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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: January 2007

A Monday Moment

Let’s take a moment to honor Dr. King’s memory. The power of human intention and determination in the face of enormous adversity is inspiring. Take a moment now to remember: it’s never too late to take steps toward realizing your own dreams.

Good Words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Psst…

What do you all think of the to-pasteurize-or-not-to-pasteurize debate? We think getting rid of hormones is at least a good step in the right direction.

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Big Moo, Up 1

This is great news. Who wants hormones in their food? Check out the clickativity!

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Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge

This week, Apples, let’s cut out all refined grains of any kind. You’ll give your blood, pancreas, digestive tract, and waistline a very healthy break.

There are lots of refined offenders, but here are the most common: white rice, white bread, so-called “multi-grain” bread, pre-made waffles and pancakes, dinner rolls, white pasta, crackers, cookies, cakes, processed foods made with corn syrup or corn starch, and of course, desserts and candies. Whew! These foods are cheap for manufacturers to produce – and admittedly, they are tasty. But they don’t offer much nutrition, and they can cause serious harm to your health if eaten frequently. Try cutting out refined sugars and starches for a week and you’ll notice a real difference in your mood, digestion, mental clarity, sleep, and energy level.

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Lean, Take 2

By the way, the FDA is approving the use of the word “lean” on prepared foods at the suggestion of Nestle. I’m guessing this wonderful “suggestion” was made on a golf course somewhere – or maybe a private jet. FDA? Nope. MDA.

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Catch the Buzz

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

No, not that kind of buzz. Sheesh!

Between us, Sisson’s still pretty steamed about the whole health care crisis, so we sent him on a hike. We hope you’re about to go do something fun and active, too (it’s the weekend, for goodness’ sake!). But catch the latest buzz before you go, Apples…

1) Render Magazine Is Probably Gonna Be Bummed about This One

This is the last mention of Render, easily the most disturbing industry magazine ever. It’s nothing personal; we know everyone has to put food on the table somehow and they’re just doin’ their jobs. But still

The ongoing Mad Cow concerns have prompted the government to consider banning certain cattle matter from being used in drugs, medical supplies and vaccines. (We asked ourselves the same thing: meat is allowed to be in my medicine?)

Things like brains, skulls, eyes, and spinal cords are of concern – especially spinal cords, which tend to be where Mad Cow hangs out. So are materials from “downer” cows (if a cow can’t walk, should we be consuming it?), tallow, and a lot of really disgusting things you don’t want to read about. But, you can by clicking here .

For what it’s worth, things like “mechanically separated beef” are not just in drugs. This sort of meat is what goes into hot dogs, taquitos, and kids’ school lunches. We’re not saying you have to join PETA or anything, but we do advocate sticking to fresh, organic groceries to avoid these sorts of excuses for food.

2) Apple Updates

Happy birthday to junior Apple Annie, who always has a fascinating and humorous health anecdote! Congrats to fellow Apple Sarah for improving her digestive health and skin by getting more beneficial fats in her diet. A high-five to new Apple Joel for healthfully building five pounds of muscle last month – we know you can reach your goal of 5 more for the new year. And thanks to all the rest of you for participating in the DCMF giveaway contest! (Visit the Forum to learn more.) You’ve sent in some great responses and we’ll be announcing the winner in Monday’s email health tip. If you’d like a free email health tip that includes handy links, giveaways and other updates, just mosey over to the Forum and register as an Apple (it takes about 30 seconds).

3) Important News for Those Who Love Their Little Rugrats

It’s all over the news: cough syrup isn’t safe for kidlets. It’s not really so good for you, either. Boost your immunity this winter by getting lots of veggies in your diet, exercising several times a week, and getting proper rest. Wash those hands like a maniac, too! (Just don’t get all Howard Hughes on us.) We don’t like colds anymore than you do, but bear in mind that sometimes a little infection is just the body’s way of building immunity and getting stronger. Unless it’s really serious, try to avoid taking drugs to cover up symptoms.

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