Weekly Link Love — Edition 109

Research of the Week

Skipping meat may elevate the risk of bone fractures.

Hyperinsulinemia and cancer go hand in hand.

Emotions do not translate perfectly across languages and cultures.

Giving niacin to COVID patients increases recovery.

Not much difference in metabolic markers between pork and chicken eaters.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 457: Keltie Knight: Host Elle Russ welcomes Keltie Knight, an Emmy Award-winning television personality.

Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 86: Laura and Erin chat with Riley Rees, founder of Sofia Health, an online service helping clients find health coaches.

Media, Schmedia

Don’t let bureaucrats tell you what to do. What happens between your car and a moose is entirely your business.

A desperate nation needs puppies.” Indeed.

Interesting Blog Posts

What Razib Khan is thankful to know about history and genetics.

The importance of vitamin D for T-cell function.

Social Notes

One of the strangest I’ve seen and heard.

I’d swim here.

Everything Else

Ketosis may help fight against COVID.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

One of the most important films of our time: Sacred Cow, all about regenerative agriculture and the potential power of animal products to save our health and our planet, and it’s free to watch until December 6.

Open letter I found interesting: The one Dave Feldman addressed to the editor of the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.

Eye opening podcast: Frederic Leroy on the implications of The Great Reset.

This was funny: Money increases happiness, psychotherapy does not.

This surprised me: The MMR vaccine may protect against COVID.

Question I’m Asking

Why are there massive networks of prehistoric underground tunnels all across Europe? Craziest answers only.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 21 – Nov 27)

Comment of the Week

“My wishes to everyone are to enjoy the time with one another, however many that might be and to also enjoy whatever it is that you choose to partake of. As someone who was just diagnosed with this virus and one for whom the sense of taste and smell have been lost for which I do not know if they will ever return, count the blessings you have of whatever it is that you eat.”

-Well said, Terry. I wish you a hasty recovery.

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. That niacin data, while promising, looks a little sketchy. When the Dmitry Kats OP was asked in the thread where the study could be found, he said that “They wouldn’t publish it… again CENSORED!….I ran it myself using random number generation with anonymous email correspondence (just health & recovery status information was communicated)… and since niacin dissolves in water, I was able to have it blinded.” There were a lot of all-caps from the OP and talk of “genocide,” etc.

    While I love your weekly posts, Mark, this one looks flimsy at best.

  2. Sorry Mark but puppies stress me out. They destroy everything. Never again.

  3. Fantastic movie! I’m so grateful for it being made. I hope it can change hearts and minds.

  4. Just a comment about Sacred Cow. While well intention-ed, I think it misses the point, that it isn’t vegan vs meat eaters, or shouldn’t be. The corporate food interests are where the problems lie. We should all be trying to eat a whole foods diet as opposed to a processed one. Ruminants will always be needed to nourish our soils, but no one needs to consume the sheer amounts of animal foods that most Americans take in everyday. Animal food is very concentrated and therefore not needed in large quantities to nourish the human frame….a little goes a long way. I wish the movie had focused more on the difference between the poisonous American diet, laden with processed junk (not even food) that is killing so many of us. Also, I don’t believe Lierre Keith helped anyone by suggesting that such disparate ailments as a ruptured disc can be blamed solely on veganism. I have read her book and some of what she says is just nonsense. She should know better. The movie and it’s purpose would have been better served by stating the facts and exposing the monied interests as they are, rather than pitting vegan against meat eater, which by the way is a trope that is getting pretty tiresome at this point.

    1. While your points aren’t without merit, you seem to fall into the same trap as the anti-meat crowd. You subscribe to hyperbole and blame innocent variables when the actual agencies of pour health are given a pass.

      You argue whole food diets over processed ones, but ignore the insane amount of processing that has gone into vegetable crops while implying that animal products are such.

      Likewise, the focus on “monied” interest over actual benefit undermines your argument and forces consumers and ranchers/farmers/foragers into opposite and entrenched camps. There is legitimate money to be made in universally beneficial products – but it takes money to do it right. By making it a class issue, you subvert the idea of any workable solution.

    2. I really enjoyed Kiss the Ground with Woody Harelsson. He’s a vegan but gives a balanced view.

      We need cows to save the environment.

