Weekly Link Love — Edition 26

Research of the Week

Scientists generate speech from brain recordings.

In the U.S., sedentary behavior has remained stable or gotten more prevalent.

Visualizing coffee might be enough (not buying this one).

Pigs who eat chicken generate more lipid oxidation products than pigs who eat beef.

When we sleep, our brain distinguishes between important and unimportant sounds.

Thinking of your future self as similar to your present self produces better outcomes.

20 minutes of nature is enough.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 330: Gary E. Foresman, MD: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Foresman about heart disease, statins, and more.

Episode 331: Brad Kearns and Brian McAndrew Talk Carnivore and Balance: Host Brad Kearns chats with Primal video whiz Brian McAndrew about carnivory and balancing being strict with being happy.

Health Coach Radio Episode 9: Lauren Schwab: Lauren has mastered the art of the wellness retreat, not an easy task.

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

First they came for the hot dogs and bologna, and I was silent….

Salt limits get even lower.

Interesting Blog Posts

How a knee bone that almost disappeared is coming back.

A novel tactic for getting teens to spurn junk food.

Lowering cholesterol with psyllium at every meal: one experience.


Social Notes

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Got named one of Healthline’s “Best Men’s Health Blogs.”

I hope this guy follows me.

Everything Else

If you’re not eating whole rattlesnakes, you can’t call yourself paleo.

Human composting up for a vote in Washington state.

A man’s beer-only fast for Lent ends up working out.

“The sudden passionate happiness which the natural world can occasionally trigger in us,” Michael McCarthy writes, “may well be the most serious business of all.”

So I had a piece of salmon and my brain felt like a computer rebooting.”

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

This is awkward: Using CRISPR to edit DNA also causes off-target RNA alterations.

Article I found interesting: Neuronal life after death.

Video I enjoyed: 3 pro soccer players vs 100 kids.

I’m not surprised: Wildlife-friendly agriculture increases yield.

Why everyone needs to lift: Having muscle protects against progression from healthy to metabolically unhealthy.

Question I’m Asking

What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Another Question I’m Curious About

What would you do with a bunch of extra arugula?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 21– Apr 27)

Comment of the Week

“I don’t think we should be drinking teas grown in ‘Shady Conditions’…
all kidding aside, magnesium works well for me until about after 5pm, and then it wires me up and I can’t sleep.”

– You haven’t had tea grown in places with gunshots going off, discarded syringes littering the ground, and human fecal matter smeared everywhere? It’s the best, nocona!

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. 1) Best book I’ve read this year: “There, there”, by Tommy Orange
    2) Best use of extra arugula: mixed into a beef curry (coconut milk base, thai green curry paste, fresh ginger, & fish sauce as primary seasonings). Hint of lime juice to top it off.

  2. With the caveat that I’m only halfway through it, Pollan’s How To Change Your Mind,

  3. Best book I’ve read: The Frailty Myth by Colette Dowling (I’d love to see her update this in light of Serena Williams and the female athletes in the CrossFit Games).
    Arugula: My hubby hates it, so we don’t get it often. But I like it in a salad with strawberries. The sweetness from the berries mellows arugula’s bitterness.

  4. Best Book(s) – Homo Deus and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

    BY FAR most interesting books.

  5. That coffee-thought article is the liquid equivalent of the problem with Soilent. Even if thinking about coffee works, DRINKING it is one of the most indulgent, enjoyable things I do throughout my day. Who cares if I get stimulated or aroused (not that kind of aroused…although…) if I didn’t get to drink the coffee.

  6. That phishing attack, 0OplMo9k? I’ve got emails from that alias with subject lines telling me I’m in danger and to read carefully the message. No thanks. Don’t people have anything better to do than send crud like that?

  7. “The Sage’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life” by William Martin. This book had so much good advice for finding the best in yourself and seeing the best in others: “Call out the light in yourself and see the light in others.”

  8. Book: Jacques Pepin, Techniques

    Arugula: Forget it. I’ve been picking pounds of dandelion greens this spring and adding to my Big Ass Salads. They grow like weeds…for cryin’ out loud.

  9. Ok here is best my read book

    Why Buddism is True

    and this other (same author) for good measure

    The Moral Animal

    Both by

    Robert Wright

  10. “When we sleep, our brain distinguishes between important and unimportant sounds.”

