Weekly Link Love — Edition 40

Research of the Week

12 weeks on a ketogenic diet normalized metabolic and psychological health markers in a 65-year-old woman who’d had type 2 diabetes and clinical depression for 26 years.

The magic of kefir.

Rewiring the brain with gratitude.

Higher protein intakes may save senior bone health.

Oh, good! They’re making “advances” in tech for reducing the cholesterol content of egg yolks.

How sleep loss tanks memory.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 361: Josh Perry: Host Elle Russ chats with Josh Perry, a former pro BMX athlete, current motivational speaker, and certified health coach who’s using a ketogenic diet to fight four brain tumors.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 20: Hosts Erin and Laura chat with Kate Jaramillo about the necessity of creating it if it doesn’t exist.

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

Government panel of nation with thousands of years of history eating cheese, butter, and meat rule that cheese, butter, and meat are terribly unhealthy. And some people have commented on the report.

Here’s what happens to your organs in extreme heat.

I still chuckle at the notion that not eating between meals is a “fad.”

Interesting Blog Posts

Good tips for urban foraging.

Yeah, what if?

Social Notes

I had a great time with Shawn Baker, Paul Saladino, and Brian Sanders discussing meat on Brian’s Peak Human podcast.

Don’t forget about the humble, mighty pushup.

Everything Else

Not all restaurants are buying into the Beyond Meat hype.

What fish can teach us about regenerating limbs.

Man bedridden for 11 years invents a surgery to cure himself.

The curative potential of mastic, ancient Greek medicinal shrub.

Here’s what you’ll be allowed to buy at the grocery store in our glorious future.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

What I mean by “Live Long, Drop Dead”: This.

I think we all knew this: Trees are better than grass.

Story I enjoyed reading: “The Death of a Chimpanzee.”

I marvel at human ingenuity: The innovative new process converting vegetables into meat.

This is wild: One of the longest-lived “organisms” is a 6000 year-old sexually-transmitted dog cancer.

Question I’m Asking

How do you intend to “live long, drop dead”? What will you be doing, and does it involve an escalator?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 28– Aug 3)

Comment of the Week

“My nemesis is the lone star tick, here in rural TN. I created a repellent that I actually tested on a tick. First the recipe: rose geranium oil plus citronella oil, diluted in jojoba oil and a bit of alcohol. I put this in a sprayer. The alcohol makes it easier to spray and less thick.

I tested it by spraying it on a table, and putting a tick next to it. The tick tried to get away from the sprayed spot as fast as possible, repeatedly. Every day, I put this stuff NEAR but not ON the places you never want to get a tick, when I get dressed in the morning. (Mucus membranes should not be exposed to essential oils.)

Also I spray my hat and shoes with permethrin and let it dry overnight. This lasts a few months as a repellent and is relatively non-toxic.

Inspect yourself every evening for ticks. If one bites you, but you get it off within 24 hours, it is unlikely to infect you with any diseases.”

– Good tick tips, shannon stoney.

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. Brining in pickle juice is also a great, simple way to guarantee delicious pork, whether chops or a loin roast.

  2. Love the sun exposure article. The orthopedic surgeon and not recommending exercise is a perfect analogy.

  3. AGGH! The Planetary Health Shopping list starts with sugar, and with no prescribed limit . Are you kidding me? I avoid it anyway, but that tells you right there this is nonsense.

    1. I know, right!? All I could think was “WTF! Sugar!?” Then all the grains/flour was no surprise.

  4. I’ve been really enjoying the Carnivore content.

    I have only minor chronic issues (that I’m aware of ), headaches, sinus, but I have a brother with major chronic health problem and he suggested that we give it a try.

    I haven’t had a headache since we got serious about it a fortnight ago (we did run down some of our plant-foods before starting) and the digestion is just fine. Feeling good, but it’s very helpful to be able to understand both what we are doing and why it’s not “bad”.

    We’ll review at the 6-week mark and try adding a few things back into our diets, but so-far there isn’t much that we are really missing. The biggest is that coffee and tea now taste like the milk is stale, even when it is fresh.

    Have fun, all.

