Weekly Link Love — Edition 106

Research of the Week

COVID has improved the sleep of teens.

Wearing blue light-blocking glasses at night improves next-day productivity.

Psychedelics may improve color vision.

Pregnant mothers with higher vitamin D levels give birth to kids with higher intelligence at age 4-6.

Type 2 diabetics who use metformin have lower rates of dementia and slower cognitive decline.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 454: Selina Gray: Host Elle Russ welcomes Selina Gray, a CPA who decided to change her relationship to money and become a Financial Empowerment Mentor.

Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 83: Laura and Erin chat with Dr. Ashley Beckman about the power of holistically mapping out your health.

Media, Schmedia

UK researchers call for a “climate tax” on meat.

Barrels of DDT are stashed off the LA coast, and they’re leaking.

Interesting Blog Posts

A good overview of the ancient dog study I mentioned last week.

Was there a 100,000 year war between humans and Neanderthals?

Social Notes

On living for something bigger than yourself, even if you don’t know what that something is.

This is the true productivity hack.

Everything Else

I sat down with Daniel Scrivner for a great chat on his Outliers podcast.

Eat eggs (again).

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

The more things change…: 3000 year-old Mesopotamian tablets document the earliest known case of PTSD.

I am surprised: A vegan conference has agreed to screen Sacred Cow.

This is helpful: A new method for cooking rice that reduces arsenic levels.

Sometimes you can go back home: Paleo diet improves MS symptoms.

I am not surprised: The fitter you are, the lower your risk of severe COVID.

Question I’m Asking

How are you treating yourself these days?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 30 – Nov 6)

Comment of the Week

“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.”

-Well said, Jim!

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 about the fitness/covid study.
    The chart suggests anyone who can’t max out at 7 METs (about a basketball or recreational football game) will be very sick. Well yeah, those people are obviously already unwell.
    The rest is made up. ‘Predicted relationship’ for lower and lower hospitalisation based on higher and higher fitness up past 15 METs when they didn’t measure it is just making things up as you go…

  2. Nerding out a bit here, but I question whether those Mesopotamian tablets truly document the “earliest known case of PTSD.”

    While Mesopotamia knew civilization prior to the Grecian world, the Mycenaean hero Ajax Greater has long been recognized as an ancient example of a warrior suffering from PTSD. The source documents are more recent, but his civilization was contemporary with the Mesopotamian one.

  3. Is the climate tax for the same climate change that was going to melt all Arctic sea ice by 2014 (quoting Al Gore in 2007)? Or melt all the glaciers in Glacier National Park by 2020 (according to large signs made by the National Park Service that were taken down earlier this year)?

    Please answer. I’ll wait.

    1. I’m glad you don’t mind waiting. Because If you don’t believe in climate change that’s all you have to do. It will soon become clear, no matter where in the world you live.

      It’s already happening.

      Open your eyes, and wait.

      1. Jenna….
        I’ve been waiting for the next ice-age since that was the scientific consensus back in the 1970s.

    2. The climate has been changing off and on for as long as the earth has existed. It’s reasonable to assume it will continue to change. We aren’t always aware of it because it has been too gradual to notice within the span of a human lifetime. It’s ridiculous to think we can control it or keep it from happening.

    3. Jeff is on the money. There’s zero accountability for these pundits who catastrophize world events for their personal gain. Al Gore, how much has he made off his inaccurate predictions by way of movies, books, speaking fees, etc?

  4. I love your comment of the week!! Thank you Jim, and of course Mark, for sharing.
    I’ve been moving more and more outside of the suburbs of NYC and always (yes I mean always, since childhood) longed to get to that next step of rural life. What I have learned is that Covid made that an easier possibility whilst not giving up my job, which centered around being in an open plan high rise office on Manhattan island. I can now happily dream further and farther and work towards the goals I already had in place, with less of a barrier from the workplace. For the past two years I have been ordering castaway produce and shopping farmers markets, and now will be moving to an area where I can get a CSA/have enough freezer space for bulk meats from a NY state rancher. Finally!
    Cheers!

