Weekly Link Love — Edition 93

Research of the Week

More evidence of admixture with ancient hominids.

Vegan and vegetarian weaning of infants is a real bad idea with potentially lasting effects.

In middle aged people, taking 5 grams of collagen every day improved language function and appeared to alter brain structure.

Using a very-low-carb ketogenic diet to reverse super high triglycerides.

Yogic pranayama breathing exercises have remarkable effects on anxiety and negative effect.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 438: Robb Wolf: Host Elle Russ chats with Robb Wolf about his new book.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 72: Laura and Erin chat with Trudi Lebron.

Media, Schmedia

I always link to anything orangutan-related.

Wine windows are back.

Interesting Blog Posts

How the NBA has changed.

A week on “the bean protocol.”

Social Notes

Genes are not your destiny.

Everything Else

Bats are always arguing.

Modifying the human ACE2 receptor to prevent viral escape (and thus, proliferation).

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Dire results: A recent study finds that UK women are incredibly deficient in a broad range of essential micronutrients.

I’m not surprised: Type 2 diabetic men with low testosterone do TRT and abolish their T2D.

I thought leaky gut was just a myth though: Restoring gut barrier function extends lifespan.

Article I found interesting: Literate but not numerate.

Drug that might actually help: IL-1 blocker blocks arthritis.

Question I’m Asking

Have you ever been consistent with breathing exercises? What have you noticed?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 1 – Aug 7)

Comment of the Week

“But… Forrest Gump got COVID-19!”

-Good point, jeff.

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. Mark, this post isn’t showing up on your blog’s home page. To find it I had to scroll to the bottom of the recipe post and click “previous post”. It might just be me, but thought I’d mention it.

    1. Weekly Link Love used to be linked directly in HOME, now it is in HOME >> DIET & NUTRITION … probably not intended.

  2. Interesting to see Julia go full-on bean mode. I mean if it’s working for her, that’s awesome!

    I’ve never been a big fan of beans. They’ve always been my least favorite food (aside from hummus/chickpeas or refried beans). So I don’t think I’ll be trying the bean protocol anytime soon.

    Curious to see how the rest of her time on it goes and/or if she goes back to full-on paleo. (Glad she’s still incorporating some meat.)

    1. I was interested in this as well. Would love to hear Mark’s thoughts about the science behind it, ie the claims about soluble fiber binding to toxins in bile. I’m actually considering it after reading about it because beans are cheap and I’ve been struggling to buy enough meat lately.

  3. Hi..
    How much of boron?
    I am going through menopause and am SUFFERING.
    Please help?

  4. I have been taking boron for 12 months. I mix 1 teaspoon of the powdered borax in a litre bottle of water and then add 3 teaspoons of this diluted substance to my l litre bottle of drinking water which also contains 3 teaspoons of magnesium chloride mixture as it works synergistically with magnesium. 1 tspn of boron is a good normal maintenance level and contains 7 mgs. I am doing 3 tspns to combat arthritis in an injured ankle.

  5. Mark, I have extremely high boron levels. I don’t know what the cause is. Any ideas? The normal range is 0.000 – 0.840 and my level is 3.101. All the research I have been able to find talk about low levels and how to increase them.

  6. I just got an inflatable paddleboard this month. I’ve found I really like to do my meditation on it at some point during an outing. It’s so nice to come out of meditation and be floating in a beautiful outdoor setting. Evening paddles watching the sunset turn to stars are also a real treat. There’s something so soothing about lying on still inland lakes.

  7. In response to Sunday with Sisson. I just took up Stand Up Paddle Boarding at the age of 60. After some inspiration from Marks SUP adventures, I bought an inflatable SUP. The inflatable fits my lifestyle of full-time travel in an RV. Was able to stand up on the board by the end of the first time out. Second time out, I was standing up the entire time. Looking forward to improving my skills and endurance.

    1. After years of surfing, SUPPIng is my new zen and fast becoming the watersport of the 50+ on the West Coast of B.C.

  8. I’ve always loved just floating in a pool, lake or the ocean. A good August in Florida relaxation is get all wet in the pool or ocean, get out wet and go lie in a hammock between two palm trees until you get dry and hot again. Repeat.

  9. You may already personally know this but sharks can be sometimes be seen just out from where the waves break and I’d imagine someone floating on the water looks quite like a seal to a shark. Just something to be aware of… Just sayin’

  10. Ahhhh, the quiet activities are a blessing! I walk barefoot each morning in my backyard with the damp grass massaging my soles. Mark has recommended grounding and I know he’s a barefoot proponent! And I realize I’m in the minority but I love getting in a warm car after being in an air conditioned office or house! Warm leather is soothing to the body.

    1. Ooooooo, me too. Love going barefoot and my warm car. I freeze with the constant blowing of the AC at work, I sometimes don’t roll the windows down in the car until I’m halfway home.

  11. Besides hikes in national forests here in Utah, particularly ones that lead to waterfalls, I’ve been taking my kids to state parks with reservoirs to swim in. Yesterday we rented a kid-size kayak, and they had a lot of fun for four hours (that’s how long we rented it for). Now they want a kayak.

