Weekly Link Love — Edition 113

Research of the Week

Meta-analysis finds that low-carb and very low-carb diets can induce remission of diabetes without adverse effects.

About half of students from the University of Cologne showed signs of a mental disorder.

High blood omega-3 levels, lower COVID mortality.

Bad gut health, higher COVID risk.

Danish and Chinese tongues taste chocolate, broccoli, other bitter foods differently.

Just 1.4% of athletes recovering from COVID show evidence of myocarditis.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 464: Tanya Dyer, Esq: Host Elle Russ chats with divorce lawyer Tanya Dyer, who founded a high-conflict divorce law firm and authored The Smart Guide to Life After Divorce.

Media, Schmedia

The state of the debate about livestock farming in Britain.

The largest private owner of farmland in the United States is Bill Gates.

Interesting Blog Posts

Dave Feldman’s new eating window experiment.

Should whole milk be back in schools? Of course.

Social Notes

You heard it in Wales: growing food is non-essential.

Everything Else

Magic dirt.

Don’t try this at home.

Pygmy sloths are perpetually stoned from narcotic mangrove leaves.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Good interview about beef and climate change: With Frédéric Leroy.

Who could have guessed?: Widespread migration from sunny places to colder places have resulted in evolutionary mismatches and vitamin D deficiencies.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any crazier: Researchers propose “meat patches” that induce red meat intolerance/allergy to fight climate change.

Talk about lemons into lemonade: COVID-induced remission of lymphoma.

Interesting piece: What wine meant to Roger Scruton.

Question I’m Asking

How do you feel about the future?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 8 – Jan 14)

Comment of the Week

“Mark unfortunately passed away while protesting at the Capitol. Yet, in the minds of his followers, the cult lives on and his top disciples must manufacture material in his name. They start by reciting his word. Give them time to apply it to the current world in which we now live.”

You got 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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  1. The human engineering post to tackle climate change sickened me. Why can we not focus our efforts on improving technology to reduce global warming as opposed to messing with the biological make-up of human beings? How is it fair to a child to have them “selected” for being smaller without their choice? Are we just going to give all women Ritalin and Modafinil to achieve lower birthrates? Most of these “solutions” are terribly unethical.

  2. Sick, sick article. Human engineering has already commenced. People today are the result of this experiment starting with agriculture and accelerating with the industrial revolution. It hasn’t gone well, has it. Poisoned environment, poisoned bodies, poisoned thoughts and actions. What makes us so arrogant that we think we can clean it up now. I’m all for finding solutions but this ain’t it.

  3. How long before Maoist death camps are proposed to “fight climate change”? I’m being serious here, not hyperbolic. Things have turned radical in almost all ways in the last year. Some of the linked scientific proposals are unbelievable. Somehow food and meat became a wonderful scape goat to combat, yet we still live in an otherwise highly carbon dependent economy which requires growth. No one should eat meat so people can drive, fly, have iphones, big houses, lots of things, and on and on. Meat is the new scapegoat of the insane.

    1. Agreed, there are so many other ways to cut greenhouse emissions than not eating meat. Also, just want to point out that even without the moral implications, a patch making you allergic to meat is a ginormous waste of money. It is called self control… if you don’t want to eat red meat to help the environment than don’t. It is as simple as that.

  4. I agree completely with Kate, Jen, and Jim above. That is absolutely crazy…

  5. First we have an article by an “ethicist” proposing that we drug everyone into compliance for ‘the greater good”, now we have an article by another “ethicist” proposing essentially the same thing for a different reason. What the heck are they teaching in universities as ethics these days?!

  6. Mr Liao, before you suggest human engineering to address climate change due to CO2 emission, please explain why hundreds, if not thousands, of computer models predicting warming over the past 30 years have been inaccurate, if not completely wrong.

    Why do we keep giving this failed idea our time?

  7. The mindset that “we” are to blame for the sad state of affairs on Earth bothers me — it seems to me that it’s the greed and rapaciousness of certain individuals that causes most of the damage. But this silly article on human engineering bothers me even more. Ordinary people should voluntarily (or at least so the author claims) undergo bizarre manipulations in order to fix damage wrought by greedy industrialized abuse of the planet? I’m not sure how that would make things better.

  8. How do I feel about the future? Since humans cannot come together as a unified force for the greater good, I’d say the future is somewhere between bleak and non-existent

  9. Well, focusing more on how to actually solve human problems instead of academics desperate to make a name for themselves … regarding the article about farming in the UK, I urge people to check out Isabella Tree’s “Wilding” book about raising native heritage livestock for restorative agriculture and healthy human food. It’s an inspiring and incredible account of how it could work at a very practical level.

    Mark, you ought to see if you can get her on a podcast.

  10. The internet – I use for good ? just cleaned out my FB feed of unwanted “good” I don’t need to see anymore.

  11. My internet strategy has been to use it for health info and science news, and to avoid politics and social media.

    It wasn’t always like that, but I realized politics and social media are a giant waste of time, and are negative things that made my life less enjoyable to a rather large extent – thus I canned them.

    I try not to go online unless I know why I’m online and what I’m trying to accomplish. Checking the weather for example. Or checking my e-mails from various companies or persons – including from Mark’s Daily Apple.

    1. Yep. That’s exactly what I do as well. Never to browse without a purpose. Having children is what did it for me. Social media distracted me so much from being present with them and as a result made me irritable and snappy, it had to go.

  12. That’s wise advice coming from Mark. Be aggressively good in how you use the internet and intellectually discriminating regarding what you read. Mark’s stuff, we can trust. Having seen the goings-on in the USA in the past few weeks (I’m a Canadian) – and the past four years – it verifies that conspiracy and hatred cannot be permitted to dominate how we view the world.

