Weekly Link Love – Edition 80

Research of the Week

We forage for information in our minds the way we foraged for food as hunter-gatherers.

Full lockdowns don’t seem to have had much effect in Western Europe.

Deep genetic history of the Andes.

Factors most associated with death from COVID-19 in the UK: maleness, old age, uncontrolled diabetes.

More fitness, less dying.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 421: Mark Sisson: Host Elle Russ chats with Mark Sisson, Miami mayo merchant.

Episode 422: Ben Greenfield: Host Brad Kearns chats with Ben Greenfield, biohacker and author of Boundless.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 59: Laura and Erin talk about the advantages of small, simple coaching businesses with Karin Rozell.

Media, Schmedia

Another reason to be suspicious of Beyond Meat and other alternative “meats.”

Interesting Blog Posts

How a thru-hike changes your mind, body, and mitochondria.

How to slow down livestock growth in the event of meat packing plant closures.

Social Notes

Frozen dinners are coming.

Do stuff like this.

Everything Else

One doctor’s thoughts on flattening the curve.

This is true.

Why methane is different from other greenhouse gases.

During heart failure, the heart reduces glucose utilization. Restoring that glucose utilization prolongs and worsens the damage. Too bad there’s nothing else hearts can use for fuel…

Turns out car commuters who now work from home don’t miss the commute at all. Bike commuters stuck at home, however, do.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcasts I loved doing: The one with Brad Kearns over on his Get Over Yourself podcast and the one with Elle Russ on The Primal Blueprint Podcast.

Been wondering the same thing: Why are meat-packing plants coronavirus hotspots?

Study question I found interesting: Were World War 1 helmets better at blast wave protection than modern helmets?

Blog post I found to be important and relevant: Metabolic health in the time of COVID-19.

Podcast I enjoyed: The BBC one where someone actually reveals that livestock are probably carbon neutral.

Question I’m Asking

Are things opening back up where you are?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 3 – May 9)

Comment of the Week

“I’m part of the Berkey cult. Before I bought mine about 5 years ago, I searched YouTube, and there were a whole mess of videos available, many by survivalist/prepper types. Some of them did send water samples to labs, which verified all the info on the Berkey website. I figured if the Berkey filter was good enough for crazy survivalists, it was good enough for me.”

– You make a strong point, Naomi.

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. Here in MN, we’re still on mostly safer at home. A few businesses are slowly opening up, a few more restaurants doing take out/curbside pickup only.
    I’m in my 7th week of working from home. Grateful I work in IT, so WFH is a normal thing. The rest of my company is still finding their feet with how to do WFH, and starting to wrestle with how to bring us safely back into the building.
    I personally am OK with this, as the cases in MN are starting to pick up. We bought ourselves time to get the hospitals ready for the influx.

  2. I’m living in Sicily, Italy and we’ve been restricted to our homes with exceptions of work (I’m military), medical treatment, or groceries/”needs”. Just this past weekend the government of Italy entered what they called Phase 2.

    This phase allows *all with social distancing* access to public parks, travel within the region (all of Sicily is a region, for instance) instead of just the town as in Phase 1.

    You can visit family member as long as they are within the region.

    You can also leave your home to do physical exercise (the previous restriction was 200 meters)

    Takeaway food from restaurants is permitted.

    Funerals are permitted but are limited to 15 persons maximum.

    One thing that hasn’t changed is everyone is required to carry a self-declaration form affirming that the movement is for one of the three permitted reasons, work, health, or groceries/essentials. Police are actively patrolling and stopping people and vehicles to validate the self-declaration forms. Failure to follow the self-declaration form restrictions results in significant fine or jail time.

    Military bases are requiring temperature checks.

  3. I have visited many meat packing plants in Australia and they all share a common feature of being roofed – even walkways between buildings so that the workers don’t get skin cancer. Of course, the side effect of indoor work and avoidance of sun exposure is low vitamin D levels. There are now papers linking low vitamin D with a worse outcome if you get COVID and speculating about the mechanisms.
    Meat workers not vaccinated for Q fever (Coxiella burnetii, a bacteria) tend to get that at the end of winter and into spring. Vitamin D levels are lowest towards the end of winter and this may be involved.
    Aerosols are probably involved in the spread of Q fever.However, i haven’t seen much on the details of that aspect of COVID transmission. Aerosols consisting of fine particles tend to follow air movement rather than gravity and will remain suspended for hours.
    It would be interesting to see a prevalence study on vitamin D deficiency amongst meat workers. I expect it would be like the studies done on indoor workers and shift workers that show a very high prevalence. In Australia, where I live a few years ago a published report of vitamin D blood tests estimated that about half of the population are deficient in winter. One persumes that meat workers as a group would be in the deficient 50 pc.

