Weekly Link Love — Edition 119

Research of the Week

A large portion of COVID complications were due to metabolic co-morbidities.

You are mostly what you eat.

Keto improves daily function and quality of life in dementia patients.

Giving testosterone to men with type 2 diabetes causes remission in some.

Improving road safety reduces crime.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 472: Mitch Webb: Host Elle Russ chats with Mitch Webb about how he survived Lyme disease, mold toxicity, chronic fatigue, and debilitating anxiety.

Health Coach Radio: Chloe Maleski is focused on fostering the whole human.

Media, Schmedia

Unintended consequences of COVID.

Interesting Blog Posts

What “science” forgot about pandemics (but not everyone).

The biggest findings in archaeology (2020).

Social Notes

Play more video games to “reduce depression” in kids? No thanks.

Everything Else


Under new food school requirements, meat can “safely” be completely replaced with nuts, seeds, cheese, and soy.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Epidemiological study alert, albeit one that agrees with my preconceived ideas: High glycemic index-linked to higher cardiovascular mortality.

Podcast you should listen to: The one where I explore what I did before becoming the mayo and MDA king of Malibu.

Feel-good story: Turkish garbage workers create a library from all the books they’ve found over the years.

I heard Peter Attia’s cry of joy from hundreds of miles away: Topo Chico reports having cut PFAS levels in half.

More unintended consequences: People have been missing out on cancer screenings.

Question I’m Asking

Should kids wear masks in school? I see the arguments for both sides.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 12 – Feb 18)

Comment of the Week

“Was Bill Gates elected? No? I’m nervous about people having so much power and influence without a democratic mandate.”

-I’m also worried about people having so much power and influence with a democratic mandate, Hazel.

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. Nobody should wear masks at all with the overwhelming evidence about the health damage it does, and also that they aren’t effective for this purpose.

  1. The science doesn’t support kids under high-school age wearing masks in school. We’ve known since early on that younger children get this coronavirus less often than adults, generally get it less severely than adults, and transmit it much less than adults. Transmission in schools is much more likely to be from adult to child, than from child to child or child to adult. Put a properly-fitted N95 respirator and face shield on the teacher. Let the children breathe.

    The idea that “masks may not help, but they don’t hurt” is incorrect. Kids are developing maskne and staph infections on their faces, and may be more likely to contract other illnesses, from prolonged mask wearing.

    Not to mention the ineffectiveness of cloth face coverings and surgical-style masks in general. Decades of mask studies during influenza pandemics have shown consistently that cloth masks are a last resort, barely better than nothing. Surgical masks are slightly better, IF they’re changed often and not touched constantly, but they aren’t designed or intended to prevent virus transmission. This coronavirus is a similar size to the influenza virus, and transmitted the same way.

    Ginning up computer models (like statistics, you can make them say whatever you want) and spouting the same three or four anecdotes that “prove” non-N95 masks stop virus transmission isn’t science, it’s deliberate disinformation.

  2. I don’t think anyone against masks is arguing (beyond trolling) that masks don’t reduce the projection of water vapor and other substances, to include viruses, from the mouth and nose….

    Yet, there are lessons children learn in school beyond reading, writing, and nap time (look at the test scores, they’re not learning ‘rithmetic)….

    From the research I’ve been able to find, the mask does little more to reduce the spread of the virus than covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough. It does a little more (assuming the virus is even present), but not enough to cancel out the second- and third-order effects that come with it.

    It’s far too negligible a difference, especially among such a low-risk population, to justify removing the reenforcement of personal hygiene and manners that come with maskless socialization (which also reduce the risk of infection) – big parts of the emotional IQ that children develop in atmospheres like school.

    Additionally, the mask provides a tangible distance from others. It’s far too early to measure any impact (and thankfully we have a great deal of time to mitigate such) of this on our children, but the strong correlation between distance and detachment from humanity is demonstrated in scientific data regarding various military specialties and emotional costs. Society, as a whole, is becoming more detached from one individual to another; do we really want to encourage this distance among those most susceptible to unspoken lessons?

  3. Interesting correlation between road safety and crime.

    I’m glad that the article about What “science” forgot about pandemics mentioned the old buildings with radiators under the windows. But they missed / skipped that radiators were moved to in front of the windows (as opposed to interior walls) during the 1918 flu pandemic to heat the cold winter air as it came in the building.

    Kudos to the Turkish garbage collectors for starting a library with discarded books.

  4. It’s sad to see the concentrated effort to try to get people to stop eating meat. First the bill gates ‘synthetic meat’ bs, and now ‘studies’.

    It almost seems like a concentrated effort to destroy everyones health. Along with all the other so called ‘public health mandates’ that are exactly the opposite of anything that contributes to real health.

  5. That was amazing! First the “challenged” lift, then the call to seek normalizing greatness. Thanks Mark!

  6. Hospice nurses are like that. They enter into the fray of human suffering and bring comfort amidst many questions of “How can you do this?!” When one finds what one is born to do, one receives the grace to do it.

  7. Nothing great about wrecking your body. I’m not impressed. What is functional in everyday life that lifting heavy weights accomplishes. You might get old one day,those joints need to last a lifetime. Eat well do functional movements not crazy got to put my picture on the internet. You’re way off base Mark.

