Weekly Link Love — Edition 61

Research of the Week

The French are eating more soy (and soy isoflavones, estrogen mimetics) than ever before.

Not only does integrating livestock with organic crop rotation improve the health of the soil, but it also makes food safer.

A systematic review of the health effects of intermittent fasting.

Religiosity predicts cat ownership.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 395: Dr. Stephen Hussey MS, DC: Host Elle Russ chats with the good doctor, a functional medicine practitioner and chiropractor.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 40: Laura and Erin chat with Sterling Griffin.

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

The White House is considering making all scientific journals open-access.

A second HIV patient has apparently been cured.

Interesting Blog Posts

The phytoestrogen content of the Impossible Burger dwarfs that of normal beef, claims blog post.

Plasmalogen deficiency, and what you might be able to do about it.

Social Notes

Holiday fun with collagen.

A short message.

Everything Else

After a fire, thousands of Atlantic salmon escape a British Columbia fish farm.

How Crisco toppled lard.

An interesting new study.

A high intake of sweets and restaurant food characterize the typical “high-carbon footprint” family, not high intake of meat.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Research I found interesting: Early human environments were totally unlike anything we see now.

Older news that remains sad: First ever cases of obesity in nomadic arctic peoples arise as venison and fish intake drop by half and noodle intake explodes.

I’m not surprised: How many vegans and vegetarians are actually eating animals?

Article I never expected to read: Did Michelangelo’s David have heart failure?

Article I’m sad to be reading: Are vegan diets detrimental to children’s growth and development?

Question I’m Asking

Should vegan diets for infants be illegal?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 21– Dec 27)

Comment of the Week

“Thanks for all you do, Mark and keep on Grok’in in the New Year! As for me, I’m off to Wal-Marsh for some fresh ‘gator armor.”

– Send me a set, would ya, Neanderchow? An elephant tusk ruined mine.

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. “A short message” … beautifully put Mr. Sisson.

    “Should vegan diets for infants be illegal” … a more useful question to my mind is “how can we eliminate starvation and poverty on this planet and foster shared prosperity”

  2. i think vegan diets can certainly be ruled as child abuse in cases where the infant is underweight or has developmental issues

  3. YES. Putting infants and children on diets that remove a physiologically necessary part of human’s diets is terrible and the dangers need to be publicized more.

  4. A healthy cat challenges their environment and demands creative stimulation. It makes sense that evangelicals find this behavior unpleasant.

  5. How are we dealing with the “weird subsection of time-space?” Each year we just don’t buy into mentally or financially. Who needs more stuff, stress, etc. Sadly we feel that U.S.A. legacy when the Anthropologists study America they will find mini storage units for over-purchasing STUFF we don’t need, cemeteries and parking lots.

  6. My wife and I spent the period between Christmas and New Years cleaning out the house and playroom (i.e., garage). We’ve scheduled a donation pickup at the end of this to put unwanted stuff to good use. We created a motto for 2020: “Reduce, Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle, Only the Best!” The last one is for when we do have to buy something new, make it the best in terms of being worthwhile and long-lasting. This whole process has put an extra bounce in our steps and lightened our hearts as we enter a new decade. The objective is less stuff, less clutter, more sacred time for us and for family and friends.

    1. Wonderful response, Aaron! I’m going to adopt your idea for these last couple days of 2019. Plus, some meal planning and grocery foraging to clean our diet back up after the holidays.

    2. Aaron Blaisdell – Love your motto for 2020 since that is my mindset too.

  7. You asked what we do the week between Christmas and New Years. We declutter! Anything in the condo…kitchen, closets, etc. That has not been used in the last year is donated. We spend extra quiet time for prayer and meditation to declutter our minds, too. A fresh palette for the new year.

  8. In between Christmas and New Years there is plenty of time for end of season bow hunting for deer here in southern Michigan. Also plenty of time to catch up on reading and longer than usual dog walks. I’ve never found this period of time to be boring or vacant of useful activities.

    1. I envy the long hunting seasons of the eastern and midwestern parts of the country. Here in Colorado we have a short window to track elk and deer. We’d limit our meat intake to wild game if possible.

  9. We do the same as Aaron at year end. We also set up the new calendar and start making lists for the new year — places to go and see, projects to tackle. I’m also hoping to finalize some shopping for much-needed shelving to keep us more organized going into January. I actually find the days after quiet days after Christmas very pleasant and motivating.

  10. My goals for the new year:
    Lose the last stubborn 15-20 lbs of fat.
    Try using cocoa butter to suppress appetite (as suggested last week)
    Feather my retirement nest egg
    Have steady work hours
    Complete Life Coaching Training
    Optimize relationships

  11. Hi Mark—how do we use this last week of the year? Being married to a Puerto Rican, I have learned the best way to bring some joy into the new year is to not stop celebrating. In PR the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving and doesn’t end until San Sebastián (the third weekend of January). All thru this time, friends and family are spending time together—yes, eating, and also catching up on the past year. New Year’s is a large celebration in our family, and many families, as is Día de los Reyes (Theophany), so even after Christmas, the anticipation of coming celebrations buoys our spirits and keeps the post-holiday downer at bay for weeks. By the time mid-January rolls around, it’s been enough partying, and so instead of sadness or depression, we just feel relief to go back to everyday routines. That’s how we deal with post-holiday blues here!

