Weekly Link Love — Edition 94

Research of the Week

The American College of Cardiology reassesses its stance on saturated fats.

Psychological stress makes it harder to recover from DOMS.

How a person uses their smartphone can reveal aspects of their personality.

Dietary lectins travel from the gut to the brain of C. elegans worms. Potential Parkinson’s explanation?

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 439: Amy Morin: Host Elle Russ chats with Amy Morin.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 73: Laura and Erin chat with Dr. Anna Cabeca about managing menopause.

Media, Schmedia

Saved by the belly.

Interesting Blog Posts

Rolling the dice.

No one knows you like old friends.

Social Notes

Phil Mickelson has been reading this side of the online health community.

Everything Else

Take your morality pills, citizen.

The promise of interferon therapy.

Will llamas save the world, once again?

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Interesting finding: Adding mass to low-rank pigeons helped them ascend the dominance hierarchy.

I’m not surprised: Media hypes up a few instances of people doing “weird” health things as a huge trend.

I wish the Beatles had done a song about this: A day in the life.

I always think about this: The fact that the components of our food are still mostly unmapped.

We need more of these results to effect real change: More artificial outdoor light, higher rates of teen mental illness.

Question I’m Asking

Would you take the morality pill?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 8 – Aug 14)

Comment of the Week

“You may already personally know this but sharks can sometimes be seen just out from where the waves break and I’d imagine someone floating on the water looks quite like a seal to a shark. Just something to be aware of… Just sayin’.”

-That little dose of fear and uncertainty in the back of your mind (and it’s on everyone’s mind when they’re out there) is part of the allure, I think, Frank.

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. The idea of the morality pill implies that there is some objective standard of morality, and the person or government who imposes that standard is objectively right and has only the best interests of the public at heart (altruistic). But what if they aren’t?

    For instance, vaccines are taken primarily by healthy people. This carries with it an obligation on the vaccine manufacturer that the vaccine be effective for almost everyone, almost all the time; and that it does not cause harm, making the person less healthy. There needs to be an objective standard, then, for effectiveness and safety, that they have to prove the vaccine meets.

    Suppose, though, that the vaccine manufacturer is unable to make a vaccine that is both safe and effective. What if the manufacturer deliberately skews (by not having a true unvaccinated control group, say, or discarding evidence of side effects as “coincidental”) the safety and effectiveness studies? Maybe they realize the vaccine doesn’t meet standards in preliminary testing, and they don’t want to lose money by reworking it or taking it off the market? Is that moral or ethical? Is it ethical for a government to mandate that vaccine?

    For any human to see himself as an infallible arbiter of moral truth is arrogant. Assuming that those who disagree with you are therefore immoral is dangerous.

    1. Yes!!
      Your openings statement “The idea of the morality pill implies that there is some objective standard of morality” should be incredibly obvious to a professor of ethics but he seems to take for granted that there’s one correct moral path in our current dilemma.

      I found the article chilling.

      1. I had the same reaction. It seems that some academic ethicists are blind to the unethical nature of their views.
        This reminded me of an ethics professor interviewed on CBC radio a few years ago who claimed it was unethical to allow any challenge to anthropogenic global warming and climate change. What’s happening in universities? Is signing on to the prof’s notions preferable to critical thinking? This is a strange and troubling turn.

    2. Hi Rob
      I agree, and this is what is happening. There is no safety testing of vaccines. Effectiveness in what aspect – the industry defines vaccine effectiveness as producing a reaction at the vaccine site. That is all.
      The state does not have the best interests of its citizens as its reason for being. Such a pill would be another level in dictatorship. Scary indeed.

  2. Some people, always direct to the wrong end of the spectrum. Morality pills? I mean, I like Equilibrium as a film but not a reality…
    At the opposite end – no coercion at all, just consequence. The world has lost something since it filled up. There is nowhere left to physically exile people to when they refuse to co-operate, but they can be socially exiled.
    Don’t want to wear a mask? Great, don’t. You just can’t come into our businesses, our schools, or use our hospitals if you get sick. Hope it works out for you, but if not, guess that was your choice…

  3. I’m interested in the story of how llamas saved the Earth the first time

  4. Nah, I think our bioethicist friend is correct: government mandated molly and mushrooms would probably solve it. Let’s start with Congress!

    1. I actually think that’s a fantastic idea, specifically with regards to mushrooms. They hold a deep knowing that goes infinitely beyond narrow human notions of “morality” and pretty much everything else.