  12. Scratching the sand out of your scalp for the next few days is an extended pleasure of visiting the beach. Platte River beach sand being the best.

  13. Since the Pandemic, I’ve been walking here, there, everywhere. I live in the suburbs so typically I drive to my destination. I have seen a big difference in my recovery time from crossfit and just feel better overall! If there’s one thing to be thankful for during COVID-19 is that it occurred in the spring and summer! How’s that for a silver lining?

  14. I hear you on the waves. I’ve really gotten into just floating in the pool. It pulls me around in a circle. So relaxing with the birds singing and surrounded by greenery.

    1. I have a friend in Portland who’s been kayaking the Willamette. Yesterday he reported seeing a sea lion that was nearly as long as his kayak! He goes about five hours every other day or so and is in his late 60s, in marvelous condition.

  15. On my walks and hikes I’ve been “curb” or “log” walking. It’s really helping with my balance as well as the slack line. But also it’s fun and even walks I do a lot becoming more interesting. I also jump from parking bumps to bump in parking lots. Just like kids do. Also of course kayaking, night kayaking is divine.

  16. I’ve been into and utterly fascinated by the book “the immunity code“ by Joel Greene. I’m on early days of the protocol he suggests and perhaps coincidently have enjoyed the best two nights of sleep I can remember in a very long time. I am unemployed and have been enjoying much time outside in the sun!

  17. Really glad you linked to Juli’s experiment with the bean protocol, Mark. After listening to a fascinating interview with founder Karen Hurd (including how she discovered it as a way to save her dying child when the medical system failed her), I’d love to hear your take on it. The science, as described by Karen, makes complete sense so long as it’s done correctly.

    1. Yes it piqued my interest too and I’d also love to hear Mark’s take on it. My daughter already eats primal (always has) but has severe chronic eczema and I’m wondering if adding beans/lentils could possibly help if the soluble fiber does in fact do as Karen suggests. I would definitely be willing to try.

  18. Also love lying in the hot sand! But you need a Brazilian canga!!!!! It’s super thin cotton, and you can still feel the hot sand without getting it all over you!!!!

  19. Just got back from Sleeping Bear Dunes in Northern Michigan. Just beautiful up there. I’ve been Into cold water swims in Lake Michigan that just wakes you up.! I love a hard workout while on vacation and love listening to EDM music for workouts. Something about zoning out to the rhythmic beats and changing intensity levels

  20. Thanks Mark for the Information about BORON. Great Article about BORON here: Nothing Boring About Boron
    by Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, MA, LMT. My wife’s bone density increased by 33% after supplementing with Boron 3mg three times a day over a three years period.

    Kind regards

  21. I’ve been hiking, gardening and swimming but on a recent vacation our family rented bikes. I forgot how joyful bike riding is! Definitely going to dust off the bikes when I’m back in my town.

  22. For completeness, this is the conflict of interests statement for the collagen study:

    S.K., N.I., and F.S. are employees of Nitta Gelatin Inc. M.I. declares no conflict of interest. The study was made possible by Nitta Gelatin Inc., including the design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, preparation of the manuscript, and funding.

    Probably best to look to independent research before rushing to buy collagen to improve your brain power.

  23. Oh my goodness – your description of running out of the cold water and plopping down in the hot sand brought about such wonderful memories – I practically lived at the beach growing up (just ask my dermatologist!

    Kayaking – taking some time to paddle fast to get the blood pumping – and also taking the time to taking in the scenery, birds, blue sky, wild plants. Heaven!

  24. A handful of trail mix, raisins, almonds and hazelnuts will give you more than enough boron to meet your daily needs. Love swimming in the ocean, the saltwater has numerous benefits on our body and a bonus is great beach wave hair as it dries. You can spend $$ in a salon for the look or just jump into the ocean! Walking in the sand is great for working the muscles in our feet, ankles and calves. So many benefits in spending the day at the beach!

    1. Yes! On the rare occasion I go to the beach I always dip my hair in the water because it makes my hair BEAUTIFUL, I wish it could always look like that, but it also makes it really tangly (curly red thick hair here). Oh well. : )

  25. Thank you for this post Mark!
    I really look forward to your levity with good info sprinkled in. We all need breaks throughout the day lately with all this stress.

  26. I would also love to hear marks take on the bean protocol science. Very intriguing to me. Have been paleo/primal for 9 years but feel there is still a missing piece as I just can’t get my sleep dialed in consistently ?

  27. I’m a week behind in responding, but still wanted to!!

    Gosh! Lying on/in warm sand sounds exhilarating!!! We typically go to Cabo twice a year, not this year though. Sadly we will be cancelling our upcoming trip for the end of Sept. Boooooo! Lol! On another note, I am really enjoying being home so much! I LOVE IT!! So does our cat!! We fortunately have a pool and I too am loving just floating around with my eyes closed and listening to the White-tailed hawk couple that have been living in this big tree above our yard for the past 3-4 months. They are huge, and amazing to listen to and to watch!! Had I not been just hanging out, I may have missed them living here!! I named them Orville and Emilia 😉 There really are some silver linings during these KrAzY times!!

    Ps….. I look for the Sunday with Sisson every week and really enjoy them! Thank you!!!!!!