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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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March 22 2019

Weekly Link Love — Edition 21

By Mark Sisson
45 Comments

Research of the Week

“Thermally-abused” (great term) soybean oil promotes breast cancer progression.

Big moralizing gods came after the rise of civilizations.

Strong weed linked to psychosis.

Reindeer brew alcohol in their bodies to deal with cold winters.

The link between statins and type 2 diabetes is even stronger than we thought.

Ancient monkey bone tools.” That is all.

Case study: ketogenic diet (plus exercise and time restricted eating) rescues cognition in patient with Alzheimer’s disease.

Paleo ketogenic diets for cancer: more case studies.

Military personnel who maintained strict adherence to a ketogenic diet lost weight, lost visceral fat, and improved body composition without compromising physical performance.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 321: Maria Emmerich: Host Elle Russ chats with keto nutritionist Maria Emmerich.

Health Coach Radio Episode 4: Laura Rupsis: Erin Power interviews her co-host, Laura Rupsis.

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

Amazon removes some anti-vaccine books. Other tech companies are following suit. Maybe that’s a pretty safe target, but what about when they start targeting “dietary misinformation”?

The BMJ stops carrying infant formula advertisements.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment.

How we’ll know AI is conscious.

The liver is not a filter.

Social Notes

How I train my abs.

Everything Else

Bhang, a traditional cannabis-infused drink popular during the Indian festival of Holi.

Some doctors are saying you should wean yourself off antidepressants very slowly—over months or years rather than weeks.

The fascinating effect soft foods had on human language.

Tucker Goodrich responds to Gary Taubes on seed oils.

Who were the Neanderthals?

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Always glad to be included in “hot health trends.”

I’m glad to hear: Scientists come out against the abuse of statistical significance.

Concept I found interesting: A futurist’s dim view of the future smart home.

Guide I’m reading: The EWG’s 2019 guide to pesticides on produce.

I agree: We need to re-assess the impact of intensive grazing on carbon balance.

I’m flabbergasted: You mean I shouldn’t be injecting fruit smoothies into my veins?

Question I’m Asking

What’s your vision of the future—optimistic or dystopian?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 17 – Mar 23)

Comment of the Week

“Oh, man. Thanks for the bonus ab workout from the hilarious gummy bear link.”

– Just be careful of overtraining, whitedaisy.

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  1. The future of smart homes (and personal/domestic technology in general) is a hot topic between myself (designer and aspiring architect) and my husband (networking/systems/generalized computer wiz). Our view is generally pessimistic, given tech corporations’ relentless grip on an increasingly wide range of everyday tools and technologies, coupled with the general population’s acquiescence to being subjected to this kind of material and emotional control. The one bit of conditional optimism within our overall view hinges on a greater number of people taking their tech into their own hands, with personal servers for de-centralized (ie. non-corporate, or even anti-corporate) data aggregation and technology operations & maintenance. I think smart homes can provide a useful layer of control provided nobody else has access to the programming or data without explicit purpose and consent.

  2. Before you sneer at vaccine-safety advocates, who for the most part were very pro-vax until their own children were injured by vaccines, read some of the science that Amazon and social media are attempting to censor. Study after study with no true saline placebo, no unvaccinated controls (because not vaccinating is “unethical,” according to the pharma companies), study follow-up times ending as little as five days after the vaccine is given, so that any side effects that show up after the study is over are discounted as coincidence. No studies of whether it’s safe to give 6 or 8 (or more) vaccines at the same time to an infant; it’s simply assumed that if the vaccines are safe individually, they’re safe to give en masse, and they couldn’t possibly have any interactions.

    The evidence for the safety of vaccines is about as good as the evidence for the low-fat, low-cholesterol, high-carb, eat-all-the-grains diet the government has pushed at us for decades. Check the Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System (VAERS) database for yourself.

