March 15 2019

Weekly Link Love — Edition 20

By Mark Sisson
33 Comments

Research of the Week

Neolithic Brits hosted massive feasts that drew people and pigs from all over the island.

Researchers say they’ve found a cholesterol-lowering drug without the muscle-damaging side effects of statins.

Among people with kidney disease, higher oxalate excretion in the urine predicts kidney disease progression.

Our estimates imply that prescription opioids can account for 44 percent of the realized national decrease in men’s labor force participation between 2001 and 2015.”

High intensity interval training slows colon cancer cell growth.

After age 70, your fitness is the best predictor of lifespan.

Maternal infection during pregnancy increases the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders in the kids.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 319: Gretchen Rubin: Host Elle Russ chats with bestselling author, happiness expert, and good habit purveyor Gretchen Rubin.

Episode 320: Keto: Tippy Wyatt, Author of Asian Keto and Low Carb Cookbook: Host Brad Kearns chats with Tippy Wyatt in a wide ranging conversation about health, success, family, and balance.

Health Coach Radio Episode 3: Ali Watts: Hosts Erin Power and Laura Rupsis chat with Ali Watts about the differences between being a health coach and running a business.

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

Parents blame a nearby cell tower for an increase in cancer diagnoses at their elementary school.

“Trip of Passion,” a new film exploring the use of MDMA therapy for PTSD.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why the strange collection of sounds called music is a uniquely human obsession.

How the miniaturization of tools might have made us human.

Social Notes

My pantry staples.

Everything Else

Doctor delivers the bad news to his dying patient via robot.

Medieval diseases returning to Southern California.

Chickens gang up to kill intruding fox.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Film project you should back: Defying All Odds, the story of Dr. Terry Wahls astonishing lifestyle-based recovery from multiple sclerosis. This is an important story that people should know about.

Article I found fascinating: How the Inuit Teach Their Kids to Control Their Anger

I hope they look further into this: Inactive ingredients aren’t so inactive.

I’m not there yet: At what age do you feel 65?

Question I’m Asking

With “keto bloat,” the media seems primed to launch another barrage of “terrible keto side effect” coverage. Do you think this is legit concern or malicious fear mongering?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 10 – Mar 16)

Comment of the Week

“For sure, ground sloth is slow food.”

– Excellent, Walter.

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  1. At what age did I feel 65? Well, I’m super healthy. I eat “primal lite”. I weight train 2X per week for the past 13 years, HIIT 2X per week for the last 5 1/2 years, and swim 3000 yards EVERYDAY for 2 decades. I had my teleomeres tested at age 64 which showed my biological age was 49. However after I turned 65 I really did notice a difference in my general feeling of youthfulness. However, I’m still out there everyday because I believe that it will all contribute to what I refer to as HEALTHSPAN not LIFESPAN.

    1. And it will! I’m 74 and still going strong. I workout with kettlebells, take my dog on regular trail walks, kayak, garden (that’s Garden with a capital G ’cause my gardens are big between flowers and veggies!) and live a pretty active life. I’m also not retired, still working as a business broker, which gives me flexible hours.

  2. “Our estimates imply that prescription opioids can account for 44 percent of the realized national decrease in men’s labor force participation between 2001 and 2015.”

    Whoa, hey. Before you get out the pitchforks…

    Here’s their very own disclaimer for that monograph: “Working papers of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland are preliminary materials circulated to
    stimulate discussion and critical comment on research in progress. They may not have been subject to the
    formal editorial review accorded offi cial [sic] Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland publications. The views stated
    herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland or
    the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.”

    Obviously illegal trade in prescription drugs is going to depress the labor force. The UK-China opium wars are a testament to dirty tricks.

  3. Loved the Inuit anger article. With the world the way it is I think we could all benefit from their approach to life ?

    1. Loved the article, too. I’m fairly Inuit up until the point my printer says I can’t print black and white because there’s not enough magenta ink.

      I think an unhelpful residue left over from 70’s primal scream/let it out mentality is this idea that screaming is okay because it releases emotions. I really think that’s not the case (and there’s a lot of science to back that up). Getting angry only begets more anger. Which isn’t to say we should bottle up our emotions; only that we should find more productive ways to express ourselves.

    2. I think their methods are helpful, but some of those stories described were quite scary (the Sea Monster) and I can’t help but wonder if they may cause an irrational fear of the ocean.

  4. The cell tower story is interesting. Trying to trace out whether EM radiation is a problem and in what case it’s a problem is a huge brain teaser. Dr. Wahls has written about not using a microwave at home, but every time I try to find scholarship about it, it’s vague and contradictory. I feel like we could look for answers, but we’re just not because ultimately we’re going to use cell phones, so why bother? I don’t agree with that, I just think that’s what happening.