    1. Adding a bit… Sunlight acts as a disinfectant upon COVID19 and that less sun increases the viruses survival on surfaces. Meat-works most don’t have windows and rely upon internal lighting – the nature of the work would make this necessary – so an added problem is persistence of the virus to a greater extent whether air or surface borne is also an issue.

  4. Now more than ever I feel that the primal lifestyle is vital. I wonder if Covid type viruses (because there could be more in the future) are exposing the weaknesses in unhealthy, first world populations. The majority of people’s lifestyles; diet, exercise, stress, sleep and sun exposure will be well below optimal. I’m pretty sure we will never see any mainstream focus on this to try and identify root cause lifestyle factors. The death rates of metabolically compromises people though, is all I need to refocus on my own metabolic health and encourage it where I can.

  5. Would love to have listened to the podcast about livestock being carbon neutral. Unfortunately, the “episode is not longer available.” Dubious.

  6. Hi Mark
    I just read you at 6am, a rainy sunday from France. I wake up early because I am a physiotherapist who usually works at home but till march I work to the hospital with Covid patients. I am not a nurse or a doctor just a physio specialized on neurological and breathing issue. And reading you this morning make me feel so good for my day away from my family. Thank you for keeping doing what you do ?

  7. Thank you for the inspiration as always Mark

    I get up everyday to help business owners thrive, stay strong physically and mentally and get healthy

    My father was a business owner, overwhelmed, stressed and and out of shape, despite having been a good sports man.

    He died of a sudden heart attack age 48…I was 16.

    It took 25 years to realise my mission.

    Thank you Mark

    Cheers
    Andrew

  8. I dance. Still do, even though I just turned 89. I started age 15, so been doing it a long time. Surprised to hear people say that watching me, they are inspired to try dance themselves.

  9. Thank you Mark for everything you are doing and have done! Providing information and alternatives for people who are willing to prioritize true health.
    As you wrote, most people don’t have the reach necessary to change the world. However some people who do have the reach are constantly trying to change the world and push people in their desired direction even if they have no business doing so, not just politicians as we have seen lately.

  10. What I am doing is desperately trying to lose weight! Why I am doing it is so I to get off of my blood pressure medication and start feeling healthy, and feel good about myself again.
    My ex husband was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and has a bleak prognosis. It was a huge wake up call. I felt an incredible sense of panic and obligation to get back in shape and get healthy again! I need and want to be as healthy as I can so I can be here for our children (young adults) And I also want to be around long enough to meet my grandchildren.(someday) I’m sick of feeling poorly and trying to hide my fat rolls!
    At one point in time I was very athletic and worked out twice a day. Now I can’t stand looking in the mirror.
    So I guess my reasons for doing what I do, trying to lose weight and get healthy are selfish. But I really need and want to be successful this time. So far after several weeks of keto and starting over several times I am failing.
    the coronavirus nightmare has been an education. I never realized how dangerous high blood pressure could be. I guess I never thought about it because it has been controlled with a pill! What a dummy!! Since the pandemic I have been self isolating. I use on line services or my kids and friends bring me what I need. With high blood pressure, I am terrified to get this virus.
    But I refuse to quit and I’ll keep getting back up and jumping on the weight loss bus. I have no choice! I have to get it done this time.

    1. Check out Brooke Castillo’s podcast. She has an amazing program (and so much information in her podcast) regarding weight loss. She, of course, lost her weight and changed her relationship with food. Our life – all of it – is the experience we create with our thoughts.

  11. Thank you so much Mark – for being who you are and for touching each one of us in such a positive way. I know you have helped to change my life. Notice I used the word helped. I changed my life and for that I am thankful- but without all the help I received along the way – it would not have happened. And you are one of those incredible people – an influencer- please do not stop writing to all of us.
    I am a nurse and like to think I also make a difference in peoples lives. Over the years I have taught them about their illnesses and ways to succeed in dealing with what life has dealt them. I have helped new Moms and their babies. My most rewarding has been to help people reach a peaceful end of life. I am foremost an oncology nurse and helping people deal with life and death issues can be one of the most challenging areas of nursing but it can also be the most satisfying when the patient has died peacefully surrounded by understanding family/ friends because we all got there together.
    This COVID mess has really disrupted that and makes me so sad that people have died alone. Not that no one ever dies alone – but it shouldn’t happen if it can be helped. It has been heart wrenching to see the families who are wistful about the last moments of a loved one as they were not allowed to be there. My heart aches for them.
    Okay – off my soapbox – see what you started Mark – I am rambling. Thank you for all you do for all of us. Much love to you and yours – stay safe and well!!