    They needed a study to figure that out? Ask any parent. Mom can sleep through the show on TV, or the noise of big trucks passing in the street. But just let Baby whimper, or the teenager try to sneak in late, and Mom’s wide awake. Dad, OTOH, will totally sleep through a baby’s earsplitting wails, but wake up if someone tries to change the TV channel he’s “watching” with his eyes closed and mouth open.

  11. Best book: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

    Extra arugula: Is there such a thing? I’d probably throw it in a veggie saute, if I didn’t succumb to its raw deliciousness.

  12. Hashimoto’s and celiac here. Been taking psyllium for years to lower total cholesterol. Having the LDL and HDL (unchecked and when thyroid is low, runs >90 for most of my life) come down was a nice surprise. And I don’t have to take psyllium with every meal…a teaspoon a couple of hours before bed works very nicely for me.

    1. Thanks for the confirmation. I’m a lean mass hyper responder (a keto type diet jacks my LDL pretty high) and I have hypothyroidism. When my TSH level go up, my LDL jumps radically. This sounds like a good insurance policy for what is going to be a lifelong issue with my thyroid.

      1. Hi Clay
        Search for the book by Dr. Brownstein with name name like iodine why you need it with a lot of good information

    2. All the article shows (and your experience and mine as well) is that psyllium lowers LDL. But LDL as was shown again and again, is a poor indicator of heart disease. Treadmill test is also a poor indicator. However, it (ldl) was hammered into us that we can’t get over fearing it. If one wants to know the true status of his arteries health and rule out any issues, he should get a CAC scan. Its also a shame that the medical establishment is dragging its feet and Drs are not ordering the test prior to prescribing statins. If the did many patients who use them might discover that they don’t need them. I too have Hashimoto so it’s not like I am in the dark on the matter of cholesterol.

  13. Best book: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory” by Caitlin Doughty… Which would lead in well to the article about human composting in Washington. She also has a follow-up book, “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death,” which is also really good.

    1. Loved ‘Smoke’ when it came out. Next step was going to a Death Cafe. Good stuff!

  14. Best book this year? Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

  15. the best thing to do with a bunch of arugula is cook it! make horta. Boil it (yes, really) for 3 minutes, then drain very well. stir in salt, excellent olive oil, and a little bit of lemon juice, in that order. use a wooden spoon. i don’t know why, but it makes a difference.

  16. Link to the Daily Star? The Enquirer has some killer Keto info…
    Losing track so soon…

  17. Best book I read this year was “Sapiens”–it’s human history but reads as easily as a good novel.

  18. I buy arugula (called rocket in Australia, or roquette in poncy restaurants) to toss into curries, stews and scrambled eggs for easy green goodness.
    Best book “Wilding” by Isabella Tree.

  19. I don’t have a subscription to the Times, but the excerpt from that article on how to getting teens to stop eating junk food was very interesting!

    As for the best book I’ve read in the past year, it would have to be The Passion Paradox by Steve Magness!

  20. Ahhhh Aruba. Any extra time there would be nice. Slightly shady sunny shore, adult beverage in hand. Even the thought of it is so de-arousing. Wait, what? arugula? Oh. I’d feed it to an herbivore I intend to eventually eat.

  21. I eat a large bowl of arugula everyday for lunch with cilantro salad dressing, made from a large bunch of that that I didn’t have a use for. Best salad ever with a couple sardines on the side. YUM!

  22. Best book?

    Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey
    A productivity book that just plain explains the power of mediation. (It increases focus by 30%. Who doesn’t want to be more focused?)

    13 Bullets: A Vampire Story
    The FBI in a world where vampires exist. Very dark and bloody. It can stand alone but there are 5 books in the series. All were great.

    The Last Policeman by Ben Winters.
    A cop solving a murder as an asteroid this going to end all life on Earth approaches. Again, it stands alone but all three books in the series are insightful and a great read.

  23. Book: Deep Work by Cal Newport. Life changing.
    I would drench the arugula in a spicy olive oil, Parmesan and squeeze of lemon and nom for days.

  24. Arugula chimichurri: olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and sea salt. All blended into a paste in a food processor. Its a salad one may eat with a spoon.

  25. I call my walk EDP = Existential Dialog Promenade
    I walk and dialog with a person who want to talk about personal subjects. Roles 1) you may not interrupt the one who talks except if 2) something shows up which you like to explore on the spot – whatever draws attention. The idea with the break is to come back to “here and now” after that you walk on and pick up where you were in the dialog. Result – me and my client being energized and often get new perspectives on complicated questions.
    Borje, Stockholm, Sweden

  26. We like Arugula in salads, but my daughter just made chicken salad w/ wild violets and wild mustard greens that was fantastic!

