Weekly Link Love – Edition 97

Research of the Week

A bodybuilding supplement reduces frailty and extends lifespan in mice.

Honey bee venom shows efficacy against cancer cells.

Beard prevalence predicts intra-sexual competition among men.

Exercise promotes general stress resilience.

Selenium deficiency is a major factor in cardiomyopathy.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 443: Dallas Hartwig: Host Elle Russ welcomes Dallas Hartwig, who wants you to live in tune with the seasons.

Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 74: Laura and Erin chat with Laura Poburan about cultivating your intuition.

Media, Schmedia

Walking isn’t enough.

Interesting Blog Posts

Vitamin D nearly abolishes the risk of ICU admittance in COVID-19.

Ancient Briton home decor.

Social Notes

What do you want from me?

Embrace flexibility.

Everything Else

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine wants to get rid of daylight savings time.

I want a singing dog.

The Lost Colony of Roanoke wasn’t actually lost. Turns out the English settlers left the settlement to join the natives (to find ourselves, maaaan).

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I agree with all of this: Longevity advice from a Japanese doctor who lived to 105.

Research I found interesting: Fat is the main source of glucose in fasting.

Cool study: Highly-purified fish oil reduces atherosclerosis.

Sadly I’m not surprised: Plastics and other endocrine disrupting-agents could increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

You love to see it: California dairies are on their way to climate neutrality.

Question I’m Asking

Should we get rid of daylight savings time?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 29 – Sep 4)

Comment of the Week

“I recently decided to imagine myself as a Teflon duck that stress slides off the back of.”

-Nice visual, joel.

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. I wake up at 3, whether that’s 2 or 4….. if we get rid of the change of clocks it’ll just be 3…..

    And to the one about the people who walk vs bike and walk, I wonder if it’s because you use more muscles staying on the bike than you do walking? Use your core more?

  2. I vote against getting rid of DST. For me, the worst part of the winter months is the early darkness. It’s a downer. I’d like to see DST made permanent. I think it’s the flipflopping back and forth twice a year that’s disruptive to people’s lives and (maybe) their health–not the one hour difference on the clock.

  3. Day-light saving time is simply a lie. But most people like it and would rather abolish the standard time…

    1. To “abolish the standard time” is actually to shift the time zone eastward. It would then become the new standard time.

  4. Mark, you need to do an article on alpha-ketoglutarate. I have been trying to read more about it to see if I think it’s worthwhile to start taking it as a supplement, or if there are ways to help the body produce more naturally, but all of the articles are way over my head with medical terminology. Would appreciate a deeper dive into that one!

  5. Yes, absolutely get rid of DST. I grew up mostly in Saskatchewan, which doesn’t use it. The world doesn’t end. You don’t get any more or less daylight than you would otherwise: DST is in effect in summer (when we have plenty of daylight anwyay), not winter. And you don’t get jetlag twice a year…

    These days (living somewhere that does use DST) I adjust my sleep/wake times instead to avoid the disruption of shifting by an hour. But not everyone has the schedule flexibility to do this.

  6. Personally, I’d like daylight savings time to last all year. But I’m not a morning person, so I wouldn’t notice the dark. So I’d like to at least keep what we’ve got.

    Also something that I should have put in the survey… it would help to have the sources listed in this post, so I know if I’m using one of my free paywall items, or if I won’t be able to see it at all due to paywall.

  7. As someone who works in two places at once, 5 time zones apart, I can tell you that the switching back and forth from standard & daylight times is an additional giant PITA. I prefer God’s time, but really…one or the other, please.

  8. Seeing an old ‘Dear Mark’ post makes me very nostalgic for more. Will you be doing them again in the future? They were my favorite posts 🙂

  9. I could not agree more with your insight. Karma is swift and absolute. Regrets are almost solely based on fear. I have a chart on my ‘COVID’ home office wall that reminds me never to let fear lead the way and always take the time to do what is right, not what is easy. Happy Sunday to you as well Mark.

  10. I totally agree. I try to take the kindness route – it helps me sleep better at night which has a positive benefit on my health and wellbeing. ?

  11. I totally agree. I try to take the kindness route – it helps me sleep better at night which has a positive benefit on my health and wellbeing. ?

  12. Yes here is a counter-example where “You had a great idea, but never followed through. You hesitated. Fear won the day.” That is when minor children are involved. Example: great idea/intuition/gut feeling that a long-distance relocation is what one needs following a divorce, for new work, fresh start, etc but there are minor children that are not able to relocate as well. Many would argue being in a “comfort trap” is acceptable when minor children are involved.

  13. I needed to read this today: “your heart was all in, but the rest of you got in the way.” I have considered abandoning a dream I’ve had for years, because it’s not easy, because it’s not happening right away. Thanks so much for sharing this, Mark. Trudging forward with my dreams and not going to stop listening to my heart!