  5. The parking lot at Target is on a slight hill so I park at the bottom, and then I can ride the shopping cart like a scooter all the way back down to my car. I’m going to be 61 soon.
    Joy and delight!

  6. I’m not a fan of sunscreen for all the reasons discussed. I will use a little though early in the year on spots prone to burning.. nose, neck, and the backs of my calves and elbows. Otherwise, I go sunscreen free on the rest of me. I figure that’s a decent compromise!

    1. I have abandoned all use of sun screen. Strategic use of hats and a couple sessions in my gym’s tanning bed at the start of summer. Avoiding seed oils also seems to have helped as well. No hint of a burn for the past several years.

  7. OMG, I loved the article about turning vegetables into meat! I couldn’t stop laughing at the title! That’s just the kind of “processed” meat product I WANT to eat! Thanks Mark!

  8. I am getting so extremely confused about what to eat or not eat. Media is saying protein is the culprit. Cut eggs and most meat. Then it’s the fats. Then it’s gluten now it’s not gluten. I just don’t understand which to listen to anymore. I have MEcfs so I have to watch my liver and I cannot workout much (I manage quite a bit of walking). Then it’s celery juice. Keto. Not keto. Which is right?? Which is the easiest on a body that can’t workout in regards to heart liver etc. and wants to live a really long wonderful life:)

    1. There’s very little talk against vegetable matter – focus on those. Regardless of diet, those are always an accepted food.

  9. I am sure we are all tired of these (deliberately?) misleading researches demonising ancestral type diets and it is good to read your sensible rebuttal of this possibly dangerous misinformation. I understand the basic principles behind actual and relative risk but decided to look into the subject in more depth and came across Peter Attia’s podcast ‘lesson’s on the subject. Really good but definitely need to take my brain helping fats to follow the detailed explanation which should help in interpreting the actual statistics behind the scare headlines. However you do need to be a subscriber to have access to them.As a relatively newcomer to your site I do not know if you a have ever done a layman’s interpretation of the different type of risk and how important it is to know the difference. Thanks for all your articles and comments….. they help to keep a sensible approach to so many health/diet issues

  10. A once prominent physician said “The fat you eat is the fat you wear”.

    1. Not sure your point, but I think the quip you offer is nonsense.

      The fat you eat is the energy you use. Given a reasonable caloric intake*, you don’t wear it unless you’re consuming carbohydrates, causing an insulin increase which tells your body to start storing fat.

      *reasonable is important; if you consume twice your daily caloric needs, you’ll probably wear some of it regardless of what the macro breakdown is.

  11. What conclusions to draw from the Muffinstudy? That the quality of scientists and science vary hugely! Thanks for the analysis of this one even though anybody who is opposed to Keto and Primal will treat the Muffinstudy as gospel.

  12. Hi Mark,

    Would you say that the article about heat and organs would apply to hot tub exposure? Fingers are crossed that that is a no!


  13. I’ve been putting 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil. Is this insane?

  14. I just read the article about what happens to your organs in extreme heat. This seems to contradict all the information about how healthy it is to use a sauna–which I do several times a week. Could you please clarify this issue for me?

    1. I’m thinking the difference is exercising in heat as opposed to sitting in a sauna, “soaking” in the heat and staying hydrated. For example, better to stand / sit in a sauna than to do jumping jacks IMHO. There can be a fine line between something being therapeutic and something being detrimental to your health. It’s tough for many of us who are health and exercise oriented to grasp the concept that there is a time and place for everything, and sometimes sitting quietly can be beneficial to our health, be it laying in a hammock or meditating in our living room or sitting in a sauna.

  15. Don’t you just love all of these misleading studies? The sad thing is that most doctors don’t read them. They read an abstract and the conclusion and call it good. The docs, in turn, pass on this bad info to their patients. Whatever happened to “first, do no harm”?

  16. Re: the muffin article: Classic Mark, make a study clear and hilarious, recommend what’s smarter. I laughed and laughed and came away better. Thanks for your work.

  17. Guess they can prove anything to fit their notions. I eat a fair amount of fat along with a balanced diet and am slowly losing weight. You make sense, Mark.

