Weekly Link Love — Edition 51

Research of the Week

Manure from cows given antibiotics makes for substandard soil.

Bonobos are bigger meat eaters than we thought.

The Neolithic revolution was more about private property than productivity.

Night owls have worse blood lipids.

For psychiatric symptoms of dementia, non-pharmacologic therapies work better.

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Media, Schmedia

Dutch farmers take to the streets.

Baby food, now with lead and arsenic!

Interesting Blog Posts

Why ketogenic diets as clinically practiced are unhelpful for mitochondrial diseases.

Are Nike’s superfast running shoes a problem?

Social Notes

I recently participated in Dr. Bill Schindler’s Modern Stone Age Diet online summit and had a great time. Check out talks from me, Robb Wolf, and dozens more.

Gorgeous and majestic.

Everything Else

Why does flu peak in winter?

The rush to harvest organs is affecting death investigations.

Even though some residents left city limits to buy cheaper soda, a soda tax in Philadelphia reduced overall soda consumption.

Pigs are using tools.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Video I enjoyed: Sioux chef.

Another video I enjoyed (well, sorta): Why seed oils are so harmful.

I’d try it: Bog butter.

I’m not surprised: Persistent low-grade inflammation is a common feature of depression.

Ancient humans didn’t mess around: Not only were we utilizing brain tissue and bone marrow, we were processing and consuming “dental pulp.”

Question I’m Asking

With Google stopping development of its glucose-monitoring lens and all the other failures and dubious advancements, tech is realizing that biology’s a hard nut to crack. Do you think technology will ever figure out human biology and vault us into sci-fi territory?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 12 – Oct 18)

Comment of the Week

“Hey Mark,
You’re usually way out in front but my 13-year-old son actually beat you to it this time. He, like most his age, is an avid Youtube watcher and has recently gotten into watching the ways of searing the perfect steak.

He’s been hammering me to get a cast iron skillet. Lol.
If it were up to him we’d eat steak every night.

Gotta say, of the obsessions I’d want my 13-year-old son to have, the perfect sear on a Steak works for me!”

– Now that’s awesome, Joel.

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. “Do you think technology will ever figure out human biology and vault us into sci-fi territory?”


  2. “Do you think technology will ever figure out human biology and vault us into sci-fi territory?”

    Assuming we survive as a species, the potential to genetically enhance ourselves as well as augment with technology will be mind boggling in the years to come and without a doubt will be implemented to some degree. What percentage of the populace will be enhanced and what those consequences might be makes for interesting conjecture.

    1. Read “Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi. Almost the next best thing since Heinlen.

      1. Will check it out Al thanks! My dad was a scifi fan and book collector, in second grade when other kids were reading about Dick and Jane I was reading Heinlein, Asimov and Ray Bradbury lol.

  3. “Darren”

    “Do you think technology will ever figure out human biology and vault us into sci-fi territory?”


  4. “ With Google stopping development of its glucose-monitoring lens and all the other failures and dubious advancements, tech is realizing that biology’s a hard nut to crack. Do you think technology will ever figure out human biology and vault us into sci-fi territory?”

    I think it’s more a matter of degree than if. Cochlear implants have been around for decades, and we’re now seeing great advances in visual prosthesis. Biometric technology is developing at an incredible and, often, terrifying pace – with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Virtual reality has largely given way to emerging developments in augmented reality, and the interface between the organic and synthetic realms is rapidly moving beyond the visual/tactile/aural towards a directly neural connection. In many ways, we are already in “sci-fi territory.”

  5. I’m still laughing at the study about erections. Funniest thing that the vegans have put out in a long time. Thanks for sharing…

  6. Really enjoy Sunday with Sisson!! This Sunday was great!! Always learning!! Thanks!!

  7. I can’t wait for you to dig into “The Game Changers”. That was a hard watch. And only because I’m not as patient as I’d like to be. Where does a person even start? Oy.