    1. Agreed. I did a ton of research while I was pregnant and decided not to vaccinate or at least delay vaccines because of the autoimmune conditions that run in my and my husband’s family. Anyone who questions the safety is automatically labeled an anti-vaxxer and a crazy person even if we’ve meticulously studied the science. I have no doubt vaccines have saved lives, but they’ve also hurt a lot of people due to getting fast tracked and put on the CDC schedule. No child should have 4+ vaccines at one time. The effects have never been studied.

      1. I also did “tons of research” while I earned my PhD in microbiology at Washing University St. Louis. I worked with The Center for Research Innovation in Biotechnology (https://crib.wustl.edu/) studying vaccine safety and the effects of multiple vaccines in infants. I can assure you that you are wrong when you say “The effects have never been studied.”

        I suspect you define “tons of research” differently than I and would be curious to hear your definition.

    2. Agreed. It’s disappointing that this site has never properly researched the hugely important and controversial subject of vaccines. The current schedule is out of control and does a tremendous amount of harm. I and all of my friends who eat primal diets have unvaccinated, radiantly healthy children.

    3. Thank you for typing this response so I didn’t have to. I proudly have 2 unvaccinated toddlers because risking giving them autism or even worse: risking the unknown or unreported effects of vaccines on my growing children is NOT worth it. I’d much rather just feed them a healthy diet and build up their immune systems naturally. All the pro-vaccine media uses non-logic, like saying unvaccinated children are going to infect everyone else. If the vaccines work so damn well, how would my kid infect you with what you’re immunized against? Baffles me.

      1. What – rubbish – read the science. Clearly not – you should all be ashamed of yourselves putting your children and society at risk. I say this as health professional who embraces alternative therapies but also good evidence based medical practice – of which vaccines are at the forefront. Right now where I live we are in the middle of a measles epidemic with the serious consequences that come from this (and no it is not a ‘mild’ illness given a 10% hospitilisation rate – before you go there) as a consequence of uninformed views such as you are expressing.

        1. ….and just to address a particular pet peeve. Multiple vaccines are given at one time – not to torture or exposure your child to risk – but because of a mass of evidence which shows greatly improved immune response to polyvalent vaccines. (Eg. Someone who received a measles only vaccine in 1976 like they did where I live now is likely to be insufficiently protected whereas someone who received an MMR – measles/mumps/rubella- vaccine would be muck more likley to have sufficient immunity because of this effect).

      2. 1) If there were 100 antigens a kid was getting vaccinated against at the same time, it is still far less than the thousands or millions of antigens the kid gets exposed to every day.

        2) Vaccines don’t protect people with failing immune systems, like some elderly, cancer patients, pregnant people and organ recipients on immunosuppressant drugs, and those who just can’t get vaccinated for other reasons. So unvaccinated kids won’t get the majority of people sick who have had the vaccine, but might contaminate the others. Also, not everyone’s immune system develops a memory response to certain vaccines, so even some of the vaccinated aren’t really as vaccinated as they think.

        3) There is nothing unnatural with giving someone a weakened or killed version of a natural pathogen to take advantage of the natural defense a body has. People naturally get exposed to things all the time. Yes, some people do have adverse reactions to vaccines. But when the fear of vaccines spreads, it brings with it outbreaks, which potentially can be much worse and affect a higher number of people.

        1. It’s not the pathogen in the vaccine that I’m particularly concerned with, it’s the other ingredients in vaccines.

      3. “I’d much rather just feed them a healthy diet and build up their immune systems naturally.”
        That’s exactly right. That’s what matters.

    4. Agree. My kids are adults now. They were vaccinated as children, but not with as many vaccines as are administered together now. It seems the children are vaccinated at a much younger age now, too. There’s no doubt in my mind that such policies can damage the fragile systems of an infant. It’s criminal that this sort of thing routinely gets swept under the carpet.

      Yes, vaccines can save lives on occasion, but the medical/drug industries have gone overboard with it. Unfortunately, people have been brainwashed to buy into herd immunity without doing any of their own research. If they did, they would realize that it’s a deeply flawed theory.

      As adults, nobody in my family ever gets a flu shot. Interestingly, none of us ever gets the flu either. In fact we rarely get sick with even a cold.

