Weekly Link Love – Edition 69

Research of the Week

Walking isn’t enough to prevent weight gain.

Whey protein isolate beats even the most “optimized” blend of plant proteins.

The standard Western diet damages memory.

An estimation of “post-treatment Lyme disease” numbers in America (bigger than you think!).

Creatine, amino acids, and whey work better than whey alone.

Good for tacos, bad for sleep.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 404: David Morin: Host Elle Russ chats with David Morin, a strength and conditioning coach with clients like Allen Iverson and U.S. special forces.

Primal Health Coach Institute Podcast

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 48: Laura and Erin chat with our very own Elle Russ.

Media, Schmedia

NY Times covers fasting.

Ancient practices solve modern problems (again).

Interesting Blog Posts

Comfort kills.

Notes from the 2020 Longevity Therapeutics Conference in San Francisco.

Social Notes

Correlation does not always mean causation.

Everything Else

Imagine thinking this was a good thing.

I’ve always maintained that orangutans are the most underrated apes.

Listening to Indian classical music helps schizophrenics’ cognitive function.

Letting the sun shine on metabolic syndrome.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Twitter thread I found horrifying: On the techies’ vision of the future of food.

Sport I didn’t know existed: Buffalo racing.

This resonates: The Scots who fish like Vikings.

I hope this helps folks who need it: The FDA expands MDMA testing.

I’d say on balance these were mostly good changes: How Google engineered what its employees eat.

Question I’m Asking

Would you try this? And do you think that guy was thankful (and does it matter for your decision)?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 15 – Feb 21)

Comment of the Week

“Coronavirus—I’m a long-time MDA follower and Primal enthusiast, and I’m writing now from Wuhan, China, where I’ve lived with my family since 2011. We’re on quarantine, stuck at home, and we’re healthy.

It’s easy to get sucked into the media’s depiction of this virus and what China and Wuhan are like. I’m not going to comment much because I don’t want to get sucked into the media hype again. Just writing because I’m glad you brought it up. Glad you addressed something about this virus. And I appreciate the respect with which you wrote.

I’m an American citizen, and Wuhan is my home.

Keep up the great writing and open and respectful platform, Mark!


– Glad to hear from you, Rebecca.

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. If you subtract the avg 3.5 lbs gained by the Freshmen in the walking study from the standard “Freshman 15”, then they actually lost 11.5 lbs. Not too shabby! Walking does work.

  2. “Good for tacos, bad for sleep.” Great line, gave me a chuckle when I saw the article.

    Question, is there a beef tongue taco recipe you recommend? I can pickle it nicely, but getting the beefy style taste has not been easy.

  3. Lab grown foods….in every generation, there is a cohort of people intent on destroying the things that make life worth living.

    1. Ah, but don’t you know the planet is being destroyed now. Humanity has become so powerful that we’ll all go extinct if we don’t invent some novel way to feed ourselves that completely sidesteps the naturally evolved food processes. Or something like that. /sarc

    2. Well, it might be a decent alternative for industrial meat feed (yes I know there are much better, even regenerative, options but this one seems better than corn or soy).

    3. It would be a very useful technology to have under our belts, regardless. Between bacterial foods and mycoproteins, it could help expand the repertoire of prospective urban farmers, which would be a good thing all around.

  4. Do you think schizophrenia is a nurture or nature thing? What do you think about a few of the studies that point to celiac disease as being a culprit in their condition more than the general population?

    Also, I would chase the little bugger down. I ran out into traffic for a Canadian Goose that got hit by a car and threw a jacket over it so it could be euthanized humanely rather than being hit by another car in the middle of the intersection. You help where you can when you can. Seems like the ethical thing to do anyways.

  5. So, fatty tongue, good for tacos but cause sleep apnea.

    There’s this quote, “The researchers now plan to work out which low-fat diets are particularly good at slimming down the tongue.”

    That doesn’t feel like progress.

  6. From the hormesis article: “In addition to adequate sleep, the Harvard professor also recommends limiting meat consumption – as the amino acids found in meat activate mTor, a pathway that turns off our body’s defence [sic, maybe they’re British] mechanisms and tells it it is time to grow.”

    Hmph. Hmph. Maybe we should switch off between growing and not growing? Don’t we need growing to heal from all that exercise?

  7. One of the authors of the Lyme study you cited is employed by the Global Lyme Alliance — no conflicts of interest there, nope, not at all!

  8. I’m living in Maine myself, mid-coast area. Originally from another “winter wonderland”, Minnesota. Was just looking at our local community paper yesterday and saw photos and an article of locals out snowshoeing and thought “I need to give this a try”.
    Ok, for sure am going to get out there.