  8. HI Mark
    As child I memorized the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. It was a wonderful poem for an adventurous kid to know as he set off on his own journeys.
    The tune that really gets to me is the theme song from The Mule, the latest film produced by Clint Eastwood. He was golfing with Toby Keith late last year when Keith ask Clint what keep him going.
    Clint, approaching his 90th year, said.
    “I don’t let the old man in”
    This inspired Keith to write his song “Don’t Let The Old Man In” which Eastwood used for The Mule.
    The worth is well worth the watching, as a 90 year old man knocks it out of the park in his role as the Mule.
    My wife and I heard Toby sing it at a concert in Reno a couple of months ago.
    When you get a chance, give it a listen. If nothing else, it might be a good theme song for us men of a certain age who refused to let the old man in.

    Best to you Mark. I’ve been taking your Primal Nutrition for 22 years. It helps keep the old man OUT!
    Jim C says Hi
    Craig F

    1. Loreena McKennitt does a very beautiful musical rendition of Noyes’ poem. Definitely not country, but if you’ve not heard it, you should give it a listen.

  9. For What it is Worth…Dusty Springfield.
    Even more real today than in the 60’s!

  10. Aloha,

    Mark, I look forward to you’re Sunday scribings, there is depth in your words that always uniquely challenges my character & has causes me to recommit to this path we tread.

    I’m a blues guy. When life gets down & dirty them blues gives me a shoulder to lean on. Shit happens, good blues sooth. I’m fairly confident the howling creatures and the the rhythms of nature spawned it all anyways.

    As a man, drumming always bring back the warrior in my soul. It’s good to get fierce, fierce is necessary to possess when humbled by chivalry. Watching a woman dance is also a powerful thing to behold. Mahalo all, K

  11. Mark
    Thanks for the song
    I am not much of a country fan myself, but it is quite a powerful song sung by legends
    Thanks again

  12. I love the song The Highwayman. I listen to it often, as I have the album entered into my CD library in my car. The whole album is great!
    Thanks for all the good info you give us.

  13. Mark, your “The Highwayman” musing reminds me of another song along those lines, Kansas’ “Carry on Wayward Son.”

    Here is something interesting re country music: A couple of years back, my kids and I noticed that my husband was listening to country. He said it made him feel better on his long commutes through LA traffic. He never pushed it on us, but it’s now always “there,” as if it’s sitting patiently on the edge of our lives–and it’s slightly propelled by our curiosity: what is the draw for Dad?

    I’ve only listened to snippets, but here is my takeaway:

    First, unlike the stuff my teens are listening to, which seems to have a common theme of complaints about various abuses or other contemplations of a dark nature, a lot of country is uplifting, and often infused with gratitude.

    Second, it often tells a story. People working hard, playing hard, loving their family.

    Third, the story is often very visual–off the top of my head, I recall a little girl dripping ice cream on someone’s shoes, someone putting on their favorite jeans to sit on their favorite bar stool, someone seems to always be hanging their hat on some hook behind the door, walking hand and hand through the grass, or driving down a dirt road through the pasturelands. You can “see” the song. Just as you can “see” the song in The Highwayman or Carry on Wayward Son.

    Visual stories in song, recounting life events, hard work and play, adventure, love, loss, family…what could be more primal?

  14. The new Tool song Pneuma -the vital spirit, soul or creative force of a person – is hard to top. At the right volume I feel the song in my solar plexus (although I admit that might happen with any song at “the right volume”). Inspirational music for velocity based training!
    I look forward to your post every Sunday.

  15. 1. Speechless
    2. I’m not surprised at all.
    3. The Highwayman is a great song. Check out Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood album. I like almost all of his work but this is the album I’m listening to now. He’s a good lyricist and he’s got a non-mainstream pop country, edge to his music.

    All the best to you and the group.