  5. “My pantry staples.” is just an ad (;

    Also “In the latest study, a total of 2,230 patients with high cholesterol levels (at least 1.8 mmol/L or 70 mg/dl)”. I wonder what were their initial LDL numbers prior to intervention.

  6. Written by Gary Snyder

    For All

    Ah to be alive
    on a mid-September morn
    fording a stream
    barefoot, pants rolled up,
    holding boots, pack on,
    sunshine, ice in the shallows,
    northern rockies.

    Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
    stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
    cold nose dripping
    singing inside
    creek music, heart music,
    smell of sun on gravel.

    I pledge allegiance

    I pledge allegiance to the soil
    of Turtle Island,
    and to the beings who thereon dwell
    one ecosystem
    in diversity
    under the sun
    With joyful interpenetration for all.

  7. Not proverbs or a poet, but the wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt has inspired me and helped me through some challenging times. Just a few examples:

    Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

    Do one thing every day that scares you.

    Women are like teabags. You dont know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.

    You must do the things you think you cannot do.

    With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

    Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

    Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

    The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

  8. Just read your Sunday edition about poetry. I for one, love the book of Proverbs in the Bible and have built a good habit into my life if reading a chapter per day that lines up with the day of the month, (there are 31 chapters, so that works pretty handily:) Today had a couple of good ones you might like. Proverb 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Also, Proverbs17:28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent. Thanks for your thought provoking articles. Have a good Sundayfks!

    1. I LOVE the book of Proverbs too.
      “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, leads to death.”
      “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

  9. My “beacon of inspiration” that it is never too late for adventure” is: “AS THEY WERE PREPARING THE HEMLOCK, SOCRATES WAS LEARNING A NEW TUNE ON HIS FLUTE”. I’m not sure of the attribution. I’m 64 and still hoping to do the TDA – the “Tour d’Afrique” from Cairo to Cape Town by bike. I know…I know… abusive.

  10. Mimic
    Nature mimics man,
    Like certain trees
    Which come spring
    Hold on to dead leaves.
    – J. Clark

  11. “Your body should be your servant; don’t allow yourself to become its slave.”
    Paramahansa Yogananda

  12. Re Blake proverbs: Thank goodness that not everything imagined has been proved!

  13. My favorite William Blake…
    He who binds to himself a joy
    Does the winged life destroy
    He who kisses the joy as it flies
    Lives in eternity’s sunrise

  14. Ah, yes….loves me some Blake….thanks for sharing yours. Another fave from him – especially poignant in this age of ever more ripping up of the environment – “A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees”. – William Blake

  15. I have a beef with the media these days. If I read another “Eggs are going to kill you” article, I might go nuts. I do not understand why the media can’t attack some more obvious foods. “Killer Cheetos” sounds like a modified paleo snack food, but I don’t feel we’ve reached a healthy enough baseline to get into an argument about eggs and heart disease. If you’re choosing an egg over a donut, you’re likely okay. Two-year-olds shouldn’t be running around unchecked with bags of chips and orange or multi-colored crackers for snacks (because “It’s the only thing they’ll eat!). Our health problems are starting a little young these days. Step away from those eggs, sir.

  16. Re: “keto bloat;” My vote~malicious fear mongering. I couldn’t access the whole article, but the first paragraph told me what I already knew; the keto diet in this article is being grossly misrepresented and unfairly maligned. Yes, it’s “anti-carb,” but it certainly isn’t anti veg, and anyone with half a brain would understand that if they bothered to do any research. In all my 60+ years of eating, I’m never bloated when I’m eating Primal/keto. But I’m preaching to the choir. I will say though, that it’s a good idea to get your microbiome house in order before trying keto or even carnivore. That could be unpleasant and inconvenient for awhile.

    1. Jen, thanks for your note. Unfortunately, many articles are behind a paywall. Still, if I feel folks here might be interested in reading the summaries, I’ll still note them. Look for more on the “keto bloat” complaint (myth) tomorrow. Best — M

  17. One of my poetry favourites;

    ” The roar of JOY
    That set the worlds in motion,
    Is reverberating in your body
    and the space between all bodies beloved,
    Listen.”

    The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche, PHD

  18. One of my current favorite proverbs is, “Knowledge is not wisdom until it changes you.” – Steven Eberlein

  19. Sharing a powerful poem:

    Upon the plains of hesitation
    Bleach the bones of countless millions
    Who at the dawn of victory sat down to rest
    And resting, died

  20. I have several Proverbs that I love. Favorites are 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on you own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths”.