Weekly Link Love – Edition 73

Research of the Week

Malaria drug shows promise against coronavirus.

Coronavirus shows different levels of stability on different surfaces.

Coronavirus patients may have lower cholesterol. No word on causation—could very well be that infection decreases cholesterol.

A study in Thailand finds that hospitalized coronavirus patients tend to have low potassium levels.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 409: Gary E. Foresman: Host Elle Russ welcomes Dr. Gary Foresman back to the podcast.

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 410: Matt Maruca: A Youthful Journey to Healing, and Overcoming Harmful Blue Light Excess: Host Brad Kearns chats with Matt Maruca about his story and his mission.

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 411: Dr. Terry Wahls: Elle Russ chats with Dr. Terry Wahls about her Wahls Protocol for autoimmune disease.

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 412: Brian Hoyer: The Dangers of EMF Exposure and How to Make Your Bedroom a Safe Haven: Host Brad Kearns talks EMF with Brian Hoyer.

Primal Health Coach Institute podcast

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 52: Laura and Erin chat with Samantha Gladish, who just wants you to carve your own path.

Media, Schmedia

According to some reports, 40% of those hospitalized for coronavirus were aged 20-54.

3D printers save the day in Italian hospital by printing respirator valves.

Interesting Blog Posts

How South Korea is doing so well in the fight.

Social Notes

Now this is how you quarantine.

How penguins are handling the crisis.

Everything Else

What seed oils to do your body, a video.

The benefits of keto for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Things I’m Up to and Interested in

Nice story: Brooklyn pharmacist supplying NYC docs with chloroquine for coronavirus patients.

Result I found interesting: “High fever (39°C) was associated with higher likelihood of ARDS development (HR, 1.77; 95% CI, 1.11-2.84) and lower likelihood of death (HR, 0.41; 95% CI, 0.21-0.82).”

I can’t really disagree: Factory farms are an abomination.

Nice overview: Immune cell modulation by the ketogenic diet.

Just as I suspected: How pollution aggravates coronavirus severity.

Question I’m Asking

How are you handling the coronavirus situation personally? How is it impacting you and your family?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 15–Mar 21)

Comment of the Week

“I just shared this poem with my family:
‘The Peace of Wild Things’

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
– Wendell Berry”

– Beautiful, Debbie D.

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. As an extreme introvert, social distancing is my normal. Changes? What changes?

  2. Egads! I was hoping to escape the corona virus drama! Et tu, Mark?

    1. Brutus betrayed Caesar. Mark I believe is just being of responsible service to his readers in covering coronavirus.  I doubt he is doing so because he ‘wants to’ or has fallen prey to hysteria. I genuinely understand the wish to get away from the wall to wall drama of the pandemic, but there will be no real getting away from it for quite a while. Over the next few months we are all going to be seeing things- in our communities and on our screens- that we may never have imagined we would see, and will certainly wish we never did. I don’t think Mark could very well just ignore the topic.

    2. Wow. Is there ANY health and wellness site out there that is NOT covering the coronavirus pandemic?

      1. True, it has become an obsession for seemingly all blogs and news sites. In the end, though, it is the same stuff being put out over and over.

    3. I’m hoping this is just a bad flu season rather than the 911 of this generation, Keith. But I don’t think it will be.

      You are reading a blog on health and event of the year is the Coronavirus. You have to expect articles on it.

      I have to imagine most people check this blog expecting the best practices to stay health during these times.

      But I get it. There are whole podcasts I deleted unheard because the focus of their podcast was too far away from health for me to care about their opinion. Keep reading. I’m sure there will be more articles you are happy with. There always are.

      1. Irony, though, is be the massive coverage, excessive in my opinion, people will start tuning it out, like I have. Much of the coverage is repetitive, and this can cause people to miss actual important developments.

  3. I handling the coronavirus situation by trying to stay busy with household projects. I read a lot and find myself watching TV more than I usually do. We try to get outside frequently and avoid cabin fever by going for rides in the mountains. The upside is that traffic is light since the ski areas are all closed, and gas is unbelievably cheap.

    We waited in line to get into Costco this morning. They are allowing only 200 people in the store at a time to allow plenty of space around everyone. They are also disinfecting the carts, and the checkers were mostly wearing gloves but not masks.

  4. Mark, I hope you never stop blogging! Thanks for being a voice of reason in this crazy time (and not so crazy times). I’ve shared those studies with my family and friends. Also the poem is beautiful.

  5. would anyone know an answer to this? I work in the health care field and need to be at work but also must remain healthy. I take my temperature often. There are still no cases reported in my county. Over the years I randomly have taken my temp. It is always low…ranging from 95.5 to rarely over 97. If my temp suddenly approached 98 or over would I be considered to possibly have a fever?