  12. Thank you for doing what you do and continually working hard at it. I appreciate it, for you have reached me and have positively effected my life.

  13. Mark: I read “Sunday with Sisson” weekly because you are an inspiration and a mentor to me. You already know this because I personally have told you my feelings many times in the past. Keep up the exceptional work you do. You are making such a difference in this world of Fake News, division, and conspiracy theories. But, don’t get me started.

  14. As a youth I had greatness in me but an illness almost killed me and took all my energy away. 55 years later I still keep pushing but I never had the power I had back then ever again. God had another plan for me. A Loving husband and 5 children that made me proud. 2 beautiful grandsons and more on the way. I raised and educated our children. I touched many around me and I am happy with my life as it is. It seems I really didn’t need to be great in the world’s eyes. I made a marked difference just being me.

  15. I do “what I do”, follow so many functional and Heath conscious folk because I want health and life to my years!!

  16. Hi Mark.
    have you heard about gas stoves being detrimental to our health?
    I appreciate your commitment and wish you well.
    Thank you

  17. Mark,

    I have enjoyed your blog for years. I am a physician (anesthesiologist) and “biohacker”. I have been fascinated by the workings of the human system for decades. I remember borrowing Dr. Richard Atkins book, “Diet Revolution” from my father in the late 70s when I was in high school and finding out just how much sugar was added to the food we eat. Years later and I’m still reading, tweaking and learning. I’ve used your site as a constant source of information- well researched, evidence supported and thoughtful information. You never “oversell”, you are always open-minded and solicit input from your readers. I greatly appreciate your commitment to these ideals. You truly have made a difference to the world and I hope you continue to do so for years to come. The world has changed and we need all the help we can get.

    Sincerely,

    Stephen M Campbell, DO

  18. It would be great if you would support fellow health enthusiasts like me and back link your blog to mine, instead of ignoring me.

    Let’s see if you really care !

  19. You opened with a good greeting but you forgot the most important greeting: Happy Mother’s Day…
    After all, it wouldn’t be possible without mothers

  20. Why did I do what I did, and why do I do it now?………I always hoped to make a difference……first in my life so I can make a difference in someone else life……..This has been a lifelong quest…..

  21. No, you are not done – you need to figure out how to reverse gray hair!!

    Seriously, you inspire me almost daily. I know I can trust the information I get from Mark’s Daily Apple. I rely on you for fitness and health advice.

    Thank you for keeping it up!

  22. So Mark.
    Guess I’m kind of like you but not as affluent.
    71 yrs old and still can whip out 30+ pushups, demolish 30-40 yr olds on gravel bike rides, 14 yrs Paleo because of health challenges ( 2 yrs as a special forces advisor RVN). I’m a retired DC with 41 yrs in the trenches trying to keep people health and productive w/ Chiro, nutrition, QN, and lifestyle. Still people seeking me out.
    Not retirement but change of pace. We get slower as we get older for a reason to enjoy the ride! Grog on dude?

  23. Keep writing Mark I enjoy it. Ive got something for everyone. If you haven’t already, start an organic garden. It’s fun watching the “fruits” of your labor. You’re in Miami I’d definitely grow citrus trees down there. Plus I consider any manual yard labor a workout at least try to make it into one. No reason to hire someone else to do it, move rocks, dig, move dirt, rake, plant etc. Thanks for all the primal advice!

  24. This week you asked why we do what we do. I don’t have the reach that you do so I stick with those who I can affect change on, my students. I’m a special educator. My students are why I do what I do. The smallest sign of growth in my students is a reason to celebrate. This distance learning thing is frustrating and weird, especially for our most vulnerable kids. I had a virtual Individualized Education Plan meeting on Friday. To hear the parents say I’m so blown away when we go out and my child is reading signs and words that I’ve never taught them and correctly counting out money when playing Monopoly is priceless. This brings me joy and gives me purpose.

