Weekly Link Love – Edition 105

Research of the Week

Ramadan fasting appears to lower cancer markers and improve metabolic health (albeit from baseline, not compared to a control group).

The genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs.

Exercising and eating better improve physical and cognitive health in Air Force airmen.

Baka hunter-gatherers of Cameroon use at least 88 plant species for food or medicine.

Among the Turkana, being born in an urban area predicts poor adult health.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 454: Ede Fox: Host Elle Russ welcomes Ede Fox to talk about the black carnivore community.

Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 82: Laura and Erin chat with Lois Weinblatt about the power of visioning.

Media, Schmedia

In one study, more than 80% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 were deficient in vitamin D.

Rural life is not a panacea.

Interesting Blog Posts

Very interesting case study of type 2 diabetes remission and cure.

The push to restore caribou herds for indigenous Canadians.

Social Notes

Tsar Nicholas II certainly didn’t skip back day.

Tell me more about this “mismatch theory.”


Everything Else

I love old studies.

“…we find evidence that marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony.”

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Of course there is: Insufficient evidence to recommend low-sodium diets.

I am surprised: Nutritionists call for USDA to lift limit on saturated fat intake.

Is anyone surprised?: CRISPR gene editing of human embryos is not without risk.

Funny how that works: Low-carb diets high in meat lower serum uric acid.

Important question: Why does strength training improve endurance performance?

Question I’m Asking

Is the tide turning on saturated fat, salt, and other related bugaboos?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 23 – Oct 29)

Comment of the Week

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

-Whatever do you mean, Nathan?

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. Mark, I’d love your take on the article that came out a couple weeks ago saying that IF lowered lean mass. From what I could tell, it wasn’t clear what the people were eating, and I’m wondering if protein was accidentally cut back by those who were eating in a restricted window. I recently lost a lot of weight from food poisoning, and I’m eager to put some of the muscle I lost back on. I can’t help but wonder if I am stalling my efforts by only eating one or two meals a day.

    1. Not Mark here, but I suspect you will lose muscle mass by not getting enough calories, either through over-fasting, over-dieting, or (as in your case) illness. I doubt that short fasts–such as routinely skipping breakfast–would do it. But I would be interested in Mark’s opinion too.

      1. Hi Sam,
        I was in the lost too much weight category, after my Keto foray, as it enquired a real change, substitutions that were difficult to find. I lost too much muscle as well. In getting back to a non scrawny body it was upping the protein in the diet that helped. I’m still on a more fat less carb and more protein diet, but just letting my body show the way.

  2. Rural life may not be a panacea, but it might be more credible if the people interviewed actually went to rural places. It’s soooo People of NYC to think of Burlington VT (a small city) as downright wilderness. Or Albany NY (the capital of the state). Or Beacon NY (about an hours drive north of NYC). Or even Whitefish MT, which is basically a vacationland ski resort for city people.

    You do not need the city to live well. As an actual rural person by choice, I’ve hardly noticed there is a pandemic. I’m outside most of the day. I don’t have problems with remote learning with my kids because I was already homeschooling. I don’t have to get into “farm shape” because I already have a garden and raise animals. I was never going to run out of meat because I buy it (100% pastured beef and pork) from a farmer down the road at almost the same cost as the grocery store. I’m not learning to work from home, because we’ve already been doing that for over a decade.

    What COVID-from-afar has made me really puzzle over is how many people apparently hate being in their own homes, can’t do enough for themselves, and, much as I am reluctant to say it, don’t want to spend time with their kids or families. They’d rather go to the office and ship them off to state run daycare. I’m puzzled by people who don’t think it should be their job to educate their kids or provide any food for themselves whatsoever.

    I live an hour from two major east coast cities, where I can drive to any time I want. Is it a panacea? Yeah maybe it is, especially if we’re comparing it to these few confused NYC people.

    1. I’ve noticed many of the same things. Personally, if I have to go to a city for something I can’t leave fast enough. Guess it takes all kinds

    2. I think part of it is likely just missing their old routine and social contacts. I am still in the city and certainly miss popping into a restaurant on the walk home from work and even seeing/chatting with coworkers (even those I’m not close with). I read something recently about casual social contacts being a big part of our lives/well-being.

