Weekly Link Love – Edition 72

Research of the Week

High blood pressure makes the coronavirus more dangerous.

How maternal obesity affects the offspring.

In women with PCOS, those going low-carb have better insulin sensitivity.

Homo erectus was probably really good at persistence hunting without water.

Dietary salt mitigates the damaging metabolic effects of a high-rice diet in rodents.

Low-calorie keto is safe for obese patients with mild kidney failure who want to lose weight.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 385: The Primal Endurance Revolution: Host Brad Kearns and I chat about how Primal Endurance principles have changed the endurance game—and how they can revolutionize your health and performance.

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 386: Catharine Arnston: Host Elle Russ chats with Catharine Arnston, CEO and founder of ENERGYbits—a company making nutrient-dense algae tablets.

Primal Health Coach Institute podcast

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 51: Laura and Erin chat with Brad Kearns about the long-term and sustainable benefits of the keto diet.

Media, Schmedia

Fecal transplants aren’t risk-free.

Plant-based activist group sues California for failing to list processed meat as a carcinogen.

Interesting Blog Posts

What’s it like to have a “mild” case of the novel coronavirus?

Digital stillface.

Social Notes

Natalie Grasso’s Primal Health Coach success story: “it helped me get out of my own way.”

On countering oxalate overload.

Everything Else

The fatality rate may be overestimated.

When analyzing the “healthiness” of a food, consumers are more likely to worry about sugar than other components like saturated fat or salt. Next up: seed oils!

It’s a good time to buy lobster.

This is funny.

Things I’m Up to and Interested in

Improvement in efficiency I found amazing: Using different grazing methods to go from each cow needing 250 acres to each cow needing just 20 in the desert of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Argument I found counterintuitive at first: How the coronavirus may have saved Chinese lives.

Article I found interesting: Why are children (seemingly) spared?

Twitter thread I found helpful: Reassuring facts about the coronavirus.

Old research I haven’t seen addressed much: Animal studies show that taking antipyretics (fever-reducers) during influenza increases mortality. Are fevers adaptive?

Question I’m Asking

You probably noticed a lot of coronavirus content today. Sorry about that. There wasn’t a whole lot else to share. Pretty much everyone and everything was focused on that singular topic.

Next week I’ll be doing a Dear Mark. Do you have any questions related to the coronavirus? I’m quite limited in what I can answer with any amount of expertise, but I can certainly offer my perspective.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 8–Mar 14)

Comment of the Week

“The coronavirus article seems an impressive case of willful ignorance for a man with PhD after his name. Experts have been at pains to emphasize the imperative to slow the spread because it will rapidly and completely overwhelm our medical system. Basically, very ill people will go essentially untreated, the virus will rage throughout our hospitals, which are full of especially vulnerable people, and countless senior living facilities of all kinds will become scenes of shocking carnage, at least by standards moderns are accustom to. I think a reasonable people can conclude this is a scenario worth trying to head off.”

– Good point, DBW.

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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