Weekly Link Love—Edition 88

Research of the Week

Physical frailty predicts COVID-19 outcomes.

If you’re lifting, getting 1.62 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight is a nice target.

After new analysis, Ireland reduces its “excess deaths from coronavirus” numbers. Still 13% higher than normal, but lower than previous estimations.

Evidence for coronavirus presence in Brazil as early as November 2019.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 431: Gina Devee: Host Elle Russ chats with author Gina Devee.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 67: Laura and Erin chat with Jen James about heart-centered entrepreneurism.

Media, Schmedia

Why dads need to roughhouse with their kids.

Is there another pandemic coming?

Interesting Blog Posts

Those pesky PSCK9 inhibitors: so effective on paper, so useless (and sometimes deadly) in real life.

Social Notes

Some awesome ideas for games to play with your kids.

Don’t let this be you.

Everything Else

Science is humanity’s highest pursuit.

Ancient toddler footprint.

Pre-existing T-cell immunity?

Got arthritis? Try barefoot.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I’m not surprised: Humans use smell to get around.

Interesting finding: Very low LDL is not associated with lower cardiovascular mortality. It is associated with higher all cause mortality.

It’s just everywhere these days: Plastic found in vegetables and fruits.

Another reason everyone should exercise: It improves the quality of breast milk.

A nice piece on importance of megafauna in human diets: How eating (and killing) the megafauna changed humans forever.

Question I’m Asking

Did you roughhouse as a kid?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 28 – Jul 3)

Comment of the Week

“Plastic rain sounds like our version of lead pipes for the Romans.”

– We will see, Chris.

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. Roughhouse as a kid? No, not at all. Unless you include being thrown in the air by my mother’s brother, who was into trapeze stunts. I was very young but I still remember how terrified I was. I used to hide when he came to visit. Quality time? Not even. But then, I’m a girl

    My dad was a good dad. He showed his love in many ways, but he never did any roughhousing, not with my brother and certainly not with me. Somehow we still managed to grow up fairly well adjusted.

    1. Since you didn’t enjoy he should have stopped. That said, I’m a girl too and did enjoy that kind of thing. Being a girl has nothing to do with it.

  2. Skeezix,
    I too did not have to endure/enjoy “roughhousing”
    thank God. I have never seen the appeal of such things.
    Maybe some children like it but a great many do not,
    and the adults seem to get more of a kick out of it than the

  3. All children need roughhousing once in a while, with a mature, well-adjusted parent, family member or guardian. (Trapeze oriented uncles may well need to be supervised.) Some love it and some are uninterested. The child’s preference should be the determining factor. Boys are designed to be fighters and often require that stimulation to gain confidence. Girls traditionally gain their confidence in other ways. But I’ve seen some tough girls/women competitors in my day.

    If children were able to roughhouse more and screen time less, America would be in a better position that it is on this Fourth of July.

    1. I think Mark linked to it six years back, but men may look different from women because our skulls have evolved to take punches. I feel like you may get a little push back on the boy/girl distinction, but it’s to some extent anatomical.

  4. The bed toss game in Rafe’s “evolve move play” video recalled the other day when the boys claimed they couldn’t get to sleep unless I flipped them end over end and growled “Get to sleep!” which I haven’t done in over two years. They’re both over 100 pounds now. I gotta get stronger.

  5. RE: Pre existing T cell immunity: “Rather, diversity of SARS-CoV-2 T-cell responses was increased in case of mild symptoms of COVID-19, providing evidence that development of immunity requires recognition of multiple SARS-CoV-2 epitopes”

    Well yes, common cold coronaviruses, SARS, and MERS are all possibly things we may have been exposed to in the past. There has been much theorizing that if you had SARS during that emergency you may have mild symptoms of Covid-19 but no actual proof. This is their highly technical way of saying… here’s some proof of that.

  6. The first heroes you mention, those who set out west with a couple of wagons, tools and rifles. How many indigenous people did those rifles kill? How many families did they destroy and tear apart? Not my idea of a hero.

    1. How many people did American Indians kill before the white man came, they were tribal, they were warriors, they stole women, they scalped. This is the human history that we are all a part of over the globe.

