Weekly Link Love — Edition 85

Research of the Week

Listening to Mozart daily reduces seizure frequency.

A Mediterranean ketogenic diet makes changes to the cerebrospinal fluid profile indicative of a lower risk of cognitive decline.

A low-carb, high-fat diet works for people with type 2 diabetes. Again.

More omega-3s, more strength (in older adults).

Links between personality traits and where a person spends their time.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 428: Jerry Wolf: Host Elle Russ chats with Jerry Wolf, a personal trainer and body worker with over 15 years of experience

Primal Health Coach Radio: Taking Your Fitness Off the Ground with Jenea Sutton

Media, Schmedia

Woman dies after drinking 2 liters of soda and 1 liter of energy drinks each day for years, but somehow it’s the caffeine that’s the problem.

Interesting Blog Posts

The global slowdown hasn’t budged the rise of CO2 emissions, at least according to Mauna Loa data.

Respiratory infections are still a big mystery.

Social Notes

Underrated dip station: old walker from the thrift shop.

Paleo lawn mower.

Everything Else

Dairy adoption through Europe was mostly genetic. Central Asian dairy adoption was mostly cultural.

Sprinters’ stride length drops as they age.

If you have to get up in the middle of the night, a quick burst of exercise may improve your subsequent sleep.

I’d go here.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

My kind of pesticide: Ducks.

Interesting paper: Sex differences in immune responses to COVID-19.

Video I liked: The Mozart piece used in the seizure study linked above.

Paper I’m still reading through: “Quantifying the contribution of Neanderthal introgression to the heritability of complex traits.”

I’m not surprised: Gouda good for coronavirus.

Question I’m Asking

What’s your favorite wilderness area?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 7 – Jun 13)

Comment of the Week

“Mr. William Shakespeare wrote some great stuff during a pandemic, in his lifetime. There are opportunities here…”

Nocona speaks truth.

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. My favorite wilderness area is Avenue of the Giants near Eureka, CA (fern canyon is amazing). After that it’s the Mendocino coast area (rugged coastline with lots of tide pooling). Last, I still love the Gold Lake area off Hwy 49 in California near Downieville (warm summer evenings 7,000 ft up with lots of lakes, waterfalls, camping, and brilliant summer stars).

  2. Favorite wilderness areas are Canyonlands, Utah, Big Bend in Texas and Joshua Tree in So. Cal. The whole state of Alaska is amazing, too! But really, my favorite is whatever wilderness area I am in at the moment.

  3. My favorite wilderness area is Crosby-Manitou State Park in northern Minnesota. All campsites requires packing your gear in and out and the sites are way further apart than social distancing requires.

  4. Yeah the tidbit about the liter of energy drinks is a litttle silly. I don’t know that woman’s exact situation but a liter of energy drinks is just two standard sized energy drinks, and not usually more caffeine than 3-4 cups of coffee. 2 liters of soda a day sounds crazy. I used to drink tons of soda (or so I thought) but never breached 2 liters. That’s an insane amount. I can’t even fathom it…

  5. Baxter State Park in my home state of Maine, Glacier National Park in Montana and the Grand Canyon. I also love the northern Great Plains and Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. They are not parks per se but they are vast and quiet.

  6. Not sure I could pick a favorite wilderness area. They’re all beautiful and unique, though I am somewhat partial to the Everglades since I grew up very close to it.

  7. The high Uintas mountains in Utah. Just amazingly beautiful and packed nonstop like every trail in CA!

  8. Since I live in Abuja, Nigeria and the city has been in a locked down state there was no access to anything. However, now the city is in a different phase of reopening, as well as the campus housing just opened up. Taking walks through familiar neighborhoods and villages is a gift when one has been locked in for several months. Getting out (safely) to see how the locals are doing, heading over to the famous National Stadium to walk and play tennis soon

  9. I like to hike one day on the weekends or whenever possible. On the other day I take a ‘sabbath’ or rest day from everything, including devices. Switched off for 24 hours. Pure bliss!

  10. The little screen is really pervasive and really handy. I chose lockdown to learn to trade stocks and man! The info curve got steep real quick and with Big Tech (we used to worry about Big Pharma?) ferretting out our searches and bringing us more like a survile house elf you can certainly drop down the rabbit hole.
    How do I celebrate my human realness? Good question, I will pause and address.
    Thank you Mark.

