Weekly Link Love – Edition 77

Research of the Week

Outdoor transmission of coronavirus is very rare, according to new research.

Exercise increases superoxidate dismutase, an antioxidant that protects against advanced respiratory distress syndrome.

Oncology journal editors get a lot of non-research payments from industry.

Bearded dragon falls for the Müller-Lyer illusion.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 417: Cristina Curp: Host Elle Russ chats with Cristina Curp, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a former chef with a BA in anthropology.

Episode 418: Connie Hartel: The Fit Farming Food Supermom Bodybuilder: Host Brad Kearns chats with Connie Hartel.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 56: Laura and Erin chat with Dr. Cate Shanahan.

Media, Schmedia

Isolation is especially bad for the elderly.

Obesity is a very bad idea if you have coronavirus.

Interesting Blog Posts

What a lockdown exit strategy might look like.

Social Notes


What I’ve been up to.

Everything Else

Nice video overview of forest bathing.

Indonesia employs ghosts to enforce stay-at-home rules.

How’s the vaccine looking?

Why grocery store shelves are still emptying.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I hope this works: A new study is exploring high-EPA fish oil for coronavirus.

Is there no other way?: Dealing with budget shortfalls, a Berlin zoo may end up feeding the animals to each other.

Podcast I’m enjoying: A new one with Art Devany.

Slideshow I enjoyed: 30 years of holistic management.

Research I was pleased to see: Taking vitamin D every week improves aerobic performance in combat athletes.

Question I’m Asking

What are you going to change about your life after all this is over with?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 12– Apr 18)

Comment of the Week

“I work full time from home and feel blessed every day. I intersperse microworkouts with work most days. When it’s not raining, I have sanity bike rides after work. It is so glorious to be outside. Life goes in for Mother Earth, she’s in full spring mode here in Chicago. My fav microworkout: walk down 6 flights of stairs, do a plank on the lawn (bunnies everywhere) and sprint up the stairs. Blessings to you!”

Christopher gets it.

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. First, thank you for providing such great content every Friday – I seriously look forward to this post every week and always end up sharing so many of the links with others!

    One thing I am for sure going to change after is to just cancel my gym membership – I wasn’t going consistently anyway, and between getting outside to just jog and walk wayyyy more often, and doing Down Dog app yoga routines, I’m being way more active now than I was before and also enjoying it more.

  2. Thinking back to your last book, Mark, I’m going to be more aware of FOMO. I have a four year old and a three year old, and they are reminding me that the emotional support we need is right here in our house every day. I certainly miss hugging my friends, but I think I’ll feel less of a pull to go “do something.” It’s like when people take social media breaks and realize that it’s a relief rather than a burden.

  3. Realistically, I really do not plan to change much after this virus passes. What is mandated by society, that is a different story.

  4. I didn’t have to read the NYT article (not going through the paywall anyway) to know how isolation is affecting the elderly.
    My 96-year-old mother has gone precipitously downhill since isolation was imposed at her care facility. She never sees faces anymore. Everyone is masked. And since a COVID case was discovered in a staff member, for her own protection SHE must wear a mask every time she leaves her room. My sister FaceTimed from home with her today, and she cried for the first time in probably 30 years. Staff is doing a stellar job, but it’s just too weird a situation for her as her cognitive functions diminish.

    1. Hi Nannsi reading your heartfelt sharing moved me deeply. You give such a straightforward picture of what is happening for your mother and family, that is duplicated across the globe. My mother died in a care home 2 years ago aged 97. I am very thankful that she did not have to go through this. Thankyou.

  5. Hey Mark, love these roundups?

    I have a daughter who for various reasons is completely vegan. I was wondering if you had tips for her immune system during this time, and also what do you think of spirulina? She doesn’t eat grains- so for protein she often eats about 50g a day of the stuff. Any harm? She loves it! (Weirdest 19 year old!)

    Any tips for her would be great, I worry about her lacking vital nutrients right now- but I can’t change her mind about eating local pastures eggs even.

    Thanks so much!!!

    1. Not sure exactly what Mark’s opinion is, but there is an interview of Chris Kresser by Joe Rogan on youtube. Chris recommends adding shellfish to a vegan diet as they are nutrient dense but not sentient creatures.

  6. Thankyou for including the vaccine blog link. At first I wondered what it was doing on MDA. Now I understand. As a very straight description of the process of developing and “safety” testing of a vaccine (ha ha), it is very clear why no sane person would willingly have that injected into their bloodstream.