      To think it is only the white man is a mistake, and to think we cannot honour FLAWED people is also a mistake too.

    2. I am part Mexican Indigenous and I am very glad that Aztec culture is no more. They slaughtered and sacrificed tens of thousands of people at a time, including women and children. We don’t need to lament the loss of many of these tribes, who had been waging war and ruthlessly taking over each other’s territory long before Europeans arrived.

    3. EVERY civilization was borne of displacing an indigenous group, in the Americas is it just the most recent and that’s why it is the only one that is vilified. Caucasians were displacing indigenous Caucasian’s, mongoloids were displacing indigenous mongoloids, and Africans were displacing indigenous Africans 10s and 100s of thousand years before coming to America. It is all part of the Brutal Ancient and recent history of humankind, not America alone.

  7. Mark your thoughtful musings help me to reflect on all that is good in my life. I live a comfortable life and it is due to those unknown heroes who came before me. A lets not forget the unrecognized heroes who walk among us today.

  8. As a pilot in Alaska for over 35 yrs now, my career is winding down in length but not in substance. I’m still maxing out my 1400 hrs of allowed commercial flying every year. I’m in awe of a couple of war pilots I knew growing up. 1st is a WWII B17 Captain, who went in the Army Air Corp with 12 of his graduating college buddies. He was the only one of the 13 pilots to survive the War! The loss of his friends, affected him for the remainder of his life. The 2nd a Vietnam fighter pilot who served 3 tours and came back for a fourth as a bird dog pilot. He was a true warrior. Served his career in the Air Force and then flew civil aviation until his health failed. Both these pilots are gone now, they were from that era of sacrifice without complaint. The 1940s through the 70s.

  9. I completely agree!! The human is an amazing being.
    Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

  10. I think we are all heroes in some small way. I am thankful for how much better off human kind is these days. Example- “Today 1 billion people (14%) live on around $1 a day (compare: in the 1800s, more than 85% of humanity could be described this way!)” – Factfulness
    As one of the world leaders during this betterment, America should take a moment to be thankful for all we have, and all we have uplifted.
    Bill Gates calls the book Factfulness one of the most important books he has read. You will breathe a little easier once you realize how much better the world is these days. Happy reading. Cheers!

    1. I’m amazed by the Human spirit and The Courage To defy nature. I’m referring to the Act of flying. I salute the brave men & women who pioneered The world of Aviation!!!
      Thanks to them, My husband was fortunate to fly The
      F-18 Hornet for the USMC. He studied hard as a student and got his “Wings”!
      What an honor and a thrill he experienced in his military career. He’s Now a retired Colonel, but continues to fly these days for the airlines and loves it!

      Because of aviation we All have the luxury To fly and explore the world!!!

  11. Thanks Mark. This Sunday’s writing was siimple and powerful. Have a great Sunday….from South Texas.

  12. Hands down my dad and, to some extent my mom, were/are my greatest heroes. He came from a childhood of horrific abuse at the hands of his father, abuse from strangers, and being shuffled from house to house. He hitchhiked at the age of 8 to escape his life after being placed in foster care. Dad never finished high school – he dropped out in 9th grade. He married my mother at the age of 17 (she was even younger), and fell into alcoholism after the birth of their first child (following in his father’s footsteps). He put my mother through much, and she endured and stayed faithful. He tried to do better and joined the military. After 15 years of alcoholism, he finally got sober. I only knew him sober, and he was the best Daddy I could’ve had. He showed me what unconditional love is. Together, he and my mother raised five successful, productive, contributing members of society. Remembering his own abuse, Dad was gentle and loving toward us children, but he was still a very strong man. My sister and I tried his patience many times, but Dad never broke his promise to himself. I just marked 9 long years without him, but I see him every day in myself and my children. He was only 66 when he passed. He and my mother were preparing to celebrate 50 years of marriage, but the abuse to his body took a tremendous toll. Dad never tried to hide his faults and flaws, and that made him a hero all the more in my eyes.
    I agree wholeheartedly Mark. It is the everyday heroes whose names we never hear that play perhaps an even more significant part of the history of this world. Thank you for a highly thought-provoking article. I always know when I open my email on Sunday that I’m in for a treat. Best wishes to all, and enjoy making your own mark on history. Let’s all strive to make them positive marks!

