Weekly Link Love – Edition 74

Research of the Week

Even medical students touch their face dozens of times each hour, almost 50% of the time a mucous membrane.

A clinical trial is underway looking at the effect of chloroquine on coronavirus.

A neutrophil:lymphocyte ratio indicative of insulin resistance predicts severe illness in COVID-19 cases.

ACE inhibitors and coronavirus.

Dairy appears to promote better bone mineralization in post-menopausal women.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 413: Karen Martel: Host Elle Russ chats with Karen Martel, expert on women’s health and weight loss.

Episode 414: Listener Q&A: Host Brad Kearns answers your questions.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 53: Laura and Erin chat with Mitch Webb about the importance of establishing a strong why.

Media, Schmedia

A new coronavirus model predicts far fewer deaths. Hopefully this is accurate.

NY doctors are using IV vitamin C for coronavirus patients.

Interesting Blog Posts

Is the USDA using the latest science to determine the healthiest diet?

Human ingenuity always wins.

New editorial from Fauci on coronavirus. Seems like improved news.

Social Notes

I chuckled.

The Italian response to quarantine is to be admired.

Everything Else

Masks work.

Even scuba masks.

Pollution plummets.

The origin of hand-washing.

What happens if you break quarantine in Punjab.

Nature versus nurture versus… noise?

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Story I enjoyed: Regular folks are making masks with sewing machines.

Stat I found interesting: About half of NYC’s coronavirus cases are under 45 years of age; 9% of that group is hospitalized.

Video I enjoyed: How Grant Schofield and his family stay sane during lockdown.

How I’m saying hello: Jocko’s heart hammer.

More silver lining: The return of victory gardens.

Question I’m Asking

What long-term effects will the coronavirus have on the world?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 22– Mar 28)

Comment of the Week

“Hollow body rocks are more fun to do if you pretend you’re a banana that’s rocking back and forth. We had to to them all the time in crossfit and the only way I could get through them is to say in my head “I”m a rockin’ banana!” That may just be me though. ?
In related mind games, it’s much easier to do a row sprint if you imagine a crocodile chasing you behind your rowboat.”

– I like that, starmice. Better make sure it’s a green banana to reduce absorbable glucose, though.

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. i find it interesting that people always talk about how people like medical students touch their faces. They never mention anyone who has worked in retail, customer service, or food service. Having spent 10 years in those industries, I learned to not touch my face or let customers touch my pens. We also kept bottles of hand sanitizer and baby wipes around. You quickly learn just how dirty people can be. I’ve also been sanitizing my phone for over 10 years because I worked in that industry.

  2. The only long-term effect of this coronavirus will be the ridiculous term “social distancing.”

    1. Tell that to people who have lost loved ones, folks who have been laid off and lost their jobs … SMH … think before you post something totally lacking in empathy as this.

      1. MI’m going to give “Hate_Me” some leeway here and go with they have a problem with the *term* not with the concept (although the name does give me pause).
        I’m not a fan of the term either, and in fact think that social distancing is not at all what we are doing. What we are doing is *Physical* distancing, while trying to maintain some form of social connection.

      2. “Think before you post.” Never considered that approach, before. Thank you for enlightening me.

        Yes, of course the economic impact is significant and will get much worse before it gets better – but it will get better.

        As far as loved ones lost, I’ll concede that those losses are lasting and personally impactful, but – at the risk of sounding glib – they will not be so numerous that they will have a lasting societal impact.

        To be clear: My issue is with the term, not the preventive measure.

  3. Re “A new coronavirus model predicts far fewer deaths. Hopefully this is accurate.” The author of these models has clarified that this is not the correct take away from their modelling. He discussed that in a twitter thread to clarify what they found.

  4. As I was at the supermarket yesterday and watching them fully sanitize the checkout between each customer I was wondering what all this sanitizing was doing to all the good bacteria we need to survive and how this would impact our microbiome

  5. The editorial from Fauci in NEJM is actually not new – it is exactly one month old (from 28 February) – unfortunately the situation as changed significantly since this was written. The US had 64 cases at the time according to the editorial. You know have more than 100,000. My small country has more than 300 and is (fortunately) in complete lockdown.