      1. Babies have no immune system until the age of 1. Breast milk supplies immune protection. Again, nature is superior. When a PhD nurse was questioned at a seminar, why do we vaccinate infants when it is of no use to them? The answer: to train the parents to bring in their children for the rest of their lives. This conversation has taken place all over at similar seminars. Sad to say we live in this type of incongruence. Food must be all natural for the body. Yet, chemicals injected into the blood stream is even better………..At least we still have freedom to refuse unwanted medical care.

        1. Lisa, your comment doesn’t make sense. Infants absolutely do have an immune system. If they didn’t, they would all sicken and die within a few days of leaving the womb since it’s impossible to eradicate all bacteria and pathogens they come in contact with. Moreover, not all mothers breastfeed, but their babies don’t have a higher mortality rate.

          An infant’s immune system is just not fully developed until about 6 months of age and can therefore be vulnerable to an overload of vaccines.

  3. Ahhh, good ‘ol Bhang. Used to drink this and watch the Untouchables burn dead people all day long, while sitting on the banks of the Ganges, in Varanasi…circa 1989. That’s what really made me understand my mortality.

  4. Oy, this strong weed study…

    Yes, it makes sense that a percentage of cannabis users “freak out.” It happens. Especially if you are prone to anxiety and paranoia.

    But observational, self-reported studies always raise more questions than they deliver hard answers. There is so casual relationship here, only inferred. There are WAY to many variables to control. There’s no data for type of cannabis, was it legally regulated, or was it purchased from an unlicensed shop. What was the CBD and terpene ration? Are there pesticides that showed in testing.

    In California where cannabis is state legal, there are still hordes of unlicensed shops all over the place. The products they sell are getting testing for pesticides and solvents.

    This industry needs regulation, but who do we trust? I don’t like seeing studies like this with simple headlines like, “Strong week linked to psychosis.” It’s just theoretically linked. There is no double blind study to verify this.

    As a cannabis consumer it’s ever more confusing to wade through the push and pull between local and federal government agenda, regulated products, taxes and more. Research is good. Scare tactics are not.

    1. Apologies for the few typos. Corrections:

      “no causal relationship”
      “terpene ratio”

  5. “Physiological Functions and Metabolism of Endogenous Ethanol and Acetaldehyde in the Reindeer” is a bit of light reading that pairs well with a smokey single malt from Islay on a cold winter night.

  6. Amazon is censoring? Oh my, no! Mark may not have noticed, but the entire MSM is one big censoring machine. If you don’t go along with what “they” want you to regurgitate, you are banned, or labeled a racist, misogynist, homophobe, etc, etc, reality be damned. It’s 2019, and differing opinions are no longer welcome. The same people crying about the anti vax issue, will violently shout you down about anything that THEY demand you go along with. You reap what you sow, and the drones have planted us a huge mess. Full circle, and all that…

    1. be careful who you are white knighting here.

      every journalist is “the media” and thinks exactly alike all across time and the world? you’re creating a conspiracy theory that only exists in your head, and flies in the face of decades of reporting that has made careful, and nuanced reporting across the world, and is up to reporting standards.

      you’re dog whistling people that very much want to organize to bring violence against marganalized members of our communities, and it the tactic ‘hey it’s just jokes’ and ‘hey, free speech’ are used to hide what these groups think and do (like how they use ‘leaderless organizing’ to appear as lone wolves to the rest of the world), to court centrists into taking more extreme positions for eventual genocide.

      1. It should not be controversial that the Western World’s mass media and the universities that produce media personnel are predominantly left of centre in their politics by any objective standards.

        The most common “dog whistle” is the appeal to identity-politics which is fundamental to leftist political theory, (Conservatives judge individuals according to their own actions), and it is not a “Conspiracy Theory” to point out that ideas have consequences, or that people who share common values will exhibit common behavioural patterns.

        Oh and “White Knighting” is a perjorative term used to describe those who spring to the defence of others because of WHO THEY ARE, not WHAT THEY HAVE DONE.