  16. As a Keto follower for over a year now, I feel so much better, more energy, lost the extra 10 lbs I couldn’t lose. My only question is that Keto contains a lot of meat. I have now just come through my second attack of gout. Truthfully, I have never experienced such excruciating pain….I’ve had two children, no comparison! I believe it’s my gut that isn’t excreting the Uris acid properly. Can I please ask for advice on how to improve my microbiome to avoid another gout attack. I’d hate to have to abandon my Keto! Any help would be appreciated.

  17. “The Highwayman”was written by Jimmy Webb and much later became the name of the group and their title song. Jimmy Webb is a prolific songwriter and now even sings many of his own songs. I’m sure many remember “Up Up and Away” “MacAurthur Park” “Galveston”.

  18. For some great Female country music might I suggest the new band The Highwomen – powerful harmonies, powerful women.

  19. I loved that you mentioned “The Highwayman”. I’ve been watching Ken Burns documentary on Country Music. It’s eight episodes and wonderfully done. Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson and the back story for both are prominately featured. I highly recommend it !

  20. Mark,

    “Country Music,” Ken Burns’ incomparable documentary, is some of the best TV I have ever seen!

    The music and the photos are American treasures.

  21. Check out “The Highwomen” and their song of the same name. A powerhouse group inspired by and respectful to the Highwaymen. I think you’ll like them.

    1. I think a lot is being made of the Highwomen based on their solo careers. Their version of “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac is really quite unremarkable.

      1. so, you’re basing your opinion on a cover? have you listened to their other stuff?

  22. This tune helped me see our place in the universe, or at least the solar system, just yesterday.

    I found this while watching video of the all-female spacewalk from the other day.

    Cady Coleman and Ian Anderson’s flute duet from orbit and Earth.


  23. I’m of a mind there is no Best song but there’s one that stands out to me as being a Great song and it’s He Stopped Loving Her Today.

  24. Highwayman is the same soul reincarnated. And yes, it’s magnificent. If most modern country doesn’t do it for you (and why would it, it’s truly horrible), check out Tyler Childers, Colter Wall, Sturgill Simpson, and Jason Isbell. They’re the real Avengers because they just may save the genre. Maybe.

    1. I am so glad someone finally mentioned Jason Isbell. A songwriter of this caliber doesn’t come around often. His live performances are a must see.

    2. Yes Graham! All wonderful songwriters and artists with standards and souls that are sorely lacking in our current world of “pop” kuntry.

  25. You are so right Mark, “The Highwaymen” is a great song. It’s kind of the way I connected the dots about the nature of the universe even as a small child, contrary to what I was being programmed as The Truth. Not nearly as epic or grand as that song, but a nice little inspirational song I always liked is “Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette. A more sobering but a**-kicking song is “Childhood’s End” by Pink Floyd (with a beautiful guitar riff by David Gilmour right before the last verse).

    Who are you and who am I
    To say we know the reason why?
    Some are born; some men die
    Beneath one infinite sky
    There’ll be war, there’ll be peace
    But everything one day will cease
    All the iron turned to rust;
    All the proud men turned to dust
    And so all things, time will mend
    So this song will end

  26. The Highwayman is a great song. The one, however, that calls to me is One Tin Soldier.

  27. I watched the lecture on seed oils, and I was surprised to see that in many of the graphs, olive oil was somewhere between coconut oil/animals fats and the industrial seed and vegetable oils. I use olive oil almost exclusively…but now after watching the lecture I’m wondering if I should be favoring the coconut oil and finding some grass-fed tallow as well. I read your post a month or two back on olive oil and have always thought it to be the best and most healthy oil, so that’s why I feel a bit confused after watching the lecture. Any thoughts?

    1. And then, today I went to the store to purchase grass-fed tallow for cooking, and I notice that each serving has 1 gram of transfat. Isn’t that the worst fat of all? Now I don’t know what is “best” to use.

