Weekly Link Love — Edition 28

Research of the Week

You’re absorbing sunscreen into your blood.

Whole, fresh fruit probably does not contribute to obesity and may have a place in the prevention and management of excess adiposity.”

Before they had fire, early hominids may have cooked using hydrothermal vents.

Low-carb enteral feeding works.

Among indigenous Americans, living in Alaska produced genetic adaptations to high altitude and cold weather, while living in the Southwest produced adaptations to infectious disease.

Broccoli sprouts balance the brain in schizophrenia.

Cannabis with balanced THC/CBD and cannabis with primarily THC have very different effects on brain connectivity.

Holistic planned grazing beats continuous grazing.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 336: Ben Pakulski: Host Elle Russ chats with Ben Pakulski, former Mr. Canada and founder of Muscle Intelligence.

Episode 337: Keto: William Shewfelt: Host Brad Kearns chats with carnivore shredding expert William Shewfelt.

Health Coach Radio Episode 10: Rachel Barber: How mindfulness expert Rachel Barber used technology, scaling, social media, and self-investment to build her coaching 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

The benefits of meat-eating are anything but “surprising.”

What a great health minister.

Interesting Blog Posts

The utter failure of the “depression gene.”

In return for funding scientific research, Coca-Cola retains the right to quash any results they don’t like.

Social Notes

I had a great time on the Disruption Zone Podcast discussing how you can (and why you should) disrupt your health.

Why I run on sand.

Everything Else

Wait—should I not be eating my rodent kidneys raw?

Mapping Doggerland, the formerly-inhabited area between northern Europe and Britain lost to rising seas.

A GMO virus saves a patient from an antibiotic-resistant infection.

Making wine healthier.

Listen to your brain on silence.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I’d be all over this if I were you: Paleo Magazine’s first Paleo retreat in the Azores, Portugal. Looks beautiful. Go get you a tribe! Use promo code PM350 and get $350 off if you book by 5/15/19.

I wonder how this will go: Denver decriminalizes magic mushrooms.

I’m waiting for the omelets: Scientists reconstruct an entire moa genome.

I’ve noticed something similar with my arthritis: Low-carb diets are a better option for patients with knee osteoarthritis than low-fat diets (or opioids).

I can’t help but admire the entrepreneurial spirit, I just hope it doesn’t become standard: Air quality is so bad that San Francisco Uber drivers are selling masks to customers.

Interesting article: How Madonna is handling motherhood and aging.

Question I’m Asking

What’s your relationship to fruit? Are you able to eat it and still lose weight or keep the weight off?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 5 – May 11)

Comment of the Week

“I am a remote island conservationist : ) It’s a good life. As Paul Chek says, we don’t have a government, we have a corporate headquarters.”

– That’s a good line, Natalie.

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. Besides a half cup of berries each night , I tend to use additional servings of fruit in a targeted keto sort of way. I play competitive tennis twice a week, so usually 60-90 minutes before practices or matches, I will have a banana , watermelon , pineapple, grapes , or whatever fruit I fancy on any given day. I know some people suggest dextrose based sugar before a workout (with TKD) , but this completely works for me , and let’s me incorporate fruits and stay ketogenic. I’ll also do more fruit on a refeed. I am a 42 year old highly competitive player who can run circles around the sugar burning players! 🙂 Took me a while to figure keto out with the intense sport of tennis , but it was SO worth the n=1 trials.

  2. After reading “Fruit Belly”, for the past couple of years the only fruit I eat are organic berries, a half a cup (roughly I think) with each of my two big meals (with a couple of small pieces of 88% dark chocolate thrown in … of course … ha). I’ll admit it’s a little expensive compared to eating an apple or whatever. Diet is traditional primal, with a little extra fat these days. Like John I play tennis a couple of times a week. Also push some light weights around, pushups, planks, lunges, farmers walk etc. Food intake is within 7 – 9 hour timeframe. Not sure about weight management … but I’m Mark’s age, 5′ 7″ and weight about a buck forty something … so I’m not exactly the Amazing Hulk LOL.

  3. Hi, the Norway minister put meat, drink and smoke in the same sentence: “People should be allowed to smoke, drink and eat as much red meat as they want. The authorities may like to inform, but people know pretty much what is healthy and what is not healthy, I think.” Maybe he’s thinking the 3 actions are not healthy at all.
    (Sorry for my English grammar; can I write in Spanish here?)

  4. The article link re: air in SF being horrible is a bit dated – while the Camp fire was wiping the town of Paradise off the map, the smoke DID travel down to the Bay Area, but looking out my window right now, all I smell is the Pacific and I can see for miles.

  5. Fruit: I eat quite a bit to help fuel crossfit workouts. Some people claim its hard to get enough carbs on primal/paleo to keep up the intensity but between bananas, apples, papayas, mangos, grapes, and assorted tubers such as sweet potatoes I don’t find it to be that challenging. Also eat tons of berries, but mostly just cause I like them, not for workouts. Everything organic or from our backyard (banana, papaya, purple sweet potato).