  14. Sort of. Sometimes missing an opportunity allow other opportunities to materialize. I think life is more about luck and timing. I didn’t get promoted at my job, but that allowed me access to other opportunities that made me more marketable in another year. I wouldn’t trade any of it. Luck and timing.

  15. Sort of. Sometimes missing an opportunity allow other opportunities to materialize. I think life is more about luck and timing. I didn’t get promoted at my job, but that allowed me access to other opportunities that made me more marketable in another year. I wouldn’t trade any of it. Luck and timing.

    1. You clearly were open to opportunities, the necessary precondition. That’s better than being so committed to one course that you’re blind to others.

  16. That’s so true and a good life lesson. What comes around goes around. Even if there isn’t an apparent price right away, when you meet your maker everything will be on the table.

  17. I would not say there is no free lunch, because I feel that the universe is abundant, and we can have do or be whatever we want. That being said, I completely agree with the last part of your post: following your heart, heating that inner guidance, is paramount. And I will also take this moment to say that I love these Sunday emails. They never fail to get me thinking, take me to different directions, or inspire me. Thank you so much!

  18. Oh great Sage! I totally agree. I absolutely loved this thought for the day. It’s been my thought for quite some time (say, mid-life to late 60s). Youth makes us feel we can cheat the devil and win…nope, nope, nope. In addition to our private lives – I toss this to the winds and apply the “free” aspect to what is going on in our country for the last several generations. Trophies don’t just happen – takes work; education isn’t free – someone pays (you will down the road if you aren’t responsible); food does come at a cost; there’s far more but without wanting to be too controversial on a Sunday morning….you get the picture. Thank you for stating the obvious that seldom gets stated!!! In the words of a southern gal — Ya done good!

  19. “Make the RIGHT CHOICE” bummer stickers! Removable backwards labels for forehead viewing in the mirror every morning! Stickers for refrigerators and lockers!

    Loved this post.

  20. Well, my thoughts are racing with This concept of What goes around comes around…Karma!
    My son is now 30 and He reminded me Recently ,when I was struggling with an in-law situation, to do what is right. He Said “Mom , Growing up you always said “its not always easy to do what’s right, but ya gotta do it”. Getting this Reminder /advise from him made me giggle to hear my words come right back at me like a boomerang….he was right!

  21. so true! treat others as yourself

    pursue the art of loving everything, not having everything

    Ram Dass at be here now is a good gateway to open the heart more fully

    life is magic, see the divine in everything loving you, all is infused

    and i have been given everything to love, not own

    become nobody, no expectations, remember each breathe is a drink of divine love being poured into you

    so love this physical life given, care for the body your divine spirit has been poured into, AND TELL ONLY GOOD STORIES as everything led you to here which is PERFECT!

    stay aware of your breathe, and move those back lower ribs to keep the body in calm acceptance and surrender to what is

  22. I totally agree. I have always believed in the ‘follow your heart’ direction of things. That is why I am here today. I also believe not only in ‘A-ha!’ moments, but the underlying knowledge accompanied by ‘choice’. I believe we all ‘know’ when we are doing something to slight or take away from another’s or ‘their’ (group of people) well being’. (like anit gay marriage…what is it of anyone’s business except for the two people who are married and hopefully happy?) I believe when we deny others their life and liberty, we know when we are doing it. Oprah callis it ‘intent’. And I believe it will come back around to you when you do/think or wish your ill will on others. To me, this is where ‘the Universe’ intersects with us and them. Hope that made sense. And lastly, when I’m talking to young people, who are aspiring for something in life, I say to them, ‘follow your heart, it will not let you down!’.

  23. oh, overdoing is cruel to yourself

    be nobody

    let it all go

    if not happy, it is your programming that is in the way, you are innocent yet react due to cultural and family conditioning, forgive yourself and JUST BE AWARE that you are in reaction. then respond with non-involvement of your emotions, yes?

  24. Big YES on your “no free lunch” thoughts in the Sunday newsletter, Mark! Here’s to listening to our intuition…and also choosing the steady, longer route over shortcuts and quick fixes.

    I will say, though, that I believe the Universe is on our side. If we don’t pass a “test,” it will keep sending us the same one in different forms. Sometimes, we need to repeat it a few times, but ultimately, this isn’t to punish us. Rather, the Universe wants us to live out our most complete, whole life. Whether this round or the next one. Lacy Phillips has amazing work on this.

  25. I agree, mostly. Mark’s reflection reminds me that I see healthy and wealthy people and sometimes forget they worked hard for it and may have pushed themselves to be brave in the face of challenges and self doubt. My counterpoint, however, is this:

    “If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” – George Monbiot (a British writer and activist), from “The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth the world has ever seen.”

    And we can likely substitute health and peace for wealth in the above. Bottoms line: hard work is necessary but insufficient.

    Thank you for all you do, Mark. You have enriched my life so much.

