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January 11 2019

Weekly Link Love—Edition 11

By Mark Sisson
31 Comments

Research of the Week

Potatoes are more filling than rice or pasta.

The psychological stress response is greater in the morning than the evening.

Despite the absence of a cortex, crows and parrots rival apes in intelligence.

The American Psychological Association issues guidelines saying traditional masculinity is harmful.

“Sure, parents, too much time staring into a screen might be bad for your one-year old, but no screen time at all is even worse!”

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 303: Tanya Stewart: Host Elle Russ chats with former high-conflict litigator Tanya Stewart about putting people’s lives back together.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline buys large stake in 23andMe, gaining access to genetic data.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church warns against over-dependence on modern technology, worries about “slavery to smartphones.”

Interesting Blog Posts

How to get your genetic data tested anonymously.

Enough with the speakers in the woods.”

Social Notes

I had a great chat with Dr. Shawn Baker and Zach Bitter on the Human Performance Outliers podcast.

Writer reflects on her Whole30 experience and gives “what I’d do differently” tips, including using the entire Primal Kitchen® line of products to cut down on sugar and improve enjoyability.

Everything Else

What if the sea turtle has celiac?

Interesting claims at an Indian science conference.

A federal judge in the Roundup/cancer trial has issued limits on the evidence plaintiffs can bring to bear against Monsanto.

How old is your mindset?

That’s an interesting way to protest unhealthy fast food.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Interesting read: What someone learned wearing a continuous glucose monitor.

This sounds like a positive feat of genetic engineering (but I remain skeptical): Scientists “fix” photosynthesis.

I don’t know how (or why) parents these days do it: The relentlessness of modern parenting.

Book I’m excited to see: Erwan Le Corre’s The Practice of Natural Movement.

A nice glimpse into the minds of researchers: What scientists searched for in 2018.

Question I’m Asking

Are you comfortable with the current consumer-level genetic tests? Do privacy issues worry you?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 6 – Jan 12)

Comment of the Week

“I’ll consider Chipotle if they ditch seed oils and E. coli.”

– Agreed, Mantis. E. coli always struck me as an odd ingredient to include.

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  1. Anyone who has spent time around an African Grey Parrot knows that they are highly intelligent creatures who use language, and do not just “parrot” what they have heard.

    1. I would say true of parrots in general. My ex had a bad habit of leaving his shoes in the middle of the living room floor. One day he tripped over them and his Sulphur Crested Cockatoo started laughing. 😀

  2. Potatoe article was great, it seems like heavier foods such as potatoes and even oatmeal are more filling than rice! Found this article in the Chicago Tribune on how boiled potatoes are the most filling food in the 240 calorie range. Tribune article- https://trib.in/2M5CZcG

  3. Crows are rather interesting birds. Treat them nice and they should be good to you back. I’ve read of crows that were “chased off” by someone who didn’t want them around and as a result they persecuted the poor guy and of course didn’t leave. He moved and they knew where he moved to and continued their abuse there.
    I love their squawking because it reminds me of our wonderful camping trips at the beach. Glad I didn’t throw stuff at them.

    1. Crows fascinate me too. We used to leave kibble out for our cat, and the crows would feast on it. I got tired of buying kibble (and by the way, my cat on a low-carb diet – no kibble diet currently) and removed it. Not long thereafter, as I walked home, crows would dive bomb me. It was hard to avoid the thought that they were targeting me for revenge. The plot thickened when crows started dive-bombing me on a stretch of road a quarter mile away. I was clearly a marked man!

      One day I bumped into a friend who walked that same stretch of road and (thankfully) confirmed that he too was harassed by the crows. I’m pretty sure he had not taken a food source away from these clever critters. It was much more likely that in both instances crows were guarding a nest.

  4. Apparently traditional masculinity is now a pathology that needs to be treated? Maybe I should book an appointment for counseling. Because tomorrow, I plan on doing some wood work, followed by smoking some pork ribs – all while listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Hope that’s not too toxic for those I live with…

    1. I’ll go for therapy as long as she’s hot, and doesn’t talk too much ; )

    2. The guidelines are meant to address the psychologically toxic aspects of “traditional” masculinity, such as chronic suppression of emotions, poor self-care, not asking for help when needed, and misogyny (AZ Joe provided a textbook example of misogyny in his comment to your post).

      These are harmful behaviors for men as individuals, for men in relationships, and as members of society. Men suffer greatly from the toxic aspects of masculinity, as evidenced by high suicide rates, social isolation, and stress-related diseases.

      Gee thanks, Mark Sisson, for really not taking the time to understand the intention of the guidelines and commenting on them appropriately. A really good argument could be made that the intention of the guidelines is to help men live more primally, i.e. more communally and with more equality. You’ve posted before on traditional hunter-gatherer cultures that are far less individualistic and more egalitarian than modern first-world cultures. You obviously can do better.

      And if you really want to do better, you could comment on how the costs of toxic masculinity are not just confined to men, but are also born by women, children, and society.

      1. Angel, I use Weekly Link Love to highlight news of interest for the MDA audience, but I don’t use the space to offer much comment on each piece. Just because I keep an introduction to a source spare doesn’t suggest I haven’t taken the time to consider my own response. In some instances, I share a news item more with the intent of inviting others to discuss, as was the case here. As a father to a daughter and a son, I think about these issues quite a bit. I might write about this in the future, but for now let me say that while I’m glad my children are growing up in a time that allows each of them more freedom to develop as individuals who can break the traditional molds, I’d like to see how these guidelines are put into effect and what professional discussion comes as a result of their implementation.

