Weekly Link Love—Edition 2

Research of the Week

The latest
MDMA trial
finds it’s 76% effective at treating PTSD. Full
FDA approval expected by 2021.

As many as
500,000 years ago
, Arabia was green, and hominids were living
and traveling through there.

Scare yourself to recalibrate your emotions

Increased frequency of global travel may actually reduce
the danger of global pandemics.

CoQ10 is good for type 2 diabetics

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 287:
Victoria Field
: Host Elle Russ chats with Victoria Field, a
world-renowned expert in high-performance
and cancer-centered keto nutrition for people and dogs.

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
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Media Schmedia

New surgery students haven’t the manual
dexterity necessary to succeed

Reader Question of the Week

Marek asked

Hi Mark
This article hit home for me as I’m 57 and living with a slightly
enlarged prostate. One of my favourite activities is getting out on
my road bike for a good 50 to 75 km ride. I’m wondering if you
would know if that is aggravating my prostate? I’ve read so many
conflicting reports I’m hoping you may have some insight. Thanks

Great question.

There may be short-term increases in prostate stress. In men 50
or over, a long bike ride (55-160 km) transiently
PSA levels by an average of 9.5% when measured 5
minutes post-riding. The longer the ride and the older the rider,
the larger the increase. In a sample of 129 riders, just two men
had elevated PSA levels before the ride. After the ride, six men
had elevated PSA levels. All told, it isn’t very significant, and
the authors suggest 48 hours is enough for PSA to return to

But there probably isn’t any chronic effect. A 2015 meta-analysis of
the available research suggested “that there is no effect of
cycling on PSA.”

observational studies
have found road cycling to be linked to
increased genital numbness, urethral stricture (where the urethra
is blocked or obstructed), but not to any actual sexual problems or
impaired urinary function. Oddly enough, cycling-related numbness
of the butt was linked to worse sexual function. Padded seats,
raising the handlebars to be even with the seat, and using padded
shorts seem to improve the symptoms.

I wouldn’t worry. Exercise itself is good for prostate health,
as I explained in the prostate
a couple weeks ago. So my gut feeling is that cycling is
probably a net plus for the prostate.

Interesting Blog Posts

Paleobiologists attempt to debunk the paleo diet, fail miserably.

Ketosis and
(or the lack thereof).

Social Notes

Went to the

Halloween has passed, but these NomNomPaleo Halloweenies we made
are a great way to get kids involved in the cooking (and eating)

Brad Kearns’ last couple podcasts have been great. First, his
interview with Vinnie
 and then a “breather”
where Brad chats about Deepak Chopra insights,
longevity, and high-jumping.

Everything Else

AI-created painting
fetches hefty price

Why did thousands of usually-solitary deep sea octopuses

gather in the waters outside of Monterey

I’d vote for him based off

Wristbands to
predict and eventually regulate mood

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I wouldn’t be surprised if it was causal:
More screen time, less psychological well-being

You know what they say: “Lie
with Neanderthals, wake up with HPV

Article I’m loving: “Why Forests Give
You Awe

Result you might not have expected: Those who are struggling
benefit more from
giving advice than receiving it

Miscellaneous topic I enjoyed:
The smell artist

Question I’m Asking

Will AI-created art—paintings, books, music, etc—ever
replace or surpass human art? Or will “something” always be

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 28– Nov 3)

Comment of the Week

“Imagine if our ancestors had internet news and smart phones.
All day long, they’d be getting alerts. ‘Ging of Siberia was
mauled by a polar bear.’ ‘Huge attack by Comanches kills 100s.
Slaves captured.’ ‘Viking ruler overthrown by brother.
Bloodiest battle in Katagut.’ ‘Child goes missing in the bush.
Feared eaten by dingos.’ ‘Mayan leader Xocolatte accused of
once throwing a cup of coffee at ex-girlfriend.’ ”

imagines if our ancestors had access to the global news cycle.

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Love—Edition 2
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