  5. We are traveling through Ks and Nebraska right now headed for Bear Lake Utah. Got youngest daughter and grandsons with us. I laughed at today’s post. We walk a lot in fresh air around our farm and love fermented foods. I am listed at the KU transplant list. They told me last year that no one has ever gotten off the list I have gone from stage 3 to low stage 2 and hoping to be off their list when this Covid thing goes away and they can check me again. Not bad for almost 70

  6. Followed the clickbait article on breast milk from today’s “Sunday with Sisson” email. Although it does, predictably, talk about saturated fat, it actually makes some good points about safety. It mentions high lactose, which can be poorly tolerated. It mentions that it is not that spectacular on protein, making the body-building appeal questionable. But mainly it talks about the sources being questionable. Obviously the quality of the milk is only as good as the diet of the person producing it. And the samples obtained for the article were found to be cut with regular cow milk or formula. There are some diseases like HIV that can be transmitted through it, too. So, like with any other food source, a would-be breast milk user would have to be very careful where they get it, and it’s not like the FDA or USDA is going to help there.

  7. Well, the breastmilk question was “is it safe,” and your answer was “no.” Apparently that’s not what you meant.

    1. I think he meant he was guessing the article he linked to answered “no.”

      1. Yes, I guessed that too but it was ambiguous so I came over here to see if it got cleared up ?

  8. Hey Mark, I Have a question. I’m 53, exercised all of my life and wear a HR monitor when I do. Back in my early 30’s i shifted into more protein burning over 155bpm and used it as a barometer to monitor my exercise
    If we’ve been exercising regularly does that really change as much as the formulas say? Do we need to follow the formulas? when Im doing my HITT, I’ll bump up into the low 170s and commonly are in the 150s. I want to preserve my lean mass and keep my heart and mito optimal. Would love your thoughts.

  9. Mark, have you ever approached a lactating woman (other than your wife) and asked for a sip from the tap? No? Than I forgive you for not realizing one of the biggest ways that adult men drinking breast milk can be unsafe, unless you’re wearing battle armor.

  10. From all I’ve read about oxytocin, it would be as close to a real live love potion as may be, so the results would not be limited to encouragement of morality. I think I’d rather mind my morality with logic than have my emotions so chemically messed with. I hope there’s a better way to convince my “You can’t make me! I support Our Freedom!” neighbor to be more reasonable for all our sakes.

  11. The morality pill thing reminds me of a Sci-Fi movies. General plot, society requires the population to take a pill in order to control their emotions so they act properly. Protagonist is an enforcer to ensures people take the pills, or they are either shot or sent to camps (i forget which). Well, as the story goes on, the guy realizes the pills are bad as they are manipulating his and society’s mind. Que the climatic ending. I wish I could remember the name of this film, though. Either way, I’ll keep my immorality rather than to opt for some pill. 🙂

    1. Didn’t our own society figure that out about alcohol, back in the twenties? Most Americans were content to have a few drinks and live a normal, peaceful life. As soon as we adopted prohibition, the average, law-abiding citizen turned into a dastardly criminal with no respect for the rules of society.

      Of course, this analogy could be equated with both the morality pill idea and those on either side of the mask argument.

      Old maxim of leadership: Never issue an order you know your men will not follow.

  12. If I took a morality pill I think it would only strengthen my belief in respecting other people’s boundaries, personal accountability and herd immunity. I’m going to have to see some neighbors toe tagged before I start crying the sky is falling and hiding inside.

  13. Enervating means boring, not exciting – the meaning intended by context.

    Another word misused widely (not by Mark) is fortuitous, which means by chance and not lucky

  14. Morality pill!?!? I don’t think I’d even get a covid vaccine, let alone a pill to make me think it’s a good idea to get the vaccine!!!

    Wearing a mask / social distancing is more a question of respect than of morality. And here we have an “Ethics Professor” writing about taking a pill to change the way people think, to conform to an opinion on a matter, based on his version of what is moral or correct. Where I come from, that is the very definition of immorality. Disgusting.

    I bet Hitler and a long list of Dictators or wanna be dictators would be VERY interested in a pill like this. Not to mention, any corporation keen to boost their profits and I don’t even want to begin to think what the black-market would do with something of the sort….

    WTF did I just read….

  15. I can see the value of fermented foods, but I would not include China as one of the countries that has COVID-19 under control. Many individuals within the country have posted on dark web sources stating that the numbers far exceed what has been posted. If China is included, it may be proof that fermented food does not have the benefit hoped for, since the death toll there has been so high.

  16. “There is no such thing as moral phenomena, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena”

    ? Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

  17. “There is no such thing as moral phenomena, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena”

    Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

  18. Morality pill? Oh my Good God… Please tell me this is an April fools story a little late (or early) Talk about being chilled to the bone…

    They can try to conform me to someone else’s idea of morality when I am cold and dead… not before.

    If you are at risk for serious a Covid experience – stay home. The rest of us need to get on with life.