  25. For what I do and why:
    I am a Physical Therapist Assistant and I enjoy helping people try to have a better quality of life, but I am getting tired of healthcare. I would almost say I hate it. I am passionate about health, and I have thought about getting into health coaching. I just haven’t been able to afford getting a certification, but maybe someday and maybe with primal.

  26. I retired a couple years ago from a high tech, high stress job, and began a journey of self improvement that has included yoga, meditation, breath work, strength training and primal movement. I’ve discovered a small number of exceptional health and fitness “gurus” along the way, and am happy to count Mark among them. I loved today’s “Sunday with Sisson” message. Thank you.

  27. I build and maintain off road single track trails, and facilitate these projects through public, private and non-profit partnerships. If any good has come from our current situation, it is that individuals and families are getting outside in the woods to use these amenities, which are all volunteer built by hand. In 20+ years I’ve never seen this level of activity outside with people hiking, running, and biking off road and on paved paths.

  28. Living in Interior Alaska, been working through this pandemic as an airplane pilot, flying the supplies ordered by villagers in the Interior and on the Northeastern Arctic coastline. We have been lucky in that there has been a low overall infection rate in Alaska.
    The rivers have broken up here and are running high and cold. I’m going canoe paddling…

  29. Thank you so much, Mark, for all that you do. I got into wholelistic health in 1968. I do primal/keto with lots of physical activity. Each year my PCP draws three tubes of blood and runs many tests. Everything is normal. I take no prescriptions. It is hard for me not to get upset with what I see on the news. Of course they are sick. Look at what they eat. Then I remember that there are other healthy people in the world like me. I am not alone.

  30. Loved your Sunday newsletter today, Mark! Thank you for continuing to do the Work you do, using your reach to share guidance that helps people feel BETTER…in a way that supports body-mind-spirit.

    My own Work is also one of devotion and care. It’s how I do this “being human stuff.” It’s how, to paraphrase Ram Dass, I show up, as we all walk each other home.

  31. Mark, you can’t stop writing. Every tribe needs tribal wisdom.

    I’m in higher education, so I’m still giving classes, but online. Not having to drive to campus frees up time, so there is more walking in the woods for me.

    Your work has had a tremendous, positive effect on my life, physical and psychological. Thank you so very much.

  32. Well, that’s a good question. I work with severely mentally ill people, I am now a supervisor so I am not on the “front lines” any longer. It is a challenging field with low pay (for awhile my daughter’s hazard pay at Starbucks equaled what I was getting paid as a case manager with a degree). It is emotionally draining as you attempt to help others with MAJOR problems that are repetitive and not take them on, we see people we have worked with for years die (whether from medical reasons, overdose, drugs, or murder) and have to move forward. I know we have always been the forgotten front lines because most people see mental illness as a blight on society but lately that is even more clear. My car managers pickup people in the community who are in the middle of a pyschiatric crisis and don’t know if they have been exposed, discharge from hospitals and transport home (whether they have been exposed or not, de escalate them and keep them in the room with us, again not knowing if they are exposed or not. We are the forgotten front lines.
    But have I heard from anyone anything negative? No, because for some reason or other we have something inside us thay wants to attempt to ensure the most vulnerable are cared for…why? I have no $%^#% idea sometimes because we mainly get treated bad and get blamed for everything that goes wrong. But then…you have the few people who tell you “thank you for just being there, you make a difference “…and that is why we go forward

  33. Thanks for you message and contribution to the world. Why I do what I do? – much like your message mentioned the greatest thing I could do is help those I come in contact with by using my skills to help people have their best life, empowering them to grow which impacts more and more people.
    I get jazzed about helping people, coaching, building things, etc…

  34. Mark…thanks for being such an inspiration. Ill be 65 in June and I know my body, mind and spirit is what keeps me young and that is your message.

  35. Hi Mark, I am almost 63 years old and feeling very well. I attribute my overall health to my overall dietary and exercise habits that have been inspired by you and others. ( Love to my weekly sprints)
    I also enjoy helping folks discover healthy eating, as I have a job in Leadership with Whole Foods ( I sometimes recommend Primal kitchen products). I also enjoy spreading the knowledge of the wealth of information that comes from the Weston Price Foundation and also turning folks onto grass-fed beef, from both Whole Foods AND local farmers. I am also a strong advocate for, and love to share the raw milk that I purchase from local farmers. I am considering maybe someday completing the course that you offer for becoming a health coach.
    Your comments about positively effecting the lives of people in the small circles in which we all travel is spot on and is encouraging to me that my efforts may be more appreciative than I realize. Keep up the great work Mark!!!

