Weekly Link Love — Edition 92

Research of the Week

Some modifiable risk factors for dementia.

35% of healthy, unexposed donors had evidence of T-cell reactivity to the coronavirus.

We can handle one-off feasts pretty well.

Genetic variants that may predict severe coronavirus outcomes.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 436: Dr. David Roetman, DC: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. David Roetman, who gets major results with non-surgical orthopedics and functional medicine.

Episode 437: Nathanael Morton: The Benefits of Jumping Exercises and Persevering Through Extreme Challenges: Host Brad Kearns chats with Nathanael Morton about the benefits of explosive jumping.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 71: Laura and Erin chat with Christine Hassler about our true purpose.

Media, Schmedia

Top athletes who’ve gone carnivore.

22% of Millennials say they have no friends, 25% no acquaintances.

Interesting Blog Posts

Photorealistic depictions of Roman emperors.

This one weird Neanderthal gene could make you more sensitive to pain.

Social Notes

Planting rice.

Everything Else

Restaurant prices may have to go way up.

The “Forrest Gump” approach to COVID-19.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Interesting study: Societies that historically farmed rice have tighter social norms.

A sign of the times: Pastured egg outfit Vital Farms goes public.

Good policy: A two-line remote work policy.

Phrase I hadn’t heard before: “Educational colonialism.”

Everyone should do this: Teach college class outside.

Question I’m Asking

How would you change education?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 25 – Jul 31)

Comment of the Week

“I notice the comforting way my dog smells. Yes, really.
How delicious 90 and humid feels when stepping out of too much AC.
The meditative fun of coloring.
A satisfying bubble belch after kombucha.”

-Good one by Margi, but they were all good.

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. Lol that millenials say they have no friends is spot on, for me anyway. I had to look up what defined a millennial, and I am just at the youngest range (1996). I dropped out of high school, have always been super anti-drugs and very vocal about it, and have two small children. I haven’t had/hung out with a friend since right before I found out I was pregnant with my first, 6ish years ago. Ok, not totally true, I’m really close with my mom and have always said she’s my best friend. 🙂

    1. If they are being honest, I think a good many people would say family members are their best friends. My own best friends have always been my family, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

      1. I totally agree. That’s why I’m fine saying I don’t have any friends, in the common sense. Though this pandemic is breaking me apart due to not spending time with any family for months. I don’t know how much more I can take.

  2. Hey Mark, would you consider doing a post with advice and good practices to consider implementing if we do catch coronavirus?

    1. Also, any ideas for post Covid lingering symptoms. My husband has continued headaches, leg cramps and fatigue and nothing so far is helping.

      Some things to do if you get Covid. Purchase an oximeter to monitor your oxygen levels. Do breathing exercises before you get Covid but of course during. Move around when you can. Lay on your stomach if your breathing gets bad. Keep your blood sugar in good check by eating healthy. I made a chicken soup using chicken with bones and skin, ginger, turmeric, lots of garlic, onion, thyme, rosemary, olive oil, black pepper and it seemed to help.

      1. Thanks for the tips, and I’m glad your husband made it through the ordeal.

      2. jj good advice. Proning is a good idea along with breathing exercises. I wonder if your husband just has to wait it out. I heard post covid symptoms can linger for a bit. Btw Chris masterjon has advice on measures you can take to prevent, treat and aid in recovery of covid.

  3. Change education:

    Get rid of it. Go back to the apprentice model where the children follow the parents and learn their craft.

    Get rid of child labor laws and let children work much sooner

    Education is a bloat of dollars to be squandered and reward the malcontent in incompetent.

    Learn by do, not by being forced to sit down and remember useless facts that aren’t relevant at that point in your life

    It’s pretty telling how much of a failure our education system is when we have to drug the kids (Adderral,etc) just to pay attention

    1. I agree on the drug part of the post. It’s criminal that we are drugging out kids.

      I think the education system needs a huge overhaul.

      The COVID is probably the best chance of that happening but all I see is the entrenched interests (the teachers unions, the school board, the anti-charter supporters, the charter supporters) using the pandemic to further their agendas. They were ready for this disaster capitalism-type opportunity. It’s a shame that in a pinch the side of “something else” couldn’t coalesce around an idea and implement it.

      1. The entire world is being run by “entrenched interests” not just education. In case you never noticed. Look around you and maybe do something about it. Pick an entrenched interest and change it. Plenty to chose from. Mine is food quality and availability.

      2. Consider new practical modes for modernizing the way “food” is legislated/regulated by politicians/lobbyists via FarmBill and food pyramid schemes. Work on this, and talk it over and take action. Will USA have Real foods allowed in schools? What about implementation of regenerative/organic standards/etc. to improve nutrient density and quality of foods to better strengthen our precious next- generation kids? Let’s work and include smart change for our future Rather Than continuing more school “crap foods” and Adderal.

    2. Kirk…I suggest you may want to read the book Educated by Tara Westover to add to your outlook. It is a memoir of a woman who was raised in one version of what you suggest. It is a really good read. I have always been a fan of the apprentice model but it is, like most things more complicated than just following your parents.

