Weekly Link Love – Edition 65

Research of the Week

Blue-blocking glasses improve mania patients’ sleep quality.

The human landscape of ancient Africa looked a lot different 3000 years ago.

Without changing caloric intake, time-restricted eating improves metabolic health.

Ramadan-style fasting (30 days of 14-hour fasts, from dawn to sunset) activates proteins related to cancer protection, glucose regulation, fat burning, cognitive function, and immune function.

In Danes, taking fish oil was associated with larger testicles and better sperm parameters.

Women who take the birth control pill tend to have smaller hypothalamuses.

Grass-fed beef is darker, firmer, and less acidic than grain-fed beef.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

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Episode 400: Dr. Corey Riser: Host Elle Russ chats with Chiropractor and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Dr. Corey Riser.

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Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 44: Laura and Erin chat with Anya Perry and Deanna Wilcox, founders of Plan to Succeed.

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, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

California may call Tylenol a carcinogen.

American Southerners in particular are inactive (but everyone’s pretty bad).

Interesting Blog Posts

Fat from your last meal sets the metabolic table.

Dr. Danenberg goes carnivore for his cancer.

The glucose-lowering effect of ketones.

Social Notes

Amy Remondi explains how she learned the science of Primal health and fitness while building her business.

Play a little. Or a lot.

Everything Else

What the smartphone has done to our concept of “space.”

Talk like an Egyptian.

More calls to look into the ethics of Harvard’s meat science research.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Interesting stat: When trying to lose weight, female doctors tend to personally use intermittent fasting, ketogenic diets, and low-carb diets.

Question I found interesting: What’s driving people to seek out and relish objectively painful and uncomfortable stimuli like cold water swimming?

I agree with this principle: Happiness (and love) is what matters.

Why not both?: Exercise as a caffeine alternative.

One of many: The forgotten art of squatting.

Question I’m Asking

Are you worried about the coronavirus?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 18– Jan 24)

Comment of the Week

“Years ago my brother was placed on a drug for high blood pressure. Within two weeks he had a heated disagreement with his neighbor and code enforcement at his home that led to a SWAT team being called. Fortunately one of his neighbors was a cop in the same city; he was able to de-escalate the situation and no one was harmed. The next day my brother realized his outrage about many things had begun after taking the drug. He discontinued it. Three years later his wife was put on the same drug; due to constant arguing, they ended up divorced. They had been high school sweethearts.”

– That’s a sad, alarming story, Lisa.

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. Yet another link to Fire in a Bottle…

    Can’t wait for Sisson’s commentary on the whole ROS/saturated fat/stearic acid thing.

  2. I personally am not worried about this virus. Most any virus can be stopped with a couple different protocols around high dose Vit. A, D, C, and elderberry. I’ve used them before, stops the virus in its tracks.
    There’s a lot of fear mongering going on, I’m not buying into it.

    1. Certainly all those doctors must be really stupid for not knowing what Kethry does.


      Or, most likely…………

    2. You know, I just hopefully bought an EZC Pak (high dose 5 day protocol of echinacea, zinc and vit c). Showed it to my smart research minded friend, and he pointed out that they just don’t show any efficacy for any of those in studies. So why does everyone insist it works, but they can’t replicate it in studies?! Baffled.

      1. Most people take remedies/meds at the peak of their illness, meaning they would almost certainly be getting over the “hump” and feeling better soon. You could probably sacrifice a goat and it would work just as well a (plus you could eat the stew too!)

  3. Squatting hasn’t been forgotten in the West. It was never a “thing” here in the first place. Here toddlers squat. And monkeys. That’s about as far as it goes. For whatever reasons, sitting on a chair has long been considered more civilized. That might be partly because it’s much easier to maintain one’s dignity if wearing a dress or skirt of any kind. Also, squatting flat-footed is almost impossible unless you grew up doing it, or if you have knee problems.

    I’ve never seen anything wrong with sitting on a chair. I seriously doubt that it’s worse for us than squatting. After all, we do have padded butts that make sitting both comfortable and natural. It’s when we don’t do anything else but sit that it becomes problematic. I find it mildly alarming that many of the movie theaters have gone to recliners (most of which really aren’t very comfortable). Are people no longer capable of sitting up straight with their feet on the floor?

