Weekly Link Love — Edition 104

Research of the Week

How did the lockdowns work?

Scientists discover a new gland.

Hominids in a region of Kenya used the same basic stone-age axes and other tools without changing them for around 700,000 years.

Beet juice improves exercise tolerance.

Beet juice improves hemoglobin concentration.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 452: Eric Perner: Host Elle Russ welcomes sustainable rancher Eric Perner.

Episode 453: Dr. Phil Maffetone and Dr. Ron Sinha: Host Brad Kearns welcomes a true power duo onto the podcast to talk burning fat.

Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 81: Laura and Erin chat with Amanda Goldman-Petri about chasing best practices, not trends.

Media, Schmedia

Newer homes and furniture are more flammable.

Cats in prisons.

Interesting Blog Posts

Our parents often sacrifice themselves for us. What are you going to do with the gift?

Could cold water trigger shrinkages in dementia rates?

Social Notes

Do this.

Everything Else

The man with amnesia who filled in his memory gaps with outside sources.

Training like an animal works.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Of course it is: UVB appears protective against COVID-19.

Proven once again: There’s no free lunch.

News I’m happy to see: Hospitalized COVID-19 patients have much better survival rates now.

Funny how that works: In animals, a drug that slows glucose absorption and lowers insulin slows down cancer progression.

Question I’m Asking

What are memories?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 16 – Oct 22)

Comment of the Week

“Mark, you always offer a balanced and thoughtful opinion and I appreciated your summation here today. It’s why I’ll continue to follow you! I’ve been eating a carnivore diet for 8 months now and have CURED Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, IBS, and depression. My cholesterol is through the roof, but I’m not alarmed. At 65, I’m experiencing the kind of optimal health I dreamed of in my 20s and 30s.”

-Great to hear it, Vicki!

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. To add to the story about new furniture and fire, there is a documentary called ‘Toxic Hot-seat’ which looks at the effects of chemically treated furniture and the spike in cancers in fire-fighters. Very eye-opening.

  2. “Could cold water trigger shrinkages” was 100% intentional, and I love it.

    1. George Costanza knows the perils of cold water shrinkage all too well.

  3. For cooking on fire, check out Chef’s Table on Netflix, 4 awesome episodes and totally Primal. I was drooling when they rolled out the brisket done on coals.

    Being outdoors, social distance cooking on fire and Primal eating, great timing for this!

    1. Primal grill (not dietary primal, it is with Steve Raichin) did a couple of episodes with cooking over fire. Item I recall the most was using a steel shovel to sear salmon filets.

  4. “What are memories?”

    Dark City is an underrated sci-fi movie that really makes great food for thought on this topic!
    If your memories are taken, is anything left, or does an underlying soul define your character despite them?

  5. Memories are lies. Comforting lies, sometimes, and not without value – but ultimately a distraction from what really matters – our dreams.

  6. Oh cool we have a natural fix identified for slowing dementia involves being outdoors and exposure for short frequent periods to cold. Now let’s replicate that into a drug. First article on lockdown is embarrassing poor things must be desperate to publish.

  7. I usually go outside and hang around the riverside for 5 hours . Results ? Greatly reduced appetite from UV skin exposure , nice skin tone , clearer whiter eyes , calm disposition and falling asleep earlier probably from reduced cortisol levels . Great advice Mark .

  8. Go outside for the day is like medicine. Resonated completely! A good reminder for us all. 🙂

  9. It’s horrendously cold, windy and rainy where I am today – the half hour trip to the supermarket has left me drenched, miserable and the wind has given me a wicked headache. 5+ hours outside is just not possible everywhere I’m afraid ? much happier now I’m back under a blanket with a hot choccie and Netflix – will try again tomorrow ?

  10. I spend as much time outdoors as I can. (3-6hours, weather permitting) It certainly beats vegetating in front of a TV or computer screen. At 63, I have better tan than most kids today. It’s a shame that parents don’t seem to encourage kids to play outdoors anymore.
    All the best, Mark!???

    1. I have two young girls (8 and 6) who spend a great amount of time outdoors. It’s often hard for me to pull them inside for school, etc. You’d be shocked at the amount of comments I get from neighbors of all ages–mostly positive, but every so often I get the cautionary “advice” about the dangers of letting them play outside without masks. I always respond. with as big of a smile as I can muster, that I cannot think of a safer place for them to be.

  11. I will be out there this afternoon…but here in PA it will likely be raining, lol! However, I’m a horsewoman who pasture boards her horses and goes to the stable daily to take care of them. I’ve had to do it in the evening lately, but am looking forward to getting back to my morning visits this week. It really does make all the difference in my outlook and energy level for the day! Great advice… I highly encourage everyone to try it!!!

