Weekly Link Love — Edition 62

Research of the Week

Under severe calorie restriction, exercise reduces muscle loss by inhibiting autophagy.

Alcohol abstinence is a good idea for people with atrial fibrillation.

Common pyrethroid pesticides, including anti-tick chemicals, linked to heart disease.

The fungus linked to dandruff is also linked to pancreatic cancer.

Mindfulness doesn’t seem to increase mental health when you control for personality.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 396: Mark Sisson’s Keto for Life: Brad Kearns and I chat about the release of the new book, plus how Keto for Life almost didn’t happen because I wasn’t walking the talk. Writing the book forced me to pivot and recalibrate my own life.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 41: Laura and Erin chat with Chris Prior about his process of content creation.

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

In a world with endless food availability, some people need artificial borders.

Interesting Blog Posts

Future predictions.

Mel Joulwan’s favorite books of the 2010s.

Social Notes

Happy New Year (and new decade).

Ancient wisdom.

Everything Else

One binge-drinking episode may make all the difference.

What stops ranchers from trying rotational grazing?

Seabirds who use tools.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

New way to think about fatty acids: Peter delivers.

Drink I’m not sure I’d try: Ant schnapps.

Interesting result: Active anti-depressants cause more drop-outs than placebo anti-depressants.

Unrelated to ancestral health in any way, but interesting read: Prison in Japan.

This seems like an easy win: Classroom air filters to remove air pollution and increase achievement.

Question I’m Asking

What are you going to do differently this year?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 28–Jan 3)

Comment of the Week

“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.”

– Well-said, Jim.

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. Wow. The Japanese prison story is crazy. Seems a bit much to me, but I guess it depends on the severity of the crime…

  2. Hey Mark, would you talk more about Maximum Overload training from your new book? Specifically, would you give some parameters for how and when to increase weight/difficulty? And for barbell training in particular, would you suggest which lifts make the best use of the short amount of time suggested? With only 20 minutes twice a week, it seems like it’d be hard to deadlift and squat and then fit anything else in that week – maybe that’s ok though? Thank you so much – I loved everything about Keto for Life!

  3. They must not have anybody with arthritis in prison in Japan. Seiza would be physically impossible for me. They could beat me to death and it wouldn’t hurt any more than sitting that way.

  4. As an old man I find walking a very important, life enhancing privilege. When I was a young spun up, goal oriented over achiever I know my life would have been easier with simply walking more. Walk more young uns

  5. Love my walks. Before I broke my hips I walked outside everyday—3 miles. These days I walk less on the treadmill at the gym, but I still love the movement and miss it when I don’t(to the point I will walk around in my house if I am stuck there due to the weather).

  6. Having just returned from my morning 1.8 to 2.1 mile walk through the neighborhood, I found the Sunday with Sisson about taking a daily walk. The only thing I could add is its a great way to start your day.

  7. Mark, you’re right about walking. I walk every day in the forests surrounding my home. Very meditative and relaxing especially in a quiet, green place.

  8. I walk about 35 to and from work, and when the weather is decent, it is my absolute favorite part of the day. The simple act of being able to move my body is a gift I try to stay aware of, and while I tend to be a more naturally melancholy person, nothing lifts my mood like a good walk!
    I’m also a writer, and I’ve found that walking puts me into my most creative place when facing writers block.

  9. Finding Mark’s Daily Apple seven years ago (and going to PrimalCon) changed my life. (I’m sure you get that a lot.) After dropping thirty pounds in three months, my energy soared, brain fog lifted, and my entire body felt brand new. Now, at 63, I’m in the best health of my life.

    Because of this change, I was able to become a digital nomad and have been traveling the world full time for the last four years. Right now I’m settled in Mexico for a while. I’m thrilled to be jump-starting my best year yet with the Keto Reset month.

    So I guess this is just a thank you, Mark, for touching my life so profoundly. I am deeply grateful. (I still owe you that book editing trade, haha!)

    1. I often say that Mark saved my life. Obese in 2009, discovered the Primal Blueprint. While I’ve been both adherent and back sliding, when I buck up and get back to the basics, my life improves. Mostly weight loss.

  10. Just read “Sunday…”, I love my daily walks. Totally energizes me, clears my mind, heals my spirit. Everyday is a walking day!

  11. I rarely miss my 30 minute to 75 or more minute walk each day. Having broken my heel bone when a car ran a red light and hit me head on back in 2004, I was told that I would never go for a walk again. However, I discovered that if I walked on soft trails, I was able to build up to much longer walks. I agree with you there is a lubrication factor that keeps my joint much healthier. Today, my orthopedic doctor says, “I can see you can walk because you did walk.” I do however, have to be very careful on hard surfaces as they aggravate all the arthritis that has developed in my opened joint. Not only has walking helped my injury, I honestly believe it keeps me a very happy, joyful person! People often comment on my joyfulness and youthfulness at age 60 and almost 16 years of dealing with my broken heel bone. Thank you for all your great inspiration through the years!

  12. I always enjoy Sundays with Sisson.

    At first I thought the future predictions blog was a joke. Upon digging a little further I see this guy is for real.

    A slight wave of dystopian anxiety is coming over me so I think I’ll go for a walk, followed by a nice cut of steak later today.

    1. I couldn’t finish the article the dystopian anxiety was so high. ?

  13. Walking every day keeps my back and joints loose, lets me burn fat without losing my hard-earned muscle mass, and a a 50 something menopausal woman that is a BIG deal, and gives me mental peace. Other than deadlifts, it is my favorite activity.

