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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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April 12 2019

Weekly Link Love — Edition 24

By Mark Sisson
54 Comments

Research of the Week

The common food additive TBHQ, a synthetic antioxidant used to preserve freshness, appears to impair the immune response to influenza.

Maori people have a greater insulin response to fructose than BMI-matched Europeans.

There’s a new DNA editing tool in town.

Good dog.

Dog owners tend to be more happy than cat owners.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 325: Gary John Bishop: Host Elle Russ chats with Gary John Bishop, personal development coach and author of Unf*ck Yourself and Stop Doing That Sh*t.

Episode 326: Dr. Lindsay Taylor: Host Brad Kearns chats with Dr. Lindsay Taylor about silly six-packs and going by how you feel rather than how you look.

Health Coach Radio Episode 7: Michael Rutherford: Michael Rutherford is a veteran health coach who focuses on an underserved population—truck drivers.

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

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sounds like he’s been reading this blog.

Researchers find a new human species, a tree-climber with curved toes who lived in the Philippines 60 thousand years ago.

Interesting Blog Posts

Ancient methods for preserving olives.

Icing may not work, may hurt.

Social Notes

I had a good time on the Taste Radio podcast, talking about my history as a serial entrepreneur and how it made growing the blog and brand into what they are today possible.

I also had a blast with Aubrey Marcus on his podcast, talking about our shared vision for changing how the world eats and the importance of learning from failure.

Everything Else

Chinese scientists insert human brain genes into monkeys.

It’s possible to get too much vitamin D.

Norway hospitals offer forest therapy.

Cashews come with a price.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

New study: Dietary saturated fat unrelated to heart disease risk.

Topic I found interesting: How Alzheimer’s patients usually have more going wrong in the brain than “just” Alzheimer’s, and what it means for treatments.

As someone who has experience with both, I can agree: Exercise makes you happier than money.

I hadn’t thought of this angle: Is work more fun than not working?

Seems likely: Will space colonization be fully automated?

Question I’m Asking

What’s your opinion on the “money vs. exercise for happiness” question?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 7 – Apr 13)

Comment of the Week

“Now that you mention it in your Sunday with Sisson, I think I’ve always thought of the pushup more as a toe-as-fulcrum rotation rather than an up-and-down activity. I mean, this perspective naturally follows if you are already doing pushups with a ridged plank from head to toes and focus on only moving your arms to raise your body up and lower it back down slowly, as if you were a plank of wood a single person was lifting up and down from the floor while standing at one end of the plank. Visualization and imagery can provide key insights into form and technique.”

– Great description and apt point, Aaron.

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  1. Exercise does make one happier than money, but only if one has both.

    1. I agree, or as I’ve always thought, “Money can’t buy happiness but it can make happy people happier”. Only people who have never been poor or have always had plenty of money will say money isn’t important. And it is a pet peeve of mine when I hear the very wealthy say money is not that important. If you really believe that, then give it all away to people who can use it to house and feed themselves.

      1. I agree. When I didn’t have enough money I got plenty of exercise (cheaper than driving, etc) but it was very stressful to not know how we were going to get through the day. Having a modest amount of both is the happiest I’ve ever been.

    2. Not if you’ve been trained to love money since the day you were born.

      What about spending money to open up gyms like Robb Wolf does – and seeing people improve their lives on your dime?

      Okay generally speaking you’re probably right, lol.

  2. The guy who took “too much” vitamin D was getting 8,000-12,000IU per day. Sounds to me like he wasn’t taking vitamin K to direct the calcium where to go.

    1. I consider that something of a BS article that raises more questions than it answers. There must have been something else going on with that guy. There are a few people who can’t handle much D. Or maybe he was lying about how much he was actually taking.

      I take 8,000 IU. of D3 almost daily and have done so for years, except in the summer when I get more sun. My blood level is always around 50 to 60 ng/ml, which isn’t considered too high at all. (200 ng/ml is too high.) It does get depleted by the body quite rapidly.

      An MD once told me it’s almost impossible to overdose on vitamin D3. You would need to take more like 40,000 to 50,000 units a day for months. I don’t take vitamin K, by the way. It isn’t necessary if you eat a lot of leafy green veggies.

