Weekly Link Love — Edition 120

Research of the Week

Very low-carb ketogenic diets are safe and effective for type 2 diabetics.

Both Neanderthals and humans had similar auditory and speech capabilities.

The link between air pollution and crime.

2020 saw the highest number of traffic deaths in 13 years, despite driving being way down.

Improving road safety reduces crime.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 473: Drew Manning: Host Elle Russ welcomes Drew Manning back to the podcast.

Health Coach Radio: Chris Davis and Stephanie Aubrey show you how to grow stronger through collaboration.

Media, Schmedia

The COVID epidemic hit obese countries hardest.

The ancient art of parenting.

Interesting Blog Posts

Dave Feldman digs into a little-used measure of lipoprotein oxidation.

How close are we to psilocybin and MDMA therapy?

Social Notes

Love it.

Everything Else

A true flower child.

New embalming details from an ancient Egyptian manual reveal how sophisticated those guys were.

Buen vivir.

An eye for the other eye.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Reasons why young adults might be having less sex: Video games, lower alcohol consumption, living with parents.

Interesting article: Cormac McCarthy on the evolution of language.

If you’re qualified…: Apply to revive the woolly mammoth.

Big topic: “Prevalence trends tell us what did not precipitate the US obesity epidemic.”

Missing vitamin D?: This sunlamp looks quite good.

Question I’m Asking

What do you think caused the obesity epidemic?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 26 – Mar 4)

Comment of the Week

“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!”

-I’m so glad to hear this, Helen.

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. What caused obesity? Constant snacking on fructose.

    Unlike glucose the linchpin enzyme in fructose metabolism has no inhibitory feedback mechanism, and in fact upregulates itself, making you fatter and fatter.

    In glucose metabolism PFK will be inhibited by excess citrate (or malonyl co-a which means even a high fat diet will inhibit itself eventually).

    In fructose metabolism KHK will reduce ATP an extra step to AMP, which is shunted into the uric acid pathway and ultimately uric acid itself upregulates KHK.

  2. Polyunsaturated fats loaded the gun, processed carbs pulled the trigger.

  3. It didn’t happen overnight. It takes years for bad eating habits to take hold and become ingrained. IMO, the original food pyramid, dating back to the 1970s and preached to the public as gospel, is in large part responsible for present-day obesity in the U.S. The recommendation to eat a whopping 6 to 11 servings of grain products EACH AND EVERY DAY has proved disastrous. More recent versions of that infamous pyramid aren’t much better.

    1. You not wrong. IMO the food pyramid, has probably already caused the deaths of more Americans than Korea, Vietnam and both World Wars combined.

  4. The Obesity Epidemic….Misinformation and lies…. starting with Ansel Keays and his financial backers, Big Agra is next!
    People now are so confused about what to eat/ not to eat it is absolutely shameful the way they have been victimized!

    1. Agree. Misinformation and lies from our government agencies – namely BigFood, Ag, Pharma. I also agree with Skeezix about the Food Pyramid dating back to the 1970’s …. as well as the introduction of GMOs, and all the mass-produced, ultra-processed food that media promotes. Also, no real nutritional guidance from physicians (they typically don’t have the education or knowledge anyway). All these factors have essentially made obesity an epidemic over the decades.

  5. What caused obesity?
    Deviations that went to far from the primal-paleo lifeway. So, take the factors in the primal blueprint, shift them away from the primal-paleo lifeway and there you have it. Although, I do think that the role of “stress” is under-emphasised. Stress interferes with sleep, it affects eating patterns and volume, can sap energy and reduce physical activity, it can make people focus on short term stress avoidance and ignore their longer term longevity interests etc. I could go on at length but the gist should be clear. Intense thinking, tension and anxiety are the result of stress. Relaxation is the opposite – ungripping, easing, gentle, slowing, calming and so on. Relax the body, relax the mind, let it happen and the mind will slow down and become still in a simple primal experience of just being. Afterwards, you know of calm that can be profound. This is a simplified version of how Dr Ainslie Meares’ meditation method reduces tension, anxiety and fear.