  11. I am very addicted to that little screen – which is why I’m glad that I’m an observant Jew, which means that I disconnect from using all electronic devices including tvs, computers or phones from sunset on Fridays until nightfall on Saturday nights. It’s incredibly liberating. There were times when I would also not turn on again on Saturday night, but these days I feel like i need to, because there may be important messages involving planning for the next day that I can’t miss, since so much communication happens over whatsapp and nobody calls the landline anymore…

  12. Staying in touch with the real world: Gardening. Digging in the dirt, watching things grow, reaping the harvest of flowers and food. It is my way of disconnecting from the digital and touching and interfacing with the real.

  13. My motorcycle keeps me connected to the real world. The smell of the foliage, the temperature difference in shady spots, the visceral sound and vibration.

  14. My motorcycle keeps me connected to the real world. The smell of the foliage, the temperature difference in shady spots, the visceral sound and vibration.

  15. I’m happiest when I’m working out and my phone is laid down. I’ve learned that time when I’m just present in the moment to mu surroundings is more peaceful than how I ever feel checking on my social media. But of course I like reading your email on Sundays.

  16. Should say “more omega 3’s, more strength (in older adult MALES)”.

  17. “Progress is like a hammer in the hands of a madman”. Albert Einstein.

  18. A strong presence in the real world for me is through the practice of mindfulness. I’m a recovering addict & got clean through a Buddhist recovery program which turned me on to meditation & mindfulness. Anytime I need it, I can redirect my attention to the body, my feet on the floor, my breathing, the sounds around me, & instantly be grounded into presence. May sound cheesy but this simple practice works wonders for me. Metta

  19. I have always tried to view technology through the lens of “does this make my life better?” If it doesn’t, then I don’t use it in that way. For example, I leave my phone downstairs in the kitchen at night. We do still have a landline, and if there is an emergency, anyone who matters knows our landline number. I expect the day will come when we may only have cell phones, and then I will have to change my strategy. When I am working during the day, I do keep my phone nearby. But otherwise, I check it periodically, but do not feel the need to constantly have it on my person. And I never bring it with me on walks outdoors.

  20. I don’t know if it’s over- saturation of bad news or prolonged stress, but I’m unfollowing anyone or anything that produces any anxiety when I read it. It’s time to get back into the woods. And im a gardener by trade lol so that’s saying something

  21. More Omega-3s, more strength, not in older *people* but in older *men.* That was an interesting article!

  22. It is said that true human insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. Be that true then those of us (and perhaps you reading this) are deluded that by simply “temporarily putting down my highly toxic smartphone/digital device” for a very brief period of time is somehow negating the fact that for the lion’s share of your awareness “it owns your mind, most of your decisions, most of your awareness, your politics, your buying impulses, your emotional state of mind at any given time and will eventually permanently poison whatever distorted sense of personal freedom you conjure as your own. If this post offends, consider yourself Well on your way to being a modern day Pavlov’s dog. Strong words yes? Erwan LeCorre recently nailed it…”what are you doing to yourself?”

    1. Thanks for this. I have a smartphone, that I use only as a phone to contact family, and to check MDA. 🙂 I do have a habit tracking, a period tracking, and a fasting app, but they’re strictly for data. Click button, close app. Social media is the real evil, but then again, I got along just fine on my cheap free government phones over the years (last one was used so much it started falling apart, hence the switch to a hand me down smartphone). Less capability to distract yourself or escape the moment with a basic cell phone. Bigger screens are a much bigger issue for me, since I don’t use social media. Video games in particular… And Netflix… They’re taking over my life. But She-ra is so good!!!

      1. I have a dumb phone, cheap, used. It makes calls and receives them. It also tells me what time it is (since I don’t wear a watch). No social media, unless you put MDA into that category, which I don’t. No texting everybody I know; I prefer to hear a voice. I try to keep my life as real as possible and mostly don’t care all that much about electronic devices. It’s a good way to live.

  23. Mark, thank you for continuing to beat this drum! Your voice is so needed. I wish there were more of us resisting the digital world seeping into every last cell of our beings. Keep it up!

  24. Believe it or not, I am that one person in North America who does not own a cell phone by choice. So this gal is not screen tethered. I just can’t justify having one . Drives my grown children nuts , but oh well .

