Weekly Link Love — Edition 89

Research of the Week

National handgrip score predicts Olympic medal tally.

Got super high cholesterol? Might be the carbs.

An EVOO-based high-fat diet causes a good kind of gut dysbiosis that lowers the risk of colon cancer.

How time has passed for people during the pandemic: for half it sped up, for half it slowed.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 432: Jon Venus: Host Elle Russ chats with fitness expert Jon Venus, former vegan who’s now embracing ancestral omnivory.

Episode 433: Brian Gryn: Host Brad Kearns chats with Brian Gryn about intermittent fasting.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 68: Laura and Erin get geeky with Dr. Michael Ruscio about gut health.

Media, Schmedia

Homo erectus was a lot stockier than we imagined.

The Mayans had an impressive highway.

Interesting Blog Posts

Where has the time gone?

Malcolm Kendrick has lost faith.

Social Notes

Eat salt.

Burpee alternatives.

Everything Else

Signaling virtuous victimhood might be a warning sign.

Interesting convo with John Ioannidis.

I’m a doctor with stage 4 cancer during a pandemic.”

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I’m not surprised: Spiritual training begets a sense of spiritual superiority.

Interesting important article: About the many benefits of regenerative agriculture.

Interesting important video: Allan Savory on how regenerative agriculture can change the world.

Good overview on the topic: All the research the USDA has ignored on saturated fat.

Great article: Tim Noakes on reversing type 2 diabetes.

Question I’m Asking

In a few days, Robb Wolf and Diana Rodgers are releasing their seminal book on the importance and necessity of regenerative agriculture for both human and planetary health: Sacred Cow. This is important, guys, really important. If you agree, and you think this might just be able to change the world, please consider pre-ordering the book. Once you do, submit your receipt to www.sacredcow.info/book and receive $200 worth of bonus incentives.

Could you do that?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 4 – Jul 10)

Comment of the Week

“I stick to the purple rain.”

– I like how you think, Groktimus.

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. Already have and read Sacred Cow, it is an excellent read. What is so great about it is there is enough for Vegans to get behind as well.

    Highly recommend the book!

  2. I’ve gotten a lot out of MDA over the years but this is finally one too many coronavirus truther references for me. I’m no longer going to follow a site that irresponsibly denies how serious this pandemic is.

    1. Curious what you’re referring to. The John Ioannidis interview? It doesn’t seem like a “truther” article to me.

    2. Thankyou…
      You persuaded me to read the Iaonidis interview.

      It makes far more sense than the attitude that “everyone who disagrees with me is a ‘truther’ “.

    3. I think it’s irresponsible to limit your access to information that may change your mind about things.

    4. Tracey, would you care to clarify your comment? It would be helpful to know what “truther references” you’re talking about.

      “I consider that people who criticize me with valid scientific arguments are my greatest benefactors. But the outrage propagated by social media is a force of its own, and destroys any intelligent discourse, civil or uncivil.” –John Ionnidis

    5. Agreed Tracey, a shame how this site has devolved. I guess we are now seeing what is going on behind the curtain.

    6. I am a medical student and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with logical scientific critique of working theories. That’s literally how science works. There’s no way we’re getting everything right here it’s only been around for 6 months, that doesn’t mean anyone is wrong or bad, it means we need to use our brains and test hypotheses. If that’s scary to you, you shouldn’t be engaging in science.

    7. Perhaps instead of throwing a fit and storming off, you could post your rebuttal on why you believe the reference material is misguided, and how this pandemic is still as serious as initially believed back in early March. Otherwise, you’re just seeking validation of your own beliefs while refusing to acknowledge evidence to the contrary.

      1. Referring to Tracey and Healthy Hombre: Arguing with a fool proves there are two

  3. The EVOO paper you mention has another very thought-provoking conclusion – ie that a diet in mice consisting of 60% of calories from coconut oil decreased the ratio of beneficial gut bacteria, and created an inflammatory gut environment that promoted colorectal cancer. Does this indicate that humans might be better consuming less coconut oil and more olive oil? Please give us your take on this Mark!

    1. Rob,
      first of all, we are not mice!
      Second, what type of coconut oil did they use? Certainly a highly refined one.
      Last but not least, the “study” was done by a spanish team.
      Spain produces and uses a lot of olive oil. Could they be impartial? I really don’t think so.

  4. “Spiritual training begets a sense of spiritual superiority”.
    Really?! Where on earth do researchers get this stuff,
    wonder?

  5. Thank you for this! Our oldest son has been raising cattle. Last year we purchased our first cow for him to raise and it just happened to be ready for processing right after the upcoming meat shortage scare hit the news. We are so grateful to have an abundance of beef to share with our close family and friends in these times.