      1. actually the k in green veggies just one form, K1, and that is not responsible for directing calcium.
        I think the K2, menaquinones are the form you get from your gut microbiome and certain foods like natto. search the archives, Mark has written about it.

    2. Yes vitamin K2 is essential.
      I’ve been fluoride free for over six years now and my teeth have never been healthier. It’s the vitamin K2 in all of the grass fed dairy.

  3. That study (when followed to the source), found that PUFAs had a “cardio-protective effect”.

  4. It is irresponsible to recommend vitamin D3 without also recommending K2. I take 5000 IU of D3 every other day, and K2 every day. (I cannot spend any time in the sun because of meds.)

    I’m sure that many people love podcast, of which there seem to be more and more here. I do not like podcasts and do not listen to them. Just saying.

    I have stopped eating cashews until I can find and afford ones that don’t harm workers.

    1. Agreed! However, I’d rather be staff of someone who is not a micromanager….. I love cats!

  5. i’d choose zero exercise over zero dollars 8 days a week, but within the normal ranges i bet exercise is more smiles per mile

  6. I’m not sure on the “money vs exercise happiness” topic. My family and I’ve been poor my whole life, always living off foodstamps and Medicaid while not having much or any income except from child support til I turned 18 and then it was just the foodstamps. I always dreamed of having large sums of money, and there were times, especially in my teenage years, when we survived on very little and spent half of each month living off of ramen.
    I can say every time I have received money I have been temporarily happier. But I’ve never had a steady and plenty supply of money and if you have ever had 2 toddlers with foodstamps, you’d know how hard it is to buy enough food each month. Especially primal food. So I can’t really say whether exercise or money would create more happiness. I feel like I would be happier without the obsessive budgeting for food every month and being able to buy all the healthy food I want. I’ve also had a long term problem with depression.
    I think I agree with the person below. Both would probably make me quite happy.

  7. I have lived barely above poverty and bike commuted everywhere out of necessity. Now I have enough money to enjoy CrossFit, skiing, hiking, yoga, and more. In both cases, exercise has been ample and foundational to my well-being, but I prefer now since I no longer have to pedal my bike long distances in cold weather with a trailer to get a load from a food bank so my family and I can eat. Exercise is playful now because I can afford for it to be playful.

  8. Any relationship, or lack thereof, between money, exercise, and happiness will depend on the context of the particular society, such as post-industrial. In true hunter-gatherer societies there is no wealth, no poverty, and plenty of exercise. From what I’ve read, ethnographers report general happiness among individuals in H-G societies, and certainly little chronic stress, depression, or anxiety. Thus, wealth and poverty and the effects they they have can be considered conditions of evolutionary mismatch.

  9. In order to be a dog owner, you need to be home more consistently than many cat owners…. This could account for a lot! But I love my cat…

  10. I love to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the gluten free bread my wife makes

  11. Agree on Peruvian ceviche – much better than Mexican versions. Only thing better – Ecuadorian ceviche… very similar ingredients, but best I’ve ever had (admittedly, it was home made – by a friend, not from a resturant). Dont no what made it better – still pestering friends mom for recipe.

  12. I will always drink beer. In Minnesota there are so many fun micro-brews, so many good beers, and so many fun breweries to go to.
    As long as I only have 1 or 2 once or twice a week it does not bother me too much.
    If I eat really well (steak and salad), get a good workout in, and stick to two beers it does not seem to be too much of a bother. And like I said there are just so many fun beers to try now!

  13. The ceviche I had in Tulum had to be minutes to hours long. It was so fresh!

    Sometimes I eat blue corn chips with my guacamole. They are my one “cheat” food. At least they are organic and Non GMO. The crisp and the salt just go so well with the creamy avocado.

  14. Mark, good morning….Miami, that is interesting and what a difference from Oxnard! I moved to Miami from West Palm 4 years ago, mostly due to Biscayne Bay and the great sailing. I live on my cat here in Coconut Grove and it would be great to meet you guys sometime!

  15. Mark.
    I live in S. Fl too. Can you recommend your favorite Peruvian restaurants? Maybe I’ll take a drive.
    Thanks!

