Weekly Link Love – Edition 81

Research of the Week

The current estimate of 67-72% of the world’s population having excess body fat may need to be revised upward.

More body fat, worse memory.

Combining fasting with vitamin C may help beat hard to fight cancers.

Metformin: good for autophagy and mitochondria.

Sugary drinks linked to heart disease. But how? Soda has no saturated fat.

Fewer women, more artists.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 423: Gary E Foresman, MD: Host Elle Russ chats with Gary Foresman for the fourth time.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 60: Laura and Erin talk with Dr. Jaime Seeman about female hormones.

Media, Schmedia

Good. I hope it continues.

Interesting Blog Posts

The new normal?

Social Notes

Wouldn’t it be nice if baby food advice still looked like this?

Everything Else

Canola oil lowers LDL. Okay, so?

Interesting liquid keto diet study in the works.

Looks like those of European ancestry are genetically susceptible to a specific subtype of the coronavirus.

Covering up is sexier.

Farming like a Roman.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Paper I found interesting in how ridiculous its conclusion was: The one that says protein makes you fat and sick.

Food I wouldn’t eat: Lab-grown celebrity salami.

Interesting study: Low-carb, high-fat athletes have glucose intolerance that isn’t pathological.

Sad to see: Indian study finds that a shocking number of children have fatty liver.

Podcast I enjoyed: Tim Noakes on The Primalosophy Podcast.

Question I’m Asking

Like hell I will. What about you?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 10 – May 16)

Comment of the Week

“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”

– Thank you for just being there, Jasmine. You make a difference.


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. “Lab-grown celebrity salami”? Don’t we get enough celebrity salami news in the tabloids? It’s always getting them in trouble.

    1. I wouldn’t eat cultured meat either. Mainly because I just can’t imagine humans would get it right. Cows in particular are so great at turning everything they eat into valuable nutrients stored in their meat, I’d be surprised if lab grown meat had even half the nutrient density of a proper grass fed steak.

  2. Hi Mark, thanks for asking. Like hell I will.
    I won’t be eating lab grown “meat,” just like I won’t be eating crickets or Beyond burgers or tofu for that matter, not if I can help it. Meat the way it is now, to me, is perfect. There’s been too much messing around with food products and look where it’s gotten us health-wise. It’s dystopian enough to have to wear masks everywhere now, but this is looking more and more like “Soylent Green” and it’s very unsettling.

    1. Dystopian: “relating to or denoting an imagined state or society where there is great suffering or injustice.” And wearing a mask for the protection of the vulnerable for a short term is dystopian to you? *sigh

      1. Yeah, no joke. He has gotten a little… odd, I guess, over the last few years.

        Like, I’m not saying everyone should go eat the vat meat or whatever, but it certainly is rather the opposite of dystopian. With the right understanding, we could have extremely inexpensive grass-fed equivalent meat produced in a robust manner with reduced potential for livestock disease impacting supply.

    2. The direct to consumer new normal will ensure we won’t be eating lab grown “meat”. That’s how my family had been getting beef and pork for 2 years now, it’s wonderful to see the new shift in how it is getting to the consumer as a silver lining to this pandemic.

  3. “Interesting liquid keto diet study in the works.”

    I think this very much depends on what the composition of the ketogenic diet formula is. Likely to be full of ‘heart-healthy’ soy bean oil and glucose.

  4. I agree with you, Mark.

    Like hell will I ever knowingly eat lab-grown ‘meat’.

    Dr Shawn Baker calls it human pet food …

    And I agree with that too.

  5. Getting ready for the meat shortage and trying to convince us that we don’t need it anyway? Pretty sneaky, sis!

  6. Totally agree with your Sunday post mark.

    And, what bothers me:When WILL researchers themselves get that for example white sugar and white bread doesn’t equal complex carbs. Or that in eating a certain diet, all the parts inside and outside of that diet matter in an experiment?!

    In answer to your question, I would say that correlation studies are a super lazy way to get something/anything published. Shame on the publisher too, honestly….

  7. Saw my gastro P.A. this week. I’m turning 50 so she was suggesting a colonoscopy and going over risks for colon cancer, red meat, processed meat. I thought about bringing up that it’s eating only the muscle and not consuming the connective tissue, etc. But then I was like, you know, if she wants to deprive herself of a juicy steak and go thru life eating dry chicken breast (and oh yes, she’s overweight) then let her. So I just nodded.

  8. Stats professor here. I got about halfway through the paper before I ran out of give-a-crap juice, but caught a few points. They adjusted for total caloric intake, which can do some interesting things to the results. Most of the correlations, and thus R^2 values, were fairly small. They acknowledge plenty of flaws, and accordingly, seems like they have to make so many assumptions and rely on such questionable data that the conclusions could just be random noise. As you noted, self-reported data collected over varied timelines may not be very accurate (nobody lies on their food log!!).

    BL – while the analytical gyrations performed here are impressive and they clearly put a lot of energy into delving into the data, the conclusions are still based on a limited population, shaky data, and results with low correlations and plenty of room for confounding. It’s interesting but not useful since you can’t change your genes. As always, self-experimentation is probably the best approach for individuals to achieve better health, and trying to apply lessons from an observational correlation study is probably more of a headache than it’s worth!