  6. I agree that regenerative ag is the right way forward. Small, diverse family farms ruled in harmony with the environment and people were healthier before big ag and corporate profiteering took over and launched its destructive path. If there is anything we should learn from this its that we need to take charge of our food production and have more control of how our food is produced.

  7. We are small farmers who use organic and bio dynamic methods. It will be great to have thousands and thousands more folks get back to the land. We are seniors so won’t be around too long, the young people will have to step up and out. We know several and are thrilled but there are not enough folks who eat food concerned with the growing of it.

  8. I agree with your comments 100%. I also believe the pandemic could result in people focusing on utilizing local healthy food sources. I have read other books that Robb Wolf has written and have enjoyed them. I look forward to reading Sacred Cow as well.

  9. I have no comment one way or the other on how this subject of meat can impact the world. I like eating meat such as chicken, steak and beef, and I attempt to be responsible with it in my diet. I have never had a weight gain problem in my life, but I still work at being smart and responsible with the consumption of meat in my diet.

  10. The guy I buy my beef from has cattle that live their entire life on his ranch, and eat only grass and hay except for some silage in winter that he also grows organically on his ranch. He plays music for his cattle in the barn, and when he takes them to slaughter takes them two at a time in his trailer, playing the same music as in the barn. When he arrives at the small processor, he drops his cattle himself as he’d never entrust that to anyone else.
    I buy a quarter of a cow for about $900, or I think about $8.50 a pound.
    Small processors abound and more and more of us are seeking them out.
    We grow many of our own vegetables and everything else we buy local whenever possible. I have a masticating juicer and drink intense amounts of greens, of course along with my well-designed supplement regimen.
    At age 69 I have been low carb for almost 23 years and keto for almost 3 years. Yesterday morning I did a 41 mile road bike ride in Colorado where I live, fully fasting. I hadn’t eaten for 16 hours at the start of the ride, and averaged 16.5 computer average speed, riding alone in heavy breezes.
    I don’t even think about food on rides. Even at 10% bodyfat I have plenty of fat to burn.
    Keto rocks.

    1. I do the same thing, except I’m walking many miles. When I start my walks I’m fasted for 15 or 16 hours depending on wether I start at 9 am or 10 am. Then I’ll walk 10 or 12 miles or sometimes even more..I can do 11 miles in about 3 hours but if I really push myself I did it one time in 2.5 hours..the other Monday the heat index had hit 100 F and it didn’t even slow me down..I was out walking and enjoying the hot weather. I had already did about 12 miles that day when I got a text from a friend asking if I wanted to go for a walk later that day. I said sure. So I got home, waited about 2 hours for her to come and then we walked another 5 miles or so. I wasn’t even tired. Or hungry. I eat keto and do OMAD. I’ve been keto for awhile but low keto since Nov. My body fat is pretty low but I’m unsure of the exact percentage.

      1. How old are you and how many calories do you eat/what are your stats? I dream of what you describe, but I am tired all the time and I haven’t been that successful with keto. I’m a woman, 23, <130lbs and 5'6. I appreciate any feedback you can provide about your experience with keto/how strict you are with it, etc. I would just join the keto reset group and ask questions there but I don't do social media.

      2. My response was to Sarah, in case that wasn’t clear (it doesn’t indicate it as far as I can tell).

  11. I appreciate the picture you paint of such a preferable future in this Sunday’s post. Currently, it seems that there is no lack of well intentioned, yet misguided, causes that ultimately hurt rather than help people.

    Attaining the vision you present will be no easy task, but will certainly be worth it in the end. I just ordered the book and look forward to reading it.

  12. I’ve recently read “Woolly The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures” by Ben Mezrich. It also tells how hoofed animals or other herd animals can help save the world from global warming, because their hetds in northern latitudes keep the permafrost frozen. It also says that grasslands help cool the earth off more during winter, so fields full of herd animals like cows or horses help. And herd animals help to grow grass too. The book is full of science and I find it fascinating!

    The only meat I can eat is grass-fed. I’ve lost a lot of weight over the years by doing keto.(80 pounds) And I have a ton of energy too. I just wish companies would be more careful when they process the meat as apparently something gets added on it and then I react to it, because I’m allergic to corn..it’s a big problem.

    1. Global warming? Do you mean the effect that the hundreds of computer models predicted for 30 years, yet failed to be confirmed by actual measurements?

      In Science we call that soundly disproving the original hypothesis.

  13. Just pre-ordered the book!
    I agree 100% that regen ag is critically important to the healthy future of the planet.
    Have you read “The Wizard and the Prophet” by Charles Mann? It’s about opposite ends of the spectrum of thought on how to deal with environmental issues like supplying food, water, and energy to the growing human population.
    Highly recommended!

