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February 01 2019

Weekly Link Love—Edition 14

By Mark Sisson
35 Comments

Research of the Week

Neanderthals were likely sprinters, not joggers.

Low-carb diets, whether they be high-protein and/or high-fat, plant-based or animal-based, are not associated with elevated coronary artery calcium.

Fried chicken and fried fish consumption linked to increased cardiovascular and overall mortality.

8-hour feeding windows are totally safe in obese adults.

Recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults may have the opposite effect, according to a new meta-analysis.

Women are more likely to choose short-term and long-term partners with their dad’s eye color.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 307: Alexander Haskell: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Alexander Haskell about prescription drug addiction.

Episode 308: Keto Q&A with Brad Kearns: Host Brad Kearns answers listener questions about keto.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

Leading cardiovascular health journal publishes stern warning against “social media misinformation” regarding statins and cholesterol.

Holocaust survivors lived long lives.

Interesting Blog Posts

George Henderson reviews a new fasting-lite book.

How seed oils make sun bathing dangerous.

Social Notes

Went to the grand opening of Primal Santa Cruz, a new Primal/paleo restaurant.

Everything Else

Food education film from the 1950s.

Sonar may cause suicidal ideation in whales.

Single men and married men smell different.

How much rich, meaty aromatherapy do you deserve?

Music is essential for dementia patients.

The Golden Bolt has passed.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I enjoyed: Elle Russ appearing on Tom Bilyeu’s Health Theory podcast to discuss why you probably have a thyroid problem without knowing it.

They had me at “evolutionary”: An evolutionary perspective on why food overconsumption impairs cognition.

This is actually quite cool: Elephant seals took advantage of the government shutdown to take over a beach. They still won’t leave.

Great news: Hyperbaric oxygen treatment improves Alzheimer’s.

I wouldn’t mind doing inpatient here: The Alaska hospital that serves whale and caribou.

Question I’m Asking

Do you notice a connection between how much you eat and how well you think?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 27– Feb 2)

Comment of the Week

“I’m going to check my iron levels, and also, for some strange reason I’m starting to itch all over …”

– With any luck those are plague fleas and your iron levels will be perfect, HealthyHombre.

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  1. Doing my first week of Keto, and definitely feeling that I”m remembering more, and thinking clearer. I also do a 16:8 intermittent fast, and in the morning I had enough energy to do a 10 minute workout. My hunger pangs definitely wane as I go longer into the 16hrs. By the way I love that I can eat bacon with some veggies in the morning, and in the afternoon I can have my hamburger with lettuce, and cheese and tomato. Fat is delicious! Now I can see how people can actually stick with keto. It’s definitely possible!

  2. I’ve heard people talk about how a guy becomes more attractive if he has a girlfriend, but how does that fit with the article about single men being more smelly because of testosterone?

    1. Perhaps the effect (partnered guys becoming more attractive) is more psychological. The fact that someone “picked” him is a signal that he’s a good one, so to speak, which automatically is a point in his favour.
      There usually isn’t only one kind of effect at play with something as evolutionarily important as sexual attraction. There could be several, sometimes competing signals working on several different levels.

  3. I’m waiting patiently for the Liver aromatherapy candle.
    Maybe LiverKing can up his game?

  4. As a physician I got a good laugh from the AHA piece about misinformation on the internet and social media. I guess they will never admit to their own culpability in misinformation. But yet they “stand ready to assist” with their pharmaceutical funded research…..who judges the judges? What a joke.

    1. What I found most telling is they also mentioned vaccines causing autism – which is clearly false – and then say the debate about statins is equally misguided. But then they really don’t back that up with data other than telling you the potential side effects are totally worth it because statins have this invisible benefit – making sure you didn’t have a heart attack. But likewise, there is no way of knowing that you would have had a heart attack if you DIDN’T take statins.

      I suppose I could find 100 people who have a 20% chance of a cardiac event in the next five years and have them rub a penny once a day for two minutes,. If less than 20 people had a cardiac event in five years, then rubbing a penny saved lives.

  5. I don’t need to follow a link to know my husband smells different now. I know to put deodorant on the grocery list when he hugs me and it brings tears to my eyes…and not the ‘full of love’ kind. One of the perks of him working at home, I guess.

  6. In the low carb CAC study, it’s showing,” The median intakes of total carbohydrate, fat and protein were 53·7, 30·5 and 15·6 % energy/d, respectively.“

    I am reading this correctly? 53% carb is not low carb.

  7. “This is actually quite cool: Elephant seals took advantage of the government shutdown to take over a beach. They still won’t leave.”

    Perhaps the elephant seals would do a better job running things in Washington than the clowns we currently have?

    1. Why give them the satisfaction?!

      It would however be a more productive use of their time.

  8. I wish the 8-hour feeding study weren’t paywalled. The abstract concludes that this pattern could aid in weight loss among obese adults but doesn’t say how much weight the participants lost.

    It also says the 8-hour feeding window didn’t change disordered eating patterns. If they kept the participants on their usual diet, I wonder if it may have even made disordered eating worse …

  9. I thought it was common knowledge that overeating causes brain fog. Growing up my father always told me to eat a light breakfast on test days because “you should be a little hungry”

  10. I loved your descriptions of your ideal work environment. Mine is very similar. Also, like you, I don’t know much about classical music. My favorite composer is Boccherini. If you’ve seen the movie “Master and Commander” you may recognize his La Musica Notturna Dells Strade di Madrid. It’s the most beautiful and inspiring piece of music I’ve ever heard. But I’ve lately gotten into his other works and they are quite lovely as well. Good to work to!