    1. @Catherine. I did not form the same opinion after reading the vaccine development article, but then I am not particularly opposed to vaccines. Or rather, I generally but not absolutely respect the advantage vaccinations give me and our society. I don’t get flu shots (felt they were not accurate enough, nor necessary enough. BUT last time I had some rusty nails puncture me, I went straight to the clinic to get my tetanus shot. I have watched the effect of tetanus on an unprotected friend in Mexico and it was horrible. Nobody else I know (I work construction) has ever had tetanus, no doubt due to getting the shot and boosters.

  7. Thanks for you weekly message. I enjoy your insight. Movies I recommend are: Temple Brandin, Biggest little Farm. They’re not necessarily new releases but worth watching nonetheless. Thanks again.

  8. I’m the same.. I struggle to sit still.. I’m definitely an active relaxer.. but since NZ went into lockdown.. I’ve been reading lots.. knowledge is power.. and I’ve finally started watching Game of Thrones on Sky box sets. Im also re reading your book The Primal Blueprint.. very inspiring

  9. Movies we have enjoyed include Life Is Beautiful (Italian), Samba (French), and Wallace & Gromit. Someone else mentioned The Biggest Little Farm, and we really enjoyed it as well. Have a good week, everyone!

  10. For movies, I still like Disney’s Robinhood and Secondhand Lions.
    Also, nature documentaries, particularly of places I want to visit someday.

  11. A must watch movie: Life Itself – an amazing movie about how we are all so interconnected over time.

  12. Talk about timely, “Soylent Green” movie got it right in 1973!

    In 2022, Earth is overpopulated and totally polluted; the natural resources have been exhausted and the nourishment of the population is provided by Soylent Industries, a company that makes a food…

  13. I highly recommend In Which We Serve, a marvellous English wartime film directed and starred in by Noel Coward. It’s on YouTube. By the way the motorbike from Great Escape still exists fully restored and is on display at Triumph manufacturing facility in Hinkley in England.

  14. I watched the 2012 movie Emperor – a docudrama told through the eyes of General Bonner Fellers exposing pressure to indict emperor Showa during MacArthur’s Japan occupation following Japan’s WWII surrender; a look at cultural differences showing both occupiers and occupied as humans sympathetically with strengths and weaknesses while enduring the aftermath of that war.

  15. Mark,
    I highly recommend “Bosch” on Amazon Prime. Their are 6 seasons of 10 episodes each. This is a character from the author of “Lincoln Lawyer”, which is a movie you might want to checkout . Bosch is an L.A. Homicide Detective with a haunting past and is a combination of Phillip Marlowe, House and Dirty Harry. Extremely well made and acted.

    1. I agree we always look forward to Amazon’s “Bosch” series release. My favorite character is “Detective Johnson, along with his sidekick Detective Moore. Love the camaraderie of J Edgar and Bosch, TOO!

  16. Found myself stopping mid-chore yesterday to watch the last half of “The Natural,” which my husband had landed on as he channel-surfed. Forgot what an uplifting movie that was.

  17. We have been sprinkling in a bit of the new with the old. Checked out Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for a lighthearted sitcom evening and then just watched the pilot episode of Council of Dads that had a few tears falling. Last night, while working on some projects, I turned on a Harry Potter movie followed by the classic Swiss Family Robinson, circa 1960. Still an excellent movie and one my teenage sons will still happily sit and watch with me.

  18. I highly recommend BOSCH, an LA murder detective played by Titus Welliver, on Amazon.
    Based on Michael Connelly books. Very real story lines and Titus does an amazing job with the BOSCH character

  19. Do you watch movies with or about women? We’re over half the population, ya know.

  20. Hi Mark, I live in Miami, surrounded by water, beautiful weather and beautiful people. All of this and having a lot of energy @60 makes it difficult to stay home. Like you I also need to be doing something productive. So I bought several gym pieces, pull-up/dip machine, a bench, dumbbells and built us a balcony gym. That and our runs have kept us in shape and sane. BTW you intro me into Keto 4 years ago and since then I have substantially improvements in my overall well-being. Thanks for that! Stay Safe Stay Healthy

  21. Re media request……we are currently enjoying “Somebody Feed Phil”, on Netflix. It’s a travel/food show. It’s so enjoyable because he takes such utter delight in everything…..not just food but people. Of course, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime cannot be outdone….if you can handle the language. And Grace and Frankie on Netflix.