      1. I hope that this mayhem truly sheds a spotlight on our failing, slanted, political education system. And even moreso, I hope it really prompts folks to embrace home schooling’. Our kids need to be taught real life skills and how to think. NOT indoctrinated to accept all this nonsense they are spreading. ANd they need to learn the history of their country and what makes it great. not perfect, but great.

    3. “Follow my parents and learn their craft” – so a life of eternal retail service? No thanks.

  4. Nice photos of the Roman emperors. In general, a good-looking people although a few actually did look as crazy as they were. Aside from styles of the times, they looked just like we do, maybe a little shorter. That probably means that 2,000 years into the future people will still look just like we do, maybe a little taller.

  5. Have not yet done an ounce of my own research, but I’m curious what this community thinks about Vital Farms, with respect to their product quality and as an investment.

    1. Best damn eggs I’ve ever eaten. Better than the other 10-12 local farmers eggs I’ve tried. Yolks look like the sun!

    2. We’ve been buying their eggs for years. So good! Best eggs I’ve ever eaten.

    3. They are a good quality egg from the grocery store. Not as good as small farmed or backyard eggs, in my opinion. Unless you spring for organic, some are getting GMO feed, so that’s a concern. But, it’s the best that’s readily available in the supermarkets across the USA. If you have a natural health food store that sells local pastured eggs raised on non-GMO, then that’s what I would recommend, but overall, they have a good product.

  6. As an RN, my work is up in the air (go figure, right?) so I have a bit more time to dive headlong into my garden. I grow almost all my own vegetables and fruits, and I am concentrating on fermenting some , canning, and even making fruit vinegars this year. gardening is my solace, my time alone with God, and my exercise.
    If not gardening, I hang with my chickens and thank them for their eggs! Staying on my little farm in the Adirondacks means I can continue with life “as usual” for days without leaving if I so choose. Blessed!

  7. your weekly thoughts give me incentive, recovering from a stroke 9yrs ago and some times you need that, thank you

  8. Thanks, Mark. I always look forward to your cogitations. I’m 70 but I can adapt. In fact, I have more experience and more skills than many of those who are younger. And I hope by now enough humility to recognize that life is precious, and “all is vanity”.

  9. Well, I’m a temporarily disabled senior, s.and I’m retired already. So since crafting is one of my passions I spend much time in this and also learning new ones. Also I’m taking time to improve myself, learning to love myself at this age, 67. So ,b
    Even here is an important part of this.

  10. Best sunday with Sisson ever! Im going to make my family and friends read it. I may read it again. And again. Thank you.

  11. Great ideas. The only constant is change whatever it may be. Great opportunity to assess what is really important, and fix what might not be working. Stay positive!

  12. Excellent reminder and motivation! We have a philosophy we call “Lean Forward”, but I have to admit we’ve allowed ourselves to back into a defensive crouch about the pandemic and all the crazy stuff going on. Your article was just what we needed! Thanks!

  13. I am taking advantage of the time by learning a new language, and I’m taking a course to become a transcriptionist, which means I have to study grammar also, take typing lessons and more. I’m still writing when I have time, blogging less, but I’m doing all this so I can make something of my writing. I will also have a new way to earn a living while helping someone who needs my services!

  14. Good morning Mark! Really enjoy your Sunday’s with Sisson, especially this morning’s edition! What a great positive outlook you shared with all that’s going on today! Thank you for a great start to my day!

  15. In other words just accept the insanity and become part of it. No thanks no help from you one of my icons

  16. God I love sunday with Sisson. I didn’t mean that to sound religious, lol There is so much wisdom in your weekly words though Mark. I appreciate them. You mention how the world my look completely different in a year, no one knows, but be brave and curious and look for opportunities. I love this.
    I look back in history. All the suffering and sacrifice of those strong people. They are still lending me their strength.

  17. Huge YES to your Sunday with Sisson email this morning, Mark! Here’s to leaning towards and seeking out creative opportunities amidst a world that, in truth, has always been uncertain.

    I worked remotely before COVID, and do still. But during the past handful of months, my daily meditation practice has gotten longer and deeper…and I’ve been devouring books while watching ZERO television. In my business too, things have been shifting and evolving. I feel inspired and excited and full of possibility.

  18. I made a big decision at the beginning of the year, pre-Covid, to leave my private chef position that no longer served me….it was quite traumatic. I was grateful to be able to go back to my last career and do contract drafting from home. It’s not what I want to do forever…..just before Covid hit, I did some soul searching….Covid hit and since I was going to fbe orced to be home even more, I jumped on to two trainings….1. A cannabis wellness coach. 2. End of Life Doula. Both are just getting on the scene so I need to educates people what each of them are, but it has really made my life richer and more focused. I’ve already had a few cannabis clients and helping them navigate that world and help them find relief as well as doing some health coaching has been as fulfilling for me as it is for them. Now….the End of Life Doula work….with Covid I’m trying to navigate those waters to see how I can start doing that important work. I’m not discouraged….it’s just going to take a lot of effort to educate and get my name out there….Keep the great work!! I look forward to reading your posts every Sunday AM with my coffee…cheers!!