  6. I can only think that touching our own faces, including mucus tissue, is completely normal, probably a comfort, and will not end no matter how much we are reminded.

    I am not anticipating that it will stop.

  7. Those aren’t scuba masks. They’re full face snorkel masks.

  8. Hello Mark, in response to your Sunday with Sisson 3/29…
    I so appreciate you sharing your failures before your success. I too have tried many things in the health field and I’m so encouraged by your story. I’m 68 years young, a Nutritionist and I believe I have finally found my “mission” in life, helping people recover from cancer treatment. My husband is a long-time cancer survivor so for us a personal journey but also seeing it’s still a missing piece to the cancer journey. I’m so encouraged that it’s never too late to keep pursing your mission in life! I appreciate you, and especially your Primal Kitchen!

  9. what long-term effects will covid have on the world?

    My realistic opinion: little to none. My idealistic opinion: a renewed interest in the value of a modest universal basic income (social security for all). It’s not left or right, it’s forward. There’s one thing the government is demonstrably good at: writing a bunch of checks and sending them to people.

  10. I was surprised they are still doing research on dairy and osteoporosis. The research I have read states the opposite. Allergies, autoimmune diseases and arthritis may actually be caused by consuming dairy. Personally when I gave up dairy my allergies disappeared. As we all know a lot or the research is done on a small groups of people over a short period of time.

  11. Hey Mark!

    Here is a question I have been reluctant to ask but curious about for well over a year…

    “If following a Primal Lifestyle, but looking to put on some muscle, what adjustments to diet do you recommend? I have my collagen protein every morning and a meat / veggie packed lunch and a medium sized dinner. Should I make any adjustments?”

  12. Thank you for your Sunday newsletter, Mark! I remember your MDA “origin story” from time to time, and it always offers such possibility and hope.

    Over here in solitary self-isolation, I (like most) am concerned about how the crisis will impact my business. I’m also profoundly grateful for things big and small. I realize that sounds clichéd and possibly annoying. But is it my truth. As inappropriate as this may ring within the collective moment, I am experiencing joy.

    I have my home and my cats and all kinds of beautiful connections in my life. I have my work and my passions, and even though I’m nervous about the financial side, the Work will live on regardless. It is in no way dependent on income. I have my health and yoga practice and walks outdoors along a stunning expanse of sea. I have sobriety. I have faith. I have hope. Thank you for being one of my guides along the way.

    1. Beautifully put. And hopefully at some point in the somewhat near future you’ll get your hot yoga access back. 😉

      I temporarily lost access to the Finnish sauna I use several times a week, trying to compensate by doing more deep breathing exercises and taking long hot showers, followed by very cold at the end as long as I can tolerate. I had built up a good tolerance for heat, but always chickened out on the cold therapy, now using this as an opportunity to do my mini-Wim Hof imitation.

  13. Mark,

    A very warm thank you for the Sunday with Sisson email regarding your past business failures.

    I think it’s extremely beneficial for successful people to show how they have failed. It adds important context because we usually just see the end result and not the years that led up to the success. It also helps us to know that success does often happen if we press on through the bitter disappointments.

    Personally I have found many of my failures to be blessings in disguise–but it takes many years of time to pass to see it that way.

  14. Hi Mark,
    In Sunday’s with Sisson today you talked about your marketing tactics for getting the Primal Blue Print book “out there” once it was published. Do you have any resources or advice related to what worked and did not work? Thank you!

  15. Thanks for the inspiring Sunday with Sisson Mark. I enjoy the weekly nuggets!

  16. You can get a free hypnosis audio session to ‘Stop Touching Your Face’ from hypnosisdownloads.com

  17. I was getting the sundays with sisson emails and they stopped although I didn’t unsubscribe. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to get back on that list, can anyone lend a hand please? Thanks in advance!

  18. Thanks, Mark, for the timely Sunday with the Sisson message.

    As many others do, I, too, have time off work. I am choosing, however, to make the most of it, seeing it for the potentially golden opportunity it presents. I consider it sort of like an imposed sabbatical conducive for deep reflection, re-evaluation, and decision-making that can make one come out all the more better and stronger from it, and be precisely what one needed. It may very well be the key, pivotal moment that involuntarily catapults one beyond their own fears and inhibitions that have been hindering them.