        I like Mark’s blog because he is reasonably objective. His MO is to follow the evidence and to point out the logic or illogic of various claims. Part of that does require discussion of the historical bias against what might be termed Politically Incorrect (another term borrowed from Leftist doctrine) nutrition.

        We cannot do better if we do not acknowledge the problems.

        1. “Conservatives judge individuals according to their own actions”?

          Surely you are kidding, or perhaps out of ypur damn mind.

          1. Let’s see. PeterW voices his opinion. Lisa Moran, being a Liberal, retorts with the classic Ad Hom attack. And so it goes…

      2. All across the world, maybe not, but I haven’t seen much “careful and nuanced reporting” from MSM for at least a couple decades. Some of the information voiced or written by journalists is outright false. So at the very least, they aren’t bothering to fact check.

  7. I just took a warm-to-cold shower the other morning for the first time in a while and forgot how invigorating it was!. It takes a lot of will power, you have to take deep breaths, you have to make sure every body part gets hit! But once it’s done, I feel like I can take anything on! Such great euphoria!
    Does anyone else do it on a regular basis?

  8. Finally tried the warm to cold shower thing. I get that there are benefits, but man I still hate the cold! Probably why I’m still living in my home state (FL).

    I’ve been reading the Breakthrough series by Michael C. Grumley. About halfway through the latest book Mosaic. It’s fictional, but I really hope we can use technology to talk to other species on our beautiful blue planet someday.

  9. Re the cold mice study: I recall reading (decades ago, can’t attribute) an astounding discovery made by field surgeons during the Civil War. Patients who were deemed “unsave-able” were left lying on the ground outside the hospital tents, while others thought to have a chance of survival were brought in to the tents, attended to while they rested on cots. Repeatedly it was noticed that there was an astounding percentage in survival among those thought to be fatally wounded … and a higher degree of mortality in the ‘sheltered wounded.
    I apologize for not being able to give adequate credit to this factoid.
    We see it throughout Nature: Cold often preserves and preserves well, sometimes because it impedes or even completely stops a process of degeneration..

  10. The article on nutritional psychiatry is important.
    A lot of processed foods contain ingredients such as food dyes and artificial sweeteners that affect the brain’s neurotransmitters, which affects mood.
    Unfortunately many young people whose brains are in important developing stages are being given junk food and even processed foods marketed as “healthy,” but contain a lot of unhealthy chemicals.
    So instead of changing the depressed young person’s diet the doctors give them antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs with horrible synthetic chemicals.
    Just look at the skyrocketing rates of depression in today’s youth. Maybe some psychiatrists really are developing an interest in nutrition as the article suggests. I hope so.

  11. It’s very annoying that anyone anywhere is stiill talking about dementia without putting it in the context of Dr. Bredesen’s protocol. While keto seems to be an important part, there are a lot of other problems that can create dementia that keto won’t touch, per his protocol…

  12. Regarding cold water, mice, the vest, and attempts to “mimic an ancestral environmental input—ambient cold weather.” Everytime I read about how healthy it is to chill down your body I think, guess that’s another advantage to living in Maine! Walk out the door in winter, instant chill. Get up from a warm bed to a cold house in the morning, instant chill. And even in summer, take a dip in most of the lakes and rivers, instant chill.

  13. I want you all to know that I fell for the Thin Ice thing and it is total bull crap! ? after two years I finally got a crappy product that was nothing like what was advertised and certainly didn’t work as the details said. I cannot believe they are allowed to continue this fraud. I still have the crappy product if anyone wants to see his crappy and useless it is.

  14. I want you all to know that I fell for the Thin Ice thing and it is total bull crap! ? after two years I finally got a crappy product that was nothing like what was advertised and certainly didn’t work as the details said. I cannot believe they are allowed to continue this fraud. I still have the crappy product if anyone wants to see his crappy and useless it is.

  15. I am disappointed that you can’t even ask questions about vaccines without being shouted down and scorned as if you’re the biggest ignorant, inconsiderate jerk on the planet. “Science says it’s safe” does not cover that part in the vaccine safety pamphlets that lists Death as a possible, though unlikely, side effect. Uh, if that’s a potential side effect, we should be able to ask questions.