  36. Hello Mark..Thank you for helping me to be awesome! I look forward to your pearls of wisdom every Sunday and value your thoughts. Please continue writing as you enjoy your life in South Florida. I believe being able to stay engaged as we age is truly a secret to longevity and a blessing! My sincere Thanks!

  37. I practice a keto lifestyle of eating. I’m 60 and I run, a lot! I’m so grateful to be able to run at my age. I feel so sad for people my age that can’t even walk. I just want to walk up to them and tell them about a healthier lifestyle. But you can’t until they’re ready to hear it. It’s very sad. So I run because I can!

    1. Beth…you are a good example for others, none -the- less. It’s true that people have to make a decision to change..you can talk to them & encourage them all day long, but it boils down to them wanting to make the effort. You only have one life to live as far as I know (here on earth)…so it is up to each one of us to make it the best life we can! Congrats on being a runner at 60!

  38. I am fortunate enough to impact up to 150 college age women. While my influence is of course limited, I believe that my example of living with integrity as well as mindfully will impact their lives in years to come. The fact that I have survived serious illness and follow a a healthy diet in the midst of their youthful excesses, ?, is an encouragement that they can do the same. Whenever they make that decision!!

  39. We are no longer in lockdown here in Williamson county, Texas, immediately north of Austin and Travis county, which inexplicably prolonged their lockdown until mid June. Lake Travis is mostly located in Travis county and is a popular venue for boating. Everyone is boating even though they are under stay at home. They know the order is stupid and the police do too so they don’t bother them.

  40. Mark, it’s so nice read your well thought out and informed post. Keep up the good work! I feel you’ve spent time researching and sharing pros & cons for many things. Your post are a great place for everyone to get information without an agenda. Thank you

  41. I crochet and knit for charity. When I retire maybe I will teach to keep these crafts going for future generations.

  42. Hi Mark,
    I just wanted to say that I have followed your Daily Apple for many years, and really enjoy your sunday reflections. I hope you continue your excellent work and continue to inspire us as long as you feel inspired to do so. Many thanks and best regards from Norway.
    Ingrid

  43. Mark, I wanted to say that you most definitely have influenced my life to be stronger and make the best healthy choices! I’ve followed you for a long time and look forward to “Sunday with Sisson”. Due to your endless research and knowledge, you make it much easier for me to navigate all the news in health. What I do is spread the real facts and hacks to my family, friends and coworkers. I’ve seen some tremendous health changes in myself and my loved ones, and that’s why I do it. Thank you for all you do!! Hope you have a fantastic Sunday

  44. My why!!
    I am 47 years old, I’m married to a wonderful lady for 22 yrs, two great kids20/16. I’ve been in public safety and served my country for 27 yrs. I now deal with PTSD and will be retiring from public safety. I’m a personal trainer on a mission to help other first responders make the connection between mind, body and soul.

    I read your book three years ago and I still implement a lot of it. The biggest takeaway I took is learning to manage stress; which in public safety is an oxymoron. I now have found myself learning ways to deal with trauma but at the same time working out and trying live my life to the fullest. Two years ago my wife I bought paddle boards and have loved every second on the lake. I tell people you get nowhere fast which is what I need.

    I wanted to say thank you for your writings, your encouragement through your book and your wisdom to help others.

    Have a great day

    Justin

  45. “What I choose to nourish myself with, is what I choose to nourish the world with, for today and tomorrow’s future generations.”

    That has become my philosophy in life and although I do not have the reach that Mr. Sisson has I know that every action I take, whether it is the food I purchase or a simple smile or hello to let someone know that they are seen, makes a difference. All great things start with that first small step, which then grows into massive actions. But don’t forget the small stuff.

    I feel as though people forget this but every action that we take does not only set the path for our own futures but for those all around us. I am passionate about health, like many of you, and in this relm there are many camps and philosophies but what I think that we tend to forget is that an “apple is not an apple,” that is the quality of our food matters. How it was grown and raised determines the life the animal lives, the impact on the environment, and the nutrient content of that meat or produce. This not only impacts our live and the animal’s life now but also our life in the future and the animal’s and the future generation’s life in the future. Every time we buy something we vote with our dollar. That dollars tells the economy what we value – that’s pretty profound and if you really think about it that means we have the power to direct where things go in the future.