  11. Decades ago my father advised looking up at distant views while reading. Funny how this still needs to be taught.

  12. Mark, I would be interested to know if there are any studies on reversing coronary artery calcification.

  13. I’m “retired” so “work” is relative! My work is full time caregiver for our handicapped ward and the rest of the household (husband and critters) and chief cook and bottle washer (well, actually the person who cooks seldom has to do clean up around here!!) My computer is my “connection” to the outside world and it is on the kitchen counter so I am standing while I “talk” with others or catch up.
    This house was built open and airy.so there is A LOT of natural light streaming in all day..and one only has to glance out the window to get a glimpse of the river, or step out on the porch for some air/sun..maybe porpoise viewing!
    I consider us to be richly blessed and am glad I’ve come upon a way to help us extend our “golden years” with health and vigor!

  14. I really enjoy your Sunday column. My daily work routine is similar. As an artist, I’m up before sunrise, only drink cold brew coffee with heavy cream and my studio is upstairs with good natural light. I cannot work under artificial light.
    Studio is very neat, clean and organized. Working in a creative atmosphere, clutter is a killer. I too have a rock mat in front of my easel and always work barefoot. Music? Not so much!

  15. This is comment about you Sunday post.
    When I’m working at my desk or on a sewing/knitting project that needs focus – Spotify has a station called Deep focus. It’s relaxing but helps your flow ????

  16. I am a morning person and love the quietness. After meditation and my indispensable Yerba Mate I jump into creative work first! Answering emails and everything else come later in the day; but one thing that has been working for me great is, since I have many different creative areas to attend I time myself on different tasks. First I make my list for the day and give ‘45 of full attention to that subject. Maybe if I need more on that subject I come back to it later again

  17. My music educator husband says you have excellent music choices. He also suggests any film music of Rachel Portman. The soundtracks are all very relaxing, subdued, beautiful and lyrical. Enjoy!

  18. Really like what you said about brain waves and listening to these youtube videos for focus. I have been doing that in the last week. They are Alpha Wave videos that help you get into Alpha state. They are really calming and seem to get you in a focused state. I have also tried L-Theanine with my keto coffee and I can go for hours with more focus. What are you thoughts on things like L-Theanine for the brain?

  19. I watched the film from the fifties. I was hoping Art was going to switch Mike and Pat’s food. That was a pretty cruel experiment to be conducting in a classroom. Good thing PETA wasn’t around.

  20. Give Joshua Bell a listen for your work background music….elegant, moving, and unmatched violin skill that will amaze you.

  21. Workstation? I’ve been in outside sales for 20 years now. I have a folding keyboard. Short work can be using it on top of my shoulder bag. Or even on top of a payphone that no one will ever use again.

  22. I’m a consultant and specialises in getting employers more involved in employees well-being, which includes standing desks, frequently moving, healthy eating (obv. Primal!) and the sense of community. Reading (all) Marks books has really help me shape my business.

    The results have been amazing!

  23. I really hate it when a group of highly educated folks do something truly stupid. (You can find forgiveness for truly ignorant folks but not the well-educated.) Researchers are now telling us that frying chicken and fish is bad ‘cause the (AMERICAN) women’s heart study showed those who at said got more cardiovascular issues. Then in the write up they say the Mediterranean study found no such correlation with frying… what a mystery… what a paradox… (Paradox definition: It’s the medical way of saying we don’t want to believe any data that goes contrary to our doctor dogma.) HEY GUYS… they cook in olive oil over there… and processed seed oil crap here. It’s ain’t the frying oh august godly ones: It’s the oil.

    1. And more health conscious of any stripe have avoided fried food in the US, which may confound.

  24. I sent this to the journal of Circulation:

    Misinformation about cardiovascular issues on the Internet? What pathetic hubris. You caused most of the problem with your lousy dietary advice and now you want to censor those who are correcting your crap? That’s just more of the same wrong mentality. You are the source of most of the misinformation on the Internet. You are the enemy of health not the providers. You really have got your head up your misinformed egotistical assets. There was a time when one could count on medicine as the only social institution that hand man’s welfare truly at heart. That is certainly not true now: You cause more illness not less and for a substantial profit. There’s a win win for you; more sickness and more profit. That is the antithesis what what medicine should be. Wholesale diabetes, obesity, continuing heart disease and cancer are your immediate legacy. Instead of standing on an internet soapbox declaring how wrong social media are you should be ashamed of your horrible accomplishment. You should be hiding in a corner showing at least a modicum of contrition for having screwed up royally. You are no longer gods beyond reproach. Get used to it.

  25. regarding my workstation. I have tried to be neat and tidy but it just does not happen. There are papers and notes and various strange things all over my computer desk. The tiny room which is basically a pass through utility room has all sorts of things hanging on the walls and stuff on the floor. In my studio I have various projects in mid progress. Some of my best creative work has come from noticing the juxtaposition of two or more items or colors that I would not have thought to put together. My fabrics, beads, buttons, collage items, paints, glue, etc are fairly well organized although they do get scattered when I am working.
    When it gets too bad I am forced to clean up and put all back where it belongs. When everything is neat and tidy I don’t seem to be as creative.

  26. The editorial offering a stern warning against medical misinformation is written with ambiguous terms such as “powerful”, “robust”, “prodigious” and “heady”, among others. Wow! Should I be impressed?

    It also includes a prodigious list of conflicts of interest by the authors and finally the caveat: “The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the editors or of the American Heart Association.” Hmmm…

  27. My grandfather’s eyes were blue, my dad’s were dark brown, my husband’s are green and my son-in-law’s are blue. Admittedly, I find men with dark eyes more attractive than men with blue eyes, but you’d have to be kind of superficial to fall in love with somebody because of their eye color.

  28. Best line from the calcium score results on low carbohydrate and high carbohydrate diets:

    “We excluded those with implausible energy intake or daily physical activity.”

    What an elegant way to say someone is lying. Going to use that one in the future.