Weekly Link Love – Edition 66

Research of the Week

How evidence-based are the official diet guidelines?

Hyperinsulinemia induces insulin resistance.

Africans may have Neanderthal ancestry, too.

New review on low-carb diets for cardiovascular disease (it’s good).

They found Pliny the Elder’s cranium.

Eating sprouted potatoes during pregnancy may have consequences for the offspring.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 401: Keith and Michelle Norris: Elle Russ chats with Keith and Michelle Norris, founders of Paleo f(x).

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 45: Laura and Erin chat with Julie Raich Dieme about building online health programs.

Subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

Santa Cruz decriminalizes plant and fungi entheogens.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is testing keto for type 2 diabetes patients. Hell yeah.

Interesting Blog Posts

How might a vegan diet affect your intelligence?

The definitive guide to microworkouts.

Social Notes

Certainly sounds preposterous.

A good thread on local food’s carbon footprint.

LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder.

Everything Else

Blocked arteries may not warrant stents.

Peaceful standoff.

How stress turns hair white.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Case study series that pleased me to see: Using ketogenic diets to curb binge-eating and food addiction—looks like “restrictive fad diets” can actually help.

Job opening I think some of you should apply for: Help out the Nutrition Coalition. Another job opening that’s close to home.

I’m coming to terms with the realization that they’ll never stop pumping out these ridiculous studies: Will a week of keto damage you?

Interesting coronavirus research: It depletes selenium and may target Asian males more aggressively (small sample sizes, though).

I love how they undermine keto even when it works: Restricting carbohydrates “tricks” your body into burning fat.

Question I’m Asking

With Google stopping development of its glucose-monitoring lens and all the other failures and dubious advancements, tech is realizing that biology’s a hard nut to crack. Do you think technology will ever figure out human biology and vault us into sci-fi territory?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 25– Jan 31)

Comment of the Week

“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.”

– A lot of nice ideas in the comments.

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. “How evidence-based are the official diet guidelines?”

    The new normal does not require evidence prior to coming to a conclusion.

  2. YES, 100% technology will progress to the point of sci-fi! We are already living in an age of sci-fi compared to what people 100 years ago would have imagined. The road was paved with gosh-knows-how-many failures for each success. The quest for an affordable continuous glucose monitor will ultimately succeed, because enough people have diabetes to warrant the investment, and because it is eminently possible in terms of scope.. really the challenge here is scale. Virtual reality was perfected in the 80s, but the reason it’s bubbling now is because the price of accelerometers has dropped from 10s of thousands of dollars to less than $10 each. An affordable and convenient glucose monitor is a similar challenge.

  3. “Certainly sounds preposterous.”

    LOL It would take a lot of serious grim writing to do what sarcasm does in a few tweets.

  4. Does anyone know what the medication alternative to the stent is? It is not mentioned in the article.

  5. I haven’t clicked into the VA article yet, but that they’re testing keto for diabetes is a very exciting link title

  6. Collagen.

    Even beans and seeds often have 3g glycine per 100g, not the stellar 19g/100g of gelatin, but it’s not nothing. I think we’re back to digestibility and bioavailability, aka the “quality” of the protein. All that modern advice to not soak seeds, and to not throw out the soak water is hurting a lot of people. We had traditions of soaking, rinsing, and even fermenting these foods for a reason. Look at the healthfood rise and fall of soy. We’re just not eating the same food as our ancestors did, not even the plant foods.

  7. Sometimes, even if you have the will to go for a certain goal, you just can’t have it despite the efforts exerted. For me, I believe that things happen in their own time. Yet, the drive to chase whatever it is you want to achieve should always be in your heart.

    Thank you for the words Sir Mark. I always look forward to your blog posts every Sunday ?

  8. Gary Player famously said, when someone observed how lucky he is, that he found that the more he practised, the luckier he became! 🙂

  9. There’s one thing that may tip the scales towards luck rather than will: What if your capacity for discipline, drive, and exerting your willpower is, to a certain degree at least, genetic and therefore based on luck?

    1. I agree with your thinking on this. Personality type is pretty rigid. If you’ve raised kids you know that you can nudge them in certain directions, but you can’t really make them much different from who they are at the git-go.

      “Success” comes in all flavors, and success to an INTJ may look drastically different from success to an ESTP.

  10. I’ve been telling my kids that success is like a lottery and that school, work experience, travel, and your social network are the lottery tickets.

  11. Will and luck. I am 69 years old and have been self employed in the executive search field for 42 years. That is, I have never had a guaranteed paycheck. We eat what I kill, and I have raised six children, survived multiple recessions and lived a dynamic life in that paradigm.
    We have to disconnect expected specific outcomes from effort as we don’t control all of the variables. Sometimes big deals happen with minimal effort. Sometimes you labor for months and can’t get much if anything accomplished. But, without will, drive and persistent effort, you can be assured that luck alone won’t get you past the finish line very often. We do the work and providence does the rest of it.
    It’s hubris to think that our efforts alone can always yield specific results. But it’s folly to think that a lack of effort will yield anything but mediocrity.
    At age 69 I approach each day believing that even though my life has been wonderful, the best is yet to come. The good news is that I only have 15 more years to work full time. Then, somewhere around age 85 I plan to slack off a bit.

