Weekly Link Love – Edition 75

Research of the Week

Can anti-aging drugs and supplements help against coronavirus?

Hydroxychloroquine shows promise in another small trial.

Sulforaphane may be effective in autistic patients.

Ferrets and cats may be vectors for COVID-19 transmission.

Coronavirus found in Dutch sewage.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 415: Abel James: Host Elle Russ chats with the one and only Fat Burning Man himself.

Media, Schmedia

A smart thermometer company reports fewer fevers nationwide. Good.

Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up his nose while testing a new coronavirus medical device.

Interesting Blog Posts

Is fake meat approaching the uncanny valley?

Why has California been spared (so far)?

Social Notes

The new normal (for now).

Everything Else

New dental proteome from Homo antecessor, an ancient hominid who lived in Spain 800,000 years ago.

Co-morbidities in the USA.

I bet this becomes more viable in the future.

Potential pandemic effects on food.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Important to keep in mind: Stay fit.

Interesting research: Decontaminating masks without destroying them.

I certainly hope it works (without side effects): Treating COVID-19 patients with plasma from people who recovered from the disease seems to improve recovery.

Article I found interesting: How Stone Age humans unlocked the glucose in plants.

Fascinating line of thought: Can a TB vaccine help fight the coronavirus?

Question I’m Asking

Gym owners, coaches, and personal trainers, how are you handling things? How are you adapting?

Friends of MDA, Thom and Tracey Downing, run a fantastic personal training gym called FIT in Los Altos, CA that’s been shuttered for the time being. They’ve come up with a series of innovative workarounds to keep their clients healthy and their coaches working: loaning out almost all the gym equipment—kettlebells, bands, dumbbells, and the like—to clients in the area and setting up online training sessions, cooking classes, and guided meditations via Zoom, running “PE classes” for kids, and posting home workouts and updates on Instagram. This is adaptation in real time. It’s hard, but it’s also cool to see.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 29 – Apr 4)

Comment of the Week

“Good information. Thanks for doing articles like this. Right now, with so much fear in the news, it truly helps to have calm, collected posts that just talk about the current science with this thing.

A funny aside, my kids are currently in the kitchen eating grassfed beef burgers and spinach from local farms, and rice covered in butter. I got a kick out of reading that at the same time this was going on in my house.”

– Sounds like you’ve got the right approach, Casey.

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. Regarding ‘a single home run is all you need’ from Sunday with Sisson, the future may be all about increasing metabolic headroom and managing stress at work. This may be the difference between being able to recover from an assault like COVID-19 or succumbing to it. It’s time for corporate America to make micro-workouts like 15 Minute Corporate Fitness available to all employees at their workplace.

  2. I’ve been taking a fair amount of quercetin supplements daily for years due to occassional seasonal allergies or sinus issues when the temperature changes drastically in a short period time and it really seems to help (acts as a natural, gentle antihistimine). If it’s a placebo, been a good one as far as my mind / body believes. MAYBE a good habit also based on the one article Mark shared regarding cellular senescence, which I’ve read about in the past and another reason I’ve stayed on it consistently. Man, I’ve been doing most everything right I think, eating well, light exercise, deep breathing, trying to sleep well, supplements, drinking green tea, lots of collagen, social distancing, washing hands frequently … but one factor I cannot control is chronological age … turning 67 this Monday. Hope what I’m doing is enough and it doesn’t turn out during this current pandemic that I’m NotQuiteHealthyEnoughHombre. Oh well … it only hurts when I laugh …

  3. Uncanny valley: I live in an ultra-progressive city with one of the highest rates of vegetarianism in the country. And yet, when the coronavirus panic-buying on groceries began, the meat counters and frozen meat sections were empty, and the Beyond and Morningstar “products” were plentiful. That plant-based diet is really catching on …

    1. Ya, isn’t it funny how we’re always getting lectured by bratty vegans who almost certainly will not be following vegan diet in a year or two?

      Still, vegans are turning the tide in the media, as they hold the “megaphone” at the moment. Those of us who care about real food need to target vegetable/seed oil for criticism, since vegan food is invariably chock full of industrial oils.

