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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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May 17 2019

Weekly Link Love — Edition 29

By Mark Sisson
35 Comments

Research of the Week

Scientists can’t quantify what makes a good liar.

Medieval English peasants ate mostly meat stew, cheese, fruits, and vegetables.

Bowel cancer rates rise among young adults.

Researchers identify two gut bacteria linked to mental health.

In mice, a keto diet lowers schizophrenia symptoms, partially by modulating the gut biome.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 339: Jeffrey M. Smith: Host Elle Russ chats with healthy GMO advocate Jeffrey M. Smith.

Episode 340: Dr. Cate Shanahan: Host Brad Kearns chats with Dr. Cate Shanahan about becoming cancer proof.

Health Coach Radio Episode 11: Dr. William Davis: Dr. William Davis of “Wheat Belly” fame talks about the gut microbiome and drops a recipe for oxytocin-rich yogurt.

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

These days, health plummets after age 27.

Don’t bring CBD to airports (yet).

Interesting Blog Postsd

How small farms can feed the world.

Pete Attia on breakfast research.

Social Notes

Egg consensus.

I agree with this assessment of grilling essentials.

Everything Else

Low-carb endurance athletes should eat extra protein.

Ketones may help developing brains recover from trauma.

Why one person (and, increasingly, millions of others) wears noise-curating headphones all the time.

The many ways we can break our fasts.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Event you need to attend next year: The 2020 Metabolic Health Summit in Los Angeles.

Article I found interesting: “When time became regular and universal, it changed history.”

Research that fascinated me: Sweat protects against sun damage.

Line that horrified me: “She said the 20-month-old weighed just 4.89kg, looked like a three-month-old and had no teeth…

Important research: Ultra-processed diets increase calorie intake and weight gain.

Question I’m Asking

Has anyone found good results eating an ultra-processed diet—I’m thinking one based on powders and pills and slurries?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 12 – May 18)

Comment of the Week

“Ok, so it’s not exactly Keto popcorn, but our local movie theater offers an appetizer called, ‘Buffalo Cauliflower.’ It’s toasted bits of cauliflower with salt and oil. Totally works for me and I’m not tormented by the delicious aroma of popcorn when I see a movie, anymore.

I like it so much that I adapted a recipe on Cooks Illustrated called Roasted Cauliflower. I cut the cauliflower in smaller bits than it suggests, then make sure each piece is covered in plenty of olive oil and salt. So delicious. I think we eat it once per week. And, my husband and son never really liked cauliflower until I made it this way.

We all have to order our own dish at the movie theatre these days because we like it so much.”

– That’s amazing to hear. Where is this place, Barb?

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  1. Whoa pump the brakes here. How could colon cancer rates increase almost 300% in young adults while their death rate from colon cancer remained unchanged? This sounds like a measurement effect- such as increased colon cancer vigilance and screening.

    When evaluating studies I like to save time and mistakes by using the “fuhgeddaboudit heuristic” : if it’s an epidemiological study, fuhgeddaboudit. Carry on like it never even happened. Works about 90% of the time 🙂

  2. Flew with CBD this week, no worries. As long as it is hemp derived you’re probably good.

  3. I am 27 and I feel like my health and vitality is increasing! Scary article….

  4. You are only coming through in waves. Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.

    Iiiiiiiiiiii have become … comfortably numb.

  5. What’s up with the “starved” vegan baby article constantly mentioning immunizations and anti-vaxers? Is it even possible that a child who was as poorly nourished as they claim this one to have been would even have survived? Oh, and the article’s author made sure to mention that the baby had not been issued a birth certificate or a medicare number. And what about this, ” tests five months before the child was born, showed there was very little risk of post natal depression.” What is this test? The reported “facts” in this article don’t seem to add up to me.

  6. Love that you’re sharing posts on the connection between diet, gut health and mental health. How could food not have a direct, powerful impact – it’s literally how we constitute body + brain.

    And so intriguing – the post on curating (and cancelling out) everything that goes in one’s ears!!

  7. The amusing egg writeup, was that cortana? LOL

    If it wasn’t happening I’d say it was unbelievable that people still listen to health advice from any source anymore. Thanks for bursting the egg bs bubble.

  8. “Low-carb endurance athletes should eat extra protein.”

    Do you believe it? I’m not sure. I’d want to redo the study with higher protein and see if PheOx changed, plus if fat oxidation also changed. That would provide more complete evidence than “Our findings suggest …”

    I’m not too clear on whether they had endurance athletes who were fat adapted either. I’d have to bypass the paywall at a local medical center to see if the complete article mentions that.