  27. I love going for long walks and runs outside. Walking and running stir my creativity and imagination like few other things can. Some of my greatest thoughts have been after a run or walk.

    I usually just walk or run along the sidewalks or at parks because I live in the city. But I love hiking in the forest too. There’s something about nature that stimulates my thinking more than other places.

  28. Leave it to New York to spearhead such brilliance.

    This idea that “plant-based” anything is some magical panacea to environmental issues is insane. I don’t understand this widespread belief that agriculture is somehow either good for the environment or neutral. I also imagine the state-controlled facilities will be fine serving their soy lattes in disposable cups. Gimme a break.

  29. Hi Mark. I’m not a writer, but a landscape painter. Of necessity much of my work has to be done in my studio, but as you noted, every now and then you get stale, or stuck. That is the reason I am also a plain air painter. I have found nothing so effective as simply working outdoors in a favourite painting spot. Best of all, when I get back to the studio I find I have renewed enthusiasm to tackle the larger more demanding pieces.

  30. I’ve eaten snake, but I’m gonna have to draw the line at swallowing one whole.

  31. Best book I’ve read in a long time: Educated by Tara Westover.

  32. Speaking of pigs who eat chicken or beef, I’m always annoyed when I see an omnivorous animal like chickens or pigs, marked “vegetarian diet” when the meat is sold. And don’t get me started on the unavailability of Organic pork. I’m thinking of forming an alliance with Asian Americans to protest. 😉 I need my Ramen with short ribs. Though in my case it’s kelp noodles and organic short ribs, it’s still delicious. What is wrong with pork production in the US? How can they be missing this market? I end up buying boar, which, hey ok, no problem, but someone’s missing out on a potential gold mine.

    Organic omnivorous pork would probably be more expensive than beef, but I’d buy it when I could.

  33. The CRISPR news is pretty shocking. I mean, we knew that, but the GMO supporters are going to force us to scientifically define exactly what’s wrong with it, and even then they’ll say fatalistic things like “It’s too late to change it.” It was never substantially equivalent to hybrid crops, and should never have been allowed into the market without labeling. There’s a sort of reckoning now with a series of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma patients suing Monsanto for their cancer, which can be linked to the increase in use of glyphosate. Institute for Responsible Technology has been tracking the lawsuits, if you want to read about it.

  34. The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan. Suuuch a good read, very inspiring.

    A primal book club would be cool!

    Speaking of primates, that chimp was sentient AF! Literally us scrolling through social media…. mind blown….

  35. When I’m in need of a mental boost (or I feel stuck) I go for a walk or a bike ride (or sometimes both), or I solve puzzles in video games or I travel to a different city. Or I talk to my immediate family about the weird society I find myself living in. Or I check Mark’s Daily Apple *cough cough*.

    And sometimes I end up in cemeteries, like today. And then I come out of there feeling pretty serious.

    A cure for writer’s block that works for me is a technique that my secondary/high school teacher calls (called?) “Free Writing”, which is where ‘no matter what you write down, you just keep writing regardless and never stop to think about spelling or grammer’ (or something like that; I’m paraphrasing) an do far I was doing wellbut now I can’t call it free writing any more because I already used the backspace once or twice or possibly more in this paragraph and I also decided to come back and edit this comment further. Dangling participles be damned.

    Anyway; favorite place to get writing done? Trains. I think botanical gardens are great if you don’t spend much time with flowers (especially during the wintertime). Now that Cannabis i.,s.,r., (indica, sativa, ruderalis?) is legal-ish in this country, I wonder if writer’s block might become a thing of the past, since this plant did in fact cause the flourishing of the romantic movement according to one or more experts in the field (i.e. me).

    Hey, at least it’s not corn, right?

    Also, while I’m writing here, could someone direct me to a (preferably primal) article on the difference between seeds and grains? Because in french, there’s literally one letter’s difference and it makes a huge differenc, apparently.

    the end.
    … of this comment.

  36. Best book: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barabara Kingsolver

    Arugula: I grow arugula on my desk at work with a grow light and planter box. Get lots of comments about it, mostly accusing me of growing weed on gov’t property…I swear I’m not! It grows more than I can eat and I can’t give the stuff away because everyone else in the office is busy scarfing jelly beans by the handfull. So I just add the extra to the papaya tree outside to let it compost.