    Remember than next time you buy something, speak something, or even think something because that thought impacts you and how you show up.

    A bit of a jumbled rant but hopefully you found some value from that.

  46. I have always had an innate need to do good and to love. When reflecting on your blog today about why you continue to do what you do, I did a little soul searching about myself. I am a Hospice nurse in a rural, home health setting. Yes, I get paid to do my work, but I truly love it and the comfort that I can bring to patient’s and their families at end if life. Dying is just as important as being born, and although both can be hard, neither should be a horrible experience. People always ask me how I can do this job, but at the end of the day if I feel that I have helped someone feel better about their situation, then I am filled with a feeling of satisfaction and love. Cheers to you my friends and may you find love and comfort today in whatever troubles you.

  47. I teach young children to try to make a difference. It was my calling 35 years ago and I will co to use until they kick me out. These days I am being tested and virtual teaching is one of the most challenging things I’ve experienced.

  48. My Why

    I have the only really strict gluten free blog in my area. I’ve never limited that to Celiac because people with other illness need it too. I don’t mean a vague “inflammation syndrome” I mean Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Gluten Ataxia, Peripheral Neuralgia, Thyroid problems, etc… the list of Extra Intestinal Manifestations of Celiac and non-Celiac illness that requires strict gluten free rises all the time.

    Yet both of the local support groups have their problems. One invited a pizza shop to a meeting, to serve food. One that isn’t strictly gluten free. And they continue to promote restaurants that offer “gluten free options” that aren’t really gluten free. Another is “plant based” and weight loss focused. People with Celiac are low in iron, almost always, to foist plant based on them is just bad practice. The person who runs that told me that “there’s no Celiac in India” when India came up in conversation. That was the point where I realized my blog is dispelling such myths.

    Both local Celiac support groups are backed by organizations that maintain labeling for certified gluten free food. I’m in the position of mentioning them on my blog as local support groups, but I personally don’t approve of them. I even complained, and it didn’t change anything. If I don’t mention them, then I’m hiding facts from local people. If I do, I’m implicitly supporting what I consider to be misinformation.

    So they are part of the local resources, and the tone of my blog is simply at odds with things they’ve said. I’ve opted for pluralism. I know I’m doing the right thing because I even force myself to attend meetings at least a couple times a year and invariably someone walks out in an obvious huff, or challenges the presentation. I’ve stopped challenging anything and just listen.

    I may be a bit overzealous in focusing on “strict” gluten free. But I”m not alone, on a national level, and on a local level someone has to hold that torch.

  49. I’m in massage therapy school, so not being allowed to get hands on schooling sucks. We are going back now slowly with masks and tons of cleaning. For me, I believe it’s been over kill. Never has something happened like this. Every year they say the flu kills 45,000 or whatever the numbers are, they use it to created fear to get a worthless flu shot. Now this and don’t live your life to save your life does not pass the common sense test for me. Yes, some should be more cautious, and going out and about should be normal. Pushing propaganda on TV to stay ‘safe’ is nothing but fear mongering for the sake of controlling us. People wear masks outside exercising, what’s that about? wearing in your car? seriously? Now so many are fearful to return to their lives. We financially destroyed the nation over night. I want to be able to help people with their pain in their bodies in a natural way. I think it’s so good for us to receive massages. Wearing a mask limits our oxygen and causes cortisol to rise. Masks were designed to wear in a high exposure area, like the hospital near patients. Not for every day life.

  50. I often get so overwhelmed with how to make a difference in other people’s lives, but your blog really helped me put things in perspective. Start small and be available for support. Thanks so much. You are a real inspiration.

  51. I am a NURSE. I am 72, retired but still nursing the people in my world. I help them on a personal level and I help them negotiate the medical system we have that is so not user friendly. I was born to be a nurse. I will always carry a license so I can forever say that I AM a nurse.

  52. Thank you for all you do! Absolutely, driven by a deep desire to elevate the lives of others through the teachings I have been blessed to learn. And so many from you! Best to you, Carrie and your family.

