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21 Apr

Essential Oils: Separating Fact from Fiction

If you spend a day or two on social media sites, you get the idea that essential oils are a panacea that can replace every modern medicine, both over the counter and prescription. Kid got a fever? Rub a little of this oil on his feet. Big job interview coming up in a few minutes? Inhale a little of this to relax. Fungal infection? Splash some of this on. It’s gotten particularly out of hand on Pinterest, where multi-level marketing schemers attempt to convince everyone they absolutely need to become essential oil wholesalers. Conversely, if you hang around in the online skeptic communities (Science Based Medicine, Quackwatch, etc.), you come away with the impression that essential oils are at best pleasant-smelling placebos and at worst expensive poisons. So – who’s right? Who’s wrong? Are essential oils simply glorified air fresheners without any evidence of efficacy, or does the truth lie somewhere between the two extremes?

Let’s first dig into the common claims and the evidence for some of the most popular essential oils.

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20 Apr

Dear Mark: Fish Oil Study, 1500 Calories, Breaking a Plateau, and Bulletproof Coffee vs IF

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering four questions. First up is from Milad, who wonders about the recent research seeming to show that fish has little to no effect on heart disease. Is it right? Are we wasting money and enduring fish burps for nothing? Next, how low is too low? If a person’s eating 1500 calories and feeling completely satisfied, should he preemptively increase calories before bad things start happening? After that, I give a couple tips for breaking through a weight loss plateau. And last, how does Bulletproof coffee “fasting” compare with actual intermittent fasting? Is it a better alternative?

Let’s go:

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19 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 344

Weekend Link LoveToday’s the last day to submit your success story and enter to win a year’s supply of the Primal Essentials Kit. Learn more here.

Research of the Week

Tylenol blunts positive and negative emotional reactions.

How much exercise do we need to live the longest?

Synovial fluid bubbles cause popping joints.

Researchers just found the world’s oldest (known) stone tools.

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18 Apr

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

pancakes1This is a guest post from George Bryant, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Kitchen and founder of CivilizedCavemanCooking.com.

Pancakes, they were my favorite comfort food as a child and then turned into an enabling food for my bulimia. After overcoming my 12-year struggle with bulimia, I realized it was empowering to reintroduce some old comforts and eat them in a healthy space relating to food.

After that realization, I dove right in to start creating the perfect Paleo Pancake that looked, tasted, and cooked just like traditional pancakes and we nailed it. This was my favorite recipe to retest a few times to make sure it was perfect. Honestly, it was always perfect but I wanted more reasons to photograph it again and of course eat them.

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17 Apr

I Think Grok Would Be Proud

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2Hi, I’m Fisher, at my heaviest I was about 275 pounds.

From the beginning of my life I was always very active. I was always playing sports and my main discipline was martial arts, specifically Taekwondo and Tang Soo Do. Even after I graduated from college I was 150 pounds and a golf professional.

Shortly after I began my career as a golf professional, I became very ill with pneumonia. I went from running three miles a day in 20 minutes and benching twice my weight, to not being able to walk five paces without collapsing. Even after my recovery from the pneumonia, my lungs were still far from working efficiently. I was on the shelf for years. During this time I was eating with no restrictions. Anything was okay, so I soon began to put on the pounds.

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