  12. The definitive guide to microworkouts has a comments section populated entirely with “pingbacks” to copies of this blog post. This post itself didn’t make the list. It’s funny in its own way.

  13. Two comments. #1 about luck. Exmilitary” we make our breaks”. #2 Keto in the VA???. They need to start doing something more facilitating. They pass out meds like candy and have a lot of really sick vets roaming the halls of the hospital who have no ownership of their bodies.

  14. The harder I work, the luckier I get.
    Expectancy and positive talk and thoughts are key for me.
    Thanks always for your insights. Blessings Gary

  15. Well said. I always felt born lucky. Healthy with a small town family that had a dad at NASA and a grandparents around the corner. Fire Chief Now its give back time. Volunteer since 15 yo. We are social animals and more humans need to understand that we live on a giant dirt and water ball called earth.

  16. Luck is where opportunity and preparation meet each other. It’s not random, it may appear random to someone who doesn’t understand the work involved in being prepared. When the opportunity presents itself you’re prepared to take advantage of the opportunity or situation. This applies to a whole bunch of our life.

    1. There’s a supplement to preparation that I heard Arlene Dickinson describe in a keynote address that was based on her struggles and eventual success: Luck/chance is a big factor but requires being open to opportunities which might not be what you expected. That’s certainly what happened to move her from poverty to Dragon’s Den investor.

  17. I like how Mark Schlereth speaks about luck, “ Luck has the smell of Perspiration.”

  18. No such thing as luck- it’s having a clear intention and taking baby steps that allows the quantum field to put you in the right place at the right time!!

  19. I think luck comes to those who work hard and are open to possibilities.

  20. These thoughtful blogs are thoroughly savored and appreciated every week. Wonderful food for thought. One additional element to this weeks’s might be a person’s intentions. If one is committed to kindness and problem-solving that’s going to be the best for everyone involved, gateways and solutions may more readily appear.

  21. In relation to your post about luck, one of my favorite sayings is you make your own luck?

    Hope you like it

    Thanks Chris

  22. Mark, Love this blog on Luck, Drive, Chance, Fate, Nature, Nurture………and maybe even a higher power-prayer and positive thought. I am 66 and wrestling with all of this as I move to the next phase of life. I do hope to control as much as I can and as you have said…and I love….this phrase….Live long and drop dead! (smelling the roses along the way). Thank you.

  23. Hi, Mark…

    I agree that the individual’s uncompromising will drives a higher rate of synchronicity and together, in tandem, they drive the desired outcome into happening. The more I do a consistent practice of transcendental meditation, the more I see the balancing, benevolent possibilities within the quantum physics of things. In fact, I see this as the true reality, rather than the insidious, orchestrated one of fear.

  24. Luck, ambition.

    As a woman working in IT, I had a lot of comments from coworkers that described me as “ambitious.” But what I am is outspoken. I challenge people around me to act according to ethical standards. That’s not comfortable for everyone, though I think it should be. Example: a VP has poor eyesight and thick glasses. I was reprimanded for giving him a larger computer screen because technically belonged to another department (it wasn’t in use though). My fellow IT coworkers were horrified that this man used the screen at a low resolution, basically to magnify his computer screen and allow him to look at more than one window at a time. My argument was, be glad he hasn’t sued you for denying him accommodation for his poor eyesight issue. Before I did that, he and I agreed that he would protect me and he did. It’s one of many business examples I had planned to use if I managed to get into an MBA program. But Celiac disease cancelled that plan, or at least put it on hold for a very long time.

    That’s luck versus “ambition.” Everyone has stories like this. But it’s not always processed to a point where people no longer feel “sorry” for having made a “mistake” but they understand the principle they were guided by. Most of us are making rational decisions, but others want to make it look bad by pointing to arbitrary policies or minor fiscal considerations. That VP was more productive in his job with that screen. What’s the value of that vs a $200 loss somewhere in the budget?

    If people are systematically told their moral compass is wrong because the balance sheet is more important, people become cynical and inefficiency results. People stop suggesting good ideas because they’re filtering ones that would result in expenditure.

    So then it looks like some businesses are just lucky, because everyone with “ambition” is told to be quiet and play the game.

  25. Key Mark – Just finished up a dry/Keto January and had blood work done on 1/31/20. Following were my cholesterol markers:
    Total: 284 (very high)
    LDL: 210 (very high)
    HDL: 57 (good)
    Triglycerides: 86 (normal)
    Non-HDL Cholesterol: 227 (very high)
    Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 5.5 (normal)
    What this blood work doesn’t show is that I lost 11.5 pounds, 3 inches off my waist, 1.5 inches off my hips and an inch off each upper thigh, while not losing any size off my shoulders or arms (meaning I appear to have only lost fat). I have a-fib and my heart doctor has been on me for years about taking cholesterol-lowering medication. I’d appreciate your thoughts.