  16. Hi Mark! You should try Tahitian ceviche!! Besides lime juice, red onions a little garlic and grated ginger, it is marinated in coconut milk! Topped with some jalapeño, cilantro and macadamia nut….the best!!
    Btw. You are my favorite blog!! And I don’t know why I’ve been shy to post a reply before…but here it is!

  17. I’m with you on Peruvian food! I’d never tried it until this summer… my first experience was in Valencia in fact…and I was obsessed! They have a fabulous fruit called Lucuma, which they use for desserts. I absolutely recommend trying lucuma, too if you get a chance! My husband is from the Caribbean in Colombia (Cartagena), and their food is quite delicious as well…but not until I’d tried Peruvian food, did I decide that took first place, even over the delicious coconut-flavored Caribbean dishes.

  18. Peanuts, because I like them. And added a small serving of Canal Street Lentils recipe for carbs (not many) because I wanted more carbs but not potatoes or more fruit.

  19. I also love the flexibility that this way of eating offers. Tamales have become a tradition that my kids and I make together at the holidays. I just make sure that I buy organic masa to avoid including a side order of Round Up and know that 95% of my other meals are lower carb.

  20. I. Enjoy reading your posts. I am a moderation in all things type eater. More of the things that are healthier for me and just less of the things that may not be quite as healthy. Like you, I would eat the corn and sweet potato, enjoy completely, and relish the experience .

  21. Mark, I’m not a daily follower of you blog, so I missed this if you address it before – what made you move from Malibu to Miami?

  22. Mark said: “Are there any dishes with a few off-limit ingredients that you still eat—or want to eat?”

    Yes! The cheat food we eat is buckwheat. I rinse it several times, soak it for at least 24 hours, and then rinse it several times again to make sure I’ve sufficiently broken down the phytic acid. We eat it two ways… (A) like oatmeal adding raisins, a few chopped walnuts, a tad of maple syrup and a splash of almond milk. And (B) we spread it out on a baking sheet and dry it on low heat (stirring occasionally). Once dry, we add a bit of avocado oil, sea salt, and smoked paprika. Great for curbing a popcorn fix or sprinkle on salads. I know it’s considered a pseudo-grain, but it’s gluten-free, excellent for cardiovascular health and most of all, delicious! If you are going to eat an off-limit food, you could do a lot worse than Buckwheat Groats

  23. Chinese scientists and their total disregard for life and potential consequences for the future makes me feel helpless. Can we just say STOP

  24. Read your Sunday Session. Live in Southern Florida and love Peruvian ceviche. Where have you eaten? I live a little north in the Ft Lauderdale but go to Miami regularly.

  25. one of my “cheat staples” . and not really even a cheat is Japanese okonomiyaki. https://www.justonecookbook.com/okonomiyaki/

    I use bone broth in place of water, sub gluten free flour mix (which is mostly sorghum and rice flour) Getting mountain yam is easy around me at Asian grocery. I can also find pickled ginger with no food dyes. I skip the okonomiyaki sauce and garnish with avocado mayo, bonito flakes, and shichimi powder with extra nori seaweed. It is delicious!
    https://www.plated.com/morsel/shichimi-togarashi/

  26. Hey Mark Sisson;
    Are you saying that the larger corn like food such as hominy is not related to the smaller yellow corn kernels?
    I avoid wheat and corn for allergy reasons but really miss my corn grits with my hog belly.

  27. Hi everyone, please be informed that most fish and uncooked seafood contain parasites that can and will survive in your intestines and cause malaise and disease.
    So, to be sure eat it well cooked and keep your digestive system healthy.
    https://www.seafoodhealthfacts.org/seafood-safety/general-information…/parasites
    Parasites do not present a health concern in thoroughly cooked fish. Parasites become a concern when consumers eat raw or lightly preserved fish such as sashimi, sushi, ceviche, and gravlax. Google it yourself….

  28. Hi Mark, popping over from the Sunday email.

    Wanted first to say thank-you for continuing to include those on a carnivore diet.