    3. I live in rural Maine, 3.5 hours from Boston and I can’t imagine not living in a rural area. Metropolitan areas actually make me depressed with their endless sprawl and lack of green space, not to mention the noise.

      Every window from our home looks out to green space and distant forested hills. At night it is totally silent here except for the hoot of owls and the yipping of coyotes.

  3. Hey Mark. The “interesting case of type 2 diabetes remission” links to the wrong article (the saturated fat letter).

    1. I would have liked to read that article — would really appreciate it if you could provide the link.

  4. Mark I’d love you do a more extensive article on cold water exposure. There was a scientific study on a group of dubliners in Ireland swimming the filty liffey. They never got ill, scientists reckon it was due to the ritual of having a can of cola afterwards. I’m now swimming in the west coast of Ireland where its 9c in just a swimsuit. Any pointers and any ideas for a primal alternative to cola. I don’t want to go down the route of a wetsuit I’m enjoying the benefits without.

  5. Ummm. the diabetes paper link is a duplicate of the BMJ saturated fat link.

  6. What a wonderful “Sunday with Sisson”…became a Sunday with Sissons. An incredible share about an incredible man and his life. Thank you Mark for sharing that part of your life, your inspiration and motivation. Isn’t it wonderful that Laurence will be remembered through his art and musical talents for many generations to come.

  7. Thanks for sharing the links relating to your father. The film on one of the sites was lovely. What a wonderful life. I live in England near or on the coast for the most part but also visited various parts of the Maine coast so the Maine paintings resonate with me. I may have unknowingly seen his work as multiple gallery viewing is always a part of family vacation. If I had a spare $3,000+.

  8. Hi Mark, I loved your article about inspiration and your sharing how your Father, Laurence and Richard Branson inspire you.

    It’s a great personal exercise and has helped give deeper insight as to why people that inspire me do so. Even more interestingly is how it’s proved to be a revealing and insightful conversation starter particularly with my parents.

    Keep up the great Sir.

    Warmest wishes


  9. This is great. Your father and Richard Branson (and yourself) are what Matt McCaughney would call an “Egotistical Utilitarians”.

  10. The late great race car driver Dan Gurney inspired me. I met him at Daytona and foolishly asked if I could be on his pit crew for the race. Rather than say, “get out of here kid”, he politely said he had all the help he needed. He realized I didn’t have the money to attend the race, so he told me of his youth when he would slip under the fence at Riverside in California to watch the races. He said, “if you are a true racer you will find a way”. I took on that challenge and managed to make my way to the starting grid of the race. I walked up to Gurney, not a word was exchanged he just pointed at me and winked. That exchange inspired me to go on to a racing career of my own. I became, “a racer” that weekend.

  11. Wow. Your dad was amazing!! I see where you get your drive and self discipline from!

  12. I look forward to your message each week. And wow—your Dad was so incredibly talented. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love Sunday with Sisson. It’s short and always thought provoking. I’m interested in asking a question about something unrelated to this article. What do you believe about flu shots? I have believed in the past that living a healthy lifestyle negates the need for the shots but wondered about it during this time of COVID. I’m 68 years old with overall good energy and health. I know you are not a doctor but would love your opinion. Thanks in advance for your consideration and please keep writing Sunday with Sisson every week!

  14. Like your father…you are a realistic artist when it comes to inspiring others to reach for healthful goals for mind, body, and spirit.
    Thank you for sharing the work of your father today… what a beautiful way to start a Sunday morning!

  15. LOVED…LOVED…LOVED your article about your father…I too had a father who inspired me! I was the oldest of six children -and my father worked three jobs most of his life. He taught me kindness, generosity and compassion…( three qualities that have served me well for 70 years?) Since your father was such an amazing artist- you would appreciate the beautiful art at the “John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art” in Sarasota, Florida, where I work? Maureen

  16. I love the description of your incredible father. It does shed light on how you came to be so good for the world. His good work and beauty continue to grow in the world through you. We should all be so blessed. Thanks for sharing this.

