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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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February 22 2019

Weekly Link Love — Edition 17

By Mark Sisson
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Research of the Week

Self-expanding activities increase sexual desire in long-term couples.

Why you’re so naked and sweaty.

New isotope analysis reveals that Neanderthals were mostly carnivorous.

Alzheimer’s can’t touch musical memories.

We have a 7th sense—the link between the brain and the immune system.

Why the zebra got his stripes.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 313: Carrie Forrest: Host Elle Russ chats with Carrie Forrest, a thyroid cancer survivor and host of the Clean Eating for Women podcast.

Episode 314: Keto: Choosing Carbs Wisely (Especially for Kombucha and Chocolate): Host Brad Kearns gives his take on the best carb sources to spend your glucose on.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

Don’t do this.

Remember the CRISPR babies from last year? Turns out that obscure gene the scientist deleted—CCR5, most notably involved in resistance to AIDS—also happens to affect cognitive function.

Interesting Blog Posts

Here’s what exactly a health coach can do for you. Double that if it’s a Primal Health Coach.

The utility of genetic tests for people with autism.

Social Notes

I appeared on the Onnit Podcast with Kyle Kingsbury to talk about my mission.

Everything Else

Belarusian man beats muscle-up world record with 26 in a row.

American man unofficially beats a world record by running 10 marathons in 10 days, averaging under 3 hours for each.

Another American man trounces them all, finishing the 2,181 mile-long Appalachian Trail in 45.5 days while carrying a 25 pound pack and completely supporting himself (no team following along with food and shelter). For a great film about the previous record holder, watch this.

I wonder if they still say “namaste.”

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Good advice for those who need it: How Jocko Willink recommends you get yourself to get out of bed when you don’t feel like it.

Finding I found interesting: Psychology’s research replication crisis just got worse.

I’m totally unsurprised: High-fat diet (that’s actually also high-carb and also the fat comes from soybean oil) destroys microbial diversity in the gut. “Move away from high-fat diets,” indeed.

A film project I’m supporting because it’s that important: Diana Rodger’s Sacred Cowa film (actually, now a docuseries) about meat and environmental sustainability that promises to counter the overwhelming barrage of vegan anti-meat propaganda. We need this.

This is jarring: Gymnastics in the 1950s alongside gymnastics in 2016. Bonus: Banned skills in gymnastics.

Question I’m Asking

What’s your mission?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 17 – Feb 23)

Comment of the Week

“Increase ferritin with an iron man and an iron pan. That’s Mark’s iron plan.”

– Pretty catchy, Clank.

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  1. Mark,

    How do you think the recent hullabaloo over at Kraft will impact your partnership with them?

  2. I read a book called A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson about about his experience walking the Appalachian Trail that includes a bunch of history and facts. It was a good read.

  3. The rage yoga link certainly caused me to curse. An undimissable video hijacked my rss reader there. Had to restart my phone to end it.

  4. On the topic of restless leg syndrome, after I gave birth to my son I got it bad. Never had it before then.

    2 years later, some stomach pain woke me up and we found out I have SIBO. Working to treat that has not only miraculously helped my forearm pain, but my RLS is getting better.

    It still keeps me up if my diet (especially my diet before bed) isn’t up to snuff, but I am doing better.

    I’m sure I have some other issues (like needing more vitamin D in sunny Michigan) but treating my SIBO is truly key.

    If you have RLS I think it’s worth thinking about your gut health.

  5. Brilliant scientist come to the conclusion that Neanderthals, who lived in frozen ice world with little to no edible plants and abundant mega fawna actual sustained themselves on primarily a meat based diet. Ingenious!

  6. Here’s the thing about that Jocko Willink “just do it” advice: I spent years and years fighting to wake up early and was just physically unable to do it … until I drastically cut bullshit carbs out of my diet. Other lifestyle changes helped, but that’s the big one. I used to turn off my alarm before I was even awake enough to register an intention of getting up. I would do this even if the alarm was all the way across the room. I used to set a second alarm in the bathroom so I could jump straight into the shower, then would fall asleep in the shower. Now? When my alarm clock goes off, I actually do wake up enough to make a choice about hitting that snooze button, or I wake up before the alarm even goes off. So Jocko’s advice is probably good for this Primal community audience — but for me the *first* necessary step was to go Primal.

    1. Jocko is a zealot.

      Tbh he doesn’t belong being mentioned on a site like MDA.

      He’s anti-primal in a lot of ways.
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      Also close-minded.
      I do wonder how old he is.