  14. Mark,

    I totally agree on the value of walking. To my thinking, walking is the movement elixir of life.

    I’m wondering what you think of blood flow resistance training and the claims it improves muscle performance and prevents/reverses Sarcopenia. Do you have any thoughts or insights to share?

    Happy New Year!!!

  15. I always enjoy Sundays with Sisson.

    At first I thought the future predictions blog was a joke. Upon digging a little further I see this guy is for real. A slight wave of dystopian anxiety is coming over me so I think I’ll go for a walk, followed by a nice cut of steak later today.

  16. Having tracked through to Michael Eades blog on cholesterol – how do you increase fat when you are lactose intolerant? A problem for myself and my adult children. I hadn’t realised that high fat was the actual content rather than the persentage!

  17. SWS: I’ve managed to walk most of the days of my life. There was a time when I was very sick when walking activated so many cramps it became impossible. That was the time when I embraced shorter calisthenic exercises I could sit down in between. Movement is life. No matter how limited my activity is, I still can’t sit still or lie still unless I’ve had a walk or its equivalent.

    For those who simply choose to opt out of walking because it’s too much trouble, or it’s embarrassing to feel watched by the neighborhood (yeah that’s a thing), remember that it could be worse, you could have an inability to walk and the frustration of that. The very reason that you think you should skip walking is probably the one that’s keeping your mind prisoner. You can always go back to your “must do” items 15 minutes later.

  18. I see everyone commenting about the Sunday with Sisson email, but I didn’t get it today. This is the first time I’ve missed one. Please help, I love your Sunday emails!

  19. Walking! After years of being pretty much sedentary I’ve gradually put a regular walking schedule in place. I now get 4-6km in 4 or 5 days a week. Outside if the season allows (it’s pretty miserable in Saskatchewan in the winter), but taking advantage of free mall walking before 9am. I’m honestly a little surprised by the results of just regular, moderately paced walking. My gait is sooo much better. I had a lot of lower back stiffness, particularly on my right side, and that’s loosened up, so I’m far more symmetrical in my gait now. I’m walking a lot faster now, without trying. My upper body has leaned out a bit without losing any weight – I’ve had to buy new tops. I use walking as a way to let my brain cycle down when I’m walking by myself, and to build social connections when I walk and chat with other mall regulars. I’m 10-30 years younger than most of those walking the mall, and I appreciate being part of a group that will give me a hard time if I’m not there for a couple days. I’ll be back to walking outside at some point, and that definitely has advantages (nature, and friendly dogs, and birds singing). I like being able to use trekking poles to better engage my upper body and increase mobility in my spine. I’m also walking with my mom most days a week as she’s recovering from cardiac bypass surgery. She’s motivated to keep her newly renovated heart healthy and it was remarkable for me to see how quickly her walking speed increased from a tentative meandering to quite a brisk pace. I’m always reminding my writer son that many many famous authors put in hours of walking a day and credited it with their creative success.

  20. I never realized walking would become my bliss. I love walking.

    I even did the 500 mile French Camino De Santiago 22 months ago.

    Walking is terrific.

    Thank you Mark!!

  21. I love walking. While I mostly run and lift weights for exercise (to burn off stress and deal with peri-menopause), walking is probably my main love. I enjoy walking the dog, hiking with the kids, and walking with friends and on my lunch break. Here in So Cal, walking can get a bad rap, but it’s a mood booster for me.

  22. Walking!! When I was young I had a bad case of Mono. Wanted to get back in shape, but a mile jog was too much. Started feeling sick all over again. When I got married, living in Manhattan, I started walking everywhere. It was over a year before I started feeling good again. Many Years Later, I live in a lovely neighborhood on the Big Island. Walking Again!

  23. Walking is one of the best things you can do to boost seratonin levels especially during the darker winter months in northern climates (I’m Canadian). Getting natural outdoor light does the trick even when it’s cloudy. I’m especially blessed to live by the ocean and will walk my Labrador retriever every single day rain or shine. Instant mood booster! For those of you who have the means there’s nothing more motivating than a dog to get you walking every day.

  24. Primal blueprint taught me to be lean and how to eat. Fast forward 8 years, menopause, and new marriage and I’m back to being overweight. Nothing seems to work to lose fat. Any insight on post menopause and how to make Primal work again for me?

  25. loved the Sunday perfect adaptogen. As a lifelong outdoorsman that has begun to age (with 4 kids between 7 and 14) I don’t have the time, ambition or energy to run, climb, hike, bike and ride like I used to. Add to that 3 years ago I was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic at age 45.

    Walking for me has become a form of meditation, blood sugar control and enjoyment. You nail it in this post and it is truly as primal as it gets 😉

  26. The Vice article on transhumanism got me to thinking that these people really don’t understand why people eat meat. They’re desire to stop people from eating meat isn’t going to happen through spreading their propaganda. It’s going to spread when it becomes too inconvenient or expensive. There are a lot of people who would never think of plucking and gutting a chicken, or dressing out a deer, goat, lamb, etc. I know people who flat out refuse to even touch an uncooked piece of meat with a fork.

    I think the whole transhumanism idea is flawed from the beginning. However, I do see some interesting things going on with life extension. I’m particularly interested in this new vitamin C therapy which causes the body to create vitamin c in the quantities it used to before that gene was damaged. They’ve copied it with rats and shown that rats that don’t produce vitamin c have a life expectancy one third as long as normal. When they use this therapy on them, they live a normal life span. From this they have concluded that human beings who take care of themselves, should live to be over 200 years old.