in Romania, it s called Spritz. However it’s usually with White Wines, usually on the semi sweet variety, but you could go dry(sec). A nice Feteasca Regala or a Zghihara

  33. It’s so refreshing to mix my San Pellegrino with a mix of Chilean wine . Great hack Mark and actually does spark creativity . Thanks a bunch !