  6. We shouldn’t be trying to revive the woolly mammoths or forcing modern elephants to survive in arctic climates through gene editing. Evolution occurs slowly for a reason

    1. That is debatable. There is evidence that evolution occurs in rapid spurts. There was a russian study involving the domestication of foxes that back it up.

      Remember, Darwin’s version of evolution is still a theory.

  7. There is a factor in the road toll that a Police recognise, but cannot count – Suicide.

    There are simply too many “accidents” that cannot be explained by road conditions, weather, vehicle failure or any other measurable factor. A corpse cannot be tested for suicidal tendencies and Police are obviously reluctant to speculate when that would cause more pain for family members (not to mention voiding life-insurance) without any benefit.

    You won’t find lobby-groups like the NSC talking about this, because it won’t bring them more attention and credit, but it is real.

    It also shows , yet again, how high the costs of lockdown can be. When your Police are diverted to enforcing closed borders and use of public spaces, they are not available for traffic enforcement and crime prevention. When the public is increasingly stressed and increasingly bored, substance abuse and high-risk behaviour increase.

    There is no free lunch.

    1. Yes, I am sure the explosion in vehicular deaths is mainly due to what is referred to as “deaths of despair” from the “lockdowns” (even the language being used to tell you that you are a prisoner, done on purpose) and also related to the massive upsurge in drug and alcohol abuse from same. This artificially induced situation has revealed not only the complete disregard business, medicine and politics have for quality of life, but also the lack of resilience people have compared to previous generations.

  8. I think the air pollution represents living in a crap hole which leads to more reasons for blue collar crime. As for traffic safety being linked to crime, well every step you take toward a police state may cause a drop in crime but instead of a better world it leads to one you want to live in even less.

  9. Farm bill, food pyramid, demonization of animal fats and use of “vegetable” fats, glyphosate

  10. Breakfast cereals, muesli and coffee, and the increased shelf life of food that the body has trouble breaking down.

  11. Processed food. Too much of it.
    Processed fats, processed sugars, and processed grains.
    Our bodies can’t process it.

  12. I use a few drops of The Old Masters oil that is composed of oils (%) peppermint (37.4), cajeput (15), eucalyptus (40), peppermint crisp (0.75), juniperberry (3), wintergreen (1.5), bergamot (0.39), aniseed (0.39), cinnamon (0.75) & pine (0.75) that is recommended as a chest rub for symptoms of colds, flu, asthma, bronchitis & sinusitis. also for sore muscles, insect bites, etc. I dab a few drops on a towel on my pillow.

  13. Big increase in marketing and consumption of ultra-processed foods (which are not really foods at all, but “food-like substances”). Industrial seed oils and high-fructose corn syrup are probably the worst of these, but there are many more. Just go to the grocery store and look at all the junk food in the middle aisles! And the big food companies have designed all of this junk to be addictive once you get started eating it.

  14. What caused obesity? One of my F.B.feeds is pictures of our town going back 100 years. One just popped up from the 1950’s with a large group of people. There was not one person in the picture that was overweight. They were all very slim. We didn’t have take out and eat out much back then. We never snacked between meals. Children played outside all day and walked to school. My concern is for all the diabetic children we have now. What will happen to them?

    1. Right. People don’t cook from scratch anymore, if they cook at all. I have a friend who never cooks anything and never has. She just heats up processed food for all her meals. Coincidentally, she has a lot of health issues. She says “food is food” and blames her weight gain on the medication she takes.

      1. Ironic thing is many of those people are proud of their inability to cook, wearing it as a badge of honor.

    2. Children today suffer from way too many toxic inputs on all levels and far too little essential ones like outdoor play in nature, real food, loving touch and eye-to-eye family and community engagement.

  15. What caused the obesity epidemic? Read Peter Dobromylskyj’s blog Hyperacid – the posts in the “protons thread”. If you’re a biochemist, you’ll be able to understand what he’s getting at. If not, listen to Dr. Saladino’s 2 part interview with him on his Fundamental Health podcast. The short answer is that the obesity epidemic is the result of an enormous increase in the amount of linoleic acid our diets. It makes a lot of sense, it’s probably not the entire answer, but it’s the best explanation I’ve heard so far.