  18. All the experts say they know better but I have to ponder that compared to my own life. Ok, I’ve been through things most haven’t, especially other women. But in my family cholesterol has always ran high, very high. I’ve gone 3 years eating ‘the approved’ diet and my cholesterol remained very high. Cancer and strokes is what kills in my family. Now the Dr. Wants to blame my agent orange exposure. That caused me lots of problems that I turned to herbal medicine for, but I am now 65 so I think I won the fight on that matter. I am concerned that I have stage 2 liver disease. I am wanting to get it cleaned up but nothing helps. The experts seem to be more clueless than I am.

  19. Re:study about saturated fat and fatty liver. Who funded the “study”? What else were the participants eating? Did any have underlying health concerns? What about sugar or other carbs in the muffins? What other sources of fat were in the diets – were there any other controls in the “study” to reduce differences in results?

  20. Sunday with Sisson, 4 Aug, talked about a story saying basically Saturated fat = bad vs Polynsaturated Fat being good in a ‘study’. First off, the ‘study’ was garbage with too many variables and, as usual, the media seems to have sensationalized the story and misreported, or simply left out, the facts. You really need to investigate everything coming from major media… thanks Mark! My health has turned completely around on Keto. Combined with other good practices including sleep, exercise and good nutrition which includes eating proper quantities of ‘good’ saturated and other good fats while avoiding foods that spike sugar. By the way, while researching brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNS), I saw a finding where saturated fat COMBINED with refined sugar in the typical Western diet can negatively (my word) “influence brain structure and function via regulation of neurotrophins”.* Yes this came from the gov, authors of the infamous food pyramid & plate, but it’s a short interesting abstract.

  21. As usual love your Sunday posts, find them inspiring.
    It seems that people have lost their common sense when it comes to food. Noticed a certain laziness it’s always easy to grab a muffin and then point to certain studies .
    Have been keto for a year, and enjoy this way of eating.
    But it’s not easy when our whole society is geared tours carbs. Haven’t yet completely convinced the rest of my family but working on it. Find your books the reset diet very helpful.

  22. Thank you SO MUCH for pointing our how ludicrous this saturated fat BS is….. crap grain loaded with crap oil is the problem…but is THAT the emphasis……I no longer bother to explain how or why I eat much..I have a page, I share recipes and adaptations, and those who have read and applied are pleased..those who “can’t wrap their head around” the WOE..not so much….regardless of my body shape shifting…I feel good, my doctor is very pleased with my labs..carry on!!

  23. As someone addicted to hot yoga (90 minutes at 104 degrees daily makes me feel fantastic), I’d love to hear more on the heat topic, Mark. (Not that it will make me give up hot yoga – but hey, that’s gotta be better for my organs than fatty muffins! ;).

  24. There’s a documentary being played right now called I Thrive. It’s about diabetes. It’s really good, but I’m conflicted because it really puts the Keto eating lifestyle down. Is there a balance somehow? Eating Whole Foods only ( including meat )… adding more variety of veggies and fruits although it contains more carbs. I’m so confused now.

  25. Why is palm oil not good for you. I thought it was recommended has a good day to cook with.

  26. My gracious. That study in your Sunday with Sisson article was completely ridiculous. Yet again, they are trying to find any ammunition to shoot down this WOE. Ever think that the muffin might be the bigger issue here or maybe the overconsumption of calories? Nope, surely the culprit is the saturated fat. *facepalm*

  27. I didn’t receive the Sunday With Sisson email today. Not the first time. Not in spam. I use “classic view” so my inbox is all one – no sub-folders to check. How come delivery is so erratic? Thanks.

    1. Janet, good question, I haven’t had that problem but I did add this as a contact in my address book so you may want to add them in case you haven’t. Good luck!

      1. Same here. It’s hit or miss. I open every one but didn’t get it yesterday. Not in junk either.

  28. Just ate piece of zucchini bread about the size of a 1/4 stick of butter. I did spread the rest of the stick of butter on bread. I’ll take chances with the grass fed butter.
    I have been low carb-no carb since 1969 I’ll stand by real food

  29. Answers:

    Live long — yes I love stairmasters, my favorite indoor exercise since forever. Except for weights and hiking. Long term I plan to avoid as much medication as possible, get outside as much as possible, and cook all my own food.