    1. Well, even if you don’t think the example provided is a great feat, the general message Mark was conveying is agreeable. To me at least. My amazing feats are birthing babies and raising them. Lots of people do it but it’ll always be an amazing feat. 🙂 Also I quit caffeine 21 days ago, I think anyone who chooses to quit caffeine and sticks with it is performing a great feat!

      1. Far from a coward, 30 year retired firefighter. First in, last out. How have you made a difference in other people’s lives?

        1. Not a personal attack, and not calling you a coward – simply stating that your comment is advocating for cowardice.

          Incidentally, I’ve known plenty of cowards working (and retiring from) fields that are generally considered brave. Being a firefighter doesn’t make you a hero, it simply affords you more opportunity to act as such.

    2. I’m afraid you missed the point of Mark’s email. This isn’t your normal, it’s his. No one is suggesting that you do this. Neither are they asking for your endorsement. The point is to consider what you do that is normal for you, that others might find awe-inspiring. It’s about introspection and reflection, not judging others.

  8. Thanks for the inspiration! I am amidst a career change. I’m a teacher and intend on writing and illustrating for kids. I was once close to this goal and abandoned it to raise my son and take care of family. At 51, it feels a bit daunting. The fire is still burning though so I must pursue the dream and conquer my own mind, mainly. The pep talk helped!

    1. As a retired Elementary School teacher I constantly lean on the power of music. This is especially true when it comes to my granddaughter who is 5 years old but living away from me in another state. Every time we go visit I go back to my school curriculum and the treasure chest songs and games and try to pack into my suitcase as much “power of music influence” that I may have on her life. Keep it FUN and keep it CHILL- who knows what may end up happening !

  9. “ … greatness is within your reach… we can achieve greatness within the confines of our own lives and capacities—or even beyond them.” I absolutely loved reading today’s Sunday with Sisson. Thank you for the inspiration, always.

  10. RE Sunday with Sisson – I think the question comes down to risk vs. reward – assuming one understands the risks, which many don’t…

  11. People think that doing remarkable things is really difficult, but violinist Jascha Heifetz said it best. A fan asked him if the concerto he just performed was difficult, and he said “No, you can either do it or you can’t”.

  12. This column comforts, but also inspires. I’m caregiving my bedridden husband right now, and have been so tired that my emotions have played havoc. But this steadies and provides a goal I can concentrate on. It has helped already. Thank you!

  13. I gave up alcohol 6 months ago and I’m training for my first half marathon in the middle of winter, I’m pretty proud of myself. Loved today’s post! We can do hard things.

  14. I have been having a rough time lately. I was furloughed with covid, had 2 surgeries, then effectively lost my job as a result. I have not felt worthwhile and I am sure this has been exacerbated by stress eating and just not being rigorous in how I fuel my body, opting for anything but ketogenic-paleo foods (how I feel best). But, I am one hell of a PTA; an ice hockey goalie in a men’s beer league (started playing at 30 and in goal at 42); I’ve come back from a THA (2019), RC repair, and herniated (ruptured) disc (both 2020); and just went back to school to take prerequisites to apply to PT school. All this, and in just 15 days I hit the half century mark. I needed the words you were inspired to write for today. I have been looking for my word for the year, and recently toyed with valuable. Previous ideas of some sort of ‘determined never felt right. But this post made me think of what I do everyday…help people reclaim their lives and stand as an example for them. My great feat is doing all this. It is, and I am, valuable. Sorry if I rambled.

  15. Not commented before but felt compelled to reply to this message as it really resonated with me. That said, I always enjoy reading your Sunday missives.

  16. I don’t know about treating depression, but video games are awesome.

    Kids should of course be outside playing, and they should have an active social life, and be doing well in school.

    But if that’s all true,
    then let them play video games!

    There are tons of benefits from cognitive to social for the kids – and adults.
    Video games are a hell of a lot better than TV or movies, as they are interactive and require a person to engage with them, as opposed to passive entertainment.

    1. I agree. The control group were kids that never play, this was not a comparison between kids who play moderately and kids who play heavily.

  17. You say you wrecked your body – How? In what way is it wrecked?
    I am interested as I firmly believe a lot of pain and joint damage is due to one’s activities as a younger person. I fenced for 24 years from the age of 12 years and in my early 50’s had to have a knee replacement!
    Kind regards, Richard

  18. Listening to The Best Boss Ever podcast and heard how you’d run to school instead of taking the bus. I can relate, though there wasn’t really a suitable bus route to my school. The only reason I’d run is because I had to. I’d sleep in until 10-15 minutes before class, so I had no choice :).
    This did help my endurance of course, but the only time I ever participated in an endurance event was for a charitable 5K run.
    The other side effect was that I’d never accept anything less than an A in physical education classes. I hardly cared about the other classes, as long as I passed them.
    I guess it also shaped me in that health/fitness always felt like a priority, so perhaps it’s no coincidence I can’t help but listen to the Sisson today. 🙂

  19. About the school meal paper:
    Nuts, cheese, and soy are not so surprising when it also says Enriched macaroni can replace meat :0

  20. Single Serve Primal Foods
    Any chance we can get single serve primal foods products for those who work construction and need you mayo or salad dressing on the fly ?