Weekly Link Love — Edition 116

Research of the Week

More wine and cheese, less cognitive decline.

Kids born large for gestational age are at a higher risk for type 1 diabetes.

More climatic variation in the ancient world, higher-trust societies today.

In heart disease patients, LDL isn’t linked to cardiovascular or total mortality.

Drinking tea and coffee are protective.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 467: Dane Johnson: Host Elle Russ chats with Dane Johnson.

Episode 468: Brad Kearns and Mark Sisson: Host Brad chats with yours truly about our new book Two Meals a Day.

Media, Schmedia

Beautiful photos of Mongolian nomads.

Interesting Blog Posts

Obesity: hormone problem.

Good reminder on time and parenthood.

Social Notes

What they’ve gotten wrong.

Everything Else

The ancient world was far stranger and more wondrous than we can even imagine.

So delicious.

Replacing 100 grams of carbs with 100 grams of protein has good metabolic and bodyweight effects. Of course.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

This is also why I do it: Pandas roll in horse manure to become less cold sensitive.

Interesting video: Zach Bitter’s low carb approach to ultramarathons.

More “paradoxes”: Red meat consumption linked to reduced insulin resistance, lower inflammation in patients at risk for heart disease.

Important result: “Outdoor air was not infectious…”

Important video: Don’t forget about insulin.

Question I’m Asking

I won’t stand for this. Will you?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 29 – Feb 4)

Comment of the Week

“I think Brad is great also. Why doesn’t he at least get equal billing on the book covers.”

-He’s too good looking, Tom J.

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. OK, what’s up with the LDL study. Sure, exonerating ldl is great, but this study is also concluding that increases in triglycerides is also showing reduced risk of CVD. What!?

  2. People will stand for it.

    We’re long past the days of revolt over a 2% tax on a single commodity – do you really expect anyone to rise up against a meat ration? Far too much of American identity is tied to willful ignorance.

    I anticipate much more of a prohibition response (in which the average American simply becomes a criminal) than a revolutionary one.

    1. I’ll take a prohibition response over compliance with such nonsense.

      1. Honestly, the roaring 20s may have been the happiest time in American history.

  3. The photos of Mongolia really are beautiful, but where is the Taco Bell?

  4. The nomads are interesting, not that i’d want that kind of life.

    Am I the only one though who seen the photo of the guy cutting wood and thought ‘I wouldn’t want to be cutting wood sitting like that, cos he might cut something else off’.


    1. Only if you’ve never swung a hatchet, before. Would take a great deal of flexibility to accomplish what you imagine.

      I wouldn’t swing a maul, seated like that – but he’s not swinging a maul.

  5. Question for a future round of Dear Mark if you happen to do one again soon:

    Updated advice on the Benefits of canned oysters, and different interesting canned seafood (mussels, wild salmon, calamari, anchovies, mackerel, herring…)

    How do they compare to fresh? Given more restricted shopping due to the pandemic these kinds of staples make up a larger part of my diet now if I want to have seafood regularly. Would love to know what brands to avoid and what to look for when buying. Also your thoughts on canned cod liver?

    Another round of how to stock a primal pandemic pantry would always be appreciated too. Updated and expanded 🙂

    Cheers Mark

    1. Look at Mamavation.com and type Seafood in the search tab This woman is on to everything safe for consumers

  6. Thanks Mark – good “food for thought”
    I agree that everybody is biologically different. So, I recommend going to DNA Fit and testing to find out what diet and exercise plan is best for you.
    John North

  7. I am 48 years old, have been lactose intolerant my whole life, and three years ago was diagnosed with Celiac disease, IBS-D, and Collagenous Colitis. My diet is EXTREMELY limited. Last year, my husband got me one of those Ancestry DNA tests..and guess what my heritage is??? I am 78% of France/Germanic descent with 0 positive blood. Don’t tell me there isn’t a correlation between ancestry and the foods we can tolerate. I am proof of that! Thank you Mark for your weekly info..always interesting!

    1. We may be related! I am also allergic to cow’s milk, tested two ways, lactose intolerant, allergic to soy, gluten, wheat, corn, pine nuts, oats, and spinach. I do fine with meats, most fish, some seafood, animal fats, but most veggies cause me excessive digestive distress. I’ve moved to more Carnivore and my body is finally happy.

  8. Quite an interesting study. Thank you for highlighting it in your newsletter today. Do you know of any companies who are now testing DNA to determine our best diet?

    1. I would like to know which DNA company is the best one to use as well.

    2. I would love to know where to get tested too! I know I personally can eat anything – any amount of carbs, grains, etc and I would love to know ‘why’ that is from a genetic perspective.

  9. There are biological limits to adaptation. Human insulin response to carbohydrates isn’t going to significantly change. Insulin resistance and Type II diabetes aren’t going to be entirely adapted away. The other factor is missing nutrients. Those who consume a processed food, nutrient-void diet are not maximizing their daily potential. For me the Keto(ish) lifestyle isn’t just about weight management. Sure, that’s part of it, but it’s mostly about having the energy for life as I age. It’s about mental clarity. It’s about getting on my indoors Peloton bike on a cold day outside and being able to be in the top third of spin riders at age 70, in a group of 20’s, 40’s and 40’s mostly. It’s about looking at age 80 as my target retirement age. I can feel the difference with just a week away from a nutrient-dense, green vegetable and healthy fat and protein diet. I don’t believe our bodies will ever adapt to poor nutrition.

