Friday, March 13, 2020

Weekly Link Love – Edition 72

Research of the Week

High blood pressure makes the coronavirus more dangerous.

How maternal obesity affects the offspring.

In women with PCOS, those going low-carb have better insulin sensitivity.

Homo erectus was probably really good at persistence hunting without water.

Dietary salt mitigates the damaging metabolic effects of a high-rice diet in rodents.

Low-calorie keto is safe for obese patients with mild kidney failure who want to lose weight.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 385: The Primal Endurance Revolution: Host Brad Kearns and I chat about how Primal Endurance principles have changed the endurance game—and how they can revolutionize your health and performance.

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 386: Catharine Arnston: Host Elle Russ chats with Catharine Arnston, CEO and founder of ENERGYbits—a company making nutrient-dense algae tablets.

Primal Health Coach Institute podcast

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 51: Laura and Erin chat with Brad Kearns about the long-term and sustainable benefits of the keto diet.

Media, Schmedia

Fecal transplants aren’t risk-free.

Plant-based activist group sues California for failing to list processed meat as a carcinogen.

Interesting Blog Posts

What’s it like to have a “mild” case of the novel coronavirus?

Digital stillface.

Social Notes

Natalie Grasso’s Primal Health Coach success story: “it helped me get out of my own way.”

On countering oxalate overload.

Everything Else

The fatality rate may be overestimated.

When analyzing the “healthiness” of a food, consumers are more likely to worry about sugar than other components like saturated fat or salt. Next up: seed oils!

It’s a good time to buy lobster.

This is funny.

Things I’m Up to and Interested in

Improvement in efficiency I found amazing: Using different grazing methods to go from each cow needing 250 acres to each cow needing just 20 in the desert of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Argument I found counterintuitive at first: How the coronavirus may have saved Chinese lives.

Article I found interesting: Why are children (seemingly) spared?

Twitter thread I found helpful: Reassuring facts about the coronavirus.

Old research I haven’t seen addressed much: Animal studies show that taking antipyretics (fever-reducers) during influenza increases mortality. Are fevers adaptive?

Question I’m Asking

You probably noticed a lot of coronavirus content today. Sorry about that. There wasn’t a whole lot else to share. Pretty much everyone and everything was focused on that singular topic.

Next week I’ll be doing a Dear Mark. Do you have any questions related to the coronavirus? I’m quite limited in what I can answer with any amount of expertise, but I can certainly offer my perspective.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 8–Mar 14)

Comment of the Week

“The coronavirus article seems an impressive case of willful ignorance for a man with PhD after his name. Experts have been at pains to emphasize the imperative to slow the spread because it will rapidly and completely overwhelm our medical system. Basically, very ill people will go essentially untreated, the virus will rage throughout our hospitals, which are full of especially vulnerable people, and countless senior living facilities of all kinds will become scenes of shocking carnage, at least by standards moderns are accustom to. I think a reasonable people can conclude this is a scenario worth trying to head off.”

– Good point, DBW.


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Show Notes:

News topic du jour:
Corona Virus

Video from SARS expert Dr. Hui-–Will-the-coronavirus-burn-out-or-become-a-pandemic
-No innate immunity
-Medical systems CAN get over run
-That would increase the morbidity/mortality
-It IS technically a pandemic
-A vaccine is 12-18 months away at the earliest

Framework for thinking through COVID19

Eli Pariser: 8 days of US vs Italy COVID mapping:

Thomas Pueyo: Coronavirus-Why you must act now
-Containment and social distancing works, but the cats outa the bag in much of the world
-If medical systems get overwhelmed, it can be bad

Peak Prosperity Crash course: Exponential growth


1.  How To Offset Effects of Long-term Anticoagulant Use? [20:52]
Micah says:
Hi Robb, absolutely love your podcast and have a question I was hoping you could help me with. I have been hearing a lot about vitamin K2 and how it helps move calcium out of the arteries and into the bone. My issue is I am on warfarin for life due to multiple blood clots over the past few years and I worry about the long term affects. My doctors believe the clots are due to my ulcerative colitis which is now under control thanks to the GAPS protocol and now a mostly paleo diet. They are still unwilling to take me off the blood thinners. My question is is there anything I can do to offset the effects of long-term anticoagulant use in my arteries and bones. I am a 31-year-old male and healthy with the exception of the issues I’ve mentioned above. I weight lift 4 to 5 times a week in a bodybuilding type style.

