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Archive for October, 2007

31 Oct

The Biggest Myth About Cancer: That It Just “Happens”

There are many persistent myths about cancer and cancer prevention, but central among them is the assumption that cancer “just happens”. This is fallacious. How you live and what you choose to put in your body has a direct – and significant – causative relationship to whether or not your risk for cancer will be […]

31 Oct

The Hypothetical Game

When I was a kid my best friend and I loved playing the hypothetical game. In case you are unfamiliar with this pastime it basically involves inquiring as to the minimum limits of compensation it would take to get the other person to experience something downright horrible. For example, “How much money would it take […]

30 Oct

Lavender: 10 Natural Health Benefits and Healing Uses

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be highlighting the health benefits of various herbs that offer natural healing properties. Lavender: Benefits

29 Oct

88 Deadly Fast Foods (the others are merely really, really terrible)

A Calorie Counter blog has gone to the trouble of compiling the absolute worst fast foods from all American chain restaurants. The author looked through every single item offered at every single restaurant from McDonald’s to White Castle to Burger King to Taco Bell to KFC to Wendy’s – whew! Why 88, you ask? Why […]

29 Oct

The Burrito Diet, the Beverly Hills Diet, and the Only Diet on Earth That Actually Works

If it’s not a region – Sonoma, Hamptons, Mediterranean, South Beach, and the original locale diet, the Beverly Hills Diet – it’s a noun: Subway, Cabbage Soup, Cookie, and now the Chipotle Burrito Diet. That’s right. The latest diet is not just a single food, it’s got an adjectival spice to go with it. A […]

26 Oct

Glyconutrients: a Sweet Scam

There are essential fatty acids. There are essential amino acids. There are not essential sugars. We’ve received so many questions about glyconutrients, I feel it’s necessary to respond here at the blog. For the record, “glyconutrients” are worse than bogus – they are a scam. This term was invented by a multi-level marketing company called […]

26 Oct

Calorie Information Wars: McDonald’s Versus the ‘Nanny Mayor’

Mayor Bloomberg has been fighting – along with city health commissioner Thomas Frieden – to force chain restaurants to display calorie information more prominently. Though he’s been labeled the “nanny mayor” by critics, Bloomberg insists that in a city where over half of the adults are overweight and a third of restaurant meals are taken […]

25 Oct

Healthy Tastes Great!

Chick Pea Salad with Purslane and Arugula Subscribe to Mark’s Daily Apple feeds

25 Oct

Why Does the FDA Call This Omega-3-Rich Green a Weed?

Purslane belongs in your diet! This abundant “weed” is a deliciously sour green that makes a wonderful addition to salads, stir fries, vegetable dishes, soups, and salsas. It pairs nicely with citrus and melon. It’s a tasty complement to pork, fish, and protein-rich beans such as lentils. Purslane is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty […]

24 Oct

Fire Safety Tips

In light of the emergency fire situation throughout much of Southern California, we think this is an important time to highlight fire safety tips for protecting your home and children. We recommend bookmarking this post for future reference or printing it out as a checklist. 1. Have a plan. Have a plan for escape that […]

24 Oct

Wednesday Link Love

Sugar Causes Premature Wrinkling – Back in Skinny Jeans The Flawed BMI: a Pictorial Guide to Real Women – Flickr via Diet Blog ‘Crazy Vegan’ Teacher Pushes Diet on Kids: the Scoop – Veggie Chic Crabby Is Happy. We Are Confused. – Cranky Fitness Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds (plus a fresh new page design) […]

23 Oct

10 Great Uses for Vinegar (Ditch Those Chemicals!)

While we typically use vinegar for salad dressings and pickling, this beneficial acid has a multitude of wonderful household uses. Here are just a few. Be sure to add in your own tips in the comments below! 1. Better Tasting Coffee Once a month, brew up a pot of white vinegar. Follow with two cycles […]

23 Oct

Malibu Fires Update

Quick update on our situation: As many of you know, my company, Primal Nutrition, is based in Malibu. The fires came very close but thankfully no one was hurt. (Our offices are singed – the flames were right there – but everything is O.K.) As of today, Malibu is still out of commission, which means […]

22 Oct

3 Delicious, Healthy Soups to Help You Lose Weight

These three soups are rich in nutrition and flavor. They are filling, yet light, so they will help you lose weight or simply stay trim during the winter months!

22 Oct

How Our Eyes Deceive Our Appetites

Your Gut Is All in Your Head (Sort of) One of this year’s Ig Nobel awards goes to a researcher who has gotten to the bottom, if you will, of insatiable appetites. (The Ig Nobel awards go to science that is entertaining or odd, though typically the research is still of value.) Brian Wansik, a […]

19 Oct

Whose Food Pyramid Is It Anyway?

We’ve done quite a bit of ranting and issued endless criticisms of the FDA and the food pyramid. There, I said it. We did it here, and here, and talked about what you should be eating here. I’ve even offered up my own food pyramid (for carbs). But whose food pyramid is it, anyway? Though […]

19 Oct

3 More Budget Friendly Healthy Food Tips

Eating fresh, whole, nutritious fare without breaking the bank can be done. We’ve posted tips before, and at your request, here are 3 more great tricks for adding value to your diet without adding dollars to your grocery tab. 1. Cut meat protein with vegetable protein. Mark is anti-grain and doesn’t espouse eating much in […]

18 Oct

Healthy Tastes Great!

Spinach-Artichoke Steak Pinwheels Cut out the bit about bread crumbs and use grass-fed beef for this enticing entree. Subscribe to Mark’s Daily Apple feeds

18 Oct

Around This Joint, We Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural bodily response to stress, infection, or injury. However, prolonged inflammation caused by a self-destructive lifestyle is a harmful response that affects your musculoskeletal system, gastrointestinal function, cardiovascular system, vision, and hormone balance. It’s crucial to control inflammation (there are medications, of course) but it’s even smarter to prevent inflammation. You can […]

18 Oct

Twinkie Dust Is Like Star Dust. Or Something. What?

In defense of the Twinkie (wait, haven’t we heard that one before?), the Important People at Hostess explain exasperatedly that trying to understand what the Twinkie is made of is just like trying to understand the entire universe. Look, this miniature sticky cake of chemicals is as mysterious and magical as the very cosmos in […]

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