  9. Shoe shoeing is fun! I also enjoy cross country skiing but don’t get an opportunity to do either unless we head out west to ski. Something I would love to do again is water ski. I haven’t done that since I was a teenager.

  10. 2 things i still love to do periodically i loved as a kid: swinging upside down and riding my bike no handed. they both have a small element of flight and risk to them. And Im psyched that at 58 and my current state of fitness i can still do them gleefully!

  11. Hey Mark!
    Snowshoeing is great fun, but in the Bangor/Augusta area there’s not really enough snow for it this winter. (So far.) I’ve been enjoying getting out in the woods as much as I can though. Forest bathing, even in winter, is good for the soul.

    1. Hey Keith – drive 75 mins north to Houlton and you will be in enjoying beautiful snowshoe treks. Forest bathing is good for the soul. Heading out now…

  12. “Exercise alone won’t cut it” – another terrible generalization not supported by the data. Sure, walking alone may not prevent weight gain among freshmen, who suddenly have access to all-you-can-eat pizza and ice cream. Walking is not synonymous with all exercise. Sigh.

    Meanwhile, Sunday snowshoe comment- I got some last November when the snow was weak on an early ski trip. Had a blast stomping around the mountain! As for old activities coming back, I took a class a few years ago to get my bowling from pathetic to mediocre. I’m no ace but at least now I can break 100, and it’s a lot more fun (less agonizing!) Went back to kayaking too, when around water, which is a lot easier with core strength and solid lats. Good stuff.

  13. The whey protein study was funded by Danone. You should check your sources mate. It also nevertheless concludes that plant based proteins are a good alternative…

  14. You are right on with the benefits of snowshoeing here in Maine. We went out behind the house yesterday and will go for a longer trip today. We are lucky enough to have woods right behind the house and not have to drive anywhere to it. It’s one of the advantages of being primal in Maine and it makes the long winters a little more bearable.

  15. Also hail from Maine where I grew up skiing, sledding, skating, or just playing in the snow, but never snowshoeing. Didn’t try that until the recent past. We’ve been out a couple of times this season and plan to go later today. Used to go in our backyard and into the woods but we just discovered there are maintained trails in our area (Augusta and Hallowell) and will explore those. It helps me get through winter, a season I typically dread. Although the snowfall in our area this year has been perfect. Never more than 6 inches at a crack. I can tolerate that ok!

  16. Snowshoeing! Yes! I’ve never been a downhiller or snowboarder, coming from Illinois. But now I’m in the Pacific Northwest and have been out many times this winter. Sparkling, fluffy snow, beautiful mountains, those partially frozen creeks Mark wrote about. Animal tracks.

    Heading up to southern BC to see what Canada has to offer. Lots of snowshoe trails in southern BC. I love hiking in the snow.

    1. We still have lots of snow in the Shuswap region of Britain Columbia Canada

      1. We’re at Manning. But I would love love love to get up to Shuswap. Thanks for your suggestion. It’s on our list.

  17. Snowshoeing is my favorite sport! We hiked over 10 miles last Saturday in the beautiful Yosemite National Park. Dewey point is a must for hikers and snowshoers. Feels like you’re on the top of the world! Make sure to bring your Peanut Butter Primal bars for a snack 🙂

  18. Come to Telluride mark and Carrie, I can show you some great snowshoeing routes, as well as snowboarding.

  19. My wife and kids and I spent the last two weekends snowshoeing on the 200 acre family farm here in Nova Scotia! We look forward to the opportunity every year as it is such an enjoyable time.

  20. Snowshoeing. I’ll be up at Crater Lake this coming weekend doing just that. It’s awesome.

  21. Liked your article on snowshoeing 🙂 we live in Michigan & have a pretty mild winter in GR area but went north to Bellaire & snowshoed just yesterday ! And it was a glorious sunny , bluebird sky kind of day . The snowshoeing felt fantastic & enabled us to get out into our woods that normally we would never be able to see in the winter . Fresh air , Birds , bald Eagle & 2 deer & observing critter tracks – good for the body & my soul! Nature -It gets you to not think about anything else which is good for the brain – so much better than a gym to me !!! I love your Sunday with Sisson keep it going ! You inspire .

  22. Hey Mark!
    You had me having the urge to climb an old old tree when I was in the Catskills during the summers:) must of been 60’ high. You mentioned placement of your feet snowshoeing …dido

  23. snowshoeing sounds divine. I never had the pleasure, but i look forward to it in the future. Love getting outside in nature and exercising.