  22. I recently revisited a few old favorite movies. Nostalgia is a good friend right now.

    Silverado – a great western from the 80s that even those who don’t like westerns will like. Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover, and a young, funny Kevin Costner.

    To Catch A Thief – More fun than anything. Grace Kelly, so what more do you need?

    Say Anything – “Kickboxing. Sport of the future.” “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen.” “I want to get hurt!” It’s got all the quotes.

    1. I second the Silverado recommendation. Great film that most people have not heard of. A family fav in our house.

  23. I just have to say because I have been stewing on it all week.
    Your smug complacency of last week was really unacceptable.
    Bragging about all the exercise you do and noting that your wife has to have an electric bike to keep up with you on your normal one! Oh please!
    I thought these mails were supposed to be inspirational not patronising..
    Well, I’ve said my piece and not sure I’ll continue following.
    Anyway, have a good week.

    1. Huh. Previous post did not fall on me the same way. “Smug complacency” Hard to understand what nerve it struck in you. Perhaps by looking for where you feel it hit some raw or insecure point in your makeup, perhaps you can use this to reinforce your weak points. We all have them, and sometimes innocent comments will set them off and show us something we can work with.

  24. I just have to say because I have been stewing on it all week.
    Your smug complacency of last week was really unacceptable.
    Bragging about all the exercise you do and noting that your wife has to have an electric bike to keep up with you on your normal one! Oh please!
    I thought these mails were supposed to be inspirational
    not patronising.

    Well, I’ve said my piece and not sure I’ll continue following.
    Anyway, have a good week.

  25. The first time I saw Apocalypse Now, I was in a theater featuring Dolby Surround Sound and sitting very close to the screen. When the movie was over, I remember feeling so stunned that I couldn’t get up to leave my seat. It was the first time I ever experienced sensory overload and I’ll never forget it. I’ve seen that movie over a dozen times since then but only from my TV.
    Lately I’ve been watching all the classics (Casablanca, You Can’t Take it With You) and any movie that has an uplifting theme so I’m pretty much stuck watching what is showing on the family channel. I don’t need any more sensory overload right now.

  26. Watching the ‘Lost’ series on Hulu. It’s been a decade since I’ve seen it.

  27. Some of my favorites are Last of the Mohicans, Cast Away, Dances with Wolves. Also, A Few Good Men. For comedy we love Dave. Lots of others. Sorry, I could go on forever. Love your choices too!

  28. One of my absolute favorite movies is Little Big Man with a young Dustin Hoffman, which reminds me to find it and view it again. Another is The Ghost and the Darkness starring Val Kilmer. If you’re into old B&W movies, go to Dumb.com and look at their movie section, which is broken in to genres. Lots of schlock there, but some pretty decent flicks too.

  29. We watched The 25th Anniversary edition of Phantom of the Opera streamed on you Tube.
    In the end, all the original cast came out to sing with 4 Phantoms and Sarah McLaughlin( did you know she was an original Christine.
    Wonderful memories.

  30. I have repeatedly requested a refund of the cost of the collagen powder that caused such nausea. I tried it several times with the same result so I threw it out.
    Please refund my purchase cost.
    Thank you

  31. Somewhat long, but a great story, and the ending is really funny.

    movie: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

  32. I always read your Sunday articles and never comment Mark, but I really enjoy them. Thank you! Your comment about not being able to sit through a movie is me exactly, plus I’m sensitive to violence and have a hard time watching most movies as I can’t just forget the violence. Darkest Hour (about Winston Churchill) was outstanding. Worth your time I’d say.

  33. Oooo – love the reminder to re-reread Heart of Darkness in today’s email! I think I may be one of the few people who’s watched ZERO tv or film in quarantine!

    I’ve been devouring books though – more than in many years. Currently reading: Untamed, by Glennon Doyle, and You Are a Badass at Making Money, by Jen Sincero. Highly recommend both!

  34. Dances with Wolves
    All of Indiana Jones adventure’s
    The Last Samurai
    Red Tails
    Band of Brothers
    Saving Private Ryan
    Hacksaw Ridge

  35. Return of the Pink Panther, The English Patient, The Lover, Hard Times,The Highlander,Tough Guys.

    1. Hey Nanook,

      Great movie. I’ll always remember this movie for two reasons.

      1. It was a movie that we watched as a family. I recall I couldn’t believe that the hero John Russell [Paul Newman] dies in the movie. My dad say Yes, Dave, not all movies/stories have happy endings.