    1. Skeezix, just want to say that I am 54 years old and not flexible, but I learned to squat flat footed. It took two or three weeks. This is what I did:

      I got a door in the open position, and held on to the end of it with both hands, to keep from falling backwards. (yes it swings a little). I kept my heels down. With my hands, I walked my way down into the squat position–at first I could only go a little way. I’d just try and stay in that position for probably 2 minutes. I did it every day. It’s a minor arm workout, for sure.

      I improved rapidly, and soon could do the flat footed squat. I still had balance issues so used the door. But soon after that, I found I didn’t need the door.

      I’d just try and hold out 2 minutes a day. Then when it wasn’t difficult to do anymore, I’d try to move upper body from side to side, mimicking the movements of being front of a fire and leaning forward to add more firewood, or to my left or right and twisting as if to give and take food from others. This is now easy.

      I read (but forgot the names of the chemicals) basically that when you attempt all this, your body starts producing the fluids to “oil up” the joints and ligaments, and that’s why over time you find you can do it. You just need a little patience.

      I cannot impress upon you enough at how natural these movements feel to me now, and how impossible they felt before. So I think it is true that these movements do signal the brain (or the muscles or ligaments) to create or release substances to help make these movements easier.

      Getting graphic now, I speculate that people in unindustrialized countries squat every day to poop and women more than men as it’s the natural peeing position for women.

      1. I don’t have a bucket list but if I did, maybe I should put this on it. Without success, I have been trying to squat flat footed since I was a child. I am now approaching 80 and am going to give your method a try. I am very curious if it will work for me and thanks for the inspiration.

      2. Thanks for sharing…. 58 years young!! I’m going to try this method. Step by step…or should I say, squat by squat!!

  4. Not as worried about coronavirus as Influenza A&B. 60,000 deaths in the last flu season. In the US. Over 6,000 so far this season (which is just ramping up).
    *And there is a vaccine available for it.*

    1. Except the vaccine is not very protective against Flu B this year. (Not an argument against the vaccine, just another factor in why the death toll may be so high.)

  5. Re: exercise and caffeine, why not both? Because caffeine makes some people feel sick and anxious.

  6. Random act of kindness. A tip for anyone who serves me: I give the price of their next cup of coffee, five Australian Dollars. This morning, I added a couple of home-grown tomatoes to the tip. A small gesture from an older-age Pensioner, but always accepted with pleasure.

  7. California is carcinogenic. And if cold baths lengthen life then I will die young. I loathe them and will never take a second dip

  8. Random act of kindness – a friend of mine and great knitting teacher has a tight budget for new yarn, so I am going to part with a bit of my lovely yarns to make her happy…and I look forward to seeing what she knits with it. 🙂

  9. Random act of Kindness: My good pal is knocked down with the flu. I roasted a chicken last night and did some overnight bone broth in the InstantPot which I’ll take to her this morning because everyone knows chicken broth is the best way to beat an illness!

  10. I have a 90 year old friend, she still actively volunteers. She’s on a budget. I overheard her say she needs to buy cards. I make cards, so today I will bring her a box with lots of cards. Wish I’d thought of it before, she’s a special soul.

  11. And now I’m singing ,“Time After time”, all day in my head. Ha! I paid for the Starbuck’s order in the car behind me. Now my coffe tastes even better.

  12. Mark love your Sunday post couldn’t believe you were a fan of Jack Kerouac I was born and raised in Lowell Ma Jacks hometown and never could get through his books It always amazed me how many people visit lowell to visit his gravestone and the city dedicated Keroak Park in the downtown section of the city huge tourist attraction.Then my daughter lived in St Petersburg Fl and Jack lived there too we could walk to the local pub and there’s a huge mural of Jack on the building Anyway I’m going to help someone I don’t know this week live strong

  13. Regarding your SWS, I have been practicing opportunistic acts of kindness in the following way. If I pay for metered street parking, I pay the full amount (usually for a 2-hour limit here in Los Angeles), even if I know I’ll only be 20-30 minutes. It really isn’t a big cost, and I figure the next guy (gender neutral) could use the free time, and make their day. It’s like a mini lotto. 🙂

  14. On being a hippie – I remember arriving home to visit my parents dressed in jeans, long straight hair, carrying my guitar. Now, I am 71 and spend my time making kefir, cultured veggies, kombucha, and bone broth. In between then and now I lived several different lifestyles, learning from them all. Quite a movement Kerouac started, but most of us evolved in better ways.

