Weekly Link Love — Edition 108

Research of the Week

“Molecular mimicry” (a la autoimmune disease) may lie at the heart of COVID-related pathology.

Early domesticated cats dined on rodents who followed human agricultural settlements.

“The recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50% in a community with modest infection rates, some degree of social distancing, and uncommon general mask use. The data were compatible with lesser degrees of self-protection.”

A megadose of vitamin D3 in severe COVID patients was safe but ineffective.

Gobekli Tepe inhabitants were using huge stone troughs to cook porridge.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 456: John Gray PhD: Host Elle Russ welcomes John Gray of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus fame.

Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 85: Laura and Erin chat with Tony Horton of P90X fame.

Media, Schmedia

The Iroquois hope to compete in Olympic lacrosse as a separate nation.

Looks like I’m supposed to have diabetes.

Interesting Blog Posts

Keto vs. ketones.

Social Notes

A good dad.

Everything Else


An ancient epidemic brought COVID-relevant adaptations in East Asian populations.

Giving kids beef, whole milk, butter, and green veggies reduces the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections.

Fatty liver on the rise in children.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Instrument I’d never encountered: The Japanese shamisen.

Interesting hypothesis: Micro-filtered raw cow milk for COVID protection.

Good day: A day in the life of Brad Kearns.

Treatment just keeps getting better: Ivermectin, zinc, vitamin D3, and doxycycline appear effective against COVID.

Important detail: Dopamine does not contribute to felt pleasure.

Question I’m Asking

Why is there a petroglyph of a Phoenician-style sailing boat at a Michigan copper mining site from 1600 BC?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 14 – Nov 20)

Comment of the Week

“I never bought the idea that stoicism and epicureanism are rival philosophies. While the largesse of the stereotypical epicurean is at odds with stoicism, so is it at odds with truly embracing life’s pleasures – decadence without temper becomes cloying and, ultimately, unsatisfying. Constant orgies (of any flavor) act counter to the actual epicurean ideal.

A true stoic, guided by discerning taste, can grasp Epicurus’s goal of modest and sustained pleasure more than anyone who just heaps indulgence upon indulgence as they become stale.”

-Nicely said, hate_me.

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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