Weekly Link Love—Edition 6

Research of the Week

In the healthy elderly, daily aspirin use failed to improve disability-free survival while increasing the risk of bleeding.

Prenatal exposure to PFCS, found in teflon cooking surfaces and plastics used in food packaging, may reduce penis size and fertility.

Adding powdered mustard seed to your cooked broccoli increases the amount of sulforaphane you absorb.

Whether healthy adults eat high- or low-protein diets has no effect on their kidney function.

Just 12% of American adults are metabolically healthy.

Every McDonald’s touchscreen researchers tested had feces on it.

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Media, Schmedia

The Chinese scientist who edited human embryos appears to be missing.

Harvard plans to start gene-editing sperm.

Sorry, PETA. On behalf of the gluten-intolerant community, the only acceptable replacement for “bringing home the bacon” is “bringing home the bagels made with a blend of millet, rice flour, and xanthan gum.”

Reader Question

Mark, thoughts on the new study “Hunter-gatherers as models in public health.”


Very interesting. I’ll discuss it briefly today, and maybe later on go into it more in depth.

It hits most of the points I’ve been discussing for years.

Daily activity level is high (over 100 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity), energy expenditure is no higher than modern people. So they’re moving around a lot at a slow/moderate pace, but they aren’t chasing “calorie burn.” It’s the daily, frequent movement you do that matters most, not the number of calories you burn in order to “earn” that trove of mongongo nuts or slab of honeycomb.

Calorie density low, micronutrient density high. This is the opposite of the modern Western diet, which is high in calories and low in micronutrients.

Carbohydrate content varies, but is always accompanied by high fiber intake. These guys are eating over 100 grams of fiber, much of it prebiotic substrate for their gut bacteria, a day on the regular.

Normal lifespan (60-70+ years), assuming they survive childhood and young adulthood. They’re not “dropping dead at 30” en masse. Most deaths caused by infection or trauma—two things modern medicine is great at treating.

There’s much more, but that’s a good overview for now.

Interesting Blog Posts

Deleted from Wikipedia for questioning the narrative.

Everything Else

Blood-delivering drone service expands across Africa.

Modeling the harms, risks, and benefits of various statins for different populations.

About food, from food.

One season of football changes the brain scans of young players.

British doctors will soon be prescribing singing, dance, music, and art lessons.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I enjoyed doing: The Primal Example Podcast, where I chatted with Joe about the Kraft acquisition.

Study I found interesting: How hunger (for food) and curiosity (for knowledge) occur in the same brain region.

Question to ponder: Does DNA make us who we are?

Not a bad idea: Restaurant where kids eat free if parents don’t use their phones.

I’m impressed: Type 1 diabetic completes 1008 km non-stop bike race.

Question I’m Asking

Does DNA indeed make us who we are? Where does free will fit into it all?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 1– Dec 7)

Comment of the Week

“It has a well-deserved nickname of ‘MetFartin’.”

MetFartin‘ is what my buddies and I would do back in high school on weekend trips down to NYC. Hit the museums, find a particularly stuffy group of art enthusiasts, and, well….

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. That food art link reminded me of an idea. You can use it for a new primal product:
    Cryogenically preserved bugs in ice cubes! Rather than mint leaves or whatever just boringly ending up floating around, as your ice melts you’ll get a living, moving thing in your drink. I think it would be an interesting novelty. You can use wasps for those who like things with “a bite”. Maybe they’d go well with a caesar.
    The blood-delivering drones remind me of the hospital in the town I’m in. They told me they have a deal with a cab company to deliver blood (and I don’t remember if they’ll take organs too) from one hospital to another. I was surprised. I thought they’d have their own official delivery service. I’ve gotten free cab rides from there to the nearby city where they deliver the blood. I just went to the hospital and told them that I wanted to go to a detox center so they got a crisis worker to meet with me and arrange a ride. Get a meal or two, maybe sleep there, tell them at the detox center that I think I’ve been there long enough or changed my mind, and voila, I’ve saved myself a marathon hike or bike ride, though I haven’t done that in years.

  2. Mark – I’m increasingly dismayed and distressed by all of the research coming out regarding health issues of exposure to plastics in modern life. Individual choices only take you so far. How do you suggest we get a handle on the issue? We can make individual choices about food packaging and consumption but I worry these chemicals and their pervasiveness in water and foods, even meat and veg, make it impossible to avoid. Thanks

    1. Oh, it’s very possible to avoid. Start with the obvious and then move on to non-native water, plastics, non-native clothing (polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon, etc), non-native bedding, non-native eating and drinking containers, non-native toiletries, non-native smells (perfumes, air fresheners), flame retardants, etc, etc, etc)…

      I have more; a lot more. But I bet this is a good start.

    2. Can’t fix it all, but I have gotten a boatload of glass containers; everything I bring in from the store (esp. meat, which I understand leaches chemicals from the plastic wrap!) I immediately take OUT of plastic (and styrofoam) and put into glass; then into the fridge. Doesn’t take long, it’s a little thing, but life is made up of little things.

  3. I think I’d be resentful if I’d been made a designer baby. That’s not fair, altering people’s bodies without their consent.
    And I wonder if any hardcore ethicist kidnapped and/or murdered the scientist that did that.

  4. Those dumplings look amazing! So excited to make them. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Precisely why as a rule I absolutely never donate to Wikipedia anymore. Its reliability is directly related to the triviality of the subject matter of the subject matter, i.e. if there is a shred of weight or controversy to the topic, it is often little more than a propaganda vehicle–allowed to be directed by anonymous editors no less.