  12. My husband and I allowed our selves full good day of celebratory Christmas food and we fully enjoyed it – no guilt. But then we are right back in stride during this in between zone. No need for a date on a calendar to set and keep resolutions. Just today, always today.

  13. My plan for this period is to breathe, to pay attention, do be creative…no committments to speak of, noplace we have to be. And best yet no plans for New Years other than my traditional New Years Day walk.

  14. RE: Sunday w/Sisson:

    I, for one, am thrilled Christmas is over .. on to the New Year! I love, love, love New Years day. Put the past year behind and move on. Clean slate !! 🙂

  15. So thankful for your insights on all things regarding health…have been a faithful reader for several years and truly appreciate all I’ve learned. Recently experienced a traumatic event of a serious car accident and currently dealing with recovery of concussion and whiplash. If you have any suggestions to help me in this process, I would be so very grateful.

  16. I’ve made it my goal to pass my next test in Primal Health Coach Institute before the end of the year. I’m excited at the progress I’ve made and encouraged to use my time wisely. Plus, it’s great reading! ?

  17. Love your post about after Christmas… I am a New years baby.. so agree with everything you say can happen… for fun we did have.. and my workout routine stays consistent so u don’t get the “I ate too much and fit in my clothes” after the holidays depression.. Sooo that being said whatever makes u happy in the New Year.. No regrets.. NO judgment and if you live your life Happy you don’t need a New Year’s resolution Be well xo

  18. My husband and I used to invite friends over for good food and board games between Christmas and New Years and also go through the house looking for items we no longer need or use to pass along to others.

    These odd days between the holidays were always filled with laughter and activity.

    But my husband passed away from cancer a few weeks ago, so this year I am going through the house by myself, trying to decide what to keep and what to move along for someone else’s use. It’s a long-standing tradition for us and there is some comfort in that.

    1. Condolences to you primalone. My sister-in-law passed away a few weeks ago, was a pretty brutal holiday season, but as a family we tried to do our best to be there for my brother-in-law and my niece, although I realize one cannot fully comprehend the pain unless you go through it yourself. Glad you are taking some positive steps as part of the healing process.

  19. I’m making the most of Twilight Zone Week by installing studded tires on the fat-tired bike and riding it to the cross country ski trailhead…

  20. Mark, you are speaking to a limited audience of people who have the luxury of being off of work during the holidays. For many working and middle class people they are working many service and retail positions throughout the country. I love your content and am attempting to subscribe to and incorporate a lot of your dietary and exercise ideas into my lifestyle.

    1. Yep, I’m one of those service people working every day but Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a different Twilight Zone. With the holidays smack dab in the middle of the week, making them feel like a weekend, & I lose track of what day it is – lol! But lots of things are “off” – my commuter train does not run; various places are closed; traffic patterns are weird. So just trying to get & do work is Twilight Zone-ish.

  21. I like the time between Christmas and New Year’s. I always feel like clearing out some clutter and donating things to Goodwill. This makes me feel like I am ready for whatever the new year brings.

  22. I’m using the time between Christmas and the New Year to reflect on the last decade of where I’ve been, good, bad, sad, happy etc. I look forward to this down time to utilize goal setting and preparation for a great year ahead. Thanks for all you do for us like minded people. I live in an area where very few people look at healthy living, eating, working and playing the way we do so sharing the journey through emails, social media and podcasts helps 100%.

  23. “Whether you are vegan or not, nutritional planning is essential for giving your children a great start. By balancing food groups well and making use of fortified foods and supplementation you can provide a diet containing all the nutrients needed for growth and development without using animal products.”

    What does this even mean? Boxes of cereals, bread and pills are the only fortified things I know and pills are the supplements. That’s a great way to teach children that things to make you thrive come in boxes and brown bottles.

  24. I am taking advantage of my son being home for the holidays! We have rearranged my bedroom and living room. I am de-cluttering . Out with the old , in with the new!

  25. I have spent this week of time confusion beginning the 21 Day Reset outlines in Mark’s book. I did my grocery shopping on the 26th and started the 27th. I’m using this week to make sure I am prepped and ready for when I go back to work on the 2nd. I don’t want poor planning to be an excuse for me to revert to convenience over quality. I’ve also de cluttered some areas of my home that were causing me anxiety.

  26. Since the article on religiosity and pets focused on cats and a negative association with religious people, I’m taking the liberty to apply my unending Love of dogs and their kind warmth and playfulness as well as their often times dual purpose of working pets as a positive association of dogs with people who are religious. <3

  27. preparing for the Keto Reset next week by starting NOW…giving away all unacceptable food that snuck into the house recently. ramping up exercises. getting excited to get more focused & see results!