  53. thanks for sharing some insight from your intentions to do what you are doing. I’m the same way, I love doing things for a greater good, help people get better at living a healthier live, educating them on what information is out there. Some take it very well and do change others are not ready yet, but might be some time in the future. I also believe that if you keep doing things, being part of the community supporting each other, you receive so much back and you keep growing as well. So please never stop what you are doing and share all your wisdom and knowledge. We are all grateful for what you do. Take good care, Kerstin

  54. Mark, I benefit from your remarks and often share them with family. My wife and I are both retired; I’m 75 and she’s 70. Our overarching objective is to be “useful” as long as possible. Toward that end, we operate a commercial native tree nursery on our 4-acre homestead. Our lifestyle naturally provides plenty of exercise and fresh air, the ability to raise some of our own food, and an ongoing effort to minimize our energy consumption. Current global news emphasizes that our lifestyle inherently provides “social distance”, so we’re very fortunate in every regard except for missing our extended family.

  55. I am immensely grateful that you did not retire when you had the opportunity. If you did, I would certainly still be struggling with health, and feeling powerless. Your reach to me has created an opportunity for me to reach those closest to me. I’ve struggled with autoimmune conditions my whole life, and you laid out the groundwork to help me confidently enter the Keto Lifestyle to help heal my body from within – drug free. I am now a full year in, lost over 25 lbs without skipping a beat, cured my Hypothyroidism, almost eradicated my allergies, and my life has never been healthier or happier. I certainly never expected all of this to have such an effect on my husband. My husband, who wasn’t ‘on the diet’ lost 35 lbs, and developed a wild love for whole foods, and all on his own has started to almost eliminate Pizza and pasta from his diet. This is wildly surprising considering those were his main two food groups before. This has had a ripple effect in many other areas of our lives, and I find many people close to us are starting to wake up to a healthier way of life. I also discovered Paleo AIP and I’m now RUNNING down the road of full recovery from my Alopecia condition to fully heal my microbiome. Nutrition is my new passion, and I hope to help those closest to me find their health when they are ready too.

  56. Reading this is so relevant to me! I worked FT until 2017 after retiring from the AF. I was a medic and involved in fitness and trying to eat healthy foods, no doubt. Created our own womens fitness studio/brand and planned to open in 2019 when a family emergency called for a major shift in life plans. I now have my Pers Trainer cert and (thanks to this crisis, my GGS-1 cert) and recreated my vision. I am now exploring how to launch my not-for-profit beginners exercise and eating program, in person support group style; online may be in the future, but local is where I want to start. I’m 56, have my military pension and finally enjoying a simple, peaceful time in life. BUT, though I’m done working for other bosses, I have a passion to help other women get healthier. So I get you. We all have an opportunity and responsibility to do good for as long as we can. Thank you for giving me another jolt of mindfullness about my goals. As always, love seeing your Sunday posts; I appreciate you! Peace ??

  57. I noticed a lot of people commented about where they are from and what the “corona-state” is currently there. Your question was, “why do you do what you do?” I am one of those people who want to have an influence on the world (however small) in a way that betters humankind. I have no reach. But I am starting with myself. I’m building the healthy life that I want to model for others. It starts with me. Maybe one day I’ll have a reach, be influential. Maybe not. But I’m envisioning that reach. And, I’m starting with me.

  58. Thank you for continuing to write and keep us all involved with the progression of primal life. It helps us to help others and the cycle continues!!! I for one hope you never stop!

  59. Mark, I like this program, after 90 days I’ve lost 25 lbs and feel great, my eife and I eat good food (not dirty) and follow strictly. However, I just did a bollod panel and the verdict is total cholesterol 217, LDL Calc 146, Non HDL (LDL+VLDL) 166, HDL is down. These are the highest numbers I’ve ever had. Should I eleminate Sat Fat?

  60. Mark, I like this program, after 90 days I’ve lost 25 lbs and feel great, my wife and I eat good food (not dirty) and follow strictly. However, I just did a blood panel and the verdict is total cholesterol 217, LDL Calc 146, Non HDL (LDL+VLDL) 166, HDL is down. These are the highest numbers I’ve ever had. Should I eleminate Sat Fat?

  61. Hi Mark, thanks for asking.
    I look after the old folks. I provide respite care to families who need help when they decide to try to take care of their parents and quickly find that it’s overwhelming to manage everyone’s life. I parent-sit and provide companionship, and meals, shop for them, take them to appointments, and help with basic daily needs like dressing, etc. I do it because it needs to be done. When I ‘officially’ quit working I felt useless and had too much time on my hands, so I decided to help people, and I saw that this kind of help was needed more and more. I wanted to pay it forward, so to speak. I’d like to think I’m making a difference in people’s lives. They certainly make a difference in mine, they help me be my highest self.