    1. I’m another one. (actually I have an old flip phone I take on long road trips just in case, but nobody, and I mean NOBODY has the #).

    2. I have a cell phone, but not a smart phone. We have no landline, so it’s my communication. But that’s all it is–a phone. And I only keep it near me if my daughter is out and might need to reach me. There were a few other holdouts for a while that I knew, but they dropped one by one, and I”m the last that I know.

  25. We’ve been trying to do “technology free Sunday” every week (for us and our kids). It’s crazy that it’s hard to put our phones down completely for even one day, but reinforces that much more that we NEED to take the break!

  26. I always make a point to put down my phone when engaging with others, especially family I refuse to be the one sitting at a gathering on my phone and especially mindful when around my Grandkids.

  27. I agree with you and Erwan. I’m faithful to my no-media weekend diet. 95% of my emails are deleted without reading and I look forward to a Facebook hiatus after a reunion I’m planning is done. I follow you and Erwan on instagram, but I treat that media like an old glossy magazine. I only subscribe to interests, not friends or news. And finally in place of the cell phone as Media device, my best friend and I committed to actually using it as a
    – get ready for this –
    “phone”. We have a daily chat. It keeps our 35 year friendship intact in spite of the fact that he lives 250 miles away. We call it ‘analog friendship’. Not quite ‘primal’ but old school.

  28. Maintaining a strong presence in the real world for me is easy. I go on walks and hikes with my dog and don’t look at the phone other than to take photos of her. The sound of birds, the wind and quietness is awesome. I meditate daily for 20 minutes to slow and quiet the mind. I’ve never really had that constant obsession to look at the little screen anyway. I don’t even have an Ipod. I like to hear what’s going on around me, even in the gym. Maybe being a Baby Boomer at 66 helps. 🙂

  29. Try to develop awareness – Meditation is an activity (non-activity) that assists me…

  30. How I maintain a strong presence in the real world? Well, I just had a baby three weeks ago. Doesn’t get much more real than that, does it?

  31. What I don’t understand as an old guy, age 65, is why people go running, but shut out nature with ear buds and music.

    1. Well Walter, as a lifelong runner now at 64 I’ve tried it both ways and I just love listening to those oldies from the ’60’s while I match the beat with my legs. Stimulating and fun!

    2. The right music can actually enhance a walk or run in the same way that the right music or soundtrack can enhance a film.

  32. Deeply grateful to live in Victoria, BC, where we’re surrounded by sea and green. Still, I’m craving more silence…and find myself increasingly sensitive to lights and sounds…and increasingly craving remote living.

    I work remotely and am on screens all day…but have been running an experiment lately where I don’t use inside lighting except for the bare minimum in the evenings to read before bed. Also cutting my “scrolling-type” screen time down majorly. It’s had a HUGE impact on sleep, mood and touching into what I need to sit with and work on.

  33. Get outside, get back with nature. We ride out bike to the beach for weekend picnics and play yahtzee or chess. We often use our bikes as the net for our parking lot games of pickleball. We adopted two dogs and are waiting for the border to open up so we can bring them home. Dogs make you get outside. It also builds your appetite and makes you too sleepy for anything digital!

  34. The idea that “perception is reality” used to be recognized as laughably false. Obviously, reality is reality, and it may differ from our perceptions. But recently people are demanding adamantly that their perceptions ARE reality. The outcome is Orwellean groupthink, disregard of facts, and in some cases, mob rule. That’s where we’re living, folks. Virtual reality is driving everything.

  35. I solved the problem by reverting to one of my old non-smart, bluetooth-“incapable” phones. Phone is for phone calls only. I choose to keep a garden and grow food instead of being devoured by social media. No social media accounts for me 🙂

  36. Every day I go outside and tend to my sheep, pet my horse and listen to the birds singing. Lately I’ve been getting very wet while doing my daily jobs.

  37. On “engaging with the physical world”, as a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist (for decades), I have found the
    current Covid-19 crisis to one that uniquely interferes with our work. Most of us, whether we like it or not, will have to re-invent our orientation to our work, or find other work altogether. Not so easy for some of a certain age, but not impossible. I digress, LMT’s are always engaging physically, so the bigger question becomes “Do I want to keep doing this or head on over to “the little screen” after all? Good topic, Mark. I have a lot of soul searching to do, but what I’m finding is that, if we are moving into a very new stage of human interaction, it is imperative, especially for those of us in the healing fields, to find ways to touch others on a different level while still maintaining that engagement and offering useful, healing interaction. If we believe, as many of us have, that there is no substitute for the touching of skin as we learn the psychological/emotional/spiritual terrain for our clients, then we may find ourselves in very uncharted territory. We must really “think outside that box” now as never before. Thanks for posing the question. Good health to all!