    2. I have received no reply to my request for a refund or the cost of the collagen supplement that I had to throw out due to the nausea caused each time I tried it.
      Please help.
      Thank you

  4. Cats aren’t spreading Covid-19 to humans, but they can catch it from you, and give it to other cats. There is no evidence it will go from cat to human. Please don’t harm your cat, or cats you see roaming.

    1. Agreed 100%. Remember the last time there was a plague and cats got hurt? They were protecting us from the rats and mice that spread it. Speaking of which, rats and mice carry a lot of diseases. Anyone looked yet for a vector from them to us?

    2. Well thankfully the super spreaders tend to congregate in places like the beach.. the sea is already close by… just a little nudge should do it.

  5. (This study has not been peer reviewed) Cats aren’t spreading Covid-19 to humans, but they can catch it from you, and give it to other cats. There is no evidence it will go from cat to human. Please don’t harm your cat, or cats you see roaming.

  6. Mark! But going for a walk is what prohibited here in Europe. Please comment on that as this is really important. Can we or can we not go for a walk? Thank you

  7. I’m trying to take the approach that “what would I have given to ask the world to stop for 2 months”?. All those tasks I wanted to focus on and never had time to do; the books I wanted to read; the calm I wanted to ground into my life.

    I’ve also found the current climate to be one of exceptional & rare opportunity to help people. I live in Florida and many elderly snowbirds do not know how to get back home. Often, they live north of the border so crossing is prohibited. I offer to drive them straight-thru so there is no fear of staying in a hotel. I, then, get a rental car and come straight home. It’s a small jester in the scheme of things, but one that gives me great satisfaction and helps me feel as though we can beat this thing.

  8. Hello Mark,
    Today’s message really resonated with me. I needed it badly. Lost weight the Keto Diet last year and since the holidays, haven’t been able to get back on track. I’ve been looking into the Carnivore Diet and believe I can benefit from what it has to offer but haven’t had the motivation to do it!! Your “The one constant is you” line did it for me. I’m going to turn this around and stop punishing myself by non-stop grazing. It only makes me feel worse. Thanks for your meaningful words. Take care and stay safe.

  9. Hi Mark, Hi all,

    you are so right to remind us that despite the changes that are coming up, there is one thing that stands still, one thing that should lead us is our determination to remain an healthy person whether it is from a phisical point of view or from mental point of view.

    A french paleo reader of Mark’s Daily Apple 😉

  10. Good Morning Mark,

    Thank you for Sundays with Sisson. I am keeping an intentional mindset for these changing times. Nutrient dense food is top priority, and lots of recipes from a new cookbook have been tried (with happy success). I am regimented about the supplements I take. It helps set a commitment to routine. My favorite thing is daily connection to family. and friends through calls and texts. This is also intentional, with commitment to send a niece a daily message-she is on the front lines. Of course, I am doing things that I have pushed aside prior, like reading books and completing courses. Honestly, there’s no lack of things to do. I give myself one non-negotiable chore each day. Yesterday, it was bathing my sweet dog. Neither of us care for that activity very much. Lol Today, as in the last few weeks, I will be getting dressed for church online, as though going in person, makeup and all. Do I always have a good attitude about all this…absolutely not. But truly, as long as my family, all separated at this time, stay well, we have nothing to complain about. Daily gratitude is top priority!

  11. This pandemic has reaffirmed my commitment to fitness and a continuance of my keto eating and lifestyle. I purchased equipment for a little home gym in the garage so I could continue lifting and it has been the best decision I have made in a long time! My daughter who started training with me months ago, now is more excited than ever with the home gym and the convenience of it. Stay safe!

  12. Well it snowed 6” overnight in Interior Alaska! I’m going to hit the trails above the house for Nordic skiing.

  13. I savour you Sunday newsletter more than ever right now, Mark! A moment of normalcy. A voice of clarity and calm. Thank you.

    As an introvert who runs a remote business, I’m actually okay with my current stay-at-home routine. I’d say I’m thriving in lots of ways – work, creation, interactions with patients/clients/students, daily movement + meditation practice (walking by the sea and home yoga), simple nourishing primal meals, 8 hours of sleep. I most miss interactions face to face; I’m in solitary and my partner is across the border. Still, I have to admit that I’m savouring this time and going inward too. However things unfold, here’s to stillness, steadiness and resilience.