  9. Mark, I believe you have touched on a topic which is bigger than just protein.
    I am in my mid 50’s and have noticed the changes in approaches to communication.
    People in general, seem to be conditioned to want to push their views on others which ties more to ones feelings and not supported by objective science. Instead of being offended, people on both sides of differing opinion should be more open.. If one enjoys animal protein and one does not, agree to disagree.. This typically does not happen, as most are conditioned to take a hard stance…

  10. I live in an area where the Natives lived on meat and fish, caribou and moose, plus large amounts of salmon. These People had no heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes… Since switching to the Western/Modern diet, they suffer from all of the above!!! There are still some here that live a mostly subsistence based diet…They are slim, healthy and in good shape. The subsistence practitioners regularly live into their 90s. The non-subsistence people die in their 60s to 70s. The subsistence people are active in the outdoors for most of their lives. This is a 40+ year observational study…

  11. Those that ate the most protein were most likely to survive the Pleistocene, and pass their genes on to you and me.

  12. Struggling with having to go straight vegan in order to lower my LDL‘s. I would rather not do a Statin. What can I do? Your opinion on the documentary ‘forks over knives’ would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Check out Paul Mason’s work on cholesterol, particularly LDL. He talks about how there’s different types of LDL, and not all of them are bad. It’s only those LDL particles that are oxidized (due to consumption of seed oils) or glycated (due to too much sugar) that are a problem.

  13. I’m struggling with different “reports” that are called “truths” but lack science. I think we have to start with observational…lets think about years of ancestral uses of herbs and botanical’s. But there is also a LOT OF MARKETING, to get one to purchase things that may not be in their best interest….keep searching folks..in my mind, other is no end al be all, other than eat real food, not a lot, sleep well, manage your stress, be kind, care for others..it’s not all about ME!!! Take care all

  14. This story reminds me of the Paleolithic cave paintings in France. Our ancestors made drawings of wild horses, deer and bison. They seemed to be thinking a lot about these animals. I don’t recall ever seeing drawings of broccoli, carrots or tomatoes.

  15. Just curious. The data tracked protein intake. Did it track carbs and fat as well? Maybe the people who ate the most protein also ate the most carbs and fat. Maybe they ate the most food period.

  16. Been really struggling to drop some weight using a calorie counting method. I haven’t been eating more than 75g of carbs and approx. 1.25g protein per kilo of overall weight. I’ve checked my thyroid and it is a smidge high and am on a low level of medication for that. I lost weight on schedule early on but seem stuck where I am. I run regularly, with a sprint mixed in occasionally. Super frustrated. I’m 55y.o.

  17. Mark asks: “what is the point of all these observational studies?”

    The point is for researchers to do something. I don’t say that in a cynical way, just in an observational way (har-har). Someone needs to write a thesis, then have a career, etc. The sheer quantity of these studies says more about how many people pursue this career path relative to the fruits of their labor, and less about what high-quality research looks like.

    They do have some* potential for good. If we ever find that there’s some weird link between covid and broccoli, (or trans fats and heart disease), it will maybe be inspired by these datasets.

  18. IF lab grown meat really was exactly the same as living animal meat, and that could be definitively proven, then I certainly would eat it, happily, and never eat “real” meat again. Who would prefer to be responsible for a death when they don’t have to? I eat mostly meat, because it’s necessary for good health, but I never forget that someone had to die so I could have it, and it does bother me. If I had to kill my own, I could not do it. I would be vegetarian and deal with the health challenges as best I could. Yes, it is part of nature that animals kill each other. It is still sad and cruel, and we take it for granted that humans are exempt. Does no one else ever wonder why it’s fine for us to eat them, even though its not ok for anything to eat us? If the cattle could understand, would they be happy to die for us?

    1. If you lived in NW Alaska, your family and you are on your last legs, starving from a long lean winter. The Western Arctic Caribou Herd is migrating through and there are 500,000 of them. You would let your family and yourself die? You would not survive as a species with your mentality…

      1. I told you how I feel about killing to eat. You want my feeling to be different because they’re not the same as yours? Grow the hell up. Don’t bother to reply because I’m done with you.

  19. I’m literally struggling with why keto if I feel so weird on it.
    I panic, now. The first time I tried it, I lost the water weight right away, then. just. stopped. I felt better; I did. But I’m obese, and, frankly, feeling a little better isn’t enough. The next time I did it, I went hard core looooow carb. I started blacking out, forgetting conversations, really weird stuff. You can x out his name, but I asked Mercola, via his website customer support – twice, four months apart – why that might have been. They deleted the question, both times, and ignored me when I tried to follow up. I lost all respect for Mercola and the entire corporation. I mean, twice. There I was, in need, and they didn’t even have the grace to say, sorry, I just don’t know, follow up with your physician. Can anyone say F you a little louder? I genuinely can’t imagine you saying nothing to someone who has a question or problem like that. I still don’t know the answer to why that happened. But I still am afraid to try low carb full bore. “Okay, try it less full bore.” Okay, yeah, but can you tell me what my problem was that first time? That Jimmy guy? I can’t remember his last name. Big time keto author. But he said maybe it was a problem metabolizing carbs. Which made NO sense to me. There was clearly no need to be metabolizing carbs if I wasn’t eating them. But I give him credit for answering me. I asked that Anders doctor from dietdoctor.com. No answer. If you’ve got an answer, or even an I don’t know, that’d be new. Or if you could explain Jimmy Moore’s answer – that’s his name! – you know, I could use some hope.
    So, what the hey. Any chance you can tell me?