  10. hese “farmers” didn’t look like farmers, genetically. They were a mix of farmer and hunter-gatherer stock, with between 37-58% hunter-gatherer ancestry. Furthermore, this inter-breeding occurred recently—about 300-500 years prior to the time of death.”
    Could you please clarify when this interbreeding occurred?

  11. Our modern, current day processed foods diet is less than 100 years old. In fact, I am 57 and when I was a young boy, my grandfather owned a dairy farm. I was around the farm a lot as a boy. The cows were always grazing in the pastures. They only ate grain and supplemental foods when they were being milked. There were very few industrial farms 50 years ago. So, the modern day, ultra processed and industrial foods is unsustainable in my opinion. I think we must return to the ways that our ancestors ate. If we can return to the way we lived 60 years ago, the obesity epidemic would almost disappear. We know this because all we need to do is look at films of that era. Nobody was fat. Everybody smoked, but there was very little obesity and that is largely because the environment was cleaner and the animals were treated better and were better fed. I think our society is at a point where it needs to reconcile that diet is a major component to a healthy life, long term. It isn’t about taking medications for 30 years of your life, all the while there is no curing of the disease, only masking the symptoms. I think that those of us in our 50s and 60s should reflect at what we looked like when we were 30 to 35 years of age. If you are a man, did you have a pot belly? Mostly, the answer is no. Why do we have this weight gain? Is it genetic? Or is it what we are eating and lack of exercise? We need to as ourselves these questions. If we can do this, we, as a society will be healthier longer and we’ll be healthier at middle age, when it’s really important.

  12. It might also be relevant that hunter / gatherers would have a greater inventory of tools that could be used as weapons, as well as greater skill in wielding weapons, since that’s how they got their food, so it stands to reason that the farmers easily fell to them when any violent confrontation ensued.

  13. Great article! I’d like to look up the reference on that. I am totally descended from one of those who cannot tolerate carbohydrates or lactose. Interesting!

  14. First question that popped in my mind after reading the article was, “Is there a method for me to determine what is best for me to eat?” Our nutritional teachings at an early age push the idea of one program fits all.

    1. Listen to your body. How do you feel after eating certain foods, and combinations of foods? Are you energized, or do you feel tired? Can you think clearly, or are you foggy-headed? Does your pulse noticeably speed up or slow down? Fruit is best when eaten alone, not after a meal. Proteins and carbs eaten together can be difficult to digest. Check out food combining.

  15. Mark, this reminds me of the Blood Type Diet a lot, which posits the older bloods (I remember type O) should eat hunter gatherer foods, younger bloods more grains/farm harvests. Which brings me to a question: what if our food supplies and supply chains are cut off (pandemic induced or otherwise), there’s sudden, overnight hoarding and grocery shelves are emptied. What would be a best stocked food supply to keep at home? Appreciate your thoughts. Your 15-year-reader (or more) going on 69 yrs young, Brook

    1. Pigeons are delicious, extremely easy to catch, and plentiful in most areas.

      You needn’t live in the Great Rift Valley to be a modern-day hunter-gatherer.

  16. Interesting article today (Sun Feb 7/21). Left me wondering how I find out what my genetic makeup is and what kind of diet it indicates I should be eating.


  18. Awesome! The ability to become fat adapted and have metabolic flexibility, has been life changing. Thanks for being a pioneer for our generation.

  19. I actually don’t oppose taxing meat, based on environmental concerns. If we did that, it would also mean taxing (to a lesser extent) big soy, wheat, and corn operations. Rationing is a completely different animal though and I oppose that vigorously.

  20. Per your 7 Feb 2021 “Sunday with Sisson”:
    Have had many of your observations “nagging” at me for many years and have struggled to sort out what I thought might be issues significantly rooted in my somewhat jumbled up genetic code. Spent the first several decades of my life as a carb-aholic who bought into the “mantra” of low/no fat diets arising in the 60s and 70s. The light bulb finally started to glow a little in the early to mid 70s but only so far as to get me interested in those organic and whole foods that were not part of the exhaustively vilified proteins and fats that we were informed would immediately kill us if consumed. 150% agree with you in the last part of your article where you hit on the “silver bullet” of finding out “What Really Works for Me”!!!! Been trying to solve this mystery since the early 2000s and have experienced some mixed successes but have yet to completely figure myself out…….only dietarily speaking. Any suggestions you could make or reading you could recommend would be extremely welcomed. You Have My Undivided Attention!!!!!!

  21. Fascinating blog on European ancestry, Mark. The article seems to validate what my gene profile has pointed out about me. I’m mostly British and Western European stock. My DNA suggest I have poor ability to digest carbs but I relatively tolerant of animal products. So I guess my genes have more to do with HG’rs than Farmers.

  22. Fascinating research, but I wonder how important middle to late Neolithic factors are compared to Paleolithic (Ice Age) factors. My understanding is that our haplotype genomes were developed way before 10,000 years ago. Wouldn’t that make us primarily hunter-gatherers at heart, regardless of a few thousand years of farming?

  23. How do you get back on the sundays with sisson emails? I used to get them, don’t anymore, can’t find a sign up place,am very sad.

    1. This happened to me too, despite signing up again a few times. (I’m also on the PHC course). I thought Mark had retired from the Sun. emails!! !
      I tried again twice recently & am finally getting the Sunday emails again, though it took two signups.
      It was on the main MDA website at the bottom i think. Might have to do it more than once, I definitely did. SO great to get these emails again!

    2. Mine disappeared for a while too, then a month or so later they starting showing up again. Probably be best to sign up again.

  24. I enjoy everything you write. Thank you for staying the course!

  25. With an Irish mother and a Greek father that leaves me between milk and baklava….