      2. Early in the movie, the group in the stagecoach have a classic conversation about tribes eating dog that went like this:

      Audra Favor : I can’t imagine eating a dog and not thinking anything of it.

      John Russell : You even been hungry, lady? Not just ready for supper. Hungry enough so that your belly swells?

      Audra Favor : I wouldn’t care how hungry I got. I know I wouldn’t eat one of those camp dogs.

      John Russell : You’d eat it. You’d fight for the bones, too.

  36. Watched Apocalypse Now again last week. Agree with your opinions on it. Viewed Sgt. York yesterday and really enjoyed it. What’s Up Doc for some zany fun, Raising Arizona, Young Frankenstein, and of course Blazing Saddles too. I’m definitely gonna check out Cool Hand Luke and Rocky. Thanks for the suggestions.

  37. So many favorites, but, in a nutshell: Classic Disney films(Snow White, etc), vintage horror & sci fi films(1930’s-1960’s). Lugosi, Karloff old favs! So glad for TCM channel & big DVD collection!

  38. I watched a most boring movie on BBC 2 last night; based on a book. Something about an old man & a diary; which he never got to read. I wouldn’t have read the book either!

  39. I like offbeat, slice of life movies and realism. “Numb’, an independent Canadian film is riverting but requires virtually no suspension of disbelief. 4 Months, 3Weeks and 2 Days and The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and eastern european slice of life. Local Hero,The Guard and The Trip are british and filled with great subtle humor.

  40. If you really want to appreciate Rocky, binge-watch the first three films. Who knew Stallone was smart enough to sew three films into an epic tale of failure and redemption.

  41. World on Fire on PBS.
    Allows for perspective along with being extremely well done.

  42. Great idea to watch some classics…

    My recommendations:

    John Wayne: The Cowboys
    Steve McQueen: The Reivers
    Russell Crowe: Gladiator

  43. Hey and Hi Mark,

    “Searching for Bobby Fisher” I cry each time I was this movie. It is such a great family movie heck it’s a great movie on its own. It demonstrates true friendship and a stoic nature of the main character. You won’t be disappointed. Mum character is the Best!

  44. World War Z
    Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
    Jeremiah Johnson
    Casino Royale
    The Bourne Identity

    I love the southwest but also I’ve never traveled internationally, so I get to see beautiful countries.

  45. Netflix has a ton of great series. If you’re not into watching full length movies like myself, it’s a great option.

  46. “The Natural” is a great baseball movie! The ending isn’t the same as it is in the book by Bernhard Malamud. Randy Newman’s soundtrack is fantastic!

  47. Unlike you, I watch (or have on in the background while reading) a LOT. Of movies. A subset of them during these days has been ones about the human spirit triumphing over incarceration. I also recently viewed Cool Hand Luke and The Great Escape, but included Shawshank Redemption (my favorite of the genre), Papillon. Casablanca, Escape from Alcatraz, Midnight Express, and The Hill. All, in fact, inspiring.

  48. Movies and series to watch on Netflix “About Time” is poignant and sweet; Brene Brown’s “The Call to Courage” which my whole family has watched at least 3 times; thoroughly hooked on “Queer Eye” for their abilities to see the magnificence in each individual they work with and celebrate it in each aspect of that person’s life. Should keep you busy for a bit.

  49. I’ve been watching: running wild with Bear Gryles. Rise of empires: ottoman. On Netflix. The Mandalorian. Star Trek Picard. National Geographic series on Netflix about the National Parks. National Geographic series about wild Russia.

  50. Always loved Cool Hand Luke after I realized there is an underlying message. Watch for the reflections in the guard’s sunglasses, religious questions like “Plastic Jesus Riding on the Dashboard of my Car”, exclamations like “Where Are You” and more.
    Keep up the good work.

  51. Hi! I just wanted to say that the Primal Health Coach Radio podcast with Dr Cate was amazing. It really got me back on track with my enthusiasm for coaching and sharing the message – the Primal message has always been relevant but as we move forward, making sure as many people as possible understand the importance of metabolic health is primary.

  52. The link titled “Outdoor transmission of coronavirus is very rare, according to new research.” is misleading if you don’t review the linked article carefully. This research only studied infection points for 3 or more. Thus we can only conclude that “Outdoor transmission to 3 or more at once” is very rare, according to this research.
    It would be premature to conclude that since group transmission hardly occurs outdoors that you or I have little chance of infection outdoors. The data is not present in that study (there may be others) to draw such a conclusion and doing so before we know might be dangerous.