  26. Robert A Heinlien used the expletive “Tanstaafl” in several of his books. This is of course an acronym for “there aint no such thing as a free lunch”. In his case I believe that he was referencing the inability of anyone to invent a reactionless space drive. I still use this as a signoff on my emails.

  27. Intuition is a skill, not an innate quality, and it is hard for most people to develop. It takes work to listen to that inner voice, to listen to your gut. Fear-based decisions are nearly always bad ones. But good decisions based on intuition are hard to follow as well because we just don’t train that “muscle” within ourselves, we have little guidance or framework for it.

  28. Love this Mark – thank you. I can attest to how true this is, and how right you are – this doesn’t just apply to drugs/biochemical elements.

  29. Right … let me give you another example … you have a platform in which you could have had the courage to speak up against systemic racism in our country as many other thought leaders like yourself did … but you chose not to. It’s the easier way out, some of your supporters may have taken offense and perhaps impacted your bottom line. Besides, it’s not really a HEALTH issue … oh wait … it is, but oh well.

  30. Thank you Mark! I ve been following you for seven years. I have gone up and down with my lifestyle. Thank you for always being the cheerleader and inspiration that helps me get up and move forward. Your research is incredibly helpful. Blessings to you…

  31. I’d love to see the time change go away. But ideally, I’d prefer sticking with permanent DST. I live in Maine and the sun going down at 4pm in December is pretty harsh. 😉

  32. Well, Mark, once again, your “Sundays with Sisson” hammered home why you are one of my very favorite people in the health & nutrition world. I truly appreciate you bringing attention to *mental and emotional* health things that are unrelated to diet. People tend to get so wrapped up in what they eat and don’t eat, how often they eat or don’t eat, and how often they do or do not exercise, that they completely neglect other facets of life, often to the detriment of their emotional health.

    My career/professional life is not quite where I’d like it to be yet, but I don’t want to take shortcuts or do anything underhanded. Like you said, I suspect it would only come back to haunt me sometime down the road. Instead, I can be patient and build things slowly, but it will all be authentic and with honesty and integrity. I have faith that if I just keep “doing the work,” and provide something valuable for people, that good things will come.

    It’s one of the (many) reasons I’m so happy to see how successful you’ve been through the years. You give so, SO much for free, and have done for so many years — literally life-changing information — so to see you enjoy your time now and to see how incredibly successful the Primal Blueprint and Primal Kitchen products have been makes me happy because I know you are a truly good person and really earned it all honestly, having started small and grown organically. You are an inspiration.

    There’s so much negativity, vitriol, and closed-mindedness in the nutrition community now. You are (always!) a much needed beacon of kindness, calm, and plain ol’ good sense.

  33. My husband always says “all magic has a price”. I would rather feel some pain than take a pill that may damage my stomach and liver. If you steal or pull one over on someone, you will have some type of mental or physical affliction later – whether it’s conscience or receiving the same act back. This article is spot on!

  34. Is canned cold water fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, kippers, etc. healthy if eaten with fresh lettuce ond other vegetables and does it provide valuable vitamin D?

  35. I agree wholeheartedly. Isaac Newton said, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” The world, life, and everything is full of trade-offs. If we want more of one thing, then we get less of another thing. Youngme Moon said, “Take, for example a typical movie portrayal of a high school football coach who also happens to teach social studies – he may be a football genius, but he’s probably not going to win any awards in the classroom” and further, that “people are hungry for familiarity…no, wait a minute…sometimes they’re starved for change. Yes, people are impatient for progress… no, wait a minute…sometimes they yearn for the past. Yes, people are desirous of more…no, wait a minute…what they want is actually less.” The ying/yang symbol says it all. We all like to think we are full of light. Yet, we all have a dark side. As for me, I just focus on what I decide to focus on, and try to reduce distractions as much as possible. At the same time I don’t worry about being absolutely 100% right all the time. I look for the cool stuff, even if that only accounts for 1%. Thanks Mark for a great post.

  36. You nailed it. The Law of Cause and Effect is strict and impartial. What ever your intention in your heart at the time you think, say, or do something is definitely reflected back into your life. We must always be mindful of our actions.

  37. You are exactly right, Mark. Call it Karma, fate or whatever name you choose. When you do something that your heart tells you is wrong, and you are a spiritual person, you will regret it. That decision or action will sit on your heart like a lead weight until you rectify it somehow.

  38. That Japanese doctor worked 18-hours-a-day, seven days a week.

    Did he live, or just survive, to be 105?

  39. Living in Maine, I’d like DST year round. When we go on Standard Time, the sun sets at about 4:00 pm. Total darkness comes really early! Sure it’s the same number of hours, but most people are out and about more later in the day than early. It would be better if we were on Atlantic Time, but that would play havoc with interaction with our New England neighbors.

  40. we should 100% get rid of daylight savings time. There was a good reason for it when it began (so that farms and schools could coexist) and now those days are long-gone.