Weekly Link Love — Edition 117

Research of the Week

Stories persuade more than facts.

Numeracy at age 4 predicts future math mastery.

Runner’s high depends on cannabinoids, not opioids.

Living near a street lamp may increase the risk of thyroid cancer. Rather specific, isn’t it?

Date seed tea increases T.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 469: Ben Ivey: Host Elle Russ chats with Ben Ivey about The Entrepreneur Lifestyle.

Health Coach Radio: Michelle Mansueto talks about finding your voice at the table.

Media, Schmedia

Is China building a gene-edited race of hyperintelligent soldiers?

Much baby food, even organic stuff, contains high levels of heavy metals.

Interesting Blog Posts

When and where did modern humans originate? The answer isn’t so simple.

Does creatine reduce the amount of sleep you need?

Social Notes

Reminder: Brad Kearns and I are premiering our new video at 10 AM Pacific today. We’ll also be there available to chat.

What they’ve gotten wrong.

Everything Else

Scientists analyze ancient Neanderthal poop.

Environmental exposures early in life and risk of obesity.


Calf: the second heart?

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I am not surprised: “Evolutionary history” has an effect on the risk of disease.

Interesting idea: Unfermented pasteurized milk drives aging, fermented milk reduces it.

Famous last words: “Breaking the link between animals and meat is a solution to this problem.”

Important result: Teens living in high sound environments have worse sleep.

Fascinating argument: Not all hunter-gatherers were nomadic.

Question I’m Asking

Who’s lining up to eat this monstrosity?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 5 – Feb 11)

Comment of the Week

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

-Could be worse, Eelbrood.

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 creatine article is interesting. I’ve been taking it for a good few years, 5g a day, not cycling off. I’m 40/m and my sleep is perfectly normal, though I will wake up to pee or roll over or something. I’m perfectly functional on a minimum of 6 hours sleep but usually try for 7-7.5 on a normal night with no alarm needed. Can’t really remember the last time I slept more than 8 straight hours normally but I’m sure its happened here and there.

  2. In reference to the “interesting idea” of fermented milk vs. unfermented milk and the relationship with aging, the first thing that jumped out to me was that it might have much to do with the lactose level of the milk product, and that fermentation essentially “burns” of much it. So, while there is probably a conglomeration of factors involved, I’m thinking that the less insulinogenic the milk, the better. Shocking, I know.

  3. Interesting, i’ve never heard of date seed tea. Might be time for me to try a new tea as that’s all I drink now.

  4. Given the United States’ long history of testing any number of biological and chemical weapons on military and civilian subjects – with and without their consent – and given the United States’ utter failure to contain and treat Covid 19 – see China, Vietnam, South Korea, Cuba for how to contain – it sure is curious how MDA continues to cite “we lied, we cheated, we stole” US intelligence scare-mongering sources about Chinese military bioengineering. How about taking a look in the mirror?

    1. Yeah, how dare anyone in anyway connected with anyone who’s done anything questionable ever question anyone else for doing anything questionable….

      I mean, what is science thinking, questioning itself?

  5. That jalapeño popper soup looks good.
    Those other guys can keep the lab created meat. Yuck

  6. The intense but not fatiguing upper body workout post is terrific, and so happy you support it- validation! My buddies back in the day would do upper body circuit training and in-between our turn we’d do a less intensive drill, which meant no spotters or helpers, which meant we shortened the circuit time and reduced the intensity below fatigue as I imagined in your story- terrific! I still do workouts similar to this today but I’m sure it’s not quite as crisp as you’ve described so now I’m energized to keep at it and crisp it up.

  7. How am I training? I’m not, and that scares me. I’m 76, reasonably fit but have developed neuropathy and it usually hurts too much to exercise. I’ve been unable to obtain useful guidance about this from doctors. Should I exercise through the pain? Would it help with the neuropathy, as well as muscle and cardio fitness?

  8. Hello Mr. Sisson!
    I am learning how to move my body more.
    I am listening to Atomic Habits and starting to use my HIIT trainer to move more.
    Just want to thank you for your blog. I read it often and there is always something to make me think and take action.

    Take care and be safe.

  9. You forgot the directions to decline push-up at the end of your article

  10. The article about China making super soldiers seems to come from a site that makes histrionic teenagers look calm and reasonable. Was this a joke? Reading the comments made me lose IQ points.

    1. It’s State Department agitprop. Who at MDA is vetting these “articles?”

    2. If you don’t believe this is real you are in for a rude awakening

      1. China isn’t the country with 800 military bases around the world droning civilians that lies its way into one endless war after another. Remember Iraq WMD’s? The US state department/Pentagon/Intelligence agencies have zero credibility.

  11. I enjoyed reading your current workout routine Mark. It is a great reminder to switch it up. I’m a fan of doing 45-60 minute workouts but this is a great change of pace. I’ll tack on a 30-minute walk around the block afterwards.

  12. Hm… How do I train? I guess I don’t. (Train for what?) I detest exercising for the sake of exercising. That doesn’t mean I’m inactive. I walk for the pleasure of being outside and moving my body (which gently exercises most of one’s muscles), occasionally ski for the same reasons, do housework, cook, and there’s a slew of stairs in my house that I negotiate repeatedly on a daily basis.
    So I guess you could say that staying active as I go about my daily life is how I “train.” I find it to be enough. I’m in good health, rarely get sick, and I don’t have any pain. That’s actually saying quite a bit, particularly as one gets older.

  13. Thanks for the push-up info/video – I like the hand/elbow positioning (I was doing them wrong). I stop in plank position for one full breath after each arm extension – plank push-up.

  14. From the “Breaking the link between animals and meat” article: “This approach, also known as Cellular Agriculture, holds the promise to relieve agriculture from the burden of not being sustainable.” There’s a textbook example of misdirection.

  15. I do the same workout every day. A 4 mile hike in the woods. Then over the course of the day,. 3 sets of pushups, pull-ups, bodyweight squats and lunges. I sleep better this way. Two hard workouts per week always gave me insomnia.

  16. I don’t want to live long enough to end up eating printed meat. This is an Orwellian nightmare sci fi horror movie. Wake up people, the answer lies in the past not the future even though most won’t want to hear it. Old wholesome ways with a populous kept in check. I’ll leave it to the imaginative to speculate how we might just get people to willingly line up and take their “shot”.