  5. The article on canine domestication starts with the narrative that it was the canine’s idea.
    What kind of arrogance is it to assume that our ancestors were so dumb that the “dog” was smarter than they were?

    Another sneer at our ancestors?

  6. Media fast: The news is like caramel corn – after the first bite you just keep eating. I have been limiting my exposure to the news – actually since Covid started. The media moguls try to get us to hang onto their every word by telling us that each news segment is, “Breaking News.” It’s not all “Breaking News.” It’s their way of training our taste buds to keep coming back for more or to never leave. We need to step away from the TV. You are so right. Our brains, our bodies, our spirits need a break.

    1. I heard it referred to as highly processed information, and just like processed food it’s bad for you.

  7. This is the best advice I have heard today. Let your parasympathetic system rule.

  8. I’m not particularly impressed by the BS on the Lame Stream Media. I haven’t watched TV in years… including any recent movies. I‘ll stick with my Bogart, Cagney, et al movie collection, Thank You! I continue to workout and read books for my recreation and edification…and continue with an organic, paleo eating plan!?????

  9. Enjoying the last of the nice weather here in NY…. took the family and the dogs to Teddy Roosevelt’s home in Oyster Bay and walked the trails to the ocean. Beautiful and invigorating and got to absorb all the amazing foliage before it’s gone.

  10. Absolutely brilliant and WISE advice….thank you for sharing. Now….off to walk the dog and crunch some leaves underfoot.

  11. I took up hiking again during the quarantine this spring after a 20 year hiatus. It was the best decision I ever made. Getting outside and away from all the drama and politics has saved my sanity. I didn’t realize how much I missed the woods and the mountains until I was in them again. By putting down my electronic umbilical cord, I could finally let go of the stress and just breathe in the peace. I even joined a women’s hiking group and found a new tribe. I know for some people the quarantine has been hell. But for me it has been magical!

  12. You hit the nail on the head for me. Good advice as always . I look forward to your Sunday comments.
    Thanks for your insight and common sense approach to life. Keep up the good work.

  13. Excellent advice Mark!! Thank you so much for your comments today. It’s just what I needed to hear

  14. I turned off the news about 3 weeks before the election, having been one of the folks refreshing, searching and waiting for the next bit of information. While I’ve lived long enough to know that politicians come and go, changes are made slowly and at the end of the day, I feel they are all on the same team (possibly with the exception of the last 4 years) pitting the people against one another to fight their fight. How superior they must feel knowing in this day of technology they only need to post a tweet to enrage their army of foot (mouth) soldiers to do their bidding, fight their fight. My focus on all of this lead me to uncover and acknowledge the amount of censorship and illusion that is going on in this country (that is a topic for another post) and how, amazingly, most of the population are blindly following one side or the other as long as they have their talking points and device connections. That was the end for me. Everyone has become a righteous political analyst, with closed minded opinions that vilify anyone with a different point of view.
    When I stopped, I first realized that I can’t avoid knowing what news is going on in the world. I actually know all I need to know about the election outcome, the tropical storm coming our way in SOFL, etc. It is enough. The strange thing that I experienced was that I felt an emptiness. I didn’t think I was particularly neglecting any part of my life with my focus. I exercised, took care of the pup, cooked my fresh food, ran my company, but having to fill the space in my mind that was occupied with all this hate and anxiety was something I didn’t expect.
    What I did finally realize is that I don’t really care about their fights, I can’t conclude or do anything about hidden agendas or corruption. My main concern is the takeover of the world food supply and the medical industry by unscrupulous technocrats, and the fact that this has not even been discussed or brought to the forefront in all of this election chaos.
    Bottom line, I care about my family, my company, my dog, my orchids and figuring out how to grow food without sharing it all with iguanas. So, three weeks later I’m still fighting urges to hop back on the bandwagon, but it is getting easier and I feel lighter and happier already.

