Weekly Link Love – Edition 63

Research of the Week

Evidence of cooked starchy rhizomes from 170,000 years ago.

Prenatal exposure to phthalates linked to lower muscle mass at 6 years of age in girls (but not boys).

More liver and pancreatic fat, more diabetes.

Damaged mitochondria promote autoimmune disease.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Primal Blueprint podcast Darryl Edwards

Episode 397: Darryl Edwards: Host Elle Russ chats with the one and only Darryl Edwards, creator of the Primal Play Method of fitness.

Primal Blueprint podcast carnivore dudes

Episode 398: Cool Dudes Talk Carnivore and More: Brad Kearns, Brian McAndrew, and William Shewfelt hang out and talk about carnivore and much much more.

PHCI podcast Deepak Saini

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 42: Laura and Erin chat with Deepak Saini, a recovering accountant turned health coach for whom making calls and networking does not come naturally.

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

C’mon, people. The experts have spoken. Isn’t it about time you stopped with the keto nonsense?

George Monbiot claims that lab-grown food is going to destroy farms and save the planet.

Interesting Blog Posts

Another reason not to toss your apple cores out the window.

Can visualizing death help us accept it?

Social Notes

Ted Naiman drops incredible knowledge in about a minute.

Tips for your Whole30.

Curious how Primal Health Coaches are doing? I’ve got a couple of success story videos, here and here.

Everything Else

Drug prices on the rise.

Soil, not soy.

All this, and it’s not even really milk.

Why training to burn calories usually doesn’t burn as much fat as you’d think.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Case study I hope to see replicated: Man uses paleolithic keto diet to beat glioblastoma (for 38 months and counting).

Story that sounds like science fiction but is real: When a DNA test says you’re no longer you.

Unexpected results that I’m not so sure are definitive: Researchers find no link between sleep duration and cognitive function or brain structure.

Happens in people, too: Feeding fish saturated fat preserves long chain omega-3 content of the fish meat; feeding them linoleic acid reduces it.

Cardio is good when it isn’t chronic: When regular people trained for a marathon—running 6-13 miles per week—their hearts saw lasting benefits.

Question I’m Asking

How much sleep do you need? What happens when you don’t get it?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 4 – Jan 10)

Comment of the Week

“‘Future predictions’ is redundant, no?”

– I have the best readers. Yeah, you got me, Margaret.

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. Interested to see if Mark’s focus on keto will continue now that the trend factor is wearing off. That VICE piece, flawed though it may be, is part of a much larger media pushback against keto. What are the business implications of aligning yourself with a so-called “fad diet”?

    – a concerned fan

    1. I’ve been wondering this myself – as soon as I started seeing Keto products at my local discount store, I knew the fad was basically finished (if it had ever even caught on as big as it seemed – I’m basically the only person I know who did it). Indeed, the Paleo/Primal nexus of diet seemed to have been on a decline for a while – it’s probably a good thing Mark sold his Primal Kitchen brand to Kraft when he did.

      Speaking of which, I’m finally seeing those in my local grocer.

    2. I´m very grateful to Mark for introducing me to a way of eating that has improved my health. Though we´ve never met, I might feel of pang of sympathy if one of his loved ones got in a sking accident or he sprained his ankle playing ultimate frisbee. One thing I don´t concern myself about though is Mark´s stock portfolio. I´m pretty sure his enthusiasm for the keto diet is a smart health — and financial — move.

    3. Was keto really ever a big trend, though? Not nearly as widespread as Atkins, for example. I have lots of friends who have done low-carb or Whole 30, but the very few people I know who religiously follow a keto diet are doing it for medical reasons — for example, two of my friends swear that keto has stopped their lifelong migraines.

      As to whether Mark will keep up on his keto obsession … I think it depends on where the money leads him. I still enjoy some of the content here, but I have much less faith in Mark’s integrity since he sold out to Kraft.

      1. Well, there was enough trend to see a lot of Keto products on the shelves at the local grocers here, at least.

    4. I was amused by the question about the business implications of being aligned with a “fad diet.” You mean like primal and paleo? I’ve been reading MDA since 2012 – trust me, Mark is quite use to being in the “fad diet” category. He’ll be fine.

