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20 Nov

Change Coming to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

breadIt’s about that time again, folks. The sixth meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has recently drawn to a close. Just one more meeting remains until the absolute final word on how to eat healthily and stave off chronic disease, obesity, and early death forever becomes available for public consumption. Isn’t it grand? We can all just sit back, turn off our brains, close down the PubMed tab, and receive premier nutritional recommendations that do all the work for us. I’m serious. Stop thinking so much. The impending recommendations come from high up: a Committee composed of Important People and Experts with your best interests in mind.

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19 Nov

How to Support Healthy Skin Bacteria

muddyLast week, I introduced the concept of the skin biome: the vast communities of microbes living on and in our skin. For some, it was unsettling. Gut microbes are out of sight, out of mind. But skin microbes are on us. They’re crawling, reproducing, digesting, and secreting various fluids and lipids all over the surface of our bodies. In people who’ve been conditioned to use soap and water to remove every last trace of bacteria from our hands and skin, the idea that our hands, faces, arms, and torsos are teeming with microbes – and that it’s probably unwise to remove them all – is hard to swallow. We might even recoil at the thought. I mean, viruses and mites living on us? Really?

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18 Nov

8 Strategies for Cultivating a Vitality Mindset

vitalityWhen people say their goal is “to get healthy,” most of the time they mean implementing a few diet and exercise strategies to get a particular targeted result. They’re referring to a practical, circumscribed process. They may recognize that they’ll have to keep up some of the efforts long after the number on the scale registers their goal or their biceps look a certain way, but there’s not much of an expansive vision. I’m all for pragmatism, but I feel it can be rather constrictive. Even the word “health” itself has been watered down practically speaking. Health, too often, is used as some relative term more descriptive of an absence of obvious ill symptoms than the kind of well-being I’m after. It smacks of problem-solving rather than growth. Vitality, on the other hand, ups the ante considerably. It suggests living from a different, more energetic, more fulfilling place. To achieve it, however, requires a bigger, deeper commitment than achieving a lukewarm sense of health. It has the power to change us on deeper, further-reaching levels. It’s more challenging and less easily contained, but the rewards are much more considerable. Reaching for vitality is as much about mind as it is matter. What does fostering a vitality mindset, however, look like? What strategies get at the heart of the endeavor?

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17 Nov

Dear Mark: Butter and Coagulation; Early Weaning and Growth Charts

butterFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a quick two-parter. First up, I discuss the results of a 2008 study into the effect of high acute intakes of various fat sources on postprandial (i.e. after eating) blood coagulation markers. Since butter came out looking not so hot, a reader wonders whether this should impact our butter consumption. Find out what I think down below. And after that, I explore infant growth charts and early weaning from breast milk in response to a new father’s question about a doctor’s suggestion.

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16 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 322

weekend link love2Research of the Week

In Taekwondo athletes, a ketogenic diet improved physical performance (PDF).

Using a foam roller reduces arterial stiffness and improves endothelial function.

Playing action video games may improve general learning capacity, not just game-specific learning performance.

Ginger is probably effective for patients with osteoarthritis.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 42: Ask the Primal Doctor – Q&A with Dr. Cate Shanahan: Dr. Cate returns to the podcast to talk a little bit about her history working with rural Hawaiians eating their traditional diets, how that experience shaped her approach to medicine, and whether or not the mainstream medical community is shifting toward a more ancestral approach (even if they don’t quite know it).

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