  6. If I eat any fruit it is wild fruit when I find them (not escaped cultivars but actual wild fruit. Much less sweet.) That is usually blueberries, elderberries, strawberries, mulberries, Deerberries, aronia berries, black cherries, cocoplums, tart Chickasaw plums, tart tallow plums, tart loquats, Suriname Cherries, Sea Grapes, and tart apples. Clearly the point is to avoid fructose in anything more than token amounts and then over the season not every day.

  7. the only fruit i eat regularly are frozen wild blueberries in a smoothie after a workout (w/ raw cacao and egg, plus cinnamon and vanilla)

  8. Um…SF uber drivers were selling masks during the ‘Camp Fire’ of last years. At that time the Bay Area did indeed have the worst air quality in the world.

    Since, and before, being on the coast at having prevailing winds from the West, we have rather better air quality than many (if not most) urban areas in the mainland U.S.

  9. What’s your relationship to fruit? Are you able to eat it and still lose weight or keep the weight off?

    Yes. I have a smoothie every day that contains 0.5 cups of blueberries and 0.5 banana, and I do not experience ay weight gain. I do a 15hr intermittent fast and only have two big meals a day. My second meal is very low carb. This combination works very well. Have gotten leaner and had gains in the gym.

  10. I’m a perimenopausal woman with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and i have had a very difficult time with low-carb diets. I’ve found that eating a tiny serving of fruit with meals helps to curb my carb cravings and keeps me motivated to stick to a low-carb diet. I’m talking like 3 strawberries, 5 cherries, 1/2 a small apple, or a few watermelon chunks, etc. It doesn’t take much.

  11. The study about knee osteoarthritis is paywalled, and the abstract doesn’t say whether the low-carb diet was high-fat or not. That seems like an important distinction. Mark, any more details?

  12. Please try to avoid pay wall articles. I don’t even want to click on a link that leads to one, let alone encourage them.

  13. I don’t eat much fruit in the wintertime. Sometimes I’ll have a banana or a handful of blueberries or grapes. I love Bing and Rainier cherries when they’re in season, as well as fresh peaches and melons. (Colorado’s Palisade peaches and Rocky Ford melons are far and away the best.) But when the summer fruit season is done I can go for weeks without eating much fruit.

    No, I don’t experience any weight gain from fruit, probably because I don’t eat enough of it. Too much fruit has always had a tendency to give me diarrhea, so I eat it in moderation and usually not every day. Nobody in my family is a huge fruit eater, probably for the same reason.

  14. What does it say about me that I saw several interesting articles but the first one I clicked was about wine?! ?

    1. It says that you and my wife would get along really well. 🙂

  15. “Low-carb enteral feeding works.” I love it, but who will prescribe it? Will it be standard before I’m dead? Sometimes the slow pace of science to clinical guidelines depresses me.

    With fruit: I can’t eat anything and keep weight off. Only a dangerous low calorie diet worked for me and I am not willing to go through that again (as in 600 calories a day type of dangerous). I don’t think it matters if it’s fruit or nuts, or just overdoing the fats, it’s my metabolism that’s messed up.

  16. Yes I know what you’re talking about that anertia. Been retired 3 years now and my wife is more ready than me to sell house and go full timing in a motor home. So much preparation to think about!

  17. I have 2 solo camping trips and one solo backpacking trip planned this summer. I know no one else who still likes to rough it. So not a group thing but I always return home renewed. I know what you mean about inertia. I don’t look forward to the packing and driving but once in the woods I’m so glad I’m there!

  18. I eat minimal fruit…but crave more of it during warmer months when berries and such are in season. A couple handfuls of blueberries a day during the summer doesn’t affect my bodyweight, but I eat them within the context of a low-carb, super-simple, whole food, mostly vegetarian primal diet.

    Love the article on silence! Way more than blueberries, I crave quiet with my entire being. I’m considering moving to a small city right now…and the noise is paramount concern and consideration.

  19. The Sunday with Sisson post this week was eerily spot on time. Time spent with friends. I spent yesterday with two very dear friends of mine out at the gun range shoot’n some S^!t UP! The most amazing part of the day was just the time spent talking, connecting, catching up, and laughing our butts off. There just is not enough of that these days. Thank you Mark for the timely email.

  20. I often prescribe time in nature to my clients in my medical practice. It is definitely a reboot. Camping is definitely a tribal experience. Eventhough I do not particularly like sleeping in a tent the benefits outweigh the negatives for me and my two young boys. Mark I always appreciate the practicality of your emails and how they can resonate with so many people

  21. Inertia will not feed your horses, or exercise them, or groom them. Keep two horses and ride them. If the fit is good, trails will open up for them and in working with them you grow more mature, patient, and graceful. And it’s good for the garden and the children. The benefits to horse ownership are countless.