  15. Thanks that was exactly what I needed to hear. I will take your advice and get back to living. Thank you so much!

  16. Mark, I have stopped viewing FaceBook the last week. It feels great ! I intend to continue my FB fast indefinitely. This is a time of recovery/peace.
    ??

  17. I did glance at the TV from time to time but I didn’t have the time to be obsessed. In the past month I’ve been hospitalized twice with a severe leg infection. I recovered and felt good for a week but then I developed multilobar pneumonia. My wife works a lot so I still perform in my roll as Mr. Mom to our six-year-old daughter. I don’t have time to obsess about current affairs. What will be will be.

  18. You, Mark, are a breath of fresh air. I pray/wish you would know the true Creator of the Universe, the one who loved us so much, he sent his Son, Yeshuah, to die on a cross, and redeem us of the curse of the Law, which is death and eternal separation from God. What I mean, is we need people like you in the ranks of Christ followers, level headed, those who fast (fasting is a biblical commandment) who know the beauty of the world around us and can be good stewards of the land. May we all enjoy this season of fall and go on with our lives.

  19. Thank you Mark, for today’s newsletter! Great advice everyone needs to hear….. to stop dwelling on the news and it’s gloom and doom effects and the stress and worry we let it create within us! Our life is so precious
    and we need to enjoy every moment!!!
    Always look forward to your Sunday visit! Thank you!

  20. Dear Mark, you are always a calm voice. I too focus on the present and my daily life. I went to bed at my usual time on election eve. I checked the news briefly maybe 2x a day, but figured one candidate or the other would be declared the winner at some point. I have faith in the American people. I cannot control much, but i have some control over my behavior.

  21. Mark,
    I actually did that..this morning was the first time that I watched or listened to anything election related…still not sure how long my fast will last, and I may take a major sabbatical from specific programming

  22. Yes turn off the tv, get outside with your loved ones. Great article.

  23. I absolutely love and agree with this article. If only more people Would go on a “ media “ detox, we would have so many more happy pets and children in the world ?

  24. A friend sent me your comment regarding media and the obsession to politics….I started my media fast two days ago and intend to continue doing so. It has been emotionally and mentally exhausting keeping up with the political drama. Living a meaningful life each day with love and compassion for all is my new goal. Thank you for your reminder to live and love.

  25. Your post about obsessing over the election could also apply well toward watching/not watching the stock market! in the next 8-10 weeks.

  26. You make valid points. Came to the media fast on my own two days ago. Felt so much better after just one day that I decided to go for another one. Even better. TV still turned off on day three.

  27. I loved Mark’s Sunday with Sisson today. He couldn’t be more right. I’ve absolutely been taking a media fast since Tuesday and I’m happier for it. I might just keep fasting.

  28. The problem with pushing people away from meat in order to save the planet is that meat is not the problem. Mass production of meat, and the processes that entails, harms the planet, but we do it because we mass produce people. We can’t have grass-fed bison roaming the plains anymore; we live in cities that require feedlots to provide enough meat. A vegan diet would allow us to expand the population beyond the limits of a meat-based diet, letting our population continue to grow until we reach the limits of a grain based diet. Then we would be straining resources even further, dirtying the world as much as ever, and have no alternative food source. Ultimately we need to be less numerous.

    1. Absolutely!

      Global warming is not caused by burning fossil fuels. Global warming is caused by too many people burning fossil fuels!

      1. Thank you Peter and Kathy. My thoughts exactly. It seems like many problems we have can be traced back to too many people. I am not sure what to do about it since it is such a sticky subject for leaders to delve into. So far the only thing I have seen that cuts the population is educating women. Overall, educated women have less children. Worldwide I sadly don’t have a lot of hope for this approach.