    Recently on one of Australia’s cooking competition tv shows, a Peruvian couple did their version of ceviche. Other competitors complained it was too simple a dish for competition – until they all tried it – and then it was voted the best dish of the series so far 🙂

    I love the sound of the dish you and Carrie had, and like you I would have just eaten it and enjoyed it, and if I felt no funny effects from it over the next twelve hours I would tick it up for a win and gone back to my home-cooked carnivore meals … until next time.

    I lean into carnivore because I like meat a lot, and it helps with my very strong carb cravings. Also I’m pre-diabetic and it helps me to not tip over the line in the sand which I’m standing very close to.

  29. Watch out for mercury content of local fish (Hawaii).
    Naturally occurring source of mercury – the volcano.
    Do you know how much you can ingest before the body cannot clear itself of the mercury?

  30. Hi, Mark:

    I I initially started Primal eating/ketogenic diet for weight loss. I started eating this way in May 2018, and I’ve lost 82 lbs. now that I’m around the weight that I feel is goos for me, I’ve started to realize that I can eat things that I used to think were off limits because the beauty of this way of eating is the “give and take” behind it, what you refer to as metabolic flexibility. Until recently, I was paranoid that I’d gain the weight back if I added some carbs back. I’ve since proven to myself that I truly have achieved metabolic flexibility after going on vacation for a week. I gave myself permission to eat foods with a higher carb content. I did gain a couple of pounds that week. I freaked out and panicked. Then I reminded myself that I now have the key to maintaining an equilibrium. So, I restricted my carbs for the following week (<50) and my weight went back to its prevacation number. My point is that if you are eating primal/keto for fat loss, yes, you may want to be more strict about carbs until you reach your goal. For me, I was tired of carrying the extra weight, and I wanted it off as quickly it would come off. I was on a roll, so to speak, and didn’t want to stall my success. However, now that I’m eating this way to maintain my weight and the health benefits, I have slowly realized that it truly is about the flexibility, the give and take. My anxiety about gaining the weight back is gone because with this beautiful “formula,” I know I have control over my body. Your book was life changing for me. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us all. Much love to you.

  31. I LOVE ceviche with shrimp! My husband family is from Mexico but they do the ceviche with shrimp, all homemade so maybe that is why… shrimp, cucumber, onions, tomatoes, lots of lime juice and avocados!!! And seasoning of course. It’s delicious!!!! They eat with tostadas and I eat by itself or with the tostadas if I feel like having more carbs/cheating 🙂

  32. RE dietary fat article quote, “….except PUFAs showed a protective effect in sub-group analysis followed up for more than 10 years [1].”
    So much for PUFA paranoia….

  33. As a former ‘ masochlist’ (masochist+cyclist) who now limits my ride distance/time, I liked the following quotes from the exercise/money article:
    “The mental health of those participants who exercised for longer than three hours a day suffered more than that of those who weren’t particularly physically active. Despite the fact that neither cycling nor aerobics and fitness technically counts as team sports, these activities can also have a considerable positive effect on your mental health.”

  34. Hi Mark,
    Another amazing edition thank you ! Can I just as you why MARKS DAILY APPLE PODCAST has stopped covering the nutrition and supplements side? It’s just keto keto keto! I used to look forward to the ten minute posts about good and bad fats, joint and bone health etc.
    Please bring back the general informative podcasts. Can you do more on the subjects you cover on your blog please or do a podcast version in addition? The ten minute gems used to keep me motivated on my treadmill ( barefoot of course!) .
    Thank you . Your advice and guidance has. been truly life changing.
    All good wishes,
    Susie x

    1. Susie, there has never been a Mark’s Daily Apple Podcast, but I’m guessing you might be thinking of the Primal Blueprint Podcast. The PB Podcast is still going strong and covers the full range of issues related to Primal living. Occasionally, host Elle Russ will interview someone on the keto scene, but the vast majority of the podcasts aren’t keto-focused. There’s also a Keto Podcast, but that’s a separate podcast hosted by my friend and co-writer Brad Kearns. Let me know if I didn’t understand your request or if you have specific questions/topics you’d like to see covered on either the PB Podcast or on the MDA blog. Thanks for being here, and I’m thrilled to know Primal living has made a difference in your life. Best — M