    Also, while not anti-vaccine, I do feel that we could get really paranoid. Where do we stop? How many vaccines does one need to not be considered the ignorant, inconsiderate jerk. How about when the vaccine companies start pushing 35 vaccines or 80 (there are a lot of diseases out there and lots of new vaccines!).

    Go ahead Amazon. Take all the anti-vaccine books off the shelves. People don’t really need to think. Just feed them mental garbage and distract us from everything else. We’ll be fine.

  16. I wish I could be more optimistic about the future, but as a 19 year old listening to the scientific consensus that we have 11 years left to stop climate catastrophe- it can be a bit hard.

    But on a lighter note- what advice do you have for primal types undergoing chemotherapy, I’m trying to keep well but my gut and immune system both feel pretty shocking. Any tips you think might be useful would be great.

    Cheers

  17. I’m replying to the “Sunday with Sisson” for this week…the mice standing in cold water study…I wonder if it was the cold, or the water that made more of a difference (since they didn’t just turn the temperature down in their environment, the mice had to stand in cold water). I know I’m happier near water, lol.

  18. Further to Mark’s reference regarding the mice standing in cold water experiment, I have been introduced to the idea of cold water therapy and the work of Wim Hof (The Ice Man). It’s particularly interesting to me for the potential benefits in helping me with my depression. I have to admit the thought of immersion in really cold or ice water as a treatment for not feeling very happy makes me feel, quite unhappy! I just cannot stand being cold (and living in the UK I get plenty of opportunity to feel the cold). The research seems unequivocal however. Am I just going to have to stop being a big girl’s blouse and literally jump in?

  19. Hi Mark, this is off topic, but I LOVE your Primal Kitchen steak sauce. My go to dinner is a Butcher Box burger with PK steak sauce with veggies in butter and himalayan pink salt. I was missing A1. Not anymore!! Thank you!

    1. Kim, thanks so much for your message. I’m thrilled to hear you love the steak sauce, and it’s great to hear how it shows up in your favorite Primal dinner. Grok on and thanks again. Best — M

  20. Hey Mark… I did some initial research about the Thin Ice 2.0 vest and am seeing the guy who is crowdfunding it accused of scamming. Finished product looking nothing like what it’s advertised and certainly not wearable under clothing.

    I’ve seen research concerning the science and have no qualms about cold to lose weight but I was also interested in the vest for my son who has a thyroid condition and his body temp runs uncomfortably hot…this would have been a good solution for his sleep but judging from the comments I’ve seen about the developer of this particular product I would not be inclined to buy or invest.

    I wanted to let you know so either you can correct me if I’m mistaken or you can protect yourself and your good name by not appearing to endorse the product.

    I really like and enjoy your advice and find it helpful as well as motivational and affirming! Thanks!

    1. Roberta, thanks for your message, and I appreciate your passing along that info. I’m sorry people have found that the product isn’t what it appears to be. I don’t want to steer anyone wrong and will post something about it in WLL. Best — M

  21. That article about the Neanderthals is incredible. For those of you on the fence about actually putting forth the time and effort to read it, here’s the opening paragraph to whet your appetite:

    “Who were the Neanderthals? Even for archaeologists working at the trowel’s edge of contemporary science, it can be hard to see Neanderthals as anything more than intriguing abstractions, mixed up with the likes of mammoths, woolly rhinos and sabre-toothed cats. But they were certainly here: squinting against sunrises, sucking lungfuls of air, leaving footprints behind in the mud, sand and snow. Crouching to dig in a cave or rock-shelter, I’ve often wondered what it would be like to watch history rewind, and see the empty spaces leap with shifting, living shadows: to collapse time, reach out, and allow my skin to graze the warmth of a Neanderthal body, squatting right there beside me.”

  22. Hello Mark!

    Is the 38% diabetes incidence increase for statin users a relative or absolute increase? I guess it is relative.

    Can you post the absolute increase?
    Thanks in advance!