    1. I have this problem too. My normal temp is in the low 97s. Same with both of my kids. Whenever any of us show a temp of 98.7 or higher, we are definitely sick and almost always feeling like crap. Docs generally won’t consider you to have a fever, but from personal experience I know this means my body is fighting something. If I were you, I would try to stay home if it spiked over a degree outside of your normal range consistently, even if it’s still someone else’s ‘normal.’ Or at least take any extra precautions you can to not expose others, if you can’t stay home.

    2. Due to thyroid issues, my normal body temp is 95.3. I have mentioned to several doctors & nurses that if my fever was 98.6 I would be quite ill, and they would ignore it. All have chuckled at me. Last week I was easily allowed into a nursing home, based solely on my temp not being high.
      In this, as in many things, the medical industry has policies that make no sense, and kills people. I could provide examples of incorrect policies, beliefs, and treatments in EVERY specialty. We like to think that medical care is advanced, but in reality it is in its infancy. 100 years hence, if we don’t have a complete societal collapse, much of current practice will be considered incredibly ignorant.

  6. My wife is a trauma, emotional eating therapist, and somatic experiencing practitioner, so her 2nd hand stress has gone through the roof.

    We’re spending more time focusing on our own self-care than ever before, just so she can continue to help her clients during this time.


  7. Oof. I know it’s small in the bigger scheme, but not having hot yoga class (or, more recently, boxing!!) is an adjustment. I always do a home yoga practice and walk outdoors anyway…but live with 2 cats and miss the Big Sweat and humankind.

    Truthfully, I do fine with the rest of staying home alone; it’s not so different from my usual. I’m teaching Chinese Medicine via Zoom since the lockdown…but was already working with coaching clients and doing herbal consults remotely.

    Still, there are hard parts. Like the fact that my ex- and future husband was supposed to visit this week for my 45th birthday…and now is stuck on the US side of The Wall (I live in BC, Canada). Also, even for an introvert, it is a bit weird not interacting with ANYONE in person now.

    All that said, I’m deeply grateful for meaningful online connections and groups. And sure am getting lots of work done and reading lots of books!

  8. I’ve been taking the kids to the beach for walks and taking them on bike rides every evening. It’s fun and they get out all their energy before bed. The time with them makes me love them all the more.
    And is necessary so I don’t eat them after the hell that is home schooling.

  9. So Sunday is my normal cook and store day for the week. We stocked up on greens and made a double batch to freeze some in case of shortages.

    To keep our spirits up, we’re making a souffle based apple cake.

    We’re making our usual side dishes so when we are ready for dinner or lunch, we can just make the meat and we’re pretty much done.

    We found a bunch of whole organic chickens and have them in our deep freeze, but are otherwise just shopping weekly like normal. Made the first batch of chicken broth with it last week.

    We’re not all that worried at this point. Just seeing how it plays out. More worried about family members with small kids trying to work from home while being distracted by a toddler. I’m worried about myself because I normally have some flu symptoms, so I think I”ll either not notice or it will get very bad before I ask for help. Hopefully it will be mild and I won’t even notice. I’m 90% sure I’ll get it, I get everything. Pretty sure there are invisible virus arrows pointing toward me, or a breadcrumb trail for viruses saying… this way… she’s a good target.

    Take care of yourself Mark and family and Primal community. This virus is really good at disabling the immune system, it’s not “just a cold.” People who say that don’t get how flus kill. Several years ago I lost a friend(Vietnam vet) to a flu/pneumonia combination. And that wasn’t even a fancy one like this.

  10. Would Love some indoor exercises when in stuck indoors for long periods. Considering the times we’re in how about going back to some of those primal meals of yours I remember head cheese, we all need some fun back in our lives. Hope you and yours are safe and well

  11. New York Times Crossword — I’ve been doing them for so long I’ve dug into the archives and have trouble with finding one I haven’t done. The link in today 22nd) is broken so this comment is here. The puzzles are good for the brain. IF and keto have totally improved my times. Now if I can only tap the right letter in the app. I’m way faster on paper.

  12. Great Sunday with Sisson. It really “hit home” for me. All this craziness has been eye opening for me. Its given me motivation to get my PHC certificate done. Where before I was taking my time. I dont want to be tied down any more. Forced to do things I dont want to do or be expected to do it all. I have had to remain a full time employee while being expected to home school my child with the uncertainty of having any help or leeway for our situation. Many are having to go exactly what I am or worse. If I can be my own boss it would make times like these less stressful. I dont think this will be the last.

  13. Your Sunday blog post about just needing 1 home run was among the best ever.

    thanks for being willing to acknowledge the failures it took to get you to be where you are today. I’m sure it will be inspiring to lots of people!