  9. Music is the ultimate bittersweet when done well. You mentioned sad songs, but I think the best songs are all about contrast. A verse in a minor key that can almost be grinding gives way to a relative major chorus that is anthemic or catchy. I know you like Pearl Jam, Mark, and No Code is a masterclass in grinding verses giving way to melodic hooks (Hail Hail and Red Mosquito are my favorite examples).

  10. More examples of things that are bittersweet:

    Running. Sometimes sucks but you feel great after.. Same goes for most workouts.

    Cold Showers.
    Cooking and preparing a delicious healthy meal.
    Building a business.

  11. Hey Mark- love your Sunday sessions!
    Totally agree with the bittersweet concept.
    I’m a DC and my patients often tell me “you’re so lucky cause you like to exercise”
    When in fact, I do not- but I do Love how it feels when I’m done::)

  12. You are right on with your thinking in this area. The reason I say that is I’m 68, and I’ve learned there’s a price to pay for success in any area. Hard work regardless in what form, be it in the farm, in the gym, or life in general, always yields its rewards. Sacrifice is part of maturity. Without it, we are stunted and entitled.
    I actually enjoy the challenge of finishing, as well as the
    the journey of challenge. It’s a must for each of us

  13. Your comments this Sunday morning were inspiring. After 30 years in the Marine Corps I believe our creed, “Pain is Weakness leaving the Body.”

  14. This week’s Sunday With Sisson reminded me of the movie Inside Out. The premise I walked away with was that you cannot have Joy without Sadness. This is actually another example in support of the post (rather than the requested counterexample). Mark, while the movie is animated I suspect you would enjoy it, particularly as a father. With regard to the post, maybe it’s not about pleasure v pain but more about appreciation, and if so, what areas of our psyche are responsible for pleasure and/or appreciation, I wonder if they are the same.

    1. I loved Inside Out! It was a great message, and I thought of it too while reading Sunday with Sisson. Particularly when Mark said remembering sad memories brings appreciation for the present. It reminded me of toward the end of the movie, when Joy saw that all of her most treasured happy memories were preceded by a sad event.

  15. For sure. Maybe it’s because we can’t grasp or define one without the other. The ultimate paradigm of opposites; light, dark, yin yang. There must be an equal opposing force to grasp or conceptualize. Sadness and joy. Literally if you push a beach ball under the sea, there is an equal propellant force that shoots it up when you let go. So no matter how low or dark, there will be a counter lift and equal opposing light. It’s a universal law.

  16. Not a fan of anything bittersweet. Bittersweet = Steel Magnolias, Beaches, and Terms of Endearment. Blech.

    I’ll take Serenity or Joy any day.

  17. Thank you for your weekly “Sunday with Sisson”, articles. Great way to start my day and week. This morning’s piece on bittersweet things was especially touching. Thank you!

  18. I agree with pain/pleasure principle. It’s the yin and yang of life. Light/dark. How do we know one without the other? Both are a measure of the other.
    Knowing this helps me not resist the unpleasant – because it is in that where I become greatly aware of the pleasant.
    Thank you for the blog Mark. You inspire me to live greatly at my age (54.5). And greater beyond…

  19. I agree that almost all of life is bittersweet, except :

    Being in nature
    Thinking of or looking at cats

      1. Oh dear, definitely bittersweet! Fortunately I live in an area without chiggers, and only encounter them when travelling.

  20. Ultimate bitter/sweet for me was giving birth. Hard work but 3 beautiful babies that are now adults.

    1. Beautiful example. There’s also tons of bittersweet moments throughout pregnancy in my experience. 🙂 You’re so right too. Labor and delivery are so painful and intense, and as soon as the little one is out all of that melts away and it is the most blissful experience in the world.

  21. “Important research: Ultra-processed diets increase calorie intake and weight gain.”
    As the article was free, you could see in the supplemental material with pictures what did they offer in both diets.
    What was surprising that they did not offer any candy as a snack, only crackers, and similar products in the ultra-processed diet. The non-processed diet had raisins as a one snack option.

    Mark, what do you think, can there be any more ultra-processed food than candy, which is isolated sugar, artificial flavors, and colors?

  22. I nominate ASMR as a pleasurable experience without any obvious amount of pain that is necessary to provide a contrast

  23. Medieval peasants eating beef, mutton, leeks, cabbage. But only guessed at through deposits on pots. No grain porridge apparently, but if they were scarfing bread, that wouldn’t be leaving deposits on the pots.

    And WHICH ‘500 years’ are we talking about?

    Still a good snippet of information.

  24. Sex or any kind of foreplay requires no pain for pleasure, unless that is what you’re into?

  25. I can completely understand noise curating at work. Open office floorplans where I work were one of the worst things management came up with to try increasing collaboration and productivity. Now, even those of us in more isolated areas are being interrupted by the office workers trying to find a quiet place to work.