  53. I recommend watching “Maiden”. A documentary about the crew of the Maiden as they compete as the first all-woman crew in the 1989–1990 Whitbread Round the World Race.

  54. You’re such a guy!!!! I’m watching Downton Abby, Twilight, and Harry Potter!!!!

  55. Tremors
    North by Northwest
    Shogun series
    King Kong, the original
    Roman Holiday
    The Fifth Element
    A Good Year
    Prizzi’s Honor
    to name a few…

  56. With the passing on Brian Dennehy, (RIP) I decided to watch First Blood, the first of the Rambo series and my opinion (the only good one).

  57. Timely, mindful – simply wonderful. You’ve providing healing yet again. Thank you!

  58. Hi Mark, I’m with you on the outside of moving as opposed to sitting indoors. In either case, here’s a great movie for you to watch, particularly if you enjoy wine, a laugh and with some character and relationship depth.

    “Sideways” with Paul Giamatti and Virginia.

    Let me know what you think! Have a great Sunday and thanks for all you do!


  59. I’ve been enjoying The Criterion Channel. Lots of great classics!

  60. If you like Cool Hand Luke then you should watch “I am a fugitive from a chain gang” (1932). This foreshadows Cool Hand Luke in all things chain gang and was a true story. The movie caused a furor and initiated wide-spread reforms. Fantastic performance by Paul Muni.

  61. I highly recommend “ Walter Mitty” by Ben Stiller& “100 foot journey “ most excellent movies of growth , self belief & backing yourself?
    I love your work
    Cheers Kelly ( Australia)

  62. I highly recommend “ Walter Mitty” by Ben Stiller& “100 foot journey “ most excellent movies of growth , self belief & backing yourself?
    I love your work
    Cheers Kelly ( Australia)

  63. Have you read “the soil will save us”? It gives an optimistic possibility for the earth. Good thing to have for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day this week.

  64. Watched Deerhunter. Big lump in my throat most of the time.
    BR Steven

  65. You’ve got to watch Detectorists! So good. Written by Mackenzie Crook and he’s in it too — you’ll remember him from Pirates of the Caribbean. ??????????
    Hannah the series not the movie from Amazon Prime is really good too. She grows up in the woods and is trained by her dad who is an ex-asset. Something like that.

  66. We watched Good Boys last week. It’s not deep or appropriate for kids, but it’s really funny – a great escape movie.

  67. Contact, with Jodie Foster, is one of my favorite movies of all time. I haven’t watched it again lately but it’s on my list.

  68. Movies to watch in quarantine:
    The Wild Bunch
    The Day of the Jackal–the original
    Three Days of the Condor
    Young Frankenstein

    1. Like many of you folks since the lock-down, hubby & I have been watching movies every weekend on Amazon Prime, especially Classics and Science Fiction, our favorites.

      The Expanse TV Series
      John Wick 1 & 2
      Star Trek
      Let Yourself Go!
      The Core
      Time After Time
      National Treasure
      20 Million Miles to Earth
      East of Eden
      Marriage Italian Style
      Rebel Without A Cause
      The Avengers
      They Live (this is a must watch!!)

  69. My favourite dystopian movies – Blade Runner – check out the scene where Harrison Ford is in the ‘wet markets’. Especially like the concept of a patois… Also Brazil. What could be more topical?

  70. About Time-good movie
    It is about young man that learns he can travel back in time and do over the mistakes he made. Also about some of the limitations as it changes the course of events.

  71. Hi Mark,

    Related to the micro-workouts throughout the day and how we can still increase our size by spreading it out:

    I can see how this would work for light movements and mobility., I don’t know if there’s a technical term for the ‘pump’ that you get while at the gym, but it seems like while I’m at the gym, I have a certain amount of time- less than an hour- before my muscles get that ‘jelly’ feeling. Sometimes it can come from just waiting too long between sets. Are you familiar with this, and is that not a concern? I think if I were to try to do more sets later in the day, even if I had energy, those muscles wouldn’t have the energy to continue (example doing push-ups whenever I have a break or feel like dropping and giving 20)

  72. Here’s the BEST sports movie ever. OK, that’s debatable, but I loved Goon. It’s a Canadien movie about a good-hearted guy who finds the only thing he’s good at is protecting his hockey teammates, and somehow gets drafted by a semi-pro team.

    I loved it because it is such a wonderful, human portrayal of men, especially athletes – their good and not so good. Loyalty, nobility, ego-driven. It is sweet and funny while having some drama. Beware…the fight scenes are quite graphic!