    Thanks for all the value that you add.

    God bless,

  24. I live in Michigan and the first snowfall we had my husband and I actually went out snowshoeing. It was fun and a great workout. I look forward to it every snowfall every winter.

  25. I too, am horrified by techie food future visions! I have a friend who is all enthused by the ideas of lab-grown meat, and high-rise buildings, filled with floor after floor of hydroponic “fields”.
    Not only do I think that these bizarre concepts would take enormously MORE resources to produce less food, I also think the food will be far less complete or nutrient-dense. In an artificial environment, the food can only contain what is known to be needed in the supply materials. But we are only beginning to understand the complexities of the microbiomes of living soil, and the subtleties of digestion and meat production in real, living animals.
    If we pursue techie food, we are bound to end up with more expensive and less nutritious food. And the companies producing this will earn money for ruining people’s health, and putting real farms and farmers out of business.
    Oh, and kudoes for the guy that grabbed and freed that baby seal! But he was very lucky!

    1. How would it be less nutrient dense, exactly? If anything, it would be even easier to have precisely controlled, near-optimal levels of whatever the individual plant (or fungus, or bacteria) needs at that given time.

      Further, there’s a lot less impact involved in machinery to tend the crops – no soil erosion, no tractors or harvesters emitting fumes, far less trucking to get the high-rise produce from the urban farm to customers who may be directly across the street.

      No, it’s not romantic or “folksy”, but neither is modern industrial agriculture, anyways.

      1. The NIH can’t even decide that Choline is a vitamin. Even though formula fed babies were damaged by the omission of Choline from the formula, it’s still not a vitamin. That’s just one example of why focusing on fake food is a risk.

  26. I love snow shoeing as well. I take my dog along. He loves to tromp through the snow.

  27. Just had an incredible day snowshoeing to chickadee ridge above Lake Tahoe. I would send you a photo but do it see a way. The name comes from the Chickadees was go will eat out of your hand. If you go please feed the bird seed not tour lunch?.

  28. One of my childhood activities was rolling car tires down a hill. Another was walking barefoot on the burnt stubble in the fields. If we could find a pile of broken glass to walk on, it was a plus. There were also open tar pits in the neighborhood. The thickest one was ripe for challenging ourselves to run across without sinking. I haven’t had the urge to take up any of those activities again.

  29. I stumbled upon your website in 2012. Just now, I learned you’re from Maine! I love your work and thank you for all you do. I have had the pleasure this winter of stepping out my front door to snow shoe on my property here in Newburgh, ME. It’s pretty nice to see a few other commenters from Maine as well…

  30. Re: The comfort kills article, um, wouldn’t eating less often and fasting (same thing) be um, adequate for “limiting meat consumption?” Jus’ sayin’…

  31. I no longer have my gallbladder. Will a combination of keto and paleo diet work for me? I exercise daily but still need to lose weight. Thank you!

  32. I’m from S. Dakota but learned to snowshoe in the Army in Alaska in the early 90s. MWF was the usual pushups, situps and 3 mile run on compacted snow and the road. T & Th were the fun PT days of snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Both sets were very big and heavy and we’d be in a big herd of people through the woods but I still love the sound of crunching snow. They also had us go snowshoe through a whole section of woods to make trails for moose to get food. I think it was just an excuse to get us out to do more snowshoeing…I still love winter, the smell and the sound of snow crunching. In Chicago now but not near enough snow. We got to go to the North Woods of Wisconsin and snowshoe a few years ago, most were there for snowmobiling. That’s cheating in my book.

  33. wow, did you have to put in that link to the person chasing the seals? now their view count is going to go up and somebody’s going to interpret that as a *good* thing =(.

    disclaimer: i did not watch to the end and don’t know if the person got their just rewards.

  34. I grew up in Oklahoma. In the city we used to try to jump pretty much anything on our bikes, including plenty of sketchy homemade ramps. Saw someone else commented about riding with no hands, and I still do that now when I feel safe enough. But I miss “going big” on a bicycle.

    At the lakes we used to free ski and ride tubes but also build pyramids and try to create new tricks. We even tied a handle on a bungee cord once, which ended poorly for my face but made for a great story. Now I just wakeboard and try not get hurt too much.

    Great topic!

  35. Responding to the Sunday with Sisson: I’m 72 and never got into the skateboard craze in my youth but have long had a desire to try but just don’t have the balance needed. I’ve tried SUP and that didn’t go very good. I need to work on a balance program so I can skateboard and SUP.

    Always enjoy the Sunday with Sisson reads.