Research of the Week

Removing your tonsils is associated with more infectious, respiratory, and allergic diseases across your lifetime. Having them removed by a trained professional isn’t much better.

Researchers recommend easing up on psilocybin restrictions.

Smoking one plant may help addicts stop smoking another.

Kids with ADHD or autism are more likely to have food allergies.

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New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 251: Dr. Aaron Grossman: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Aaron Grossman about his mission: helping top performers reach optimal levels of performance.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Suicide is rising.

Media, Schmedia

They’re catching up to us.

Apparently sticking broccoli powder in junk food will save us all. Frappucino with 100 grams of sugar? Just add some broccoli powder and you’re good.

Everything Else

Is algae the food of the future?

Bayer plans to ditch the Monsanto name.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

List I’m proud to make: Greatist’s 100 Most Influential in Health and Fitness.

Deadlift I found inspiring: This 185 pound one by a 90 year-old woman.

Study I found fascinating: Birth month predicts lifetime risk of 55 different diseases.

Environmental intervention I think everyone welcomes: India pledges to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022.

I want to watch it even more now: The Australian medical establishment tries to get Netflix to stop carrying a movie in the interest of “public safety.”

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 3– Jun 9)

Comment of the Week

“This just in: Wild Boreal TJ’s blueberries sold out nationwide?”

– We’ll see, greg jordan.

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9 thoughts on “Weekend Link Love — Edition 507”


  1. Re birth month: I can’t sed this holding true for the same month in both northern and summer hemispheres. July has very different conditions between the north, where it’s summer, and the south, where it’s winter. The US study looked at US Americans of different ethnicities, the Danish and German studies considered north-western Europeans.

    Would the same patterns emerge, with a six month shift? Would a July baby in the north share a risk profile with a January baby in the south? What about increasing distance from the equator?

    It would also be interesting to see what patterns might emerge in the eastern versus the western hemispheres.

    Not my field, but fascinating.



  2. How does DJ Khaled beat out Mark Sisson for most influential people in health and fitness….better question where is Ben Greenfield in this mix.



  3. Re. tonsils… “Having them removed by a trained professional isn’t much better.” Yikes, how else would you have them taken out?

    For the record, I had my tonsils taken out at age 6. Not by my request, of course, but I no longer got earaches all the time after they were gone, so I’d have to consider it a major plus. I do have a few food sensitivities but I probably don’t get sick nearly as often as the average person. I catch a cold on the average of once every 7 or 8 years, and I haven’t had the flu in many, many years. I don’t know what to attribute this good fortune to, but I doubt that my missing tonsils play a major role one way or the other.



  4. @Christopher: Are you serious about Greenfield ? He is a quack.

    The Magic Pill looks as bad as What the Health…



  5. Does anyone know how these new Algae proteins stack up against whey? Mark’s placement on this list is a sad commentary on what is influencing the world. Most of the people listed ahead of him seem to be incredibly vain people who do a great job posting pictures of themselves. I am curious how many peoples lives they truly make better.



  6. It’s crazy that you’re not in the top 5. Who’s done more than you? All honesty, you should have been number one.



  7. Lost the tonsils when I was five. They bled badly. On the other hand kept the foreskin. Of the two, the tonsils are very expendable, that sleeve of pleasure is not.



  8. Congratulations on making the list! You’re really The Man these days, Mark. I’m seeing you peeking-out of magazine racks on news stands, salad dressing bottles at grocery stores and streaming documentaries.

    Speaking of which, I find it interesting that Australia is the one pressuring Netflix to remove “The Magic Pill,” a documentary on the ketogenic diet. You don’t see them challenging the vegan screeds on Netflix. I think the Aussies are embarrassed over the segment on Timothy Noake’s heresy trial where he calls the food industry out while making the AMA look like either idiots or co-conspirators.



  9. After reading the suicide article link, I did some Googling, and it seems like the suicide rate is even higher than that during the Great Depression. This makes me think that the “despair” narrative isn’t valid. There seems to be something unique about modern society that leaves people unable to cope with the regular ups and downs of everyday life. I think we have a lot to learn from people in past generations about how to deal with hardship.




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