  13. God bless you, Mark.You are so right about the words you wrote today. Thank you for being aware.

  14. Thanks for this powerful post. I am a pretty great friend to people and animals.

  15. Thanks Mark. I’m an optimist by nature and the current non stop histrionics from the media along with the victim mentality of identity politics sadden and sicken me. I’m trying to stay upbeat, positive and a good example for my family and colleagues. Your note reinforces that those efforts are well-places.

  16. Was VERY into roughhousing! We’d play WWF, and though I was always the smallest girl in the class, I could hold my own against my best friend’s brother:).

  17. I would really like to see “ a guy unicycling down the street while juggling with a snake around his neck” outside my window.

  18. Thank You for today’s thoughtful words. You are right… we all do great things, some small, many unnoticed, and some great. I’ve given a loving home to many animals in need… horses, dogs, cats. That is my greatness. It’s small, but it means the world to them!. Have a nice Sunday!

  19. Thank you for your article today. I believe most mental health experts would agree that focusing on the positive accomplishments while remembering and learning from our mistakes makes us a more well balanced person. I believe the same goes for the country. We need to remember we have ALL had mistakes in our lives. To focus on them only serves to bring people down, but to recognize them and learn from them is what makes us able to evolve as a people.

  20. Never had an roughhousing from Dad, but the pummeling from two older brothers was brutal!

  21. Ina May Gaskin, for her care for women & babies, and showing that the American way of birth is not the only way.

  22. Your ruminations today reminded me of a song I wrote for a friend’s grandmother’s memorial a number of years ago:

    A Little Bit of Someone

    A little bit of someone goes on and on and on,
    A little bit of someone in our hearts when they are gone,
    So do not fear the end of life and start singing like the swan,
    Like the phoenix you will rise again and go on and on and on.

    You may think that little in your life has moved the world,
    But every single soul you’ve touched around your life has furled,
    And folding in and folding out, vibrations you accrue,
    Till generations down the line there’s a little part of you.

    So, read a story to a child. Shake your neighbor’s hand.
    Sing a quiet lullaby, or lead a big brass band.
    Raise some kids. Plant veg’tables, or even just love someone.
    You’ll find that all that energy goes on and on and on.

    A little bit of someone goes on and on and on,
    A little bit of everyone in the hearts of those beyond.
    Our daughters’ daughters’ daughters, and our sons’ sons’ sons
    Carry on our thoughts and deeds when every life is done.

    A little bit of someone goes on and on and on.
    A little bit of someone in our hearts when they are gone.
    So do not fear the end of life and start singing like the swan,
    Like the phoenix you will rise again and go on and on and on.
    Like the phoenix you will rise again and go on and on and on.

  23. I’ve cared for, taught, cheered, and led 500+ students to read, write, learn and love math and more as a classroom teacher. I’ve hugged children when they’ were hurt, their dog died, and when they felt wronged by a classmate. I’ve encouraged them to eat healthier foods, drink more water and enjoy exercising. Classroom teachers are so important to kids!

  24. Thanks for the list! I’m baffled recently by 0-1 carb products showing polydextrose as….dietary fiber. Could you do an “Is it primal?” dive on polydextrose? Love you guys!

  25. Grateful, with you, for all the people who are going about their lives doing good.

  26. Coming from a broken home, yeah there was a lot of “rough housing”. It probably did a lot to contribute to the short temper and overall mean demeanor of my youth.

  27. Thank you Mark. Americans need to read posts like this right now!

  28. Yep – I roughhoused with both my kids although my son seemed to enjoy it better than my daughter. I didn’t over-do it with them as they got older, but I did want my daughter to at least know how to ‘fight back’. Now that I think about it, she’s taken jujitsu classes since so it must have stuck some 😉

    I still occasionally roughhouse with my son although it’s getting harder and harder to tell who’s roughhousing with whom. (he’s 22/6’5″/210lbs – I’m not)