    1. Sounds very interesting. I will look into it. Thanks for the references.

  14. As an Alaskan, we have an abundance of organic moose, caribou and even wild sheep, to harvest. When the freezer runs out of wild game, I only buy the grass fed beef or buffalo, those seem to be from a smaller more regional type meat producer. I would say that for the last ten years or so, that is all I have purchased. You can change the market by supporting those who are offering the more healthy alternatives…

  15. Dr Malcolm Kendrick suggests Hydroxychloroquine is a safe treatment for the Corona virus. He does not mention any complications to those people with heart conditions. This has become a politicized, controversial drug and now I am more confused. Can anyone help clarify this for me?

  16. Glad to hear you are joining forces with food growers. Brendan Moorehouse is right now doing a summit called Eat4earth that is right in alignment with what you are bringing forward. The soil is everything and it mirrors our gut. As a health coach and gardener, I am also trying to see where I can help change the world in this capacity. Thank you for being one of the sane people in the world!

  17. I’m not surprised that virtuous victimhood is a huge red flag. I recently read a book called The Drama Triangle. It talks about the victim-perpetrator-hero bond, and how they all need to co-exist to keep the dynamic going. It’s not just the psychologically damaged that take part in this, but rather this dynamic is actually written into our cultural story, playing out in various degrees in everyday life. Fascinating and short read.

  18. Mark,
    Thanks for all of your work. Keto gave me the energy to get through grad school while working full-time and taking care of our growing family and I’ve stayed low-carb for a couple of years after. As you mention in the Keto Reset Diet, my GI situation suffers when I cheat significantly. We’re going on a 10-year anniversary trip in March and it will be to one of those all-inclusive resorts named after summer footwear. While I don’t expect to be able to eat ice cream for breakfast, I DO want to be able to enjoy the variety of food and drinks without feeling like a blimp that can’t stray too far from a bathroom. Any advice? Should I think about introducing whole grains and fruit a few weeks out? Thanks for anything you can suggest!

  19. Thank you for all you do. So far, this is the only site I feel welcomed. Because of health issues I cannot digest many meats and am therefore a pescatarian. However, I do believe in eating and cultivating appropriate food sources including various hoofed animals and. So happy to be part of a group where I can learn and grow and not feel judged or demeaned. And so much of your I formation pertains to eating all types of diets.

  20. One of my favorite Rants is that all of the meat studies I have seen are not studying “GRASS GRASS FINISHED” beef. I have been eating beef my entire life and have zero coronary blockage and low blood pressure. Also I see none of these studies on people who exercise!!

  21. Thanks so much Mark for the info about the new book & doc Sacred Cow. I’ve already pre ordered my copy. Watching the trailer, I see a couple people that I’ve seen in other films & books like The Vegetarian Myth.

    1. I’m about halfway through The Vegetarian Myth. It’s fantastic and incredibly powerful. Lierre Keith has such passion for regenerative ag and much respect for life. What a great turnaround story. She’s becoming a hero of mine. Hope the rest of the book is just as good as the first half.

  22. A BIG yes to your Sunday musing ! As a local
    Chef I bring small farm, regenerative meat to the table of my clients. You and I met at your book launch a few years ago when I was the founding executive chef of Model Meals. Your voice in the important global food shift is so valuable . Thank you Mark.
    Chef Cathy McKnight

  23. Loved the article on fermented rice gruel! Though I’m a certified Primal Health coach, in the past few years I’ve gravitated back to plant-based eating for spiritual reasons (hopefully not developing a superiority complex along the way;). I still stay mostly primal in my diet but weave in very non-primal additions, including rice. This dish sounds like just what I’m wanting today!

  24. Ordered the book – I buy my meats from my local farmers. I am lucky to have the means and happily support them

  25. Like Chogyam Trungpa, gotta be Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

  26. I just pre-purchased the Sacred Cow book – thanks for getting the word out, Mark!

    For others reading this, order a copy by July 14 and get $200 worth of bonus incentives. More at sacredcow dot info. (I’m not affiliated in any way, just trying to help the cause)

  27. What I think would have the biggest impact on the world is lowering the population. As far as I know, the only way to do this is to educate women. Worldwide, educated women have less children.

  28. I have preordered Sacred Cow on this site’s recommendations. Thank you for MDA, it has been life changing for me.

  29. Hi Mark. I love your blog and admire your scientific take on matters however,
    I can’t get past treating animals as a commodity and the horrible cruelty of factory farming. There are many sick people tormenting and torturing animals which is not even a necessary part of the process and even if they are raised “humanely”, their slaughter is violent. I am 57 years old and still struggling with this. I have been eating less and less meat. I realize I can’t honestly say I am an animal lover and then eat them. If I can’t kill them myself, I think it is wrong to have someone do it for me so I can stick my head in the sand as to what that process really involves. I’m sure you have read plenty of vegan arguments and there are thousands of videos out there revealing only a tip of the horror of the industry. How do you reconcile for yourself using animals when the system is so cruel and violent? I just can’t dissociate from it anymore.