  2. That SolarFoods article by the Guardian is heartening. If the last five or so years have taught me anything, is that we need to move towards a post-soilfood future. There are multiple pressures, from political to environmental to economic that support such a measure and with good fortune it’s a future we can create.
    Doubtlessly soilfoods will continue to exist, of course – anyone will make anything someone can buy – but ideally at a greatly reduced impact all across the board.

  3. Apples are a weird species. The seeds of an apple are unrelated to the apple is comes from. The only way to make another Gala apple tree, is to graft a branch onto a healthy stump.
    Unless Michael Pollan is wrong in ‘Botany of Desire’.
    So the Sunday Post article is oddly misleading.

    1. The article I read suggests that whichever apple tree grows from the seeds will almost certainly be some non-native cultivar that blooms and pollinates. But we don’t need to worry, because it won’t be a gala? 😉

      1. Actually the concern of the original article is bizarre since apples aren’t even native to Scotland anyway (the location in the article). They originated in central Asia. Seems like that’s the only place so-called “wild” apples should be. And they are, plenty of them.

  4. Regarding the sleep question, 7- 8 hours of good sleep to feel mentally refreshed.

    Anything less and I am truly handicapped. IQ literally reduced, zero attention to detail, posture related problems….

    Getting up at an early hour to climb or fish has never been worth it to me.

    40 year old male.

  5. So according to experts, who admit keto can be useful for epilepsy and, now, diabetes patients, people should quit keto’ing because the (transient) keto flu is a sure sign your body is pissed off at what you are doing to it? By that logic, alcoholics should keep drinking, smokers should keep smoking, and drug addicts should keep shooting.

  6. Unequivocally, visualizing my death helped me accept it. I mean, clearly I wouldn’t be typing if I’d had my death, but I took up that (I want to say Buddhist?) practice of thinking about my own death five times a day and it has made a huge difference in my attitude towards actually dying. It seems like a lot of work to avoid a few moments of panic hopefully decades from now, but I believe its lowered my standing anxiety and made more able to do stuff like snatch a toddler from in front of a speeding truck (which hasn’t come up.) I should probably disclose that I haven’t yet clicked through to the link.

  7. Hi Mark – very interested to read a further in depth article and discussion from you on the Paleolithic Keto diet (as mentioned in above research).

    Thanks for ALL YOUR HARD WORK and if it’s
    paid off then more power to you!

  8. Regarfong Sunday with Sisson I think you’re both right and wrong. I think you’re right short term, say 20-50 years or so. But think 500, 1000 or even 10,000 years from now if we survive that long.

  9. If you go to futurism dot com there are some interesting articles speculating about future trends for a whole host of topics and categories. However, although I know some people want to roll their eyes regarding the phrase “the climate crisis is the existential threat to our world”, and sadly, there are climate change deniers out there, but I do think that is the most important concern for now and future generations. When I was a child, there were 1.5 billion people on this planet, now there are over 7 billion. For the past 40 years I’ve been concerned about the population growth, and combine that with the unmitigated, almost psychotic greed of corporations and oligarchs who control our planet, and you have a recipe for disaster … and predictably, that’s what we have on our hand. So, we can debate gene splicing, what intervals we should cycle off and on keto, how much we dislike vegans yadda yadda … and it’s all interesting … the elephant in the room concerning our health and future as a species is the climate crisis. That’s my response to the question about futurism … with the caveat we must have hope that we can mitigate and adapt to what is happening.

    1. You are absolutely spot on HealthyHombre. And if you think we have problems now just wait until 2050 when there are 9 or 10 billion of us.
      On Public radio last year I heard an interview with a climate scientist who said something very frightening. He said “Many of my colleagues are reluctant to tell the public just how much trouble we’re in”.

  10. Hello,
    I am a big fan of Mark sisson’s dailly apple.
    My question hasn’t got anything to do with this article but I just didn’t fidn any other place to post my comments/ questions.
    It’s about endurance and fitness. I am an ultra endurance runner, and I know that too many milles doesn’t translate into longevity, ok it beats the couch potato. But it does produce too much inflamattion on the body. The question is, how can I balance my workouts and competition with a longevity approach? I love trail running, it’s what get’s me going, but am I hurting too much my future life?

  11. While I get that the last success story published was one of the best, it seems that it may also be the last? What’s up?

  12. “C’mon, people. The experts have spoken. Isn’t it about time you stopped with the keto nonsense?”

    Um no.

  13. My guess is how much NREM deep sleep do you need might be the more concise question.