  28. The vegan erection study really isn’t surprising when you think about it.
    Any good gardener knows that if you want a plant to flower (ie reproduce) you stop feeding it and you stop watering it – you make it think it’s going to die…
    Feeding virile young men only grass-sorry-vegan ‘food’ makes their bodies think there’s no food – so they’re going to die soon – so all their bodies’ resources go into better erections – a last ditch effort to reproduce before they die.
    The young men eating meat are not in any hurry to reproduce because their bodies have the message of abundance. They ask their ‘members’ if they want to get jiggy with it – their members say, ‘meh, okay if you want … or we could do it tomorrow … or we could pencil it in for sometime next week…’

    See, there’s a simple scientific explanation.

  29. The country songs that tell a story like “Three Wooden Crosses”, “Ode to Billie Joe”, and “The Long Black Veil” to name just three; these are the country songs that grabbed me and keep me listening. You have to keep listening to hear the end of the story. Who doesn’t like a good story?

  30. Check out “No Hard Feelings” by the Avett Brothers. Or anything by the Avett Brothers for that matter.

  31. “Why ketogenic diets as clinically practiced are unhelpful for mitochondrial diseases.”

    Fascinating, thank you.

    There’s a list of “hypo-this and that” which is familiar to me and very accurate. I did a 2:1 diet fora long time, nearly 3 yrears and it broke the migraine cycle and allowed me to lower or eliminate a lot of meds, especially a life destroying beta blocker. I remember the reason I stopped was the hypoglycemia which I never did manage to fix. A lot of the others are known issues which are actively managed for kids and adults who use it medically. I was taking for instance, electrolytes and carnitine every day. I’m much more casual about it now.

    My TG’s though, they go down, not up with keto. Not sure where that’s coming from. Maybe that’s individual.

  32. I just wanted say that I love Sunday and always have. As a child it meant “Sunday dinner “ at my grandparents with extended family, and being Italian it also meant sauce. Today as an adult I still honor that tradition in perhaps my own more responsible way, it just feels good, safe and familiar. Sunday also lets me put the past week officially away and reminds me of the fresh start and opportunity of the week ahead. Thanks for letting me share and I hope that all of your Sunday’s are spent doing something you enjoy even if that something is nothing at all.

    Health and Happiness,

    1. Great song. Also speaking to the natural beauty that so many ignore in the modern world, my favorite country tune is probably “Night Rider’s Lament” by Jerry Jeff Walker (there are a great many incredible covers, too).

  33. SWS The Highwayman “The first verse is from the perspective of a bandit, a highwayman who robs, kills, and adventures for a living. He’s eventually hung but lives on in spirit.”

    Reminds me of two books I read: “Bury me standing” and “Another Darkness Another Dawn” (both about European Gypsies/Roma). If you don’t understand how social alienation creates criminal behavior (criminal behavior both by the alienated and the mainstream), these are a good start. Les Miserables is a good start too, but too vague I think. The parallels with the African American experience are uncanny.

  34. Recently i watched the documentary The Need to Grow, narrated by a Rosario Dawson. It was enlightening, informative, and showed the concerns our planet is facing, but gave solutions at the same time.

    It aired for free last week, but you can still catch it on Netflix! Highly recommended.

  35. Mark,
    would you be willing to do a bit of a Sunday was Sisson on this new documentary on Netflix called Game Changers?

    In short – Arnold Schwarzenegger, some MMA fighters, several bodybuilders (including one that carried the heaviest weight ever in the Guinness Book of World Records), and half the Tennessee Titans are claiming that plant-based only diet is the reason for their success.

    Some things that stand out to me that I would like to question are:
    – soy doesn’t produce estrogen but produces Fido estrogen, which looks similar to estrogen but actually binds to other estrogen’s, lowering your actual estrogen uptake.
    – vitamin B 12 isn’t received from meat, it’s actually received from bacteria present in the soil and really everybody should get there vitamin B 12 from supplementation rather than their food.

    is there anyway you could debunk this and/or discuss the research behind this in the claims? If it would be great if you could send an email out on this. If you respond just to my post only I probably won’t be able to go back in and find it unless I get an email saying that it’s responded to.

    Thanks much!


  36. The Highwaymen were survivors of the toughest ilk. I am glad they brought country into your brain.