  13. Turn off all notifications, and only use it for the info I seek out. Once I find a good source like this blog, I subscribe. That has kept my time online in check.

  14. very surprised there’s no mention here of the most urgent issue regarding the internet’s (and Big Tech’s) power right now—the dissemination of misinformation and violent rhetoric that is threatening to bring down our democracy.

    1. Big tech. Is full of “misinformation”. It is only misinformation if they can’t profit from it.

  15. I use the internet selectively. It’s where I get a lot of my news since I don’t watch much TV or take a newspaper. Problem with that is the news isn’t just who, what, when, where, why, and how anymore, no matter what the source. More often than not, you’re getting someone’s filtered opinionated version of it.

    I don’t like to shop; never did. I order most of what I wear from online catalogs, along with various household products. I read voraciously. I get most of my books second-hand from Amazon, but the prices have gone up lately. (So what else is new?) I also follow a few favorite websites (like this one) but I’m not into Facebook or other social media venues. The internet is probably much more of a tool for me than entertainment.

  16. Amen brotha !! I tell my kids all the time that ignoring your phone is almost impossible. There are buildings full of people whose job is to get you to look at your phones. You must sit it aside, leave it behind, physically separate yourself. Believe me, I am telling myself every time I tell them. A large part if my attitude and approach to smart phones come from MDA. THANKS MARK!

  17. I have deleted facebook and instagram. I have not found a single person change their mind or concede any well documented and researched point I have ever presented. It is a huge waste if time designed to suck the life from you.

    1. It has been horrible. But then you find someone great like Mark Sisson who makes your blood pressure lower. I would go back before cell phones if it were left to me, but I suppose he’s right.

  18. I don’t know. I think it’s made the world terrible overall. Not that there isn’t anything good about it. It’s just changed things in awful awful ways. I know I’d miss your blogs, but I’d give anything to turn back the clock even before cell phones.

    1. I’d have to agree that the internet has definitely done more harm than good. But selfishly I am glad that I found Mark’s Daily Apple. It’s the reason my kids have been healthy from the start and will develop lifelong healthy habits. Without the wide span of the internet I fear how parenting might have gone for me. Then again, I also met the father of my children on Facebook (which I haven’t used for years), so I guess I wouldn’t have had kids anyway (I always told everyone I was never going through childbirth and I never wanted kids, but that was before I met the man I love.) It has affected countless lives in positive and negative ways. I’d definitely prefer life not be centered around it regardless. Mixed feelings I suppose. Social media is terrible though. It should be nixed altogether.

  19. What a great comment/ observation. The internet and social media are in practice often a scourge more than a blessing, but it’s only because of how we use them – or let them use us. I find it’s helpful to ask yourself: ‘what am I actually doing here?’, as a test of whether time is being wasted, or worse going down a negativity inducing rabbit hole. There should always be a positive purpose. It could be joyful entertainment, practical skills acquisition, or more deep research. But pure voyeurism, comparing one’s life to others (on social media), obsession with celebrity, or just the mental switching off and watching others live your life for you instead of doing something, these are all not worth doing.

  20. Also sickened by the human engineering article. When will people stop blaming individuals, and instead blame the huge corporations profiting off the destruction of the environment? It is ridiculous how meat eating is the scapegoat and all responsibility is somehow put on people to change their lives instead of the actual villains in this climate war

  21. Just deleted FB and Twitter. For several reasons. They create a time suck in life that isn’t productive. I don think you can miss some content, but i am trying to find new ways, blogs, news feeds etc. That i search on my own rather than being fed what others want me to see. Trying

  22. Buy agricultural land, a cow, some sheep and chickens…grow some vegetables, plant berries and protect it all with a very sturdy fence!

  23. Mark, please revisit your interpretation of the study that “Just 1.4% of athletes recovering from COVID show evidence of myocarditis.”! It seems the researchers used this finding to declare that using MRI is not the best way to find cardiac problems. “We conclude that the utility of cardiac MRI in competitive athletes who are asymptomatic or mildly to moderately symptomatic with normal serum laboratory and ECG findings is low.” And the researchers also cite “a recent case series reported MRI findings consistent with myocarditis in 4 of 26 athletes (15%) recovering from COVID-19”. It seems they are questioning the validity and reliability of using MRI rather than asserting that the incidence of cardiac damage is low.

  24. Great advise, Mark. I have made great strides in adjusting my internet usage for good lately. Cleaned out my news feeds and started following folks like you – who have something to teach and a positive attitude!

  25. Never got in to the whole Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter thing. The internet is, for me, a tool to research and learn about things that interest me. I’ve seen nothing to change my mind. For the last decade what I’ve seen and heard about the goings on on social media makes me think it drives people further apart rather than bringing them together. Some of that is probably driven by the lack of cues, such as tone of voice and facial micro-expressions, that text communication lacks.

  26. Wait, so researchers are saying that a disease like Diabetes, which is a fundamental derangement of the body’s ability to properly regulate the amount of glucose in the blood, can be addressed by a diet of less glucose intake? Fascinating.

  27. Mark, your site’s filters make no sense. I can (jokingly) accuse you of insurrection and being a prophet, but I cannot state that I am sanguine about the future despite the ugliness surrounding current events?

    Please, if you’re able, find my last attempt to comment, I’m quite proud of it.

  28. The people involved in the article about the meat intolerance patch are clearly social paths that promote depopulation. In the article they are talking about gene modification in humans and manipulating humans to be smaller as well as drugging them to induce empathy. I’m no scientist but my common sense says that real empathy is something you have or you don’t. I am disgusted.

  29. What are your suggestions for supplements with Covid? She has been exposed many times as a RN? But major aches and pains now. She won’t get tested!
    Thanks so much. Also has 9 month old son