        1. Wow, Mark. I get called a mysogenist and you respond by deleting my remark to the injured snowflake. What a man!

    3. You seem to have missed the essence of the article. It’s not about (what are perceived as) masculine activities; it’s the suppression of emotion, which then leads to explosive emotional states. When I see a school has been shot up (or frankly just about any hyper violent act on the news), I don’t wonder about the gender. It’s almost always a male. This is a problem. I work with a kid right now whose response to being picked on was to plan a deadly assault on another kid. This is toxic masculinity and needs to be addressed.

  5. You never know when your next enlightenment will come from

    About the link
    “Interesting claims at an Indian science conference.”

    When I read the Mahabharata (and saw related movies) I was intrigued by the mother who had 100 sons

    Now I got the official answer 🙂
    ——–
    “We had 100 Kauravas from one mother because of stem cell and test tube technology,” said G. Nageshwar Rao, Vice Chancellor at Andhra University, referring to a story from the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
    ——-

  6. Keep feeding your boys a steady diet of soya, video games, and social media, and you won’t have to worry about them exhibiting any of the traits of “traditional masculinity”.

  7. Love your coffee inspiration this week – I’m going to try it. Do you froth all ingredients together or separately from the coffee?

  8. Loved the article in link – How old is your mindset? Me at 30 doesn’t even consider myself young. I don’t know why, but due to a series of misfortunes and failures made me think so.

    My mind always says- that I am too old to do anything. And the anxiety triggered by it worsens the situation and followed by stress which must be developing the hormones in my body which don’t let me feel energetic.

    On the other hand, my father is 55. And , his mental is 20. He feel so young.

    1. You mean his forebrain is not myelinated? The prefrontal cortex is not fully on line ’till the mid twenties.

  9. Hi Mark,
    I am following your keto reset plan for Jan.
    I have a question on exercise. I also am starting the aerobic base building by doing a peloton bike ride for 1/2 an hour every other day for 6-8wk like you suggest keeping my HR around 180-age for this.
    Will this help with endurance for tennis. That is my main sport which I play 2-3X/wk (doubles only). Also will the tennis fit the sprint once a week scenerio or do I need to add that in as well.
    I am a 57 year old woman and don’t want to overdo it! thx

  10. You are absolutely right the psychological stress response is greater in the morning than the evening. I feel it most of the time.

  11. Hi Mark…you started me on this journey after my “foxhole conversion” ..diagnosed sclerotic liver..half shot…change or die.
    I have been reading Anthony Williams books..new age, definitely esoteric, as he pulls his data from “entity”..the voice in his head that has pissed him off since childhood. I think you may enjoy LIFE CHANGING FOODS. Fits in nicely with your light.

  12. Are three scoops of collagen peptides really necessary in that new favorite coffee drink of yours? Will I receive benefits of collagen if I only use one scoop?

  13. I’m posting here because I’m not sure where else to put it-wondering what happened to Sundays with Sisson? Don’t see it anywhere and didn’t get it in my inbox. Just curious.

  14. Definitely concerned how any company handles personal information, especially sensitive info. Artifical Intelligence, neural networks, machine learning requires big data sets. Majority of people are okay to provide it in exchange for free use of a good or service (like a phone app) or are not aware. Paying money for a service is a bit different. Just learned Telcoms sells user meta data. Maybe selling ones info is in the pages and pages of EULA. At least make selling my info an option where I can opt out or accept to receive a direct incentive, like an applied line item deduction on my bill.

  15. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sundays with Sisson!

    Thanks for these wonderful columns that put health in context with life.

  16. Yeah, that anonymous DNA testing thing works right up until someone you’re related to decides to not be anonymous.

  17. I started the Keto reset plan just after Christmas. I’m a trail runner and mountain biker and have been trying to follow the heart rate guidelines for exercise (unsuccessfully, I might add), but have noticed an interesting trend recently. Since I have started keto/LCHF, I have noticed that my heart rate is about 5-10 bpm higher now than it was previously for the same exercise intensity, especially during my trail runs. It’s also worth noting that my max HR is higher now than I had previously recorded.

    Has anyone else noticed this trend when they started exercising? Is there an explanation? Even though I’m 10-15 bpm above my max HR goal I haven’t had any energy issues during exercise, and I am less hungry now after exercising than I was before I had eliminated grains and fruit from my diet.

    1. Fat requires more oxygen to produce a given amount of energy compared with carbohydrate. There is a trade-off – you have a lot of stored energy in fat but it is not as readily available. This is why there are no keto elite athletes.

  18. Thank you so much Mark for all of your insights and help getting my life in order!

    I was chopping firewood out in the snow today and thought it was quite a good workout. I was hard pressed however to figure out what type of work out it would be considered… I’m breathing hard, I’m using focus and concentration to strike the wood in the right spot, there is a component of impact in the arms and and back. Its not really lifting heavy things… It’s not cardio at all… I’m not a lifter or much of an exerciser at all so I was just wondering your take on how wood splitting fits into the picture of exercise.

    Thanks for your thoughts on this!