    1. Sorry, autocorrect got me! That should be Hyperlipid, not Hyperacid.

    2. Peter is brilliant. I have been reading his various blogs for years and learned much of value.

  16. This will sound weirder than “chicken foot broth”. I’m experimenting with mouth taping while I sleep. I just read “Breath” by James Nestor. It’s fascinating! My sleep has improved, my breathing has improved, and my overall health has improved. And BONUS- I no longer wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.

    1. Mouth taping works. An old book tells about the native Americans teaching their babies the importance of keeping their mouths closed when sleeping for oral and whole body health. And Patrick McKeown, Buteyko breathing teacher, wrote a book called Close Your Mouth for Perfect Health.

    2. I also started mouth taping in December and am seeing lots of benefits. Less clenching at night, better sleep, and I am even noticing a change in the tone of my facial muscles, the position of my lips and my smile. It’s fascinating.

    3. I’ve been mouth taping my daughters for years! My daughter got a few cavities when she was about 6, even though we brushed/flossed/low sugar/all the things and they actually healed themselves after mouth taping. The dentist said he’d never seen anything like it.

    4. Yup mouth taping is amazing…also correct yourself if you find yourself breathing with your mouth open. By breathing through your nose your sinuses will open up. Your body naturally produces nitric oxide which opens up your blood vessels and sinuses. It’s amazing and it really works.

  17. Regarding sleep aids, I’ve tried aromatherapy. Didn’t work for me at all, for anything. In fact, I consider it a waste of money. I routinely take magnesium but it doesn’t help me sleep when I get insomnia. About the only thing that works when I get an inappropriately-timed second wind is to either get up and read for a while or take low-dose melatonin (no more than 3 mg).

  18. Vagus Nerve healing ~ has anyone else noticed inflamation of lymph nodes after covid vac?
    As usual your timing is great Mark as I noticed nodes in my neck are enlarged one week after injection. Just you tubed about massaging vagus nerve and yes indeedie I will be doing it to decrease and heal lymph swelling! TY

  19. Last night I read Psalm 27 and then “soaked” in a song about it called Cry of David by IHOP / Forerunner Music.

  20. I’ve been supplementing my chicken bone broth with feet too. It’s a hilarious joke to show my family the pot and tell them that’s what’s for supper. But it’s true each time I drink the broth in the late afternoon or early evening I get a good sleep score on the Fitbit.

  21. That air pollution and crime are contiguous is no surprise. More populated areas have more of both than do rural areas. The times during the week when people drive away from their homes, causing pollution, are more likely times for both home burglary and street mugging than when people are inside their homes with their cars parked. This sounds more like coincidence than causation to me.

    1. I would add that the study that says since crime and accidents are contiguous, improving road safety would stop crime, uses poor logic. This article also misses the point that both crime and accidents happen when people drive from their homes. Increased road safety would not stop porch pirates, burglars, and street muggers. Sitting home with cars parked in the garage would reduce both accidents and crime, although that’s admittedly unfeasible as a solution for either. This logic is “Leisure suits cause cancer!” all over again.

  22. I’ve been using epsom salt baths and magnesium oil as well. Great stuff. An epsom salt bath after a workout feels especially wonderful.
    I hadn’t tried chamomile In chicken feet broth, so will try it in good bone broth before doing the chicken feet at home thing. Though, anything that can promote good sleep is worth a try.
    I’m curious to know what everyone thinks about vagus oil specifically or essential oils and aromatherapy in general. I used to be an essential oils regular and then read that some formulas have estrogenic properties as well as anti-androgenic properties. So, I stopped using them entirely, and have a dozen bottles of expensive oils sitting unused.
    What’s the straight scoop on the essential oils estrogenic/androgenic thing?

  23. World War II caused the obesity epidemic.
    An economical and seemingly nutritious way to feed the troops became a surplus of corn and soy, which led to unnecessary farm subsidies and lobbyists, instigating the awful food pyramid guidelines and junk food culture we have been living with ever since.