  5. Be the best you can, parenting doesn’t come with a book … we all learn & fail at times, just love guide & listen
    Teach them values they’ll take all through their lives kindness understanding being thankful gratitude & love
    Enjoy they’ll grow up so quick

  6. Good luck man. I’d love to tell you something positive but I’m not a father myself. I must say I cannot imagine attempting to raise a child in today’s world unless I was so filthy rich I could insulate my family almost entirely from not only financial difficulties, but our invented and governmental ones too.

  7. To the soon-to-be-father from this week’s e-mail:

    Take care of the mother of the baby (your wife?)! Yes, during the immediate postpartum season you can do many things to care directly for your baby. But what will help your family the most is taking care of the mother!

    – Love her in whatever way she best accepts love (do you know her love language?).
    – Make her food, and even feed it to her if her hands are busy figuring out how to breastfeed the baby
    – Listen to her. Nod in affirmation. She probably doesn’t need you to troubleshoot issues. Just listen and affirm.
    – Hold the baby so that she can eat, shower, nap, etc. And actually hold and/or rock the baby! It will stress the mother out if you wait until the baby is crying before picking him/her up, and then if you wait until the baby is crying again before trying other comfort measures.
    – Would you ever consider using your nipples as pacifiers? This is a common practice in some cultures. It may be the purpose of male nipples! Talk about bonding with baby 🙂
    – Do NOT dismiss her feelings, even if you’re pretty sure it is the postpartum-hormone-flood talking. Those feelings are still legitimate, they are likely just being felt and expressed more powerfully than they otherwise would be. They are still real!
    – Don’t let the mother try to be Supermom. Remind her that “perfect is the enemy of good.” Remind her that perfection is an obstacle, not a goal.
    – Do not ask her, “Let me know if I can help.” She’ll probably say no. Instead, ask her, “What can I do right now that would be helpful/make your day easier/ease your mind/etc.?” Ask this multiple times throughout the day.
    – Take time off of work, if you can.
    – Hire help, if you can.
    – Have groceries delivered, if you can.
    – Buy healthy, but easy-to-make meals (Primal Kitchen skillet meals are great!)
    – Visit a lactation consultant; almost every breastfeeding mother will benefit from this!
    – Has the mother considered having her placenta encapsulated? It could help tremendously in fending off Postpartum Depression.
    – Earthley Postpartum Balance tincture is also helpful in preventing PPD.
    – Encourage her to find likeminded mom friends. “Crunchy Woke Mamas” on Facebook is a good place to start (if she is holistically-minded), and local groups can be found from there.
    – Change diapers! It’s good face-to-face time with baby, but it also gives mama a mini break 🙂
    – Prioritize doing whatever the mother asks. Don’t assume that you know what will be helpful to her and then wear yourself out doing that thing. You’ll be tired, too, so save your energy for the things that the mother has expressed are important to her.
    – Frequently tell her that she is beautiful and amazing.

    Good luck!

    A two-weeks postpartum second-time mama 🙂

  8. As a father I have seen my own wife and many other new mothers feel so guilty and stressed out if and when breast feeding gets stalled or inadequate for whatever reason. This guilt feeling and stress and then hunger seem to get passed onto the newborn child. I would encourage any newborn baby mother to get a suitable feeding formula as soon as practical even while the possible causes of breast feeding are being investigated.

  9. Don’t forget that to be a good parent, you have to be a better spouse. Find ways to remember and re-experience why you fell in love and commit to creating special moments that are just between you two. Do this before and after the birth-in fact, do this forever. You both will need this as it will help you stay in sync as parents and keep your relationship strong and special.

    Congratulations and best wishes!

  10. Find a church with a great youth program. I didn’t get into church until after our kids left. If I would have, they would be different people today. I love who they are but would feel better about eternity if we had found that strong youth program for them.

    1. For those of us who aren’t religious the importance of community involvement which churches and other religions provide is critical. Teaches children to look beyond themselves.

      1. If you are not “religious”, or you and your child’s mom have different views, or if you’re just not a fan of dogma but would like the community and pastoral care benefits of a church affiliation, consider a Unitarian Universalist church if there’s one in your area. UUs are spiritual but not dogmatic, and teach a set of seven principles that build good and decent people without the “fear factor” hell fire and brimstone side of a more dogmatic approach. Bonus: if you do ascribe to a particular creed or dogma, that’s OK – lots of UUs are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or whatnot in their personal faith but choose to be in community with UUs because of their inclusive approach. If you’re in the market, check them out. uua dot org.