  12. We had a fire going in the firepit just this am… 45 degrees outside with windchill of 38. Just perfect weather for coffee by the fire. Some ? ? raking today will have us outside for awhile! Good advice Mark.

  13. Being outside and enjoying nature is exactly how I will be “Sundaying”. It’s the best!

  14. I love the idea of being outside and I’ll still do my 5-mile hike today, but it’s also currently 25 degrees (Fahrenheit) here in Boise. One of the few downsides to living in a northwest paradise.

  15. Nice idea — only we will be shoveling snow and hoping that this first big snowfall of the season will help stop the wildfires rampaging through Colorado. I won’t be shoveling snow for six hours in 20 degree weather. And the smoke from the wildfires still makes it tough to be outside. Sadly, not everyone has the luxury of warm and sunny weather every weekend.
    Anyone who wishes to can share our weather by watching the Bronco game on tv this Sunday afternoon!

  16. I absolutely need a couple of hours outdoors a day. When my son was an infant I noticed he was calmer outside as well. Glad I am retired so I can do this.

  17. Have to comment on the get outside mission! It’s 7 degrees here right now & our high today is 14. Yes, that’s farenheit! We have at least 6 inches of snow & more forecasted for today. So, yes, I will get outside…to shovel. But I don’t know about 7 hours?

  18. Please do not use bad weather as an excuse not to go outside. We are not made of sugar. On the contrary I love being out when it is not perfect. No one else is outside. It is good to be uncomfortable facing mother natures elements. It is a great challenge for your mind and body to walk through rain or cold weather. You will quickly forget about your daily troubles as you push yourself through the opposing weather. You’ll come home invigorated and fall asleep quickly at night.

  19. Well going outdoors is no good today where I am in central Utah, we’re forecast to have rain and snow today with a high of 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

    But on Wednesday when it warms up some we’ll spend the day in Arches National Park!

  20. Getting outside all day sounds great except our high today is forecasted at 12 with a wind chill of 0 and it’s snowing. Any ideas for when someone lives in Wyoming with 9 months of winter?

  21. I live in Denver Colorado. I am looking out the window right now And it is snowing and 15°. The high is going to be 17° and the low tonight will be 7°. Yes I will be outside several times today, bundled up with my little dog in a coat and walking around the park. I do think it will be one of the faster walks that I do. No hiking today,

  22. I live in Denver Colorado. I am looking out the window right now And it is snowing and 15°. The high is going to be 17° and the low tonight will be 7°. Yes I will be outside several times today, bundled up with my little dog in a coat and walking around the park. I do think it will be one of the faster walks that I do. No hiking today!

  23. Yesterday would’ve been a great day to do this! Today, not so much. We are supposed to get 5-10″ of snow and the current temperature is 12F with a windchill of -2F. Maybe next week.

  24. A high of 24 degrees here in beautiful northern MN today. Side roads for walking are icy due to snow recently. Plan to get outside, but not for 7 hours. Beautiful looking outside…if it was December ? But…as a positive, we listened/and watched eagles soaring by our lakeside window this morning, while drinking Bulletproof’ coffee and eating scrambled eggs with leftover meat and veggies!?

  25. I start every day outside. It’s how I wake me up. This time of the year the cold artic air tends to wake me up real fast. I take care of critters and check on trees and just see what everything is like outside each morning. Spring and Summer I live outside but Fall and winter I tend to be out for short spurts. Age 70 My old bones doesn’t like cold any more. But I do go out for up to an hour at a time.

  26. Hot, humid, muggy, and buggy here in Florida. Early, early in the AM is the only doable time for this 65 year old. But looking forward to the cooler months ahead. Winter in Florida is perfect!

  27. I have two young girls (8 and 6) who spend a great amount of time outdoors. It’s often hard for me to pull them inside for school, etc. You’d be shocked at the amount of comments I get from neighbors of all ages–mostly positive, but every so often I get the cautionary “advice” about the dangers of letting them play outside without masks. I always respond. with as big of a smile as I can muster, that I cannot think of a safer place for them to be.

  28. Regarding your advice to get outside…I cannot agree enough! I live in the far north and we go outside everyday, no matter the weather. Even in the dead of winter. When my kids were little we went out, in appropriate gear, and we stayed outside as long as it took me to get the kids dressed. It’s a habit they maintain into adulthood and their teenage years. We all feel better for it.

  29. I would rather have my spleen removed with a butter knife than sit inside and stare at screens all day / night but, alas, that is the bane of my professional life to a great degree. I limit screen exposure to the bare minimum and spend the rest outside as much as possible. This weekend we rented a log splitter and spent the weekend splitting up and sorting firewood. Heat from wood you’ve processed yourself is the most satisfying.