  17. Watched yer Dad’s video where he ends with “I think that’s all fer now”. You are a lucky man, boss, to have him all those years. I’m guessing from the video he was a loving man and told you so and hugged you close. And he left you those paintings too? You are blessed and we are blessed too thanks to his gentle soul.

  18. I had no idea this artist was your father! Ii’ve had a print of his for years and there are several pairings hanging at the New Mexico Cancer Center where I worked periodically. So talented and very cool.

  19. Wow. Loved hearing about your dad. I just bought an old artist desk at a garage sale yesterday in hopes of getting back to being artistic! Your “Sundays” blog is somehow always speaks to me. Hope you have a great week!

  20. Your father’s work is beautiful. I am impressed by the detail he was able to achieve with watercolor.

    Mark Sisson has been a major inspiration for me since 2011. I think he does a great job of providing useful information that is light and entertaining. I admire his work ethic, his willingness to experiment, and his ability change course or stand corrected.

    Keep up the great work.

  21. Mark.,
    Been reading everything for years. That may be your best post.

  22. You asked this morning what inspires us (you Father’s paintings are incredible, btw).

    My obsession is nautical history and building real, small scale Pirate ships for my family and friends to use on adventures. Pics available upon request!

  23. Great tribute to your father, thank you for sharing. You like me were one of the fortunate people who had a father who set us on the right path. What an advantage in life.

  24. I really enjoyed your post today and seeing your father’s paintings. Love the dynamic energy in them, almost restless. My father was also a Renaissance man (though he hated the label, lol) — he worked with his hands, explored with his mind, lived in his heart. He was my best friend. He died election week 2016 with family all around him, but his presence is woven into every day since. Love this question today, thank you.

  25. I think I’m inspired by a lot of different people.

    My grandfather was a painter, and played piano and organ really well 100% by ear, totally self-taught. From him I have similar abilities as an artist (I draw rather than paint), and a musician (100% self-taught guitarist, play by ear).

    My dad always took me and my two sisters places as kids – national parks and monuments, state parks, beaches, zoos, aquariums, museums, amusement parks, MLB games, and much more. We were always traveling and seeing and doing amazing things. I do the same with my kids.

    I’m inspired by Job in the Old Testament. I love that story because it wrecks the idea that when bad things happen to people, they deserve it. I’ve had a lot of injuries and misfortunes in my life that I’ve had to battle through.

    I’m inspired by Thomas Jefferson, especially the Declaration of Independence. What a radical idea that our rights are natural, and governments are formed only to protect those rights according to our consent/permission. What a monkey wrench this throws in most people’s politics in which they want to force their beliefs upon everyone else and have government take on all sorts of roles that go way beyond what we as individuals have the right to do, i.e. protect our own lives, liberties, and property.

    I could probably list plenty of others, but these ones stand out the most right now as I type this off the top of my head.

  26. My friend Joe Mercola recently encouraged me to do blood flow restriction training. I bought some cheap bands and gave it a whirl. I like the workouts and the way they make me feel. Have you tried this approach?

  27. WOW!! I read Sunday Session every week, eagerly, as I KNOW YOU’LL have something THOUGHT PROVOKING!! And, this week, YOUR FATHER!! His ARTWORK, STUNNING, even on my laptop! The gradations of color, in his landscapes, and water scenes!! And, depth, and detail. I can see his inspiration to you. Is his artwork available for sale, and where? YOU ARE one of MY INSPIRATIONS, as to how to LIVE, a HEALTHY, SANE life. Thank you!

  28. Mark,
    Nice to get a peek into your life and what drives you. Thank you for for the glimpse.
    Your father was very talented indeed,and the nut didn’t fall far from the tree(so to speak lol).

  29. Mark what a great tribute to your Dad!
    Thanks for sharing it really made my day.
    I haven’t seen my Mom and Dad since May they come to Florida today their 26th year coming to Naples for the winter started coming when they were 60 yrs now both 86.
    Must be something to the Florida sun and its Vitamin D and not being in the oppressive Nebraska winters.