  38. I definitely have set boundaries as to when I turn off the little screen, and don’t have it near me such as dinner with my family, at night, the little screen is left in another room, and there are times where I purposefully leave the little screen at home so I am not tempted to look at it, and to give myself a break. Granted, I think I should do this a bit more often than I already do,

  39. How I disconnect: I shut my laptop off just before I start dinner and don’t turn it back on until I actually need to use it the next day. I put my phone in another room when I sleep so I can’t hear its’ notification sounds. I don’t interrupt what I am doing to look at texts unless I am having an actual text conversation with someone. In short, I don’t let it rule my life. If someone needs to reach me, I’ve let them know to actually call during the day or evening!

    Also, I rarely use my cellphone to do research, I save that for my “computer time” during the day. If I am out of the house, I want to be fully engaged in what I am doing, by not using my cell for research or reading e-mail. I do, however, use it for music, through its speaker, not through earbuds because I like to feel that I am out in society, not isolating from it by using earbuds.

  40. I live in Alaska, I just walk into the woods and become aware of my surroundings. It is a skill I developed by doing not days or weeks but years of wilderness living. Becoming acutely aware of your current presence is a form of meditation.

  41. The little screen be only as captivating at the real-life hiking playing snorkling seasalt-smelling experiences we import to it. People are natural claustrophobes, and that will eventually kick in to keep people from retiring to the screen booth. The closest anything has come to the pressure to stick with the screen is the stay at home order, which people are already squirming at. I’ve never seen so many people swarming the parks. Now if only I could get them to look up from their screens.

  42. very timely sunday sisson post mark-thanks
    i fully agree.
    in answer to your question: i maintain a presence in the real world by turning off my phone completely for most of the day and night; instead, farming, raising livestock, designing and creating with real instruments, not digital ones.

  43. Walking outside in fresh air and sunshine whether it be at a park, on a trail, around the development. Whether it be for 15 minutes, 1 hour, 3 hours- just walk!

  44. I moved to a small town up in the mountains of BC, surrounded by small lakes meadows, forests and wildlife. I am using my retirement to paint and weave baskets from found pine needles. My creativity is my link to the physical world.

  45. Mark, I looked it up, “prominency” is not a word.
    But you were close.

  46. Here I am at dusk in Kakadu National Park Northern Territory Australia, listening to the sounds of Black Cockatoos sounding like they’re murdering each other – I’m on my “small screen“, reading and responding to Mark’s Sunday Session (or so I call it). Not proud to be googling here, but worth a mention that the small screens tether us somehow to worlds on the opposite side of the planet. Friend or foe – I’m not sure, I’m detoxing Facebook ATM – one small step at a time….

    1. It depends on how you use screens.

      You can take courses, listen to great music, informally study paleontology or really any subject, keep in contact with friends and even use them for meditations.

  47. In response to this weeks Sunday with Sisson: During the pandemic pretty much the sole way I remain connected with the real world is our twice daily walks (trails & neighbourhood) with our dog. Once the pandemic is over, we’ll quickly revert to our very social life of ‘breaking bread’ (though NOT bread) with friends very regularly. Usually it’s in the form of lunch or dinner at our home and, almost as often, at friends homes. Can hardly wait to get back to it.

  48. How do I maintain a prescence in the real world? I resist owning a smartphone and spend as much time outside as possible–away from the laptop.

  49. My smartphone does not own me, I hardly touch it throughout the day and I keep it far away from my body at night. It’s not the first thing I reach for in the morning either, I just take it with me and put it on my desk while working.

    I do work behind a screen, but step away during lunch and spend as much of my own time offline as I can.

  50. Staying in touch with the real world is easy because I spend each Sunday afternoon with my siblings, their children & grandchildren. Very little TV or electric devices at that time, unless of course the Dallas Cowboys are playing!! Some Ozzie & Harriet time for those of you old enough to know who that even is.