Long-term warfarin therapy and biomarkers for osteoporosis and atherosclerosis-2015
Reduced bone density in patients on long-term warfarin. 2009

2. Diarrhea on Keto? [25:43]
Gaju the KetoPooper says:
Hi Robb,
Dig your content. You were responsible for turning me on to paleo.
I’ve been doing keto for close to a year now. However, whenever the fat content in my meal goes up and there’s some fiber present from vegetables, diarrhea occurs soon after. Unless my physiology is abnormal, I expected my body to be able to process the fat by now.
Reducing the veggies or the fat that I add to my meals in the form of olive oil, duck fat, avocado oil and so on, seems to keep the diarrhea in check. But the calories consumed go down substantially. As an active person looking to make significant strength gains in the gym, this bums me out.
Right now, I’m trying to see if the magnesium in the electrolytes I consume (Lyteshow) might be the culprit. But any leads you can provide would be very helpful.

3. How To Make Paleo/Atheist Friends? [29:49]
Karen says:
Hi, I have been eating a paleo derived diet since 2011. When I read your book and lost 45lbs in 4 months and I have kept it off since. Recently I have had 2 children and I feel like it’s difficult to live this lifestyle in the OC, Ca area with children. Also my husband and I are atheists (my dad is a Scientologist). I don’t know if you’ve answered this before, but I am curious how I am supposed to meet like minded people with a similar diet in the area. We already belong to a CrossFit gym and they are predominately unhealthy eaters and religious. Maybe I should just join a different one or find a meetup group?
Thanks, Karen

4. The Croissant Diet: Is There Something Here? [36:43]
Tyler says:
Hey Robb and Nicki,
I’ve been a shown listener for several years now, and I always enjoy y’all’s (yes I’m from Texas) perspective on a variety of health topics because it’s unique and usually gets me thinking. So, Mark Sisson posted a blog post recently from a guy who did a so called “Croissant Diet” for weight loss, which really boils down to maintaining a certain ratio of saturated:unsaturated fat intake and a few other things which he claims can alter metabolism favorably in terms of weight loss. He also asserts that it is an ancestral diet, aka the French, though really a rather recent one.
My question is this – is he on to something? Is there any substance or lessons that could be learned from him? Sounds like it was really satiating which probably helped drive the weight loss. And if he is on to something, how could someone apply it – and especially those of us in whom high saturated fat intake seems to equal sky-high LDL-P levels.
Thanks for all y’all’s work, it’s much appreciated and needed.

5. Salt Sensitivity? [47:24]
Laura says:
I’ve run my DNA through a variety of tools (strategene, DNA fit, Found My Fitness, Nutritional Genome and most recently a Viome Gut Biome test).   All point to me being very salt sensitive.   
Being that I’m very low carb and salt sensitive – what sort of guidance would you give to be sure I get the right level of salt in my diet?
I am a LMNT subscriber and originally was putting a full packet in my water throughout the day (micro dosing) – then stopped when I noticed some tremendous swelling (ankles disappeared and I took my ring off).  Recently I’ve tried adding some smaller doses back in – but I’m nervous around pushing that too much with my salt sensitivity.

45 yo female 5’8″
157lbs / 18% body fat

historically: kettlebells (45mins MWF); Jog (30mins TTh), hiking or the like (1hr+ SSun)
currently:  Core40 (pilates based movement with more a heavy resistant / slow movement focus – 40mins MWF); walk (30mins TTh)

keto / carnivore for about 3 years.   Currently doing OMAD (one meal a day) for ease and feels more intuitive for me.   
Currently doing a bit of a cut cycle and adding in a Protein Sparing Modified Diet to lean out / reset after some vacay fun.  After this I will go back to more of a Keto OMAD style.

Health history:
Used paleo and functional medicine to overcome SIBO in the last 3 years and then transitioned to keto / carnivore recently seeing that I don’t digest greens well often.  Have had great success with lower carb (feeling, clarity etc) but am starting to see what may be some overstressed symptoms (fatigue, ear ache / issues typically come up for me).
I still have on my list to do a  proper carb test per Wired to Eat….

I hope that gives enough of a background for my question 🙂
What are your thoughts?



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