  19. Hi Mark. Your post today resonates with me.??

    On May 25, 2020, my husband and I decided to buy a diesel pusher motor home with two 2 bathrooms and travel across North America. We would start in Baja, Mexico, and chase the ?? and ? across the Gulf Coast to Florida.

    Fast forward to June 25th, we received the “yes” to have my husband work remotely.

    Fast forward to July 25th, we flew to Orlando, bought the motorhome, and drove it across 13 states to our home in OR. We drove 3,000 miles, and it included the “Oregon Trail” route.

    Our full time adventure begins on September 25th!!! We are towing a truck with motorcycles, paddleboards, bikes, and kayaks. I will homeschool for my 17th year, our 8, 12, and 14 years old kids. Oh, our loving golden retriever, Molly will be along for the adventure of a lifetime!

    We are doing it, scared! I only just started an IG account this week to chronicle our North American adventure. I am failing forward and making mistakes as I go.???

    Mark, you are an inspiration to my husband and me, who have been reading and applying your books and blog for over a decade!???

    1. Wow! Other than the tight quarters, I’m a little envious. We just purchased 5 acres in rural Michigan and it’s been great for the 8 and 10 year olds, but to have the freedom to roam, how amazing! What’s your IG account? Can I follow you?

  20. “Seize the Day” is EXACTLY the healing message we needed to hear. Thank you for guiding us once again with deep wisdom, and even providing examples of how to do that in this situation. With your good help, we’ll be able to become gladiators against despair.

  21. I’ve actually been finding staying home in some ways rather relaxing as I can concentrate on some things I really love doing. I’ve been going on lots of long walks along the lake and on the paved trails here. Also spend hours hiking the nature trails in the woods and along the river. I’ve even discovered a waterfall! I’ve invested in a pair of binoculars and I’ve been able to use them to see lots of wildlife up close like the red bellied woodpecker, chipmunks, bluejays and other critters. I also love taking photos too!

    Besides that I’ve been reading books and writing to my pals online. And I’ve discovered a cousin I did not know I even had! To my surprise we have a lot of similarities.

    Most of my appointments are over the phone now so I don’t have to worry about being at X place at X time. No more riding buses or waiting outside for one in the pouring rain or freezing wind! That’s one reason I find it so relaxing. I have invisible disabilities so I don’t have to worry too much about the regular things most people do (I am disabled)…still there has been some stresses during these past few months. I’ve dealt with those the best I could and relied on my team to help me through them. The trick is to have techniques to use that you know work for you. For me it’s walking, reading, writing and watching YouTube. Sometimes even doing research on things is a great distraction! I haven’t watched TV in over a year. I do watch animal shows on YouTube though and follow several functional medicine doctors.

    Oh I eat keto. It seems to keep my immune system strong even though I have a lot of other issues.

  22. I’ve been trying to up my game on several fronts.

    I’ve set high but achievable short term goals professionally, and have been disciplining myself to put in normal work hours from home. I was hopping on my bike during the workday during the Covid19 peak, and knew that wouldn’t be viable long term.

    I read the popular book “Breath” and that led me into breathing exercises, for calm, sleep, mid-day energy. I am definitely glad I discovered these breathing and meditation methods, as they’ve helped me appreciate being home with my family and our pets – being present a bit better and less scattered.

    These are very stressful times. A neighbor is being evicted from her home. So much uncertainty in the business world. It helps to get centered, and to control what we can and let go of the rest.

  23. Interesting and timely post. I have actually made a decision to take some courses in human behaviour to help me understand more about what’s taking place in the world right now. This is rather than feel victim to things I can’t change.

  24. I feel like it’s almost easier to ask what aspects of our current educational system should we keep? Let’s keep the hands-on science, make the rare nature trip/observational science much more common, give the kids proper grammar so they can actually formulate their ideas in a way that is compelling, teach more languages and cultures and allow for the idea that there are many ways that are good for living. And let’s see how much of this we can do through play. The most creative people I know get their ideas from play – even as adults. They are curious and they are constantly seeking ways to satisfy that curiosity. Education should give students the tools to satisfy their curiosity. Let’s ban most worksheets and get rid of 24/7 iPad/Chromebook “learning” (and appalling number of schools are doing even in-person learning on a iPad as young as 1st grade!). Our kids spend enough time in front of screens – we don’t need more now and they will never be a substitute for truly experiencing the real thing (whether it’s scientific experiments or actually writing with a pencil and paper, which gives the brain an entirely different sensory input – one that actually sticks!). Let’s ditch the heavy emphasis on grades and come up with a new way to evaluate how the student is doing – standardized tests tell us what they know in relation to every other student. Why does that matter – do we really need a nation of kids who all know the exact same thing? Magnet schools are a good start. The small pod groups that people are forming to battle Covid are another interesting option. Smaller groups and kids who are taught according to their natural interests will do much better than the standard factory school model.

  25. Since you live in Florida now you must check out ou Stuart beach. Much quieter and waves are great if you surf. Hutchinson island and that whole area is one of the nicest in Florida is you like nature.