Weekly Link Love – Edition 67

Research of the Week

Sales taxes work better than fat taxes.

More breastfeeding, more mitochondria in blood in adolescence.

Traditional architecture gives a better sense of well-being than modern architecture.

Garbage anti-meat study. I’ll address this in Sunday with Sisson. (If you don’t already subscribe to our emails, sign up here to read Sunday with Sisson.)

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Primal Blueprint Podcast

Episode 402: Courtney Contos: Elle Russ chats with Courtney Contos, chef, wellness expert, and certified Functional Medicine Health Coach.

Primal Health Coach Institute Podcast

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 46: Erin and Laura chat with Robb Wolf, the man himself.

Media, Schmedia

Starbucks shifts away from dairy.

The cartels turn to avocados.

Interesting Blog Posts

A different way to think about agriculture.

Social Notes

Who needs tortilla chips?

Everything Else

This is the future I always dreamed of.

Paul’s response.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Chat I enjoyed having: “The Great Fiber Myth” with Shawn Baker, Paul Saladino, Brian Sanders, and yours truly.

I have to ask why: Toddler milk.

Good deal I’m passing along: 20% off Tribali food orders with discount code “Primal20.”

Interesting diet: The Everest Diet.

Someone else goes carnivore: Joe Rogan’s experience.

Question I’m Asking

Is very high LDL cholesterol always a problem?

Recipe Corner

Tex-Mex beef and rice casserole, for those higher-carb days.

Lasagna… soup?

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 1 – Feb 7)

10 Moves to Help Ease Joint Pain — Lube for your tissues.

Can I Eat Fruit on a Keto Diet? — Can you?

Comment of the Week

“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.”

I like that, Mike.

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. We’re just going to go around and around in circles with “red meat kills” studies. It’s so frustrating how the general media still publishes garbage survey-based studies like this, and people eat them up. Sigh

    1. Especially when we know carbs are toxic. Any carb causes glycation leading to AGEs, and are really toxic to anyone who has insulin resistance.

      And people are terrified about salt, but accept sugar without thinking.

      The “Sales taxes work better than fat taxes.” paper is just terrible. They have a rational agent model for people. This doesn’t work in economics, and certainly not in nutrition policy.

  2. Someone should tell Dr. Maffetone about the Everest Diet. I’m sure it will be an epiphany for him.

  3. Mark, now that we’re in month 2 of doing keto and getting closer to our goal weights, can you talk more about eating intuitively and satiety vs. fullness?

  4. PK Green Goddess is the best commercial salad dressing in the world. Ever.

  5. The article about the “garbage meat study” was funny when it tried to explain away the mortality of eating chicken. How come read meat doesn’t get excuses! You could totally bread and fry it. Or eat it in a bun, for instance. Usually they manage to get all of the cow skin off, though.

  6. Garbage anti-meat study.

    Wow that’s a tangle of obfuscated statistics. But Table 8 shows significant P values for poultry and processed meat only. Which gave me a grin. Anyway they say in the study itself that the modeling they used is predictive, not causative, so CNN Health had no reason to print that they decided meat is bad. Somebody with an agenda brought that study to a journalist and basically told them what to write.

    The journalist saw that, got lost in the big words (I mean seriously… “monotonic associations”?), and just published a shadow boxing article that would bring in ad revenues. In the infamous words of Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, if a study looks confusing, consider that confusion just might be the goal.

    I can sum up the intentional confusion in one question… Increased incidence compared to who? People who never eat any animal products (vegans)? People who never eat flesh but may eat eggs and milk? Pescatarians? Which quintile are you using to compare the others? The one with 0 servings? Because if you’re using Pescatarians as the baseline, then you have no leg to stand on claiming that they don’t have an increased incidence. Since the math would be effectively “set” to 1 there. The numbers do look like that’s what they did, at first glance.

    And this sentence is ludicrous: “Eight sensitivity analyses were conducted as follows: (1) missing data were imputed using multiple imputation by chained equations… ” It goes on like that, for quite a while.

    Who said scientists were dull and boring? That’s some pretty comic reading.

    What’s not funny is promoting (via the news) stuff that could hurt people and businesses based on supposition as thin as that.

    1. SwS had a link to the study, but CNN Health did too, and their link lead to a full text in case you want to read more. I’m guessing that link stops working in a new days or a month or something.

  7. I wonder if the fat taxes and thin subsidies would work better if the politicians read this blog and knew which foods went under which category!

  8. I like a nice almond now and then but why is it that the horrific environmental impact of the almond industry in California, which produces 80% of the worlds almonds, never mentioned? The almond milk that requires endless monoculture groves of almonds, pollinated by billions of stressed out, over medicated honey bees, of which a third of the hives die every year due to the stress of long distance transport, is somehow superior to dairy? Im against the industrial animal farming model, but why not look towards a more sustainable method of producing dairy milk, which is 100% doable, rather than these plant milks? I just don’t get it.

    1. Bees just aren’t as cute as calves. Many people consider them a nuisance. I have a friend who is currently not working so he spends a lot of time on Facebook, getting riled up by more and more animal rights postings which he shares. Currently they’re on about dairy. I’m tempted to ask how it’s fine to kill billions of bees as collateral damage but not a steer/bull or calf every once in a while, and if the ethical threshold is determined by biomass. I don’t because these types of arguments are pointless, I would still like to see the question answered though.