  29. In general I agree with your email about turning off the media but your timing on this one was way off. Yesterday, Nov. 7, was the best day to watch TV possibly ever in my life! It was historic and inspiring and people dancing in the streets all over the country. I normally watch almost zero TV but yesterday watched about 6 hours!

    1. Exactly! Finally the stress is going away. We are correcting a mistake and I feel better than I have felt in 4 years! Now I can take a media break. And I do not follow Twitter, especially not that jerk. Can’t wait until he is no longer mentioned anywhere and totally irrelevant.

  30. I voted…..Snow this morning….. Too slick for outdoor walk. I’ll walk indoor in place…… Avoiding the fearmongering media,this 86 year omnivorous old lady(I may have tried most diets except Cannibalism) still likes the idea of sun,fresh air,good sleep and clean water. I LIKE your opinion Mark….Like makes more sense to me than Love

  31. This is great advice thanks and much needed. I would love to share this on my face book page, please let me know if this would be okay.

  32. I loved your Sunday with sisson about media fasting so great and inspiring I cross posted it to my 35+ employees. A few hours later I was shocked to received a multitude of negative replies telling me how this made them feel that they were being insulted for choosing to spend their time doing something they felt was important. ha ha ha, you just never know people right??? Well I loved it. Great job.

  33. It was absolutely beautiful to ignore all media and talking heads until 3 days after the election. It kept me feeling serene and grounded knowing I’d done my part and having trust in the outcome. Now it’s party time!!

  34. Thank you, that helped not sure for how long. I know I feel most things more than others, worry more than most and my concern right now is off the charts. Wish I knew 1/4 of what I know & understand.

  35. You are right, we should not just dwell on the fact of the problem.

    Many of us see a loss of America in a disputed (cheated?) election. We need an active way to find out the truth – whatever it may be.

  36. It’s worth noting that all of the world’s major religions advocate fasting as a means of physical and spiritual cleansing. So, the spiritual reference to fasting is an appropriate one.

  37. My god, thank you Mark. That first paragraph about missing time with your children and staring at screens so much really hit me hard. I briefly checked on election stuff but I’m not too concerned with that. My problem of late is too much time spent playing video games. I fell back into the habit because my children are now both old enough to play with each other and keep each other occupied for large stints of time, but that isn’t really a good reason to waste my energy on video games. Thank you for the timely reminder. I was starting to get depressed again today and angry and irritable, and I know a large part of it is the video games. The other part being not seeing my family… I’m going to do as you suggest and have a screen fast.

  38. Nice comment. People can find peace under fascism or in concentration camps, I understand. 🙂
    Whichever side you lean. I’m going to try to do that and still be an activist. Maybe we can walk and chew gum. i guess it’s about survival first. Put your own mask on before you try to fix anything else.

  39. I’ve never seen on any tombstone………….
    ‘I wish I had spent more time on social or news media’

  40. Good morning, and yes there was an election. Even here up in Canada we are very aware of it. As a child I remember my parents glued to the television during Watergate. The days of “investigative” journalism and now the media thinks they can now decide the outcome, not the voters. During the lockdown we should shut down the media for 30 days ? Hows that for fasting ? I think 80% of the worlds problems would disappear ? Just my thoughts, enjoy your comments Mark.

  41. The article about the half million barrels of DDT leaking in the ocean is highly alarming. I can’t even imagine how anyone thought this was a good idea or how this can be cleaned up.

    It reminded me of something an ex Navy man who was assigned to a nuclear submarine said to me in the late 1970’s. He said while he was in the service, they dumped barrels of nuclear waste into the ocean . Was he telling me the truth? Was he not supposed to tell me this? I have never heard anything about this since. Anyone else ever heard anything about this? I weep for our planet.

    1. Unfortunately, its most likely true. The oceans are so vast and deep that we didn’t used to think about what effect those kinds of actions would have in the future. Bomb carbon has been found in some deep ocean life forms too.