  22. Mark,

    I am in shock. Your message today on connecting with nature’s wonder is so profound, but simple. How do we lose site of the very essence of what is important in life? Life gets in the way and we become reactionary.

    I am in shock, as I am a cofounder of a new start up, ROAM Beyond. Our whole mission is to address every word of your Sunday message. Please message me when time permits. I believe we can co-brand together and have the Primal Diet/Thrive Market as our fundamental nutritional items on site and tell the story.

    Ed Viesturs, http://www.edviesturs.com/, probably the worlds greatest mountaineer of all time is a partner and getting intimately involved with us.

    We need your wisdom!

    Warm Regards,


  23. So I thought maybe Sunday with sisson was no more but it looks like it still is…? I’ve tried subscribing multiple times but apparently still am not… is there anywhere else it Mark’s newsletters are posted?

  24. I get around camping inertia by making reservations 6 months in advance, then sending a link inviting others to join. Hubs & I typically camp 4 week-long trips per year (retirement rocks!), sometimes joined by family or friends. It’s lovely and renewing, plus we spend some time at each location exploring the local area and learning it’s history, so we’re growing those brains cells, too!

    Re fruit: I find much of it raises my T2 blood sugar too much (bummer), so I use it and starchy veggies as my occasional treats. I can eat blackberries regularly with little glucose impact though, and they are delicious.

    Love what you do, keep up the great work!

  25. I miss camping so much. You are right, it is a magical experience that grown ups forget.

  26. Hey Mark.

    Kerry here from Australia Every year now my daughter and go camping with a big group of friends at little known and pristine location on the coast of Northern NSW. (New South Wales). It’s now a yearly sabbatical which we look forward to every year. There is no internet (reception is terrible and we love that) so we get to unplug for a week. Swimming, walks, art, sleeping, games, nature, exploring . And the best part is the gatherings we have. We come together to share meals, stories and laughter. There’s also time to be alone if we need that time. Time to withdraw from the busyness of modern life and time for stillness to hear your own voice and only the sounds of nature. A sacred time for reconnection with the deeper parts of yourself and real face-to-face connection with other people where you get a clear sense of who you and the important things in life. Now, I would not miss that time that all of us have carved out of the year for anything.

  27. Get a-ways would be nice..but as the full time carer for a medically fragile very involved adult with NO RELIABLE respite..not a happening thing..so we try to do the fire pit here some nights, eat good food that the hubs grows a lot of and enjoy good wine…we do what we can to recharge…he goes off fishing…sometimes just a day alone at home, even providing care, is a break for me!!

  28. I’ve been saying I want to go camping for a ling time.
    You’ve inspired me to start taking action.

  29. I loved your story of beating inertia!! A few years ago I reconnected with a best friend from grade school. We had not seen each other in more than 30 years. I initiated meeting her in Colorado Springs. She was coming from Michigan where we grew up and I flew in from Northern California. We spent a long weekend together hiking, zip lining, dinning, drinking wine and talking about our families and childhood. I love Colorado and it’s natural beauty and it was such a treasure to be in nature with an old friend and enjoying the natural beauty all around us. Taking time to have adventures, break out of daily routines and enjoying simple pleasures makes life so meaningful.

    P. S. I bought your Primal Kitchen Vanilla Coconut Collagen Peptide Drink Mix and for the first time ever I can have a cup of coffee without milk or cream and drink it. I can also fast the rest of the day and feel great.
    Thanks, Joan

  30. I am with you on your Sunday with Sisson topic – there is absolutely nothing like a weekend of camping. I am pleased that my wife and kids love doing it, and I wish I had that community of men who would like to get out and do that more regularly.

    One of my goals for the summer is to camp at least once a month with my family, and also to build a fire pit in my back yard for those nights when you just need to stare at fire for a while.

  31. Camping! I regularly do backpacking/camping trips (with my dog, no other humans) as well as over night remote field work (with at least 1 co worker). I avoid inertia by keeping the gear backed and ready to go in the back of my CRV! Within a day of getting home, I clean and repack everything so that I just get my food and ready to go! I also keep a long list of goal destinations to keep me inspired.

  32. This Sunday article was right on time for me. We are a few couples going camping in about two weeks, and I am dying for it. Cooking out, making fire, drinking wine, quiet time, etc. Good stuff…

  33. Wednesday is my craft day with like minded friends. We all do fibre based crafts. Half of us take our spinning wheels and spin gorgeous fibres into yarn and the other half knit. When its warm enough we sit outside. Once a year we have a shared lunch and at Christmas we go out together for a Christmas meal. They are a lovely group of people and I try not to miss my special day.

  34. I love camping with family and friends! But my kind of camping involves my horse too! Nothing better than a long weekend with riding, cooking out and sitting around the fire.