  11. Accept the fact you will make mistakes, but learn from them. Remember, your children only get 1 childhood. Be present. So often, often particularly in the tween and early teen years, children just want their parents to listen to them (really listen to them), spend time with them, and take an interest in their interests. My son is now 15 and we are each’s other ‘s best friends. I learned a long time ago not to be afraid to tell him I was wrong and I am sorry.

  12. Thanks for the great post on fatherhood, as a father of 5 (now all grown) I think your advice is a great place to start. Parenthood is a blessing but a challenging vocation with a great deal of on the job learning. One resource I would HIGHLY recommend is to get the “Daily Dad” daily blog. I discovered it just a couple of years ago but wish it existed 20 years ago when our kids were small. It is a short daily post but filled with pearls of real wisdom for moms and dads. As a new grandparent I put the ideas to good use as well.

  13. Your time and attention is the best thing you can give your family so keeping your life as simple as possible will make you a better parent.

    1. Yes! Thank you. This is the best comment yet. Kids take a LOT of mental and physical energy, so keeping life as simple as possible is really great advice.

  14. Your child will be born with their own personality. See their strengths and find ways to encourage those strengths. I spent the first several correcting their weaknesses (messy, disorganized, poor reader, etc) and only made them feel worse about themselves. I finally saw what I was doing wrong and it made a huge difference in their attitudes and mine as well. I have amazing adult children now and I’m very proud of how they turned out in spite of me! Congratulations BTW!

  15. What a great response you gave! Such wisdom! Right now my son who has 3 beautiful sons, ages 4, 7, and 8 is so overwhelmed with all the pressures of being a dad. I want to share your article because there was such wisdom in what you said. Gratitude each day and each moment is so powerful. Trying to live that way!

  16. Wow! That was cutting to the core, to the most essential matters of parenthood. And if he would discuss these things with the mommy, write them down, and reread periodically.
    As a mom and grandmom, I would like to add a thought that I think was attributed to Einstein, but maybe not. Anyway, it goes something like this: the greatest gift a man can give his children is to love their mother.

    1. So true. Perhaps add to that, the greatest heartbreak of a child is to realize that mom and dad don’t love each other any more. You never really recover from that one.

      1. Meh. I recovered. Then again, I was too young to remember them together anyway…

  17. You’ve asked what your friend is getting himself into as a first-time father. Mark, he’s already done that. Now it’s time to man up and be the best hands-on dad he possibly can. That means mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially. It means he needs to BE THERE, both for the child and the mother, even though he might feel completely inadequate.
    A baby on the way means it’s time to grow up and put someone else first. The transition comes naturally for women but it can be more difficult for men. The good news is that most men come through with flying colors.

  18. The gratitude is extremely important in dealing with kids. My kids are 4 and 2 and can be very frustrating much of the time. Reminding myself as often as I can of how lucky we all are (health, safety, opportunity, environment, etc) is very grounding and helps to puncture the negative feeling of futility that can set in during a full day of telling little kids to stop what they’re doing.

  19. To your friend who is about to become a father, please tell him to know himself well as he is about to be tested in ways he never knew possible. Recognize when you are snapping and ask for help or, if not available, to just walk away from the situation for a little bit to clear your head. I say this as the father of twin boys who had them both by himself on a number of occasions before they turned 1.

  20. Couple pieces of advice as a father of four (now ages 16 to 8) –

    (1) Help care for the child including diaper changes, feeding them a bottle, etc. It might seem weird or gross at first, but you’ll get used to it, and it’s not that difficult, and is extremely rewarding.

    (2) Intend to teach your kid things they can’t learn in public schools (or will be taught incorrect information about) – or consider homeschooling.

    My kids are homeschooled since 2016. I teach them about proper nutrition and ancestral health, for example. And as an Earth scientist they learn all about geography and the basics of related sciences such as geology and astronomy.

    They learn basic subjects like math, reading, and writing, with websites, and books dedicated to these topics. My wife is in charge of that part of the homeschooling.

    And I take them places all the time. I’m in central Utah and we’re always visiting national parks, monuments, and forests, state parks, reservoirs, museums (pre-Covid), etc.

    Hope that was helpful.

  21. Wow everything here is so meaningful … this is maybe your best post ever … wish I had read this before my son was born 30+ years ago.

  22. Young parents of today need to put the phone away while dealing with children. Can’t tell you how many of the I see taking kids to park but spending all the time reading.