    Sunday with Sisson question — There’s a very simple answer to the saturated fat causes fatty liver claim.

    How do you make foie gras? Geese are omnivorous (insects are an animal by every definition of omnivore) but if you feed them mainly carbs, (specifically corn) you get foie gras.

    What animal was used to “prove” that cholesterol and saturated fat is bad? Rabbits. Which are herbivores and their body can’t handle animal fat. Nor are they likely to eat coconuts or palm fat. Those are the main saturated fats in the plant world.

    What problem does poor vitamin C status cause? Epithelial damage. What is the inside lining of the blood vessels? Epithelium. What else damages it? blood pressure. Venous blood pressure is way less than arterial. So when they do bypass surgery and put a vein in an artery, it’s a recipe for disaster and has nothing to do with diet. Unless the person is too miserable to eat right and eats comfort food only, destroying their vitamin C status.

    What is the only animal commonly used in research that has the same weird inability to make Vitamin C as us? Guinea pigs. Do they get heart disease if they have abundant vitamin c but too much saturated fat? I don’t know that anyone’s ever studied it, do you?

    I’ve seen studies where guinea pigs were fed various amounts of cholesterol, but not with controlled vitamin C or with separate saturated fat and PUFA testing. To get a real answer we should be looking there.

    NOTE: This is my opinion, and I’m not a doctor. For an actual cardiologist’s opinion on bypass surgery, vitamin C, etc, I suggest you read Stain Nation by Malcolm Kendrick MD. There’s a cardiology rebellion afoot and a lot of what they’re saying makes a lot of sense to me. At least hear them out.

    1. Spelling check failure… “Statin” Nation, it should’ve been.

  30. Unbelievable!!
    They have been conducting flawed studies like this since the ‘50s. Why are people still so dead set on demonizing saturated fat???

  31. On the sat. Fat vs. polyunsaturated, it seems like it’s still a valid point. For those that don’t eat keto or eat perfectly otherwise, it looks like this is saying that if you are going to eat carbs, it’s better to have sunflower oil rather than saturated fat. That eating carbs will make you gain extra weight, but combining it with saturated fat rather than others will make you gain weight and will be bad for your liver, therefore being worse overall. Is that a different palm oil? Is that what this is saying?

    I read palm fruit oil was the only source of all 4 longer strands of vit E – alpha-, gamma-, beta-, delta- tocotrienols, and it’s sold at health food stores.

    This is my first comment here and first experience is that it’s a little confusing posting comments as it appears to be for all of the articles together, rather than each article itself, maybe I’m not doing this right.

  32. More interesting reading in the Atlantic Aug 2 edition….how our immune system and gut biome are connected!!!!

  33. Loved the ‘rewiring brain with gratitude’ article. How gratitude can make you happy is impactful. Happy to see the scientific proofs with the topic.I myself realize gratitude soothes our anxious brain.

  34. I was foraging in jail sort of recently, eating dandelions and clover in one of the “yards”. Those are easily some of the healthier things to eat in there if you get access. I got to pick some strawberries too because we did a small amount of gardening.
    Two and a half months locked up this time for totally bogus assault police charges, which I plead guilty to just to get out sooner, like usual, so I’m thinking I might as well have attacked them anyway since they charged me for it. I think by now I’ve spent like a year in jail for stuff I’m not guilty of and it makes me feel like punishing my perjuring persecutors in the most unpleasantly painful ways possible. Do I sound resentful?

    1. Despite spending plenty of time outside I’ve only had three ticks in my life that I know of: two one time beside each other on my side and one on my neck. I was surprised at their toughness and tenacity in clinging when I pinched them away. The worst that happened was that the one on my neck left a bump like a pimple for what I think was over a month.

  35. Ooh so more lamb chops for me! Under 65 but post menopausal and have osteoporosis. Good to see there is hope.