  30. Your Father was an amazing artist!!! I myself love the oil paintings the most. What a life you must have had, so very cool!

  31. Thank you so much for again giving me something to think about, but even more for opening my eyes to your father’s work. I love it.

  32. I love Sundays with Sisson, and really loved today’s post. Your father was a great artist and obviously a great father.

    One question: did you intentionally do this week’s writing because it’s All Saints Day?

  33. Your dad’s art is absolutely beautiful. It was such a joy to look through all the links you gave to his art. “Silent Mesa”, which you sent out in the Sunday With Sisson email reminded me so much of where I live. He captured it so perfectly.

    Also, I wanted to thank you for the joy and loveliness that you remind us to live with. This is the main reason I follow you (although I also like all the health information, recipes, etc.).

  34. While working at your computer, do you still use a chair or do you engage solely in those traditional resting positions? Don’t regularly changing position impair your productivity?

  35. About your question (is the tide turning on fat, salt, bugaboos?) I tend to think yes in scientific circles but no in medical circles. Doctors hang onto medical old wives tales for ages. Think the “eight glasses a day” story that comes from WWII and isn’t rooted in fact but it’s still cited as medical wisdom. We see plenty of evidence debunking the “healthy low fat diet” but doctors still recommend it. I expect that’s because doctors read the media, where the same bugaboos that they were taught in school are oft repeated, more often than they read the studies debunking them. And as they say, repeat an untruth often enough and people will believe it.

  36. A lovely tribute, fitting for the celebration of Día de los Muertos. That’s a standout landscape painting too.

  37. I just have to say, WOW, your father was incredibly talented. Thank you for sharing

  38. This tribute brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing highlights of your remarkable father. How like him you are in your deep humanity and ability to inspire!

  39. Your father was an amazing man. Thanks for sharing his beautiful and inspiring artwork.

  40. Wow, your father’s art is absolutely wonderful. I couldn’t believe the picture in the email was painted at first! That’s amazing. Thank you Mark for sharing. My dad too inspires me as he has always kept with his fitness and nutrition routines, and he actually taught me how to squat properly when I was around 8 years old I think. My mom inspires me because she took care of three kids from the age of 19 practically on her own, and she always did the best she could and provided more emotional support than anyone could ever ask for. She is still my best friend and I believe I love my children so deeply because of how she raised us. And you inspire me Mark because you managed to share information with countless people that changed their lives (including my own!) for the better and I honestly cannot thank you enough. Your writing is still my most trusted source for health information. Thank you for everything you do Mark!

  41. Hi Mark,

    I am inspired by Tim and Will Decker. These men have left the comforts of the American life to travel the world and preach the gospel of Christ. They live very simply and risk their lives every day to share the gospel with others. Their courage and perseverance is very inspiring.

  42. Hey Mark, could you do a post on the health benefits of cold therapy, including cold showers? I’m trying to learn more about cold therapy and how to harness it’s potential health benefits. I’d like to know if you have any ideas for daily cold therapy besides taking cold showers. Thanks!

  43. Your fathers work is amazing. I really loved the video of him. Such a calming voice. You look like him. 😀

  44. Mark, thanks so much for sharing the post about your father Laurence inspiring you. It seems like an understatement to say he was a Renaissance Man. What a unique, talented and interesting man.

  45. I’m wondering where the evidence is of “Ayroles cautioned that the research should not be interpreted as favoring a protein-based diet. “One of the most remarkable things about the Turkana is that if you and I went on the Turkana diet, we would get sick really quickly!”” Would we? How does he know that? Has he tried it? Seems like a disservice to his work to state that, though a slight caution to think carefully first is reasonable.

  46. What a great story about your dad… I saw the video where he mentions he would paint landscapes from memory, and the time he inadvertently discovered a 3-dimensional way of painting – incredible! His legacy lives on and continues to inspire.

    I share your admiration for “Renaissance” people – it’s why you are among those folks who inspire me. I never bought the idea that success must come at the expense of a happy, healthful life. Rather, true success – to me – starts with those things at the forefront.