  28. Having grown up in a German/Italian family, Christmas didn’t start until Christmas Eve and went through at least the first few weeks of January. I’ve carried that on, so we decorated the tree on Christmas Eve, and spent Christmas making fresh pasta & sausage. While others are throwing everything away, we’ve just started celebrating the season. The tree will stay up at least until the 2nd week of January and only comes down once the needles start dropping. And even then, we’ll keep the candles in the windows until the days get long enough and we don’t feel so light deprived. Last year, I took them down the weekend that we turned our clocks forward in the spring.

  29. Hi Mark,I Am 78 yrs, 105 pounds. Have pace maker, I BS,
    Sound sensitivity,,and many foods intolerance. I cop all that and walk hour most days, do yoga starching, and light weights. Few times a week.
    You have been a great inspiration for me for a long time
    I thank you and wish you a happy healthy new year.
    With Gratitude Helen.

  30. Hey Mark,

    We (family of four) decided to head north to Montréal, for a few days between Christmas and New Years. Long (enough) drive – 6+ hours. We walked a bit around the Old Port and took a drive up to Mont Tremblant to snow tube. Way better than sitting around the house doing nothing exactly what you described. But, still not everything I had hoped for… oh well. I guess there is always next year.

  31. I’m definitely in the twilight zone! Spent aonth in Nashville caring for my sister who had a massive heart attack but in the end she lost her battle on December 17th. I came home for Christmas while her son’s took over funeral arrangements. I think I doing fine but periods of uncontrollably crying at the loss of my favorite sister. My niece down in Houston has been fighting with her insurance after the hurricane they went through. They refused to pay out anything. Her house is now setting with black mold. Her Mom is in bad shape so I am going to drive her down after our other sister’s services on January 6. Then I have have 3 year grandsons coming for 2 weeks so mom and dad get a break. Clueless where they are going to escape to but hope they have a great time. Yes I just want things to go back to normal. On a bright note my latest labs show my liver results are just about normal so in March I might get my name removed from the transplant list. They said no one has ever been able to reclaim their liver but eating clean and taking lots of fish oil, chickory root, milk thistle, dandelion root, turmeric is doing a great job.

  32. Child abuse is already illegal. My question is, when will child abuse law be properly enforced? (elder abuse too)

  33. I’m doing two things this period between Christmas and New Year’s. First, think like a bodybuilder doing a “dirty bulk”. If I’m going to eat junk, which I am, and frequently, and if I’m going to gain weight, which I am, then I may as well make it as much muscle as possible. So I’m switching from my usual calisthenics skill training, Grease the Groove micro-workouts to basic exercises with lots of sets with high reps and little rest. Pump training. Secondly, on the days I do go into the office, which is once or twice a week each of these two weeks, it’s a long fast. 20-24 hours.

  34. Since Christmas Day I’ve walked up 115 floors in my high rise (not taking the elevator to 15), done 25 minutes of plank, walked 9.5 miles, and played 27 holes of golf. Thank you for all of the encouragement Mark. Happy New Year!

  35. Mark, could you do a definitive guide to chewing? Tell us all about the teeth, jaw, tongue, saliva, etc?

    1. Ditto this, and what do we do about kids who just won’t eat “chewy” foods?

  36. I plan to use this “in between time” to declutter, reorganize and re-energize our lives. A “happy ending Twilight Zone” for sure.

  37. On Dr. Paul Saladino’s Podcast, Carnivore MD, Robb Wolf said that “a whole generation of kids is going to grow up broken” due to the pressure growing to raise children vegan. He said it will be a tragedy; the children, if they live to adulthood, will be so damaged they will need lifelong care, but it will put an end to veganism.

  38. I’ve been reading a lot about using the space between Xmas and New Year’s Eve to create Vision Boards for 2020. I love this idea and think it’s an awesome way to spend a few hours or maybe days looking for visual inspiration on ways I want to think and strive for in the coming year.

  39. This space, this year, seems to be gathering in anticipation of something big. Personally I feel the shallow, lifeless chaff of the previous decade fluttering away in preparation to better absorb what’s next. People seem to be coming to their senses about the superfluous nature of easily acquired stuff. Thanks for being the vanguard.

    1. I’ve been feeling that same anticipation. Looking at all the stuff that gets donated makes me wonder if you could go an entire lifetime without buying much of anything new. Also have to wonder how much time spent earning money could be gained back if people bought less stuff in general.

  40. Darwin says that Vegan diets are fine for children – nature will sort itself out in the end, and the stunted children will be outbred by the stronger ones – the offspring of the non vegans will thrive, and the vegan children will not reproduce, and the line will die out.

  41. I thought about going on a vegan diet, but somebody told me that eating vegans is illegal.

    Sigh.