      1. The Dali Lama says killing large animals is better than small animals for food is preferable because you get more food from a large animal per life taken.

        He is regarded as the incarnation or local representative of the bodhisattva of compassion.

    2. Plus workers have to get up so damn early to milk all the almonds!

  9. Disappointed in the pricing for the Tribali burgers–at my local Natural Grocers, they’re cheaper per pack than they are on the Tribali site with discount applied :/

  10. The atherosclerosis reference tells makes 2 main points from my perspective:

    1. The development of atherosclerosis is multi-factorial and complex far beyond “elevated LDL”

    2. It is important to treat INDIVIDUAL risk and take this into consideration. It is so important to have a medical provider who understands advanced lipid testing, metabolic health and disease and the testing involved to truly more accurately estimate cardiovascular risk

  11. Good information on the meat study. I like to read the studies, but some are difficult to read. I don’t understand why scientists don’t use white space when they write?

    But anyway, I really question the studies that take a questionnaire on what people ate. How many people underestimate their sugar consumption?

    1. I think they should use phone apps. Most people now have phones, or they can provide it if someone doesn’t. Just take a pic of the food and upload daily. It wouldn’t be perfect, but much better than relying on the memory of a person who’s been indoctrinated all their life to feel guilty about sugar, fat, meat, etc. Questionaires in our society amount to “These things are shameful, but tell me honestly what you’ve eaten.”

  12. SwS

    Look at the timing. In late September, a meta analysis says meat is OK. Almost exactly a month later, a new analysis is accepted for publication. But it’s not released until well after the holidays, Feb 3rd. A bit manipulative.

    In general I dislike GI doctor’s over focus on drugs and surgery. Most of the solutions for gut issues are either ignore it, maybe you’re “stressed” or medicate it, and if that doesn’t work, we’ll use surgery. The casual way they remove gallbladders is emblematic of their respect for the human being they’re dealing with.

    I suspected I had Crohn’s for about two years before my Celiac diagnosis, because Crohn’s gets so much more attention, even though it’s far less common. Most of the remedies for Crohn’s (except steroids) are expensive drugs or surgery. I was terrified and then relieved when I found out I didn’t have it.

    When I see a GI research center focusing on the effects of pesticides on the gut, or microplastics, or long term effects of a long-ago food poisoning, then I’ll pay attention to their opinion of meat. It wouldn’t hurt if they had ideas for how to reverse NAFLD either. Everything I read on that subject has a lot of “oh no, we don’t know why this is happening, oh dear oh dear” in it. Anyone who knows how foie gras is made can suggest an avenue for research on that.

  13. If you really want to know more about the “…scientific incompetence…” and how bogus studies like this one come about, read “THE BIG FAT SURPRISE” by Nina Teicholz.

    Ms Teicholz is an investigative reporter and spent 10 years researching this book.

    A fascinating and must read about the how and why of just how nutrition scientists and researchers (and others) came to villainize saturated fats as well as butter, meats and other foods.

    (It’s available on Amazon)

  14. RE Sunday with Sisson- from the study author:
    The study also showed that as consumption increased, so did the risks. And, Katz says, .even small shifts in risk for individuals can add up to huge differences when it comes to public health. “At the level of the entire U.S population, a 3 percent increase in annual mortality would be 9 million excess deaths per year,” .
    The question appears to how much meat consumption is optimal – the Blue Zones may offer an answer….

  15. The study is based on food questionnaires completed every four years between 1986 and 1994 . Do you remember what happened during those years? This was prime-time low-fat dieting years, when carb consumption increased and meat consumption decreased. This study likely reflects what happens when you restrict fat and strictly follow the USDA Food Pyramid!

  16. I would love to hear your thoughts on the Netflix doc “THE GAME CHANGERS” regarding plant based diets.

  17. Always look forward to your Sunday newsletter, but what happened to your “goodmorning, everybody”. I always smiled when I read it.

  18. My husband goes for so many different vegetarian diets. His current book is Lifespan By David A. Sinclair, PhD. I get meats in from Butcherbox.com every other month but now he is refusing to eat any meats, including chicken and salmon. Do you know anything about this book? We don’t eat a lot of meat but a couple times a week I do meals with the meats I get in from Butcherbox. I sure hope you can shed light on this newest book he is ranting and raving over. He’s back to buying organic veggies as his sole diet but he did this once before and almost starved to death as most produce at the store is now grown in aquaponics and has very little nutrition. Thanks for your help!

  19. Why does the relative vs absolute risk distinction apply in that meat study? I would have thought everyone’s risk of all-cause mortality would be 100%…

  20. Mark: Have you seen the documentary “Forks over Knives?” It’s supporting plant based diet. If so what do you think about it?
    J. Jones

  21. Hey Mark ,
    In regards to the “garbage” meat study how does relative vs absolute risk work? Does 3% increased risk of dying mean that if my chance of dying this year based on mortality tables is say, 10%, if I eat red meat my chance of dying is 10.3%?
    Thanks,
    Steve