  14. In this time of upheaval please don’t forget that some have to face this alone or have no way of getting through without help. Thank God every day if your job was spared and give something to those that need help. Stand tall and reach back.

  15. Mark,
    Just a note to say your straightforward, uplifting comments encouraging us to keep doing the right thing, one step at a time, just made a difference in my day. I know it takes time to do all the research you do, and then more mental effort beyond that to decide what to pass on to your readers, so I really appreciate it.

  16. Thanks for the comforting words. As a fitness instructor I’m now using Facebook Live with a private group to continue offering fitness videos as part of my own need for routine/physical activity and the community at large. Psychologically this has improved my own sense of well-being and connection with others out there who are also struggling to stay healthy in this crazy time.

  17. Hi Mark, thanks so much for your post- I have been maintaining my habits – right now I am in the middle of the Yukon – off grid and we still have lots of snow- the light is coming on and I have been snow shoeing most days – I have lost my livelihood ( I am an artist) but have everything I need. My husband and I have enough for the next 6 months I would say 🙂 so grateful – solar deepfreeze full of moose, local lake trout and low bush cranberries etc etc. THANK YOU for the posts …. keep em coming

  18. Excellent reminder. This all gets heavier with each passing day and I look forward to your words of encouragement and love. We’re exercising more than ever. Zoom workouts to stay in touch with community. Extra and longer dog walks, listening to podcasts and books. Evening decompression with the family to make sure we’re ‘ok’ and also reaffirming the importance of all of this. Life lessons abound! Your words always resonate. Thank you!

    1. We CANNOT ‘catch’ a virus because it is IMPOSSIBLE. WHY? Because is virus is DEAD.
      Go to YOUTUBE & search “We cannot catch a virus.” scroll all the way down. Look for the one where there is a guy with a white shirt on, about 9 blocks across; click on him & listen. He exposes the lies that we are being FED.

  19. I take Life Extensions Senolytic Activator. It makes sense to me.

  20. Thanks for linking up during this time of no normality. I’m trying to start running again as the gym is closed

  21. SWS It’s still spring, all the spring tasks need doing… checking for places where critters can enter the house, caulking, waking up the garden, clearing the debris of winter, hiring someone to really clean the gutters instead of just “inspect” them. The lawn people showed up last week for the first time. I was kind of surprised but not in a bad way.

    Hey did you see those videos of goats and monkeys and bears (oh my!) in the empty streets? LOL good fun, especially the police cars in Wales trying to herd goats. Better than TV.

  22. Mark,

    Let’s get our demographic together and do a poll. Say out of 10,000 responses how many folks on paleo/keto have actually gotten sick?

    Let’s start our own studies to re-do those outdated red meat, fat and cardio studies.

  23. So much for the Paleo diet (and Keto?):
    “The so-called Paleo diet eschews cereals, recommends few carbs and promotes meat and vegetables. But archaeologists say it does not represent the full diet of hunter-gatherers who ate cereals and relied on carbohydrates.”

  24. There is a verse from “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu that stuck with me for many years: “If a country is governed wisely, its inhabitants will be content… Since they dearly love their homes, they aren’t interested in travel. There may be a few wagons and boats, but these don’t go anywhere. There may be an arsenal of weapons, but nobody ever uses them. People enjoy their food, take pleasure in being with their families, spend weekends working in their gardens, delight in the doings of the neighborhood. And even though the next country is so close that people can hear its roosters crowing and its dogs barking, they are content to die of old age without ever having gone to see it.” I won’t interpret the governing part. But bottom line is that we live in abundance and especially now is the time to remind this to ourselves. We really don’t need much more (besides getting hugs and kisses from friends and family, but this will come back very very soon, before we know it).

  25. Ive been keeping sane by sticking to my ‘diet’ -cooking tasty recipes and losing weight. its been great. Also downloaded some fitness apps that have been fun to follow. I found the benefit of being at home has been an appreciation of the peace and lack of oustide “noise”. In a way its been a treat.