    1. Exactly. The child looks at the parent whose face is telling them they are not as important as this precious rectangle.

      We reap what we sow.

    2. So true. I don’t do this when we are outside because I like to enjoy nature as well, but I am guilty of this around the house. I try to only use my phone to read MDA after they go to bed (like right now!). I quit social media years ago for this reason. I recently quit video games which was my biggest addiction.. They’re so enticing, especially this year when I’m not even spending time with my family anymore. But I’m so thankful I let go.
      This was great advice, thanks : )

  23. The study about money vs. psychotherapy reminds me of the old saying: If you think money can’t buy happiness, you don’t know where to shop!
    On a more serious note, there are money problems and there are PROBLEMS. Money will solve money problems. No amount of money will solve PROBLEMS.

  24. All this and read “Hold on to your kids, Why parents need to matter more than peers.” It’s a must if we’re to start fixing society.

  25. I am a new dad (only 7 months in). I like to say that Fatherhood is oh so good. In preparation for becoming a father, I decided to come up with my “Pillars for Fatherhood.” Mine are specific to fathering a son. The idea of the pillars actually came from Mark’s “Keto for Life” book where he described the 4 pillars of longevity. I thought pillars were a great way to focus on the most important aspects of my priorities. My advice would be to sit down and come up with your pillars as well. Here are mine:
    Goal: My son becomes a happy, healthy and wise adult, husband, father, neighbor, etc.
    In order to accomplish that goal, I have a foundation (the most important thing), and then 4 pillars…
    Foundation: You reproduce who you are (this is my way of saying, be the man I want my son to be).
    Pillar 1: I know you and I like you.
    Pillar 2: Let’s go play.
    Pillar 3: Lasting and loving marriage.
    Pillar 4: You have what it takes.

  26. I would add this.
    Be sure you always (forever) let that child know how delighted you are to see him/her: be so present that every time you walk in a room or the child enters the room, that you greet him/her with a genuine smile. Smile with your eyes and your whole being. That, more than anything, demonstrates the deepest love, respect, and gratitude for that child. {If I didn’t make it clear, this never ends and goes all the way through adulthood.}

  27. As the child grows up, remember their views will not always coincide with yours. That’s okay, you both may need some time to come to terms with each others’ views. But for your child’s sake and his/her mother’s sake, communication at some point will be key. Just keep talking with each other. Twenty years down the road you will all be happy you did. I’m glad my Dad and I kept talking.

  28. You have, indeed, laid out the most beautiful guide to parenting that I’ve ever read or heard about. Blessings on your for sharing this invaluable wisdom!

  29. Hello,
    I would also advise the new parents to research diet, It can really impact the development of the child. I’ve been a preschool teacher for 20 years and the happiest children I’ve known have been raised on a nourishing traditions type diet. Nutrient dense foods with quality fats that nourishes the nervous system. Also when times are stressful, keep things light ! Laugher is essential ??

  30. The one most important thing I would tell a parent-to-be is : follow your instinct.

    I do not think the value of listening to the cautioning voice in your head or heeding the feeling in the pit of your stomach can be overestimated.

    You get but one opportunity to shape the life/health/happiness of this child – take it.

    1. One other thing I meant to add:

      Teach your teens/young adults that they must choose who they want to be.

      Visualise the human you want to be.

      Start as you mean to continue.

  31. Your child is your gift to the world, the time you spend to love, guide & teach your child & learn too is worth more than gold.

  32. That what a chills wants most from you can never be bought, it is time… and it goes by very very fast. The words “not now can quickly turn to ‘never did’”.

  33. It’s your last time really alone (until baby moves out of the house) so enjoy these moments with your wife. Your days are about to get a lot busier and noisier. You won’t have time to yourself in the same way. Your priorities are about to shift to a new human so get as much of the “you time” banked now as you can. So watch all the movies, and read all the books on your list, take baths together, go for hikes, do a road trip, and anything else you alone love and that the two of you enjoy together. Build on the strength of your marriage. Create a haven for the 2 of you at home, go on dates when the baby is old enough for a sitter, etc.

    I’m 53 and my youngest is 23 and all of our 4 kids live far away at the moment. My regrets are the moments I might have missed when the kids were around and I was busy or working or whatever. Try to really be there as much as you emotionally can for the magic of kids that happens in the mundane moments.

  34. The only part of parenting is counterintuitive is that sometimes you must let them cry