  15. Random Act of Kindness….. I don’t know, but I will try to do something daily. I want it to strike out of the blue and be personal daily.

  16. I’ll be giving away an extra bus pass I have to the produce guy at my local Sprouts. It’s a $65 value 30 day pass.

  17. Was in Europe backpacking in early 1980, from the U.S, and someone handed me “On The Road” to read. Changed my life. Gave me permission to live life that mattered to me, and not live it by societies rules and regulations. I’m forever indebted. Time after time…

  18. So one of my Granddaughters called today “Love you Grandma Have a wonderful Sunday” So what is the cost of I love You? Pass it on . I did ,but that was easy to respond . I need to initiate some act of kindness and pass it on.

    1. Thank you Mark for the Sunday Blog, it really touched me and I will follow your advice and do a random act of kindness this week and next and so on. Lord knows we need to come together at this point in time. I enjoy what you do and keep up the good work. Thank you

  19. For the past many years I have tried to find something nice to say to someone every day. An article of clothing, their car, the way they walk, even the smile on their face. Occasionally I will get a brush off which only means that they are suspicious and rightly so in this society. However most of the time it makes someone feel good and always it does so for me.

  20. Several weeks before Christmas I was a vendor at a craft show. I decided to do a random act of kindness for anyone who wanted to buy one of my ornaments. I was going to pack it up and then say no charge and Merry Christmas. Alas, I was thwarted, no one was interested in buying one of my ornaments. Sad? Funny? Pathetic? Probably all those things.

    1. Sharon perhaps you should have shouted “FOR PETE’S SAKE I WAS GONNA GIVE AWAY MY ORNAMENTS FOR FREE TO ANYONE WHO WANTED TO BUY ONE, BUT SINCE NOBODY DOES, NOW I’M CHARGING DOUBLE!!!” Might have made you feel better at least. 😉

      1. Ha ha. That would have definitely put the experience into the funny category. Or at least given people a good story to tell about a crazy woman at the fair when they got home.

  21. I gave away a state of the art book on Sourdough gluten free bread to a woman who has a small business making such bread locally. I was worried it would be awkward so I hesitated a long time. But I knew I had something good and it was the Holidays after all.

    Each year at the holidays there are people who wait outside the Whole Foods parking lot with signs declaring poverty. I know they’re not lying because of where it is and the history of the place. I stop by and talk with one every year and buy them groceries based on their preferences. I set a budget of $110 or so and make sure milk, eggs, flour, and meat are included. Otherwise I add whatever they ask for. They go home with two shopping bags and a hug if they want one.

    I’ve been doing that since 2016, I think you can guess why.

    About Kerouac, when I look for real freedom I reach for Hemmingway. I think that we’re given the right to pursue happiness, not necessarily find it. Life is what happens while we are looking for “it.” If you don’t pay attention to the process, you can miss your own life. Nothing has made me more fulfilled than the giggles of my grandchild when we play tickle games. Or when I pretend to be a ravenous bear looking to eat little children! Rawrr! That doesn’t fit any categories of whatever “it” is supposed to be. But it’s better.

    1. Perhaps it’s the nice thing to do regardless of what year it is. I think you can guess why.

  22. Re:SWS 1/26/20 I went into a CVS to buy a snack. On my way in I was panhandled by a scruffy guy in rags sitting on the cold pavement (it’s regularly below freezing here this time of year). I ignored him as I usually do, but this time he wished me a great day. I couldn’t stop thinking about that as I walked around in the nicely heated store wearing my nice warm coat, hat and gloves. So when I got to the counter with my snack I had one for him too.

  23. I made gluten, sugar free coconut cookies for our Church pot luck and threw in an extra batch for my physical therapist since it may be my last week working with her. Buying coffee for the office tomorrow. . . .WE ALL need a good week!

  24. I made a meal for a friend (and her family) who had major surgery a couple weeks ago. Also volunteered to help a charity our church partners with to keep families out of homelessness.

  25. Hi Mark.
    Always enjoy your Sunday with Sisson. Thank you.
    So I did a random act of kindness the other day.
    I have a homeless veteran $20 as I was at a stop off the freeway. I do this often and keep it to myself. I happen to mention it to my husband and he teased me saying it was a scam. Maybe so, but maybe not. I am blessed to have a good job, roof over my head and food in my belly. What is $20 to me anyway, when someone else looks to be in need.